Castle Howard Stn Platform 1
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
This luxurious and cosy apartment comprises of one double bedroom with en-suite; a separate shower room with WC; a large 'dream' kitchen and a very spacious lounge with a comfortable sofa bed for two.
Because the area is a delight to visit all year round, a lot of attention has been paid to make sure you’ll be comfortable whenever you come to stay. Platform 1 is naturally cool in the summer, and is warm and cosy in the winter with underfloor heating and a traditional log burning stove. Regardless of the season or the weather outside, you can be sure that inside it’ll be just right.
The sitting room was the former waiting room. Two comfortable sofas and a large dining table with chairs are arranged within the roomy interior. It's a very pleasing environment in which to relax, absorb yourself with your favourite book or watch Sky digital free-view channels, or DVDs on the large Sony Brava flat-screen TV. And if you should need to stay connected to the internet, wi-fi is available at no extra charge.
Cross the hall to the kitchen, the style of which could easily grace the pages of a fashionable lifestyle magazine. It is equipped to provide full cooking facilities to exploit the wonderful local ingredients produced in Yorkshire The light, cool, colour scheme provides a pleasant place to be, from when you’re making the first cup of tea of the day, right up to cracking open that eagerly anticipated bottle of wine in the evening.
Beyond the separate modern shower room and WC, you enter the comfortable bedroom. This simple but highly-functional room has been designed with custom built wardrobe and side tables providing plenty of storage to take care of everything during your stay. Conveniently situated off the bedroom is the en-suite facility comprising of WC and wash basin.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Scarborough 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford 77 km, Nearest railway: York 22 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The deep recessed 'arrow slit' windows in the bedroom are an unusual feature of the original station buildings.
Space is something you'll find in abundance – this was after all one of the most imposing stations on the line in its day, as befitted the Earl of Carlisle and his important guests who used it.
The large arched windows in the sitting room, flanked by the original shutters, allow the morning sunlight to cascade into this delightful room.
As you pass through the corridor to your bedroom, take a moment to glance out of the window into the inner courtyard – a little haven where well-stocked feeders tempt a wide variety of wild birds and even the local woodpecker population.
The bedroom has plenty of natural light provided by the courtyard windows and a Velux skylight with a blackout shield remotely controlled with a solar powered device.
Comfort is assured with a superior grade, anti-allergenic mattress and fine quality bedding for a pleasant night's sleep – even for those who suffer from allergies.
There is a large electric cooking range, microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine, uncluttered cool granite worktops, and fully-equipped with cutlery, crockery, glassware and utensils, really everything you'll need.
|Further details outdoors|
In addition to your internal accommodation, there is a patio area and outdoor furniture for your exclusive use in fine weather; plenty of car parking and secure undercover accommodation for bikes. During your stay, don't miss the private wildlife garden set on an acre of land alongside the railway line. This delightful area, which includes a huge pond, has become a thriving habitat for frogs, butterflies and many species of wild birds.The whole area is fenced for dogs, and once the front gate is closed, is totally secure.
Well-behaved dogs are most welcome! We always ask you to make sure that any dogs' mess is cleared up in the bags and bins provided! If you would like to leave your dog for part of the day, we will arrange it for you at a small extra charge, but dogs should never be left alone in the apartment in case of their doing damage to it.
Smoking permitted in the patio area.
Catering can be arranged, please contact advertiser
Northern England region
Whilst discovering the local countryside on foot is very alluring you will probably wish to see some of the many great attractions that North Yorkshire has to offer. Certainly one of England's most popular tourist destinations outside of London is the historic City of York. From your rural retreat at Castle Howard Station, York is within half an hour drive and by using the City's Park & Ride you can soon be wandering ancient city with very little bother. Home of Europe's largest Gothic cathedral, the Minster is just one of many reasons why people visit York. Add to this the quaint street scenes, the city wall and fascinating attractions that includes the National Railway Museum, the largest of it's kind in the World.
A visit to North Yorkshire isn't complete without seeing and experiencing the raw beauty of the North York Moors. The road across the moors is considered to be one of Britain's best drives but there is an alternative method of travel. Departing from nearby Pickering the North York Moors Railway offers you the chance to see the significance of this National Park with a nostalgic journey by steam hauled train.
Beyond the Moors the draw of the North Yorkshire coast offers great variety in seaside attraction. From the endearing Robin Hoods Bay, the haunting yet very agreeable town of Whitby and the more self-assured resort of Scarborough. These coastal destinations are enjoying a new renaissance as domestic (and overseas visitors) are rediscovering the pleasures of the British seaside.
Castles, abbeys, grand houses, chocolate box villages, thriving market towns the list of things to see and enjoy during your stay in North Yorkshire is endless.
The station is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a precious landscape of such distinctive character and beauty that it's protected by the nation to survive unspoilt for future generations. If your pleasures includes relaxing walks and getting close to nature you'll adore the surrounding countryside right on your doorstep.
The Centenary path passes alongside the station, which if you follow in a southwesterly direction will take you through local woods and open fields toward Kirkham. The thirty minute walk that follows the railway and River Derwent through stunning valley scenery is a true joy in it's own right but the prize that awaits you at Kirkham is a delight to behold. With the exception of any passing car you could stand and imagine being in any past time. The traditional old Kirkham signal box and crossing gates are one of only a small handful still working in the country. As you cross the pretty stone bridge over the river you leave the old North Riding and enter the East Riding of Yorkshire. The real gem in this scene is the riverside ruin of Kirkham Priory, an Augustinian priory founded in the twelfth century.
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16 Aug 2014
"Wonderful again - thank you"
This was our second visit to platform One. Our first visit was May 2013. One both occasions the accommodation was very clean and welcoming. The hamper awaiting you is a lovely touch. The use of the … More
24 Jun 2014
"Peace and comfort at very competitive cost"
A summer second visit here confirmed the terrific first impression from autumn 2013. Breakfast, or an evening drink, al fresco on the Platform with just the singing of the birds and an occasional train for company, was an added delight, and guests are invited to make use of the lovely adjoining garden and wild garden. Everything is provided including a welcome basket of local groceries. Only small hazard is care needed when leaving the short country lane onto the dual carriageway (which is close enough to be handy, far enough not to be heard). Already booked again for 2015.
24 May 2014
"Wonderfully comfortable and well equipped self catering accommodation from which to explore North Yorkshire"
Platform 1 is fantastic in all aspects from the warmth of the welcome from Anne to the very well equipped accommodation where every detail is attended to, including pre stay choice of blankets or duvet and supply of basic provisions. The converted railway station is very comfortable and provides an excellent base to easily reach coast, countryside and cities in Yorkshire.
22 May 2014
Although we hadn't expected any trains to be running, the fact that they were/do was never a problem - a few a day at a couple of seconds a time. In fact, it rather added to the atmosphere & authenticity of staying in a converted station. The standard of the accommodation was excellent in every respect, finished off by a vase of lilies which lasted the full week. Secluded in its own right, but being only a few hundred yards from the A64 meant that getting out and about was easy. Weather permitting, the modest, well-planted walled garden at the back was the perfect place for a cup of tea and reading a newspaper. We had our energetic dog with us so the large main garden proved ideal for a bit of extra exercise for him after a day on the Moors.
Would definitely go again. Loved it.
17 May 2014
"Perfect home from home, peaceful and resting, wonderful hospitality"
We were greeted at Platform 1 with the keys at our convenience and a wonderful basket of food provisions and fresh flowers. We had been asked in advance our preference of breakfast items etc but were delighted with the touch which was so personal. The accommodation was spotless and immaculately renovated from the old Castle Howard railway platform rooms to a first class self catering accommodation cottage including sky TV much to my husbands delight!.
The location is so quiet and peaceful and apart from the odd train passing which adds to the experience of staying in a converted station platform, the only sounds were wildlife. A point to note is that there is no mobile phone signal which is a real bonus in lots of ways, (it does have a strong wi-fi signal) but an emergency landline number is available should you feel that you need it. Just ask the owner for the number. We will definitely be returning to Platform 1 again in the not too distant future, it truly made our trip to York a most pleasurable experience.
Thanks Liz,you are very kind. Look forward to seeing you both another time. Anne
22 Jan 2014
"Excellent stay in unusual surroundings"
Very enjoyable vacation in a place surrounded by history and in a unique location. Anne was extremely warm in welcoming us and made us feel at home straight away. Nothing was too much trouble so the service was excellent. The stone house was gorgeous and although adjacent to the railway line it added atmosphere to the place.
Good local amenities in local towns and villages and, of course, at Castle Howard (well worth a visit). All in all an excellent 5-day stay.
6 Jan 2014
"I want to live here!"
We stayed for 4 nights over New Year with our 2 dogs and we absolutely loved it! We have stayed in many different holiday properties and Platform 1 is far and away the best accommodation we have found. Everything is to the highest standard including the (very) welcome basket with a fabulous homemade cake!
The apartment is so cosy and ideal for anyone with dogs as it is at the end of a lane with a very secure garden (I have terriers and if there is a hole, they would have found it!) and footpaths right on the doorstep.
I highly recommend Platform 1 and a very big thank you to Anne for making us feel so at home. We will be returning soon!
1 Jan 2014
"We didn't want to leave"
We booked Platform One some months back for a special occasion. We were getting married over Christmas in York and wanted a holiday let that wasn't too far off the beaten track but would feel like it was. It also had to be very special.
Platform One was everything that we had hoped for.
It is finished to an exceptional standard and is very well equipped. We have always steered clear of properties that are attached to the owners - but this one didn't feel like that at all. The logistics and layout feel quite private.
It is comfortable and welcoming and the history that surrounds it makes it quite unique.
As it is part of the old station, trains do pass from time to time - do not let this in anyway put you off...it is not in anyway intrusive, noisy or disturbing. It is something else that makes this location quite unique.
There are walks on the doorstep as part of the Centenary Way, which as we enjoy the outdoors and had our dog with us was perfect. There is also a completely fenced and safe large wildlife garden that we could also use to exercise the dog - plenty of space for her to run around. There is a also beautiful courtyard garden, again completely private & I imagine in the summer months sitting here until late would be lovely.
The kitchen is well stocked...large cooker, dish washer & plenty of crockery made life easy. The welcome pack provided meant we were armed with immediate supplies for our stay, which made such a difference.
When I booked, as we didn't live nearby and were getting married I had numerous emails with Anne the owner for advice and recommendations for nearby services - nothing was too much trouble and she went out of her way to help me. As such a special time, this made our plans so much easier & stress free !
We would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful apartment - it really is a gem and we did not want to leave ! We will have to go someway to find a self catering property like this - but actually we won't have to as we will be back . We thank Anne and Edmund for the welcome to this unique place - We felt very special.
29 Dec 2013
Booked this gorgeous self catering accommodation for three days early December, and loved it as much as everyone else has. Particularly the warm fire (with wood supplied). Thanks to Anne for her kindn… More
22 Dec 2013
"Self catering for people who want comfort, and quiet"
I have never fancied self-catering (or staying nicely, but eating out) before, so this was a revelation. Everything was all the advance publicity said, but better. Platform 1 looked sparkling, as if it was finished and decorated the day before we arrived. No expense has been spared and the bathroom and kitchen equipment is to die for. Everything is provided, from a full range of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, to a bottle opener. The A64 is 90 seconds away, and yet this wonderful spot is totally secluded; the only sound at night is owls. Trains pass occasionally without being noticed. in the day the courtyard bird feeder is crowded. Lots of local gastropubs. Terrific value, and very civilised indeed.
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