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

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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.

Laura Bough
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Laura Bough

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 Daughter Emily who is a student at Sheffield Hallam University studying Product Design. 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. Living next door to the Apple barn they are on hand to make sure your holiday is as enjoyable as possible.

Laura Bough purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Laura Bough chose North Yorkshire

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. Our nearest pub is only 3/4 mile away in the village of Warthill and the pub next to the village duckpond.

What makes this cottage unique

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 off street parking for your visit to historic York and the North Yorkshire countryside.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in York in Yorkshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 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
Outside: The Apple Barn shares a large lawn garden with the owners. We also produce our own honey. 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. Iron and ironing board supplied and some cleaning equipment can be found under the sink. Your property is cleaned after each guest, and fresh bed linen and towels are provided for your stay.


4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


A nice little cottage

  • 4 of 5

A nice little cottage with a friendly helpful owner. With a couple of tweaks it could be even better

Can I suggest the following:

A toilet brush!

Details of how to control the heating/hot water.

A vacuum cleaner

Details of nearest doctor, dentist etc.

Phone no. for a couple of local taxi firms.

I hope these are constructive and helpful, Laura was really accommodating and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting in lovely quiet village. Well equiped self catering cottage

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
14 Apr 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
22 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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