Covering over 4000 acres there is plenty to keep you occupied as you explore the Harewood Estate. Your stay includes complementary access to Harewood House Trust, one of the Treasure Houses of England, and its collections of art, flora and fauna to rival the finest in Britain. Edwin Lascelles started building Harewood House in 1759 and he wanted nothing but the best for his new home. He employed the finest craftsmen of the time: York-born architect John Carr, fashionable interior designer Robert Adam, England’s greatest furniture maker Thomas Chippendale and visionary landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. During your stay with us make sure you enjoy our exhibitions of contemporary art, see endangered species in our Bird Garden, get hands on in our Farm Experience, enjoy a varied events programme and explore our range of exquisite gardens. Visit the Harewood House Trust website at www.harewood.org to find out more. (NB there is limited opening between Nov and Easter)
Our cottages give access to 15 miles of footpaths right from your doorstep. These include three famous walking routes (Leeds Country Way, Ebor Way and Dales Way), which criss-cross the Estate. Enjoy our ever-changing seasons and landscapes as you look out for our rare breed livestock, deer park, and native wildlife such as the majestic Red Kite. Take a walk to discover the ruins of the Grade I listed Harewood Castle or trek out to see the Emmerdale village, everyone’s favourite Yorkshire soap! (tours can be pre booked on selected weekends between March and October via the Emmerdale web site) Keep your camera handy!
If you’re more of a cyclist than a walker then Harewood has also featured on the routes of the 2014 Tour de France, we were the location for the Grande Depart! We’ve also welcomed the spin off tour de Yorkshire on several occasions. You can access the routes right from your doorstep.
If you do want to venture further afield we’re ideally situated in the heart of Yorkshire and the perfect location to explore the surrounding area. Leeds, Harrogate, York, Wetherby, Otley, Ilkley, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park are all within easy reach for day trips. See your welcome pack in the cottage for further suggestions.