St Aidan's

Helmsley, Yorkshire

North Yorks Moors on the doorstep, Whitby or historic York a drive away - explore farmers’ markets, great pubs and restaurants close by


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


An architect and some enthusiastic lovers of this country church battled against all odds to save it. Originally built by the architect Temple Moore, it has been beautifully restored and has retained many of the original features and colours with the addition of Nordic insulation and a brand new wing of contemporary loveliness. In the church there’s a wood-burner, a dining table with pews for feasting and a bedroom in the chancel with little doors to close behind you. The original soaring ceiling is wooden and curved, providing super acoustics. Its beautifully equipped kitchen with blood red glass tiles sits next to the main body of the church and links the old with the delightfully airy new. Light floods in here and the calm grey tiled bathroom with lush big bath will be perfect after wandering the heathered moors. At the back a sunroom with sofa bed overlooks the burgeoning garden. Next door is a working farm with waddling ducks, cheeky chickens and grazing sheep. Helmsley, a lovely busy market town is a mile away; The Star, a revered pub, is a short drive. A welcome pack will cheer your arrival at this unique place.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £105
Weekly price
from £395
1 House for 4
From £1054 beds2 bedrooms


We have visited St Aidan Church in Autumn. The Church was fabulous to stay in with a well equiped kitchen a lovely room with a woodburner. To go asleepe during a hurricane in the evening and awake in the morning with a bit of light scattering through the small tall church windows was a special happening. We like the surrounding area and quiet walks to beautiful little villages. This spot is fabulous. We will come back for another relaxing week or weekend

Joost, Nederweert

Delightful converted church with cosy dining and living areas, but with modern kitchen and bathrooms.

Maxwell, Farnham

We absolutely loved our stay here. St Aidans was full of character and very cosy. We walked into Helmsley through the wooded valley - an extremely pleasant, quiet walk which we thoroughly enjoyed but not as much as our dog, who thought she was in heaven. We visited the Cinnamon Twist bakery and the Helmsley brewery and we're impressed with both. St Aidans was amazingly relaxing and I am sure we'll be back since it was also great value for money. Definitely recommend.

Anne-marie, Manchester

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Vanessa Bridge

  • Helmsley is known for its galleries, arts centre, boutique shops, luxury hotels, and coffee shops.
  • The ruins of Helmsley Castle are impressive and the Walled Garden is a hidden treasure, not to mention the tea room and plant shop. Nearby is start of a walk to beautiful, ruined Rievaulx Abbey.
  • A few steps up the road from St Aidan's there is a footpath leading off to Helmsley through a wooded valley. Keep on the road and you head up to Bransdale - drystone walls, green fields, woods, stone cottages, becks, hills and endless, endless skies.
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust sites nearby - Garbutt Wood borders magical Lake Gormire, Ashberry Nature Reserve is one of the finest ancient woodands in Yorkshire and Ellerburn Bank is a grassland that has never been farmed, idyllic in early summer.
  • The Temple Moore Trail lists other buildings in the North York Moors by the architect of St Aidan's - Temple Lushington Moore.
  • The Dark Skies festival happens every year in nearby Danby, and you can stargaze from the garden at St Aidan's every dark clear night.