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St Aidans

Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Family friendly
Quirky
Rustic
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • A unique holiday home comprising a converted church and an extension
  • Ideally situated for discovering Helmsley and Pickering
  • Explore the wonderful North York Moors
  • A fantastic base for exploring the North Yorkshire countryside
  • Head south to discover the Howardian Hills
  • Visit Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard
Property code: G0131

This imaginatively converted Grade II listed former church offers cosy, welcoming and unique accommodation for couples looking for a lovely retreat on the outskirts of the beautiful North York Moors.

Converted from a Grade II listed church, this captivating Yorkshire cottage is a truly unique place to stay. Set 2 miles from the market town of Helmsley, this sympathetically updated property has a dashing contemporary extension, and offers a really interesting holiday experience. Built by one of the Gothic Revival's greatest architects, Temple Lushington Moore, the property dates back originally to 1882.

The accommodation is split between the historic building and the stylish new extension. In the listed church space, there is a lounge and dining area decorated in the rich colours of the Gothic Revival. A beautiful hand-painted ceiling arches high above while the building itself benefits from warm central heating, a wood burner and large sofas to sink into, make this a relaxing and comfortable space. And if you momentarily tire of admiring this handsome building, a Smart TV with Netflix is available, as is a Bluetooth speaker and high-speed Wi-Fi.

The main bedroom is housed in the church and is an atmospheric and peaceful space to rest. There is a king-size double bed which can be made up as two singles if required. Walking into the new extension, you are immediately struck with the juxtaposing styles. Old meets new with pleasing contrast as the contemporary kitchen sparkles with colour and light. It's the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch and gives a particularly good view into the church itself through the opening in the wall. A bright and airy corridor covered with glass leads down towards the family bathroom with bath, separate wet room and second sitting room. There is a double sofa bed in this room sleeping an additional two people comfortably. The slate flooring on the extension is heated throughout, so lovely and cool in the summer and toasty in the colder months.

Step outside and admire the private garden of this luxury cottage in Helmsley. It comes complete with terrace, outdoor furniture and heather-garden: a nod to the stunning North York Moors landscape all around. When the sun is shining, it's a heavenly spot for dining alfresco, with only the sound of birds for company.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size which can be made up as a twin on prior request, 1 double sofa bed in the second lounge
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • 1 wet room
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge with small freezer compartment
  • Smart TV
  • Bluetooth speaker,
  • Wood burner
  • Garden with BBQ and furniture
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Travel Cot
  • Pub and shops -  Helmsley 1.5 miles
  • Please note:- there is a step to the front door, and small step up to the chancel bedroom and the alter is raised. Property is accessed via a grass verge and external paths are gravel
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

The cottage is set in a quiet little hamlet just under 2 miles from the market town of Helmsley, possibly one of the prettiest towns in Yorkshire. Nestled perfectly at the foot of the North York Moors, yet only 24 miles north of York, its timeless elegance is a magnet to the Yorkshire elite.

 

At the heart of the town square is a statue of Lord Feversham, a distant ancestor of the current Lord who resides in Duncombe Park. This stunning baroque mansion sits on the outskirts of town and is a good choice for an afternoon's sightseeing. If you want to indulge some more architectural desires, the equally grand Nunnington Hall (7 miles) is another grand abode worth a peek. Helmsley is a foodie’s paradise, packed with exquisite tearooms, cafes and organic delis. It's also surrounded by some of the best gastro pubs in the UK. Tucked alongside these culinary delights are lots of unique shops, galleries and antique dealers, easily enough to build up an appetite for lunch.

 

The neighbouring town of Pickering (14.5 miles) hosts a delightful set of shops, cafes and restaurants, and 4 miles further on, takes you to Thornton-Le-Dale, a chocolate-box North York Moors village with thatched houses and a sleepy little brook. Stop for some ice cream here and remind yourself how refreshing life in the slow lane feels.

 

With the North York Moors on your doorstep, you can be heading for a jaunt over the hills in no time. This glorious expanse of the heather-clad countryside is simply stunning, and it's well worth taking some time to explore it properly. Somewhat smaller than the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors still covers an area of almost 600 square miles. You're also close to Castle Howard (14.5 miles), York (26 miles) and the Yorkshire coast, for fun days out.

 

There is off road parking for 2 cars

 

Melanie Meadows

This property is personally managed by Melanie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Maxine 14th January 2023

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Fantastic location. Very quirky accommodation. Well equipped and clean. The cockerels didnt disturb us at all. Would recommend to friends and family.

Reviewed by Marelle 6th January 2023

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Had a fabulous time here! Amazing property and location. The property was well maintained , our basset loved watching the geese and chickens outside! They did not interfere with our sleep after walking the moors all day, felt very sad to leave.

Reviewed by Karen 23rd December 2022

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Reviewed by Annette 25th November 2022

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it was all lovely

Reviewed by Sarah 14th November 2022

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Excellant, second time at St Aidan's willnot be the last.

Reviewed by Geoff 11th November 2022

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St Aidans is a great place to stay, very romantic and different. All the facilities were very good and the location is great. Close by to Helmsley which is a wonderful market town. We will be returning for another stay

Reviewed by Nicola 4th November 2022

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Absolutely stunning property in a great location. If you want to kick back and relax after exploring North Yorkshire for the day, this is the accommodation for you. Also dog friendly which makes it perfect for families with furry friends.

Reviewed by Katherine 28th October 2022

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What an amazing place to stay and thank you for the welcome pack. The church has been lovingly restored and the extension is quality throughout. The weather was poor most of the time, but it didn't matter because the accommodation was wonderful. It is a nice walk from Carlton to Helmsley and there are so many places to eat etc in Helmsley or nearbyRead more. We love the walk from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey and back. I would highly recommend staying in St Aidan's. Hide

Reviewed by Sally 30th September 2022

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Beautiful Church holiday let, great base for the moors. Loved the farmyard animals next door. Lovely rural setting, great dog walk close by. Very peaceful, so quiet especially at night.

Reviewed by Susan 23rd September 2022

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Loved our stay at St Aidan's, a stunning property. Stayed with our two dogs who loved the underfloor heating and watching the local chickens. Excellent location with brilliant walks from the property. Definitely going to book again.

Reviewed by Anne 9th September 2022

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Reviewed by kerry 12th August 2022

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A beautiful and tasteful church conversion with everything you can possibly need. A lovely location, yes there is a farm next door with chicken,sheep etc but this just added to the charm for us. The welcome basket was a lovely touch too along with helpful information to make our stay hassle free. Spotlessly clean throughout. We would return in a heRead moreartbeat. Hide

Reviewed by Veronica 8th July 2022

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My husband and I found the beds and sofas in the lounge very uncomfortable. Apart from that St Aidan's was a dream location, the kitchen superbly equipped and the wet room a joy to shower in. We enjoyed our stay tremendously and would definitely recommend it to others.

Reviewed by Sylvia 17th June 2022

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this unusual Chapel. Thank you

Reviewed by Jonathan 3rd June 2022

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Lovely location, we only spent a week here but could easily have spent two. So much to see and do, good food, bags of history, not too crowded, a little hidden gem of an area. We would be happy to go back again

Reviewed by Emma 20th May 2022

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A great unique property in an amazing location. It's a really peaceful setting and unlike others we didn't notice the chickens early rise (although we live in a rural area so may be used to it)

Reviewed by Joanne 29th April 2022

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Reviewed by Jean 15th April 2022

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We enjoyed every aspect of our stay at St Aidans. Brilliantly different. A beautiful contrast between the rescue of the historical church and all its majesty and the light, cosy modern extension. It delighted us...and our dog! It's rural location, yet handy proximity to beautiful Helmsley, made it ideal to explore Northern Yorkshire Moors, Dales anRead mored coast. All our needs were catered for and the welcome gifts from the owners, a treat to get us started after our journey! Hide

Reviewed by John 1st April 2022

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Reviewed by Richard 25th March 2022

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Perfect, peaceful and relaxing place to stay, marvellous and unique property, with every thing you might need for your comfort and contentment.

Reviewed by Vince 29th December 2021

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We had a really relaxing week. St Aidens had everything we needed. We found it cosy and comfortable. The cockerels were a bit of a shock to the system on the first morning, but it didn't take long to adjust to a more rural way of life. The conversion is a credit to the owners.

Reviewed by David 19th November 2021

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This is a wonderful property in a lovely location with excellent equipment. There is a really good log burner, which is a must to supplement the central heating in the original church area in the colder weather.

Reviewed by Ruth 22nd October 2021

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This was our second visit this year and it was as wonderful as the first! It's a fabulous property, very well-equipped kitchen, lovely location, warm and comfortable and full of character! Don't forget to buy your eggs from the farm next door!

Reviewed by Elizabeth 8th October 2021

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An exceptional property in a wonderful location. The conversion and extension have been tastefully done. The accommodation is cozy and very well equipped. It also has a small private garden with a patio area and BBQ. Excellent week celebrating a special birthday.

Reviewed by Geoffrey 24th September 2021

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Ideal quiet location in Carlton close to Helmsley. Quirky and unusual property which was very comfortable, warm and restful. Owners have kept a lot of the original features in the church which was lovely to see and explore.

Reviewed by Sarah 17th September 2021

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Excellant place to stay, a really nice conversion, with all mod cons.

Reviewed by Michael 30th July 2021

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Wonderful location and an amazing, quirky property. Very well appointed kitchen, a wet room and separate bathroom. The log burner was perfect for cooler evenings when it was raining outside. Perfect situation for Helmsley: it felt like the middle of nowhere, but the town was just a two minute drive. The chickens next door were great to watch (I hadRead more to be sure our daughter hadnt tried to smuggle one home), we learnt to sleep through their dawn chorus after the first few nights! Hide

Reviewed by Ellen 24th July 2021

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An incredibly stunning place, we loved every moment of our stay and will definitely return.

Reviewed by Suzanne 5th July 2021

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Beautiful setting close to local amenities with plenty of walks from the doorstep

Reviewed by Karen 25th June 2021

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Fabulous place to stay. Hope to be back soon.

Reviewed by Sharon 4th June 2021

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A beautiful, well equipped restoration/conversion. We were a party of four adults and were very comfortable. Our friends (65+) slept very comfortably on the sofa bed and we appreciated having a shower room and bathroom. Two sets of tables and chairs, and two double sofas were a boon as games of Scrabble could be underway int the kitchen without disRead moreturbing film viewing or artwork taking place in the nave. The location is idyllic, only regret was not taking the dog due to free range chickens. Hide

Reviewed by Robert 22nd May 2021

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An excellent and interesting place to relax for a few days. We really enjoyed our stay. Nice to read about the history and how it was renovated. We intend to return.

Reviewed by Susan 14th May 2021

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A lovely, quirky holiday let in a very nice quiet area just outside Helmsley. The chapel was very comfortable with everything we needed for a lovely holiday. The garden, although enclosed, was not secure enough for our two small dogs. A great base for exploring a wonderful part of the country.

Reviewed by Chris 7th May 2021

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We originally chose this place because it looked quirky and fun, but we were also delighted with how modern and well-equipped everything was - St. Aidans has the best and most well-equipped kitchen in any cottage we've stayed at. It's also in a stunning and peaceful location. How many people can say they've stayed in a 19th century church? Loved itRead more. Hide

Reviewed by Ruth 30th April 2021

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This is a really lovely property and a great conversion! The best-equipped kitchen I've known in a self-catering place! Beautiful area, lots to do, but if (when!) it rains, St Aidan's is just a lovely place to hang out! Will be returning.

Reviewed by Vikki 16th April 2021

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