Haystacks Country Retreats is in a village in Nidderdale, close to a number of tourist attractions. We are approx 7 miles from Harrogate, Pateley Bridge, Ripon & Knaresborough. The site is close to the River Nidd on which we have fishing rights. The wildlife here is stunning and where we are looking to have the site is peaceful, tranquil and the perfect retreat for couples wanting to escape for a couple of nights.
Grounds and nearby
We have a village shop and pub, a coffee shop, pub and shop in the next village which is a lovely walk from Haystacks Country Retreats .
Birstwith is part of Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in North Yorkshire and is situated on the River Nidd which provided water for Birstwith Mill.
10 miles away is the picturesque market town of Pateley Bridge, with it’s traditional mix of independent retail shops that populate it’s steep little High Street.
Here you’ll find national award winning butchers, the Guinness accredited World’s oldest sweet shop, cosy cafes, tearooms and pubs, all offering a warm Dales welcome that has been the appeal for generations of visitors alike. It’s also a mecca for walkers, cyclists and those keen on a multitude of activity based pursuits like water sports, fishing, pot-holing and rock climbing and with a safe and enclosed children’s play area within it’s Recreation ground, it’s also an ideal location for those with younger families to cater for. On a summer Sunday afternoon and you may well be treated to the strains of music in the air, drifting over from the town’s handsome bandstand.
The Nidderdale Museum is housed in the original Victorian workhouse, this winner of a National Heritage Museum of the Year Award, through it’s vast collection of artefacts, proudly charts times gone by and the history of life within the Dale. With eleven rooms of exhibits to enjoy, you can see the re-creation of a Victorian parlour, cobbler’s shop and school room amongst the many treasures it has in store.
Not far away there are the King Street workshops, a craft centre where you can watch the creative skills of artists involved in stone and ceramic sculpture, glass blowing and jewellery making. The town also has an active dramatic society and presents regular productions in it’s delightful 73 seat Playhouse theatre.
The annual Nidderdale Agricultural Show -one of the country’s finest - is held in late September and is followed immediately by the Pateley Bridge Walking Festival.
Within easy reach, is Yorkshire’s latest and highest attraction, the Coldstones Cut, a huge sculpture created by artist Andrew Sabin, which is cut into the side of a limestone quarry, offering both the opportunity to walk through and explore and also gaze on the panoramic and spectacular views of Nidderdale and the wider horizon, including on a clear day, views all the way to the coast!
You can also see the spectacular landscape at Brimham Rocks with an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes for a splendid day out for all the family, climbers and those wanting to simply enjoy the pleasures of fresh Nidderdale air. Here some 20 metres underground you’ll find stalagmites and stalactites on a grand scale, fantastic geological formations which have taken millions of years to evolve.
Knaresborough Castle towers on a cliff high above the River Nidd, overlooking one of the most picturesque views in England.
Ripley Castle is home of the Ingilby family for the last 700 years. Francis Ingilby was was heavily implicated in the Gunpowder Plot and 'Trooper Jane' held a startled Cromwell at gunpoint in the Castle's Library after his victory at the battle of Marston Moor.
The rooms are fine Georgian and Tudor, the Knight's Chamber contains Civil War armour and a secret priests hiding hole, accidentally discovered in 1964. The Guided Tours are entertaining and informative. The Walled Gardens contain the National Hyacinth collection, huge herbaceous borders, hot houses and tropical plant collection. Woodland walk. Deer park with lovely vistas.
Closeby are family attractions which include Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Go Ape, Lightwater Valley, The Web Adventure and Foutains Abbey and Studley Royal adventure park. RHS Harlow Carr and Valley Gardens would be a favourite with people who like gardens.