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Stylish Luxury Barn Conversion, 5* Designer Interior with Woodburner



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Rural Quiet Location Surrounded by Farmland, 12 miles North of Y

This superb barn conversion is over two floors. 2016 has seen an additional section added. Please visit www.cheesevatfarm.co.uk to view The Annexe and what it offers. The Granary and Annexe are surrounded by undulating farmland next to an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Howardian Hills above the Vale of York. Set in 18 acres along with the farmhouse, paddocks, pond and woodlands. Just 12 miles north of the city of York. 10 mins from Castle Howard. The Moors, Coast and Dales are all within easy reach. The designer accommodation has underfloor heating and hot water as provided by a renewable ground heat source energy pump. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with a 3rd shower room with body jets. Comfort and convenience make this a sumptuous retreat. HDsmartTV with sound system,Wi-Fi, and iPod should cater for all tastes, whilst the aromatherapy heatwave sauna provides quiet de-stressing. The gardens are designed for relaxation and entertainment, and, for the more energetic, the hard tennis court is just 20 yards away. Ample car parking with Garage Games room and a dog kennel and run.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My husband and I live in the main farmhouse at Cheese Vat Farm with our Black Labradors, Pasha and Piper. We have two married sons, one in Finance and his brother an R&D engineer with Jaguar Land Rover We moved to Yorkshire in 1988 with my husband's army job, and loved it so much we never left. Although we live just nearby to The Granary, we like to leave our Guests to enjoy the property, but are generally on-hand to help with any problems should they arise. We pride ourselves in keeping things to a very high standard, as well as clean and tidy, and feel that this is appreciated by our guests. Validated by 9 years of 5* Gold Awards.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the manager

Wonderful home from home as usual. This place is magnificent and so welcoming. We always love staying here. Thanks for everything. Take care.
Oct 2016
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect setting for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The Granary.

Gilly and John were charming 'hands off' hosts - there if we had any questions or queries but otherwise letting us have the run of their beautifully designed and furnished cottage.

We used it partly as a base to explore local highlights - the City of York and Castle Howard - and partly to entertain family and friends in the spacious and luxurious rental space.

It is a remote and relaxing spot - perfect for our first trip with a newborn. The vast surroundings also provided the perfect playground for our Golden Retriever puppy who was made very welcome by the owners and their own resident labradors.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you had such a lovely break....Pasha has been pining for her handsome playmate! We look forward to welcoming you for longer next time, and thank you so much for writing a review - it really is appreciated.
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First Class

  • 5 of 5

A well-designed and superbly-equipped conversion, executed and decorated to a very high standard. The welcome pack was wonderful (I won't spoil the surprise, as contents may vary).

All kit and appliances are of the highest quality and the place is decorated in smart but understated and relaxing style. Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, DVD and TVs are available if you don't cherish the peace and quiet that this place gives.

The owners are very helpful pre-visit, responding promptly to emails etc., yet are completely respectful of privacy during the stay - it's good to know that they're there in case of need, but otherwise you won't see them. You're more likey to get a friendly visit from one of the black labradors!

I would strongly recommend this property on its own merits, but when you consider the beautiful views and the proximity to York (the Park & Ride @ Monk's Cross is a short drive away), together with the legendary friendliness of Yorkshire folk, this is a must-go destination.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, we hope to see you again soon.
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yorkshire break

  • 5 of 5

One of the best holiday cottages we have ever had with superb kitchen. Furnished throughout to very high standard and set in delightful gardens with many interesting places to visit on the doorstep. Friendly and helpful owners.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you... really appreciated and love that people love it as much as we do!
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic barn conversion. Pure luxury, just what we needed. Didn't want to leave the house! Absolutely everything was thought of and to such a high standard. Wonderful walks around the farm which the children and the dog loved. Yorkshire Lavender down the road which is a must. A super farm shop with a small adventure park and petting zoo is a short drive away, if you can drag yourself away from this luxury accommodation. Super sauna finished off a perfect day! Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - Much appreciated.
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Ultimate Luxury Barn

  • 5 of 5

This superb property is set in idyllic Yorkshire countryside and offers luxury accommodation to relax in, or explore this beautiful part of the world. Nothing has been overlooked when designing and fitting the barn, so your stay will be perfect. Plenty to see and do locally, from the fantastic Castle Howard to the Historic City of York, onto the North York Moors up to Whitby and back down to Scarborough, on the coast. There is something for everyone.

Fully recommended, you will not be disappointed

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay!
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From the Owner

In 1992, Cheese Vat Farm was a working farm being broken up and had lots of potential to make a home for our then two young sons. We love the fact that we are in real countryside, out of the bustle of the Vale of York and up into the Howardian Hills, and have lovely views in all directions. Yet the City of York is within easy reach, as are the Coast, Moors and Dales. The surrounding countryside is a mixture which provides a continuously changing landscape depending on the seasons.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary



Yorkshire coastal towns are some 40 minutes drive away.


Leeds Bradford is our nearest airport. Durham Tess Valley is 45 minutes drive. We would recommend having a car.


Sheriff Hutton village is just over a mile away. York 12 miles, Malton 10 miles. Easingwold 10 miles. Castle Howard 5 miles.

Further Details:

Our website (link below), has full details of local attractions and gastro pubs. The Granary has a folder of maps of local walks.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
3 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Medium Season
17 Feb 2017 - 27 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
28 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Medium Season
7 Apr 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes: I do not take online bookings on this website. Therefore please visit www.cheesevatfarm.co.uk.
Please email (link below), or telephone Gilly or John, or check availability on our website.
Next complete a booking form on our website www.cheesevatfarm.co.uk, and post or Bacs a deposit cheque for one third to confirm your booking.
If within 6 weeks of arrival, or paying by Paypal (+4%), full payment is due at the time of booking, otherwise 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Fridays - or Mondays if doing a mid week break.
Arrival time is 4pm and Departure times is always 10am Fridays (to allow cleaning team in).

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. We do shorter periods so please apply for pricing. 2/4 persons sharing. We do not have an Annex, so can accommodate up to 8. Please email for details. Length of stay 7 nights from Friday to Friday. 3 night preferably from Friday to Monday. 4 nights preferably from Monday to Friday. We will consider alternatives!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 28-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We aim to be the best! The Granary is an old building converted in 2007 in a contemporary style. We have tried to think of everything for our guests comfort including a welcome pack of Yorkshire produce and a home made cake. No matter what the weather outside, the Granary is warm and cosy, with a woodburner fire and Smart TV for a cosy night in. The two terraces with garden furniture, floodlights and a barbecue provide a lovely outside space for those warm leisurely summer evenings putting the world to rights!

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Double ended bath with hand held shower attachment
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, P-shaped bath.
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Additional Body Jets
  • Tiled bathroom 1 has deep double ended London bath with pull out shower and twin basins with WC. Tiled bathroom 2 is a P-shaped bath with shower over and glass shower door, basin and WC. Downstairs walk-in shower room with body jets, loo and basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Super King Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Makes a King Size double or Two twin beds
  • Bedroom 3 - Annexe - 1 Large Double Bed, Super King Bed is ZipLink so can be made as two 3ft singles.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Super-King size bed, TV, views to east, west and north over open farmland. Open En-suite. Bedroom 2 with King size bed (can be split into twins), TV, views over courtyard garden. En-suite. Stairs and first floor is carpeted.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Well behaved pets are welcome. We do have 'house rules', and a heated secure external dog kennel should they need to be left alone. Garden is fully fenced with gates. Please contact me for further details on horses and also dogs. Outside: The south facing courtyard garden has a circular hardwood table, 6 chairs, umbrella and gas BBQ on the terrace and is totally private. There is a pergola seating area, as well as floodlighting and water feature. The sitting room terrace faces west through to east and has seating with small tables and leads to the lawned area. This garden is enclosed with hedges and maturing scrubs but opens onto open farmland. The tennis court is some 20 yards from here and is shared with the owners (occasionally!). Whilst no games room is provided, there is a trampoline available, as well as table tennis, darts and children’s table football. Utility Room: Automatic washing machine and condenser dryer with Belfast sink within fitted units. Ample coat hanging and boot rack. Heatwave sauna with aromatherapy, CD player and light panel. Also ground heat source pump and hot water cylinder. Ideal area for dogs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen. All heating, linen and towels are included in the rent, changed weekly. Cleaning weekly. 1 large basket of logs provided. A Welcome hamper is also provided. Other: Snug area in kitchen/dining sofa and comfy chairs. 32' flatscreen TV, sound system. Dining table with 6 rattan chairs. French doors to private southfacing courtyard garden. Water feature, seating area and terrace with floodlight.

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