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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
Family friendly
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.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 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
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Travel Cot
  • Pub and shops -  Helmsley 1.5 miles

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


This property is personally managed by Melanie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Allan 17th January 2020

Fantastic unique place to stay. Despite you sleeping in an actual church it is really warm and cosy. The underfloor heating is lovely and 2 bathrooms was ideal with 3 of us. There is an early morning wake up call from the chickens and farmers but we didnt mind that at all. The walk suggested into Helmsley through the Forrest was easy to find and peRead morerfect for the dogs. There is little light pollution so the stars at night were amazing and the stained glass was beautiful. Sofas also mega comfy Hide

Reviewed by David 13th December 2019

St. Aidans is a essentially a retreat from the hurly burly of modern life. Waking up to chickens. Sitting by a log fire. Peaceful sleeps. And world class walking (season dependent) all make this a very special place.

Reviewed by Libby 27th September 2019

This church conversion is absolutely lovely, sympathetically restored and really well equipped . The area is very quiet - and surrounded by fab walks . We loved our stay there .

Reviewed by Lisa 13th September 2019

Absolutely wonderful place to stay in beautiful surroundings.

Reviewed by Raymond 12th July 2019

A converted church in a lovely quiet location

Reviewed by Kerry 17th June 2019

Excellent location ideal for walking and dogs very clean and well equipped a lovely place to stay beautifully restored

Reviewed by Sarah 2nd February 2019

Lovely Cottage Set Close to Helmsley with Plenty of Lovely Eateries & Shops. Special Place for me and my Husband as we got married close by in Harome. Fabulous Walks through the Forestry to Helmsley, great for the dogs. Would definitely go back. Very relaxing weekend away.

Reviewed by Alexander 7th January 2019

The cottage (a converted church) is an interesting conversion , well equipped and clean. We had problems with the wifi and we did not receive a call back from the support number provided. We had to regularly reboot the router. However our main issue with the property was the misleading location infRead moreormation on the gorgeous cottages website. The cottage is 2 miles from helmsley and there are no pubs or shops within a mile as it stated on the website. Even the Google map location falsely located the cottage as much neare helmsley than it was.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Alexander, thank you for taking the time to complete a review. The postcode for St Aidans covers a large area but will take you to the hamlet of Carlton, approximately 1.5 miles from Helmsley. The website states that the cottage is set in a hamlet a few minutes from Helmsley. We have amended the pin location on the website to show the actual location to avoid any confusion. I am sorry to hear that you had a problem with wi fi during your stay. Yorkshire has so much to offer, we would love to welcome you back for another stay in the not too distant future. Take care, Maureen. Hide

Reviewed by Anthony 1st December 2018

Excellent quirky vacation if you want to get away from everything St Aidens is the place.Local town has enough for everyone if you want to shop/eat/drinkWell worth the experience

Reviewed by Nicholas 26th October 2018

Great idea but needs a few extras to make it perfect The sleeping area behind the vestry makes it impossible to put the kids to bed and have a late night The main room bed is basically a futon and has given me a bad back ! With a few tweaks it would be great - lovely spot

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Nicholas, thank you for your feedback. The main bedroom is housed in the church with a king size bed which can be configured as 2 singles. The conversion was constrained by the requirement to preserve the integrity of the church, the beds in the chancel are separated from the main space by a beautiful, handmade 1886 rood screen. The garden room has a sofabed with a thick topper. The owner is going to check this out following your comments. Yorkshire has so much to offer, we would love to welcome you back for another stay soon. Take care, Maureen.

Reviewed by Gail 10th October 2018

Loved this beautiful historical building, and its modern extension.

Reviewed by Frank 28th September 2018

Unique experience. Wonderful atmosphere and a well appointed cottage for two. The second bedrooms bed is a little basic, but the main bedroom is fantastic.The bathrooms and the kitchen were good and we lacked for nothing. The situation is little remote, but that is part of its attraction(may be a challenge in the winter?)Overall we really enjoyed oRead moreur time there and would certainly consider returning. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 5th August 2018

Excellent and atmospheric accommodation. St Aidens has been converted with great care.Helmsley is a thriving market town with a buzzing market square.One (constructive) criticism: first impressions are very important and the holiday let sign at the church gate is looking very tired.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

With a varied landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moors and dramatic coast, interspersed with picturesque towns and villages, vibrant cities and a rich historical heritage, Yorkshire is rightly considered one of Britain's premier holiday destinations. Known as 'God's Own County', Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England's National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of coastline designated as Heritage Coast.

Offering infinite opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors, the wild expanse of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North and West Yorkshire is a glorious mix of awe-inspiring scenery, imposing castles, characterful Dales' villages and drystone walls. While to the east, the North York Moors National Park offers atmospheric moorland, fragrant pine forests and charming towns tucked away within steep-sloped valleys. Extending all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, you can even experience a traditional day at the seaside at popular resorts including Whitby, Flamborough and Scarborough. It's a beautiful terrain to explore.

A visit to the historical city of York is a must. Renowned for its medieval architecture, the magnificent York Minster and a myriad of museums, independent shops and exceptional eateries, you will not be disappointed. Then there's the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, known to have inspired David Hockney. And with a packed calendar of events and festivals each year, including the Malton Food Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Show, there's always something exciting to enjoy.

Our holiday cottages in Yorkshire are handpicked to ensure a luxurious and uniquely memorable experience. From dog-friendly cottages in the country to large family houses by the sea and romantic retreats in the city, we have a holiday in Yorkshire to suit everyone.

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