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Two Storey Converted Barn In Quiet Village With Spectacular Views Of Wensleydale

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace


About the property

Barn in Preston under Scar, Nr. Leyburn, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England - Patio And Outdoor Seating And Bbq Facilities, Large Viewing Terrace With Pond

The Old School Barn is a detached 2 storey stone building situated in the owners' garden and is ideal for couples looking for a comfortable and peaceful break. The large double bedroom has a large, south facing window with spectacular views across to Penhill. A stroll to the bottom of the garden reveals a panorama encompassing Wensleydale from the Hambleton Hills in the east to the valleys and plateaus up dale to the west. The village stretches out along the stone escarpment and the houses are predominately around 200 years old having developed over the years into terraces as the spaces have been filled with cottages. There is a church (St, Margaret's), a small playpark and a village hall which holds regular social events including a soup lunch each Wednesday. Behind the houses on the north side of the street is The Stanney - a woodland footpath immediately below the Scar. It's a great little spot to have a wander or a sit on a bench to admire the views.

There are lots of local events throughout the year. Take a look at for those closest to us. They include the following:

29 February - 11March: Tournament of Song

8 April: The Wensleydale Wander

14 April: Middleham Stables Open Day

17-18 June: The Festival of Food and Drink

27 May - 10 June: The Swaledale Festival

23-24 July: 40's Weekend

26 August: Wensleydale Agricultural Show

Mid-September: The Brass Band Festival at Hardraw.

Check out Tennant's Auction House and Garden Rooms for events at any time of the year.

More Details

Jan Jowett
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, School French; Basic Portuguese;
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Jan Jowett

We are Jan and Chris Jowett, a couple of born again northerners who came back "home" to our roots a few years ago from darkest London, where we ran a small building company.

Chris then spent three years converting both the barn and his torso into a woderful thing to behold. The barn, I'm very pleased to say, still remains so but unfortunately, Chris' physique has inevitably returned to that of the trencherman and Bacchanalian that destiny had always decreed it was going to be.

Jan in the meantime, made him his dinner and faffed around in the garden.

We look forward to meeting you.

Jan Jowett purchased this barn in 2005

Why Jan Jowett chose Yorkshire Dales

We bought the property to "do up", sell and move on, in a quest for the perfect place to live but after literally a couple of weeks, particularly as we had met about 20 of our new neighbours, that plan went right our of the window and we decided to stay!

(We lived in London for 30 years and didn't meet 20 neighbours).

Preston under Scar is a wonderfully friendly village. There's no pub or shop and there's no through traffic. When we have a street party, we just do it, no one else knows or cares!

What makes this barn unique

We are in the middle of Wensleydale, which itself is in the middle of "The Dales".

That means that Aysgarth Falls, Middleham and Bolton castles, Hawes, Richmond, (more castles), "The Buttertubs", and dozens and dozens of river and moorland walks, are either right on our doorstep, or no more than half an hour's scenic drive away.

But seriously.... we don't believe that anything you see will better the view from the barn's own garden terrace!


Hawes Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Spacious and light double bedroom with underfloor heating. Flat screen TV/DVD. Dressing table and chair, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Large window facing south over Wensleydale. Smaller west facing window. Pitched ceiling with beautiful oak A frame.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
Notes on accommodation: The Barn is a detached two storey stone building situated in the owner's garden. Please note that we do not take dogs. We have underfloor heating, but not air-conditioning. Outside: Guests have full use of a spacious patio adjacent to the rear door of the barn. This is equipped with a large table and chair and a BBQ. Guests are welcome to treat all of the garden as their own, including the large terrace and pond at the bottom. It's a lovely spot to watch the sun go down over Wensleydale while sipping your beverage of choice. On occasion you may have to come on down and share the view with us. We love it too! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included and replaced at changeover. Extra will be provided for stays over a week. Property is cleaned at changeover. There is a vacuum cleaner in the property and equipment for light cleaning, if required. Dishwashing materials provided.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Two Storey Converted Barn In Quiet Village With Spectacular Views Of Wensleydale
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5



  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were able to make the best of the February weather. We hope you can visit again when the days are a warmer and the garden is at its best. Thank you for your review and for taking the trouble to upload it. Jan
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bijou barn with magnificent views

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from The School Barn, so named because the bedroom used to be a Dame school. Designed and built by the owners,it was very warm and well-equipped. Out of the rear windows and door, Penhill looms in the distance. We had a lovely time walking from the door to a selection of pubs nearby. To be recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello June. Thank you for your lovely review. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we wish you luck with the house hunting.
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Quality Conversion

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a lovely 4 night stay in The Old School Barn. The barn is a quality conversion carried out to the highest standard....always helpful to have a builder as an owner! The huge bedroom is particularly impressive with fabulous views, which I am sure will be in even better in the Spring and Summer. The living/dining area is compact, but contains everything you could possibly need.....and I loved being able to keep an eye on what was cooking while watching my favourite TV programme. Well, I was on my holidays! Furnishings, crockery etc is all of very good quality and the underfloor heating is lovely. Jan will regulate this if you are too hot or too cold.Ther are lots of good walks directly from the village and Richmond is a short drive away....for those wet days. This was our first time walking in the dales, but we look forward to returning when the weather is better...and we can take advantage of the lovely garden. I would recommend The Old School Barn without any hesitation. Thanks, Jan and Chris for a lovely break.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so heartwarming to receive a review as complimentary as yours! Thank you for taking the time to write in such detail. Your feedback will be very helpful and informative for prospective guests. More than anything, we are pleased that you had a comfortable and enjoyable break in the Barn and in our beautiful area. You will be very welcome if you return! Jan and Chris
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Perfect cosy cottage with jaw dropping views

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I have just returned from the perfect Christmas break in this most charming cottage. It was very well equipped for our stay: all we needed to cook our Christmas dinner and lovely touches by the owners, Jan and Chris, with Christmas decorations, candles and chocolate to make out visit extra special.

The spacious bedroom upstairs affords amazing views of Wensleydale as does the outside patio area (although we rarely ventured outside due to the weather). The underfloor heating added to the comfort, especially when it was blowing a gale outside but then we kept ourselves amused by teaching ourselves the piano!

The village is delightful, stunning walks from the cottage, friendly locals and a wonderful traditional grocery store in nearby Leyburn where we topped up with delicious local produce - a glimpse of an idyllic England we thought had long gone.

Jan and Chris could not be more helpful throughout our stay and even assisted us in finding the most charming local church so that we may attend midnight mass.

A huge thank you for an immensely enjoyable stay and would definitely book again when we are next in the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for taking the time and trouble to submit your detailed review which gives potential guests a clear, independent insight into what we offer. More than anything else, I am pleased to hear that your stay was comfortable and warm and that the weather didn't spoil your enjoyment too much. As for the piano.....I will make a serious effort to get it tuned!
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Fantastic views from a fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

Set in wonderful Wensleydale with a view to die for, what more could anyone ask for? The cottage is a great find, plenty big enough, very well equipped , very comfortable and warm.

There is lots to do and see locally if you are not into walking, but plenty of marked paths from gentle to strenuous if walking is what you want.

Chris and Jan are great hosts; there if you want them yet discreet at the same time. What is more,the natives are friendly too!

We can certainly recommend this cottage and cannot wait to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed! It's really heart warming to hear that guests have enjoyed the whole experience. Yes, the natives are friendly!
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A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed my short break in the Old School Barn. It was very warm, clean and comfortable and set in a great garden which still looked amazing in late October. The views, especially from the bedroom window, were beautiful, and it even had a piano (what more could you ask for!). The owners were very friendly and approachable. Would definitely like to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit such a welcome review. The views are nothing to do with us, but it's good to know that you were comfortable inside The Old School Barn. Thank you for coming! Jan
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Rates & Availability

Hawes Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 29 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Short Late Spring Break
May 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 1
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Short Break
Jul 15 2017 - Jul 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
5 night minimum stay
Oct 7 2017 - Nov 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment may be made by card on the Owners Direct website, by cheque, BACS or Paypal. If guests need to cancel we will do all in our power to re-let, but if this proves to be impossible, then payment may be forfeit. If a booking is made less than four weeks before arrival, then arrangements will be made at time of booking. Upon completion of the booking process we will send email confirmation and a copy of our Welcome Pack which provides additional information about our Barn and our area.

Changeover Day:
Friday or Saturday is preferred changeover day, but other requests will be considered.

Notes on prices:
Last minute prices may differ. Short stays available depending upon time of year and availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Leeds Bradford
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: recommended


Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle airports are about 2 hours by car. The smaller Tees Valley Durham is about 1 hour. Use of a car is definitely recommended, unless you are an avid cyclist or walker. If arriving by ferry, Hull is around a 2 hour drive away and Newcastle slightly less.


Shops, banks, laundrette, pubs, restaurants and market in Leyburn 3 miles away. This is served by an occasional bus and there is an attractive footpath over 'The Shawl'. The 2 local pubs are both about 1.5 miles and again can be accessed by scenic walks. Both serve good food. Bolton Castle is within easy walking distance and other castles at Middleham and Richmond are a short car ride away. Nearby waterfalls include the most famous Aysgarth (7miles) and also Redmire, West Burton and Hardraw.

Further Details:

We are a mine of information about where to shop, eat and go sight seeing and are happy to suggest activities. There are brochures and information in the barn and also a local Ordnance Survey Map.


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