We're adjacent to Levisham Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. But we're so much more than that... We're based deep in the magnificent North York Moors National Park. You reach us by road; up hill, down dale and across breathtaking open moor. Grove House offers an unrivalled mix of remote, empty spaces and the charm of the goings on at the station.
Levisham Station itself turns from sleepy, early 20th Century rural station to bustling hubbub on festival days, of which there are many throughout the summer. Services run most weekends in December and there is always activity with the volunteers working throughout the winter.
A few paces up the hill and the broad, ever changing expanse of Levisham Moor opens up. Take a short stroll to Skelton Tower with its spectacular views of the Newtondale canyon. Sit and enjoy the deep echo of the steam trains as they labour up the incline to Goathland Station.
Further across, the moor drops into the Hole of Horcum. A prominent track offers a dramatic route across the high ground, passing important archaeological remains, to Saltergate. Descending into the hole the track meanders through the valley floor, emerging through the rocky ravine of Dundale Griff. A short descent, returning to the cottage for tea or perhaps a short detour to our 'local'...The Horseshoe Inn in Levisham village?
Step out in either direction from the door onto the myriad of woodland walks along the steep sides and nature filled meadows of Newtondale. In season hop on the train to Pickering or Goathland then take in the dramatic landscape as you make your way back on foot. The railway even has a request stop at Newtondale Halt accessible only to walkers and cyclists.
The restored 1912-style railway station enables a short hop south to the market town of Pickering. A sedate, stylish journey north reaches the bustling, historic fishing port of Whitby. Stops at Newtondale Halt, Goathland Station (Hogsmead Station in the Harry Potter films), and Grosmont with its busy engine sheds allow exploration on foot or by bicycle.
Wildlife abounds... 25 species of bird counted by one of our regular guests. From wild deer hidden in the dappled shade of the hillsides to the occasional Adder to be found basking in the sunshine on the open moor. Little Pipistrelle bats dart across the moor and around the station at dusk and as night falls the owls hoot loudly under the bright starry skies.
...And when all's done, the Cottages & Grove House are a cosy haven to paint, write, relax or reflect. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on your terrace, listen to the birds and the steam trains, stroll the gardens of Grove House and share this magical secret place with us. A landscape to stride out in and explore. A peaceful spot to unwind.
We may not quite have found a piece of heaven on earth... but we reckon it's pretty close!
We're just 10 minutes from the A169 Pickering-to-Whitby road!... Headed north, take the left turn into Lockton Village. Follow the main street through the village and continue out towards Levisham. A steep descent to the mill is followed by a sharp climb including a notable, steep, sharp right-hand bend before emerging in Levisham village. Follow the road to the left-hand-side of The Horseshoe public house (signposted 'Levisham Station'). A further signposted left turn takes you in a straight line across Braygate Balk to the cattle grid at the top of Levisham Moor. Across the grid between high stone walls, the road emerges right before plunging down across the moor. Swinging tightly left as it flattens out, a further steep descent takes you towards the station. The cottages & entrance are the first buildings and gateway on the left, prior to Grove House itself, about 100 yards short of the station.
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