When it comes to incredible places to stay, Yorkshire isn’t short of them. But it’s the weird and wonderful of the bunch that have caught our eyes the most. From historic conversions to safari tents and uniquely built glamping pods, we’ve rounded up the quirkiest accommodation in (and around) the Yorkshire Dales – and trust us when we say, you won’t be disappointed.
1. Little North Field, Bishop Thorton
Located just on the edge of the Nidderdale side of the Dales, Little North Field is home to three beautiful safari tents, that’ll transport any guest to the plains of Africa – except in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, of course.
Situated by a picturesque pond, guests can retreat to their safari-style accommodation, with an open plan living area, two separate bedrooms and all the essentials tucked away inside.
In addition to the basics, guests can cosy up in front of the log burner, stargaze on the outside deck in front of the firepit, or cosy up inside on the sofa surrounded by twinkling fairylights. If that wasn’t all, each tent is also complete with its own proper kitchen and bathroom (with a proper shower!), meaning the camping-shy among us will have all the creature comforts they need to enjoy their stay. Find out more. Little North Field, Fountains Rd, Harrogate, HG3 3JN.
2. Catgill Garm, Bolton Abbey
Catgill Farm isn’t only a quirky place to stay, but a popular one, too – with many dates booked out far in advance by Yorkshire Dales fans.
Located by the gorgeous Bolton Abbey Estate, Skipton, the glamping site offers an array of quirky accommodation options, including cosy bell tents and a host of idyllic timber pods.
Inside each timber pod, guests can enjoy a spacious living and sleeping area with room enough for six to sleep, as well as a comfy sofa, private shower room and a mini kitchenette with all the essentials. But it’s outside where the magic really happens.
Complete with a cosy deck and two comfy reclined chairs, guests can enjoy a starry night in front of the firepit, before taking a dip in a private log-fired hot tub that sits front and centre in front of the countryside views. It’ the perfect spot to enjoy a cold glass of wine, and an experience you’ll be challenged to find anywhere else. Book here. Catgill Farm, Catgill Farm – Camping and Glamping, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6HA.
3. The Wensleydale Experience, Swinithwaite
An 18th century folly overlooking the glorious Yorkshire Dales, this quirky place to stay is most definitely one for the history buffs among us – with tons of original features to ooh and ahh over during your stay.
Situated close by the Dales highlights such as Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton, guests can enjoy unspoilt countryside for as far as the eye can see from the historic folly, with a large balcony sweeping around the structure where visitors can really enjoy the location.
Inside, enjoy interior reminscent of the folly’s heritage, alongside curving stone staircases, large windows that frame the view, and, of course, the cosy amenities that provide home-from-home comfort. Find out more. The Wensleydale Experience, A684, West Witton, Leyburn, DL8 4UJ.
4. Yurtshire, Aldfield
Located close by to Fountain’s Abbey, just on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales, Yurtshire is home to a number of glowing, cosy yurts – all fully decked out with beautiful lighting and cosy furnishings.
Perfect for a romantic weekend away, guests can snuggle up in the warm and comforting yurts which are decked out with double beds, futons, wood burners, and more, as well as fire pits, BBQs and seating outdoors, too. Found within a peaceful meadow, guests won’t be short of tranquility, with plenty of Yorkshire attractions on Yurtshire’s doorstep, too. Find out more here. Yurtshire, Aldfield, Ripon, HG4 3BG.
5. The Old Chapel, East Witton
The Old Chapel at East Witton can be found right on the edge of the Dales, with the likes of The Forbidden Corner, Jervaulx Abbey and other gems just a short drive away.
A unique renovation of a former chapel, the accommodation has room enough for four, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, alongside a cosy living area and tons of original features. From stained glass windows to arch-shaped doorways and, of course, the original exterior, architecture fans will be left in awe of The Old Chapel. Book it here. The Old Chapel at East Witton, East Witton, Leyburn, DL8 4SL.
6. Camp Katur, Bedale
Ok, so it’s not the Yorkshire Dales exactly, but it’s not far. Situated in Bedale, Camp Katur is as unique as they come, with tons of accommodation options for guests to enjoy. Options include completely see-through stargazing domes, hobbit huts, geodomes, bell tents, gnome huts, yurts and more, all comprising of luxury finishes to add more of a ‘glamping’ feel to the stay.
Our favourite, is, of course, the woodland unidome hides, which are tucked away in the woods away from civilisation – with only the sweeping sounds of the trees and the dark night sky to keep you company. Each dome is complete with a double bed, heater, outdoor chiminea and seating area, with extras such as fire for the wood and marshmallows available from the friendly team. Want to read more? Check out our review of Camp Katur right here. Book a stay here. Camp Katur, Camp Katur The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS.