A Host of Reasons to Visit Ryedale - Part Three

 Helmsley Garden Cottage

Helmsley Garden Cottage


Accommodation

 Helmsley Garden Cottage

Helmsley Garden Cottage

Helmsley Garden Cottage

Your own luxury Home-from-Home private cottage attached to our 1560-Built property opposite the Market square in fabulous Helmsley. Unlike most B&B’s, you have a private entrance, your own dining room & lounge, extremely comfortable king-size bed within a large bedroom, private bathroom and  free private parking.
 
Our 1887-Built, 3rd Class Victorian Railway Carriage converted to 5* luxurious standards. All the facilities of a self-catering property with a big twist and the option for us to cook your breakfast & supper if you wish.
 
Memory-Foam luxury double bed, plus 2 single high quality bunk beds in a separate bedroom – Suitable for families or two couples.


 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

The Pheasant has arguably one of the most beautiful Country Hotel settings in North Yorkshire overlooking the duckpond in the picturesque village of Harome.

Originally converted from what had been a blacksmith's shop, village shop and barns, the Pheasant offers one single and eleven double rooms, in addition to two family rooms and now The Pheasant Suite and Plum Cottage bringing the total to 16 rooms, all set around a courtyard of fruit trees. The Pheasant has its own indoor heated swimming pool and Wifi is available.


 The Star Inn, Harome

The Star Inn, Harome

The Star Inn, Harome

Once described as 'absurdly pretty', the thatched pub with its low beams and wonky walls (which mean the pictures won't hang straight!) has centuries of hospitality steeped into its very timbers.

Chef/Director, Andrew Pern, regards himself as just a chapter in The Star's long history, despite being the owner of the pub since 1996, when it was acquired in a near derelict state. Since that time it has not only been restored, whilst maintaining and enhancing its abundant character, but it has picked up a long list of prestigious awards and expanded to incorporate a hotel just across the road…

Cross House Lodge, The Star's nine-bedroomed hotel was converted from some former farm buildings and joined the family in 2002 after extensive renovation work to create shooting lodge-style accommodation with the option of private dining in the Wheelhouse (also licensed for weddings).

The Star has regained its Michelin star status for 2015 - a further celebration of its consistent position as one of the country's top restaurants on its 18th anniversary of Andrew's tenure.


Dining

 Scotts of Helmsley

Scotts of Helmsley

Scotts of Helmsley

Another of the Small Business Saturday winners and recent recipient of Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Fisheries Standard, one of only 47 businesses to carry this accolade. They have also won a series of awards and positively have gained a reputation for Gluten Free fish and chips. There's a restaurant too for those who prefer to dine with modern amenities. We like to get take-away and watch the masses in the Market Square!


 The Grapes, Slingsby

The Grapes, Slingsby

The Grapes, Slingsby

The Grapes Inn is a classic North Yorkshire village pub, with a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere, real ale and home cooked food. The Grapes Inn is a Grade II listed building with a great history. The deeds go back as far as 1749, with an entry referring to a ‘cottage house or tenement with a brew house’. It appears that the present building was probably built or re-built in its present form shortly after that.

Featured in The Yorkshire Post’s ‘Pub of the Week in June 2013, the Post noted ‘You know when you walk into a place and every sense screams that you’ve stumbled across a classic in the making? Well that’s the Grapes Inn, Slingsby.’

Combining a memorable dining experience with the ambience of a traditional English pub, the Grapes also features Theakstons, Black Sheep, Copper Dragon and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord on tap in the cosy, welcoming bar.  A short and simple menu includes smoked haddock and spinach, home-made burger and chips, and the meltingly tender steak and ale pie.


 The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

Here at The Fairfax Arms along with our fantastic rooms and friendly professional service, focus is on producing top quality food to consistent high standards. Head chef Ben Turner has designed a menu full of quality local produce which means our menu has an expertly formed combination of traditional British cuisine with a touch of gourmet elements.

The emphasis is on excellent quality to create simple but tasty dishes for those wanting to pop in for a quick supper as well as some top quality gourmet dishes for those wanting to visit for a more special occasion. Ben along with his team of chefs take great pleasure in creating imaginative dishes using fresh produce which is locally sourced as much as possible.


Activities

 Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey contains many phases of building and development, from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Each rebuilding, from the first stone buildings in the 1130s to the spectacular expansion of the church in the 1220s, was designed to reflect the ideas then current about the Cistercian monastic life. Each was related to a stage in the monastery’s economic and spiritual development.


 Taste the Wild

Taste the Wild

Taste the Wild, Staithes

Since Taste the Wild began we have worked with many different groups, with ages ranging from 7 to 80 and backgrounds from merchant banking to herbalism. We have worked behind the scenes on popular TV shows and been advisors to newspapers and publishers. Everyday we learn new things and will always endeavour to find new and exciting ways to teach and inspire people.

They offer a variety of courses both coastal and inland. We have not yet experienced it but know many who have, all of whom have raved about the experience.


 Gillies Jones, Rosedale Abbey

Gillies Jones, Rosedale Abbey

Gillies Jone, Rosedale Abbey

Partners in life and art, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have been making exceptional contemporary blown glass together for over 20 years. Their pieces are made the slow way, just as glass was prior to industrial revolution – labour intensive and reliant on the skills acquired over a long, international apprenticeship.

Operating from their studio and workshop in the village of Rosedale Abbey, they have developed a unique aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the elemental beauty of their rural surroundings.

They have received worldwide recognition for their complex cameo works, the traditional methods they use are practised by only a few glass makers across the world. This process involves the folding of different coloured glass bubbles over each other to produce a complex multi-layered and coloured piece.

Their defiantly decorative work can be found in both public and private collections locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside their craft practice, they also undertake prestigious commissions and regularly lecture in the UK and overseas.