Spring is bursting into life, the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown is well underway, and we are preparing to re-open our holiday parks in North Yorkshire. We know there may still be some way to go before we can return to ‘normal’, but many of us are feeling ever more hopeful as the weeks go by.
So, it seems like the time is right for the next instalment of our blog series on the things we love about each of our parks. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at Old Hall Holiday Park near Boroughbridge, a tranquil site that offers static holiday homes for sale and let, as well as a limited number of touring and seasonal pitches.
So, what do we love about Old Hall Holiday Park?
Old Hall Holiday Park holds the David Bellamy Gold Award for wildlife conservation, and it’s not hard to see why. Like all our parks, the site has been thoughtfully designed to encourage wildlife and promote biodiversity, and our homeowners spend many happy hours on their decking watching the different animals and birds that have made Old Hall their home.
The park also has a particular fondness for hedgehogs, and we have a purpose-built compound for those that we rescue, as well as feeding boxes dotted around the park. Indeed, just before Christmas, our park manager Wendy found three undernourished juvenile hoglets and nurtured them back to health using a diet including rusks and goats milk!
YHL Parks continually invests in the facilities at all its sites, and has recently refurbished the recreation area, library and snooker room at Old Hall Holiday Park. This lovely, modern space also has tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi and a selection of books to borrow.
Private plots and immaculate grounds
All the holiday homes at Old Hall are maintained to a high standard, and are situated on private, thoughtfully laid-out plots to make the most of their position on the park.
Our fantastic grounds team work throughout the year to keep our site looking immaculate and ensure our guests enjoy their stay with us in the most pleasant surroundings possible.
If you love getting out and about, Old Hall Holiday Park is the perfect base from which to explore North Yorkshire.
As well as being just a five minute walk from the bustling market town of Boroughbridge, it also offers easy access to some fabulous tourist and leisure destinations further afield.
Just a half hour’s drive or less from Old Hall is the historic city of York and the attractive towns of Harrogate and Knaresborough. There’s also the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its main centre, Pateley Bridge.
Within an hour’s drive is the shopping mecca of Leeds while, for unbeatable landscapes, you can visit the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales.
History on the doorstep
Old Hall Holiday Park is situated on a former Saxon farmstead which is even mentioned in the Domesday book, and there is plenty more history to explore in the surrounding area.
From the Devil’s Arrows, intriguing Neolithic structures near Boroughbridge, to the Roman remains and 14th century church in Aldborough village, the immediate area around Old Hall is steeped in fascinating reminders of centuries gone by.
Supporting local businesses
Old Hall’s managers and home owners regularly support all the fantastic independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the Boroughbridge area, not to mention the popular farmers’ market and other events and activities.
Fundraising for charity
Alongside supporting local businesses, Old Hall Holiday Park also raises money for various charities and other non-profit organisations.
For the last decade around £30,000 has been donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance from fundraising activities at Old Hall. Among the other causes the park has supported through donations and sponsorship are Help for Heroes, Boroughbridge Lions, Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cats Protection, Brooke Donkey and Horse Rescue and Happy Hedgehogs. It also holds an annual Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
We have a friendly community of homeowners and seasonal guests at Old Hall, and we hold a variety of events to bring everyone together throughout the year, including parties at Easter, Halloween and Christmas, as well as our famous annual summer hog roast.
Many of our homeowners also love nothing more than a good old competition, with the park playing host to snooker, pool and golf contests.
Read the rest of our series here: