Welcome to the Dawnay Estates

The Dawnay Estates consist of a group of thriving rural businesses based in some of the most beautiful countryside in Yorkshire. The Estates are managed with a long term view which includes an acute recognition of the responsibility to maintain the environment. This responsibility goes hand in hand with a commercial and innovative approach to business. Once visited never forgotten – my family have been looking after this little corner of England for almost 350 years.

The Viscount Downe


Live & Work

Situated just 6 miles from Scarborough Wykeham Estate provides a beautiful rural setting to live and work, within easy reach of stunning countryside, the magnificent coast and shopping at Scarborough, Malton (12 miles) and York (45 miles).

Residential Properties

HouseThere are over 150 rental properties on the Dawnay Estates. Most can be found in and round the villages of Wykeham, Ruston and Hutton Buscel situated just 6 miles from the centre of Scarborough.

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Commercial Properties

BusinessSuperfast broadband, ample parking and contemporary work spaces in traditional buildings are just a few reasons why more and more businesses are looking to move to the Dawnay Estates.

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Sport & Leisure

Watersports, shooting , fishing, cycling, point-to-pointing and walking right on your doorstep. Enjoy afternoon sailing on the lake or a lazy Sunday fishing on one of the Estate’s fishing lakes. Why not join a shooting party for driven pheasant or grouse shooting.



Wykeham Lakes is situated within the Dawnay Estate on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, and eastern end of the Vale of Pickering. Wykeham Lakes is made up of four landscaped lakes, one of which is the Trout Water is stocked with Rainbow, Blue & Brown trout.
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Dawnay Sporting

Dawnay SportingThe Dawnay Estates offers an extensive variety of shooting opportunities across two Estates: driven grouse over the Danby Moors, and partridge and pheasant shooting over the Wykekam Estate.  The shooting is managed in-hand and let by the day and overseen by Peter Snaith, headkeeper at Danby, and Matthew Steadman, headkeeper at Wykeham. Visit the website



There are a number of places to stay on and around the Wykeham and Danby Estates. For those touring there are a number of caravan and camping sites on or near the Estates. There are also many hotels, pubs and B&B’s. Further afield you’ll find many beautiful self-catering holiday cottages including Forresters Lodge at Danby.

St Helens Caravan & Camping

St Helen's Caravan and CampingSt Helens in the Park is an attractive, established Caravan and Camping park situated on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, on the Wykeham Estate, just six miles from Scarborough, the popular holiday town famous for its two bays, castle and a host of family entertainment. Why not try one of the camping Pods or super-pitches? Visit the website

Forrester’s Lodge

Forresters LodgeForrester’s Lodge which is situated at Little Fryup, Danby, near Whitby is a five bedroom (sleeps 10) modernised stone farmhouse overlooking glorious dales and moorland countryside. For more information and find out how to book visit – The Forresters Lodge website.


Wykeham Mature Plants

Wykeham Mature Plants have been supplying customers with semi-mature trees, hedging and shrubs for over 30 years and have a product range which is designed to give instant results of the highest quality. Visit the website

Our Products

productsThe nursery produces  a wide range of trees, shrubs, conifers and hedging in sizes larger than can be found in garden centres. The objective is simple we aim to achieve instant results, whether to add instant maturity to a planting scheme, or to provide instant security and privacy. Customers can visit the nursery in the beautiful surroundings of Wykeham Abbey walled gardens.

Our Service

service Set in a walled garden at Wykeham Abbey, Wykeham Mature Plants combines innovation with traditional horticultural skills to create a mature landscape from trees, shrubs and conifers of between 5 and 20 years old.