A holiday retreat in North Yorkshire, with one of the finest views in the county, is set to open its doors for holidaymakers next year.

The Ruin, which stands at the head of the 112-acre Hackfall Woods, at Grewelthorpe, near Ripon, came within a whisker of tumbling into the ravine below and oblivion.

The Mowbray Point landmark was rescued by the Landmark Trust and restoration is heading towards completion after years of frustrating delays.

For years, the trust has been featuring the tiny banqueting house in its holiday brochures for upmarket holidays, but work has taken much longer than expected.

A trust official said they hoped to welcome the first holidaymakers early next year.