After our day in York we headed North to see some of North Yorkshire and spend a night in a fantastic Shepherds Hut in the North York Moors. Our first stop on our drive was Castle Howard, a huge stately home near York, which has been in the same Howard family for over 300 years. We only paid to see the gardens which were beautiful, well manicured and huge. There was a brilliant well-stocked farm shop selling local produce too! After Castle Howard we stopped at Yorkshire Lavender, a lovely little family-run lavender farm with a gift shop and tea room selling everything you could imagine flavoured with lavender! I had a chicken sandwich, lavender gin and tonic and we shared a piece of lavender cake afterwards. Lovely!
After lunch we drove to see the Kilburn white horse, and after a short drive, came around a corner and literally stumbled upon Byland Abbey ruins. This was one of the best finds ever! We had never heard of it and had no idea we were going to see it on our journey, but drove around a corner and there was this huge ruins right in front of us.
In the afternoon we arrived at our shepherds hut. We had pre-ordered two hampers, one for a BBQ and one for breakfast. The hampers were in the hut waiting for us in lovely little baskets and both had so much food we could never have finished it, we landed up taking the leftovers with us. After a walk around the farm, we settled outside by our BBQ, lit our fire and roasted marshmallows surrounded by sheep, cows, birds and awesome views. It was so peaceful. The actual hut was so cosy and well decorated. That night it poured with rain while we were snug in the hut. There was a door directly connected from the hut to a little bathroom and well stocked kitchen so we were totally sorted... such a great night in the North York Moors!
We stayed at Bilsdale Shepherds Hut