About This Listing
Stay in a unique architect designed home tucked away in a peaceful woodland next to one of the most unspoilt parts of Britain - in an area of outstanding natural beauty! Close to historic market towns and not far from the Yorkshire coast.
This house is an amazing award winning home designed by a well known local architect sited in a disused quarry on the edges of the North York Moors National Park. Its modern architecture at its best with lots of glass, light and wood floors. The kitchen is openplan and has huge sliding doors that open onto the garden - on a sunny day you feel like you are sitting outside. The hot water and heating comes from our biomass boiler. It's incredibly peaceful here, no traffic, no light pollution, no neighbours, only the stars and the sound of owls at night. The house sits in a lovely secluded woodland garden covering 3 acres surrounded by woodland and fields.
There is 1 large double bedroom with a generously sized jack and jill ensuite bathroom and another room the same size which is currently used as a treatment room but can be used as a children's bedroom. These rooms have their own lobby and make up a guest suite. They are perfect for families who don't mind sharing .
If you are interested in renting the entire house, there are also 4 further bedrooms which are currently used by us with a master bedroom/ensuite and 3 children's bedrooms which could also be used by adults. These 3 generous sized rooms share a family bathroom. We have alternative accommodation close by if you would like to rent out the entire house without us being there - this would be done with a separate negociation and would need to be rented out for at least a week.
We have all the equipment necessary for children including trampoline and rope swings in the garden. Cots and children's beds. Highchair and children's chairs. BBQ. Stove. Sky. Wi-Fi. Aga. Piano.
Close by are the historic market towns of Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Pickering, famous for its steam train that takes you across the magnificent moors to the coast at Whitby. There are lovely beaches 40mins away at Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hoods Bay.
The North York Moors National Park is an area of oustanding natural beauty and it's right on our doorstep, full of amazing walks and hiking. Dalby Forest with its fantastic walks and mountain bike trails are also closeby. If you like outdoor activities, this area is perfect for you.
For culture vultures, the Ryedale Festival in July is a fantastic opportunity to hear world class music of all genres from all over the world. Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey and Fountains Abbey are all within easy reach. Castle Howard, the walled garden at Scampston, Duncombe Park, Nunnington Hall and Hovingham Hall are all nearby.
For foodies, there are some amazing places to eat including the Star and the Pheasant both in Harome, the Black Swan in Olstead, the Black Swan in Helmsley, the Hare at Scawton to name a few. If you enjoy spas, the Feversham Arms in Helmsley has the award winning Verbena Spa is for you.
This is a very rural area so although there are some local buses, you would really need a car to explore. The nearest train stations are Malton (8m), Thirsk (20m) and York (25m).
We are an easygoing family of 5 which includes 3 little boys. I understand however that not everyone wants children around on their relaxing break so it is really no trouble at all for them to stay at Granny's house nearby during your stay if you prefer. Please get in touch - we would love to welcome you into our home.
Guest have access to their own bedroom and bathroom which is downstairs and has its own lobby which opens out into the main room. Guests are welcome to use our TV room, the main open plan living space and kitchen, and use the washing machine if necessary. Upstairs is private.
Interaction with Guests
One of us will be here to welcome you when you arrive and point you in the right direction if you are going out etc. Unless you specify that you prefer not to have children around, our children are here during the evening on school days, and at weekends and holidays.
1. Make yourself at home
2. Relax and enjoy yourself
3. Take off your shoes!
Jessica and her husband were the perfect hosts- they made us very welcome, the house and room were gorgeous and exactly as described. They offered us great local recommendations and even de-iced our car! Cannot recommend enough.
We were made to feel very welcome. Jessica has a charming family and, despite having three young children to look after, she still found time to chat to us and take an interest in us and our family. Our private space was really lovely and very peaceful. The location was great for us too - not far from some stunning scenery and plenty of fine restaurants. Would definitely recommend.
Amazing house in a beautiful location. Jessica was extremely welcoming and really made us feel at home and our daughter loved the space and in particular the trampoline! It is the perfect base for exploring the Moors and the North Yorkshire coastline and we loved Sandsend beach and the Dalby Forest.
If we say that the house is superb and the setting is idyllic, but our lasting impression is of the warmth and friendliness of our hosts, you will know that we stayed with some exceptionally nice people.
Jessica and her vibrant family are firmly rooted in the local community, and lead very busy lives, but they went out of their way to make time for us and we came away feeling that we had stayed with good friends: the kind of friends who allow you the space and time you were hoping for when choosing this location.
The accommodation is spacious, relaxing and very comfortable. We were very lucky with the weather, but if we had returned from a long walk that turned out to be rather damp and chilly, the bath and shower would have been just what we needed to bring us back to life. Of course, the fine weather did not stop us from enjoying them anyway.
The house is set in three acres of semi-natural woodland, which provides a wonderful backdrop to breakfast. Next door, an ancient woodland path leads down the hill and across fields to the little town of Kirkbymoorside. Several manageable short walks with stunning views are an easy drive away.
A few minutes by road at Pickering (but allow plenty of time to park, buy a ticket, look at the engine and get a good seat) a steam train will take you on a ninety-minute trip through the most beautiful countryside to the coast.
Local food and hospitality is very good. Our reasonably priced dinner from the market menu at The Star at Harome was quite outstanding, and the busy and friendly Royal Oak Inn at Gillamoor stood up to repeated visits for an evening meal.
There are several notable historic sites within an easy reach, but we will have to save those for another visit!
Fabulous house, great setting and adorable family , we really enjoyed our 1st stay with air B and B . Jessica and Gordon made us feel really welcome and the boys and our daughter played so well together . We would highly recommend anyone in this area to go and visit . We had a beautiful meal at the black swan and one of the most amazing days at flamingo land , while stopping off to buy some locally grown fruit and vegetables. All in all a great trip we have recommended to friends and family
We had the most wonderful stay with Jessica & Gordon in their fabulous house in Kirkbymoorside. The room and bathroom were fantastic, and the bed very comfortable indeed. We loved relaxing in the evening next to the wood-burning stove in their beautiful living space. Breakfast in their light-filled kitchen area looking out onto the garden was delightful. We also enjoyed chatting with Jessica & Gordon very much. We had an exquisite meal at The Black Swan in Helmsley, and cannot recommend the restaurant and Jessica's house highly enough. We drove 20 mins through Thornton Le Dale and up onto the Moors the next day and had a lovely walk along the River Esk from Grosmont to Egton, both enchanting places.
Staying with Jess and Gordon was absolutely wonderful. It was fun and inspiring getting to know the entire family and the house as well as the surrounding are lovely. The nature is pristine and offers ample opportunities to discover the outdoors. To sum it up - everything one could wish for!
Looking forward to coming back again -
About the Host, Jessica
I am mother to 3 little boys and also a registered osteopath doing my best to juggle home and work - still not finding that balance - does it exist? I love art and design - I studied Art History at UCL years ago. I also speak fluent French and lived in Paris for a while in my early twenties. I also speak a bit of Spanish, fairly badly. I'm into swimming, Pilates and Yoga but never seem to find as much time as I would like to do these things. Recently been getting interested in gardening - I love being outside when it's not raining. I'm sociable and enjoy meeting new people which is one of the reasons for joining Airbnb. I've travelled a lot myself and found that staying with people is often the best way to find out about an area. I grew up in this area and my husband is Scottish.