Drifter's Loft | Beautiful Escapes
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Drifter’s Loft

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Drifter’s Loft, is named after the racehorse who once occupied the stable below, it is now a luxury romantic retreat for two set in the quaint village of Helperby betwixt the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, just 15 miles from the historic City of York . This charming loft has been created with a great deal of love and care by owners Rachel & James, with its clapboard exterior and bijou balcony it has an air of New England about it, right here in the heart of North Yorkshire.

Climb the timber staircase to the entrance and take in the beautiful views all around, step into the loft and you won’t fail to be impressed by the elegant and spacious design. The open plan living space has been furnished with comfort in mind with a toasty Aga fire to keep you warm on chilly days when you want to snuggle up on the scrumptious sofa and watch your favourite movie. The kitchen and dining space is well equipped and is sure to keep the most discerning of cooks happy. With views out across the fields the generously proportioned bedroom suite and the luxurious bathroom with marble tiles invites you to rest, relax and recuperate.

Outside you have your very own private garden with table and chairs and of course the pretty balcony too.

If you are looking for a beautifully appointed, romantic escape for two, Drifter’s Loft fits the bill, perfectly.

Just 2 miles from Lodge Farm Wedding Barn in Cundall and 9 miles from Thirsk Lodge Wedding Barns.


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Living Space

The open plan living, dining and kitchen space is generously proportioned and has been thoughtfully designed with a scrumptiously squishy sofa, perfect for snuggling up in front of the Aga fire on chilly days.

Cooking & Dining

Leading on from the living space to the dining and kitchen area, where preparing your favourite dishes will be treat on the lovely old butchers block which takes centre stage. You will also find all the essentials you would expect including a dishwasher, oven, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and all of the corckery, glasses and utnesils that would satisfy even the most discerning of cooks.

Drifter's Suite

Drifter’s suite is spacious and luxurious with a super king bed which can also be set as twins, views out across the gardens and fields beyond, this is a peaceful room with a restful colour pallete, perfect for a restful nights sleep before you rise and shine to head out exploring all that North Yorkshire has to offer.


The bathroom has a spa like feel with marble tiles and luxurious fittings, with a separate shower and a bathtub it may be just what you need for relaxing any aching muscles after a day spent adventring across the spectacular countryside all around.


The balcony with table and chairs is the ideal spot for catching the sun and taking in the far reaching views all around, there is also a garden if you fancy a spot of al fresco dining on warmer days.


From Drifter’s Loft you can explore both The Howardian Hills and also the neighbouring North York Moors National Park. Both offer excellent walking routes for seasoned ramblers and those looking for a more sedate meander alike. It’s also a perfect place for a cycling holiday with miles upon miles of perfect climbs and descents awaiting your discovery with jaw-dropping views to make the climbs worth the burn!

There are many historical attractions nearby including the majestic Castle Howard, the ecclesiastical ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and a castle in the attractive market town of Helmsley.

Being just 17 miles north of the City of York you are also perfectly placed to head into the City to experience the culture of the Minster, museums, galleries and the ancient City walls. York is a city brimming with history and culture. Take a walk along the castle walls and marvel at the view below, or head to York Minster for some truly jaw dropping architecture and follow that with a wander around the cobbled streets with beautiful architecture to admire and independent boutiques to peruse. Or if your passion is food you’ll find many excellent independent bars and restaurants to discover!

  • Helmsley 17 miles
  • Thirsk and the James Herriott Centre 9 miles
  • City of York 17 miles
  • Castle Howard 20 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB 20 miles
  • North York Moors National Park Centre at Danby 32 miles
  • Whitby 59 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre 40 miles
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre and cycle hire 16 miles
  • Rievaulx Abbey 20 miles
  • Byland Abbey 10 miles
  • Thirsk Lodge Barns, Wedding Venue 9 miles
  • Lodge Farm Cundall, Wedding Venue 2 miles

Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs

  • In Helperby Village – The Oak Tree Inn

Out & About

  • Durham Ox, Crayke – 7 miles
  • The Pheasant, Harome – 19 miles
  • Fairfax Arms, Gilling – 19 miles
  • Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa – Helmsley 17 miles
  • Mannions Cafe – Helmsley 17 miles
  • Michelin Star
    • The Black Swan at Oldstead – 12 miles
    • The Star at Harome – 19 miles
    • Roots York – 17 miles
Good to Know
  • Check in 4pm
  • Check out 10am
  • Supermarket delivery – Tesco in Thirsk, Morrisons in Broroughbridge and Ocado
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Aga fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Bike storage on request
  • Balcony with table and chairs
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Lodge Farm Wedding Barn 2 miles
  • Thirsk Lodge Barns, Wedding Venue 9 miles


Super king bed






Helperby is a pretty village just 20 minutes north of the historic City of York with all of its culture and history to explore. There are also many historical attractions nearby including the majestic Castle Howard,  the ecclesiastical ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and a castle in the attractive market town of Helmsley.





  • Helmsley 17 miles
  • Thirsk and the James Herriott Centre 9 miles
  • City of York 17 miles
  • Castle Howard 20 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB 20 miles
  • North York Moors National Park Centre at Danby 32 miles
  • Whitby 59 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre 40 miles miles
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre and cycle hire 16 miles
  • Rievaulx Abbey 20 miles
  • Byland Abbey 10 miles
  • Thirsk Lodge Barns, Wedding Venue 9 miles
  • Lodge Farm Cundall, Wedding Venue 2 miles


  • York mainline station 17 miles, London Kings Cross in 2 hours
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 27 miles
  • Manchester Airport 91 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

March 2024

Exceptional in every way, by far the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in!

It is amazingly comfortable and so light and airy, everything is of the highest quality.

We loved exploring all the little villages and nearby towns, everywhere had the most lovely displays of daffodils, we really enjoyed the daffodil walk at Farndale.

Thank you

Roger & Anita

February 2024

We had a great stay here, very comfortable, good location, everything we needed.

Would love to come back!

Thank you

Ian & Bridget

January 2024
We just love Drifter’s Loft! A Liitle Gem!
This was our second stay here and it certainly won’t be our last. We came to recharge our batteries after a hectic Christmas and we’ve certainly done that. The accommodation is superb, a perfect retreat. It’s so peaceful and being a loft you feel as though you’re living in the trees. It’s situated down a quiet little lane and this time we had the bonus of seeing the lane covered in snowdrops.
No expense has been spared  on the beautiful stylish interior. Everything you need is there, from the well stocked kitchen area to the sumptuous bathroom and huge stylish bedroom. We could happily have stayed in all week but it is perfectly situated to explore beautiful North Yorkshire.
The lovely market towns of Boroughbridge, which we love, Helmsley, Malton and Easingwold. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal park are stunning and the cathedral city of Ripon is close by. There are a number of gourmet pubs just a short drive away and we can recommend The Durham Ox at Crayke.
Beautiful Escapes website is excellent and the booking process easy and efficient. Rachel and James, the lovely owners of Drifters Loft live close by and couldn’t be more helpful.
We hope to return very soon.
Ann & Kev

Christmas 2023

Amazing! Beautiful! Classy!

Thank you, see you again soon,

Gail & Chris

September 2023

Drifters Loft far exceeded our expectations, it’s simply superb. The accommodation is beautiful, stylish, spacious and thoroughly luxurious with every attention to detail. The setting is amazing, down a quiet lane just out of the village and because the loft is all upstairs you feel as though you are living in the trees. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony with a coffee in the morning and a glass of fizz later, sheer bliss, so very relaxing. Rachel and James, the owners live nearby and couldn’t be friendlier or more helpful.
It’s the perfect location for visiting Boroughbridge, Malton, Helmsley and Ripon. Fountains Abbey/ Studley Royal is less than 10 miles away and is just breathtaking, so atmospheric, we loved it.
The website is great, easy to use and the process of booking is quick and easy. We were confident that we were in good hands as we have booked with Beautiful Escapes before.
We were reluctant to leave and are already planning when we can return.
Many thanks

September 2023

Thank you so much Rachel & James for such a wonderful stay. The accommodation is just superb, we really love your style. The location is amazing, we loved the peace and quiet. we were able to relax as soon as we got here. We wished we could have stayed longer.
Thank you for the lovely goodies, so thoughtful and for your tickets to the bear festival which we really enjoyed. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal were just superb, a lovely day out.

It was lovely to meet you both and your lovely family, this place is a little gem and we will definitely be back.

Many thanks
Ann & Kev xx

August 2023

Thank you Rachel & James, we’ve had a wonderful stay! We felt you provided everything we needed and immediately felt relaxed and comfortable in these peaceful surroundings.

Your thoughtful welcome basket was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated, thank you.

We would 100% recommend a stay here.

Hope to stay again soon,

Robert & Dianne

July 2023

You had us at ‘SQUISHY!’!!

It really has been a lovely stay, you have made it very easy to relax, thank you for including so many thoughtful touches throughout.

5* – Would absolutely recommend!

Thank you, Frank & Rachel

July 2023

Beautiful accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very peaceful location. The welcome basket was a lovely surprise.

We hope to stay again in the future, highly recommend.

Kind regards

Nicola & Michael

July 2023

We stayed at this fabulous place, it was excellent.
Lovely welcome basket when we arrived, it was presented exactly as in the photos, with practical thoughtful and luxury touches throughout.
Soft throws, cushions and towels, super bedding, lots of necessary bits and bobs – cling film, dish tabs, hairdryer and more. Including hair straighteners made a welcome surprise.
Outside furniture at the top and bottom of the deck made it easy to enjoy the sun.
We had a relaxing week, spending time reading and lazing, no local exploring, just what we needed.
We would absolutely recommend this place, couldn’t fault it.
Easy to book the dates we wanted. Great comms prior to getting there, excellent service and knowledge.
Frank & Rachel

July 2023

We had a super week in Drifters Loft.

The furniture and fittings are all superb and the loft is finished to a very high standard.

It is easily accessible to York, Harrogate and other interesting towns and historic sites.

We thoroughly enjoyed our break and would not hesitate to go back again.

It exceeded our expectations.

Robert and Alison

July 2023

Thank you Rachel for such a lovley relaxing stay with all the luxurious touches we could wish for. You have done a fabulous job here and we can’t wait for a swift return.

Keith & Debs

May 2023Lovely relaxing stay, very thoughtful welcome basket which we enjoyed 😊!Thank you for all the detail to everything. We’ll be back!J&V x’

March 2023

Drifter’s Loft exceeded our expectations and we could have happily stayed longer. It had absolutely everything you could need and we can’t wait to book again!

Thank you, Harry