Helmsley and the Moors
Helmsley is an historic market town at the foot of the National Moors National Park. Property in Helmsley is popular with families, second homeowners and down sizers.
The market square is presided over by a statue of William Duncombe – 2nd Baron Feversham, whose family still own much of the area. There is a weekly market, and many local shops including butchers, delicatessens, a department store, supermarkets, and restaurants.
Nearby is Harome, a pretty, rural village which is lucky enough to have two excellent hotels – The Star Inn and The Pheasant. The Star has a Michelin Star and attracts both gourmands and locals alike, giving it a unique and down-to-earth charm.
The North York Moors National Park is one of the most impressive landscapes in the north of England. It is a fragile eco system meticulously managed by the National Park, local farmers and several large landowners.
Buyers from far and wide seek houses in the North York Moors, looking for peaceful villages with community spirit. Popular villages include:
Hutton le Hole
Hutton Le Hole is a picture-perfect village with a good pub, on the south side of the National Park. Located within an hour’s drive from York, the village is popular among commuters.
Running through the village is the pretty Hutton Beck. Sheep roam the village freely, grazing the village green and verges.
Lastingham is only one and a half miles from Hutton le Hole and is similarly beautiful. On the site of a first century monastery consecrated by St. Cedd is the church of St. Mary with is rare Norman architecture and crypt.
The Blacksmith Arms dates to the 17th century. The pub has three bedrooms making it a terrific place for those touring the area looking at houses to buy in the North York Moors.
Egton and Egton Bridge
Egton and Egton Bridge are former estate villages with a school and several pubs. These include the popular Wheatsheaf Inn, which is a family run pub with open fires and good food.
Between the two villages there is a railway station on the Esk Valley Line, which runs between Middlesbrough and Whitby. A few services continue to Newcastle along the Durham Coast Line.
Goathland is associated with the BBC drama Heartbeat, it is a lovely village on the North Yorkshire Railway which runs steam trains from Pickering to Whiby.
Goathland has a store, a pub, and the Mallyan Spout Hotel, which is fine country house hotel, popular with holiday makers touring the area.