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North York Moors National Park

The Pheasant at The Old Bank

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The Pheasant is situated at the heart of the only market town in the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley. Enjoying an unrivalled position overlooking the market square, this stunning conversion was formerly the town’s bank, now one of two elegant apartments. Owners Jill and Henry have overseen the renovation work with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring exacting standards and immaculate finishes throughout. The Pheasant sleeps up to 6 guests across two en-suite bedrooms and a mezzanine space. An open plan living area provides charming views framed by sash windows – and the window seat serves as a perfect spot for people watching! Original artwork, stylish furniture and sumptuous fabrics create a sophisticated feel. And bespoke beds – all handmade in Yorkshire by local craftspeople – make this a really special place to slumber. Here visitors can truly unwind and enjoy a magical part of Yorkshire.

For guests who like to shoot, the property is equipped with everything needed to store and clean equipment. There’s a heated boot and coat rack to make sure your outdoor kit is kept toasty too!

The Pheasant & The Partridge are two deluxe apartments located in the same building. They can be booked separately, or together for up to 10 people.

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The Pheasant & The Partridge

The Pheasant and The Partridge are two self-contained apartments located at The Old Bank, which can be booked separately, or together to accommodate larger groups. Located in the centre of the market town of Hemsley, in the North York Moors National Park, they sleep a total of 10 across four bedrooms and a versatile mezzanine space.


Entrance Hall

Step in to the entrance hall and you are greeted by two striking artworks in this welcoming space, the first is a picture of hounds, “Out in Front” by Anthony Dobson, the second painting is of the wild Yorkshire moorland by Judith Levin. The main entrance leads to an inner hallway where a giant ordnance survey map of the local area makes for an interesting talking point, perfect for planning walking routes and recapping on recent explorations.

There is also a Wintersteiger tantum universal heated dryer with sterex (used for drying, disinfecting & deodorising coats, hats and boots) is located in the entrance hall, a true luxury for walkers arriving back after a day on the moors.

Living Space & Mezzanine

Set on the first floor overlooking the market square, the living area is exquisitely furnished. Taking centre stage is a magnificent silver chandelier that came out of The throne room in Bishop Auckland Castle. Original artwork of the North York Moors by Laura Rich makes a dramatic statement, while tactile textiles and beautiful fabrics, including Mulberry, Linwood and Manuel Canovas to create a sumptuous space for relaxing.

The OLED TV is perfectly placed to watch your favourite movies from the comfy sofa or to catch up on the morning news whilst enjoying breakfast at the kitchen island. And a contemporary gas fired wood stove makes for a cosy corner feature.

A specially commissioned spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine, which offers a second sitting area with a sofa, chairs and a second OLED TV with bluetooth headphones. It also provides the option of a third bedroom, as the sofa converts into a most comfortable double bed.


Kitchen & Dining

Open to the living area, this boasts a sociable layout cleverly designed, incorporating a bar-style dining table, as well as integrated Miele appliances, the kitchen is styled with on-trend deep navy units, offset by copper handles and a mirrored splashback. Everything is so close at hand, it’s a pleasure to cook up a hearty breakfast or a tasty supper in this dream kitchen, without feeling cut off from the rest of the group.

Pheasant Suite

The Pheasant Suite is a wonderfully light, beautifully furnished bedroom with open views across the square. The softest of linens adorn the handmade bed, produced by artisan makers, Harrison Spinks, using Yorkshire wool, cashmere, Herdwick wool, silk, mohair, homegrown flax, hemp and 100% recyclable contour Cortec springs.  Colourful fabrics add pops of colour in the soft furnishings and the little window seat is the perfect spot for peeking out across the market square.

The opulent en-suite has a bath with a shower over, a WC and a basin, and there’s the added treat of a built-in TV at the foot of the tub!


Grouse Suite

Stunning fabrics add pops of colour to this supremely restful bedroom suite. Super-soft linens clothe the artisan handmade bed by Harrison Spinks. These very special beds are produced using Yorkshire wool, cashmere, Herdwick wool, silk, mohair, homegrown flax and hemp and 100% recyclable contour Cortec springs. Local carpenters George Gold & Co made the oak hanging racks complementing the exceptional cabinetry throughout. Double doors lead to a spacious en-suite featuring a large walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead, as well as a second handheld showerhead.




A specially commissioned spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine, which offers a second sitting area with a sofa, chairs and a second OLED TV with bluetooth headphones. It also provides the option of a third bedroom, as the sofa converts into a most comfortable double bed.


Utility & Drying Room

On the ground floor is a handy utility room with a Miele washer, separate dryer and additional storage – this space can also be used by the Partridge apartment.

Located just off the entrance lobby are two Brattonsound Gun Cabinets, one for each apartment. These hold up to 7 guns and incorporate internal safes for cartridges and personal items.

In the main entrance hall, there’s a Wintersteiger Tantum universal heated dryer with sterex. This can be used for drying, disinfecting & deodorising coats, hats and footwear – oh the joy of putting on warm coats and boots when adverse weather arrives as it sometimes does in Yorkshire!


Complete with the highest quality Bridgman garden furniture, the terrace is a delightful spot to enjoy a morning coffee or an evening sundowner. It’s screened with natural hedging for privacy, but you can still catch a peek in the gaps to indulge in a little people watching!

A highlight of The Pheasant is the divine outdoor hydro pool hot tub. With seating for eight, it has numerous hydrotherapy settings to soothe the muscles after a long cycle or hike – or to simply unwind.

The terrace area is spacious, with two seating areas and is shared with The Partridge, the hot tub is exclusively for guests staying at The Pheasant.

*Please note from January 2024 the terrace will be for the exclusive use of guests staying at the Pheasant and will no longer be shared with guests staying at the Partridge.


The apartment living and bedroom spaces are equipped with Intelligent lightGet the perfect lighting for any time of day with the Dyson Lightcycle Morph Floor Light. This intelligent lamp tracks the colour and brightness of the daylight in your room and adjusts itself to match. It gives out less blue light in the evenings, so you can light your room without disturbing your sleep.

Guests can be assured of the cleanest, freshest and healthiest Yorkshire air, each bedroom has an in-room Dyson Hot + Cool formaldehyde purifying fan providing clean, fresh and healthy air. The perfect recipe for a restful night’s sleep after a day spent exploring North Yorkshire.



Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes – Helmsley

  • The Market Grill
  • Mannions
  • La Trattoria
  • The Black Swan
  • The Feathers
  • Feversham Arms

Restaurants nearby

  • The Star Inn – Harome, Michelin Star
  • The Black Swan at Oldstead, Michelin Star
  • The Pheasant, Harome
  • The Owl at Hawnby
  • Grapes at Slingsby
  • Crown & Cushion, Wellburn
  • Hearts of Ampleforth

Shops in Helmsley

  • Small Coop
  • Range of independent shops including, deli’s, bakeries
  • Brown’s department store

Supermarket delivery

  • Sainsbury’s deliver



Good to know



Underfloor heating & original cast radiators

Garden Furniture

Miele coffee machine

Miele kitchen appliances




Pubs and restaurants within 1 minute walk

Michelin Star restaurants – The Star at Harome & Black Swan at Oldstead

Centre of the town location

Dyson hairdryer

Dyson Hot + Cool formaldehyde purifying fans

Intelligent lightGet

Dyson Lightcycle

Brattonsound Gun Cabinet holding up to 7 guns with an internal safe for cartridges and personal items

FabLittleBags are supplied to all bathrooms, FabLittleBag exists to protect rivers, oceans and beaches from the pollution caused by flushed period products.

Please do not move any furniture.

No external suppliers e.g. caterers, without prior agreement with Beautiful Escapes.

No weddings, parties or events without prior agreement with Beautiful Escapes.


Entrance Hall

“Out in Front” by Anthony Dobson & Moorland scene by Judith Levin

The Pheasant 

“Cock O The North” by Anthony Dobson

Moors painting by Laura Rich


“High Hat & “Linear” by Andrew Morris

  • Maximum of 1 dog no bigger than an average Labrador.
  • Dogs are not allowed upstairs.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the furniture.
  • Muddy/wet dogs must be cleaned off before entering the cottage.
  • Dog bowls provided.
  • Dogs must not be left alone in the property unless they are crated
  • Dog toileting must take place away from the cottage and any mess cleaned up.
  • There may be a charge if additional cleaning is required
  • Please note there may be a dog staying in the neighbouring Partridge property.


Grouse Suite

Super king or Twin beds

Walk in shower



Pheasant Suite

Super king or twin beds

Bath with T.V. & shower over




Double Sofa Bed


Helmsley & local area

From Helmsley you can explore both The Howardian Hills and also the neighbouring North York Moors National Park stretching across the Whitby and the coast. Excellent walking routes are on offer 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 and he National Birds of Prey Centre in Helmsley.

Being just 24 miles miles north of the City of York  you are perfectly placed to head into the City, 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 & local area

Discovering the wonderful local area is a highlight of any stay here. And the following attractions are all within easy reach of the apartment.

  • Ampleforth Abbey 4 miles
  • Sutton Bank visitor centre and cycle hire 7 miles
  • City of York 24 miles
  • Castle Howard 13 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 30 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 45 miles


  • York Mainline Railway Station 24 miles
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 50 miles





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

April 2024
Having recently visited ‘The Pheasant’ in Helmsley, I wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful time we had. The accommodation was SO lovely – it didn’t have the empty feel that rentals sometimes do and the interiors were incredible – a real treat. Helmsley was really beautiful and the parkland behind the castle was wonderful. The deli opposite was perfectly placed too.
Hopefully, we can return to the area – there is so much to see and the countryside is beautiful.
Many thanks for your help with our booking, the service from your company was excellent!
Jacky & John

February 2024

We really enjoyed our stay at the Pheasant the quality of the furnishings is excellent, everything is beautifully appointed. The central location in Helmsley is perfect with easy access to shops, restaurants etc.,

Booking was easy youwere very helpful with answering our questions.

We hope to return later in the year,

Sarah & Matt