Our snow drops have miraculously survived the storms and are just starting to peep out at Arbour Hill! Why not come and stay at our romantic Yorkshire Dales cottages and see how pretty the gardens, copse and woodland are looking?
Whilst you’re here, you could visit the annual “Snowdrop Walk” at our neighbouring Hornby Castle on the afternoon of Sunday 11th February. Wonder around the glorious (usually private) grounds of the 15th century fortified manor house and then help yourself to tea and delicious cakes in the nearby Norman church of St Mary’s. The castle is a five minute drive from Arbour Hill. Or, better still, a gorgeous 20 minute walk through Capability Brown-modelled parkland. Watch out for our resident buzzards on the way though! Entry is £5 per adult (for charity) with free parking at the Castle. This is always a fun and friendly event and it’s one of our faves.
Despite the cold weather, the snowdrops are also thriving elsewhere. So venture further afield (35 minute drive) to marvel at the white carpets of snow drops currently covering the ground at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. This ancient abbey (the country’s largest monastic ruins) and it’s awe inspiring gardens are pretty spectacular at any time but the early spring snow drops bring something extra. There’s a spectacular (but easy!) 5k walk around the UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can strike out for a longer trek around its 800 acre grounds.
Then, back at Arbour Hill, you can admire our very own snow drops through the round picture window in your warm cosy self catering cottage or from your private hot tub, with its fab panoramic views over the Yorkshire countryside, towards the Dales and the Moors.