|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This cottage would be ideally suited for a couple seeking a romantic hideaway, or a family of four.
With double-glazing and central heating throughout
A useful place for coats and wellies.
Open plan ground floor
A cosy and relaxing space. Oak flooring throughout and corner feature fireplace with cute little cast-iron wood-burning stove. Superbly equipped kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and fridge. Versatile dining area with comfortable seating for four. Flat screen TV with Freeview, CD/radio with i-pod docking station. Lots of books, games, DVDs, maps and local information.
Cloakroom and utility room
A useful place to dry any wet outdoor clothes. Fridge-freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier, sink. Further room with WC and wash basin.
Master bedroom with en-suite
Stunning, huge double bedroom with super views over the lake. Lots of space for a travel cot or toddler bed. Luxurious en-suite with a large corner bath, separate shower
Mount Bark Farm is a small-holding located in a tranquil corner of picturesque Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Scott and Sarah Fisher have recently completed the conversion of a large barn into two luxurious self-contained cottages on their isolated small-holding. Barn Owl Cottage comfortably sleeps up to seven and Little Owl Cottage offers a romantic retreat for a couple or cosy accommodation for up to four. The original barn dates back to the 1800s and the character of the old stone building is mirrored in the cottages with high, open ceilings and wood beams throughout. The cottages are finished to the highest standards with wood burning stoves and oak floors adding to the feel of real luxury. The cottages are south-facing and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and our lake, where you can watch the antics of a wide range of resident and visiting birds. Both cottages have pretty gardens and barbecue areas. An evening stroll up our long private track or a walk through the fields to say goodnight to our Badger Face Sheep can help to round off a busy day. We are sure the cottages will provide everything you need for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
Hello, we're Scott and Sarah Fisher. We are born and bred in Yorkshire and enjoy the outdoors on our small-holding with our two young daughters, a three-legged Lurcher, elderly Labrador, a mixed-bag of sheep and lots of chickens.
sarah fisher purchased this barn in 2001
We had always wanted to live on a small-holding in beautiful Nidderdale - described as Yorkshire's forgotten dale. Mount Bark Farm was in a sorry state when we bought it. Our water came from a well up on the hill and electricity from a noisy generator. We lived in a static caravan for 2 years and slowly converted the farmhouse and then turned our attention to the old barns. We have converted them into the sort of holiday accommodation we love to stay in, with beams, oak floors and wood-burning stoves. Mount Bark Farm is in a remote rural location, but Harrogate is only 15 minutes drive away, the best of both worlds!
We promise peace and quiet in a secluded, country setting in luxurious barn conversions. Barn Owl Cottage is popular with larger families or groups of friends. Little Owl is ideal for a cosy, romantic getaway for a couple or a real home-from-home for smaller families. You might be visited by our sheep and lambs or witness a fly past by the Barn Owl and Red Kites, or even a Hen Harrier if you're lucky. We're ideally situated for outdoor enthusiasts, with lots of space for bikes, canoes, wind-surfers etc. Outdoor dining over-looking our fields and lake is popular and the deer sometimes make an appearance. We're close enough to civilisation for shopping trips to Harrogate and York. Fountains Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Harlow Carr Gardens, Ilkley and Skipton are on the doorstep.
Arrived in the morning & unpacked before heading off to Harrogate for the Christmas market. The cottage was warm and cozy on arrival and spotlessly clean! Everything we could possible need was available. Plenty of toilet paper, fluffy white towels, dishwasher tablets etc. Outside there was a plentiful supply of wood and to our surprise the wood burner had been set up for us ready to light, this was a great touch as were not the best at lighting fires but it amazed us how easy it was to keep the fire burning! The view was to die for! Not every day can you say you have chickens rabbits and sheep in your back garden! It was great feeding the chickens and watching them run round with the sheep! The bed was so comfortable with lovely quality linen and the quaint little window alongside meant we could view the animals antics whilst we stayed in bed! My husband was in his element with 3 toilets, 2 baths and 2 showers to choose from! The owners dog Tig was so well behaved, he popped round often ( although I admit I did encourage him to do so!) Our city life is so hectic, Little Owl Cottage provided the perfect retreat to relax. The only negatives are 3 nights are just not long enough also we would have loved an honesty box in the yard so we could buy the lovely free range eggs. Fully recommend this lovely hideaway x
This is a first-rate property, recently fitted out, with brand new 'white goods'--washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, dishwasher, and a huge double oven. The whole place was immaculately clean and obviously well cared for. There is plenty of kitchen equipment and essentials such as foil, clingfilm, washing-up liquid, kitchen towels, etc etc, are lavishly provided. Beds and sofa are very comfortable, and we loved the 'one-touch' table lamps. The countryside setting is very peaceful ,although the views were somewhat restricted by mist and rain! We were glad of the tip about the Wellington pub, as we thought it was excellent. The owners are discreetly low profile but very ready to help if needed. Booking Little Owl with the next-door Barn Owl Cottage was ideal for our family reunion.
Barn Owl cottage is wonderful in a beautiful location. The cottage surpassed expectations, was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Sarah and her family were truly welcoming and could not have been more helpful with our 'alarms and excursions'. Thank you.
Our grandson loved the sheep and the girls calling for him to help feed the chickens and to collect 'more eggies'. We loved the area and hope to be back to explore more of Nidderdale. When we do we will want to stay at Mount Bark again. We enjoyed the wildlife all around and just to sit and relax with the views.
We are equidistant between the east and west coasts, 70 miles to the Yorkshire coast (e.g. Whitby and Scarborough) and 65 miles to the west coast of Lancashire (e.g. Morecambe and Blackpool) and the Lakes
10 miles to Leeds-Bradford airport
Summerbridge - 5 miles
Pateley Bridge - 8 miles
Harrogate – 9 miles
Ilkley 9 miles
Skipton 12 miles
Leeds – 15 miles
Ripon – 17 miles
York – 30 miles
Mount Bark Farm is ideally situated for enjoying all that North Yorkshire has to offer. Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a wealth of stunning scenery. We want you to have a super holiday and are happy to point you in the right direction to pursue your chosen activity whether you want an energetic holiday (water sports, caving, horse riding, mountain biking, rock-climbing etc) or a more relaxing break (bird-watching, hiking, fine dining, museums, historic houses and gardens etc). Scott is a keen walker and would be happy to advise you on some of the more remote walks to sites of ancient mines and waterfalls or around our local historic reservoirs. The Yorkshire Dales are close-by and the North York Moors and stunning East Yorkshire coast are within easy reach.
Head east to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate with its elegant facades, theatre culture, cosmopolitan shopping and take tea at Betty’s Tearooms. Enjoy historic York with a walk on the ancient walls and through the fascinating Shambles, discover its viking past and stunning water-fronts, or maybe have a flutter on the horses at the racecourse. Picturesque Ripley village is nearby and we’d recommend exploring Ripley Castle with its interesting and gruesome history followed by a meal at the Boars Head pub and restaurant.
Head south for the lovely market towns of Otley, for a mooch around the jumble of cobbled streets and Ilkley to take a walk on the famous moor, brave a dip at the open-air pool and then enjoy a Fat Rascal! Saltaire model village is a World Heritage site and well worth a visit. A short drive further on takes you to Bronte country and picturesque Haworth with its ethereal moorland. Pop down the motorway to Leeds to explore Yorkshire’s rich textile heritage or visit the Royal Armories and enjoy the diversity of shopping from Harvey Nics to alternative boutiques under the Dark Arches
Westwards will take you to the market town of Skipton, the Gateway to The Dales, to explor