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Harewood – historic house and motor sport venue!

- 1 September 2021 -

Most know Harewood House as a fine country house. Yet, on its doorstep is one of the UK’s foremost speed hillclimb venues where single-seater racing cars can reach speeds of around 130 mph! First used in 1962, in the mid 1990s Harewood hillclimb was extended to 1,584 yards, making it the country’s longest hillclimb. The British Hillclimb Championship round is when you will see the fastest cars on the hill although there are a number of other meetings held each year. Set in a lovely valley, the cars run on a narrow tarmac road, even passing through a farmyard on their way to the finish line. Very dramatic and highly recommended!

Harewood House itself was designed for Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood, by John Carr with Robert Adam being primarily responsible for the interiors. Built between 1759 and 1771, in the  1840s additions were made by Sir Charles Barry, including the acclaimed Italianate terrace. The landscape beyond is by ‘Capability’ Brown.

The iconic Harewood view is of the Italianate Terrace with the House behind. The focal point is the imposing bronze figure depicting Orpheus (by Astrid Zydower) which was added in 1984. Inside there is superb Thomas Chippendale furniture and a world class collection of paintings by, amongst others, JMW Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco.

Harewood House has been home to the Lascelles family since it was built, reflecting the changing tastes and styles of the past 250 years. In August 2021, Harewood staged the first outdoor performances of Mamma Mia, the ABBA musical.

Harewood is located between Harrogate and Leeds, just 45 minutes from Coxwold Cottages via junction 45 of the A1(M). If you are heading for the historic house then why not combine with a half day in the lovely town of Harrogate or cosmopolitan Leeds? There are so many places you can easily visit if you base yourself in Coxwold, located inside the North York Moors National Park. And then relax in either our luxury holiday cottage or idyllic shepherd’s hut whilst planning the next day – or trying to decide which of the many gastro pubs and fine restaurants to eat at that evening! And if motor sport is “your thing”, Croft circuit is also just 45 minutes away and Oliver’s Mount is about an hour’s drive by car…

The iconic view of Harewood House - just 45 minutes from Coxwold Cottages
The iconic view of Harewood House – just 45 minutes from Coxwold Cottages
Orpheus at Harewood House
Orpheus at Harewood House
Exiting the farmyard at Harewood Hillclimb
Exiting the farmyard at Harewood Hillclimb
Scenic Harewood Hillclimb is easy to reach from Coxwold
Scenic Harewood Hillclimb is easy to reach from Coxwold