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St Aidans

North York Moors (Helmsley)

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  • St Aidans contemporary kitchen is the ideal place to sit and eat a hearty breakfast which will set you up for your day of site seeing in Yorkshire.

    St Aidans contemporary kitchen is the ideal place to sit and eat a hearty breakfast which will set you up for your day of site seeing in Yorkshire.

  • Welcome to St Aidans, a holiday home with serious wow factor!

    Welcome to St Aidans, a holiday home with serious wow factor!

  • Relax in the elegant surrounding of this historic building.

    Relax in the elegant surrounding of this historic building.

  • The perfect place to catch up with the world online, with total peace and quiet all around.

    The perfect place to catch up with the world online, with total peace and quiet all around.

  • St Aidans converted from a Grade II listed church is set just outside the market town of Helmsley.

    St Aidans converted from a Grade II listed church is set just outside the market town of Helmsley.

  • The character of the building is found in every nook and cranny.

    The character of the building is found in every nook and cranny.

  • The magnificent stained glass windows..

    The magnificent stained glass windows..

  • Beautiful shades of red, wood burning stove and original features is a real treat in the gorgeous St Aidans.

    Beautiful shades of red, wood burning stove and original features is a real treat in the gorgeous St Aidans.

  • This holiday home comes alive at night with its cosy warm atmosphere.

    This holiday home comes alive at night with its cosy warm atmosphere.

  • Time to light up the fire?

    Time to light up the fire?

  • So cosy with the wood-burner roaring at night...

    So cosy with the wood-burner roaring at night...

  • Grab a home-made cake from nearby foodie Helmsley and indulge with a private afternoon tea.

    Grab a home-made cake from nearby foodie Helmsley and indulge with a private afternoon tea.

  • Or rustle up something from one of the cooking books available.

    Or rustle up something from one of the cooking books available.

  • The perfect spot for a nice cup of Yorkshire tea

    The perfect spot for a nice cup of Yorkshire tea

  • The stunning feature wall where an exterior stone wall forms part of the new extensions interior.

    The stunning feature wall where an exterior stone wall forms part of the new extensions interior.

  • Take a pew!

    Take a pew!

  • St Aidans, look out onto the private garden of this Luxury Cottage in Helmsley

    St Aidans, look out onto the private garden of this Luxury Cottage in Helmsley

  • Time for bed, you'll be snug as snug can be in St Aidans

    Time for bed, you'll be snug as snug can be in St Aidans

  • The charming summer room can be made up as a bedroom if required

    The charming summer room can be made up as a bedroom if required

  • St Aidans bathroom with bath and overhead shower, a refreshing start to the day.

    St Aidans bathroom with bath and overhead shower, a refreshing start to the day.

  • The perfect place to eat Al Fresco.

    The perfect place to eat Al Fresco.

  • St Aidans, a breath taking cottage with countryside at your doorstep

    St Aidans, a breath taking cottage with countryside at your doorstep

  • Photo of St Aidans

    Photo of St Aidans

  • Strike out and discover the stunning North York Moors, literally on your doorstep!

    Strike out and discover the stunning North York Moors, literally on your doorstep!

  • The pretty market town of Helmsley is just a few minutes away and is packed with gorgeous shops, cafes and restaurants [Image courtesy of Joe Cornish]

    The pretty market town of Helmsley is just a few minutes away and is packed with gorgeous shops, cafes and restaurants [Image courtesy of Joe Cornish]

  • Indulge with a slap up meal at the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome, just 5 minutes by car from St Aidans

    Indulge with a slap up meal at the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome, just 5 minutes by car from St Aidans

  • St Aidans is one of the most unique luxury holiday homes in Yorkshire

    St Aidans is one of the most unique luxury holiday homes in Yorkshire

  • Comments from previous happy guests - will you be next?

    Comments from previous happy guests - will you be next?

The Essentials

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Children Welcome
  • Pub Within 1 mile
  • Shop Within 1 mile
  • Internet Access
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly 2
  • BBQ
  • LCD TV
  • Cot

About St Aidans

Converted from a Grade II listed church, St. Aidans is a breath-taking Yorkshire cottage set just outside the market town of Helmsley. Sympathetically updated with a dashing contemporary extension, it offers a truly unique luxury holiday experience.

Built by one of the Gothic Revival's greatest architects, Temple Lushington Moore, St Aidans dates back originally to 1882. The accommodation is split between the historic old 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 warm central heating, a wood burning stove and large sofas to sink into make this a relaxing and comfortable space. And if you momentarily tire of admiring this handsome building an LCD TV with Freeview & Netflix is available as is a Bluetooth speaker some 21st Century distraction. Hi-speed Wi-Fi is also available.

The main bedroom is also housed in the church, 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 and 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 dinner al fresco, with only the sound of birds for company.

To book St Aidans Luxury Cottage in Helmsley just click on the calendar above.

If you are keen to learn more about the origins of St. Aidan's Luxury Cottage near Helmsley take a look at owner Harriet Walsh's blog: St. Aidan's - a fascinating history

Local Area

St Aidans is set in a quiet little hamlet just a few minutes from 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 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 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.  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.

Reviews

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Comfort and Equipment
8.7
Location
9.1
Cleanliness
9.5
Local amenities
7.7
Value for money
9.1
Overall rating
9.0
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
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