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

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Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Preston-under-Scar Barn Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed

Jan Jowett
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, School French; Basic Portuguese;
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2016
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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 North Yorkshire

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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Two Storey Converted Barn In Quiet Village With Spectacular Views Of Wensleydale
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

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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10 out of 10

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cosy cottage. Charming hosts plus an amazing view. .loved it. .x

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning views and wonderful barn!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures for this property really don't do it justice! Absolutely fantastic place to stay, friendly owners and locals alike. We would highly recommend this to friends and family. If you are looking for a cozy, warm and peaceful break then this is the place to go. The barn is clean and very well maintained and acts as a great base to explore the surroundings which includes Bolton Castle. If you want to eat out I would definitely go to the Bolton Arms for a meal! It's a couple of miles from the Barn and well worth a visit although I would book in advance.

We will be returning as the accommodation was fantastic and we still have lots more to explore.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive comments. It's good to know that you had an enjoyable stay in Wensleydale. We'll be sure to tell Janet and Bill at The Bolton Arms how much you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you again! Jan and Chris
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Autumn in The Dales

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a fortnight staying in The Barn. We were lucky to have great weather and walked every day bar one when we were happy to rest up. Facilities were fantastic with everything we could need in this cosy nest. The bed and shower are amazing and the underfloor heating kept us warm. The listing description doesn't do it justice, it is so much more, sighs everyday with the view. Very clean and well maintained with walks from the doorstep. Our hosts were friendly, helpful and provided a tasty treat on our arrival. A fish and chip van arrives on a Thursday night which is a treat. We are looking forward to another visit next year and highly recommend The Barn for couples needing a break.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm amazed that you took the time writing such a prompt and glowing review rather than getting on with your laundry! Seriously though, Chris and I are very happy that you have gone to the trouble of letting others know about your holiday in Wensleydale and that you recommend our barn and its views. Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Ideal holiday accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We could not have had a more ideal holiday accommodation for two in this part of Wensleydale.The barn was very clean and had everything we needed for a weeks stay.The owners are very friendly and the view from the barn is fantastic ! We would certainly recommend this property for those who enjoy walking this area .The Bolton Arms at Redmire is a must for a good value meal , but it is best book as it very popular.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate you taking the time to review your stay with us and of course, we are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable week in our barn and in our area. We hope you come again!
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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.


Rates & Availability

Preston-under-Scar Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas and New Year
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 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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Preston-under-Scar Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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