The Estates


Wykeham and Danby Estates

The Dawnay Estates comprises of two landholdings situated about 35 miles apart in North Yorkshire: Wykeham near Scarborough and Danby near Whitby.

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

The Wykeham Estate lies at the eastern end of the Vale of Pickering and surrounds Wykeham Abbey, which is the Dawnay family home. The Estate comprises Forestry, Wykeham Farms, Wykeham Quarry, five let farms, two small villages, Farfield and the Wykeham Business Centre, the Downe Arms hotel, St Helens Caravan Park, the Wykeham Shoot, Wykeham Mature Plants and North Yorkshire Water 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.