Escape to a real fire

Escape to a real fire

Autumn days are perfect for reaching for your favourite jumper or warm jacket, pulling on your boots and heading out for walks among the dramatic displays of colour that nature provides at this time of year.

After a day in the countryside, what could be better than the welcoming sight and warmth of a real fire at your restaurant, hotel or holiday cottage? Here are just a few of the warm welcomes in the Harrogate district.

Restaurants and Pubs

The Sawley Arms is a traditional English country inn serving freshly cooked, locally sourced food in a very friendly village pub atmosphere located within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rooms are also available here making this an ideal base for a country getaway.

At the Timble Inn, 12 miles from Harrogate, an elegant dining experience and 2 AA Rosette menu can be found in this charming Grade II listed former Coaching Inn. The period charm of the building extends to the rooms upstairs allowing you to extend your cosy evening to a full weekend or midweek stopover.

The Half Moon Free House is an independently owned pub near the river in Knaresborough with log fires, warm welcomes, platters of cheeses and cooked meats and homemade brownies to sustain you through a chilly autumn day or evening.


The Dower House Hotel in Knaresborough has numerous real fires and cosy nooks in its bar and lounge areas to warm you before or after you head to the award winning restaurant, gym, swimming pool or spa.

Rudding Park Hotel, a stylish privately owned hotel on the outskirts of Harrogate has it all from the roaring fire in the entrance to greet you on arrival to the enviable golf courses and stunning rooftop spa. With four different dining options and a very cosy private cinema this luxury hotel delivers excellence and comfort throughout your stay.

Swinton Park Hotel set in a 20,000 acre estate in the Yorkshire provides plenty of opportunities for stunning walks through the deer park, falconry, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and pony trekking. A Georgian stable wing has been converted into a cookery school where you can get hands on learning a range of cuisines or relax and marvel at the skills of the resident chef during a demonstration and tasting session. Immerse yourself in the life this family owned castle hotel for a true escape from your every day.

Holiday Cottages

Harewood Holiday Cottages set within the Harewood estate each have their own history and offer a special break full of charm and character with a warm fire to come home to.

For a really special getaway make yourself at home among the deer within a World Heritage Site at one of the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Holiday Cottages. A break in these charming holiday cottages also provides free entrance to enjoy this incredible attraction on your doorstep and easy access the Yorkshire Dales beyond.

Holly Beck Stables are perfect for a couple wanting to escape the everyday and perhaps head out on their bikes before settling down for an evening in front of the fire in this well-equipped characterful cottage. 

Whether you want to get away for a day of walking, or fancy a change of scene for longer, you can find a plenty of cosy retreats to escape to with warm welcomes and snug fires in the Harrogate district.

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