I’m a city girl. Born and bred in Hull – the 4th largest city in Yorkshire, England. I’m used to 24(ish) hour living and having everything on my door step. Sometimes I forget that Yorkshire is a diverse county. Not only does it have large cosmopolitan cities, market towns, gorgeous coastline but also rolling fields and beautiful scenery. And it was the latter that we had the pleasure of experiencing recently when we were invited to spend an evening at The Grainary, Harwood Dale, a working farm located a mere 8 miles and 10 miles from the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby respectively. The Grainary is a 200 acre farm which has owned and operated by the Simpson family for generations and since 1990 has been a place to eat, sleep and explore and has welcomed guests from all over the world. It is a great base from which to visit attractions in and around the local area.
On the day of our visit we were very lucky weather wise as the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We pulled up to the farm which had lots of visitors already that day. We found the reception desk which is located in the farm shop. It offers a lot of tasty treats you can either enjoy whilst at The Grainary or take away to enjoy at home after your visit.
We were checked in swiftly and taken up to our room which is situated in the main building on the first floor. With 16 individually decorated rooms we were allocated Room 2. Our spotlessly clean room came complete with comfortable double bed, seating area, en suite shower room, tea and coffee making facilities (Yorkshire Tea – of course) and amazing countryside views over Harwood Dale and right over to Scarborough Castle. I could have sat for hours watching the Highland Cattle in the field below, go about their business.
We were given a tour of the farm. Firstly we met the farm dogs Lollie and Gramps who are the friendliest pooches ever and followed us as we walked around. Being an animal lover I nearly lost my mind when introduced to Petal the (not so) micro pig and her piglets together with the cows and goat also in the barn. Food is available so you can feed them and pet them to your heart’s content. In fact during our stay I headed to the barn at least four times, they were so cute I could not stay away.
The Grainary has recently been licensed for weddings, with the first being held last month in the pagoda on the lake. The Grainary offers a completely bespoke service so that your wedding be unique to you, it will be the day of your dreams! Weddings In Wellies can cater for both Civil and Humanist Ceremonies and Receptions of all sizes (from small and intimate to wedding weekenders). With the countryside views as the backdrop I can only imagine how beautiful the photographs would be.
As cocktail, well beer, hour approached we grabbed the best seats in the house and enjoyed a bottle or two of the locally produced Harwood Dale ale which has been brewed especially for The Grainary. When you live in a city the peace and quiet of the countryside can often be unsettling at first, purely because we are not used to it. But after the whole of five minutes we were more than on board with this way of life. It is the perfect place to get away from it all, to sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
As time ticked on, dinner time arrived and we took our seats in the conservatory. The Grainary Farmhouse Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm and has recently been accredited with the AA Dining award and was voted the second BEST Restaurant in the Scarborough area by Scarborough UK. Even though Mr ESLT and I do not have dietary requirements it was still nice to see vegan and vegetarian menus available. With so many yummy dishes on the menu and specials board it was difficult deciding what we wanted.
However by the time our friendly waitress came to take our order we had decided on:-
Starter: Soup of the Day – Spinach and Broccoli soup with a chunk of warm bread
Main: Yorkshire Gammon and Chunky Chips
Dessert: Chocolate Brownie served with ice cream
Main: Homemade goats cheese and pepper quiche with ‘slaw and chunky chips
Dessert: Chocolate Brownie served with ice cream
With our bellies full (100% Yorkshire portions served here) and the evening perfect for a walk we decided to explore the farm further. With our trusty tour leader Gramps, we headed out along the track and through the fields. I’ll be honest we only got lost once or twice but it didn’t matter. The farm was always in sight so we knew we couldn’t get too lost plus, it was nice, not having any where to go or anywhere to be – we just walked, chatted and took in our surroundings. Farmlife and fresh air got the better of us and we retired to our room, had a fantastically peaceful nights sleep – even though ear plugs are provided! Waking up to the sounds of the animals was such a welcome change from the sound of cars!
We headed down to breakfast and took our seats, our waitress took our order – full english with poached eggs (of course) which was very hearty and set us up for the day ahead. We helped ourselves to tea and juice. Cereals and toast were also on offer but our fry up had filled us up nicely. It looked like it was going to be another nice day on the farm. Unfortunately, we had to head off early, but not before spending another 10 minutes with the piglets saying goodbye to them!
We had a great time during our farmstay and highly recommend it, especially if you want to get back to nature and relax for a little while. Complete with children’s play area, 3 self catering holiday cottages for larger families or longer stays, wifi for social media addicts like me 🙂 and country tea rooms serving delicious looking afternoon teas and lighter bites for you to enjoy. Sunday lunch is also served and we will be returning in the near future with my nana to try it for ourselves. The perfect place to Eat, Sleep & Explore.
Farmstay B&B rooms start from around £80 per room per night. Check out availability on The Grainary’s website.
• Our DB&B stay was offered on a complimentary basis in exchange for honest review. Thank you to all the staff and Mark for a fantastic stay