About Rains Farm & the Raines family

Rains Farm is named after the Raines family who rented the farm in the 17th century. Our research has taken us as far back as 1666 when a James Raines was the second generation of that family to rent the farm. Farms were often named after their tenents and 3 generations were allowed to be the occupiers, as James was the second generation the farm is certainly older than 1666. Over the centuries the spelling of the name has altered slightly, the Raines lost its 'e' and is now spelt as Rains. Contrary to what you may have been thinking the farm is not named after the weather! Little would the Raines family realise that nearly 350 years later the farm still carries their name.

The Allanson family and their time at Rains Farm.

In 1959 a young couple arrived at Rains Farm, Ray Allanson was employed as a farm labourer. He brought with him his wife Jean and their two children. They lived in one half of the main farmhouse. This was known as a ‘tied’ house , meaning it went with the job, lose your job and you lost your home.

Soon another 2 children were born in the farmhouse to Ray and Jean giving them 4 children, all born within 5 years and 5 weeks!

After years of working for the owners Ray and Jean were given the chance to rent the farm for themselves. This was a major undertaking for the family as money was not at all in abundance, but through lots of hard work they managed to run the farm for themselves up until 1990 when they were then given the opportunity to actually buy Rains Farm. Mortgage interest rates were 16% at that time and it was a massive gamble to commit to a large mortgage. Again through lots of hard work and perseverance they managed to start buying their beloved home. Sadly in 1994 Ray died and this left Jean and the youngest child, Lorraine, to make some big decisions.

Prior to that time Lorraine initially left school and worked on the farm for her father then in her twenties worked in the hospitality industry in hotels and restaurants. After her fathers death and the fact that Rains Farm was the place where Lorraine was born and truly loved she became a business partner with her mother Jean and they created a plan to transform Rains Farm into an idyllic country oasis for guests to stay in either bed and breakfast accommodation in the main farmhouse or in one of the 5 self catering cottages developed from the historic stone barns which were ready to be transformed from their near derelict condition into luxury accommodation for guests.

You are very welcome to come and share this wonderful place with Jean and Lorraine who have indeed created something special and you can be assured that they continue to provide very high standards. Although Jean is now enjoying a different stage in her life she is very much still involved and Lorraine is your cheery hostess and business manager. Lorraine has had her tales of her early life and running a farm Bed and breakfast published in magazines and appeared several times on national radio regaling her tales of life at the end of a frying pan! Rains Farm and Lorraine featured on BBC TV's Look North programme.

Contact us

Rains Farm Holidays,
Allerston, Pickering,
North Yorkshire, YO18 7PQ

01723 859 333 or 07760 752165

e mail:  rainsholidays@btconnect.com

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