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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! Watch the home bred pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle lazily graze the lush grass, or the sheep as they busy themselves around the farm, all from the safety and comfort of your own little piece of North Yorkshire. 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 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. You'll find views that stretch for over 60 miles when you open your curtains on a fine day.

Facilities inside the domes are also fully en-suite and self contained. Each dome also has full access to Jane's Dome which offers a chill out space with daily newspapers, cafe meals, drinks and nibbles, plus afternoon tea. There's a small shop area selling carefully selected local brands and products - including the farm's own steaks and famous cakes!

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

Explore the farm, discover the wildlife, talk to the pet sheep or admire the massive pedigree Aberdeen Angus bulls from a safe distance. Farm visits can be arranged free of charge for guests and last for around an hour. They give you an opportunity to get up close to the animals, under strict supervision, and to appreciate how high welfare and a calm environment provide the animals with ideal living conditions. It's a working farm so depending on the time of year you visit you may be able to bottle feed lambs or watch spindly baby calves take their very first steps!

This spot is particularly suited to those that have a natural love for animals and enjoy being able to interact with them - visiting farmers are often astonished how calm the farm's livestock are. Perhaps it's as a result of kind and compassionate management and a happy and comfortable place for them to live?

Jane's Dome is also the place where you can enjoy a fabulous North Yorkshire breakfast, be tempted by delicious cafe offerings or perhaps a full afternoon cream tea. In the evening, cook up the farm's own juicy steaks on your own wood fired BBQ accompanied by a yummy home made salad.

There are some excellent local pubs within walking distance from the farm, each offering delicious food, and fabulous local beers. The team will even drop you off and collect you after your meal if you'd like.

Or if you'd like to go under your own steam, bring your mountain bike and go off into the lanes (but watch out for the tractors at harvest time!) or book a horse at the nearby riding stables. 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.

When you've had enough of that and need to get out and about there's Flamingo Land, Eden Camp, Castle Howard, the outstandingly beautiful town of Malton or, slightly further afield, the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby. Malton Food Festival is not to be missed and a visit to some of the truly fabulous local food shops are an absolute must before heading home.

The site remains open year round.

Visit York Members qualify for a 10% discount off a two night stay when booking direct on our website using code: VYM/2019* (Please Note: Visit York Membership details must be confirmed in the Special Requests Box on the booking form in order to qualify for this discount).

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Open all year round

Special Offers

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 can be accommodated in each dome plus up to two children who have a choice of either rather cool hanging 'cocoon' style beds (max.age 8) 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 in Jane's Dome is available 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


  • 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 A two seater sofa bed for older children 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

Heating Facilities

  • Real log/coal fires - Seasoned logs should please be pre-booked at the time of booking and cost £10.00 per basket


  • 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

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.

Park Facilities

  • Drinking water - Drinking water is provided off the mains through a potable water holding tank
  • Flush toilets (with lighting) - Each Dome has it's own, private, en-suite flushing toilet.
  • Hot water - There is a 50L Hot water tank in each of the Dome Bathroom modules
  • Showers available - En-suite hot showers are available within each Dome


  • Free Parking
  • 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
  • King-sized bed
  • Radio
  • Scenic view
  • Shower

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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