1) The Pigsty, Robin Hood's Bay
Many Victorian pigsties were found in the cramped backyards of cottages. John Warren Barry had a different idea: his pigsty overlooks the stunning North Yorkshire countryside and Robin Hood's Bay. Its design was inspired by Barry's travels around the Mediterranean in the 1880s. From here, you're very close to the seaside town of Whitby and its Benedictine abbey. The Pigsty sleeps 2 and is available from £33 per person per night.
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2) Culloden Tower, Richmond
Culloden Tower has overlooked the historic market town of Richmond for 270 years. It was built to mark the defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden. Inside are two tall octagonal rooms, flooded with daylight and containing beautifully detailed plasterwork. Climb its 66 steps and enjoy unparalleled views of Richmond and its castle. Culloden Tower sleeps 4 and is available from £33 per person per night.
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3) Beamsley Hospital, near Skipton
Beamsley Hospital was founded in 1593, built to help the "many old women in and around Skipton, decrepit and broken down by old age, who were in the habit of begging for their daily bread". The building supported the poor and needy women of Skipton for four centuries, with the seven rooms that encircle the chapel still standing today. Beamsley is not far from Skipton, Ilkley and Bolton Abbey and is surrounded by the beauty of Yorkshire with its moorland, castles and great houses. Beamsley Hospital sleeps 5 and is available from £18 per person per night.
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4) Cowside, Langstrothdale
This farmstead sits at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. According to its datestone, it was built in 1707 and is an unaltered example of 17th - 18th century North Yorkshire Dales architecture. Surrounded by drystone walls and green hills, Cowside is an ideal base to explore one of Britain's most beautiful landscapes. A little further afield, about a 45 minute drive away, is the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cowside sleeps 5 and is available from £17 per person per night.
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5) Cawood Castle, Cawood
This gatehouse, found in the middle of the Vale of York, is all that’s left of Cawood Castle. It was once a stronghold of the Archbishops of York: Cardinal Wolsey was arrested here, unable to realise his king’s plans to marry Anne Boleyn. Stairs from the second floor lead up to the flat roof which offers lovely panoramic views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. Further afield are York, Leeds and Selby, all within easy reach. Cawood Castle welcomes groups from 2 to 4 and is available from £15 per person per night.
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