If you’re seeking a rural retreat in the biggest nature recovery project in the North, this beautiful sanctuary located at the foothills of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, is your port of call. Nestled amid 3,000 acres of grounds, with rolling meadows, heather moorland and wild reservoirs, the Broughton Hall Estate provides guests with their very own private kingdom. Complete with a pretty meandering river, ancient woodlands, abundance of activities for the whole family, and of course, a spectacular collection of cottages and homestays – including a grand Grade 1 listed Hall that oozes history and character – this quaint corner of northern England is simply made for a wonderful family or friends reunion.
Broughton Hall is a quintessentially English Historic Country House and spectacle, set within the beautiful 3,000-acre grounds that fringe the Yorkshire Dales. This Grade 1 listed Hall makes a magnificent home for large families and groups of friends, with extravagant interiors and opulent furnishings throughout. The Hall can comfortably accommodate up to 32 guests across its 17 beautifully appointed bedrooms, while on the ground floor you’ll find the main entertaining space, with two drawing rooms, a library, a bright conservatory, a billiards room and a dining room. With access to a private tennis court, miles of scenic pathways and ancient woodland to explore, this outstanding property is all-encompassing.
- 17 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 28
- Highlight: Extravagant interiors perfect for hosting a large family reunion
Yellison At Broughton Hall Estate
Located at the edge of ancient woodland, this former Dales Farmstead has been lovingly refurbished into a stunning holiday home fit for families and friends. The colourful interiors at Yellinson welcome guests to unwind after a day of exploration in the wild reservoir that sits within its grounds, perfect for an enchanting swim in natural waters and a woodland sauna. The double bedrooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and freestanding baths, making it a relaxing space to enjoy with your loved ones.
- 4 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 8
- Highlight: Take a dip in the wild reservoir and woodland sauna on-site
Gargrave Road At Broughton Hall Estate
If you like peace and quiet, Gargrave Road is home to a small cluster of cottages surrounded by lush countryside – providing an away-from-it-all feel. With a welcoming living area and three bedrooms, this comfortable space makes the perfect base if you want to explore the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Bull Inn award-winning pub is also within an easy walk.
- 3 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 5
- Highlight: This intimate cottage is surrounded by rolling meadows
Stable Cottage At Broughton Hall Estate
Tucked within a corner of the old Stable Courtyard, Stable Cottage is a welcome retreat that oozes history and charm. The property is positioned next to a beautiful Walled Garden and is within walking distance to both Broughton Hall and the wellbeing centre Avalon. The interiors are modern and stylish, with an open-plan kitchen and dining area that’s ideal for entertaining.
- 3 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 6
- Highlight: Positioned next to the beautiful Walled Garden
Mill Cottage At Broughton Hall Estate
Mill Cottage is a unique two-bedroom property in a beautifully restored watermill, set within a picturesque courtyard of Estate buildings. The cottage has wonderful views of the ancient woodland, which is a joy to explore when the weather is nice, especially if you’re a wildlife lover – spot the otter and kingfishers. The interiors feature every colour of the rainbow, creating a warm atmosphere that’s ideal if you’re holidaying with the little ones.
- 2 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 4
- Highlight: The cottage overlooks the enchanting ancient woodland
Sulphur Wells At Broughton Hall Estate
Located near the entrance of the Broughton Hall Estate amid a pretty row of cottages is the Sulphur Wells home. This two-bedroom property oozes tradition, with stylish interiors that make guests feel as though they’re residing in a cosy home away from home. It’s a perfect rural retreat for family holidays or couples.
- 2 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 4
- Highlight: Features a prime location to explore the Estate and surrounding Yorkshire Dales
Escapism comes easy at Eden House, a spectacular six-bedroom property set within the sprawling estate. With panoramic views of the verdant grounds from every window, this house is akin to a five-star hotel, complete with luxury interiors, state-of-the-art facilities and extensive entertaining space. For a cosy alfresco evening, guests can book a hot tub and fire pit next to the woods (which also has a mountain bike trail to try), which oozes a contemporary Scandi, feel. This stunning home is perfect for a special occasion, large family gatherings and friends reunions.
- 6 Bedrooms
- Sleeps up to 11
- Highlight: Spacious rooms perfect for large parties and entertaining
Things To Do At Broughton Estate
While it may be tempting to spend all of your time relaxing in your idyllic cottage, there’s plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits when you stay at Broughton Hall Estate. Whether you want to plan a picnic for the kids, indulge in a fairy-lit woodland dinner, go for a wild swim or simply explore the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales – the handpicked experiences and weekly schedule of things to do are totally unique and tailored to meet your every need.
Fire Temple Experience
Set within the picturesque woodlands that fringe the Estate is a large, sheltered wooden structure that plays host to a variety of outdoor activities perfect for adults and little ones, alike. Toast marshmallows on the roaring open fire and listen to fireside stories, sing along to live music, try your hand at some drumming, or venture out into the woods for some foraging. The warm and friendly atmosphere makes it a perfect way to round up a day of exploration.
Enchanted Woodland Dining
Dine under the stars when you head to the Garden of Cosmic Origin, a cosy candle-lit corner of the woodland. If you’re at one with nature, this rural experience will be right up your street. Complete with a roaring fire, a sheltered hut for weather protection, and an idyllic treetop canopy – the scene is well and truly set for a romantic evening or an intimate gathering with great company and delicious food.
Whether you’ve got kids in tow or you simply want to soak up the scenery while indulging in some good food, the picnic experience is a fantastic afternoon activity for all ages. Grab your jam-packed picnic hamper and head out to explore more of the Estate’s 3,000-acre sanctuary, from its meadow pastures to its tranquil woodlands. Pick a spot that best suits you and enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by nature – just be sure a squirrel doesn’t pinch your sandwich!
Grab Your Bike
If you love nothing more than soaking up the sights on two wheels, then you’re in luck. The team at Broughton Estate is on hand to help you uncover the elusive trails and ancient tracks that contribute towards the rugged Yorkshire Dales landscape, with a selection of expert guided bike tours. Follow a tour guide through the quaint countryside and learn about the natural beauty and wildlife as you go. Or if you prefer a faster pace, head over to nearby Denbers Wood and embark on an exciting mountain bike trail through the trees.
Escape the hustle and bustle and really get away from it all when you visit Broughton Estate’s Hermit Hut. Tucked away in its own oasis on the edge of a wild swimming reservoir, this quaint hut is the perfect place to unwind and re-connect. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural surroundings at your own pace; cook lunch on the camp fire (or pack a nutritious picnic), go for a swim, explore nearby walks or simply enjoy the serenity of this off-the-grid location for a little while.
Swim In The Wild
Nestled within the grounds of the Estate is a natural swimming reservoir, perfect for those eager to dip their toes into the wild. Grab your armbands, a lilo, whatever you need and head over to one of these hidden swimming holes for a refreshing morning or afternoon dip. Follow it up with a woodland sauna.
If you want to venture into the wild a little further, spend a day or half day with a survival expert and explore a variety of nature-immersive activities, from den building to bushcraft, and outdoor cooking. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors?
Still seething over that tug of war battle you lost in P.E at school? Well, now’s your chance to redeem yourself. Discover a variety of archaic trials and team sports to take on in the Estate’s expansive grounds, from fun family three-legged races to ferret racing, tug of war, hay bail jumping and much more! Prepare for a competitive morning that’s bundles of fun for all ages.
If you’re a health and wellness enthusiast, you’ll be pleased to know that you can maintain your schedule throughout your stay. Get involved in the Estate’s weekly wellbeing classes available at the purpose-built centre Avalon, with everything from Yoga to Pilates, Physical Body Training and holistic practices such as Sound Healing and Meditation on the menu, too. Namaste.
The only thing better than wandering the beautiful gardens and woodland, is taking a little piece of it home with you. Allow expert florists Georgina and Jane to lead the way as you mindfully pick colourful flora and fauna to create a spectacular, seasonal bouquet in the flower workshop experience. Or, use the beautiful flowers you’ve picked to create your very own nature crown instead – let your imagination run wild and craft a design that’s unique to you – and that fits perfectly atop your head, of course. Guaranteed to make you feel like a Queen for the day.
Food & Drink
You’ve already indulged in the enchanting woodland dining experience on-site, but there’s plenty of food and drink venues in the surrounding area to explore when hunger strikes, too. Yorkshire is renowned for its thriving local artisan food and drink scene, with some spectacular pubs and restaurants serving up a traditional taste of the north – we’ve listed a few of our favourites.
The Bull At Broughton is set within the Broughton Estate and is a traditional pub, complete with cosy open fires, flagged stone floors, old-fashioned furniture and a traditional, hearty menu. Dishing up classic pub grub, you’ll find all of your favourites here including cod in beer batter with chips, braised feather of beef bourguignon, burgers and tasty vegetarian dishes. Not to mention the delicious Sunday lunch menu, certain to fill a hole after a long countryside walk.
The Angel Inn is nestled in the small village of Hetton, just 15-minutes from Broughton Hall Estate and is one of Yorkshire’s first gastropubs. Recently refurbished under the co-ownership of two-starred Michelin chef Michael Wignall and wife, Johanna, the sumptuous menu features dishes including chamber aged fillet of beef, steamed turbot and Jerusalem artichoke. With an a la carte menu, seven-course tasting menu, vegetarian menu and a kids’ menu available – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a traditional Yorkshire ale house, The Craven Arms is your best bet. Just 15-minutes from the Estate, this cosy house serves local ale and great food accompanied by toasty log fires and a friendly atmosphere. The Cruck Barn, located behind the pub, makes a perfect venue for events or celebrations with wooden beamed ceilings and rustic dining furniture.
Explore The Local Area
If you’re already filling up your itinerary with activities and experiences available at the Estate, be sure to save space for all of the things to see and do in the surrounding area, too.
You’ll find a list as long as your arm of country walks and outdoor pursuits to enjoy during your stay in the Yorkshire Dales – so be sure to bring your hiking shoes.
Malham Cove is just 15-minutes from Broughton and a popular tourist spot for its 70m high white limestone cliff, which makes for a challenging climb! Don’t like heights? Dive underground and uncover 450 million years of geology and history at the Ingleborough Caves, with footpaths that pass by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones – after a pleasant nature trail walk through Ingleborough Estate. Like to fish? The two spring-fed lakes at Kinsley Fishing and Trout Farm have beautiful surroundings and are open for fishing all year-round – a great way to spend an hour or two.
You can’t visit Yorkshire without a trip to a local farm shop, with two of our favourites located close by to the Estate. Keelham Farm Shop is 5-minutes from Broughton Estate and has everything from seasonal fruit and veg, to an award-winning butchers, alehouse and florist – not to mention a mouthwatering menu for those who want to stop by for a bite to eat. Town Head Farm Shop is another hot spot complete with a tea room, butchery courses and even a hog roast service with their local pork that can be hired. If you can, we highly recommend you swing by.
If you fancy a splash of retail therapy to mix up your days spent in the heart of the countryside, Salts Mill is the answer. A 20-minute journey from Broughton Estate is where you’ll find this huge Victorian Grade II* listed former textile factory, now brimming with fine art, books, flowers, food and more. If you’re into history, you can also visit the Mill – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.