We really enjoyed our stay in North Yorkshire. What a beautiful landscape - small hamlets, picturesque churches and most of all the perfect walking environment. We loved walking through the Esk Valley (Castleton to Lealholm), the coast (Sandsend to Staithes) and from Hutton-le-Hole to Lastingham.
The church is perfect, well-equipped - and sitting by the fire - “I could get used to it’!
We have had a lovely week at St Aidan’s. Lots of rest and relaxation. We have loved exploring Helmsley. Scotts for chips is excellent and Gepetto’s is good too. Can’t recommend Mannion’s enough - wonderful cafe, we went three times for lunch! Star Inn spectacular! Fresh eggs from next door - delicious!
We have really enjoyed our stay in this beautifully converted and restored building. Thank you for all the creature comforts.
In ‘God’s Own Country’ we have been truly blessed! Super weather as we revisited Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Staithes - all holiday venues of some 63 years ago - oh the memories...
Our retriever had never seen so many birds / fowl, and had she not been on a lead at all times we would have been roasting a brace of pheasant daily! Thank you for a comfortable, cosy and charismatic stay at St Aidan’s.
Love, love, love the church - so peaceful. Great places we visited:
Staithes, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay
Dalby Forest - Gruffalo hunt
Rievaulx Terrace - great den building
Eden Camp - very interesting (good for a rainy day)
Ryedale Folk museum
We’ve had a great holiday and enjoyed our time in St Aidan’s. It’s a lovely living space in a fantastic location. We enjoyed being by the farms and seeing all the creatures great and small.
Our only gripe is that the barbecue has seen better days. (We’ll get a new one for summer 2018 !)
We were last in Helmsley 18 years ago and it was great visiting favourite sites again and discovering new ones. What a fun "cottage" this has turned out to be! My favourite feature is the lovely ceiling. Our first afternoon, we had the outer door open to let the sunshine flood in. We loved the chickens, guineafowl, sheep and the swallows trying to come into the house when the outer doors were open. So happy we found st Aidan’s!
Our third visit! We just love the church and the beautiful area. Thank you so much for the more than ample welcome basket. This place really feels like a home from home with all little touches. We always say when in some places "If only the owners stayed here a couple of nights they will see that it's missing this and that" - but not here.
The longer route to Helmsley, where you turn right out of the church, left down the footpath but then follow the path up the hill rather than the left signed Helmsley, gives a stunning 8.5 mile walk (with water for dogs available for the majority). We always go to Robin Hood's Bay when we are here and this time we went to Filey as well - can't recommend it enough especially any dog owners.
Next door's eggs and its honesty box kept us well-stocked all week. Beautiful, stunning place. Again thank you for sharing with us.