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Helmsley Garden Cottage is a sumptuous one-bedroom hideaway set just off the market square in Helmsley, one of the prettiest towns in the North York Moors.
Somewhere between a luxury holiday cottage and a 5 Star Bed & Breakfast, there are no kitchen facilities in the cottage, however fabulous owner Louise will serve you the most amazing breakfast spread, and will even cook supper for you too if you want. And as you are set right in the heart of a foodie town, you have lots of options for eating out right on your doorstep.
Walking through the gate into Helmsley Garden Cottage is a bit like walking through the wardrobe in Narnia. Hidden away from the hustle bustle of gorgeous Helmsley, the cottage feels like your own indulgent little secret, with its luscious gardens and stunning interiors. Step inside to discover an elegant holiday home filled with perfectly-pitched furniture and stylish antique pieces.
First there's a charming dining room-cum-snug, a delightful spot for those incredible breakfasts. There are also two cosy easy chairs to settle down on with a good book.
On occasion, you'll find a few tasty little treats set on the cake-stand in here from your host. The bathroom is just off this room. There's a walk-in shower and WC as well as complimentary luxury toiletries for you to enjoy.
Back to the snug, step through the lavish silk curtains into the generous sitting room. This space is bursting with character, with original beams overhead (the cottage dates back hundreds of years), magnificent comfy sofas and original artwork on the walls. There is a large LCD TV in here and a huge amount of DVDs on the book-shelf for you to choose from. Wi-Fi is also provided.
The bedroom is set upstairs in the eaves of the cottage and takes up most of the first floor. You'll find more beamed ceilings, a classic chaise-longue, built in wardrobes and further antique pieces to enjoy up here. There's also a nice sense of space, even with the sloping roof. If you have children or another guest with you there is also a pull out z-bed bed available in the cottage. A travel cot can be provided too.
With the clue in the name, the outdoor space in Garden Cottage Helmsley is also rather special. Divided up into several different sections you can take your breakfast on the patio, chill out on the sun lounger or dream a little on the garden swing. Designed for two, it's a heavenly spot to spend time with a loved one and catch up over a G & T or two.
We think Helmsley Garden Cottage is absolutely perfect for couples looking for something a little different from the norm. You'll be very well looked after by owner Louise and every day feels like a treat. The complimentary breakfast includes a fantastic fruit platter, sausages from Castle Howard's farm shop, organic local eggs and pastries from the town's bakery. For supper, you have the choice of asking Louise to cook and serve you (supplement applies) or heading out into Helmsley to eat.
Helmsley Garden Cottage is set in the market town of Helmsley, possibly one of the prettiest towns in Yorkshire. Nestled perfectly at the foot of the North York Moors but just 24 miles north of York, its timeless elegance is a magnet to the North Yorkshire elite and thousands of tourists every year.
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 a few miles south east of the town is another grand abode worth a peek.
Helmsley is a foodies heaven, packed with exquisite tea-rooms, cafes and on the pulse organic delis. It's also surrounded by some of the best gastro pubs in the UK including the sublime Star Inn at Harome. 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 is similar in many ways and is host to its own delightful set of shops, cafes and restaurants. A few 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 nice life in the slow lane feels like.
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 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 cover an area of almost 600 square miles and like the Dales you can easily find yourself miles from anywhere relatively quickly.
But there is something distinctly more civilised and less remote about the Moors. There is a sense of wilderness, particularly on top of the high central moorlands, but its cast in comforting soft focus. And if you are something of a foodie there are lots of excellent gastro-pubs and restaurants in the area ? be sure not to miss the Star Inn at Harome, excellent food and a lovely setting.
You're also close to Castle Howard, York and the Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips.