Sleeps around 30 people on 15 pitches
Find out more: Askrigg Camping
Askrigg Camping is a back-to-basics, idyllic little campsite, set on a working farm on the edge of the pretty Dales village of Askrigg. With just an eco-loo, washing-up sink, drinking water and stunning views - it's the place to stay for getting back to nature, leaving the fuss of modern life at home. There are 15 well-spaced pitches. They can also offer wild, off-grid, camping by special arrangement. In Askrigg there are three within walking distance of the site, a couple of small shops, a small children's play park and hiking and biking routes heading off over the surrounding countryside. This is proper no frills, back to basics camping without the distractions of modern life. Campers often share the camping field with an assortment of sheep, lambs and hens - making their mini-break even more memorable!
There are lots of different reasons why you might choose a particular place to stay. I think the sign at the entrance to Stow House's drive offers some of the best: "beautiful rooms, excellent service and punch-packing cocktails". Add to this fantastic views, friendly, fun owners and the sense that this is where the most interesting guests are likely to stay and you might decide it's well worth booking an extra night so you can stay longer.
I still have a very clear memory of the first time I went to The Traddock at Austwick - the sense of being able to retreat from the world into a haven of cosy comfort has stayed with me. That visit was in the bleak midwinter when it was wonderful to step inside the Traddock and feel the warmth, not just of the building but the welcome too. I've since returned in the summer and it's just as alluring. It almost felt like a different place, but still welcoming and a wonderful setting for a celebration of any kind.
The Yorkshire Dales are not exactly known for interior design. Most places favour the "farmhouse style" of an accumulation of objects over the years, which make for a timeless cosiness. Those who'd prefer a more contemporary setting should head directly for Yorebridge House in Bainbridge, where owner, Charlotte Reilly's interior design skills are immediately apparent. The former headmaster's house and school is Victorian and a little stark-looking from the outside but softened by its wonderful setting.
Inside you are welcomed by a sense of luxury, plush greys, purples and neutral tones. They may need to expand the reception area very soon - its walls are already almost covered by award certificates and trophies.