North Yorkshire is among the country's most popular holiday destinations, thanks largely to its wide array of exciting attractions. Blessed with ample natural beauty and year round tranquillity, the county has always been a hit with England's nobility. What this means for the modern tourist is a plethora of stunning stately homes and estates. One of the prettiest in North Yorkshire is Duncombe Park, a large estate close to Helmsley. With some of the finest hotels in North Yorkshire close by, Duncombe Park makes for an attractive stop.
A Picturesque, Traditional Estate
Duncombe Park comprises some 300 acres of parkland in one of the most beautiful corners of North Yorkshire. At the centre of it all lies an elegant mansion. Completed in 1713, the property is the work of a local architect, William Wakefield. While the house is no longer open to members of the public, the gardens can be visited throughout the summer months. A highlight of the country estate is the National Centre for Birds of Prey, which is open for most of the year. There are regular flying demonstrations and plenty of educational resources for the youngsters.
Weddings at Duncombe Park
The magnificent estate is also available for private events, such as weddings. The property itself is available for those looking to tie the knot, making for a memorable setting on your special day. The gardens provide an incredibly beautiful backdrop which will brighten up all your wedding photographs.
There are plenty of events hosted at Duncombe Park throughout the year, featuring everything from dog shows to craft fairs.
Hotels near Duncombe Park
Duncombe Park sits on the south-west corner of the famous North York Moors National Park, which puts it within easy reach of some excellent hotels. Those looking for some traditional Yorkshire lodgings can make for the Fauconberg Arms, a four-star inn not far from Duncombe Park. Guests enjoy free WiFi and there's ample parking, making it a great choice for those keen to explore the National Park by car.
Helmsley itself features a handful of accommodation options, including the charming Black Swan Hotel, which boasts a pretty garden.