Nine Landmarks within two hours from Leeds

In the second of this new series of blogs - the first having looked at Landmarks close to London - we highlight Landmarks within two hours’ drive of Leeds.


Calverley Old Hall, near Leeds

20 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 5
Four nights from £278, equivalent to £14 per person per night (pppn)

Grade-I listed Calverley Old Hall dates to medieval times and is of great historical importance. Its rooms evolved over the centuries to suit the lives of its inhabitants. Guests today stay in the gracious proportions of 17th-century rooms, with fine moulded beams and flagstone floors. There are myriad interesting things to see and do in the area, including the Saltaire Village World Heritage Site, Bronte Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Henry Moore Institute. Not far away are the Royal Armouries and Temple Newsam, a Tudor-Jacobean house with beautiful grounds.


Cawood Castle, Cawood, North Yorkshire

40 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 2 +2
Four nights from £240, equivalent to £15pppn

The late medieval rooms in this gatehouse are all that survive of Cawood Castle, once a residence of the Archbishops of York. Here Cardinal Wolsey was dramatically arrested for treason on Henry VIII’s orders, and later Henry stayed here with his fifth wife Catherine Howard. In the retinue was her lover, Thomas Culpeper, who later caused her to be beheaded. During the turbulent Civil War of the 1640s, Cawood changed hands three times. Although the building’s past is full of drama, it is peaceful and relaxing today, its roof offering views of the surrounding countryside, with York in the distance.


Beamsley Hospital, near Skipton, North Yorkshire

Under an hour from Leeds
Sleeps 5
Four nights from £356, equivalent to £18pppn

The unusual round building sits on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. As an almshouse it offered support to poor women from 1593 when it was created until well into the 20th century. It was founded by a remarkable Elizabethan Mother and Daughter duo, Margaret Countess of Cumberland and her heir Lady Anne Clifford. The 19th-century spa town of Ilkley is close by, as is Bolton Abbey and Skipton; with Harrogate a little further. For those who wish to travel the Yorkshire landscape in heritage style, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is a volunteer-run railway or you can tour the Liverpool Leeds Canal by boat. 


The Ruin, Hackfall, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire

One hour ten minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 2
Four nights from £299, equivalent to £37pppn

The views from this little pavilion are nothing short of breath-taking. The Janus-faced Georgian folly (meaning it has two faces) is dramatically perched above a steep wooded gorge with the Yorkshire countryside rolling out into the distance. Nearby is Ripon Cathedral, with a history reaching back to the 7th century, and the Ripon museums offer an insight to the life in the workhouse, courtroom and prison. Newby Hall and Gardens and Fountains Abbey are a short drive away from the Ruin (if you are able to pull yourself away from its spectacular vista).


Culloden Tower, Richmond, North Yorkshire

One hour 20 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 4 
Four nights from £534, equivalent to £33pppn

Originally called the Cumberland Temple, the tower was built as a monument to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Cumberland's army over Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Today its purpose is much more positive, with two bright octagonal rooms at the top of the four storey tower flooded with daylight and the original Gothic and Classical carving and plasterwork triumphantly repaired. The historic market town of Richmond, with its Norman castle, restored theatre, museum, monuments and fine Georgian architecture, has lots to offer visitors.


Chateau, Gate Burton, Lincolnshire

One hour 30 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 2 people
Four nights from £330, equivalent to £41pppn

The Château was built in 1747–8 for a prosperous lawyer from Gainsborough as a classically inspired weekend retreat. By the 1980s the building was on the verge of collapse after years of neglect, vandalism and natural decay. Our restoration has returned it to a special place for breaks once again and it has become a Landmark favourite for anniversaries, engagements and honeymoons. It sits on a bank on a big bend of the River Trent, with views across Gate Burton park. Lincoln Cathedral, Castle, Museum and historic streets are a short drive away.


North Street, Cromford, Derbyshire

One hour 30 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 4 people
Four nights from £203, equivalent to £13pppn

Built in 1776, North Street is a very special building, being the earliest example of industrial housing in the world. It was built by Richard Arkwright to house the workers at his cotton-spinning mill down the hill. Today Cromford is an excellent little town, surrounded by countryside, and it lies at the heart of a designated World Heritage Site. The delightful market town of Bakewell, in the heart of the Peak District National Park, is less than half an hour away by car. Close by is an outstanding collection of historic houses, including Haddon Hall, Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth.

Music Room, Lancaster

One hour 40 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 2 people
Four nights from £227, equivalent to £28pppn

Like so many Landmarks, plenty of questions remain unanswered about the Music Room. It was built in about 1730 as a garden pavilion, probably for a prosperous lawyer. Its baroque interior was in a terrible state when it came to Landmark: Nikolaus Pevsner had fumed about its poor condition. We have meticulously restored its exceptional plasterwork, and today guests are kept company by the Muses on the walls: eloquence, history, music, astronomy, tragedy, rhetoric, dancing, comedy and amorous poetry; with Apollo over the fireplace.


Cowside, Langstrothdale, North Yorkshire

One hour 40 minutes from Leeds
Sleeps 5
Four nights from £338, equivalent to £17pppn

Cowside is heaven for those who want to get away from the hullabaloo. It is peaceful and remote, set on the fellside above the River Wharfe, and completely lacks mobile phone signal. The building is significant as an unaltered example of a late 17th/early 18th-century Dales farmhouse. Inside the parlour are exceptionally rare wall paintings - monochrome Biblical texts in Gothic script, surrounded by flamboyant frames of foliage and scrolls - clearly the work of skilled hands.