When we were first looking to set up our own business, our original search area was huge.

Living in Harrogate meant that we began looking at the Yorkshire Dales, South Lakes and the North York Moors.

We were looking for a very specific size of property. Ideally a large place that could cater for big groups. It had to be in an area that people would want to visit, but we were open minded as to where.

If we’re honest, we first started to look in the Dales as it was an area we were the most familar with from our student days. We couldn’t find anywhere suitable and widened our search area.

We then saw Town End Farm and visited Appleton Le Moors. And the rest is history.

Over the last 10 years, we’ve fallen completely in love with the North York Moors

Here are our six reasons why:

1.The variety of countryside to explore is huge. From big sky moorland to green dales. From ancient woodland to the coast. There really is something for everyone.

2. The peace and space to get away from the crowds and properly unwind. There are so many hidden gems off the beaten track to explore. From less known dales to hidden beaches and quiet woods. When you stay at the Long Barn, we’ll share our hidden gem list with you.

3. The great choice of food from country pubs to cafes, From fine dining restuarants to local market towns full of independant businesses and producers. The choice is second to none; many within 20 minutes of us.

4. The wildlife matches the variety of countryside. Dolphins and minke whales from Whitby. Puffins, gannets and other sea birds at Bempton Cliffs. Curlew, grouse, partridge on the moors. Roe deer, hare and owls in the woods.

We won’t even mention Thor the Walrus at Scarborough last summer. Or the Black Browed Albatross at Bempton. Or the white tailed eagle that cruised over Appleton two summers ago.

5. The history and art. From historic houses, castles and medieval abbeys to a heritage railway. We also love the amazing local artists exhibiting in local galleries and at open studio events.

6. Last but not least, the people. We aren’t Yorkshire born, but we’ve lived in Yorkshire for most of our lives (and Jackie’s Dad is a proud yorkshireman) We think the people make the county.

Friendly, straight talking, with a sense of humour and pride in the region.

If you’ve not visited before, we’re sure you’ll love the warmth of the welcome.

There is always something happening in the North York Moors. After the closure of so many places and events in recent years, 2023 feels like a really bumper year for the national park.

Just check out the new edition of “Out and About in the North York Moors 2023”.

There really is something for everyone. And we can’t wait to welcome you here.