Our family jolly to Yorkshire feels like a distant memory now we are back in Scotland and the weather has started turning. The warm week spent in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside was truly wonderful. I was blown away by the amount of things to see & do down there & Safiyah loved the freedom & relished being outdoors!
If you follow me on instagram you will have seen some of what we got up to but here is a detailed account of our adventures.
Sunday we left bonny Scotland at 5.30am, with one quick loo stop & a stretch of the legs we soon arrived in Yorkshire. The girls were a dream on the 6 hour journey, Safiyah has a new leap pad that kept her entertained as well as a disney princess story CD & lots of Frozen sing a long tunes. Florence is happy as larry most of the time anyway but her munchkin mirror was helpful for the whiney moments – with a light show & music to distract her.
The day we arrived at the cottages (more about them coming up) we got stuck straight into the tennis courts & both girls happily played on a picnic blanket whilst L thrashed me! When my parents arrived we then headed out to some beautiful lavender fields as I was so in love with Katie’s lavander pictures, I wanted to try and get some of my own. The lavender was beautiful & the smell devine – we managed to get a few cute snaps.
We were staying in a little village called Gilling East & it was home to a little minature train, play park & a village pub & that was about it. It was quaint & friendly & cute in every way. We all hopped aboard the train for a quick journey around the park – I’d never seen one before & thought it was hillarious but utterly adorable how into it the old engine boys were. S loved it.
Off to Helmsley we ventured for a mooch & picked up a scrumptious selection of fresh pies to have a picky dinner back at the cottage. Florence decided that sleeping wasn’t really on the agenda that night, the heat probably didn’t help.
Monday was a day of adventuring around little villages, sightseeing & ice cream – we even bumped into John Craven filming for Country File. We spent the evening eating indian, playing tennis & playing charades.
Tuesday my Dad had to head to an office for a meeting so Lee, my Mum, the girls & I headed out to Castle Howard which is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. The Castle is set in 1000 acres with beautiful gardens, a lake & an adventure playground. We spent the morning and first half of the afternoon enjoying the grounds with a treasure trail for Safiyah. We then made our way to the adventure playground & enjoyed lunch on the lake in the ‘Boat House’ followed by ice creams in the sunshine.
Late afternoon until early evening we spent at Piglets Adventure Farm Park. We could have spent the whole day here, there was so much to see & do from pig racing yes this is a thing, a magic show circus tent, tractor rides, sand pit, play ground, petting barn – the list goes on! We arrived home to the cottages at about 5pm & got scrubbed up for dinner at the local pub The Fairfax Arms which served fantastic food & had a great atmosphere. We then returned home for a re-match of tennis!
Wednesday was our last day in Yorkshire & we spent the day in York itself. What a beautiful city, cobbled streets & quirky shops, beautiful & wacky street performers. York has a real buzz about it & it’s definitely somewhere I would like to visit again when the girls are a little older! We fed squirrels in the park, had tea & scones in an adorable tea room, mooched, met old friends at their wonderful restaurant Winner Winner – Bar & Grill then headed back to the cottages for our final afternoon relaxing in the sunshine.
Thursday we departed & headed to Edinburgh – to celebrate our Anniversary we decided a day at the Zoo was in order. We spent a good 4 hours at the Zoo which was definitely long enough & then went to Pizza Express for Dinner. We were all shattered so retreated to our hotel nice & early for what would turn out to be a terrible nights sleep before driving home early Friday morning.
The Cottage’s we stayed at in Gilling East were lovely. Perfect for families or if you are traveling with a couple of families as there are 3 cottages available all joined together. Coach House Cottages are well equipped with everything you need for a break away, comfortable & homely with access to the tennis courts which are literally on the door step. They are in an extremely safe area for children away from any main roads I felt happy to let Safiyah adventure & explore the grounds on her own & her favourite thing about the whole holiday was fruit picking, talking to the sheep, chicken’s, duck’s & horses! There was a play room with table tennis table & various other things to keep kids & Lee entertained, outdoor table for dining at and plenty of pots, pans & cooking equipment to take care of yourself. On arrival there was cooked & a large box of lovely Tea Pig tea’s that just added to the special touch. The owners were lovely & helpful but not intrusive or overbearing – just the way I like people to be! We will definitely be retuning! The cottage we stayed in slept 4 & is £539 for a week in high season, my parents were in a cottage that sleeps 3 which is £458 in high season. Both were great but our suited us perfectly as it was more spacious for the girls.
We aren’t normally a family that does UK holidays but our little Yorkshire adventure has opened my eyes to the wonderful places we have to visit in the UK. There was so much we didn’t get to do in our 5 days in Yorkshire & hopefully next Summer we can cross a few more things off our list.
Where are your favourite places to holiday in the UK??