Our fabulous lodges nestle in an idyllic spot between the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors making it an ideal place for outdoor activities, nature spotting and sightseeing!

We are located on the outskirts of Arkendale, a small village in North Yorkshire, 6 miles away from Harrogate in North Yorkshire. The village has an excellent pub, The Blue Bell at Arkendale, serving delicious food, real ales and fine wines, just 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive away from Hollins Farm.

Spellow’s village shop and post office located in the nearby village of Marton-cum-Grafton supply a range of groceries and fresh produce to keep you well stocked during your stay.

We are just 5 miles from Knaresborough, an ancient market town on the fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, overlooking the River Nidd. Here you can discover Mother Shipton’s Cave and take a boat along the River Nidd and under the Knaresborough viaduct.

Nature lovers and photographers can visit Staveley Nature Reserve (3.4 miles away) where the wetland habitat offers sightings of birds and otters.

The cathedral cities of Ripon (10 miles away) and York (17 miles away) are close by for some great sight seeing trips. York is packed with things to do including a walk down the Shambles, a historic street with overhanging timber-framed buildings filled with quaint shops, as well as the Gothic-style Minster and the York Castle Museum.

Harrogate offers some great shops, restaurants and cafes including the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. Unwind at the Turkish Baths or take a stroll around the beautiful floral displays at the Valley Gardens.

If you need some help planning your visit, Rachael has lived in the area all of her life and is happy to have a chat with you to help you to create the perfect trip.

Rowing on the Rive Nidd in Knaresborough

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir


Local walks & wildlife

One of the things we are most passionate about at Hollins Farm is the beautiful scenery and wildlife that we have available on our doorstep. There are lots of great walks from Arkendale which can take you out to adventure into the countryside and hills or to enjoy a pub lunch in one of the nearby picturesque villages and towns. We have suggested a few of our favourite routes below and would love to add more from our guests’ adventures in the future!

Staveley Nature Reserve

This is a lovely family friendly walk with lots of wildlife to look out for at the nature reserve, including otters, deer and many different species of birds.

The walk takes approximately xx minutes and is xx miles away. Further information can be found by clicking on the button below.

Ark the Dale Walk

This is a moderate, 12 mile ramble, in lovely countryside, along lanes, tracks and fields through Ferrensby and Staveley Nature Reserve to the pub in Roecliffe, returning via Minskip to Arkendale.

Take the route across the fields and down the lane to the Bluebell pub then follow the directions by clicking on the button below.

An image of the Bluebell at Arkendale

The Bluebell at Arkendale

Just 20 minute’s walk from Hollins farm, the Blue Bell is a friendly, traditional pub serving delicious food and a selection of real ales, fine wines and fizz on tap. Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, light bite at lunchtime or celebrating a special occasion, their seasonal menus have something for everyone.

A map of how to walk to the pub from your lodge is provided in your welcome pack, or it is easily accessible by car. Click on the link below to find out more information and make a booking.


Other local pubs

There are lots of other lovely pubs in the local area, here we have listed some of our favourites. Click onto the pub to open up a new tab to their websites.

The Punch Bowl, Marton-cum-Grafton

The Royal Oak, Staveley

The General Tarleton, Ferrensby

The Wild Swan, Minskip

The Lime Tree, Great Ouseburn

The Victoria, Cattal

The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton


Nearby Shops & Cafes

Spellow’s Village Shop is just 5 minutes drive away from site, in the nearby village of Marton-cum-Grafton. The shop supplies groceries and fresh produce, with a handy Post Office if needed.

The Court Yard Café situated at Rabbit Hill Business Park is a short walk or 2 minutes drive from Hollins Farm. They do fantastic breakfasts as well as lunch and snacks.


Days out & Activities

There are so many wonderful places to visit and things to do in North Yorkshire and beyond; it really does leave you spoilt for choice! We have listed some of our favourite destinations below, as well as some useful links to help you create a trip that is bespoke to what you love. 

We recommend that you always check attraction websites before visiting as some venues have seasonal opening and closing times, and may require pre-booking.

days out & activities

Family Fun

Staveley Nature Reserve, Stavely, North Yorkshire

This is a lovely family friendly walk from the lodges with lots of wildlife to look out for, including otters, deer and many different species of birds.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Yorkshire

Located between Spofforth and Wetherby, Stockeld Park is the perfect place for family days out. Visit and experience the adventure playgrounds and seasonal magical forest events.

Piglets Adventure Farm

Follow the Farmyard Trail to meet cheeky goats, cows, donkeys and of course – adorable pigs. Make sure to stop by the Piglet Maternity Ward to see expectant mums and their piglets.

Reach for the sky on the Bouncing Pillows, try your hand at Mini Golf, and search for hidden fairy houses on the enchanted Fairy Tale Trail. Plus, splash through rock pools, climb Truffles Lifeguard Tower and relax in the giant hammock at The Beach, all included in your ticket! 

Web Adventure Park, York

This York based popular family attraction offers plenty of fun both indoors and out and a licensed café which serves fresh food all day. Inside there’s a huge soft play area to discover, with fun for children of all ages.
Outdoors the landscaped gardens contain numerous play areas, as well as an animal park.

The Hole in the Wand, York

Visit the World’s most magical golf course in York’s Coppergate Centre and take on 9 magical golf holes. Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals and a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting. Can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in the dark hole?

Jorvick Viking Centre, York

With its world-famous ride taking visitors around the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York, and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000 year old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy.

Brimham Rocks

Come to visit the weird and wonderfully shaped giant rock formations, created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth.

Hesketh Farm

Hesketh Farm is a working farm with over 1,000 livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs. There’s lots to do including feeding and stroking the animals and playing hide and seek with friends in the straw maze.

Billy Bob’s Diner & Play Barn

Billy Bob’s combines a pretty awesome ice cream parlour with a 50’s American diner and amazing play adventures including a fun play barn.

Monk Park Farm

Monk Park farm is a fantastic family visitor attraction set in 84 acres near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. They have hundreds of friendly, cute animals to meet, and lots of fun farm-based activities for a wonderful day out to remember.


Historic Houses & Beautiful Gardens

Fountains Abbey

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique place made of two moments in history. Where medieval strength blends with 18th century eccentricity to create a landscape full of secrets, curiosities and breath-taking views.

Newby Hall & Gardens

There is something for everybody at Newby Hall. An amazing adventure playground for the kids, spectacular gardens and an elegant Georgian house to explore and some fun exhibitions to walk around. 

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of England’s finest historic houses, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Inside discover world-renowned collections gathered by succeeding generations of the Howard family. Built over 300 years ago, today it still remains a family home.

Harewood House

One of Yorkshire’s Finest Country Houses near Leeds, Harewood features a stunning 18th century house and beautiful gardens. It is home to 40 species of birds, penguins, a farm experience and more. 

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

Take in fabulous horticultural displays in a variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water, to woodland and wildflower meadows. Visit the Japanese maples in the sandstone Rock Garden, and don’t miss the gorgeous heather beds that bloom in both summer and winter. There are adventure playgrounds within the gardens and seasonal activities run during school holidays. 

And if you missed visiting Betty’s in the centre of Harrogate there is a cafe and shop at Harlow Carr!


Get in touch


If you would like more information, please get in touch.  You can use the contact form to send a message direct to our inbox or use our details below. 

Email: hello@hollinsfarmholidays.com
Phone: 07885 589758