A Host of Reasons to Visit Ryedale - Part Two

 Thomason Foss Waterfall at Beck Hole

Thomason Foss Waterfall at Beck Hole


Accommodation

 Coach House Cottages - Gilling East

Coach House Cottages - Gilling East

Coach House Cottages

Set on the outskirts of the tranquil village of Gilling East, Coach House Cottages were created from some very run down farm buildings in 2012-3. Opening in 2014 with a not so typical interior they have fast become one of the regions most popular accommodation outlets. Environmentally friendly, close to nature and fabulously amenable hosts combined with a really modern finish leaves you much refreshed after days on the Moors or discovering the offerings of the local towns and villages close-by. 30 minutes to York and a great pub on the doorstep help to seal the deal!

 No. 54 Bondgate, Helmsley

No. 54 Bondgate, Helmsley

No. 54 Bondgate, Helmsley

For shorter stays with homely comforts plus the attraction of being based in town, we cannot recommend No.54 Bondgate highly enough. Many of our clients and artists choose it for a short stay and all report back of the wonderful service, delightful interior and charming garden. Lizzie runs it without fuss and with a cheery smile. Walk to town in a couple of minutes for the delights of Helmsley or head out into the moors to discover fabulous scenery and stunning villages.


Dining

 The Plough Inn, Wombleton

The Plough Inn, Wombleton

The Plough Inn, Wombleton

A long term favourite of ours since the 2012 take-over by the current owners. Chris and Brenda have an eye for detail and the happy disposition that means great staff come and stay. That leads to consistency and an ever improving offering. Sunday lunch is fabulous as are the specials on offer daily. The main menu has plenty of choice and combined with the fabulous buzz at the bar means you always have a memorable evening. It's not fine dining but it's not far off! Mrs Bils & Rye will always recommend the above assiette of deserts. Wonderful!

 The Royal Oak, Nunnington

The Royal Oak, Nunnington

The Royal Oak, Nunnington

Following on the pub theme, they don't come much better than the Royal Oak here in the village. A proper English pub with a slightly Italian theme! the owners spent 15 years in France and Italy, working with Alaistair Sawday to provide great guides. They've bought a lot of what they learned home with them and turned a dying pub into the heart of the village once again. They import much of the Italian produce and have a dynamic wine list that punches way above it's weight. We recommend the anti-pasta and pretty much everything else!


Activities

 Nunnington Hall - National Trust

Nunnington Hall - National Trust

Nunnington Hall

Staying in the village, we have one of the National Trust's most charming houses. With a mad mix of architecture, the ability to really get up close to the exhibits, which include a Turner and the charming collection of dolls house rooms mean it's a great day out. Beautiful gardens complement the riverside location. There is plenty for the kids to do too! Throughout the year the hall have a series of selling and non-selling art exhibitions too, which are often of a very high standard. It all helps to create a really artistic lilt to the village with three galleries located within 800 yards. We recommend heading to the pub for lunch, calling in at the gallery on the way!

 Helmsley Caste - English Heritage

Helmsley Caste - English Heritage

Helmsley Castle 

Just five miles from the gallery is the charming town of Helmsley, location of Duncombe Park (rumoured to be the real location of Downton Abbey). The market town has a charming appearance, lots of great independent shops, art galleries, hotels, coffee shops and the jewel of Helmsley Castle. Open grounds allow you to wander through the ruins. There's a rich history here dating from the 10th century. A must visit place when in the area!