York Minster

York City Walls

Places to Visit

Places to Visit near Marston Lodge Farm

The Ouse

The Ouse is a picturesque delight. There are riverside routes to walk along which are perfect for post-luncheon strolls. You’ll see some of York’s local wonders from the Millenium bridge to Clifford’s Tower and make sure to amble through Rowntree Park next to the canal. But trust us – the best way to really embrace the river, take one of the regular boat tours or cruises. Take the early evening cruise and you’ll be treated to stunning sunset views that’ll give you pause for thought (and pictures). The boat comes with a fully stocked bar should you fancy an evening tipple and there’s lively onboard commentary, so you know precisely what you’re looking at.

York Minster

With its medieval stained-glass windows, glittering artefacts and stone buttresses, York Minster is a marvel, and essential for anyone visiting the city. Down in the underground chambers, you can learn more about the area’s Christian history, which dates back to Roman times. And if you’ve got the stamina, walk the 275 steps up to the central tower, which leads you to the highest point in York. Most of the tour guides are local history students, which means they’re not jaded and they know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with superfluous info, so they’ll be sure to fill you in on the most interesting bits.

York City Walls

The Romans did a lot for us Brits. They built roads, hot-water baths and left York with the longest medieval barrier in the country. Walking the full length of York’s city walls will take a couple of hours, especially if you stop to read the odd plaque. Alternatively, you can enlist the help of a guide to save a bit of brainwork. Tailored tours ensure you only get the juicy tidbits, while private tours cut out any possibility of stragglers.

Clifford’s Tower

Like lots of history, this tower’s name has rather gruesome roots: Roger de Clifford was hanged here for treason back in 1322. But it offers some pretty spectacular views. Should you brace yourself and walk up to the hill’s summit, you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views of York Minster and the city and, on a clear day, you can see as far as the North York Moors national park.


The beautiful Victorian spa town and rural district which contains the medieval city of Ripon, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and four charming but very different market towns; Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham and Pateley Bridge. Harrogate is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. There is excellent shopping and wonderful places to eat. The newly renovated Turkish Baths are a “must visit” as is the famous Betty’s Tea Room (also in York).

Yorkshire Dales

This National Park encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages. Each valley or “dale” has its own distinctive character, set against stunning heather moorland. Stone built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns and dry stone walls, flower rich meadows and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here. Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaf woodland contrast with the scattered remains of mine workings and other rural industries.

Places to visit- Bolton Abbey, Masham, Studley Royal, Pateley Bridge, Summerbridge, Grassington, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge to name but a few.

North York Moors

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park contains the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in the world. It is a place of wild beauty, stretching from the Hambleton Hills and Cleveland Hills in the West and North, respectively, to the Vale of Pickering in the South and the majestic Yorkshire coastline in the East, this huge area has everything: woodland, rivers, waterfalls, amazing beaches, steam railways and the best fish and chips in Whitby.

Places to visit: Scarborough, Filey, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Alpamare (Scarborough’s amazing waterpark), Goathland village and railway (featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

Marston Lodge Farm Holiday Houses

Luxury Holiday Houses in the Heart of Yorkshire

The Granary

The Granary is a stunning barn conversion completed in June 2019.

The Granary was renovated and finished in 2019 from once a grain store and livestock barn into a beatufilly designed barn conversion. The Granary sleeps 12 comfortably. There are 4 super-king ensuite bedrooms and a fabulous 'dorm' with 4 adult size single beds. Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor with large living kitchen comfortably seating 12 around the oak kitchen table. Large open plan living area with L-shaped sofa situated around a large log burner, 50" Smart TV and a built-in bar. The perfect place to celebrate large gatherings for friends and family. Private garden and communal courtyard. Dog friendly. Private hot tub.

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is a beautifully restored and designed traditional farmhouse.

The Farmhouse sleeps 8. Master bedroom with super-king bed and ensuite bathroom. Double bedroom with ensuite. 2 twin bedded rooms sharing a family bathroom. Large living kitchen with log burner with access directly into the private gardenand a cosy separate living room with log burner with 50" Smart TV. Separate pantry with spare fridge and shelving.  Large private garden and communal courtyard. Dog friendly. Private hot tub.

Dovecote Barn

Dovecote Barn

Dovecote Barn was renovated and completed in 2018.  Once a cattle barn and dovecote and now a beautifully renovated barn conversion. Dovecote Barn sleeps 8 comfortably. 1 super-king master ensuite bedroom, 1 king ensuite, 1 king and 1 twin bedded room sharing the family bathroom.  Underfloor heating throughout the living area. Large entrance hall and boot room which leads onto a large open plan kitchen living room. A fabulous kitchen with seating for 10 in the dining area. The L-shaped sofa surrounds a large log burner and creates a fantastic area to relax and watch television or read a book. 50” Smart TV and Sonos music system. Large bi-folding doors open onto a large terrace and extensive south-west facing garden. A courtyard door leads from the dining area onto the centralised courtyard. There is also a large utility and ground floor cloakroom. Private hot tub.