Monday, 31 August 2009

Cosy Weekends In November In North Yorkshire

Cosy weekends in November – Book a cosy weekend in one of our four star, self catering cottages in rural North Yorkshire and a special treat awaits you - sloe gin and liqueur chocolates – from Sloe Motion a farm business based in York.

Why not take time out to relax with a cosy weekend in November in beautiful North Yorkshire.

Valley View Farm Cottages are six, 4 star, self catering cottages, located on a working family farm with sheep & lambs frollicking about the hillside and stunning views from the cottages.

For a couple wishing to have a romantic Winter break away from it all then we have three lovely holiday cottages to choose from.

Couch Cottage is a delightful one bedroom cottage (sleeps 2) which opens onto a courtyard with an amazing view. It has a zip and link bed (twins / kingsize) and is all on the ground floor. The kitchen and living room are open plan. The en-suite bathroom is a wet-room and suitable for disabled access.


Form Cottage is a lovely one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.





Formicary Cottage is a quaint one bedroom ground floor cottage with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. There is a breakfast bar area and the living room also has a double sofa bed. Sleeps 2-4.

If you are a family or group looking for holiday cottages that sleep 4 to 10 then we have a number of cottages to choose from.

Drey Cottage is a two bedroom cottage (sleep 4) with one double and one twin bedroom. Both rooms have en-suite facilities. The double bedroom has a shower and the twin room has a bath. This cottage can connect to Holt Cottage to make a 10-person family cottage.

Holt Cottage is a three bedroom cottage (sleeps 6) with sitting room, dining area and kitchen upstairs. One twin room with en suite bathroom is upstairs and one downstairs along with a bathroom (with bath and shower) ­and a double bedroom with a shower room.

Granary Cottage is a spacious three bedroom cottage which can sleep 6. The kitchen/dining room and living room are downstairs, as is a twin room with en-suite wet room and a separate WC. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one a twin with en-suite bath and shower and the other a kingsize bedroom with bath and shower.


If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages in November then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Yorkshire Belle Boat Trip, Bridlington

Why not take a trip on Bridlington's famous Pleasure Cruiser, the Yorkshire Belle that sails from Bridlington Harbour between April and October.

You will see the spectacular East Yorkshire coastline and Bempton Bird Sanctuary as you sail the two-hour trip (costs £6 adults/£3 children), but if you time your visit to coincide with a full-moon tide you will be taken all the way to Filey Bay, a 3½-hour round trip.

For further information: Call 07774 193404 or 07950 648838 during the day.

So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages as you take the opportunity to take a trip on the famous Yorkshire Belle.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Winter Breaks In North Yorkshire - Shooting Weekends

Shooting weekends – Try your eye for accuracy with either rough shooting or clay pigeon shooting, either option can be arranged for you.

Take part in a seasonal pheasant shoot at Duncombe Park between 1st September and 1st February.

Learn the sport of clay target shooting at the North Yorkshire Shooting School, Felixkirk catering for individual tuition and coaching as well as parties.

So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages and try your hand at shooting.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Wensleydale Show 29th August 2009

The Wensleydale Agricultural Show will be held on Saturday 29th August 2009 from 10am til 5.30pm. It is a traditional dales show, located close to Leyburn, North Yorkshire in the heart of Wensleydale.

The Show includes:

Cattle
Sheep
Ponies
Heavy Horses
Carriage Driving
Handicrafts
Homecrafts
Vintage Tractors
Vintage Cars
Vintage Steam Machines
Homecrafts
Flower and vegetable show
Walking Stick competitions
Sheep Dog Trials
The Tennants Wensleydale Open Quoits Comp.
Dry Stone Walling Competition
Leyburn Band
Childrens Fun Fair
Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Hounds & Beagles
over 100 Trade stands.

The Wensleydale Show is about 35 miles and just 1hour away from Valley View Farm at Old Byland.

You could even stay at one of the cottages at Valley View Farm as we still have availability for the weekend.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Congratulations in order

A lovely young couple came to stay last weekend in Form cottage and I was delighted to hear that they got engaged whilst they were here, Old Byland is a very special place and clearly for this couple even more so!
I cannot believe how quickly the Summer slipping by I am taking bookings for October and November now, so if you are interested in a break away - whilst I cannot guarantee such momentous occasions as the one above - I can guarantee peace and quiet in stunning surroundings.

National Insect Week June 2010

National Insect Week consists of a series of Nationwide events to promote education and awareness of UK insect species and their conservation. The week will take place from 21st June until 27th June 2010.

For more information about the National Insect Week and to find events in your area visit http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/

The website also contains a number of educational resources that can aid learning and awareness of insect species, so all you insect lovers out there go check it out.

I'll let you know about National Insect Week events that are taking place in North Yorkshire as I hear about them.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Cockayne Walk

The Cockayne walk is a free walk that can be done at a gentle strolling pace. The walk is approximately 4 miles and will take about 2 hours.

Starting in Cockayne, the walk will take you up hills and along a stream as well as through farmland where you may have the chance to see the rough legged Buzzard and onto the moors. With beautiful scenery and wildlife to see along the way this is a great way to see the local area.

Cockayne is only a 30 minutes drive from our farm in Old Byland.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Son's Birthday - Buying A Shearling

It is my son's birthday today so we are going out to celebrate. Stuart works on the farm with John and loves working with the sheep. We are going to get Stuart a shearling for his birthday.

Recently some of the sheep got out into a neighbouring field so we are now in need of replacing some sheep.

Will tell you more about this when we get back.

A Walk At Boltby

The Boltby walk is a free 5 and a quarter miles walk and will take about 2 hours. This is classed as a moderate walk.

Starting from the hump backed bridge in the centre of the village, the walk will take you along a stream, then through farmland and country lanes. With beautiful scenery and wildlife to see along the way this is a great way to see the local area.

Boltby is only a 10 minutes drive from our farm in Old Byland.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Writing Competition Based Around Whitby Abbey

Do you love whitby and enjoy writing? If so then here is the perfect competition for you.

Pure Inspiration at Whitby Abbey - GP Taylor, has joined forces with English Heritage to encourage budding writers of all ages to take inspiration from one of the finest historic sites in the North, and put pen to paper in two writing competitions. This summer, authors around the country are invited to submit stories that draw their inspiration from the cliff-top ruins of Yorkshire’s Whitby Abbey. This competition will give several authors the chance to have see their works in print, hopefully uncovering some bright new talent for the future. The Pure Inspiration competition runs throughout Summer 2009, with entries welcomed from writers of all ages and abilities – although they must share a common theme, using Whitby Abbey as an integral part of the story. For more details about the competition please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pure-inspiration

English Heritage Events In Yorkshire Over August Bank Holiday & September 2009

Check out the English Heritage events not to be missed in Yorkshire this August bank holiday and throughout September 2009.

Pure Inspiration at Whitby Abbey - GP Taylor, has joined forces with English Heritage to encourage budding writers of all ages to take inspiration from one of the finest historic sites in the North, and put pen to paper in two writing competitions. This summer, authors around the country are invited to submit stories that draw their inspiration from the cliff-top ruins of Yorkshire’s Whitby Abbey. This competition will give several authors the chance to have see their works in print, hopefully uncovering some bright new talent for the future. The Pure Inspiration competition runs throughout Summer 2009, with entries welcomed from writers of all ages and abilities – although they must share a common theme, using Whitby Abbey as an integral part of the story. For more details about the competition please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pure-inspiration


Sat 29 – Mon 31 Aug - The Pirate Castle at Scarborough Castle
£5.00/ £4.00/ £3.00/ £13.00
EH Members free

Sat 29 – Mon 31 Aug - Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends at Whitby Abbey
£5.50/ £4.70/ £2.80/ £14.80
EH Members free
£1 extra admission per child (non member and EH member)

Sat 29 – Mon 31 Aug - Time Travellers Go….Medieval at Clifford’s Tower
£3.50/ £3.00/ £1.80/ £8.80
EH Members free

Sun 30 Aug - Sunday Afternoon Band Concert at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
£5.00/ £4.30/ £2.50/ NA.
Extra admission to Hall
EH Members free

Sun 30 & Mon 31 August - The Medieval Pageant at Richmond Castle
£5.00/ £4.50/ £3.00/N/A
EH Members free

Sun 6 Sept - Sunday Afternoon Band Concert at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
£5.00/ £4.30/ £2.50/ NA.
Extra admission to Hall
EH Members free

Sun 13 Sept - Sunday Afternoon Band Concert at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
£5.00/ £4.30/ £2.50/ NA.
Extra admission to Hall
EH Members free

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Sept - Have-a-go Medieval Archery at Mount Grace Priory
£4.50/ £3.80/ £2.30/ £11.30
EH Members free

Wed 23rd Sept - Archaeology Store Guided Tour at Helmsley Archaeology Store
Tours at 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Booking is essential, phone 01439 770173
Free to members and non members

Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sept - King Henry’s Table at Cliffords Tower
£3.50/ £3.00/ £1.80/ £8.80

So plan ahead and why not make your base one of the Valley View Farm Cottages as you and your family enjoy the English Heritage events.

Photos Of Valley View Farm Cottages On A Sunny Day

I have taken some new photos of some of the cottages on a sunny day with a lovely blue sky.

Form Cottage

Delightful ground floor cottage has a kingsize bedroom and separate bathroom. This cottage has the added benefit of a raised patio area facing onto the communal South facing patio.

The sitting / dining room is flooded with light from the large open aspect window which has fabulous views over the patio and onto the countryside beyond. The sitting area is comfortably furnished for relaxing in and fully equipped with TV, freeview, dvd, video and the open fireplace has a coal effect gas stove.

The kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances - fridge, dishwasher, microwave, cooker and washer / dryer.

Bedroom 1

Kingsize bedroom.

Bathroom

Modern suite with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin.

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Formicary Cottage

This cosy cottage is single storey and has one double bedroom however, there is a zip and link sofa bed which can comfortably sleep a further 2 people as a double or 2 single beds in the sitting room. The cottage opens up onto the bright South facing communal patio area.

Form Cottage feels like home from homeGood sized open plan living area incorporate sitting and dining area and opens up into the kitchen. The sitting area is comfortably furnished for relaxing in and fully equipped with TV, freeview, dvd, video and and the open fireplace has a coal effect fire.

The en-suite bathroom with bath and showerThe kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances - large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, cooker and washer/dryer.

Two steps lead down to a corridor off which you will find:

Bedroom 1

Large twin bedded room with ensuite bathroom which has a bath with shower over as well as a hand basin and toilet.

Fabulous 3 double bedroomed cottage with well laid out spacious accommodation.

Ground Floor

Large sitting room with lovely views over the communal patio and Moors beyond, access directly onto the patio. The sitting room is comfortably furnished for relaxing in and fully equipped with TV, freeview, dvd, video and the open fireplace has a coal effect gas fire.

Granary KitchenKitchen / dining area - The kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances - fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, microwave and a split level cooker. The dining area comfortably seats 6. There is a utility area which houses the washer/dryer.


Ground floor bedroom 1

Twin bedded room with large ensuite shower room with toilet and hand basin.

First Floor

Bedroom 2

Spacious, bright double bedded ensuite room which has a bath with shower over and a toilet and hand basin.

Bedroom 3

Good sized twin bedded ensuite room with bath and shower over as well as toilet and hand basin.

Electricity, gas, bedding and all towels are included in the quoted price. Please note that all cottages have a TV in each bedroom, a hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, an iron and ironing board. For those cottages without a freezer Sally is happy for you to use the freezer in the laundry room, however there is a freezer box in each fridge for smaller frozen items. There is also a drying room. All guests have access to the stone walled patio area which is South facing and equipped for your use with garden furniture.

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If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Byland Abbey Walk

The Byland Abbey walk is a free walk that can be done at a gentle strolling pace. The walk is approximately 5 miles and will take about 2 and a half hours.

Starting at the Byland Abbey ruins, the walk will take you through woodland, farmland and countrylanes. With beautiful scenery and wildlife to see along the way this is a great way to see the local area.

Byland Abbey is only a 20 minutes drive from our farm in Old Byland.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Bonfire Night In North Yorkshire

Bonfire Night – Come away with your pet for a quiet time at Old Byland, no loud noises here only peace and quiet awaits both you and your four legged friend/s.

So why not get away from it all with a break away in November and avoid all the noise of Bonfire night with a relaxing and enjoyable stay at Valley View Farm in North Yorkshire.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Night Walks In The Countryside

I am lucky to live in the beautiful rural North Yorkshire countryside. There is nothing more enjoyable than a stroll up the lane as it starts to get dark. All the sounds seem to be magnified as the darkness falls and the creatures of the night start to emerge. Owls can be heard overhead, rustling in the hedgerows is commonplace as the smaller creatures seek out food in the safety of the darkness and the swooping of bats can be felt as you venture out after dark.

I was reading in the Telegraph about night walks in the countryside which encourages you "to expand your senses and take a walk on the dark side!"

Our farm, Valley View Farm, is located in a village called Old Byland. If you fancy a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then a stay here is ideal where the pace can be as slow as you want. You can relax at the cottages or stroll around the village and neighbouring countryside and why not even venture out after dark for a stroll up the lane on a nightly walk.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Winter Breaks - 4X4 Weekends In North Yorkshire

Do you fancy a spot of off road 4x4 driving? If so then why not come and stay at Valley View Farm and have a thrilling weekend with all that the nearby Yorkshire 4 X 4 has to offer.

Yorkshire 4x4 has a purpose-built off-road driving facility with over 40 acres of "offroad territory in five distinct zones - from the first mud and water sections all the way through to the incredible advanced area, with jaw-dropping climbs, insane side slopes and thick mud that will test even the most experienced driver. It's the perfect location for individual off road driving training as well as for turbocharged days out with family or friends......Yorkshire 4x4 - whatever your requirements, we are the off-road specialists!"

So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages and enjoy the off road thrills and adventures of 4x4 off road driving, definately a great activitity any time of the year.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Gliding Weekends In North Yorkshire

Have you ever tried gliding? Just imagine gliding over the beautiful North York Moors and the stunning Yorkshire landscape.

Gliding is the ultimate free flying experience, so why not soar like a bird above the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

If this wets your appetite then why stay at Old Byland and get a discount at Sutton Bank Flying Club when you book through Valley View Farm Cottages.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221 and don't forget to mention your interest in gliding!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

December Breaks Away To North Yorkshire

Why not take a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the run up to Christmas, with a break in December.

Plan some time with your friends and family away from all the shopping and the ‘busyness’ of December with a quiet weekend and share a glass of mulled wine with our compliments.

However……… for those of you who do want to shop there are plenty of opportunities to get that ‘special something’ with the unique shopping venues close by – Castle Howard is a lovely place to combine shopping and sightseeing. In the Winter months at Castle Howard you can take woodland walks and view the stunning gardens or visit the Stable Courtyard shops and cafĂ© and the children can enjoy the adventure playground.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 79822 or +441439 798221 .

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Harvest view

I thought you may like to see a 'before and after' shot of the busy time we are having with harvesting, the weather is really lovely at the moment and our guests are enjoying the sunshine. I have limited availability in a couple of cottages in September so please give me call and come and enjoy the fruits of our labour.

Malham Cove - A Natural Wonder Of Britain

Have just been reading that Malham Cove has been voted Number 1 by readers of the Live For The Outdoors website as one of the top 7 natural wonders of Britain.

They describe Malham Cove as, "a beautiful natural sculpture of limestone at the head of a small valley."

I also recently asked on twitter what would be your best day out in Yorkshire and Anna Farmery from Engaging Brand said, "a walk in Malham Cove." Thanks Anna for your recommendation.

Malham Cove is located in the Yorkshire Dales and is an excellent place for walking. It is only an hour and 40 minutes drive from Old Byland so you could pack a picnic or even order a Hunters Of Helmsley Hamper for the trip.

So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages as you take the opportunity to explore Malham Cove for the day.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Top 5 Whole Foods And Fruits Wasted By UK Households

I have just been reading on the WI's website about which foods are the top foods to be wasted. WRAP has just published new figures revealing the top items of food that are thrown away by UK households.

The top 5 whole foods wasted:

1. apple
2. potato
3. banana
4. orange
5. tomato

Top 5 fruits wasted:

1. apples
2. bananas
3. oranges
4. pears
5. melon

To help avoid these foods being wasted in future the WI Love Food Champions have come up with some wonderful ideas and recipes to share, so click on the link to check out ways to avoid wasting food.

Do you have any good ideas on how to avoid wasting food? Let me know your ideas.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Malham Mountain Bike Trail Quest

The Malham Mountain Bike Trail Quest will be held on Saturday 29th August in 2009 (Bank Holiday Weekend). It is a timed event where you try to cycle around as many control markers in a set time. At Malham you can choose between 2 hours and 4 hours and can take part individually or in pairs. You get points for each control you visit and then the person or pair with the most points wins. You will compete against people of a similar age.

So if you are into Mountain Biking then this is the event for you.

Why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages. If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.




Sunday, 16 August 2009

The Pink Bedroom At Valley View Farm

I am delighted to announce that we can now offer ‘The Pink Bedroom’ – this is an ensuite twin bedded room that can be accessed via Formicary Cottage into the farmhouse and would be suitable for either 2 couples or parents with a child who is a teenager as they will be a short distance from the cottage.

Formicary Cottage is a delightful one bedroom ground floor cottage with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. There is a breakfast bar area and the living room also has a double sofa bed. Sleeps 2-4.


If you would like to book a stay at Formicary cottage or the pink bedroom or in fact any of the other Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Biking Weekends & Breaks In North Yorkshire

There are plenty of biking trails and routes to follow around Old Byland and throughout the North York Moors, so why not book a weekend or short break with your friends at Valley View Farm and try one of the official MTB routes in the North Yorkshire Moors. Maps can be downloaded in preparation for your stay.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Family Fortnight At RHS Harlow Carr Harrogate

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate will play host to fifteen days packed full of fun activities catering for all the family from 16th - 30th August. The fortnight starts off with Carnival Day festivities on 16th August followed by:

  • story telling,
  • magic tricks,
  • balloon modelling,
  • children's crafts and activities
  • Pirate Day on 29th August.

More information about the events taking place each day can be found at

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/harlowcarr/pdf/FamilyFortnight2.pdf

So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages as you and your family enjoy the activities of family fortnight.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Peasholm Park War Battles In The Summer

This Summer watch war battles re-enacted on the lake in Peasholm Park, where 20ft replica battleships recreate the tension of wartime battles at sea.

Once the battles are over relax in the beautiful surroundings and take a stroll along the picturesque Tree Trail.

The wartime batttles take place until September 1st. the August dates include:

3rd, 10th, 17th (Mondays)
24th (Bank Holiday Monday)
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (Thursdays)
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (Saturdays)

Admission: Adults £3.30 Junior £1.80

Start time is 3pm

So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages as you enjoy all that Peasholm Park in Scarborough has to offer.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Late Bookings

I received an email from Farmstay UK yesterday afternoon from a couple looking for accommodation next weekend, whilst this is prime time and the cottages nearly full I managed to fit this couple in, not with as many nights as they really wanted however, as this was a late booking, the discount more than made up for the lack of one night stay.
Please call to see what is available both for late bookings and for reduced occupancy rates you may be very pleasantly surprised!
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely glorious 12th - although we are on the moors there is no grouse shooting here, so all is calm.

2009 Green Day At Helmsley Walled Garden - Saturday 15th August

2009 Green day is a local event for Valley View Farm as we are only a few miles away from Helmsley. This fun day for all the family will take place on Saturday 15th August at Helmsley Walled Garden and the event is in it's third year.

The 2009 Green Day promotes local, ethical and environmental issues through:
  • information stalls,
  • trade stands,
  • local produce.

  • The stalls will be spread throughout the whole garden, allowing the beautiful backdrop of Helmsley Walled Garden to surround the stalls.

    Entertainment for the whole family and children's workshops will all be on offer making it the perfect day out for everyone.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221 .

    Tuesday, 11 August 2009

    Stranded Seal Pups Rescued In North Yorkshire

    I have just been reading that three underweight seal pups have rescued from beaches across Yorkshire this August. All three seal pups were taken into care at Scarborough's Sealife & Marine Sanctuary.

    The pups, named Bruges, Tokyo and Dallas were found to be suffering from worms which has contributed to their low weight. The pups are now being fed every four hours and will be released back into the wild when they are healthy.

    Scarborough Sealife & Marine Sanctuary is a great place to visit to see the sealife of this area.

    Victorian Gymkhana At Richmond Castle 15th - 16th August 2009

    During the weekend of 15th & 16th August a Victorian gymkhana will take place at Richmond Castle.

    There will be an opening demonstration of skill and horsemanship. Riding feats which will be demonstrated include games of polo, pig sticking and the famous "teapot dash".

    The gymkhana concludes with one of the ladies attempting the "Victorian leap", an amazing display of skill and bravery as she attempts to jump - glass of wine in hand - over a fully set table!

    The event will take place from 11am til 5pm and the cost is Adult: £5.00, Concession: £4.50, Child: £3.00 & Members Free.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Monday, 10 August 2009

    Yorkshire Revival Car Rally 12th - 13th September 2009

    I have just received notification of an event that is passing through Old Byland on the evening of 12th - 13th of September, with an approximate time of 2400 hours - somehow I do not think I will be awake for this, however there may be some of you out there that are interested in cars from a past era.

    The event is organised by the Yorkshire Revival Navigational Rally and to be eligible the cars taking part need to be in the 60' or 70's with engines no larger than 2000cc. To see the route and further information go to:http://www.ilkleymotorclub.org.uk/yrr/route.htm

    With a stay at Valley View Farm Cottages in Old Byland you can stay up to see the Yorkshire Revival Car Rally!

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Sunday, 9 August 2009

    Coastal Flavours Of Whitby Event 29th - 30th August 2009

    The Coastal Flavours of Whitby event, organised by the Yorkshire and Humberside Seafood Group, will take place on 29th and 30th August this year and will celebrate the seafood of Whitby.

    The two day event will include;
    • a market

    • food theatre

    • street entertainment

    • live music.


    The festival will be freely open to visitors to Whitby and is expected to attract up to 15000 people over the weekend.

    Whitby has some of the country's most fantastic seafood and there are a wealth of restaurants, cafes and eateries providing wonderful seafood including the area's world renowned fish and chips which are rightly regarded as beyond compare.

    Whilst on Twitter the other week I asked, "What's your best day out in Yorkshire?"

    Anna Farmery from Engaging Brand replied, "Monkfish and chips at the Magpie at Whitby."

    So there you go, get yourself over to Whitby for the Seafood event and why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Saturday, 8 August 2009

    Short Breaks Available In North Yorkshire In August

    Why not take time out to relax with a short break in beautiful North Yorkshire, come rain or shine, North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to explore.

    Valley View Farm Cottages are six, 4 star, self catering cottages, located in rural North Yorkshire on a working family farm with sheep & lambs frollicking about the hillside and stunning views from the cottages.

    We have short breaks available in the following cottages, so don't delay book today:

    Valley View Farm Cottages CourtyardForm - a delightful ground floor cottage for 2 people. (Available from 21st - 23rd August.)
    Formicary - a cosy single storey cottage for up to 4 people. (Available from 14th - 15th August.)
    Drey - a bright and sunny two double bedroomed cottage for up to 4 people. (Available from 21st - 22nd August.)
    Granary - a fabulous 3 double bedroomed cottage with well laid out spacious accommodation for up to 6 people. (Available from 24th - 27th August.)

    Click here to book Valley View Farm Cottages

    If you would like to book a short break at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Friday, 7 August 2009

    Winter Breaks In North Yorkshire

    One of my six stonebuilt Valley View Farm Cottages at Old Byland, near Helmsley would make an ideal base whilst you have a Winter break away. Here are some of the many activities and events that North Yorkshire has to offer throughout the winter months.

    Walking Weekends – when you book a break during November, December, January and February you will get a free map of the walks in the National Parks.

    Pickering War Weekend
    is the 16th – 18th of October. Learn about how we lived in the 1940’s with this reminiscent weekend, attend some of the events taking place either in Pickering or aboard the NYMR – great fun and informative too!

    4X4 Weekends –Come and stay and have a thrilling weekend with all that the nearby Yorkshire 4 X 4 has to offer with off road thrills and adventures!

    Shooting Weekends – Try your eye for accuracy with either rough shooting or clay pigeon shooting, either option can be arranged for you.

    Biking Weekends
    – Book a weekend with your friends and try one of the official MTB routes in the North Yorkshire Moors - maps can be downloaded in preparation for your stay.

    Gliding Weekends – Stay at Old Byland and get a discount at Sutton Bank Flying Club when you book gliding through Valley View Farm Cottages.

    Cosy weekends in November – Book a cosy weekend and a special treat awaits you - sloe gin and liqueur chocolates – from Sloe Motion a farm business based in York.

    Bonfire Night – Come away with your pet for a quiet time at Old Byland, no loud noises here only peace and quiet awaits both you and your four legged friend/s.

    December Breaks – Plan some time with your friends and family away from all the shopping and the ‘busyness’ of December with a quiet weekend and share a glass of mulled wine with our compliments. However……… for those of you who do want to shop there are plenty of opportunities to get that ‘special something’ with the unique shopping venues close by – Castle Howard is a lovely place to combine shopping and sightseeing.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Pickering War Weekend - 16th - 18th October 2009

    The Pickering War Weekend is 16 – 18th of October. Learn about how we lived in the 1940’s with this reminiscent weekend, attend some of the events taking place either in Pickering or aboard the NYMR – great fun and informative too!
    There will be the usual street parties and displays, special exhibitions at Beck Isle Museum, North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway and the Kirk Theatre. Villages along the Railway line will also be holding events too.

    The event starts at noon on Friday when the flag is raised in Pickering and from then on many visitors arrive in period costume. Saturday sees processions in the High Street, military vehicles, singers, bands and 40's style evening dances.

    On the Friday and Saturday evenings from7.30pm -11pm there will be nostalgic dancing and fun to the music of Ava Disco with DJ Lynne. The event will include original soundtracks of events that took place during those WW2 years and dancing to nostalgic music for swing plus old time favourites such as the valeta, St Bernard Waltz, military two step plus quicksteps and foxtrots. Tickets price £11 (including buffet) obtainable from Pickering Tourist Information Centre (01751 473791).

    The railway stations are taken over with Levisham becoming occupied France and Goathland defended by The Home Guard. It is a popular and fun event which is growing each year.

    So why not make your base one of our Valley View Farm Cottages as you and your family are transported back to the War time years of the 1940's.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Thursday, 6 August 2009

    Forthcoming events

    At the moment we are getting ready for harvesting and hoping that this spell of lovely weather holds, here is a picture of my son Stuart with the engineer making sure the combine is in good order for our forthcoming busy time.

    I have also had notification through today of an event that is passing through Old Byland on the evening of 12th - 13th of September, with an approximate time of 2400 hours - somehow I do not think I will be awake for this, however there may be some of you out there that are interested in cars from a past era.

    The event is organised by the Yorkshire Revival Navigational Rally and to be eligible the cars taking part need to be in the 60' or 70's with engines no larger than 2000cc. To see the route and further information go to:http://www.ilkleymotorclub.org.uk/yrr/route.htm

    I am young enough to remember these cars........

    English Heritage Events In Yorkshire In October 2009

    English Heritage are holding many exciting and interesting events at English Heritage sites across the county in October 2009. I know it's not yet October but it's always good to plan ahead!

    Sat 3 & Sun 4 Oct Rievaulx Abbey Exclusive Encounter Falconry Days10.30am – 5pm
    Non Members £70.00 including lunch.
    Members £65 including lunch.

    Fri 23 Oct to Sun 1 Nov Brodsworth Hall & Gardens The Enchanted Garden 6.30pm – 9pm
    Advance Adult £6.50, Conc £5.50, Child £5.00 Members Adult £5.00, Conc £4.00, Child £3.50
    On the Night Adult £7.50, Conc £6.50, Child £6.00 Members Adult £6.00, Conc £5.00, Child £4.50


    Sat 24 Oct to Sun 1 Nov Helmsley Castle Medieval Legends Dressing Up & Knights Trail From 10am
    Adult £4.50, Conc £3.80, Child £2.30, Family £11.30 Members free.

    Thu 29 – Sat 31 Oct Whitby Abbey Days of Victorian Gothic 12noon – 3pm
    Adult £6.00, Conc £5.00, Child £4.00, Family £16.00 Members free.
    Discounted combination day & night tickets also available.

    Thu 29 – Sat 31 Oct Whitby Abbey Nights of Victorian Gothic 6pm – 8.30pm
    In advance Adult £7.00, Conc £6.00, Child £5.00 On the Night Adult £9.00, Conc £8.00, Child £7.00 Members in advance Adult £6.00, Conc £5.00, Child £4.00 Members on the Night Adult
    £8.00, Conc £7.00, Child £6.00 Discounted combination day & night tickets also available.

    Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct Richmond Castle Haunted Halloween Victorian Ghost Stories Sessions at 5.30pm, 7.00pm & 8.30pm & 10.00pm
    In advance Adult £8.00, Conc £7.00, Child £6.00 On the Night Adult £9.00 Conc £8.00, Child £7.00 Members in advance Adult £6.00, Conc £5.00, Child £4.00 Members on the night Adult
    £7.00, Conc £6.00, Child £5.00

    So plan ahead and why not make your base one of the Valley View Farm Cottages as you and your family enjoy the English Heritage events.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Wednesday, 5 August 2009

    English Heritage Events In Yorkshire In November 2009

    English Heritage are holding interesting events at English Heritage sites across Yorkshire November 2009, so get ahead of the rest by planning a trip away for November. The events also have a Christmas theme so you really will be planning ahead and getting organised for Christmas.

    Sat 28 & Sun 29 Nov Whitby Abbey Christmas Shopping Weekend & Fairy Trail for Children
    10am – 4pm Adult £5.50, Conc £4.70, Child £2.80, Family £13.80 Members free.

    Sat 28 & Sun 29 November Cliffords Tower Victorian Father Christmas & Christmas Shopping Weekend 11am-4pm
    Adult £3.50, Conc £3.00, Child £1.80, Family £8.80 Members free.

    So plan ahead and why not make your base one of the Valley View Farm Cottages as you and your family enjoy the English Heritage events in Yorkshire in November.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

    Tuesday, 4 August 2009

    Best Days Out In Yorkshire

    The TimesOnline have done a feature of the best 100 days out in Britain.

    Here are a few of their best days out in Yorkshire as suggested by TimesOnline.
    • Yorkshire Belle, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire
    • White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire
    • Peasholm Park, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
    • York Maze, North Yorkshire
    • Settle to Carlisle, North Yorkshire
    So why not make Valley View Farm your base as you sample some of the best days out in Yorkshire.

    If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.
    Valley View Farm, Old Byland, Helmsley, York YO62 5LG
    Tel. 01439 798221 or +441439 798221 mailto:sally@valleyviewfarm.com
    View Valley View Farm Cottages location.