The Carlton Lodge occupies a substantial 2 story building in an elevated position on the eastern edge of the 12th century Market Town of Helmsley. The striking premises circa 1860, benefit from a prime trading position on the A170, ensuring considerable passing footfall. To the east side of the Carlton Lodge there are 10 private parking spaces, with public gardens to the south and private gardens to the west.
Helmsley is a market town within the District of Ryedale and the North York Moors National Park. A walkers' paradise, cycling, both mountain and road, combined with the huge history and heritage of this region, ensure many return visits. The National Park boasts the largest expanse of heather in England and is described as '550 square miles of glorious wilderness waiting to be explored'.
Famous and celebrated local destinations include Riveaulx Abbey, Castle Howard, Flamingo Land, Helmsley Castle, Duncombe Park with a National Bird of Prey Centre and many many more.
Helmsley itself enjoys a variety of decorated businesses, including delicatessens, bookshops, wine shops and exceptional clothes outfitters and a very active business group, winning the Market Town of the Year Award in 2016. A recent Sunday Times article listed Helmsley as one of the Ten Best Places to Live in England. A unique feature of Helmsley is an open air heated swimming pool, one of less than 100 heated outdoor pools today, and currently the subject of a huge refurbishment programme.
As a Market (Friday) Town, Helmsley is approximately 15 miles from other local towns, which was the distance considered as a maximum to drive cattle to and from market. Other local towns include Kirkbymoorside, Malton and Pickering, home of the North York Moors Steam Railway, a massive visitor draw with regular visits from famous steam engines, including the Royal Scot and the Sir Hugh Greasley. Public transport links the town and main line railway stations include Thirsk, Northallerton and York.