The Telegraph – Travel Destinations

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The Farmhouse

Goathland, North York Moors National Park, England.

8 out of 10  Telegraph expert rating

“The Farmhouse is a collection of luxurious, carefully curated rooms and self-catering cottages set amidst the wonderful scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors. Bucolic views, comfortable beds and delectable dinners combine to make this a delightful option for a countryside escape.”

Click here for the Telegraph’s review in full.

We are delighted to have received such a wonderful review!

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Yorkshire Post on The Bull Pen

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Hill Farm Diversification brings a new breed of Yorkshire Holiday Cottages.

Restoring a 93-acre farm while making the property viable has been a 32 year labour of love for one family. Sharon Dale reports.

Chris and Clare Carr had no experience of farming when they followed their dream and bought a rundown 93-acre hill farm in Goathland 32 years ago…

You can read the article in full here



Gaze and Graze at The Farmhouse

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In association with The North York Moor National Park Dark Skies Festival

15th Feb 2019 19:00 – 22:15

The Farmhouse is blessed with beautiful night skies and we are delighted to offer our ‘Gaze & Graze’ evening combining a sumptuous outdoor dinner with an evening with your very own expert astronomer, Richard Darn.

The North York Moors National Park is one of England’s darkest areas and spectacular on clear nights! You will see up to 2,000 stars and the majestic Milky Way arching over-head together with star clusters, galaxies and spectacular shooting stars. It’s perfect for just sitting back and enjoying one of Mother Nature’s finest shows.

With clear skies the moon will be shining bright at just over three quarters for this event, and offering you the chance to study and view the beautiful mountain ranges and craters on the moon’s surface through a powerful telescope.

Wrap up warm and enjoy stunning views.

The star packages are open to both non guests and guests who are staying in one of the estates cottages (min. 2 night stay)

We will provide a wonderfully warming meal, from our party barn, with the comfort of a stove, external fire pits and plenty of blankets. However, the star gazing is done over 2 hours and you will need plenty of layers.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • 7pm – 8pm – Alfresco warming stew, with root vegetables and mash followed with a selection of hot steamed puddings & custard! Accompanying glass of wine.
  • 8:15pm – 9pm The moon gazing begins……Richard Darn will talk you through the nights sky, navigating the stars and moon with the help of his telescope.
  • 9pm – 9:15pm Hot drinks & toddies and toasted marshmallows.
  • 9:15pm – 10:15pm A more informal hour to talk with Richard Darn, take stunning imagery on your own smart phone (through the telescope) or simply lie down with blankets and binoculars to enjoy the night sky.



Annual Steam Gala 2018

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Celebrate the Q6 & RAF Centenary with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway!

This weekend is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Annual Steam Gala, to be celebrated with a combination of guest locomotives and home fleet engines in steam. This year’s Steam Gala promises to be unlike any other as the railway celebrates 100 years of the railway’s Q6 locomotives along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF and Goathland will be at the heart of it all!

The steam engines are such a part of everyday in Goathland that it is easy to forget just how lucky we are having the drama of by-gone days flying past but they really are stunning, cutting through the equally beautiful and dramatic landscape that surrounds us here in the North York Moors National Park.

Find out more about this years #SteamGala and the visiting locomotives at the #yorkshiresteamrailway

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The Bull Pen

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Our latest addition to The Farmhouse has just launched!

Newly completed and now open to bookings – The Bull Pen is a sympathetic conversion of historic stone barns adjoining the farmhouse and offers a unique and boutique one bedroom luxury retreat. The easy pared back style of the The Bull Pen makes it a wonderfully restful get-away with the Cottage boasting every essential of the modern hide-out – in wood burning stove (inside and out!) roll top bath, outside swing bench and much much more. The Cottage is also blessed with the most beautiful ringside view of the North York Moors in all their glory.  To make a booking please visit us at

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Gaze and stay at The Farmhouse

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Astronomer-led Stargazing and good food!


The Farmhouse is blessed with beautiful dark night skies and we are delighted to offer our guests ‘gaze & stay’ packages combining a sumptuous dinner with a private two-hour star gazing session with your very own expert astronomer.

The North York Moors National Park is one of England’s darkest areas and spectacular on clear nights!  You will see up to 2,000 stars and the majestic Milky Way arching over-head together with star clusters, galaxies and spectacular shooting stars. It’s perfect for just sitting back and enjoying one of Mother Nature’s finest shows.

Wrap up warm and enjoy stunning views!


Our star packages are only open to guests staying at The Farmhouse (min. stay one night) or in one of the estates cottages (min. 3 night stay) *


Weather permitting, we will endeavour to provide a wonderfully warming meal, alfresco, with the comfort of fire pits, sheepskins and blankets. However, the star gazing is done over 2 hours and you will need plenty of layers.


We work with a number of astronomers and whilst hoping for clear skies the UK can sometimes have other ideas. Should your evening in question be affected, don’t despair – our partners offer immersive star domes so you can enjoy space related films and a virtual tour of the night sky. If for reasons outside of our control the star gazing had to be

cancelled – we would of course offer a full refund of the ‘Star Gazing’ package including the astronomer-led dark sky event and food as provided by The Farmhouse. Please note that the separate cost of accommodation should be honoured.

The night skies are only at their best between Autumn and Spring and so there is no star gazing available from the start of May to the end of September.

Star gazing is subject to the availability of the astronomers with whom we work.

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer private star gazing packages for parties of 2 people or more.

There is a strict 2-week cancellation policy


For Couples – £105 per person

For Star Parties (groups of 4 or more) – £65 per person

All our star gazing evenings include Canapes, a hearty meal with wine and one of our delicious Farmhouse Pudds, finished with homemade marshmallows, hot chocolate and your favourite tipple.

*Like the sound of our Star Packages but not a guest at The Farmhouse? Please do get in touch and we’d be delighted to discuss your requirements. Whether a romantic surprise or a fun evening with friends we can create a wonderful evening of food and dark skies

The Farmhouse, Orchard Farm, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5JX  | T: 01947 896391 E: | W:




Wild Plum Frangipane

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You Can’t Beat a Good Frangipane

Over on Instagram I promised that we would post the recipe for the wild plum frangipane from The Farmhouse Kitchen – well – here it is!

Sweet Pastry

4oz (100g) plain flour

2oz (50g) softened butter

2oz (50g) caster sugar

2 egg yolks

For the Wild Plums

Lightly cook the plums in a sugar syrup with star anise

For the Frangipane

2oz (50g) softened butter

2oz (50g)  caster sugar

1 egg (beaten)

20z (50g) ground almonds

1/2 oz (15g) plain flour

a few drops of almond extract

2oz (50g) flaked almonds

For the sweet pastry – rub the butter into the flour, stir in the sugar and then add the yolks and mix to form a dough and knead till smooth – rest in the fridge for 30mins.

Pre-heat the oven to 190*c

Roll out the sweet pastry and line a loose tart tin – prick  – chill while you make the filling (the sweet pastry – not you!)

For the frangipane – beat together the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, gradually beat in the egg and stir in the ground almonds, flour and almond extract.

Smear a good dollop of wild plum jam on the base of the tart and then fill the tart case with the mixture and bake for about 20 -25 minutes until golden.

Any spare plums can be placed atop the tart for a very plum wild plum frangipane!




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1.  Fires should be blazing

2.  The intoxicating smell of a warm pine forest should permeate very corner

3.  The Kitchen will brim with Winters harvest

4.  The Aga is not just for cooking but also hugging!

5. Outside should be bought in – boughs, sprigs and cones adorning every corner of the house.  

6.  There is no such thing as too much Christmas cake, spiced biscuits or mince pies!

7.  The Christmas tree should be should skim the ceiling

8.  The Table should be decked with nature and laden with the very best of the 

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9.  There should be no budget for candles as they will be required everywhere!

10.  Gifts should be both beautiful and useful!

11.  Chestnuts are to be roasted every evening and enjoyed with Sloe Gin

With Autumn in full throw and Winter nearly upon us our thoughts turn to cosy sofas hot comforting drinks, warm fires and good books.

At The Farmhouse the scene will be set for just that – our guests over the Festive period will see The Farmhouse come alive with the full glory of the Season. 


The Farmhouse, Orchard Farm, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5JX. |  T: 01947 896391                  E: | W:

Potting Shed Hygee

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“As Autumn sets in, and a cosy fire and good book beckons we will be offering all our guests in the Potting Shed a wonderful Hygee Hamper to include: The Sunday Times Top Ten Best Seller “The Little Book of Hygge”, a botanical candle, luxury hot chocolate flakes and Bettys Fat Rascals, alongside the usual coffee beans, Botham’s tea & biscuits, Rosebud jam, bread, milk and butter. (Available to all November bookings. Just mention HYGEE at the time of booking!) #thefarmhouseyorkshirehq #hygge

Welcome to Yorkshire


At The Farmhouse

We are so excited to be a new member of #welcometoyorkshire and are very much looking forward to doing our bit to promote our part of the world ‘Gods own Country’ and all that North Yorkshire and The North York Moors National Park has to offer!