Great Wood, Flaxton, York

SOLD 2019

Price: Under offer.

Address: Great Wood, Smith's Lane, Flaxton
York YO60 7QT

Key Features:

  • Existing Business
  • 4 All Season Lodges & Fishing Lake
  • Planning for 2 further Lodges
  • 20 acres of mature woodland


Lying just north of York, Great Wood is for sale freehold, as a going concern, to include business, property and goodwill. The business has long been run as a rural retreat but there is plenty of scope to expand or diversify. The business has its own successful Website and Booking System, with entries on Trip Advisor, Facebook and Twitter.

The current owners use Hoseseasons to market the Lodges, with weekly prices from £385 – £725.

The property provides:

  •  4 Luxury Lakeside Lodges – with planning permission to build a further 2 lodges
  • A Principal Lake – lying at the heart of the woodland
  • Excellent Course Fishing
  • Main and Secondary access points to the site
  • Mature Woodland – largely birch and oak
  • Mains Electricity and Water, with a substation on site
  • Single Eco System – the entire site is run as a single eco system with low energy use and planning permission has been granted for a wind turbine
  • Solid business with scope to expand or diversify

Within this tranquil and sheltered woodland setting there are 4 fully equipped self catering holiday lodges surrounded by 20 acres of mature, deciduous woodland. Planning is in place to build a further 2 lodges.

The four luxury timber framed lodges are all identical in size and have been built on eco friendly principles so that the lodges blend into the woodland environment. Light and airy in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter, they have a galleried roof and natural oak flooring throughout. All have WiFi.

Current planning permission is in place to build a large detached lakeside house from which to manage and run the site and business. Under current planning guidelines, the construction of the principal house can only take place once the construction of the further two lodges is complete.

The perfect place for holiday makers looking for an escape to the country. Wildlife is abundant, including some forty species of birds, owls, deer, foxes and badger. Although Great Wood is a rural retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby towns and cities, and far from road noise, the historic city of York can be reached in less than half an hour by car. Just outside Flaxton lie the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Castle Howard being within a fifteen minute drive. The southern boundary of the North York Moors lies some twenty miles to the north, just beyond Pickering and its heritage railway.

Business & Marketing

The business has long been run as a rural retreat but there is plenty of scope to expand or diversify, and occupancy rates could be increased significantly by allowing families and dogs.

Trading information is available to bona fide parties upon request.

We are advised that the revenue for the previous 12 months was circa £58,000, with average occupancy of 49%.

The current owners use Hoseasons to market the Lodges with weekly prices from £385-£725, which shows a series of excellent guest reviews with an average 9.9 out of 10. In addition, the owners have their own website and booking system via The property also has a Facebook page, showing excellent reviews with a 5* rating.

The owners currently report excellent forward bookings for 2019, in excess £33,000. Full details can be supplied on request.


Lying just north of York, follow the A64 toward Scarborough, taking the left turn for Flaxton.

Drive north through Flaxton, past the Blacksmith’s Pub on your right, and over a railway crossing. Just outside the village at a small country crossroad, turn left onto Gennell Lane (a single track tarmac road). After one mile the road bends sharply to the right, but you should follow the stone track straight ahead. The entrance to Great Wood is approx. 100 yards.

Use of Sat Nav via Postcode is not advised.

Flaxton 1.5 miles; York 9 miles


Under offer.

All descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition and other details are given in good faith and believed to be correct but intending purchasers / lessors should satisfy themselves as to the correctness.


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Christopher Fordy
01937 918 088 | 07809 202 300