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Gardens to go wild in | Burnby Hall Gardens

Burnby Hall Gardens‘ claim to fame is that it is home to a national collection of hardy water lilies. From mid-June to August, its two lakes are ablaze with 100 plus lily varieties. But, as gorgeous as these floating carpets of colour are, they are only a fraction of what this public garden has to offer families visiting Pocklington.

     

Garden styles

From woodlands, to a walled Victorian garden, there’s something here to delight every age and taste.  And, with an ornamental bridge, summer house, and a ‘stumpery’, this is a place to let imaginations run wild. There’s even a hobbit house in the stumpery. 

Informal garden style

For years Burmby Hall Gardens sported a formal, municipal, look, but recently this has been updated. Whilst there are still loud stripes of colour lining the main paths, there’s also a much looser, informal style going on which is a lot easier on the eye. In spring, small sparks of candy-striped red tulips light up the woodland floor, replaced by soft wildflowers in summer.

   

Garden family fun

There are events at the gardens all year round, including an annual tulip festival, brass band concerts, and live outdoor performances. But even when there’s nothing going on, this is a fun place to visit with families. Children can feed the carp in the lake and there is an adventure playground as well as an ice cream stand. The cafe serves wholesome lunches and snacks too. 

Garden history

Burmby Hall Gardens belongs to the people of Pocklington. A gift from Major Percy Stewart, a wealthy explorer, it’s an important example of Edwardian garden fashion. Major Stewart and his wife, Katherine, lived in the adjoining house, Burnby Hall, between 1901 and 1962. When they laid out the garden, anyone who was anyone had a rockery designed by the famous nursery, ‘Backhouses of York‘, and a lake planted with water lily collections from around the world.

Museum

In keeping with their fashionable lifestyles, the Stewarts enjoyed travelling. They made eight world tours between 1906 and 1926. On show in a special museum attached to the cafe are some of the weird and wonderful things they collected on these tours. 

From a Maori cloak made of kiwi feathers, to African drums, and the fascinating diaries of Herbert Stewart, who taught the last Russian Tsar’s children, it is a mesmerising, if sometimes disconcerting, exhibition.

There are doll-sized Chinese slippers, relics of an era when mothers would break their daughters feet to keep them fashionably small, and a collection of stuffed hunting trophies. Seen through modern eyes, these artefacts are a little creepy. But the museum curators have taken care to present them in a way that allows children to question the ethics of hunting. 

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If you’re staying at The Bungalow, then don’t miss out on a day at Burmby Hall Gardens with the family. 

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Pocklington for families

Why Pocklington is perfect for families visiting York & the Yorkshire Wolds

Pocklington is perfect for families

Planning to visit Yorkshire with family this summer? Ideally located between York and the coast, Pocklington is the perfect base to explore the region. And its self catering properties are the best places to stay if you are budgeting for a family. 

Best of town, coast, and country

On the edge of stunning Yorkshire Wolds countryside, postcard-pretty Pocklington is just 30 minutes from the historic city of York and 40 minutes from the sandy beaches and white chalk clifftops of Yorkshire’s scenic coastline. A quiet, but active town, it has a cinema, quirky independent shops, two supermarkets, and a weekly market. With water sports and walks nearby, this really is one of the best places to stay in East Yorkshire.

pocklington town centre

 

Historic York

A 20-minute drive, or a 30-minute bus journey, from Pocklington and you are in the centre of York. Here you can walk the city walls, where King Richard III’s head once hung on a spike, have lunch in any one of the city’s fine eateries, visit its world class museums, and be back for dinner. Don’t miss the gothic splendour of its cathedral,  York Minster or the National Railway Museum, an absolute must for families with children.

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Pocklington history

If history is your thing, Pocklington also has a fascinating past. This is where archaeologists uncovered the most important iron age find in Britain – a magnificent Celtic shield and an iron age chariot dating back to the 4th Century AD. The chariot was found hitched to the skeletons of two ponies that had been buried upright to look as though they were leaping out of the ground.

Family fun at historic homes 

If you and your family like fun and games then Burton Agnes Hall, has an intricate Elizabethan garden laid out with life-size games where you and your children can while away a summer’s day playing giant chess or getting lost in an intricate maze.

Pocklington is perfect for gardeners

But garden lovers don’t need to leave Pocklington to enjoy rare and beautiful plants. Burnby Hall  hosts the national lily collection and in the summer its ponds are ablaze with these rare species. While you take in the splendour, the children can feed the fish, sample delicious ice cream and play an African thumb piano or see a stuffed lion in its quirky museum!

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Family water fun

In summertime, there are narrowboat trips along the dreamy waters of the Pocklington canal. More active families can hire kayaks and splash about in the shallow waters at nearby Allerthorpe Lakeland Park .

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Walking & cycling

Pocklington is in the heart of stunning Yorkshire Wold’s countryside. Two national walking trails, the Minster Way, and the Yorkshire Wolds Way, run close to the town and it is also a stop on the Way of the Roses cycle route.

Short walks around Pocklington

There are also numerous, idyllic short walks to enjoy. Millington Woods is a rare, wooded valley that offers a shady haven for families on sunny days. And there are spectacular circular walks from the town itself. One of them leads through ancient woodland to a former country home now a thriving Buddhist centre. Take a stroll around the ornamental lake before coffee and cake in the World Peace Cafe.

country home now used as bhuddist centre near pocklington

Yorkshire Coast

A 40-minute drive from Pocklington and you are dipping your toes in the shallow waters at Fraisethorpe or Bridlington beach. These long, wide stretches of sand are ideal places if you are visiting with a dog – watch out for horses galloping! A short drive from Bridlington is Flamborough Head, famous for its Victorian lighthouse. Look out for seals on the chalk-white beaches below. The chalk caves at nearby Thornton Bay were once used by pirates and are fun for children to explore at low tide.

chalk cliff with grass in foreground

Wildlife

The clifftops at nearby RSPB Bempton host the country’s largest mainland seabird colony where every summer you can see puffins. Recently a black browed albatross has also been spotted here. And, if you enjoy wildlife, seeing the live animal nest cameras and wildlife paintings at The Robert Fuller Gallery is like visiting the set of Springwatch.

Places to stay in Pocklington

The Bungalow, five minutes from Pocklington’s glorious woodland walks, and a 10-minute stroll into town, is an ideal base for families who want to enjoy the best of what Pocklington has to offer. In fact one of the town’s most beautiful walks starts right from its front door.  Affordable and well-equipped, this property sleeps six, in a double, a twin bed room, and a bunk room. It also has ample off road parking for families who want to leave the car and take the bus into York. 

Places to eat

Pocklington also has a choice of restaurants and pubs to savour, from fine-dining spots including Judsons, Woody’s Cookhouse or Stamfords, to excellent curries (try Sonali for delicious Bengali cuisine). And if you are staying in town at  The Bungalow, the finest pizza in town, Pan e Vino will even deliver!

 

 

 

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Look A Facebook Giveaway – Win A Bettys Hamper

Hello all, I just thought I’d update you with a new giveaway we’re running. Win a Betty’s hamper worth £100. Courtesy of us, The Bungalow in Pocklington.

Named after the picturesque location of one of our best loved Café Tea Rooms, this beautiful gift hamper is filled with Bettys choicest Yorkshire and continental specialities, to enjoy all year round.

A keepsake wicker hamper filled to the brim with Bettys’ delights.

Enter here 👉 https://www.facebook.com/thebungalowpocklington/posts/2849011195327630

 

This hamper includes:

– Bottle of La Petite Perrière Sauvignon blanc
– Bettys Tea Room Blend 80 Tea Bags
– Bettys Café Blend Coffee
– Florentines
– Yorkshire Tea Fruit Cake
– Yorkshire Shortbread Box
– Milk Chocolate Langues De Chat
– Yorkshire Gingerbread
– Classic Raspberry Preserve

Hamper: 38 x 32 x 31 cm

The Ilkley Hamper can only be delivered within the UK.

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Covid Procedures @ The Bungalow Pocklington Accomodation

Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe in our Pocklington Accommodation

  • No back to back bookings – a minimum of 30 hours between each booking is currently in place.
  • Hand sanitiser is at the entrance to use before accessing the key and entering The Bungalow.
  • All towels, sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases are washed at 60oC, we include a laundry sanitiser with each wash.
  • We’ve purchased extra duvets, pillows and mattress protectors so they can be rotated between guests. This means they will have been stored for at least 72 hours between each booking
  • We’ve removed bedroom cushions and throws to reduce the risk.
  • We’ve committed to clean The bungalow in compliance with  Airbnb’s 5 step cleaning protocol.
  • Hard floors, sofas and chairs will be steam cleaned between guests.*
  • All touch points (handles, remotes, key lock, appliances etc) will be sanitised with anitviral wipes.*
  • All plates, dishes, cutlery, cups and glasses are dish washed at 60oC between guests. That includes what’s in the cupboards. For this reason we have had to reduce the amount of everything we provide.

To reduce the risk we have had to take the difficult decision to remove some of the extra touches we’ve previously provided.

  • We are no longer able to offer a continental breakfast.
  • A limited stock of tea and coffee with be provided in single use sachets along with 1pt milk to welcome you on arrival.
  • A limited stock of miniture shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner will be provided incase you’ve forgotten yours.

* Where the property has been occupied in the last 72 hours

Pocklington Cycle Routes

Pocklington Cycle Route – Millington

This is my favourite short Pocklington cycle route from The Bungalow. Particularly if I’m short of time or just fancy a leg stretch. At 12 miles and an elevation of 982ft it’s a decent workout. Most of the hill work is at the beginning (providing you head east from the Bungalow!). Head up KP hill and turn right on to Cobdale Lane. Leaving a stunning drop into Millington pastures.

Feel free to  download the GPX file by clicking here Millington_Loop.

Millington village is sixteen miles from beautiful historic York and almost three miles from the market town of Pocklington. It is known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds, and popular with walkers and cyclists alike.

 

Cafe Stops 

Despite being a short cycle there are plenty of places for a cafe stop on route, for example.

At the end of Cobdale lane you can turn right into Huggate to visit Rachel’s Walnut Cottage Tea Room. A family run tearoom where everything is fresh, home made and absolutely delicious.

The Wolds Inn also sits in the village of Huggate offering locally sourced home cooked food, local beers, a sizeable car park, a tidy beer garden to the rear and benches out the front of the pub.

One of my favourites stops on this route is the Ramblers Rest Tea Rooms.

“Renowned for its charming, cosy ambience and freshly cooked, homely food using family recipes and seasonal, local food. The Ramblers’ Rest at Millington  offers guests a spacious area in which to enjoy the delights that have made it famous throughout Yorkshire and beyond.”

The Yorkshire ‘Skon’

Home to the Yorkshire ‘Skon’, this is truly one of the best ‘Skon’ stops I’ve found on any Pocklington cycle route.

Skon time at the Ramblers Rest, Millington
Skon time at the Ramblers Rest, Millington.

On leaving Millington, head down hill and south, which takes you down a bit of a decent, then a short climb. Free wheel all the way past the KP Golf Club on your right and the Madhyamaka Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall on your left. At the bottom of the hill take a right and make your way back into Pocklington.

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Weekend Makeover at The Bungalow Pocklington

Having decided that the out door living area needed some tender loving care, I took my self off to Langlands to buy lavender. I later returned £55 lighter, how does that happen?!

Landlands is a large garden centre at Shiptonthorpe about 6 miles to the south east of Pocklington on the A1078 Hull Road. It has lots of gorgeous things to buy, along with a lovely cafe.

Since the next door hedge took a severe haircut, I felt the seating area on the patio had lost a little privacy, so I installed some bamboo screening along one side. I’m loving the effect, it makes it more of a sun trap than it already was.

I’m also loving the ladybugs and the bumble bee climbing up the screen.

The next step was to brighten up the old dolly tub in the corner that was hosting a fine selection of weeds.

The tub has been drilled for water drainage and I’ve planted it with English Lavender and Clematis. I’m hoping the Clematis will grow up the trellis and also the other direction to spill over the railings.

Next I installed the BBQ stand that Gavin made. Precision engineering in stainless steel at its best!

Finally I snapped a couple of pictures of the garden for the website, as I’d had some feedback from a guest that they hadn’t realised there was a garden.

Walks

A Short Circular Pocklington Dog Walk

If like me, you can’t bear the thought of walking there and back, and need a circular walk…here’s my top short circular Pocklington dog walk. The route is mainly footpaths and tracks, with a short road section. Offering some lovely views over Pocklington town.

short dog walk pocklington

This short Pocklington walk is 0.7 miles, and should take 15-20 minutes. It took us 25 this morning as I stopped to take pictures, and Bonnie seemed to having a ‘slow’ day!

Like most of the walks from The Bungalow you’ll start by crossing the road and taking the public foot path up the hill sign posted Kilnwick Percy. Walk up the hill and across Gus Walker Drive. Continue climbing steeply up the steps until the path levels out and divides. You will need to turn bear here. Walk along the left of the hedge by the side of the golf course.

Chapel Hill

You will now find your self on Chapel Hill. Which was an outstanding beauty spot in Pocklington before the housing development which now covers most of the hillside.  When you reach a chalk path, turn left, this will take you down the hill. Here you will see some lovely views over Pocklington.

Looking in to the distance on a clear day you should be able to spot the power stations. From the left to right they are named Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge. On an evening you might be lucky enough to catch a stunning sunset over the town.

Descent

Descend the hill and on reaching the bottom turn left along Denison Road. After the house numbered 14 turn left again up an alleyway/snicket/ginnel (delete…depending on where you’re from!).

On exit from the alleyway/snicket/ginnel turn left again and then right up the steep hill, back onto St Helens Road to complete your Pocklington dog walk!

Check out more things to do in Pocklington.

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Way of The Roses 4 Days Cycle Route.

Completing the Way of the Roses cycle route in 4 days in 2016 was my inspiration for turning The Bungalow, Pocklington into an Airbnb.

The Way of The Roses cycle route runs from Morecambe to Bridlington covering 170 miles. Here’s my story…

Feeling very adventurous I set off on my own, and cycled Route 66 the Pocklington to York section, where I caught the train to Lancaster. The cycle from there to Morecambe bay was easy, and I was the first of our group to arrive.

Day 1 Morecambe to Settle.

On the morning of day 1 we dipped our tyres in the sea. Posed for a few photos and then cycled our first 36 miles to Settle. The route started easily, and became a little more challenging as we reached Settle.

 

 

Day 2 Settle to Bishop Thornton.

Day 2 saw us challenge the infamous high hill lane out of Settle, and I’m not ashamed to say that we all walked a fair part of it. There’s no shame in walking I always say, the only shame is not getting your bike out in the first place! High Hill Lane  is a long brutal climb with slopes up to 30%. My legs and lungs will never forget.

 

Lunch was taken at the cafe at Stump Cross Caverns, fabulous cake 😋

Near the end of day 2 we had a slight detour via Brimham Rocks, which was well worth it.

 

Day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington.

On day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington, we saw the hills turn into gentle undulations and the scenery become more cultured as we passed by Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall and York Minster. Obviously on the night of day 3 we stayed at The Bungalow in Pocklington!

Day 4 Pocklington to Bridlington.

On our 4th and final day we cycled the last 44 miles to Bridlington. This was my least favourite day. We had left behind the stunning scenery and the well known landmarks, and the weather took a turn for the worse. When we stopped for refreshments at Sewerby Hall, it took great strength of character to get back on the bike! The only photos taken on day 4 were at the end.

Arriving in Bridlington in the rain, I’ve never been more glad of a cup of tea!

 

In case you’re wondering…no I didn’t cycle home!!

I felt way of the roses 4 days was a very manageable length of time for our group. We were able to enjoy the scenery and didn’t feel rushed at any of the stops we made, thoroughly recommended. Just for the record The Way of the Roses total ascent was 7621 ft!!

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Pock Rocked …. Beautiful South at Pocklington Arts Centre Review

What a lucky town we are.

Every time I go to Pocklington Arts Centre it reminds me just what an awesome place we have here.

Last night was no exception, The South put on an outstanding performance and had the whole place on their feet dancing away.

The South have always been in my top 10 must listen to bands, so when I was walking through Pocklington a few weeks ago and saw they were playing, I got out my phone to take a picture and send it to Tessie, as I knew she’d love to see them. Strangely, and I do believe it fate, coincidences and all that weird stuff, Tessie just happened to walk by at that exact same moment, so tickets were purchased on the spot.

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When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet… And so The South embarked on their journey. Celebrating the Beautiful South legacy and great songs of their own, the band continues performing the classic songs including: A Little Time – the number one single, Perfect 10RotterdamOld Red EyesGood as GoldDon’t Marry Her. Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs along with songs from The South’s debut album ‘Sweet Refrains

The evening began with a jolly nice tea time special at The Feathers, and ended with a selfie in the Black Bull with the lead singer Alison Wheeler, what a night, thank you Pocklington Arts Centre and all who sail in her!