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Griffon ForestFlaxton, Vale of York

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At a glance

  • Flat screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Bicycle hire
  • Electric & gas 
  • Sunken hot tub
  • Large deck
  • Wild Watch TV
  • Peaceful location
  • Private barbecue
  • Dishwasher

What To Expect

Relax in a lodge surrounded by 100 acres of tranquil woodland at Griffon Forest. Wildlife can be spotted right outside the door, and if you’re lucky you might see the local badgers. These oak lodges sleep 2, 4 or 5 people and are perfect for a quiet, romantic trip or a family getaway. They all feature exposed wooden cross beams, modern kitchen fittings and a private raised deck with a hot tub. Three woodland walks start at the park, with trails of 2 to 5km. Cycle hire is onsite for rides through the forest, and within an easy stroll is a golf course with Tykes Restaurant – a friendly place to grab a meal.

First Class Luxury


Walk outside the lodge to find a luxury hot tub sunken into the large decking area. It’s the best place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Griffon Forest.Also on the timber deck are sun loungers and garden chairs for relaxation al-fresco. Some of the lodges offer guests the use of bathrobes too.

The Accommodation


Each lodge is cosy and beautifully equipped with all the little touches of home. The exposed beams, quality furniture, and light and airy accommodation will not disappoint. A four-poster or canopy bed will ensure you have a blissful night’s sleep and the hot tub on the deck adds a welcome spot of luxury.

Pet Friendly


Your four-legged friend is welcome to stay in most of the accommodation at Griffon Forest. They can join you on long woodland walks that start right at your front door.

Tykes Restaurant, located just a few minutes away, allows dogs inside too. For days out, your pooch will love exploring the Yorkshire Moors that can be reached by car in around 30 minutes.


In this section, we take a look at the lodges themselves, activities and what the local area has to offer.

Harton, York YO60 7RU, UK


This one-bedroom lodge has luxurious touches like a four-poster or canopy bed, spa bath, walk-in shower and a utility room. Out on the timber deck is a private sunken hot tub and a pair of lounge chairs.

There's a spacious open-plan living space with stylish sofas, a comfortable dining area and fully-equipped kitchen. Exactly what's needed for a relaxing break away for two.

Poachers Premier

For the perfect romantic mini-break, this open-plan lodge feels like a sumptuous suite.

A four-poster bed, circular whirlpool bath, bathrobes, chocolates and sparkling wine will guarantee this is a trip to remember. Out on the timber deck is a private hot tub where you can both relax in style.

Gardeners Family Premier

Sleeping up to five people, there are two bedrooms and an extra bed. With a four-poster in one room and twin beds in the other, there's plenty of space for a family or small group.

An open-plan living area features leather-look sofas and a large wooden dining table. The kitchen is kitted out with all the comforts of home.

Features include:

Outdoor hot tub



out of 10

Overall rating - 93%

Location & surroundings - 90%

Helpfulness of staff - 92%

Value for money - 94%

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Activities in the Vale of York area

The peace and quiet of Griffon Forest offers a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle, and within a few miles of the park there are lots of great things see. The historical city of York is 8 miles away and this city alone offers an abundance of sites to see. 

Walk the medieval wall of York, it’s the longest in existence at 3.4km and the cobbled streets of The Shambles are not be missed either. Rent a boat and take a trip along the River Ouse or learn about the Vikings at the Jorvik exhibition.

There are more shops than you can imagine, and restaurants line the streets. If you’ve never had one before, you have to try a Yorkshire pudding wrap in York, it’s a full roast dinner rolled up so you can hold it in one hand!

Explore Howardian Hill, an area of outstanding beauty. With rolling hills, woodlands, the River Derwent and pretty villages there’s plenty to see.

Howard Castle is a fine stately home with magnificent gardens and an adventure playground for the kids. It’s just 7 miles away from the park and well worth a visit. 

A Final Note

You can have the best of all worlds at this woodland park. Relax in a luxurious lodge with its own hot tub, barbecue and deck surrounded by wildlife and nature - with bustling York just minutes away for some history, culture, fine dining and superb shopping.

You can enjoy your time as a couple in a romantic setting with all mod-cons, or spend wonderful days together as a family away from laptop screens and online games. Bring along your dog as well – after all, they are part of the family too.

These cosy holiday lodges close to the Yorkshire Moors give you the ideal base for exploring this wonderful part of northern England.

Other Alternatives 

For other great properties in this stunning county, see our main Yorkshire page.


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