- Excellent accommodation, beautiful countryside and fantastic weather . Could not have been better all round.
Published on: 17 July 2018
A breath-taking 6-bedroom country retreat set in one of the most stunning locations in Yorkshire, welcome to Skylark. This fabulous large luxury holiday home is outstanding in every way, from the huge en suite bedrooms to the magnificent garden with its fire pit and commanding views of the Moors. Its 5 Star standard accommodation with serious class, the ultimate choice for those special family get-togethers and celebrations with friends.
Subject to a complete refurbishment recently, we think Skylark is one of the most unique and luxurious properties in Yorkshire. Let's start downstairs and with the heart of the home, the enormous farmhouse kitchen. Designed as a space to socialise and relax in, this beautiful kitchen boasts flag-stone floors, a family-friendly kitchen table to gather around each morning, an AGA to keep you warm and toasty year-round and two large American style fridge-freezers (well you'll need lots of room for all those bottles of bubbly!) And as this house has been transformed to cater specifically for large groups you'll also find two dishwashers to give a helping hand and a conventional oven and hob.
Leading off from the kitchen you'll find a handsome entrance hall and large boot-room which is ideal for storing muddy shoes and coats. There's also a downstairs Cloakroom here and a utility which houses a washing machine and tumble dryer. In the opposite direction you'll discover the formal dining room, an incredibly atmospheric room with original oak panelling and soft lighting. Picture your loved ones gathered around this candlelit table sharing stories and a glass of wine or two, late into the night.
Make your way across the breath-taking double height hall to find the sitting room, another generous room in the same decadent vein of the dining room. Light the open fire and settle down in front of the glowing flames, time to relax! There's a large LCD TV in here complete with Freeview and Wi-Fi is also provided.
Time for bed; sweep up the grand stair-case to discover the 6 family-sized bedrooms. Every room has a TV and is en suite with either a walk-in shower or a bath with shower overhead, a real luxury when you're sharing with lots of people. There are 4 king-sized bedrooms and two twin rooms, all of which boast sumptuous cotton bed linen and amazing views of the surrounding landscape.
Skylark has a beautiful large garden to both the front and rear of the property. You can enjoy looking down over the Dale from the comfort of the wonderful conservatory, a real pleasure at every time of year. And in the summer months escape to the summer house set in its elevated position at the top of the garden, G & T optional. When night falls gather around the fire pit, glass of bubbly in hand, and enjoy catching up with those nearest and dearest to you while the fire lights up your faces.
For your convenience, all the TVs in Skylark have HDMI cables available if you want to connect your devices to watch movies or other downloads. There is also a box of toys for younger children as well as children's crockery and cutlery in the kitchen.
This property requires a payment of a £400 security deposit.
Skylark is set just above a pretty little hamlet (complete with a local pub) in the heart of the North York Moors National Park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This particular Dale is famed for its daffodil walk when each Spring the river banks come alive with the yellow flowers, said to be planted originally by the monks who settled on this land many hundreds of years ago.
Lesser known that its Yorkshire cousin the Dales, the North York Moors are literally on your doorstep. This glorious expanse of heather-clad countryside is simply stunning, and it's well worth taking some time to explore it properly. The Moors 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.
This is serious walking country, so if you enjoy donning the old walking boots and striking out into the countryside this cottage has the perfect location. No need to get in the car at all, there are some truly breath-taking walking trails from the door. And of course the same is true for cycling. There are also countless picture-card villages to explore within a few miles including the chocolate box Hutton-le-Hole, Rosedale Abbey, Danby and Goathland to name just a few.
Close by you also have the fantastic town of Helmsley. 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, be sure not to miss the Star Inn at Harome, excellent food and a lovely setting. 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 very pretty 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.
You're also close to Castle Howard, York and the Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips.