Only 11 miles from the historic city of York and 0.4 miles from a pub Oakwood Lodge is nestled among a cluster of lodges in a parkland setting close to the village of Newton on Derwent. All on the ground-floor, this accessible accommodation offers a peaceful environment for up to six guests.
Newton on Derwent is in Yorkshire’s picturesque East Riding district with the North York Moors National Park on the doorstep and nearby Wilberfoss has everything from a hairdresser to convenience stores.k
The open plan living space and main bedroom lead out to the wraparound decking with a hot tub.
This wood-clad lodge with a contemporary interior sleeps six in three bedrooms. The king-size with double doors leading out to the decking has a shower en suite. The other two, a double and a bunk room, share a bathroom that has a tub with a shower overhead.
The open plan living space benefits from skylights with double doors leading outside. The well-equipped kitchen includes a washing machine and dishwasher and overlooks a dining table for six.
The wraparound decking has a table and chairs for alfresco dining and to the side, there is a hot tub that can also be accessed from the main bedroom. There is private off-road parking outside the lodge.
Known as the “Owl Village”, Newton on Derwent is a pitstop to several barn owls that fly down the middle of the main street at dusk, settling on gate posts and fences before flying to their nests in the surrounding countryside. From the Half Moon Inn, you will have ringside seats to witness this spectacle.
The pub is less than half a mile from the lodge and was recently refurbished to a high standard. It has a range of local ales, and its Sunday lunches are so popular it is advisable to book. The inn’s novel “choose your steak” service entails putting in an order for either fillet, T-bone, sirloin or rump before noon and the village’s butcher will deliver it to the pub in time for your evening meal.
Nature reserves abound in this beautiful part of Yorkshire and the jewel in its crown is the Wheldrake Ings with its big skies full of whirling flocks of birds and where you will hear the distinctive plop of an otter slipping into the River Derwent.
It is about eight miles from the lodge, but it is worth the short drive to see the bird and wildlife. It plays host to thousands of overwintering waders and wildfowl such as whooper swan, wigeon, teal, pintail and peregrine and in summer, farmland birds nest in the reserve attracted by the rich supply of insects.
Nine miles from Oakdene is Garrowby Hill, which has inspired artist David Hockney and is well worth the walk to the top, where you can take in the panoramic views over the Wolds at 807ft. An RAF memorial at the summit commemorates a Halifax Bomber that crashed on the hill in 1944.
Only a 30-minute drive from the walled city of York, this country park lodge is located in an area full of things to see and do. A day out in the capital of Yorkshire comes highly recommended. If you can find a table for afternoon tea at iconic Betty’s, you’ll be lucky; however, there are other great little tearooms in and around the Shambles.
If you are feeling energetic, then take on the Walk the City Walls’ two-mile circuit. Alternatively, you can choose a walk along a section at a time. There are great views from the medieval stone fortifications, especially of the Minster from the part between the River Ouse and Mickelgate.
Closer to the lodge, Newton on Derwent and neighbouring Wilberfoss have their own charm and the grand Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington is only 2.9 miles via High Lane. If you and your clan need a sun, sea and sand fix, then the beautiful shores of Hornsea are an hour’s drive away. Forming part of Yorkshire’s 35-miles stretch of Jurassic coast, you could chance upon a fossil or two.
Oakwood Lodge offers a family or group of friends an excellent base for discovering and exploring a part of the country renowned for its history and its countryside and coast that is nature at its best.