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Luxury Barn-conversion Cottages On Small-holding, Ideal for Outdoor Pursuits Ent - Little Owl Cottage

Otley, UK
  • Barn
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay1 - 7 nights

Barns in Nidderdale, Nr. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England - Secluded, Rural Location, Yet Only 15 Minutes from Harrogate, Stunning Views Over Owners Lake

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.


sarah fisher

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 18, 2018


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Master bedroom
        1 queen, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib, Stunning, huge bedroom with super views over the lake
      • Second bedroom
        2 twin/ single, Adult bunk-beds


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, tub, shower
        • En-suite bathroom
          toilet, tub, shower

          Location Type

            • Lake
            • Rural


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Farm Holidays
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Open-plan, with views of the lake and sheep fields, stacks of games, books, local maps and details of places of interest
                        • Fireplace
                          Picturesque corner stone fireplace
                        • Heating
                          Gas central heating, radiators in every room and heated towel rails in bathrooms - all included in the price
                        • Internet
                          Free wi-fi
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          Egyptian cotton bedding on all beds. Tea-towels provided also.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Parking
                          Dedicated parking for two vehicles and plenty more space available in our farm-yard
                        • Towels Provided
                          All guests supplied with soft, white towels
                        • Tumble Dryer
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wood Stove
                          Cute corner wood-burning stove - logs supplied free of charge and wood-store outside if extra are required
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Open plan farm-house kitchen with views over the gardens and lake, very well-equipped
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Range cooker - 4 gas hobs, central wok hob, electric grill and 2 large fan ovens
                            • Refrigerator
                              Under-unit fridge and large freezer in utility room
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Open plan dining area, with pine table and chairs
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                      Large library - autobiographies, local interest, kids, fiction
                                    • DVD Player
                                      Huge range of DVDs
                                    • Games
                                      Family games, jigsaws, card games, compendiums
                                    • Stereo
                                      CD/radio/i-pod dock
                                    • Television
                                      TV (Freeview) and DVD player - lots of DVDs to choose from
                                    • Toys
                                      Just ask! We have 2 little girls who are happy to share. Lots of kids books and DVDs


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Patio table, chairs and umbrella, overlooking the lake and fields
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Lawned area and please feel free to use our fields
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Charcoal BBQ, charcoal supplied


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • museums
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing


                                                                • Outside: Both cottages have pretty cottage gardens, with lawned areas, patios and seating for outdoor eating. There are stunning views over our fields and lake to the distant hills. Our fields are accessible for walks and picnics, with a stream and resident sheep with new-born lambs in May.

                                                                  11 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  A delightful cottage offering peace, tranquility, charm and warmth.

                                                                  Vincent L.-

                                                                  Little Owl Cottage has something that money cannot buy; a wonderful atmosphere which envelopes you as soon as you walk through the door. The accommodation is great with baths as well as showers in each bathroom; big freezer, washer and dryer in the utility room, full central heating as well as a woodburner that works well and does not smoke. The downstairs loo is a plus also. This is a very well equipped cottage indeed but should you need something out of the ordinary, like a massive casserole pot, then just ask Sarah or Scott who will give you any help that you may need. They are both very approachable but also unobtrusive and leave you alone to enjoy your holiday unless needed.

                                                                  The views are stunning and you feel that you are miles from anywhere whereas in reality you are only a couple of miles from some very pretty villages and Harrogate and Skipton are only a matter of 20 minutes drive away. Your own private garden supplies a beautiful seating area and barbeque and a view that will take your breath away and the only noise that you'll hear is the calling of the wild birds. The area is a haven for walkers and the cottage is packed with maps, walking routes, local interest books and much much more.

                                                                  We strongly recommend Little Owl Cottage. Go there. You will not be disappointed.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Vincent thank you so much for your kind words...we're delighted you enjoyed your stay in Little Owl Cottage and the casserole pot came in handy! Many of our guests come to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Nidderdale, so we're pleased you found the information we supplied useful. Our ducks and and moor hens have recently returned, so the sounds from the lake are varied now...including the occasional splash from our visiting otter. Thank you again and we wish you both well. Warm regards, Sarah and Scott

                                                                  Little Owl is a very well equipped, warm, cosy cottage.

                                                                  jane s.

                                                                  Sarah and Scott really looked after us and made sure we were ok. We have stayed here several times but this time coincided with the 'Beast from the East'. But it didn't put us off this area of Yorkshire. We will be back.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you Jane! Whew, what a week we had didn't we? Nidderdale is beautiful in the snow, but 4" drifts really tested our tractor keeping the track clear. I'm pleased you were warm and cosy in Little Owl....hopefully the wood burner and library of DVDs helped with the cabin fever. Hope to see you again very soon. Regards, Sarah and Scott

                                                                  clean and welcoming

                                                                  Carka C.

                                                                  Not our usual holiday location as we normally go to more urban centres. However, the peace and tranquillity made for a very restful time and has made us think again about future destinations.

                                                                  Perfect for a family holiday.

                                                                  James Collier

                                                                  Beautiful setting, lovely views, well equipped, very clean.One of the best cottages we've stayed in.

                                                                  accessibility difficult but rather well appointed

                                                                  david b.

                                                                  A clean, very well equipped little cottage. Thermostat not fully explained. Oil burning boiler with some oily smell in entrance hall. Nice location but half a mile of stony track to get there.

                                                                  Yorkshire August weather predictably grotty.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Mr and Mrs Brownridge, thank-you for your review, although we were naturally disappointed to read of your concerns and have looked into these as a matter of urgency. As we are very rural, we can't access mains gas, so oil is our only option. However, all heating, electricity and logs are included so our guests can be as warm as they like, with unlimited hot water. I've checked the Visitors Information folder and can report that the info about how to change the thermostat is all in order. We live next door to Little Owl and I always pop round to say hello to our guests and to emphasize that if there is anything at all they need, just to ring our bell or message me. Our lane is half a mile long, well away from the main road and we maintain it regularly so there are no pot holes or ruts....we are the only property on the lane and our guests enjoy strolling along it to enjoy the views down the Washburn Valley and it's safe for little ones to cycle along. I'm sorry the weather was troublesome, but hopefully it offered a great opportunity to batten down the hatches and get cosy in front of the log burner. Thank you for your feedback to us. Sarah and Scott

                                                                  Well presented and equiped cottage in excellent decorative order.

                                                                  Ian P.United Kingdom, Wales

                                                                  We spent a week there late June 2017. The cottage is ideally situated for a number of National Trust properties. Harrogate is close by for shopaholics. We spent a wet Wednesday at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. Wholeheartedly recommend this property. Brilliant for two, but equally suited to a family of four

                                                                  It was nice to have the added touches, like salt and pepper, dishwasher tablets and washing machine solution provided. There was also milk. tea, coffee sugar and biscuits, for that much needed drink, on arrival.


                                                                  Otley, UK

                                                                  Coast/Beach: 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 Travel: 10 miles to Leeds-Bradford airport Distances: 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 Further Details: 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

                                                                  11 Reviews

                                                                  Excellent 4.6/5

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