Things to do

Welcome to a very special part of North Yorkshire, an area full of natural beauty and splendour. There is so much to do right on our doorstep from fine dining through to historic attractions and  walled gardens and parkland. Just tell us what you are interested in and we are sure to be able to head you in the right direction . Nowt beats a bit of local knowledge.

Recharge your soul

Carr House Farm is surrounded by ancient woodland
The garden is a great place to sit and listen to the birds singing
Deer can often be spotted wandering through the woodland
Guests are welcome to take one our friendly dogs for walk

Relax and unwind in natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park. Our charming farmhouse is surrounded by ancient bluebell woods and orchards. If you are feeling brave you can even head out back to our our icy woodland stream dipping pool! We can offer great advice on walks and fun places to explore – with many starting right outside the front door.

Learn more about the local wildlife

Food & Drink

Oldstead beef tartare and oyster leaf – The Black Swan in Oldstead
Take home a taste of Yorkshire from Wass Farm Shop
The hugely popular Magpie Cafe in Whitby is famous for its fish & chips

Whether you are looking for fine dining, traditional pub food, or scrumptious afternoon teas, we’ve got you covered. Only 5 min away is the Michelin starred restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead run by celebrity TV chef Tommy Banks. 7 miles away is another Michelin-starred restaurant; The Star Inn at Harome owned by Andrew Pern (sadly currently closed following a fire but working to reopen asap).

The local pub The White Swan in Ampleforth serves great traditional pub food and just across the road you’ll find the Wass Farm Shop where you can purchase locally grown produce and wild game – perfect for taking home a taste of Yorkshire.

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Historic attractions

The nearby ruins of Byland Abbey just down the road or you can walk through our fields to get there.
Large stately home
Castle Howard – a magnificent historic house (photo by jcw1967 CC BY 2.0)
Helmsley Castle medieval castle is just 10 min drive away

From ancient castles to Victorian steam trains, Cistercian monasteries to 18th century stately homes, the surrounding North York Moors National Park has it all.

The ruins of Byland Abbey (once one of the greatest monasteries in England) are a short walk away and can be viewed from our fields. Helmsley Castle is a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley. Of course the nearby ancient city of York is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities bursting with history. The Yorkshire museum is in the centre of the city and is home to the recently found Ryedale Roman Bronzes which includes a bust of Marcus  Aurelius.  We can tell you a story about these bronzes that no one else can.

Explore the dark skies

The North York Moors National Park is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association, one of only 19 in the world! We’re officially one of the best places in the country to see stars, because of the low light pollution levels and clear horizons. Guests have free use of a telescope.

Ampleforth Abbey & College viewed from across fields
Photo by Lawrence OP on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Ampleforth Abbey and School
The swimming pool at St Albans Sports Centre in Ampleforth
Outside seating at the popular White Swan pub in Ampleforth

We’re situated approx. 1 mile from the picturesque village of Ampleforth. The village has two traditional pubs serving good food, a village shop with post office and off licence, and a cafe .A mile further on is home to the famous Ampleforth Abbey and College.

At the Abbey and College there is a delightful tea room, visitors centre, gift shop and the St Alban’s Sports Centre. The sports centre has a newly refurbished 25m swimming pool, a multi-purpose sports hall, three squash courts and a fully equipped, air-conditioned fitness suite gym.