Wykeham and Danby Estates

The Dawnay Estate comprises two landholdings situated about 35 miles apart; Wykeham near Scarborough and Danby near Whitby, both in North Yorkshire.

The Danby Estate is essentially a 10,500 acre grouse moor with 14 let hill farms, Danby Castle (to include the Court and Jury Rooms, and now a successful wedding venue), the Moors Centre (former sporting lodge – Danby Lodge) and approximately five miles of the upper reaches of the River Esk (salmon and sea trout fishing).

The Wykeham Estate surrounds Wykeham Abbey, which is the Dawnay family home. The Estate comprises Forestry (part let to the Forestry Commission), Wykeham Farms, the in-hand arable farming operation over 2,500 acres, Wykeham Quarry (gravel), five let farms, two small villages (120 residential properties) Farfield and the Wykeham Business Centre (workspace and offices), the Downe Arms hotel, St Helens Caravan Park, the Wykeham Shoot (partridge and pheasant), Wykeham Mature Plants (a specimen tree, hedge and shrub nursery) and Wykeham Lakes (fishing and watersports).

The Wykeham Estate lies at the eastern end of the Vale of Pickering, part being in the Vale and part on the rising land leading up to the North York Moors. Danby lies in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

The Estate Office is located at Wykeham and forms the main hub of the rural businesses, many of which were established by the 11th Viscount Downe in the mid 1970’s. Turnover of both Estates is in excess of £5 million and the businesses support 40 full time employees.