What makes Coxwold a special place for a short break or holiday?

- 7 January 2019 -

The picturesque village of Coxwold is located inside the North York Moors national park and adjacent to the Howardian Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. Yet, although Coxwold is set in such a beautiful location, within an hour you can be shopping or sightseeing in historic York or Harrogate, or can be walking in the wilds of the Moors or on a wonderful beach along the east coast. So, at Coxwold, you really can enjoy the best of all worlds – making it the ideal base to explore the area.

In Coxwold and its environs are: Shandy Hall, former home of the infamous author Lawrence Sterne of Tristram Shandy fame; the village church with its fabulous memorials to past owners of nearby Newburgh Priory; Newburgh Priory itself, reputed to be the final resting place of Oliver Cromwell; and, the evocative ruins of Byland Abbey, an English Heritage site.

Within a short drive are the lovely market towns of Helmsley and Easingwold – both well worth a visit. Helmsley has the added attractions of Duncombe Park with its recently restored follies as well as the ruined Helmsley Castle, another English Heritage site. These are our nearest two towns for really good independent shops, although provisions and newspapers can be found even closer to Coxwold at Ampleforth, famous for its Abbey and School. Slightly further afield is Malton, Yorkshire’s self-appointed capital of food!

Wherever you travel around Coxwold there are places of interest. The next village to our north is Kilburn, famous for its white horse cut into Sutton Bank as well as being the place where the world-renowned “Mouseman” furniture is made. And at neighbouring Oldstead is the Black Swan restaurant of Tommy Banks fame, voted the best restaurant in the world in TripAdvisor in 2017. Great food is to be found all around the area from fresh fish and chips and tasty pub food to fine dining if you don’t want to cook in every night!

Other local places to visit include Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace near Helmsley and the magnificent Castle Howard and its adjacent Arboretum. If you like horse racing then Thirsk and York races are a short drive away. And for more horsepower, try Croft circuit which has a variety of motor sport through the summer from historics to the British Touring Car Championship. And if you have a taste for adventure yourself there is always hang gliding from Sutton Bank or zip wires at Dalby Forest! Or simply relax in charming Coxwold…. The choice is yours! However you choose to enjoy your short break or holiday, you will be hard pushed to find a better place than Coxwold Cottages where you have a choice of accommodation – the boutique Holiday Cottage or the luxury Shepherd’s Hut. See you soon!


Coxwold is a picture-postcard village. Ideal base for exploring the North York Moors

Shandy Hall, Coxwold, former home of Laurence Sterne, author of Tristram ShandyForge Cottage, Coxwold. Inside North York Moors national parkCastle Howard is just a half hour drive away from Coxwold