Rufus's Roost

North East England North Yorkshire Thirsk

  • From £350 a night
  • Sleeps 6

One of the most secluded, eco-friendly glamping escapes in North Yorkshire

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Who doesn't like a treehouse? We love them, and our friends at nearby Baxby Manor raised the bar that little higher when they opened Rufus's Roost, a luxurious purpose-built yet almost fairytale structure that at first sight will have you pinching yourself. Its turreted profile looks like something conjured from a dream, perched on a hillside in Baxby Manor's woodlands and reached by way of a raised boardwalk through the trees.  Once here, you can enjoy pure peace and uninterrupted views through the trees across the Moors, have a soak in the terrace hot tub and basically commune with nature to your heart's content.

It's quite a sight by any measure, and it may take a while to sink in that this is your home for the next few days – so unusually secluded and, well, exciting this is as a venue; and it's even better if you have kids in tow, they provide a travel cot, highchair, sterilising equipment and a milk and food warmer for really little ones. It's not really glamping if we're honest, and the treehouse can sleep up to six people in as much comfort as any holiday cottage – there are two double bedrooms on the ground floor plus a double/single bunk on the mezzanine above, so it is perfect for a family or a group of three couples. All bedding and towels are provided so you just need to bring yourselves plus food and drink. There is a wood-fired pizza oven and an eco Air-Source Heat-Pump Hot tub, and a large verandah for alfresco dining. The "Den”, furnished with bean bags and  cushions, a TV, games console, movies and a popcorn machine, is perfect – and perfectly accessed via a slide, while all around you can monitor the wildlife, with binoculars and your very own  bat monitoring station. Write what you see in the ‘Beasts, Birds, and Bugs’ log provided, before properly getting back to nature in the woods and by the stream. It's eco-conscious too, with heating and hot water provided by an Air Source Heat Pump and all lighting LED.

The guys at Baxby Manor have built Rufus's Roost as a place to get back to the wild and re-energise; it's a place of almost total peace and repose, and as such won't appeal to Stags and Hens or noisy groups.  Families will love it, but it could also be seen as a romantic retreat, and they've really made the most of this undeniably off-the-track location. Above all, it feels truly remote, despite being just a short drive from nearby Thirsk – which itself is hardly a metropolis but it might as well be Manhattan after a few days' spent at Rufus's Roost. Make the most of it while you're here. It's hard to think of a more secluded, eco-friendly escape in the whole of North Yorkshire.

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Recoup, restore, revive

Rufus’s Roost sleeps up to six people in three separate treetop bedrooms. There is a swish bathroom, modern kitchen dining area with all the mod-cons and a log-burner to cosy up to in the colder winter months.

Outside, a large veranda with a state-of-the-art Air Source Heat Pump hot tub providing the perfect scene for gazing up at the stars and experiencing the breath-taking rural Yorkshire countryside! For those staying with children, the secret den complete with games console, will be sure to keep them entertained.

Embrace the great outdoors

Discover what Baxby Manor has to offer - Ever wanted to spot a bat? Make use of the bat monitoring station! Make sure you get a closer look with a pair of binoculars. You can use the Beasts, Birds, and Bugs Log to take note of what types of animals you see in and around the woodlands during you stay.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Bedroom 2
1 double bed

Bedroom 3
1 double bed

We provide all bedding and towels. So you just need to bring yourselves, and your food and drink.

Suitable For

Strictly no Pets at all.  No stag or Hen groups. Noise to a minimum after 10pm.


In and around Baxby Manor

Baxby Manor, situated on the edge of Husthwaite village, was built in 1308 and is nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. The perfect place to stay for those wanting to be close to nature but also have the option to visit locals towns and attractions.

Want to be an otter spotter?

At Baxby Manor, we have a whole host of incredible wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for otters who live in Ings Beck. Look out for buzzards and kingfishers flying above and of course rabbits, stoats, weasels and squirrels playing amongst the trees. If you look closely, you may even spot a bat!

Only a stone’s throw away

The friendly market towns of Thirsk (7.3 miles) and Easingwold (4.6 miles), plus the historical city of York are just a short drive away (17 miles).

Food & Drink

Plum and Partridge pub in the village
Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold (2 miles)


Available all year.


Minimum stays;

Weekly stays (15% discount)
Available for Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday stays, no 2 night stays available.

From £1450 for all short breaks Monday to Friday AND Friday to Monday - ALL YEAR
From £2450 for 7 night stays ALL YEAR

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The Owner Says

No ordinary treehouse...
Perched in secluded private woodland, surrounded by tree-top panoramic views you'll find Rufus's Roost. Access to Rufus’s Roost is through the forest on a raised board-walk! Between the two turrets is a large veranda perfect for alfresco dining, complete with a log-fired pizza oven and hot-tub, where you can sit back, soak and take in the views.


Contact Website  01347 666 079  Rufus's Roost, Baxby Manor, Amplecarr/Low Street, Husthwaite, North Yorkshire YO61 4PW

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Getting There

The site is quite hard to find and you can't rely on Sat Nav to get here alone. From the North, take the  A1/A19 to Thirsk and follow the signs to York. Continue south on the A19, ignoring the first turn-off at large crossroads and carrying on through the village of Thormanby Turn left after 2 miles (signed Husthwaite, Coxwold, and 12th century church) and Baxby Manor is 2 miles on the left opposite a cemetery, immediately before the village sign of Husthwaite. From the south, follow the A19 north from York for around 15 miles, past Easingwold, and make a right 1 mile past the second Easingwold by-pass roundabout (signed Husthwaite, Coxwold, and 12th century church). Baxby Manor is 2 miles on the left opposite a cemetery and immediately before the village sign of Husthwaite.


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