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Picturesque grade II listed Clara’s Cottage is a stunning, quirky property in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds. Built around 1801 as an estate-workers’ cottage in the charming village of West Lutton, it sits beside the pretty Gypsey Race stream and is ideally placed for visiting the Wolds, Coast, North York Moors and historic cities of York and Beverley.  For many years it was home to the village’s Postmistress, the fiercely independent, feisty, determined, self sufficient Clara Baron (1902 - 1988).  ​​

Nestling in the middle of the beautiful Great Wold Valley, West Lutton has an historic church and a dog-friendly pub, The Three Tuns, a two minute walk from the Cottage, serving great beer and home-cooked food. The Blue Bell and The Star in nearby Weaverthorpe are both also excellent choices for dining out, as is The Triton Inn at Sledmere. There are good farm shops in Sledmere and Butterwick, only a few miles away. One minute from the front door you are on the footpath up to beautiful Thirkleby Wold. It’s the perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy this timeless, lyrical landscape.
   
Yorkshire Wolds
The Yorkshire Wolds rise from the River Humber to the south, running in a crescent shape through to the dramatic chalk cliffs at Flamborough Head. The gentle, undulating Wolds and exquisite light make this an ideal spot for walking, cycling and generally relaxing. Known as Yorkshire’s best-kept secret, the Wolds have been made even more famous by the work of Bradford artist, David Hockney. ​​

This is a remarkably unspoilt area, rich in history and boasting numerous historic properties. They include Castle Howard (20 miles away), described by ‘Lonely Planet’ as ‘one of the world's top ten greatest mansions’. Other gems not to miss are Edwardian Sledmere House with its beautiful grounds and deer park (3.5 miles) and the glorious Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall and gardens (16 miles). 

The chalk grassland of The Yorkshire Wolds is a haven for wildlife. and there’s an RSPB reserve on the chalk cliffs at Bempton near Flamborough. The coastal towns of Bridlington, Filey, & Scarborough are all less than 20 miles, each offering a different seaside experience. The rolling Howardian Hills around Thirsk, Helmsley and Easingwold, with their atmospheric ruined abbeys, are all easily accessible. Just under an hour away is Whitby, inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Pickering (15 miles) is home to the famous North York Moors Railway and gateway to The North Yorkshire Moors National Park. From here,18 miles of preserved steam railway runs through spectacular moorland scenery. There is a station in Goathland (Aidensfield in Yorkshire TV's ‘Heartbeat’ and Hogsmead in the first Harry Potter film).