We’ve had a lovely gentle week in North Yorkshire. St Aidan‘s is a great, sympathetic use of a quirky old building. We’ve loved it. Very well equipped and thoughtfully put together. We enjoyed Whitby – “Trenchers” was excellent, and the journey to Whitby even more - an exhilarating drive, outstanding views, pretty filthy weather! The Star Inn at Harome is a must-do and our return to the Black Swan at Olstead was fab.
September 2019

St Aidan’s has been everything and more as a North Yorkshire “retreat”. We’ve had a most wonderful week exploring the North Yorkshire countryside and the Indian Summer weather was certainly an added bonus. There has been lots to keep us occupied during our memorable visit. Cannot fault a single thing with our stay.
September 2019

What a lovely surprise! Really warm and comfortable church and very tasteful extension. Great area for visiting as most of the amenities and sights are at hand. Eating in Helmsley is very good, and Thomas’ deli must be tried!
September 2019

Our second time in this amazing place! Did a big loop through Riccal Dale to Helmsley as well as a high moor walk from Lion Inn to see the 19thC ironstone kilns. Absolutely love this area and this place.
September 2019

Lovely stay, what an amazing place to rest and relax. What an incredible location. Highlights -Helmsley for coffee (Mannions) and scones; the walk via the track to Helmsley; Whitby; and a lovely lunch at the Durham Ox in Crayke.
August 2019

Lovely building - nicely done and probably the nicest we’ve stayed in. We enjoyed Helmsley, Fountains Abbey, North York Moors Steam Railway, Hovingham, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall and the moors.
August 2019

Lovely week, most days having much better weather than the morning forecast. We ranged all over - Byland Abbey and Aldborough Roman site to the west; Pickering, Whitby Abbey, Scarborough Castle and Nunnington Hall to the east; Rievaulx Terrace and Abbey and Mount Grace Priory to the north; and York Railway Museum and Clifford’s Tower to the South. Not forgetting Helmsley Castle, the Bird of Prey Centre, and many ice creams!
August 2019

Fabulous stay! Renovation of the church and extension is excellent. Fantastic walking from the church, we parked the car up all week. Lovely walk to Helmsley through the valley and woods with the dogs. The Star Inn at Harome is a must - fabulous. The welcome basket was a nice touch and everything was immaculately clean.
June 2019

A beautiful place in a beautiful location. We loved the native and bee-friendly planting.
June 2019

We have really enjoyed our quiet and relaxing time at St Aidan’s. We were blessed with amazing weather making walks with our dog even more beautiful. A spa day at Verbena in Hemsley was the icing on the cake. A wonderful stay in a very cosy, quirky, quiet setting.
April 2019

View from Cropton Forest overlooking Newtondale and steam railway credit: Tracey Phillips_NYMNP

View from Cropton Forest overlooking Newtondale and steam railway
credit: Tracey Phillips_NYMNP