Ancient Moated Farmstead

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Sleeps: 22 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 8
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Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

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*Please note that we are no longer taking 2019 bookings for Ancient Moated Farmstead due to lack of availability. Please do get in touch with our concierge team for any 2020 enquires*

The Ancient Moated Farmstead is a manor house with over 1000 years of recorded history. It is located in private gardens and grounds on the edge of the fishing village of Staithes on the Yorkshire Heritage Coast and the heather clad North York Moors.

The house is set in a walkers paradise with cliff tops and deeply wooded ravines to explore. The highest cliffs in England, harbours, bays and beaches are just a mile away.

Nearby attractions include Whitby for its abbey and link with the country’s longest steam railway at Grosmont, Saltburn with its Victorian pier, Sandsend for the Mulgrave estate walks and its three castles, Runswick in a glorious sandy bay where fossils can be found on the beach. Major country houses such as Duncombe Park and Castle Howard are within easy travelling distance.

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What you should know…

  • Changeover day is Friday
  • The gardens are maintained on an on-going basis but any machinery noise won't start before 10am
  • The onsite cafe is seperate to the house and will have external visitors

Property Features

Heritage Collection Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Wheelchair Access Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site

Ancient Moated Farmstead offer a very private, unique, spacious and comfortable retreat which can accommodate 3 groups 10/11 guests in the court, 4 guests in the cottage and 7 guests in the hall.  These are linked units for up to 22 people, with communal dining in the Great Hall for up to 25 or more.

The Court
The Court is a bespoke conversion of a stable and ancient service/servants cottage which sleeps 11 people, it has three double bedrooms, a twin and a triple room. Three of the bedrooms are en-suite – two have showers over. A separate staircase to one of the doubles and the triple room has a spacious bathroom with a roll top bath. One of the double bedroom suites is at ground level.

The Court also comprises at ground level of an enfilade of reception areas and rooms as follows:

Vaulted Great Hall with stairs rising to galleried landing part panelled walls and large grand piano. Guests are welcome to play but tuning has been irregular since the instrument was rebuilt in 07. There is a Bose music CD system.

The great hall runs into a dining area where several dining tables can be put together to seat 22 + or even up to 30 on occasions. There are French Windows (The curtains here and on other windows are very special handmade and cut velvet curtains with batik inserts made by award wining artist Judith Reece.)  that open out onto a private external terrace with outdoor seating. The Court adjoins several acres of grounds with mediaeval stew ponds now a large wildlife pool and many thousands of native English woodland trees planted in 04 abound. 

Original paintings adorn most of the available wall space throughout the Hall, Court and Cottage.   

The dining area runs into the large Farmhouse style kitchen with dining table seating for 8 plus other seating. There is an electric range cooker, double fridge freezer, micro wave, coffee machine, and full range of china and pots and pans. The kitchen units are handmade Oak and Pine.

Stairs rise from the kitchen up to a galleried landing containing two bedroom suites off with showers over the baths. Bathroom floors are of polished blue limestone. Ceilings in the Court and Cottage are sloping timber with oiled rafters and pine sarking boards. All fully insulated with conservation velux windows.  

From the kitchen a sitting room seating 10 or more is furnished with sofas, chairs and antique paintings with a large Tudor brick built fireplace with wood burning stove. 

The Cottage
The Cottage is right next door and sleeps 4 people. It has a double bedroom upstairs with it's own bathroom across the landing. The twin room on the ground floor has an en-suite with shower over. There is a hand made  fitted kitchen with a large adjoining dining/sitting room. A mixture of antique furniture and modern sprung sofa and armchairs with dining table and chairs. Much original art work on the walls.   A French window leads to a terrace.

The Hall
The Hall can sleep 7 people. It has three double bedrooms and one single, two traditional bathrooms. The Hall is a carefully renovated yet old fashioned rambling farmhouse, no fitted carpets but antique tribal rugs and furniture with original paintings. This property is not self catering because it functions as an overflow for the Court which has plenty of space in the dining room to seat up to 25 or so and a large farmhouse style kitchen.

The owner lives on site at one end of the Hall in a self contained suite. There is a resident cat in the Hall.  

The extensive gardens tree avenues and Phormium Cascade Tudor Orchard with Jacobean topiary Garden provide a meandering and colourful backdrop to any visit and guests are welcome to explore the gardens and to remember to keep gates closed due to rabbits. There is a developing sculpture sanctuary and international art blacksmith Adrian Wood is working on a collection of original iron work inspired by Mondrian and Klimt but to his own designs and the ideas of the owner.

Art gates made by Adrian lead from the Court grounds around to the famous disc gates also made by Adrian who has been commissioned once again to design a set of Mondrian Art gates for the drive. Classicist architects Francis Johnson are designing a make over of the stone privy into an outdoor tea room. They have also completed some designs for the house which will be put in hand in 2012.

There is a nostalgia mall i.e. antiques arts crafts etc adjoining a tea room/evening restaurant incorporated into an event centre plus another holiday letting unit of 5 bedrooms. Events do not run whilst guests are using the acccommodation.

It is situated on the Eastern and part Northern range of the Courtyard which is 100 feet to the opposite side of the eastern range which incorporates the Court and Cottage.


About the surrounding area of Ancient Moated Farmstead
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Nearby woods abound with millions of bluebells in the season. There is a pub serving food at the end of the fields and there is also the little fishing village of Staithes, both of which are only a 15-minute walk. Staithes provides a doctors surgery, pubs, restaurants, tea shops, post office, butchers, art gallery, antiques shop, museum and a convenience store

Within 2 Miles
- The estate sits on the edge of the village of Staithes, which is a quiet fishing village with scenic harbour. Nearby Runswick bay, also a fishing village, has panoramic views of the bay and an extensive sandy beach
- Boulby has the highest cliffs in England. Deeply wooded ravines with streams, wildlife and a profusion of bluebells abound
- Local shops, good restaurants and pubs

Within 12 Miles
- Loftus leisure centre with swimming pool
- Saltburn pier and cliff lift, with victorian promenade and impressive buildings. Also a local hot spot for surfing
- Grosmont has UK's longest steam railway, with regular daily steam hauled excursions from Whitby to Pickering
- Whitby, home of Captain Cook, also with its famous ties to Dracula and its monastic Abbey visible from miles around
- Robin Hoods Bay and Sandsend, both of which are popular tourist locations offering peaceful beaches

Within 30 Miles
- Duncombe Park, Helmsley HHA, Ormesby Hall NT, MIMA Gallery Middlesbrough, Art galleries at Whitby and Scarborough

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Teesside,Leeds Bradford, Newcastle

(31-35 km)

Nearest Ferry port Hull, Newcastle

(81-90 km)

Nearest Village Staithes,Hinderwell

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Loftus, Whitby

(8 km)

Nearest Restaurant Staithes

(1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Staithes

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Staithes,Runswick Bay

(2 km)

Nearest Golf Whitby and Saltburn

(8 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Baby Proofing

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)
  • Baby Proofing

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Butler Available
  • Security guard
  • Breakfasts, luncheon hampers and evening meals can all be provided if required.

Breakfasts, luncheon hampers and evening meals can all be provided if required. The venue features several large reception areas for communal dining and group activities and is ideal for work, school or college reunions, study or lecture groups, character building and team development, outdoor or indoor plays, concerts, and games. All bed linen and towels are included. Please contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team for details.

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Event information

- Events include training and management sessions, conferences, corporate entertainment, private parties, and weddings.
- All groups for wedding or other events are usually negotiated on a bespoke tailor made basis.

Weddings at Ancient Moated Farmstead are a special event. The venue is incomparable with an hotel or other facility. Ancient Moated Farmstead is a destination in itself making it particularly attractive for weddings. The peace and tranquillity of this private farming estate with ancient, part-moated manor farmhouse, gardens, luxurious and generous accommodation set around a garden courtyard with acres of woodland. The gardens, orchards, woods and walk ways with gothic details and statuary and ancient moat make ideal photo settings. The whole estate can be exclusively booked for up to 29 guests with communal dining for up to 120. Yet only a few minutes drive from the harbour of Staithes or beach of Runswick Bay offer something special not available elsewhere. The car parking can accommodate over 30 cars plus more under cover in the large barns.

Catering Service
A full catering service can attend to all aspects of any wedding from invitation cards, flowers, table settings, wedding cars, or the wedding feast to the evening party. Your guests can stay over for a few more nights before and after the event.
- Cost per head is from £35 to around £50 subject to requirements and availability including wedding breakfast and evening supper.
- As an example of the basic cost package - a first course followed by a hog roast with stuffing potatoes and salad or vegetables and fruit salad dessert. Evening supper will be a buffet.
- Drinks are not included but a supply can be selected and added at cost.
- Service will be included.
- A full bespoke service can be provided subject to quotation and special needs can be met where possible and subject to inclusion of that within the quotation. Special needs should be drawn to Sally’s attention prior to provision of the quotation.
- Planning place and table settings can be provided subject to quotation.

Approximate Indication of Cost:
We submit the following guides as to what costs may be as an approximate indication. However prices can vary according to numbers, season, week end or week days and vary in content and service level. - Day events per person are from cover charge of £10 subject to a minimum charge of £270 plus any food and drink options per head from £15 per head. We do not hire by the hour or part day. The venue is available for day hire 9 - 5. 
- Evening hire starts at 6.00 pm until 12.00 and subject to cover charge of £15 per person plus food and drinks - subject to a minimum charge of £330.
- Self catering overnight stay is from £49 per room during week days for single night for all rooms. Discounts upon request may apply to additional nights for the same number of guests.
- Evening meals from £17 per head and breakfasts from £8 per head can be provided subject to quotation.

Terms & Conditions

- Garden and Grounds restrictions: There are some fenced off areas which are out of bounds e.g. Remains of the old moat, Medieval Fish Larders / Stew Ponds, a private collection of reclaimed architectural stone for further works and agricultural machinery. It is advised that small children are kept away from fenced off areas. Please ensure all gates are closed to ensure no unwanted pests.

- The remainder of the old courtyard is undergoing refurbishment to create a tea shop and event centre for meetings, parties and courses in building preservation run by the owner.  No works are undertaken which creates noise or dust while guests are in residence.  The gardens are maintained on an ongoing basis but any machinery noise is away from the guest accommodation until after

- Parking: Car must be parked in the designated parking area as to allow access in emergency.

- All events are bespoke and subject to individual quotations. As a guide only we submit some approximate costs.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit No deposit.
Arrival time after 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Pets allowed. Dogs are welcome but are only allowed by prior arrangement, and are not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms. The dog owner is requested to stay in the downstairs bedroom in the Court. Dogs can also be kept in the hallway of the cottage.
Changeover day Friday only
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 22 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - May 31st 2019 £2,570 £2,623 £2,677 £2,785
May 31st 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 £2,570 £2,623 £2,677 £2,785
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 2nd 2019 £2,785 £2,865 £2,946 £3,107
Aug 2nd 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 £3,000 £3,053 £3,107 £3,215
Aug 30th 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 £2,462 £2,516 £2,569 £2,677
Nov 1st 2019 - Nov 29th 2019 £2,258 £2,312 £2,365 £2,473
Nov 29th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 £2,043 £2,097 £2,150 £2,258
UK: Christmas - - - £4,193
UK: New Years - - - £4,838
Jan 3rd 2020 - May 29th 2020 £2,570 £2,623 £2,677 £2,785
May 29th 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 £2,570 £2,623 £2,677 £2,785
Jun 26th 2020 - Jul 31st 2020 £2,785 £2,865 £2,946 £3,107
Jul 31st 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 £3,000 £3,053 £3,107 £3,215

Prices based on an occupancy of 22 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - May 31st 2019 €2,807 €2,860 €2,914 €3,041
May 31st 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 €2,807 €2,860 €2,914 €3,041
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 2nd 2019 €3,041 €3,122 €3,202 €3,394
Aug 2nd 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 €3,276 €3,330 €3,384 €3,511
Aug 30th 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 €2,689 €2,743 €2,796 €2,924
Nov 1st 2019 - Nov 29th 2019 €2,466 €2,520 €2,573 €2,701
Nov 29th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 €2,231 €2,285 €2,339 €2,466
UK: Christmas - - - €4,579
UK: New Years - - - €5,284
Jan 3rd 2020 - May 29th 2020 €2,807 €2,860 €2,914 €3,041
May 29th 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 €2,807 €2,860 €2,914 €3,041
Jun 26th 2020 - Jul 31st 2020 €3,041 €3,122 €3,202 €3,394
Jul 31st 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 €3,276 €3,330 €3,384 €3,511

Prices based on an occupancy of 22 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - May 31st 2019 $3,170 $3,224 $3,278 $3,436
May 31st 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 $3,170 $3,224 $3,278 $3,436
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 2nd 2019 $3,436 $3,516 $3,597 $3,834
Aug 2nd 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 $3,701 $3,755 $3,808 $3,966
Aug 30th 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 $3,038 $3,091 $3,145 $3,303
Nov 1st 2019 - Nov 29th 2019 $2,786 $2,839 $2,893 $3,051
Nov 29th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 $2,521 $2,574 $2,628 $2,786
UK: Christmas - - - $5,173
UK: New Years - - - $5,969
Jan 3rd 2020 - May 29th 2020 $3,170 $3,224 $3,278 $3,436
May 29th 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 $3,170 $3,224 $3,278 $3,436
Jun 26th 2020 - Jul 31st 2020 $3,436 $3,516 $3,597 $3,834
Jul 31st 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 $3,701 $3,755 $3,808 $3,966

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Fantastic place

    Posted by Laura A. on 15/08/2018

    Stunning views and cottage is also fantastic. Beds were comfy. Cant fault our stay. We will be back next year

  • Lovely Cottage

    Posted by Stuart on 31/07/2018

    Lovely Cottage - we all had a great time

  • Thank you

    Posted by Keren C. on 26/07/2018

    What a fantastic place you have in such a lovely location couldn't fault anything we have just returned from a fantastic 2 days away with some special friends I have fallen in love with beautiful picturesque village of stathies and the quaint cottages with the CO-OP just within walking distance you can't go wrong I would love to stay here again and will certainly be coming back to stathies

  • Thank you

    Posted by Keren C. on 26/07/2018

    What a fantastic place you have in such a lovely location couldn't fault anything we have just returned from a fantastic 2 days away with some special friends I have fallen in love with beautiful picturesque village of stathies and the quaint cottages with the CO-OP just within walking distance you can't go wrong I would love to stay here again and will certainly be coming back to stathies

  • Fabulous experience

    Posted by Linda W. on 08/06/2018

    it was a wonderful venue, the accommodation was excellent, so much space and beautiful furnishings,the bed was so comfy and the views and vicinity to Whitby and surrounding areas was brilliant.

  • Incredibly Impressive

    Posted by Jo on 09/09/2017

    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 on 19/04/2017

    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!

  • Stunning Location

    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

  • Simply WOW

    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

  • Remarkable building.

    Posted by William R on 26/06/2016

    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.

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