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The Apple Barn Is A Beautiful Renovated Old Apple Store In The Village Of Holtby



Updated: 28-Jul-2016
Converted barn in Holtby, Nr. York, North Yorkshire, England - Set In The Beautiful Yorkshire Countryside, Yet Just 5 Miles From York And Its Many Attractions

The Apple Barn is just a short drive into York city centre, the perfect location for your visit to the many attractions of York and the surrounding countryside. Set in the quiet village of Holtby and sitting peacefully next to Holtby church our village is steeped in history and untouched by development, just right for a relaxing stay. The Apple Barn has one spacious double bedroom with a king size bed and flat screen TV. A good sized bathroom with over bath shower and WC. The lounge/dining area has a new large flat screen TV, along with a DVD and CD and a selection of DVDs, CD's, books and board games. For those of you that like a challenge, wooden puzzles are there to tax you. The kitchen is fully equipped with a breakfast bar. Leading from the kitchen to outside there is a large lawn garden shared with the owners and two relaxing patios areas. We also have private off street parking for one vehicles. We have our own free range hens and produce our own honey on site.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Barbecue

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About the Owner

David has lived in York all his life, Laura started life in Bridlington but has lived most of her life in York. They have one teenage Daughter Emily who goes to Bootham School in the centre of York. Living in Holltby has allowed them to indulge themsleves in many of their hobbies and a more natural lifestyle. They keep bees and produce local honey, they breed bantam Orpington, large Brahma and Sable Poot Millefleur chickens and grow all their own fruit and vegetables. Living next door to the Apple barn they are on hand to make sure your holiday is as enjoyable as possible.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'A short thank you note to express our appreciation for the wonderful surroundings of the Apple Barn we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We loved the homely touches and we will definitely recommend you to family and friends who either want a quite retreat or want to visit York and the surrounding area.

p.s Can we please provisionally book the same week next year.'

'Thanks so much for making us feel welcome at the Apple barn. Being here made our stay in York so much more enjoyable. Your eggs were delicious- many thanks.'

'Many thanks Laura for making our stay in Holtby such a pleasant one. The Apple Barn is a credit to you and provides everything to make one welcome and comfortable. Your standards are very high. We will certainly recommend you to others and hope to revisit sometime in the near future.'
Feb 2011
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1 holidaymaker review

St Albans

Perfect, idyllic hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We had the most incredible stay. Laura and her husband have created the most idyllic barn conversion. It is comfortable, cosy and immaculate. It was perfect for our needs. The kitchen is functional and well kept, living room cosy with a great TV and comfy sofa, the bedroom was beautiful with the most wonderful bed and the bathroom was spotless with a great shower. We were so impressed that we could have stay indefinitely. It is perfect for 2 people.

York was only 15 mins away by car and is a fabulous city. We loved our stay and we so look forward to returning shortly.

Could not recommend this accommodation highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We moved to Holtby in 2003 because it was a beautiful little village that was close enough to York for us to commute quickly to the city centre for David's work and Emily's school yet felt like we were in the middle of the countryside when we were at home relaxing. The only downfall of Holtby village is the lack of its own pub, unfortunately we were the pub many years ago! Having a pub next door to a church was not acceptable and so the church bought the pub and turned it into a house. Fortunately Warthill village is only 3/4 mile away and it has its own pub next to the village duckpond.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The Yorvic way, a 65 mile recreational path, skirts the village and there is a network of 6 separate public rights of way within the parish of Holtby, which together with bridleways and country lanes, link Holtby to neighboring villages making it an excellent area for walkers and cyclists.


York is ideally located to visit attractions, such as the North Yorkshire moors (Heartbeat country), Scarborough (40 miles), Whitby (Dracula town). Easy access to Victorian Harrogate and cosmopolitan Leeds with its superb shopping and big city experience.


Leeds Bradford airport is approx 45 minutes drive. Manchester airport is approx 90 minutes drive. York city railway station is 5 miles away in the centre of York and our regular bus takes you straight there.


Leeds is approximately 30 miles away. Harrogate is approximately 20 miles away. The east coast, Scarborough and Bridlington are 40 miles away. Castle Howard is approximately 10 miles away.

Further Details:

Holtby is a small village on a regular bus route into York or just a 5 minute drive away to the nearest Park and Ride. Our nearest village is Dunnington, which is 2 miles away and has a supermarket, post office, newsagents, butchers and a couple of pubs serving good honest food. In the other direction we have the Balloon Tree a farm shop serving delicious homemade cakes, all of their produce is locally grown and very fresh. If you need to shop further afield we have Monks Cross shopping park a ten minute drive away which has a couple of the larger supermarkets and plenty of other shops to tempt you. York's MacArthur Glen Designer Outlet is also only a short drive away. Our nearest pub is in the next village of Warthill a 3/4 mile walk away.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
23 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
When you book, we ask for a booking fee in order to hold the property. This deposit is non refundable. The balance of the rental is payable four weeks before arrival. Should you find it necessary to cancel your booking within four weeks of your arrival date the payment will not be refunded unless we are able to re-let the property for the same dates.

Changeover Day:
Friday is our preferred changeover day, but out of season this can be flexible. Arrival at the cottage is after 3pm, to be agreed with the owner and we ask that you vacate the property by 10am on your day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Our prices are based on two people sharing for a one week stay. A minimum stay with us is three nights, please contact us for a price if you wish to stay between 3 and 7 nights.

A £100 Deposit is required at the time of booking a weeks stay with us and the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. For short stays we kindly ask for the amount to be paid in full. We accept a cheque or a Bank transfers.

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From the Owner

Holtby village is very close to York, approximately 4.5 miles and the city has many attractions to offer. Holtby is also very close to the Howardian Hills and a short commute away from the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Coastline. If you want to escape to the country and enjoy walking or cycling then our public rights of way around Holtby will be perfect for you. The Applebarn is a comfortable cottage offering home from home facilities and provides a perfect base with offroad parking for your visit to historic York and the North Yorkshire countryside.


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television

Location Type

  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The separate bathroom has a low level WC and over-bath power shower, it is cleanly decorated and all towels are provided for your stay. Toiletries are also provided.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Our large tastefully decorated beamed bedroom sleeps two people in a king size bed. A free standing wardrobe and plenty of drawer space provide you with plenty of storage space. A large flat screen TV sits in the corner of the bedroom.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

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


  • Outside: The Apple Barn shares a large lawn garden with the owners. At the bottom of the garden you will find a small wood where most of our free range hens live. We also produce our own honey and so we also have a small apiary near the hens. There are two patios within the grounds with tables, chairs and a barbecue. There is also plenty of off street parking which is well lit during the evening. Utility Room: Iron and ironing board supplied and some cleaning equipment can be found under the sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Your property is cleaned after each guest, and fresh bed linen and towels are provided for your stay.

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