Autumn breaks on your mind?  Looking for something special?  Here’s 5 good reasons why you should book these stylish, airy 5* Gold beautiful barns right now.

Which ever way you jump from Crag House Farm there’s fun, deliciousness and excitement around every corner. Let me show you a few things on offer this Autumn.

1. Antonio Carluccio’s endorsement of Malton Market town as “Yorkshire’s Food Capital” is confirmation that this is a foodie’s dream town and it’s just a 40 minute drive from Crag House Farm. Here you’ll find a monthly food market of the highest quality produce, free cookery demos, Yorkshire street food, music and a brilliant atmosphere.  The now famous annual 2 day Malton food lovers festival in May celebrates the very best of Yorkshire food and drink, hosting over 160 high quality artisan food and drink stalls, live cookery theatres, Yorkshire street food par excellence, beer festival and all sorts of crazy, funny entertainment..made us smile:-) On Saturday September 10th come along to the Autumn Malton Game and Seafood Fest.  Expect game, seafood, foraged foods, fantastic fruit and veg aswell as other popular Yorkshire harvest and autumn produce.  Keep a look out for famous TV chefs!

2. The pretty quintessential market town of Helmsley is a must visit with a castle, stately home and gardens, tea and coffee shops a plenty with enough cake to feed an army and lots of fabulous boutique shops selling lots of lovely things..there’s even a shop called ‘Lovely Things’!

Here you will find Helmsley Arts Centre an intimate, creative performance venue.  On October 7th you can catch a hilarious performance of  ‘A Cartoon History of Here’.  Performed by Ian McMillan and Tony Husband.  Carol Ann Duffy says “World Class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers”.  The following night Saturday October 8th it’s time for Jay Rayner of Masterchef fame and Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet to explain to us ‘ The Ten (food) Commandments’ a hugely funny take on the very best way to eat right now.

3. Higgledy piggledy narrow cobbled streets lead steeply down to the pretty working harbour. This is Staithes once home to Captain James Cook and an important Yorkshire fishing Port. Prized by artists for it’s special light most famously the 19th century ‘Staithes Group’ of Laura Knight fame. Many artists now live and exhibit their work in this glorious little village. With a thriving community, the ever present Yorkshire tea rooms and great pubs specialising in freshly caught local fish dishes, visiting Staithes is a wonderful day out but it doesn’t stop there.

Locals Sean and Tricia  of Real Staithes offer a Foraging, Fossils, Fish and Fun experience on the Foreshore with a lobster lunch to boot. An interesting and talented couple they also offer ‘Mackerel fishing’ with a twist and an ‘Ancient pallet day’ course making natural dyes. It is brilliant, entertaining and delicious. I know, I’ve done it, one of my best days out. Sunday 4th September Mackerel-catch-cook-consume.


4. On a fine Autumn morning Crag House Farm is the perfect base to explore the moors and Yorkshire heritage coastline. The National Park information centre is just 5 minutes away by car or a picturesque 40 minute walk via The Fox and Hounds. There is an abundance of wild life to see from your doorstep red grouse, golden plover, snipe and curlew, barn and tawny owls, kestrel, sparrow hawk, hen harrier, cuckoo’s, roe deer and hares.  On the Yorkshire coast famous for it’s seabirds you can spot puffins, gannets, razorbills, skua’s, shearwater’s, minke whales and dolphins.

For the more adventurous nature lovers Crag House Farm have teamed up with Yorkshire Coast Nature to offer you a bespoke National Park Nature Safari on land or sea and wonderful winter photography workshops from as little as £55 per person with door to door taxi service for a hassle free day. Tuesday 4th October Deer Rut Photography Workshop. Sunday 9th October Yorkshire Birding Discovery Day.

5. Interested in stories of the Wild Sea, Smugglers and Shipwrecks? Ancient histories of Whitby and the North York Moors – Dinosaurs, Dracula, Whitby Abbey; Local folklore, tales of the supernatural, mythology, fairy and folk tales – the oral tradition of storytelling? Yes? Great, let me deliver you into the hands of Rose Ryland. Bespoke walks and storytelling to suit.  One hour tours of Robin Hoods Bay starts from £5 for an adult.

Towards the end of Autumn the nights draw in, the clocks change and the name DRACULA  and HALLOWEEN is on everyones lips in Whitby the Goth Capital of the World!  from Saturday 21st October the whole town has an added frizzon of fear and expectation.  Travel from Danby to Whitby by (ghost) train if you dare!

And when you come home to your barn all cosy, warm and inviting.  Snuggle up round a roaring fire and plan your next days fun whether thats a bracing day out or a lazy day in.