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The Hermitage

We discovered that in the fourteenth century Dalby had its own hermit called William, who was granted a field to keep a third cow by the then king, and in calling this space the Hermitage we were seeking to pick up this tradition.

Converted in 2021 from potting shed, stable and office, we think, the Hermitage embodies our vision of High Dalby as a space offering both holidays and holydays, and a commitment to the concept of wholeness.
Outside is a huge elevated decked area that gives the impression of being in a tree house. This area can also house a gazebo or marquee to offer protection from inclement weather.

There is a large dining table and benches, and a hammock.
The hot tub is log fired and positioned to enjoy the dark skies from an unusual angle.
The deck leads to a sheltered fire pit and story telling area, the labyrinth and outdoor kitchen, which comprises a gas barbecue and pizza oven.

Inside the building there is a utility room and bike store, a sauna and steam room, bathroom, kitchen and chapel which can also be used for small gatherings.
The communion table and chairs were commissioned from Treske, and the cross and candlesticks were designed and turned by George Bushby, the church warden of Bedale. The textiles were designed and made by well -known textile artist Jacqui Parkinson and feature verses from Scripture.
We commissioned the glass hangings from Rachel Welford, a Scarborough based glass artist.

The glass panels that make up ‘Perichoresis – the Dance of the Trinity’ take their inspiration from the multilayered themes of the Trinity, transformed into an artwork that has depth and meaning as well as beauty and visual interest. Its aim is to encourage contemplation, to be meditative, to foster a sense of wellbeing, to give a sense of our oneness with nature, and to have relevance to both Christians and non-Christians alike.

The hermitage can be a relaxed, quiet and intimate venue for small scale functions and events. Coupled with our B&B and/or self-catering cottage accommodation it is ideal for your special celebration and weekend break.

With sufficient notice you can hire the accommodation, hermitage and grounds for exclusive use at any time of year.

Please contact us to discuss options and check availability.

Business Meetings

If you’re looking for a location to hold small business meetings, without the distractions of office life, then look no further than High Dalby House

High Dalby House & Cottages Dalby Forest Drive, Dalby Forest, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering. North Yorkshire. YO18 7LP. Tel: 01751 460001 Email: ian@highdalbyhouse.com