North Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain, giving visitors plenty of space for adventure. Amidst the vast swathes of awesome countryside and historic towns and cities, the county can boast some of England's finest stately homes. One such property is Castle Howard, a famous property located some 15 miles to the north of York. Set in some of the county's most scenic parts, Castle Howard is within easy reach of some of the best hotels in North Yorkshire.
The Stunning Mansion
Castle Howard is not actually, as the name suggests, a castle. However, it is one of the most magnificent stately homes in all of the United Kingdom, built on the site of a former castle. The stunning mansion is a Grade I listed building which will be familiar to fans of Evelyn Waugh, for it has been featured as Brideshead in numerous adaptations for both television and film.
Construction on the property started back in 1699, though it wouldn't be completed for more than 100 years. After passing through the hands of several wealthy families, the impressive property is now open to members of the public.
The Idyllic Grounds
The mansion itself may be something special, but it's not all there is on the site. Castle Howard is set within a whopping 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens, making it an ideal place to visit on warm summer afternoons. Around the site visitors will find a lake, flower gardens, an epic water fountain and even some rich vegetable patches. There's a shop on the site, as well as a café and a well-stocked garden centre. The attraction really does offer something for all the family, with an adventure playground down by the water.
Hotels near Castle Howard
Sitting in the peaceful North Yorkshire countryside, just to the north of York, Castle Howard is close to some excellent hotels and guesthouses. The Cresswell Arms is a traditional yet luxurious inn located just six miles from Castle Howard in Appleton-le-Street. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning, as well as free WiFi.
There are plenty more hotels to choose from in nearby York, including some well-known brands.