Ampleforth and nearby
On the main street in the village is Heart’s Coffee House serving excellent coffee, delicious food and daily baked bread which is always a fast sell-out! The village also provides a well-stocked shop and Post Office, a five minute walk from the property. Both village pubs, The White Swan and The White Horse Inn, have reputations for good food.
Ampleforth Abbey has been home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802. The Abbey church is open to visitors who might like to simply look around. Explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands or join a behind the scenes tour of the Abbey’s orchards and Cider Mill to see how Ampleforth Abbeys’ famous cider and cider brandy is made. Visitors can take advantage of the sports centre facilities at Ampleforth College and within a 5 mile radius there is fishing, pony trekking, golf, cycle hire and the newly opened cycle trails from Sutton Bank National Parks Centre.
Just a few miles away discover the pretty market town of Helmsley, the only market town in the North york Moors National Park, here you will discover pubs, restaurants a small department store and a range of interesting independent deli’s and shops.
Close at hand are Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and the National Trust properties of Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples.
City of York
Being just 20 miles north of the City of York you are also perfectly placed to head into the City to experience the culture of the Minster, galleries and the ancient City walls. Or if your passion is food you’ll find many excellent independent bars and restaurants to discover!
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. Castle Howard, home of Bridgerton, Brideshead Revisited and Scampston Walled Garden lie to the east, the historic City of York is 20 miles to the south, all within easy reach.
Further afield are Whitby on the coast and Goathland and Pickering in the North York Moors National Park. Masham, Ripon and Harrogate are to the west towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park.