A modern take on a classic Victorian folly, the Forbidden Corner is a warren of British eccentricity in the beautiful Tupgill Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Built in the 1980s, it features grottoes, water fountains, oak statues and even a labyrinth with a revolving floor. Our selection of hotels nearby – all bookable with Culture Trip – includes historic cottages, pubs and inns, perfect for exploring this attraction and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
This collection of seven lovely stone cottages exhibits a classic rural English style, with rugged wooden beams, whitewashed wooden furniture and bathrooms with large, freestanding tubs. (There’s even a red phone box next door.) Cottages have private grassy gardens as well as acres of communal ground, with forests and footpaths winding through the Tupgill Park estate.
The brainchild of an Anglo-French couple, the Wensleydale combines a classic Yorkshire atmosphere with classy European touches: cast-iron four-poster beds and antique continental furniture decorate the guestrooms, some of which have lovely views of Middleham Castle. The Tack Room restaurant uses local produce to whip up superb dishes such as beef wellington with dauphinoise potatoes.
This classic English country pub in the village of Aysgarth, surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, is home to lovely guest rooms with dark-wood furniture, plush carpets and large bathrooms with huge freestanding clawfoot bathtubs. Downstairs in the pub, in addition to a great range of Yorkshire ales, there’s a superb food menu, with hearty highlights including steak pie and North Sea scallops.
This traditional pub in the village of West Burton – best known for the beautiful Cauldron Falls, as painted by JMW Turner – has lovely guestrooms set around a quiet courtyard and decorated in a traditional, homely style. The pub has a great range of beers and wines and a top menu of hearty pub grub; the pizzas are particularly recommended, as is the Whitby fish board.
Roaring log fires, stone floors and leather sofas set around huge oak tables – the Wyvill Arms has the feel of a classic country inn, which extends to the seven lovely guest rooms, each differently designed and featuring furnishings such as dark-wood four-poster beds, chandeliers and either self-contained garden areas or views over the fields. Breakfast is a hearty affair, with cooked options including delicious home-made black pudding.
The welcoming atmosphere of a traditional B&B is never more satisfying than after a day spent roaming the Yorkshire Dales, and the guest rooms at the Black Swan Hotel, decked with plush furnishings in a classic design, offer everything you’d want from a country inn. So does the pub itself, which has great beers and a superb regional food menu – try the Wensleydale soufflé.
Named for the magnificent cattle that roam the surrounding farmland, this boutique hotel has bags of character. Each of the 13 rooms has a different theme, ranging from James Bond (complete with wall art of a cow in a tuxedo) to Black Sheep, which includes a complimentary taste of the ale of the same name. All rooms are luxurious, and many feature four-poster beds. The food is similarly superb – try the herb-crusted east coast hake.
Housed in a historic property, the oldest parts of which date to 1650, the Frenchgate is a beautiful place to stay. Room features include vast oak four-posters, ancient wooden beams, freestanding Victorian baths and river and garden views. Local produce served at breakfast includes bacon, black pudding, salmon and haddock, while Whitby white crab and guinea fowl are among the highlights of the restaurant menu later in the day.
Set in a centuries-old Georgian country house, the Burgoyne has been renovated to modern standards of five-star comfort while retaining beautiful period touches such as antique beds and sash windows. Two drawing rooms with inglenook fireplaces and shelves full of books and games make the perfect place to curl up for an evening, while the 1783 Restaurant serves seasonal, regional cuisine, such as spring lamb rump and wild mushrooms.