A little piece of Yorkshire heaven you will want to take home!
The Granary formed part of the working farm at Skiplam Grange until relatively recently. It has been converted with taste, flair and environmental considerations to give it new life and purpose, and many original features have been retained. The Granary remains part of the Skiplam Grange site and now offers comfortable accommodation in a relaxing and stunning country setting; yet is barely a stone’s throw from a host of amenities.
No longer a working farm, Skiplam Grange is to all intents and purposes a smallholding. The Grange farm lies on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, looking down towards Skiplam Woods, and is a five minute walk from the meandering waters of Hodge Beck. The North York Moors National Park is much more than a series of stunning views and quaint villages. It is a living natural landscape teeming with wildlife and with a rich history and culture, along with amazing geological features. It’s a paradise for those interested in walking, cycling, horse riding and other country sports, all of which can be arranged for guests, aswell as nature tours and wildlife safaris. But it’s not all about the outdoors at Skiplam grange. From the Granary it’s less than a ten minute drive to the elegant market town of Helmsley; and the stunning East Yorkshire Coast and historic city of York are within easy reach.
Complete with it’s own castle, Helmsley boasts an arts centre offering theatre, cinema, and other delights for culture vultures, and there are a wealth of stylish shops and food emporiums, plus Duncombe Park Stately home, along with its beautiful Walled Gardens and Bird of Prey Centre. Foodies can take tea Betty’s style at The Black Swan Hotel, while Pampering is on the menu at Verbena Spa in the Feversham Arms. Further afield there are Michelin starred restaurants for dinner, and that’s before you even think about York or the east coast.
There is simply no shortage of things to do and see in Ryedale, and the Granary is a perfect base for a holiday or short break in this stunning area of Yorkshire. It is convenient for everything yet retains rural charm by being just outside the hustle and bustle, but close enough to enjoy it; to sample it; to take it or leave it. Skiplam is a hamlet with few houses and little traffic, and one of the great indulgencies of a stay at the Granary is in just being. So kick back, relax and enjoy... and let me tell you a little more…
The site of Skiplam Grange is steeped in history. Detailed farming records date back to the 12th century and the Grange is listed with English Heritage on account of it’s archeological remains and historic interest. The moors and woodlands of this ancient place have a magic of their own. Here, I feel alive and close to the source, and I hope that if you come and stay at Skiplam Grange you too will connect with its ancient heritage, and be captivated both by its beauty and its vibrant energy.
Adjacent to the Granary and surrounded by pasture are the Jolly Good Gallop stables; and free ranging around the former farmyard is a modest smallholding of rare breeds, some of them literally on the doorstep. The Granary sits comfortably amongst this plethora of country life, offering the archetypal rural experience.
Accommodation at the Granary is little short of luxurious and the quality of the re-development and furnishings ensures a confident level of comfort. Choose from the king sized master bedroom with ensuite shower room, or the luxury twin bedroom with private bathroom. Needless to say both bedrooms are equipped with feather and down bedding, quality linens and towels, and kept toasty throughout thanks to a combination of underfloor and central heating. A large upstairs landing is the perfect place to read and relax and with quality carpets underfoot and complimentary toiletries from Neals Yard Organic throughout, it all adds up to a wonderfully indulgent home from home.
The generously sized dining kitchen is well equipped with crockery, cutlery, utensils and appliances, and there is a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing facilities and microwave. Views across to Fadmoor from the garden terrace make for perfect alfresco dining if the Yorkshire sunshine tempts, or sit out the front to watch the rural world go by.
In a room on the ground floor is my modest yoga studio where yoga classes, satsangs and workshops take place during the week. Upstairs is a therapy room where a range of therapies including massage, reflexology, private yoga instruction and nutritional advice can all be arranged at your convenience if you wish.
I'm all about being bespoke and personalised. So if you want to arrange camping (or Glamping which is my preference) in the grounds, park up your touring caravan or camper, book a Granary room for B&B, book the whole Granary for self catering, arrange a spa type break or come along and stay for a riding holiday with your horse, get in touch. There's no time like the present!
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful property in an idyllic setting
I would have no hesitation recommending here and we hope to visit again in the future.
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(26 traveller reviews)
Beautiful property in an idyllic setting
The Granary was beautifully presented, immaculately clean and well equipped. It was nice and warm and felt very homely. The location was perfect.
I would have no hesitation recommending here and we hope to visit again in the future.
Lovely property in peaceful, rural surroundings
Tasteful barn conversion in the countryside. Ideally located to access a range of activities to suit all tastes.
Fantastic; would definitely recommend.
We loved staying at the Granary. The location was prefect; surrounded by fields and wide open skies and only the sounds of nature. The house itself was fantastic, the pictures do not do it justice. It was open and spacious, tastefully decorated and very comfortable. While we were there the weather was quite chilly but the house was always at a perfect temperature. The welcome pack was very generous and most welcome after a long journey.
The kitchen was very well equipped including washing machine and dishwasher. There was everything we needed to cook supper at home (and we never thought of going out to eat when we had such beautiful surroundings at 'home').
Upstairs the bedding was of excellent quality and we even had luxurious toiletries provided. We slept very well after some long country walks.
And, best of all, we could just step out the door and photograph the dark skies - minus the normal light pollution. The granary is on the edge of the North Yorkshire Dark Skies Park and perfect for night photography. We were there during a harvest moon and got some great shots. Unfortunately that meant we didn't see the the aurora but we will hopefully catch that next time.
I would definitely recommend the granary as it has everything you could ask from accommodation in an amazing location. We will definitely be back.
The Granary is fantastic place in a great setting.
We had a fantastic time at The Granary. Gillian was a great host and no stone was left unturned in making sure our stay was the best. I have no hesitation in recommending this property and would stay there again. Bernie
Absolutely stunning accommodation... we stayed as a family of five and could not fault anything. Excellent attention to detail throughout in the most beautiful of settings. Our children were mesmerised by the free roaming goats, hens and geese. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch and the information supplied by the owner, ahead of our stay, was very comprehensive. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit in a beautiful, tranquil part of Yorkshire. We hope to be back again soon.
Outstanding! Indulgent and a home from home
This place is a little gem! Or should I say BIG gem, the Gorgeous Granary was found after a lovely meander down a country lane at the end was the Granary it exceeded our expectations. We were met by Gillian and her son who were both lovely people she fully explained everything and told us about places to shop and eat. The granary was stunning attention to detail is second to none. The furnishings outstanding and the smell of essential oils from Neals Yard luxurious toiletries filled the bathrooms and bedroom areas. The photos although stunning do not fully do the place justice that's why it was even better when we saw the place first hand! The animals were a welcome entertainment for my teenage daughter and her friend the view from the back door was stunning too and so peaceful we will definitely return and I have recommended the Granary to friends and family too! We received a welcome pack which was great too I will never forget the peaceful morning I spent drinking coffee whilst watching the goats and chickens!
If you want a luxurious, comfortable place to stay with Helmsley on your doorstep I highly recommend Gillian's Gorgeous Granary! X
Activity and Interests
My Gorgeous Granary was a working building at the Grange farm at Skiplam until relatively recently. It has been tastefully converted and remains part of the Skiplam Grange site offering comfortable accommodation in a relaxing and stunning country setting; yet is barely a stone’s throw from a host of amenities.
Skiplam Grange lies on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, looking down towards Skiplam Woods, and is a five minute walk from the meandering waters of Hodge Beck where we enjoy fishing throughout the summer. Situated in the middle of an extensive network of bridle paths, the horse riding is simply stunning with miles of off road riding and views to die for. We keep several horses at Skiplam Grange and holiday liveries are very welcome so please enquire if you're interested. Accompanied rides can be arranged around some of the most beautiful routes in the immediate vicinity and further afield.
However, the North York Moors National Park is much more than a series of stunning views and quaint villages. It is a living natural landscape teeming with wildlife and with a rich history and culture, along with amazing geological features. Yes, it's a paradise for those interested in outdoor pursuits, most of which can be arranged for guests, but it's also a location to discover nature and explore the natural world. The nearby Dalby Forest is a great place to start with events all year round and we are also able to arrange nature tours and wildlife safaris. Even so, it’s not just about the outdoors at Skiplam Grange. From the Granary it’s less than a ten minute drive to the elegant market town of Helmsley; and the stunning East Yorkshire Coast and historic city of York are within easy reach.
Complete with it’s own castle, Helmsley boasts an arts centre offering theatre, cinema, and other delights for culture vultures, and there are a wealth of stylish shops and food emporiums, plus Duncombe Park Stately home, along with its beautiful Walled Gardens and Bird of Prey Centre. Foodies can take tea Betty’s style at The Black Swan Hotel, while Pampering is on the menu at Verbena Spa in the Feversham Arms. Further afield there are Michelin starred restaurants and high class eateries for dinner. We are well catered with stately homes and the National Trust's Nunnington Hall is a mere stone's throw with Castle Howard, the setting for Brideshead Revisited being 15 minutes away. There is the impressive Ampleforth Abbey and Rievaulx ruins; and I could go on... All of that is before you even think about venturing into York or exploring the east coast. Closer to home there are the charming market towns of Kirkbymoorside, Pickering (with the North York Moors Steam railway of Harry Potter fame) and Malton.
There is simply no shortage of things to do and see in Ryedale, and the Granary is a perfect base for a holiday or short break in this glorious area of Yorkshire. It is convenient for everything yet retains rural charm by being just outside the hustle and bustle, but close enough to enjoy it; to sample it; to take it or leave it. Skiplam is a hamlet with few houses and little traffic, and one of the great indulgencies of a stay at the Granary is in just being.
In a room on the ground floor of the Granary is my modest yoga studio where yoga classes, meditation, satsangs and workshops take place during the week. Private yoga instruction and a number of other therapies can all be arranged at your convenience if you wish. As an incomer of 18 years to this area I can personally vouch for the rich tapestry of it's culture, history and wildlife. It truly is glorious, and the rural setting of the Granary offers peace, tranquility and rejuvenation for the weary, yet is literally minutes away from a host of must-see, must-do activities.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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SINGLE NIGHT SUPPLEMENT:
There is a single night supplement of £20 payable per person for a stay of 1 night. Stays of 2 nights or more do not incur additional charges.
OPTIONAL SELF CATERING BREAKFAST:
Continental breakfast can be provided for £7.50 per person
English breakfast can be provided for £10.00 per person
There is a complimentary supply of teas, coffees and decaffeinated drinks for all guests regardless of length of stay.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
- Available arrival
- Bed & Breakfast
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Garage ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- Master ensuite shower room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Private bathroom for twin room - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- King sized ensuite master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, Pull out child's bed is available for a small charge
- Luxury twin room - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, Pull out bed is child's bed available for a small charge
- Booking Possible
- Catering available
- My Gorgeous Granary is ideally placed for a romantic and secluded get away from it all, but because it is less than 10 minutes from the treasure trove of Helmsley, sits on the edge of the National Park, and is an equestrian property, it lends itself to a variety of holiday styles and suits go do types aswell as those seeking something more relaxing. The optional in house provision of therapies, meditation and yoga give the opportunity to tailor your break into something truly personalised. Go on... indulge!