Posted by Jo
In August 2017 our family of 21, ranging in age from 1 to 77, enjoyed an absolutely wonderful week’s stay at Seaton Hall. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and hoped to have a happy relaxed family get-together. The holiday exceeded all expectations. Everyone’s needs were catered for; the field behind the house was perfect for games and outdoor play, the patio was well used for meals and relaxing, the house provided lots of quiet places where someone could curl up with a book or bigger spaces for various activities. The lovely dining area was big enough for the whole family to sit down together and the kitchen was perfect for breakfasts. My husband declared that he would have his meals brought over to the Hall as he loved being surrounded by books and art and saw no need to leave the property! Needless to say he, like the rest of us, enjoyed exploring the wonderful coastline and places of interest. It was great to be able to walk into Staithes ( even the 3 and 4 year old managed this though some people had to have a lift back up) but we also visited all the other nearby seaside places and of course Whitby. Highly recommended by those who went out was the fishing trip from Whitby - excellent fish was caught and we had delicious barbecued fish for supper that night. Each seaside place was so interesting and offered different activities for the children and the week passed with our only disappointment that we didn’t have time to make return visits.
I have nothing but praise for William, the owner, who was available to deal with any problems arising or tell us about the history of the building and who seemed genuinely keen that we would enjoy ourselves. It was a worry before we went, with 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 11 years, and knowing that the property contained many works of art and special items, that we would be forever having to restrict them however the environment was so family friendly and the outdoor space was so extensive that this was not a problem.
This venue would not suit everyone - but for those who appreciate somewhere interesting and quirky with loads of history, it is a perfect place. We would love to return, not least to visit all the places we didn’t get to this time. Thank you William.
We will be back!
Posted by Penny
If you're looking for modern, stark and clinical then possibly this isn't the place for you. If you want real rolling countryside, the heavenly sound of birdsong, a place to sit and ponder, views worthy to be painted and starlit skies on a clear night then look not further. You're a swift walk away from the gorgeous hamlet of Staithes where you can sit watching fishing boats coming in on the tide whilst munching on crab sandwiches outside the inn overlooking the cove entrance.
The owner of Ancient Moated Farmstead has given his heart and soul into turning his home and grounds into something more than just the average holiday let. The oldest part of the property is quirky as befits its age and the newer developements have a 5 star hotel feel to them.
A courtyard which already displays the vision of it's owner, William, as an idyllic place to sit out, when dry and sunny - or just dry - to share a coffee, or tea, with family and friends sheltered by the walls around you.
Then think Beatrix Potter meets Capability Brown as William, the owner, has planted the equivelent of a mini-forest for future genertaion to share. Wildlife begins to abound. For children there are acres of land to explore and even a place to go and play Pooh Sticks for those who know about them!!
We'll definitely be back, come 2018 with the hoardes that came last August 2016, as they ALL want a return visit!
Created on 28/09/2016
Stunning location, well maintained property, wonderful grounds & surroundings. Very peaceful short stay. Wish it was longer. We will be back again soon. LC
We will definitely be back again
Created on 14/09/2016
We have just had a wonderful family holiday here. There were 22 of us (aged between 1 and 86!) and we all had a fantastic time. The rooms were comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped and the owner was incredibly helpful. There is a lovely communal feel to the Court, with plenty of seating space and privacy if needed. The lawn was used well by the children who loved playing out :) The scenery is beautiful and Staithes is such a gorgeous place to visit. We would highly recommend visiting the Ancient Moated Farmstead and we will definitely be back again! E D
Created on 17/08/2016
SIMPLY WOW !!!! We celebrated my husband’s surprise 50th birthday party July 2016 and celebrated at Ancient Moated Farmstead with family & friends
We were NOT disappointed; the web pages are a true reflection. We were greeted by the owner & staff on arrival & despite being rather early received a lovely welcome. The whole estate is a credit, we hired the hall, house & cottage to which were well equipped, the rooms in the renovated side were a fantastic conversion - the beds were soooo comfy. The gardens are huge, safe and a massive hit with the children where they happily played football all night. We held a murder - mystery night where we all comfortably were able to seat together around the huge dining area (Asda delivered too). The older house was quirky with huge Victorian style bedrooms that had a fantastic view of the gardens
Staithes is a lovely quaint fishing village with fantastic pubs selling home-made food, a shop is close buy - which helped with the extra alcoholic provisions. The bus stop is a ten-minute walk away which took 25 of us direct to Whitby. I cannot wait to return next year & and will highly recommend to friends & family. You will not be disappointed xxxxx B&S
Would Highly Recommend
Created on 14/07/2016
Superb venue, fantastic location. The Ancient Moated Farmstead provides an ideal base for exploring the north Yorkshire coast and dales.
Would highly recommend, we are already looking forward to returning next year. BS
Posted by William R
I was looking for a large property which could accommodate up to 22 people but also had a large enough area for a party of over 50 for a family reunion. It had to be in the North East of England, preferably close to the sea and this is the only one which qualified. Not only qualified but exceeded our expectations for size, comfort and accessibility.
The original building known as the Hall was built around 1492 which certainly impressed the vising Americans in our party. It is has five bedrooms which are well furnished--the only negative is that there is no general sitting area for this building which the floor plan appears to indicate. The owner who lives in the end unit also uses the two drawing rooms. However the large main building has ample sitting room which can more than handle the rest of the residents.
There is a very large field out of the back of the Cottage and the Hall and we had great games of kick ball over the time we were there.
The owner is currently building additions of rooms, a conservatory/tea room, an event room and more!!
The owner was very quick to respond to a couple of problems, even to supplying a new dish washer. He is a very interesting gentleman and at times we never knew he was there.
The general opinion was it was a fabulous place. The only thing lacking was an adequate WiFi. Communication was extremely hard to the internet without 4G. Since some of our guests were running businesses "in absentia" it did present a problem. I highly recommend this property for holidays, small conventions, "get togethers", reunions. There is a local caterer called Lisa Chapman who can cater for parties.