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Beautifully Converted Barn With Stunning Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cosy 1-bed traditional Dales cottage with all mod cons, tranquil location, home from home.

Westburn Cottage is an end-terrace cottage located in a quiet non-drive through hamlet called Newbiggin in Bishopdale. Originally a 17th century barn, the cottage has been converted into a cosy property with all the mod-cons. And as it's our 2nd home it's also been done to a very high standard. There is off-road parking at the front of the property. At the rear there is a gravelled area with tables & chairs.

Phil Brewster
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Phil Brewster

Despite this not being our primary residence, my partner & I love the Dales, and escape here as often as work allows. But as we can't be here all the time we don't see why others shouldn't enjoy the use of such a lovely property, in such a gorgeous setting. As it's our 2nd home, it's been furnished to a high standard with all mod-cons. We've been very lucky that everyone who's been to stay has loved it. So much so that we get people coming back year after year (one couple like it so much they've been 6 times and have already booked a break for next year). We aim to make your stay as enjoyable and as hassle-free as possible. And hope that at the end of your stay you'll feel like you don't want to leave.

Why Phil Brewster chose Yorkshire Dales

The barn itself is right at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so it's a perfect base to explore & visit the surrounding countryside. Anyone who's ever watched James Herriot's 'All Creatures Great & Small' will know that the local scenery is stunning. The walking is fantastic too, but if the weather's not great there are plenty of places to visit including castles, museums, steam railways etc. And if eating out is your thing there are plenty of pubs, tea-shops, restaurants & cafes - all of which serve food to a high standard. Most of all, the people are really friendly - despite the (undeserved) reputation of Yorkshire folk being monosyllabic!

What makes this barn unique

We feel it's got everything you could ask for. Access from the front door to the Dales, but close enough to towns and villages when you need them. The barn has full electric central heating & a multi-fuel stove for when you want that warm, cosy log-fire atmosphere. One other selling point - unlike many other cottages we DON'T charge extra for coal/wood in Winter (in some cases up to £20 extra a week), so you won't have to worry about any extra hidden costs.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Below are a selection of comments:-

A quiet, very clean, comfortable cottage. Excellent standard of accommodation. A perfect location to enjoy Yorkshire - Dan & Lydia, Nottingham

Beautiful location. Excellent accommodation. A great base to explore the Dales - Chris & Bev, Derbyshire

The cottage is beautifully laid out and fitted. Three hours into the stay and relaxed already - Pam & Mark, Selby

Lovely area, great walks and pubs. Quiet location - Amanda & Linda, Hexham

We've had a great week. Far more luxury than we're used to at home! - Richard & Michelle, Lincoln
Nov 2013
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Hawes Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom consists of a super-king size bed with a memory-foam mattress. There are also two bedside tables with lamps, a vanity basin with mirror, a wardrobe, & a chair.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • spelunking
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The property is non-smoking and we don't accept pets (Sorry - we like them, but some people have allergies). We also feel the property is unlikely to be suitable for very small children and/or the very elderly due to the issue of stairs & stone steps leading up to the front door. Outside: At the rear of the property there is a gravelled seating area which has a table and six chairs. This is ideal for eating out in good weather or sitting outside for an evening drink. It also affords lovely views of the surrounding dale & wildlife. Utility Room: In the downstairs lobby there is a washing machine/dryer should you need to wash any clothing. Liqui-tabs are also provided free of charge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is fully cleaned for each new guest. All bed linen is fresh & provided free-of-charge. A hand towel is also provided for the bathroom and a tea towel for the kitchen. Extra towels are available for hire at a cost of £6 per person per week. Other: The downstairs lobby has a tiled floor which allows you to come in at the rear of the property if you have muddy boots.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Beautifully Converted Barn With Stunning Views
average rating of 4.9 based on 21 reviews

Easter Break

  • 5 of 5

Just stayed at Westburn Cottage for our Easter Break and what can I say but WOW !!! The quality and standard of the cottage is fantastic and I have never stayed anywhere so well equipped, we like to eat in as much as out when away and the kitchen has everything and more that you could possibly need.

From booking to returning the communication from the cottage owner was again second to none, he provided in depth detail about the cottage, the local area and where to eat, shop and visit.

Eating out we tried the Saffron Indian in Leyburn and the Streethead Inn which is a short walk from the cottage. Both were great and the portion sizes at the Streethead are not for the faint hearted !!!

Out and About there are so many beautiful and interesting places to visit. We only scratched the surface seeing the Waterfalls at Aysgarth and Hardrow, Richmond Castle and Fountains Abbey is a full day for anyone to enjoy.

The only downside to our break is that we wish we were there for longer.

We would certainly recommend to our friends and family and am sure we will return to Westburn Cottage.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Julie & Nick, Thank for such a lovely review. I'm glad you had such a nice time & that the info we provided is useful (maybe I need to tell people to wear elasticated trousers for meals at re Street Head Inn!😄) If you decide to come again, we'd love to have you back. Kind regards - Phil & Lisa
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Lovely get away

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous cottage in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay-the cottage was lovely, really comfortable and well furnished & the views to the dales were spectacular - perfect stay in the heart of the Yorkshire dales. The owner was also very friendly and helpful - would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Camellia. Firstly - apologies for late acknowledgement of your very kind review. Normally I get an e-mail notifying me one has been posted. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay & hope it gave you the relaxing break you were after. Hopefully we'll see you again - we'd love to have you back. Kind regards - Phil
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Comfortable cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Westburn Cottage with a gap of about 6 years. It is a place we would return to again ! The bed is super comfortable. The view from the sitting room is fab. The cottage is very well designed and equipped combining character with modern finished. Warm and cosy. The shower is powerful and we loved the underfloor heating in cold January. Short walk to good pub and we enjoyed a couple of meals there. Peaceful location. Just great!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the cottage which was beautifully clean and much larger than it appears in the photos. The sofa was comfy and I'm really missing the massive luxurious bed. All the extra bits and pieces such as cling film and foil were provided.

We walked every day both from the village itself or from slightly further afield. The drive into Wharfedale is stunning and there are lovely walks from villlage to village. We were lucky enough to see a kingfisher on the River Wharfe.

Hawes and Leyburn both have a variety of shops selling local produce. The village of West Burton which is close by has a small shop and butchers for essentials. Perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Judith - thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm so pleased you had a great stay, and how lovely you got to see a Kingfisher. If you're planning another trip to the Yorkshire Dales we'd love to have you back again! Kind regards - Phil
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Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

I am delighted to review this cottage following my stay at the end of October 2016. The location is very quiet but central enough to allow you to explore the many attractions of the Yorkshire Dales. The cottage was spotless, with all mod cons and kitchen supplies provided. The shower room was particularly clean and we loved the under floor heating. The shower itself was powerful and hot. The super king size bed has a luxurious memory foam mattress and a cosy duck and feather down duvet. We were never cold as all rooms have radiators but we loved to use the log burning stove and made use of the free logs and coal provided. The owner provided excellent documentation on the cottage as well as guides on the surrounding area. We particularly loved the scenery and spent half of the week photographing all of the lovely waterfalls in the area. Could the cottage be improved? It depends on how picky you are - small freezer compartment may upset some people and steps up to the property and downstairs to the bathroom may affect the less able. Oh, and bring some hangers as only 4 were provided. I would definitely recommend this property and would re-book again.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Lorraine! What a fantastic (and comprehensive!) review - you're very kind. I'm sure the extra bits of info/advice you've provided will come in handy - it's good for people to see how other guests view it. And I'll make sure to add some more coat hangers too! :-) Hope to hear from you again soon. Kind regards - Phil
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Leeds Bradford airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Street Head Inn
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Street Head Inn
Car: necessary


The nearest airports are Teeside, Newcastle, or Leeds-Bradford airport. To fully enjoy the surrounding countryside & all it has to offer you WILL need a vehicle public transport is limited and does not stop at every small village & town.


The nearest pub to Newbiggin is 400 yards away. The villages of Thoralby (1 mile away) & West Burton (2 miles away) both have a shop and pub. Slightly further afield are the market towns of Leyburn & Hawes (approx 8 & 9 miles away). Both also have petrol stations.

Further Details:

The are numerous surrounding dales to visit including the four main ones - Wensleydale, Swaledale, Wharfedale & Coverdale - all of which offer fantastic countryside and walking. Visitor attractions include Bolton Castle, West Burton waterfall, Hardraw Force, The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes (which makes fantastic cheese!). We also provide guests with lists of other suggested places to eat & visit.


Rates & Availability

Hawes Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jul 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn Half term
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 7 2018 - May 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 26 2018 - Jul 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Jul 21 2018 - Aug 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Mid Autumn
Sep 29 2018 - Oct 26 2018
3 night minimum stay
Autumn Half-term
Oct 27 2018 - Nov 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
Nov 3 2018 - Dec 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year period
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 4 2019
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Upon booking an initial deposit of £100 is required. An e-mail reminder for the balance is then sent out 4-5 weeks prior to your stay. However - if a booking is made within a month of the stay then the whole balance will be payable.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally a Saturday but we are flexible on this. We also offer bookings for 3,4, & 5 days. Arrival time on the 1st day of your stay is 3pm onwards. Departure time on the final day is no later than 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Prices vary from £320 pw in low season up to £480 pw in high season. For shorter stays - 3, 4 & 5 nights, please contact the owner or log onto

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