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The Private Hill


The Private Hill, Thrussendale Farm, Acklam, Nr. Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9RG

Tel: 01653-917288

The Private Hill


The Private Hill ( is an officially 5 Star Gold rated destination. Somewhere to leave the real world behind and to immerse yourself in pure indulgence, in the privacy of stunning nature. Helmsley, the Wolds, Pickering and Pocklington are just some of the wonders that are nearby, and well worth exploring, as well as the incredibly beautiful city of York which is only 25 mins away.

Enjoy all the benefits of this breathtaking setting, with views for miles, but without the need to put your wellies on - unless you want to!  The farm hosts superb geodesic domes, each named after one of its own prized pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle. Every dome is just like a room you would expect to find in a 5 star boutique hotel with sumptuously comfortable twin, or super king beds (your choice on booking), luxury sheets and duvets, a choice of pillows and of course a stocked minibar fridge with a small freezer too. 

A maximum of two adults and up to two children (max.12 y.o) can be accommodated in each dome. Inside is a gorgeous wood burning stove, a small kitchenette with a Nespresso coffee machine and Miele microwave oven, plus access to Sonos streamed music. Facilities inside the domes are also fully en-suite and self contained.

The Cafe & Bar at Jane's Dome offers a chill out space with daily newspapers, cafe meals, drinks (Wines, Beers and Spirits) with nibbles, plus afternoon tea. There's also a small shop area selling carefully selected local brands and products.

When staying within this glam retreat, you'll be able to enjoy numerous nearby activities and attractions.

In the evening cook up a juicy locally sourced steak on your own wood fired BBQ, accompanied by a yummy homemade salad, whilst enjoying a range of delicious wines.

And if you've enjoyed a glass or two whilst watching the spectacular sunset from your very own private decking area why not just read a book and feel at one with the world.

The site remains open year round.

Visit York Members qualify for a 10% discount off a two night stay when booking direct onThe Private Hill website using code: VYM/2019* 

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Open all year round - in the worst of the winter weather we can even provide a tractor pick up from the main Acklam to Leavening Road to get you right to your dome!

Special Offers

  • Returning guests qualify for a 15% discount on their second visit

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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Debussy Dome£150.00 per unit per night
Defender Dome£150.00 per unit per night
Druid Dome£150.00 per unit per night
Duchess Dome£150.00 per unit per night

*Our brand new Geodesic Domes, each named after one of our prized pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cattle, are truly en-suite. No need to cross a wet, windy, and often cold, field or decking in the middle of the night when you stay at The Private Hill.

Each dome is just like a room you would expect to find in a Luxury Boutique Hotel with sumptuously comfortable Twin, or SuperKing, beds (please let us know your preference at the time of booking), luxury sheets and duvets, a choice of pillows and of course a stocked minibar fridge with a small freezer too.

A maximum of two adults and up to two children (max. age 12 y.o.) can be accommodated in each dome. Children have a choice of either rather cool hanging 'cocoon' style beds (max.age 7) or a comfy two seater sofa bed for those a little older and taller.

What you also get is a gorgeous wood burning stove, a small kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and Miele microwave oven, access to Sonos Music and views that stretch for over 60 miles when you open your curtains on a fine day.

Each dome has full access to Jane's Dome where you can chill with the daily newspapers, enjoy a North Yorkshire breakfast, be tempted by our delicious Cafe offerings or perhaps a full afternoon cream tea. In the evening enjoy a drink, and some nibbles, whilst watching the gorgeous sunset.

There's a small shop area selling carefully selected, and local (North Yorkshire), brands and products. Our delicious home grown Aberdeen Angus steaks and other meats (frozen) are available to purchase and cook yourself on the communal BBQ, accompanied by a yummy home made salad and, of course, Jane's famous cakes! Alternatively why not have dinner in and choose either a delicious frozen meal, for 2 or 4, which can be quickly and easily prepared in your microwave or request your very own gas BBQ (extra charge) so you can cook your juicy steaks outside your Dome.


Booking & Payment Details

  • Booking recommended in summer
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted


  • Barbecue - Cook your locally sourced, or home grown, steaks on the wood fired BBQ provided with every dome
  • Breakfast available - A full North Yorkshire Breakfast Pack to cook yourself in your Dome is available to pre-order for £15.00 per person
  • Packed lunches provided - Must be ordered the day before!
  • Snacks/afternoon tea - Jane's Cafe is open all day but if you'd like a full afternoon tea this should please be pre-booked via our website when making your reservation as all items are sourced absolutely fresh.


  • Children welcome - We have two different types of bed for children depending on their ages: A cool hanging hammock / cocoon type bed suitable for children up to 7 years old OR A two seater sofa bed for older children (max. 12 years old) Please note there is a maximum of two children allowed per Dome and please confirm bed preference when booking.

Cooking Facilities

  • Freezer - This is a small freezer drawer at the top of the minibar fridge in each Dome
  • Microwave cooker - A Miele Microwave is available in each Dome to enable you to cook ready meals sold through Jane's Dome Cafe & Bar

Heating Facilities

  • Real log/coal fires - Seasoned logs should please be pre-booked at the time of booking and cost £10.00 per basket. Only logs purchased at The Private hill may be used in our stoves or fire pits.


  • Staff fluent in French
  • Staff fluent in Spanish

Laundry Facilities

  • Ironing facilities - An iron and iron board is available on request

Leisure Facilities

  • Free Wifi
  • Secure cycle storage

Linen & Bedding

  • Linen provided - All luxury bedding is provided for each person booked into one of our Domes (Max. Two Adults and up to Two Children) so no need to bring your own.

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Conference facilities - The Private Hill has a marquee area for you to supply your own or can provide one of the farm sheds which have been successfully used for conferences in the past. Alternatively why not book Jane's Dome exclusively.

Park Facilities

  • Drinking water - Drinking water is provided off the mains through a potable water holding tank and is therefore safe to drink.
  • Flush toilets (with lighting) - Each Dome has it's own, private, en-suite flushing toilet. Please do not dispose of paper towels, nappies, baby wipes or sanitary products in our toilet system. Instead please bag these up in the hygienic waste bags provided and we will dispose of them for you.
  • Hot water - There is a modern 30L Hot water tank in each of the Dome Bathroom modules. After a long shower you may need to wait approx. 15 mins for the water to heat up again.
  • Showers available - En-suite hot showers are available within each Dome with excellent water pressure.


  • Free Parking - There is ample gravelled private parking set well away from the public lane.
  • Private parking

Property Facilities

  • Cleaning service - Your Dome can be refreshed each morning during breakfast if you would like. Please request this service at check-in.
  • WiFi or internet access - Each Dome has an individual Wi-Fi code so please ensure you get this from reception on checking in. This will enable you to stream your own music through our Sonos system in each Dome

Room/Unit Facilities

  • Hairdryer - A hairdryer is provided in each dome.
  • King-sized bed
  • Radio
  • Scenic view
  • Shower - Real pressure and loads of hot water

Site Features

  • Working farm - The Private Hill sits in an area of Thrussendale Farm, zoned-off from any of our pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle or sheep. We would respectfully ask Guests not to feed or touch the animals and to be aware that much of our fencing is electric. Please do not touch any fencing. Should you wish a farm tour this can be arranged free-of-charge but should, please, be pre-booked.

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