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News Release - Issued by The Black Swan at Helmsley

‘Flora and Fauna’
~ come and explore nature from your base at The Black Swan

A short stay in Helmsley, in the bountiful terrain of ‘God’s own country’ as Yorkshire is often referred, truly is a tonic for the soul. As you journey here, the views over rolling countryside and undulating hills are a feast for the eyes, a patchwork of natural hues, craggy outcrops, dry stone walling; depending on your chosen approach a mystical chalk horse, or purple moorlands, depending on your chosen approach.

Unsurprising, that The Black Swan in the heart of picturesque Helmsley, is a superb location for exploring nature. This summer we have a two-night ‘Flora and Fauna stay’ offering midweek guests, complimentary entry passes to two visitor attractions on our doorstep - Helmsley Walled Gardens and the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park.

At the foot of the North York Moors and in the shadow of the historic Helmsley Castle, Helmsley Walled Garden is a 250 year old walled garden, which has been lovingly brought back to life from dereliction. Set in over 5 acres, the gardens are a peaceful place to discover and relax. Operating as a charity, the gardens support disabled, depressed, socially isolated and long term unemployed people with horticultural therapy to aid their mental and physical wellbeing. The gardens were recently mentioned by Red magazine as ‘one of the prettiest spring gardens to visit in the UK.’

The International Centre for Birds of Prey which has just celebrated its second birthday is located just outside Helmsley in the beautiful grounds of historic estate, Duncombe Park. Here you can see the birds flying free against the spectacular backdrop of the country house and surrounding parkland. There are three demonstrations per day, which each showcase different birds of prey such as owls, falcons and eagles, giving visitors the opportunity to get to know more about them.

The two night package is priced at £148 per person, and includes:

- Two night’s a Classic double or twin bedroom
- Full English breakfast both mornings
- Admission in to Helmsley Walled Gardens
- Admission to The International Centre for Birds of Prey

For more information on both attractions, please visit their websites:

The iconic Black Swan stands proudly at the head of Helmsley’s market place and has been enjoyed its reputation as a place with a warm welcome and fine hospitality for well over 500 years now ~ a trend which is set to continue. The hotel is equally suited to walkers, lovers, history buffs and gourmands, with its superb location on the edge of the North York Moors.

T&C’s: ‘Flora and Fauna’ package is a two night B&B stay with attraction entry for two guests to Helmsley Walled Gardens and the ICBP. It is available until 30th September 2015. Valid Sunday – Thursday only.
Excludes Bank Holidays. Offer is made subject to availability.
Call 01439 770466


For media information, please contact:

Sarah Proctor at SP Media Relations ( tel. 01904 488422 (07808 586 512)

Editor’s Notes –The Black Swan is a four star country boutique hotel with 45 bedrooms and one of the county’s most superb tea rooms is part of the hotel’s award-winning food offering, along with their 3 AA rosette Restaurant, ‘The Gallery’ which features stunning original artwork from the Helmsley Galleries. Long established as a coaching inn, since the C15th, and then as a hotel since the C18th, The Black Swan sets the tone for standards of hospitality in this affluent and rural part of Yorkshire, on the edge of the North York Moors. Awards include North East Regional Winner of The Wedding Industry Awards’ Best Venue 2012 and 2013, Yorkshire Life Hotel of the Year (2008-9) and The Tea Guild’s ‘Top Tea Place’ (2010) and ‘Award of Excellence’ (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013)

Helmsley is one of the prettiest market towns in Yorkshire, with C12th Helmsley Castle ruins and the adjoining Helmsley Walled Gardens to explore. It has the added attraction of being located on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park with miles of unspoilt countryside, as well as being part of the Cleveland Way, it is ideal for keen walkers. Seaside towns within easy driving distance are Whitby and Scarborough and the city of York with its many historic attractions, river and cosmopolitan restaurants and shopping is half hour drive away.

Helmsley Galleries –

An exciting new gallery space in a unique dual hotel location which forms one of the most important commercial collections in the North of England. Original artwork is displayed in both The Gallery Restaurant of The Black Swan, as well as The Feversham Arms, allowing works from a selection of fine artists to be viewed in a natural home-from-home setting in the interiors of these acclaimed hotels. The collection is curated by Stephen Jacks.