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Decadent, luxurious and impossible romantic. Welcome to The Carriage, one of Yorkshire's most unique holiday cottages. Once a working Victorian carriage on GNR's east coast railway line, this sumptuous railway carriage has been completely transformed into a stunning self-catering hideaway. Perfect for couples or small families, and if you're planning a honeymoon with wow-factor, this is the place!
Tucked away behind the market square in one of Yorkshire's prettiest villages, arriving at The Carriage is like stepping into an Enid Blyton novel. No expense has been spared refurbishing this fabulous retreat up to 5 Star standard accommodation. The carriage is very cosy inside, benefiting from brand new central heating throughout.
You'll find a gorgeous open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, the perfect space to relax after a busy day's sight-seeing in the North York Moors. All mod cons have been taken care of including a concealed HD LCD TV with DVD Player. Wi-Fi is also included.
In the bespoke kitchen you'll find a hob, combination microwave oven & grill and a fridge freezer too. Use of the owner's AGA is also available at any time and if you like the owner will be delighted to provide you with a slap up breakfast, served to you in the comfort of your carriage. Anything is available; full Yorkshire breakfast using top quality local produce, award winning free range eggs, salmon and other fish, fresh fruit platter, yoghurts breads and pastries (either home-made of from the local artisan bakery.
The luxurious memory foam double bed is in the main living space and 'hides-away' during the day. There is also a separate private bedroom in the carriage with bunk beds. The full size wet-room style bathroom sits between this room and the living area and features an overhead shower with complimentary shampoo, soaps and toiletries.
The Carriage is set within a very pretty garden. 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.
The Carriage 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.