Thursday, 31 December 2009

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park contains:
  • The largest expanse of heather moorland in England and Wales covering an area of over 44,000 hectares or around one third of the National Park.
  • One of the largest concentrations of ancient and veteran trees in northern England.
The North York Moors National Park run an events programme throughout the year including guided walks and children’s activities aimed at helping you enjoy the landscape, history and flora and fauna of the region. As well as beautifdul walks through stunning scenery, why not have ago at horse riding or pony trekking, gliding, or cycling.

Valley View Farm is located in the North York Moors, so why not stay at one of our six cottages and see what the Moors have to offer.

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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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Board Games & Card Games Available At The Cottages

We have a selection of games that guests are welcome to use whilst staying at the cottages.

The games available include:
  • Monopoly
  • Parker World Conquest Game- Risk
  • Mid-Life Crisis
  • Domino Rally
  • Jigsaw of world Map
  • 3D Puzzle Globe
  • Blockbuster
  • Game of Life
  • Playing Cards
By using the games we have at Valley View Farm you can save room in your suitcase by not having to bring your own board games and playing a game with the family or a card game for two is a great way to spend time together.

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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.

Ron Baxter Art Exhibition, Helmsley January 2010

Ron Baxter is an artist who lives and works in North Yorkshire. He likes to paint his seascape, landscapes and artwork on site rather than in the studio. His style is bold and striking.
The Helmsley Arts Centre are holding an exhibition of Ron Baxter's work from Tuesday 5th to Friday 29th January 2010. Open daily from 12 noon - 3.30pm. Closed Mondays & Saturdays
Entrance is free to the exhibition so call in and see the exhibition of Ron's artwork which will all be based on the town of Helmsley, its people and activities and the towns and villages in the surrounding area.

I am lucky enough to live just 13 minutes away from Helmsley Arts Centre so I will definately be calling in to take a look at Ron Baxter's artwork of Helmsley and the surrounding area.

If you too would like to see this exhibition then why not to a break at one of our cosy, farm cottages.

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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.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Andrew Hutchinson Art Exhibition, North York Moors

I have just read that Andrew Hutchinson has an exhibition entitled Fur and Feather, at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby running until the 12th January 2010 from 10.30am - 3.30pm

Price: Free entry
Booking: 01439 772738

"Andrew Hutchinson's art is inspired by the nature and countryside of his native North Yorkshire. His limited edition prints cover subjects from wildlife to rare farm breeds."

We are just a 50 minute drive away from Danby so why not book a stay here at Valley View Farm cottages as there is lots to see and do in and around Old Byland, near Helmsley and a trip to see Andrew Hutchinson's art will be well worth it.

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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.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Walking Weekends In North Yorkshire In January

Old Byland is situated in the North York Moors and is an ideal location for walking and a walking weekend or break at Valley View Farm.

Walks that can be taken right from our farm here in Old Byland:

Caydale Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Evening Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Field Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
High Leir Lane Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Hill Gill & Grange Farm Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland

Here are just some of the walks in the region we have picked out for you:
Valley View Farm Cottages are six, 4 star, self catering holiday cottages, located in the rural village of Old Byland near Helmsley, on a working family farm with sheep & lambs frollicking about the hillside and stunning views from the cottages. 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.

When you book a break for January 2010 get a free map of the walks in the National Parks.

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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.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Get Away From It All Breaks - January/ February 2010

Why not get away from it all in January or February with a break in the quiet, rural North York Moors. Peace and tranquility will be the order of the day after the hustle and bustle of the festive season. Enjoy strolls through the beautiful countryside surrounding our cottages and watch the sheep with their new born lambs, then head back to your cosy, comfortable cottage where you can put your feet up and enjoy the warmth of the fire and read the paper or a good book.

Valley View Farm Cottages are 4 star holiday cottages with one, two or three bedrooms, located on the family run farm, in the peaceful and picturesque village of Old Byland, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire. There are six stonebuilt holiday cottages which have been converted from barns.

Valley View Farm has 200 acres of arable land as well as a beef herd, sheep flock and at times chickens.

The cottages can be booked for short breaks and a weeks holiday.

If you would like to book a stay in January or February 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, 26 December 2009

Late Availability From 29th December 2009

We hope that you had a lovely Christmas. For those of you wanting a last minute break away for New Year, here is the late availability and discounted rates for our holiday cottages for the week commencing 29th December 2009:


Form Cottage 7 nights from 29th December now at the discounted price of £326 (was £435 but reduced by 25%.) Form Cottage is a one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

Formicary Cottage 7 nights from 29th December now at the discounted price of £326 (was £435 but reduced by 25%.) Formicary Cottage is a delightful cosy single storey cottage (sleeps 2) and has one double bedroom with ensuite.

Give us a call on 01439 798221 or +441439 798221 or alternatively click here to Book online.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Christmas Greeting From Valley View Farm

From all of us at Valley View Farm Cottages, we would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and thank you for your support and hope to see you at Valley View Farm very soon.

Best Wishes

Sally & John & all the team at Valley View Farm.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

The Great Yorkshire Show July 2010

The Great Yorkshire Show is an event not to be missed in the agricultural calendar. John and I always try to go and 2010 will be no different. It will take place from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 July in 2010 on the 250-acre Great Yorkshire Showground on the edge of the spa town of Harrogate.

2010 will be the 152nd Great Yorkshire Show and as always will be a celebration of agriculture and country life.

The Main Ring will showcase International Show Jumping and the World-Class Cattle Parade.

Come along and you will see plenty of:
  • animals,
  • country demonstrations,
  • have-a-go activities,
  • the Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show,
  • fashion,
  • rural crafts and
  • shopping.

Watch this video clip for a taste of The Great Yorkshire Show.



To get a true flavour of Yorkshire country life and farming, why not visit the Great Yorkshire Show in 2010 and combine it with a stay at Valley View Farm.

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, 23 December 2009

How To Book Online At Valley View Farm Cottages

HOW TO BOOK ONLINE

If you wish to make a booking online then follow these step by step instructions:

1. Click on the “Book Online” button.

Click here to book Valley View Farm Cottages

2. Enter start date in “Check in” box, length of stay in “For” box and choose from weekly or short break prices in the “Show me” box and then click “Search.”

3. On the screen you can see which cottages are available and how much they cost.

4. Find the cottage you are interested in and then click “Reserve.”

5. At the top of the new page you can see your holiday start date and length of stay.

6. Enter all your details (eg. how many people, arrival time), check if everything is correct and then click on the “Proceed to checkout” button.

7. Now enter your contact details and payment details. If everything is correct click on “Pay” to finish your transaction.

8. A confirmation email or letter will be sent once booking has been made.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Events 2010 North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Here are some of the upcoming events held by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for 2010:

# Spring Steam Gala - 30 Apr 2010
# Spring Steam Gala - 07 May 2010
# 60s Weekend - 12 Jun 2010
# Vintage Vehicle Weekend - 10 Jul 2010
# Heritage Diesel Gala - 17 Sep 2010
# Autumn Steam Gala - 01 Oct 2010
# The Railway at War - 15 Oct 2010

With the North Yorkshire Moors Railway just a 30 minute drive from Valley View Farm in Old Byland, why not stay at one of our 4 star self catering cottages and enjoy the some of the forth coming events at NYMR.

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, 21 December 2009

25% Discount On Christmas & New Year Breaks

We currently have 1 cottage still available for the Christmas week (from 22nd December 2009) and 2 cottages for New Years week from (29th December 2009).

I am delighted to offer a 25% discount for a stay of 7 nights from 22nd December or from 29th December in Form Cottage or Formicary Cottage. The price is now discounted to £326.

Both cottages are 1 bedroomed and sleep 2. This is an ideal opportunity for a late deal on a romantic Christmas break for you and your loved one. Spend Christmas or New Year tucked away in the quiet, idyllic village of Old Byland at Valley View Farm cottages. Enjoy the holiday season away from the hustle and bustle in this tranquil setting. Take to the open countryside after your Christmas or New Years meal and experience the beauty of the North York Moors and then back to the warmth of the open fire at your cosy, romantic cottage.

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, 20 December 2009

Late Availability From 22nd December 2009

For all those of you wanting a last minute break away over Christmas, here is the late availability and discounted rates for our holiday cottages for the week commencing 22nd December 2009:


Form Cottage 7 nights from 22nd December now at the discounted price of £326 (was £435 but reduced by 25%.) Form Cottage is a one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

Formicary Cottage 7 nights from 22nd December now at the discounted price of £326 (was £435 but reduced by 25%.) Formicary Cottage is a delightful cosy single storey cottage and has one double bedroom with ensuite.

Don't forget we also have availability for New Year from the 29th December for 7 nights in Form and Formicary Cottages, so give us a call now on 01439 798221 or +441439 798221 or alternatively click here to Book online.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Pantos & Christmas Shows In North Yorkshire 2009

There are plenty of pantos and Christmas shows in North Yorkshire over the festive season.

" Oh no there isn't, oh yes there is!" Sorry couldn't resist a little panto humour!

Harrogate - Aladdin is at Harrogate Theatre from 27 November 2009 to 16 January 2010.

Richmond - Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a new show specially written for the Georgian Theatre Royal and runs from 9 to 31 December 2009.

Scarborough - This Christmas the Stephen Joseph Theatre presents a Yorkshire version of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol and is on from 30 November 2009 to 9 January 2010.

Scarborough - Dick Whittington and his cat at Scarborough Spa Theatre runs from 10 December 2009 to 1 January 2010.

Scarborough - Aladdin is at the YMCA Theatre in Scarborough from 26 December 2009 to 9 January 2010.

York - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is at the Grand Opera House in York from 11 December 2009 to 3 January 2010.

York - Dick Whittington is at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre between 5 and 12 December.

York - Humpty Dumpty is at York Theatre Royal from 10 December 2009 to 30 January 2010.

Yorkshire has so much festive entertainment to offer, as the advert says, "A long weekend in Yorkshire, isn't long enough!" So why not treat yourself to stay at one of the Valley View Farm Cottages and check out all that Yorkshire has to offer, including a panto.

We've still got some late availability for Christmas and New Year breaks so give us a call today.

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Friday, 18 December 2009

Lesley Garrett Christmas Gala Concert Scarborough, 20th December 2009

I have just found out that the popular soprano singer and Loose Women presenter Lesley Garrett will be performing a gala evening of favourite carols and seasonal songs along with opera and classical arias from her most recent album Amazing Grace at a Christmas Gala Concert with Lesley Garrett at Scarborough Spa Complex this Sunday, Sunday 20th December 2009 at 7.30pm.

Accompanied by the Manchester Camerata conducted by Philip Ellis, the programme will include music by composers Mozart, Vivaldi, Puccini, John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, Bach, Verdi and some seasonal songs and carols for Christmas.

If you would like to book a stay at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then we still have some availability and you may be able to pick up a late deal so you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221.

How Old Is Too Old To Farm? Oxford Farming Conference, January 5th 2010

I have just been reading on the Farmer's Weekly website that the Oxford Farming Conference will be debating about how old is too old to be farming on the 5th January 2010.

This is a very sensitive issue and I will be interested to see both sides of the argument.

I am particularly interested in this debate as we are a family farm with father and son farming together. It will certainly make for an interesting discussion around the kitchen table when I tell John and Stuart about it. I'll let you know what they think.

In the meantime click on the link if you would like to read more about the debate or would like to vote in the Farmer's Weekly poll about how old is too old to be farming.

Cromwell's Banned Christmas, York Dungeon

Have you ever thought of banning Christmas in your house? Well in 1647 Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas.

The York Dungeon are recreating his reign of anti-festive terror, with henchmen patrolling the building nabbing culprits guilty of eating mince pies and hauling them in front of the Puritan courtroom, where Judge Mental will arrange sentencing.

The Dungeon's mirror maze will be strewn with wreaths embedded with skulls and roasted robins on spits.

To learn more about Cromwell's Banned visit York Dungeon between 11am-4pm, from the 12-27 December (closed Christmas Day); adults £14, children £10 (less if booked online.)

There is plenty to see and do in York over the festive season and Valley View Farm Cottages are less than an hours drive away so
why not take a break at one of our cottages over the festive season, go on we won't tell Cromwell!

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, 17 December 2009

Santa Specials North Bay Miniature Railway

Take a ride on the Santa Special at North Bay Miniature Railway on the following dates:
  • Sat 19 Dec 2009 10:00 to 14:40
  • Sun 20 Dec 2009 10:00 to 14:40
  • Mon 21 Dec 2009 10:00 to 14:40
  • Tue 22 Dec 2009 10:00 to 14:40
  • Wed 23 Dec 2009 10:00 to 14:40
Santa Specials run from Peasholm Park Station only, every 40 minutes from 10.00 hours with the last train leaving at 14.40 hours.

Price £3.80 per child (includes a visit to Santa and a present).
Accompanying adults £2.80.

So why not visit Santa at the North Bay Railway and combine it with a stay at Valley View Farm cottages, which are just over an hours drive from the railway.

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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.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Santa At Brimham Rocks

Come and meet Santa at the Exhibition centre at Brimham Rocks between 13th - 20th December 2009. Price costs £3.50.

Brimham rocks at Brimham in Nidderdale are dramatic moorland millstone grit rock formations within the Nidderdale area of outstanding beauty. The curious rock formations are scattered over 50 acres on Brimham Moor with stunning views. The formations provide a great variety of weird and wonderful shapes.

Brimham Rocks are about an hours drive from Valley View Farm so why not takea break at one of our cottages and combine it with a visit to Brimham Rocks and a visit to see Santa for the children.

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, 15 December 2009

Sports Personality Of The Year 2009

It was nice to see the Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony held in Yorkshire this year. Congratulations to Ryan Giggs 1st place winner, Jenson Button who came second and our very own Yorkshire lass Jessica Ennis who took third place.

The Sheffield Arena was a super venue and the city were great hosts for this prestigious sporting occasion.

Yorkshire has so much to offer, as the advert says, "A long weekend in Yorkshire, isn't long enough!" So why not treat yourself to stay at one of the Valley View Farm Cottages and check out all that Yorkshire has to offer.

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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.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Date Change For Christmas & New Year Breaks

Just wanted to let you know that there has been a change to the start date for the Christmas and New Year breaks.

We are now offering a 7 night stay starting from the 22nd of December 2009 in Form Cottage or Formicary Cottage, both cosy, warm, one bedroom accommodation, ideal for a romantic, quiet time away for £435, price now reduced by 25% to £326.

The same cottages are also available for a 7 night stay from 29th December 2009 for £435, price now reduced by 25% to £326.

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.

Late Availability From 18th December 2009

Here is the late availability and discounted rates for our holiday cottages for the week commencing 18th December 2009:


Form Cottage 4 nights from 18th December £148. Form Cottage is a one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

Formicary Cottage 4 nights from 18th December £148. Formicary Cottage is a delightful cosy single storey cottage and has one double bedroom with ensuite.

Don't forget we also have availability for Christmas and New Year in Form and Formicary Cottages, so give us a call now on 01439 798221 or +441439 798221 or alternatively click here to Book online.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Mountain Bike World Cup Dalby Forest 2010

As I have previously mentioned the Mountain Bike World Cup is being staged in Pickering and Dalby Forest between the evening of Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th April 2010. Tickets for the event will go on sale from Monday 14th December.

In Pickering Town centre on Friday evening the event kicks off with a time trial eliminator event to be staged between 6pm and 8pm. Riders will race in groups of four winding their way through the town's narrow streets and alleys with the fastest finishers going through to the final. This initial event will be an exciting start to the regions participation in theMountain Bike World Cup and spectators will not be disappointed, especially as the racing will also be accompanied by live music in the market place.

Dalby Forest will stage a full programme of events on the Saturday including open events and celebrity races, while the grand finale on Sunday features the elite competitor racing programme.

It is expected that there will be a large influx of visitors to the region during the weekend. So why not plan ahead and make Valley View Farm your base in North Yorkshire and take advantage of this opportunity to watch world class cycling.

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.

The Yorkshire Moors and Coast website will be linked to the British Cycling website and tickets will be on sale on th Yorkshire Moors & Coast website from Monday December 14th 2009.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Red Squirrel Trail, Yorkshire Dales

Do you like red squirrels or would like to see red squirrels? Then why not visit the Hawes area of the Yorkshire Dales and take the 10 mile squirrel trail for your chance of seeing some of these beautiful, threatened creatures at the viewing point in the red squirrel reserve at Snaizeholme.

Would you believe it, a staggering 600 people took advantage of a trail set up by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) leading from Hawes to a viewing point in the red squirrel reserve at Snaizeholme between July and November this year.

Maps of the trail are available on the Yorkshire Dales website.

Snaizeholme is just an hour and half away from 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.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Late Availability From 11th December 2009

Here is the late availability and discounted rates for the holiday cottages for the week commencing 11th December 2009:

If you fancy taking a spur of the moment break away then why not take advantage of one of our late deals starting today!

Couch Cottage 7 nights from 11th December £198
Drey Cottage 7 nights from 11th December £327
Holt Cottage 7 nights from 11th December £370
Granary Cottage 7 nights from 11th December £397
Form Cottage 7 nights from 11th December £198
Formicary Cottage 7 nights from 11th December £198

Short breaks may also be available so give us a call now on 01439 798221 or +441439 798221 or alternatively click here to Book online.

Visit Santa At Dalby Forest

Why not visit Santa at Dalby Forest? This year Dalby Forest are giving you and the family the opportunity to see a traditional 17th century Santa figure dressed in green robes or the jolly red clad, rotund Santa we are more accustomed to seeing at Christmas.

I wonder which Santa will prove to be the most popular. You can find out by visiting Dalby Forest this weekend and next weekend.

Other activities include:
  • reindeer trail
  • horse carriage rides
  • wreath making
  • Christmas tree shopping

The normal £4 Dalby Forest toll is refundable against the cost of a Christmas tree, or a visit to see Santa in his grotto.

Dalby Forest is just a 50 minute drive from Valley View Farm Cottages and with some late deals available in our cottages why not treat yourself to a week away at this busy time or even a short break and treat the family to an enjoyable festive time at Dalby Forest.

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, 10 December 2009

December Farmers Markets North Yorkshire

Guests often ask about visiting a farmers market whilst they stay at Valley View Farm and we are lucky to have alot in the local area. What better time to visit a farmers market than in December so that you can pick up some Christmas fayre. Love em or hate em you'll surely be able to pick up some sprouts at a farmers market this December and stock up on your favourite meat and veg for the holiday season at a local stall as well as treat yourself to some chutneys, relishes and preserves that go welll with your cold meat platters and cheese for afters, if you can manage to squeeze in a cheese course!

Here are some of the dates for local farmer's markets in North Yorkshire.

Easingwold: December 16

Harrogate: December 10

Malton: December 19

Northallerton: December 23

Richmond: December 19

Ripon: December 20

Settle: December 13

Wykeham: December 11 & 18 (with carols and mulled wine)

We have some late deals available in our cottages so why not treat yourself to a week away at this busy time or even a short break and check out the local fayre at some of the North Yorkshire Farmer's Markets.

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, 9 December 2009

Free Star Gazing Event Sutton Bank 12th December 2009

This year is the International Year of Astronomy and to round up the year, the North York Moors National Park is teaming up with The York Astronomical Society to host a free star gazing event on Saturday 12 December at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

The North York Moor National Park makes an excellent venue for star gazing as National Parks have dark and clear unpolluted skies which are not lit up by street lights.

The Star Party will start at 6pm and will include two illustrated talks from the society’s astronomers. The cafĂ© at Sutton Bank National Park Centre will be open from 5pm serving a selection of food and drink. Telescopes will be provided but people are also encouraged to bring their own telescopes along for tips on getting the most from them. Members of The York Astronomical Society will be on hand to offer help and information throughout the evening.

Martin Whillock, Secretary of The York Astronomical Society, said:

“With a telescope and the right weather conditions, the night sky can be a magical thing to observe and the conditions around Sutton Bank, with its low light pollution, are ideal for getting some excellent views. Come well wrapped up and join us for what promises to be a very exciting evening.”

For further information on the star gazing event, contact Martin Whillock on tel: 01347 821 849 or email: martin@whillock.me.uk or the North York Moors National Park Authority on 01439 770657. Further information on York Astronomical Society can be found at www.yorkastro.org.uk

If you are into astronomy or would like to learn more about the stars in our sky at night then why not come along to Sutton Bank. Sutton Bank National Park Centre is just a 9 minute drive from Valley View Farm Cottages so why not combine a break away with some free star gazing.

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.

Christmas Trees From Duncombe Park

I love going out to purchase a Christmas tree, it really gets you in the mood for Christmas.You can purchase Christmas trees from Christmas Tree Cottage within the Duncombe Park Estate from the 4th December 2009 until 23rd December 2009. Open every day including weekends from 10.00am till 4.30pm. They only sell Christmas trees that they have grown on the estate, trees on sale include pines, firs and spruce tree. They have such a vast range of trees to buy it's surely worth a visit to get you in that Christmas mood.

Duncombe Park is just a 13 minute drive from Valley View Farm Cottages, so you can always call in to Duncombe Park for your Christmas tree at the end of your stay at our cosy and get away from it all cottages where you can treat yourself to a break away from all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the North York Moors.

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, 8 December 2009

International Christmas Fayre York 2009

The International Christmas Fayre at Parliament Street, York runs from Wednesday 2nd December to Sunday 20th December daily from 9am. It is free entry to the fayre and the fayre offers a festive market bringing gifts, smells and tastes from around the world. Liveried chefs offer the best in continental fayre for your Christmas larder, along with tasty snacks to fuel your festive shopping expedition!

Why not treat yourself to stay at one of the Valley View Farm Cottages and combine it with a visit to the York Christmas Fayre.

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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.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Edwina Hayes Back at Nunnington Hall December 2009

I have just found out that Edwina Hayes will be playing at Nunnington Hall on Sunday 13th December 2009.

Edwina has been a regular performer on the UK accoustic scene since 1999. Her song ' I want Your Love' was included on the No 1 bestselling CD Accoustic Love.

Tickets cost £15 and booking is essential.

If you are a big fan of Edwina's and want to see her perform at Nunnington Hall then why not so stay at Valley View Farm Cottages, we are just a 20-30 minute drive from Nunnington Hall.

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

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Santa's Plane At Yorkshire Air Museum 2009

See Santa aboard his magical Airliner Grotto at the Yorkshire Air Museum! 12th/13th, 19th- 23rd December. Booking essential! Ring 01904 608719. Come along for a fun filled family Christmas as you join the Elvington Elves to build up the excitement for Santa's arrival, having flown in from the North Pole! Santa has swapped his traditional sleigh for an aeroplane as he makes his pre-Christmas visits!

This is a great way to entertain the children and all the family, so why not make your base one of the Valley View Farm Cottages. Elvington is just an hour away from Valley View Farm and Elvington is close to York so combine a visit to see Santa's Plane with a trip into York for all the festive fun and shopping. Why not go ice skating on the outdoor rink or visit the International Christmas fayre? There's always plenty to see and do in and around York.

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, 5 December 2009

Olde Time Music Hall, Helmsley Arts Centre

The 1812 Theatre Company present an Olde Time Music Hall entertainment, for all the family, with a seasonal flavour at Helmsley Arts Centre from Wednesday 9th December 2009 til Saturday 12th December 2009.

Prices are £9 per adult, £8 Concessions, £6 (under 16s) and £26 Family Ticket.

Helmsley is just 5 miles from Valley View Farm Cottages so why not treat yourself to a few days away. At the moment we have some late deals available so give us a call on 01439 798221.

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, 4 December 2009

York Ice Factor Outdoor Ice Rink

The Ice Factor, York’s open-air real ice rink returns for another year. A 600sqm outdoor rink, where you will skate around an illuminated oak tree, overlooked by the spectacular facades of 13th Century Clifford's Tower, the Law Courts and the Castle Museum, right in the centre of historic York. A great Winter activity for all the family.

The Ice Factor is at York from Friday 4th December 2009 til Sunday 3rd January 2010.

This is a great way to entertain the children and all the family, so why not make your base one of the 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.

Christmas Events At Castle Howard In December

Here is a list of the Christmas events taking place at the beautiful Castle Howard during December.
  • Saturday 28th November – Sun 20th December - Castle Howard at Christmas.
  • Saturday 28th November – Sun 20th December - Christmas Music in the House.
  • Thursday 3rd December - Christmas Wine Tasting Dinner.
  • Tuesday 8th December - Christmas Craft and Local Produce Market.
  • Wednesday 9th December - A Classical Christmas Dinner.
  • Wednesday 9th December - Christmas Craft and Produce Market.
  • Tuesday 15th December - Christmas Craft and Produce Market.
Castle Howard is just 18 miles from Old Byland and less than a 40 minute drive, so why not treat yourself to stay at one of the Valley View Farm Cottages and combine it with a visit to Castle Howard and one of the Christmas events taking place in December.

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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.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Christmas Family Fun Activities, Yorkshire

Christmas is a time for family fun so why not give the family a treat by staying at one of our 4 star holiday cottages and spend fun filled days out ice skating or meet Santa on a train or a plane!
  1. The Ice Factor, York - A 600sqm outdoor rink, where you will skate around an illuminated oak tree, overlooked by the spectacular facades of 13th Century Clifford's Tower, the Law Courts and the Castle Museum, right in the centre of historic York.
  2. Santa's Specials at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway - Take a ride on the Embsay and Bolton Steam Railway this Christmas season for a steam train ride with Santa Claus.
  3. Santa's Plane at Yorkshire Air Museum - Come along for a fun filled family Christmas as you join the Elvington Elves to build up the excitement for Santa's arrival, having flown in from the North Pole! Santa has swapped his traditional sleigh for an aeroplane as he makes his pre-Christmas visits!
  4. Santa Specials at North Yorkshire Moors Railway - The Santa Specials will run from Pickering and from Grosmont. Price includes travel, plus a visit to see Santa in his Grotto and a present for the children, and refreshments and a mince pie for adults. Journey time is normally approximately 1 hour.
This is a great way to entertain the children and all the family, so why not make your base one of the 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.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Late Availability For Week Of 4th December 2009

Here is the late availability and discounted rates for the holiday cottages for the week commencing 4th December 2009:

Couch Cottage 7 nights from 4th December £198
Drey Cottage 7 nights from 4th December £327
Holt Cottage 7 nights from 4th December £370
Granary Cottage 7 nights from 4th December £398
Form Cottage 4 nights from 7th December £149
Formicary Cottage 2 nights from 4th December £119

Don't forget we also have two cottages (Form Cottage or Formicary Cottage) still available for a 4 night stay commencing 24th December at a price of £326 or a 4 night stay commencing 30th December at a price of £326. Both cottages are 4 star self catering cottages that sleep 2. Call 01439 798221 to make a booking.

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.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway December Events

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an award winning attraction for North Yorkshire, and I know plenty of our guests come here to visit and have enjoyed a thoroughly enjoyable day on the railways- we have some late deals available in our cosy cottages (Form Cottage or Formicary Cottage) so you will be nice and warm after a ride on the railway perhaps on the Santa Specials?



Santa Specials will run from Pickering and from Grosmont on the following dates in December 2009:
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th
and from Saturday 19th to Tuesday 22nd
Pickering departures: 0945 1130 1345 1530
Grosmont departures: 0940 1115 1320 1450
Tickets are £12.50 per person
Price includes travel, plus a visit to see Santa in his Grotto and a present for the children, and refreshments and a mince pie for adults.
Journey time is normally approximately 1 hour.

To book: advance booking is necessary, due to popular demand. Many servcies are now fully booked. Call the Customer Services Team on 01751 472508.

This is a great way to entertain the children and all the family, so why not make your base one of the Valley View Farm Cottages as you and your family enjoy a train ride this December.

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
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