Ampleforth is a busy village with excellent facilities, on the fringes of the North York Moors National Park and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The village has a shop with a post office counter, bakers, a doctor’s surgery and two pubs. Ampleforth College is 1.5 miles to the east. There are 2 primary schools and the village is within the catchment for Ryedale, an “Outstanding” secondary school (Ofsted 2012).
Helmsley is the nearest market town, with excellent local shops including clothes stores, delicatessens, restaurants, and hotels. In addition there is an arts centre showing films and plays as well as hosting exhibitions and concerts. Thirsk has more extensive amenities including a race course and train station with direct services to London and Leeds.
The City of York is 19 miles to the south, with museums, galleries and theaters. York has several shopping parks including Vanguard with a flagship Marks and Spencer. Its station has regular services across the country including London in under 2 hours.
The House and Garden
White House Cottage is a pretty village house much improved and extended by the current owners, who have created a lovely garden room and annex. The ground floor flows well including an inviting entrance hall with a wood burner, which leads into the generous drawing room and study. The kitchen has an AGA and opens into the garden room with its pitched roof and doors onto the terrace.
To the first floor there are 4 bedrooms including the master with its pitched ceiling and en suite bathroom. There are stairs to an attic room, which has been used as a teenage bedroom.
Across the terraced garden is a useful annex that has a bed/sitting room and shower room. The extensive garden measures 0.65 acres and includes a vegetable garden and tree house. From the top of the garden there are wonderful views.