Six Yorkshire holiday cottages for a cosy Valentine’s Day break

A remote stay in the Yorkshire Moors, a secluded cabin near the coast or a room for two in a castle, no matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day Yorkshire has plenty of getaways on its doorstep. Its diverse natural beauty and market hospitality makes it a perfect place to spend some extra quality time with your ‘someone special’. Whether your idea of romance is hiking in the Yorkshire dales, relaxing in a hot tub or staying in with a glass of wine there’s bound to be something to suit.

Staycations have become popular travel choices for couples not looking to venture too far from home but still want the extra piece of hospitality and venture. Valentine’s Day may fall on a Tuesday this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the date to spend a couple of nights away. Read more: Travelodge launches bargain sale with over two million rooms available for GBP34 or less

We have been in touch with Sykes Cottages and to see their most popular holiday rentals for couples to spend some quality time together in Yorkshire. From unique stays to quaint cottages, here’s six stays we think you’ll love.

Cosy Cave room at Stanhope Castle

Stay the night in the castle groundsStay the night in the castle grounds

This unique stay, in the North Pennines, is nestled in the market town of Stanhope in County Durham. Now it may not officially be in Yorkshire, but it’s near enough that we just had to share.

A two bedroom cottage full of amenities to enjoy a romantic break, with enough space ‘fit for a king’. Its luxuries include a private hot tub and a cinema room style living room. The corridor from the kitchen leads to a ‘cave-like’ living room, with a big screen, armchairs and surround sound speakers.

The Cosy Cave cottage is full of character, a luxury modern stay with hints of traditional archways and stone walls. It makes for a perfect base when exploring the local Wear Valley area. The town of Stanhope has plenty of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops to explore, and a lot of people flock to it for its C2C cycle route.

If you feel like venturing slightly further out during your stay then the City sites of Durham is just over 20 miles away. Price from: GBP479 on

Foxglove Cottage, North York Moors

The cottage is in an area known as the 'gateway to Yorkshire'The cottage is in an area known as the ‘gateway to Yorkshire’

Set in a quaint North Yorkshire village with rural views from every window – escape to this holiday cottage for a much needed retreat. In the heart of the North York Moors National park, in the village of Goathland, Foxglove is perfect for couples who love to wind down with modern comforts after a day of long walks, traditional pub lunches, and frequent visits from its farm residents.

The cottage sleeps two with one double bedroom, en-suite, and an open plan kitchen and living space that opens out to a patio and hot tub. The modern cottage is set at the ‘gates of North Yorkshire’ with many popular county sites on its doorstep. Beck Hole Waterfall, Whitby, and the Goathland to Grosmont Rail Trail (a 3,5 mile walk along the old railway line).

Speaking of railways there’s one close station that will likely be recognisable to avid Harry Potter fans as the film location for Hogsmeade Station. Fans can pay a visit to Goathland Station in the village, which hosts regular vintage steam train rides into the North York Moors. Two nights from: GBP500 on

Beacon Heights

Enjoy coastal walks and nights in front of the log fireEnjoy coastal walks and nights in front of the log fire

A holiday annexe in the pretty coastal village of Flamborough, four miles away from Bridlington seaside resort.

Known for its towering cliff coasts, woodlands and the surrounding Yorkshire Wolds. It would be ideal for couples looking for some peace and quiet in the countryside with its cosy, but still modern, interior. Even more suited for a romantic getaway it has a decked veranda overlooking the hills and distant sea view, an ideal spot to watch the sun go down with a glass of something.

There’s everything you’d need to make a ‘home away from home’ with a breakfast bar and kitchen if you feel like staying in to eat during your stay. Nature lovers would enjoy the wildlife at Danes Dyke, taking the woodland walk down to the beach which is home to deer, owls and kestrels. Minimum three night stay from: GBP338 from Sykes Cottages

Mayflower Meadow Igloo

Enjoy this quirky, remote, igloo pod surrounded by natureEnjoy this quirky, remote, igloo pod surrounded by nature

Imagine a glass of bubbly with this view!

Indrek cabin is a beautifully set one-bedroom pod tucked away in Burshill in East Riding of Yorkshire. The main town Brandesburton is two miles away, but the real feature to go for is the surrounding Mayflower Meadows. With country views and a quirky interior it makes for an inviting romantic getaway in the heart of East Yorkshire.

This luxury ‘glamping’ style interior has an open plan interior, private garden and hot tub terrace. Apart from winding down in the comforts of the pod, couples can test out the local Hainsworth Park Golf Club, visit the Foss Hill Country Park or enjoy a bite to eat at the nearby Dacre Arms. The beauty of this stay is the surrounding meadow, with all social spaces looking out to the natural surroundings – and blooming if you get the time of year right.

Minimum three nights: From GBP400 Sykes Cottages

In & Out cottage

A night for two in the Yorkshire DalesA night for two in the Yorkshire Dales

Described as a ‘charming upside down cottage’ this holiday home is next to the market square in Middleham, North Yorkshire. Built in the 18th century this is perfect for a couple who love exploring traditional villages and winding down in a cosy, periodic space with exposed beams. In & Out cottage is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with local towns; Richmond, Leyburn and Hawes just a stone’s throw away.

For nearby day trips Ripley Castle is 24.2 miles away in Harrogate, a popular attraction for its 14th centuary architecture (at locally made ice cream). The first bedroom floor can be accessed from both internal and external stairs, a quirky touch to this listed cottage. The bedroom opens out onto a Romeo and Juliet style balcony, perfect for a morning coffee and countryside views.

Two night stay: From GBP363 on

Ideal location for exploring Northumberland and surrounding market townsThis character cottage is in an ideal location for exploring Northumberland National Park

Finishing off with Twincote Cottage in Wooler, Northumberland, a popular getaway location in the North of Northumberland National Park and close to the English/Scottish border. If you fancied a few city sights during your stay, it’s an hour’s drive to Newcastle and around an hour and a half to Edinburgh, making it a perfect base to explore the area. This one bedroom cottage has all you could need for a cosy stay, and a woodburning stove at the centre of its social living space.

It’s charm is noticeable throughout each room, including the open plan living diner, sun room, double bedroom and en-suite. Perched on the foot of the Cheviot Hills it’s the perfect base for an outdoor hiking break with nearby remnant of Hadrian’s Wall and Humbleton Hill. The town of Coldstream is easily accessible, resting just over the border in Scotland, home to Coldstream Museum, Hirsel Golf Club and the iconic Coldstream Bridge, whilst Alnwick Castle can be found in the opposite direction, famed as the backdrop behind Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter movies.

Two nights stay: From GBP337 on

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