There was a feature article on us in the December 2012 edition of The English home. Although most of the shots are of our private accommodation, there were some shots of the guest areas as well. Interestingly enough (well, to us anyway.....), we were contacted about two years before and the photoshoot was in December 2011, so that the decor would be festive and photographed (in time) at the appropriate time of the year. It was also nice to see the road between Kirkbymoorside and Castleton featured in the Sunday Times In Gear 7 favourite country drives (15th of July, 2012).
Ryedale Auctioneers have a number of specialist, general and antique sales over the next couple of months and have a lot of items already entered. As they are only 5 minutes walk from us, it could be an interesting (profitable?) way to spend part of your Saturday!. You could also have a browse in Dove Antiques or the Daisy Garden Centre, next door... On this subject, our son is launching a career in antiques and has some items for sale on display in reception and the guest dining room. He is also on eBay (jprt94) and is planning to launch his own website soon.
As well as being a working Benedictine monastery and having a visitors' centre, tea shop and abbey shop (selling lots of Benedictine-made ciders, liqueurs, brandies, etc.) as well as lots of books and miscellanea ruled over by the dry-humoured (and very pleasant) Father Jeremy, Ampleforth Abbey runs the most Northerly commercial orchard and occassionally runs Blossom and Apples Tours.
The Penny Bank Cafe has a number of special event evening meals during the year. I'll post details as they arrive.
Castle Howard (One of the World's Top Ten greatest mansions and grand houses according to the Lonely Planet Guide) is starting to open up for the 2013 season. As well as the usual Proms night (17th of August this year) there are a number of other activities on, starting with the Easter Fair. The courtyard shops (and cafe) are open every day thoughout the year (free to get in this area) and the butcher sells good quality estate-bred meat at very competitive prices (tasty, too....). Don't forget that Yorkshire Lavender is close to Castle Howard (at Terrington) and offers free admission too!
Similarly, the Ryedale Folk Museum is finalizing it's 2013 events, starting with a family Easter Weekend. In addition there is access to the permanent display of the Harrison Collection.
If you are a fan of contemporary music and are interested in live music in a small, intimate venue with wonderful acoustics, you should check out The Band Room at Farndale, which is about 9 miles from us in the middle of the North Yorks. Moors. The first confirmed gig for 2013 is The Handsome Family and Snowapple on the 24th of May, followed by The Blue Mosquitoes Of Tasmania on the 29th of June, Ruth Moody on the 5th of July and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys on the 22nd of July. There is a Band Room tradition of including a Bob Dylan song in the gig, so it will be interesting to see what songs the upcoming bands include by His Royal Bobness!!
If you are interested in getting a flavour of local life, why not try the Kirkbymoorside Town Blog for some background information.
If you'd like some additional information about what's on in the area, please try the Enjoy North Yorkshire What's On page.