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  • Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Festivals, Fun and Frivolity!  Yes it’s that time of year again – Summer Holidays are just around the corner and it’s time to book yours, if you haven’t already!

Some local events and links to follow if you are considering visiting us again this year ... we hope you do ..

Have a wonderful Summer and may the sun shine for you ...

Our gorgeous, cosy Manor House Farm Cottage is on special offer through the summer months at only £450 per week! A lovely, comfortable cottage - sitting room, kitchen/dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garden/patio - in a stunning rural location just outside Scarborough, it is very well equipped and beautifully furnished, down to the best quality bed linen so you can sleep in luxurious comfort :)

Granary Cottage, Manor House Farm and Cottage, nr. Scarborough, North Yorkshire

3 – 5 July Staxtonbury Family Music Festival, Burton Agnes Hall Jazz festival

18 July Pickering Music Festival

14 – 16 July The Great Yorkshire Show

25 July – 2 August Muston Scarecrow Festival

Lots of great events in July and the summer months: http://www.yorkshire.com/festivals/festivals-july-2015#calendar

Wildlife, Walking, Cycling, Horse Riding, Fishing, Surfing and even Skydiving ... http://www.yorkshire.com/what-to-do/outdoors         

Thwaite Cottages, Scargill, nr. Barnard Castle, County Durham

Magna Carta is on display until the end of August - http://www.thisisdurham.com/magna-carta - “the last surviving copy of the 1216 issue”, a must see!

16 – 19 July Brass Festival in Durham http://www.brassfestival.co.uk/

11 July – 25 October is the long awaited Yves Saint Laurent exhibition http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/VisitUs/WhatsOn.aspx

The great outdoors http://www.thisisdurham.com/outdoors : Hamsterley Forest, High Force and Low Force Waterfalls, North Pennines, Durham Dales and lots more.

Rosehaugh Estate Cottages and Bay Farm Cottages, Avoch, The Black Isle, nr Inverness, Ross-shire

Masses of things happening in and around Inverness, a wide range of events from Highland Games to Basil Brush! http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/

Have a great holiday – wherever you are :)

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  • Published on Monday, 13 April 2015
SPRING has sprung

Spring has definitely Sprung! I hope you all had a lovely Easter Break and planning your next holiday? The dolphins are waiting for you at Munlochy Bay, near our Rosehaugh Estate cottages; The gorgeous Yorkshire Dales National Park just a short drive from our Thwaite Cottages near Barnard Castle (you should visit the quirky 'Forbidden Corner' near Leyburn while you're there ...); and of course the fabulous Tour de Yorkshire Stage 1 whizzing by only metres from our Granary Cottage near Scarborough on 1 May! How exciting is that?!! Do give us a call if you would like to know more about our cottages - we look forward to hearing from you ... :)

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  • Published on Tuesday, 24 February 2015
NEWSLETTER - Feb/Mar 2015

News from Scarborough, North Yorkshire

It's nearly March and the early mornings are definitely getting brighter so it doesn’t feel like you’re walking your dog in the middle of the night! Valentine's Day and the Half Term holidays have been and gone, Easter soon and then that first Bank Holiday in May, when the Tour de Yorkshire is coming our way - the route has now been announced and I'm sure all you keen cyclists out there already know that Stage One, on Friday 1st May, is from Bridlington to Scarborough, Stage Two on Saturday 2nd May is Selby to York, and Stage Three on Sunday 3rd May is Wakefield to Leeds. We already have a keen cycle fan booked into one of our lovely cottages, but still have two cottages available during that period.  The Stage 1 peloton will be zooming right through Hackness, only metres from our Granary Cottage! Have a look and book soon ... Route maps: stage-1/map, stage-2/map, stage-3/map

News from Barnard Castle, nr Durham

BIG NEWS this Yves Saint Laurent exhibition is coming to the Bowes Musuem on 11 July - 25 October 2015 ... The grand gala opening on 9 July is (rumoured) to be attended by serious celebrities, such as Anna Wintour (editor American Vogue), Vivienne Westwood, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Craig with his wife Rachel Weisz and probably a whole lot more ... and it just so happens we have our lovely cottages at Scargill, just outside Barnard Castle, and very convenient for the Bowes Museum. The Barnard Castle Chic Vintique Fair is held on the first Wednesday of each month (from June to November) in The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle. It’s a collection of antiques and collectables including jewellery, objets d’art and various arty goodies – for the antique enthusiasts amongst you.  There are lots of lovely antique shops to peruse along Bank Street too, as well as the essential tea rooms in and around town for your afternoon tea.

News from the Black Isle, nr Inverness

Colin’s Blog – with a contribution from Mr Gof Thompson, who stayed at Bay Farm Cottages in January 2015:

Winter at Bay Farm

“You may have not thought about visiting the cottages at Rosehaugh in the winter. You can experience some spectacular scenery and see lots of wildlife.  You can be warm and snug in the cottages and explore the Highlands by car. The roads in the Highlands are quickly cleared of snow and, apart from the recent gales, the North-East of Scotland has had some of the best weather in the UK this winter.  

January has brought the north of Scotland two extremes. First, early in the month, we had high winds which brought down many established trees. Then snow enveloped the highlands and for a short time the coast. As always the roads were quickly cleared and well maintained, so travelling around was easy with a little extra care. It was possible to travel and explore the wonderful snow covered landscape, often in glorious sunshine. The mountains, lochs and rivers all impress at this time of year.

This has been a difficult time for the wildlife, but they are resilient and know how to cope. At Bay Farm there have been good sightings of Red Squirrels (we think the population may be growing – with the help of Colin’s nuts), Red Kites, Buzzards, Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers, Redshank, Godwits and many others. Seals and Otters were seen locally. The wind and snow brought large numbers of deer, Roe and Red, low down close to roads and houses. Sightings were excellent.”

Come and visit soon :)

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  • Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Tour de Yorkshire!

Gosh it's nearly February - It will be Valentine's Day soon, and Half Term holidays, Easter and then that first Bank Holiday in May, when the Tour de Yorkshire is coming our way - the route has now been announced and I'm sure all you keen cyclists out there already know that Stage 1 on the 1st May is from Bridlington to Scarborough .. Yay .. and Stage 2 on 2nd May is Selby to York, Stage 3 on 3rd May is Wakefield to Leeds. We already have a keen cycle fan booked into one of our lovely cottages, but still have two cottages available for that period.  Stage 1 peloton will be zooming right through Hackness, only metres from Granary Cottage! Have a look and book soon ... Route maps can be found on:

http://letouryorkshire.com/stage-1/map

http://letouryorkshire.com/stage-2/map 

http://letouryorkshire.com/stage-3/map

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  • Published on Monday, 08 December 2014

Christmas is officially in the air - you can almost smell it! Christmas Grottos, Music, Pantomimes, Fairs and Markets all over the place - from Scarborough and environs in Yorkshire, Barnard Castle near Durham, to Avoch in the Black Isle near Inverness, Scotland - all great fun.

Christmas lights were switched on in Scarborough this week and they are fabulous! We also had the huge Coca Cola truck (from the TV commercials) in town at the weekend which proved very popular http://thedms.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/Scarborough-Christmas-Markets/details/?dms=3&feature=1024&venue=1711754 

Also in North Yorkshire, Santa specials on the unique North Yorks Moors Railway http://www.nymr.co.uk/special-events/santa-specials/

Pantomime season is also here http://www.scarboroughspa.co.uk/events/Snow-White-Pantomime-Scarborough-Spa-December-2014 and https://www.sjt.uk.com/content/aladdin.

Inverness Winter Wonderland 12 December, when Santa and his Reindeer 'bring a touch of Christmas magic to the Highland Capital' http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php

In and around Barnard Castle there are Christmas Markets at the Bowes Museum  http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/VisitUs/WhatsOn/Events/ChristmasMarket.aspx

Ice Skating at Beamish Museum http://www.beamish.org.uk/outdoor-ice-skating/

Winter Wonderland at the Bowlees Visitor Centre http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Pages/NewsUpdatesItem.aspx?NewsUpdatesID=138.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Country Cottage Holiday