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Great Wood Lodges

Vale of York Flaxton Smith's Lane Great Wood
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Adults 18+
Children 2 - 17
Infants under 2

Snuggled within 20 acres of gorgeous woodland, and close to the Howardian Hills, these eco-friendly lodges blend into the peaceful, tranquil environment with amazing views across the coarse fishing lake. If you want to venture into York, Whitby or even Harrogate then you'll be within easy driving distance for some great days out browsing the shops or enjoying the cafe culture.

The well designed adult only two bedroom lodges come with flatscreen TV and WIFI as well as being heated throughout.  Each lodge comes with a gorgeous verandah with garden furniture so you can enjoy the lake views in comfort.

The Pickering steam train is well worth a ride on, you get to take in the wonderful views of the North Yorkshire Moors

Our Top Tip
"The village of Flaxton is just two miles from the lodges and you'll finf lots of cycle routes and walks, as well as other outdoor activities like horse riding and golf."
Accommodation features
  • Comfortable two bedroom lodges boasting modern eco-friendly technology.
  • Flat screen TV
  • Wi-fi
  • Kitchen including microwave and fridge/freezer
  • Shower
  • Bed linen and duvets
  • Beds made up for your arrival
  • Heated throughout
  • Gas and electricity included
  • No pets
  • Adults only
  • All non smoking accommodation

Accommodation at Great Wood Lodges


Great Wood Lodge

Very comfortable lodge with one double with ensuite shower and one twin. Shower. Spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area. Verandah with garden furniture overlooking the lake.

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Castle Howard is a beautiful place for a day trip set within 1,000 acres of glorious parkland and garden. The site is home to the historic castle itself but also has many other attractions including the Land Train which is a great way to explore the park and the Great Lake where boat trips can be enjoyed. During school holidays and at weekends in the summer organised activities such as crafting sessions, animal encounters and educational talks are on offer to ensure that the children are well catered for. Other attractions include the Adventure Playground, Nature Trail, Farm Shop and Café.

If you have children of varied ages and are looking for a day out to please everyone, then Creepy Crawlies is the perfect choice. The all weather attraction offers fun and games for children up to 12 years old and also provides a place for adults to relax and enjoy a coffee while the kids are playing on the slides, sports area and adventure zone. The site also has a very impressive outdoor area and petting zoo where children can enjoy crafts and meet cute and cuddly animals. Outside there is also a pedal track with Berg Go karts for big children and ride on's for little ones, a pond and a sensory zone where children can touch and feel new and interesting things. You can bring along a picnic to enjoy outside or try a freshly cooked meal at the cafe.

York Maze is fast becoming one of the regions top tourist attractions during the summertime.  This year the maze has a new design to make it even more fun and interesting.  The maze is carved out of an amazing 1.5 million growing maize plants and is thought to be the largest maze in the world! Of course the maze is the main attraction of the site, but there are plenty of other things for the whole family to enjoy including an adventure playground, 9 hole crazy golf course and a animal petting area where children can meet the animals that eat the maize and watch pig racing! Tractor and trailer rides around the maize are also available.

Great Wood Lodges Reviews

Linda, Essex
Date of stay: 20th November 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
Andrew, St. Andrews
Date of stay: 27th October 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
If you want a quiet, relaxing break in a comfortable and well equipped lodge, with excellent local attractions, then choose Great Wood Lodges.
Don, Wakefield
Date of stay: 8th September 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
As usual, Don and Helen were most attentive, friendly and helpful. The lodge was extremely well presented and fully equipped with everything we needed. There were even new settees that were more comfortable than before which was very nice. The surroundings were beautiful and the wildlife astounding. What with the fishing lake only a few paces away what was not to like?
Alison, Co Durham
Date of stay: 2nd September 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
Great place good directions made it easy to find evrything you could want for a relaxing break
Dean, London
Date of stay: 1st September 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
very relaxing, peaceful and a great fishing lake
Janice, Norfolk
Date of stay: 29th August 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
A lovely break - sadly not long enough.
Elaine, Northumberland
Date of stay: 19th August 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
Would highly recommend and definitely stay there again.
John, Tamworth
Date of stay: 8th July 2017
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
Very clean and every thing you would need.
Jeffrey, Swinton Mexborough
Date of stay: 26th August 2016
Accommodation type: Great Wood Lodge
Great lodge great location only thing missing a hot tub
An amazing place to stay , lodges are 5* , very clean and well maintained . the warm welcome from Helen and the milk and tea are very appreciated . fishing and Dons knowledge of the area and wildlife are wonderful.
Excellent lodge and lovely owners, beautiful surroundings with abundant wildlife.
Great Wood Lodges are spotlessly clean, comfortable and very well equipped. A very good location for visiting York and attractions nearby, such as Castle Howard. With just 4 lodges and adults only, the site is very quiet and wildlife is attracted, especially birds which use the many feeders in the surrounding trees. The lake is popular with visiting anglers (and the local herons!).
Great Wood Lodges were exactly what we hoped for, quiet and peaceful but within easy reach of so many activities. We were particularly impressed with the kitchen, which was better equipped than our own! Thank you to Don and Helen for a lovely stay.
We thoroughly enjoyed our few days in a this comfortable, well equipped lodge in an beautiful peaceful location, hidden in a wood. Great place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. We loved watching the wildlife on the lake and in the forest from the lodge windows.
Very high standard accommodation that was very clean and well maintained. Truly relaxing holiday, in lovely rural setting lots of wildlife to watch.
Great Wood is a fantastic place to relax and recharge. Don and Helen are the most amazing hosts, so friendly and welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. The lodge was perfect in every way - well equipped, homely and immacuately clean. The surroundings are beautiful and the fishing was great! We loved every minute of our third visit and look forward to going back. A wonderful place and we are even more in love than ever, thanks Great Wood.
great place for adults to relax
My husband and I enjoyed a lovely weekend break at Great Wood Lodges. The Lodge was one of just four in an idyllic woodland setting overlooking the lake. The wood is full of delightful wildlife which we enjoyed whilst relaxing on our verandah. My husband enjoyed a spot of fishing in the lake just yards from the lodge. We were welcomed by the owner who explained all we needed to know about the Lodge and park. There was a lovely welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar, milk and wine. The Lodge was beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. Everything we needed was provided - beautiful towels, and toiletries and a well equipped kitchen.
Beautiful place and people very relaxing high quality accommodation
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Name Month of stay Year of stay
18th December 2017