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Fairy-tale breaks in North Shire's Hobbit House, Gypsy Caravans and Storybook Cottage near Whitby.  

On a beautiful family-run farm in the magnificent North York Moors lies North Shire.  Like something from a fairy tale itself, this idyllic holiday retreat offers unique accommodation ranging from cottages, to camping, to gypsy caravans for a stay the whole family will treasure!

Only fifteen minutes from Whitby, North Shire is a former working farm set in six acres of stunning countryside, lovingly restored by owners Carol, Karl and their family.  Today, families and couples alike can relax in these beautiful surroundings alongside North Shire's resident animal friends, including free-range hens, peacocks, miniature ponies, horses and goats.

A stay on a farm creates fabulous childhood memories in itself, but North Shire goes above and beyond to ensure those memories are even more special for your little ones, thanks to the imagination and creativity that has gone into every detail of the accommodation.

This is particularly the case for Shire House, which has been inspired by the fantastical worlds of storybooks to make guests feel as if they too feature in a magical adventure.  From the outside, it's easy to see which story has inspired the exterior; a circular door and windows, timber frames and grass on the roof combine to create a home that Bilbo Baggins himself would be proud to own!  Surrounded by long grassy fields and stunning views, you and your family really will feel like you're holidaying in Tolkien's Shire.  

Inside, Shire House accommodates six in total, through a combination of two adults and four children or four adults and two children.  Unusual, bespoke fittings throughout continue the storybook feel, without compromising on luxury and comfort.  From the fully fitted kitchen to the roll-top bath, adults will enjoy the luxurious touches while the quirky features will fascinate children.  And all will enjoy sweet, storybook-inspired dreams on the handmade, natural mattresses, designed especially for guests at North Shire!

Smaller families might want to create magical memories in one of North Shire's beautiful gypsy caravans instead.  Modernised for comfort while retaining the traditional features, these two caravans are nestled under Scotch pine trees.  Imagine sitting on the step under starry skies, sharing stories, telling tales and creating an evening you'll treasure for years to come.  Sleeping four in total, the gypsy caravans are equipped with a basic kitchen for cooking.  However, if you want a night off from self-catering, Carol and Karl are happy to arrange a Chinese or pizza delivery for you to enjoy in your wagon!

Guests to North Shire can also opt to stay in Storybook Cottage, a former barn now converted into a sandstone cottage adjacent to the owners' home.  Three spacious bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, make this ideal for a family, who will enjoy looking out across the countryside and catching the odd glimpse of the sea before cuddling up together in the cosy sitting room.  There are also camping facilities available, open all year round for tents, campervans and caravans.

From North Shire, guests are well placed to explore the beautiful surrounding villages, both inland and coastal.  One mile away is Liverton, a pretty little village with a fantastic country pub, while six miles away is popular Danby, offering the Danby Moors Centre, a bakery with tearoom and a local inn.  Whitby is only a short drive away, with its bustling Dickensian streets, and a must-visit when in the area.  As well, with the North York Moors National Park on your doorstep, there's plenty of opportunity to explore this enigmatic area via the many footpaths.

Holidays are all about an escape from reality to something more magical, and there's no doubt that North Shire delivers in this aspect!  Whether you're young or simply young at heart, prepare for an enchanted visit you'll want to make year after year.

Things to note

Stays from £195 (2 night stay off peak season Nov - Feb) . On bank holidays and school holidays peak season rates apply.
No pets permitted, no smoking, nearest shop is located 6 miles away, nearest pub 1 mile away, the owners have dog boarding kennels located a short distance from North Shire, there is space for one baby (cot and highchair must be brought).

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The basics

Region: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire
Cost (from): £195 (2 nights low season)
Sleeps: 4-6 per unit
Bedrooms: varies
Bathrooms: varies
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 139

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Shire House: One master double bedroom, one family double bedroom with two additional single beds, private bathroom, gold roll top bathtub, toilet, bedding, fully equipped kitchen, oven, gas hob, microwave, sink, fridge, lounge area, dining area, wood fire burner, board games, books, chess, cards.

Gypsy Caravans:  Two gypsy caravans and one Shepherd's hut sleep 2 adults and one small child, basic kitchen, shared campsite facilities including showers, toilets, BBQs, parking.

Story Book Cottage: 3 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom facilities, small galley kitchen, oven, electric hobs, kettle, fridge, freezer, 2 TVs with Freeview, CD, radio, WiFi, bedding, parking.

Please contact the owners directly with any questions.

Local activities

National Park, museums, steam railway, Go Ape, walking sailing, walking, cycling, surfing, whale watching, fishing, foraging, bird watching, horse riding.

At a glance

  • Family-run farm in North York Moors offering a range of accommodation for families and couples in a magnificent setting
  • The Shire House, inspired by Tolkien's Hobbit houses, offers a totally unique storybook-inspired home with a high level of luxury (sleeps 6)
  • Two gypsy caravans, each sleeping 4, available for hire, retaining stunning original features blended with modern comforts
  • Storybook Cottage also available for hire, alongside camping facilities for tents, caravans and campervans
  • Only 15 minutes from popular Whitby; 6 miles from Danby and Danby Moors Centre; one mile from Liverton with good village pub


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