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Stunning Barn Conversion, 4 Star Gold close to York and The Yorkshire Wolds



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Barn Conversion near York and Pocklington, Yorkshire, England, UK - Peaceful Rural Location Only 15 Minute Drive To York

This delightful, lovingly restored barn provides high quality spacious holiday accommodation. Original features combined with contemporary touches ensure a comfortable stay all year round. The Hayloft is a luxury country retreat that is equally as ideal for a couple as it is for a family and being all on one level is also suitable for the less mobile. Perfectly situated for exploring the countryside, The Hayloft is in a private location on the owner's smallholding in the peaceful farming village of Thornton in Yorkshire. There is a wealth of things to do in the area, York is only a 15 minute drive, with The National Railway museum, Yorvik centre, Castle museum, open top bus tours and numerous bars and restaurants. Closer to home are Allerthorpe watersports park, Elvington Air museum and the famous water lily gardens at Burnby Hall, Pocklington. We are at the foot of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds which has scenic drives with breathtaking views. There are plenty of good pubs within a 10 minute drive and one just a mile away The Melbourne Arms, serving good pub grub, ales and with a real fire in the winter can be reached by road or by walking along the canal path by the house boats. From April to October canal boat rides run on Sunday afternoons.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I'm Jan Dawson and was born and brought up on the Yorkshire Wolds. After spending all our married life living in a local town, my husband Adrian and I were itching to get back into the countryside and moved to Village Farm in Thornton with our 3 children In 2001. We have all found Village Farm a very happy place to be and realise how lucky we are to live in such beautiful surroundings. In 2010 -2011 we decided to convert the old stables, pigsty and haybarn into The Hayloft and had great fun finishing to the standards that we would like for ourselves, so far our guests love it! We take pride in maintaining and cleaning The Hayloft to a high standard and provide a welcome basket which includes locally produced Apple juice and free range eggs from our own chickens.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Every touch has been well thought out, thinking of guest's comfort at all times. A superb conversion, and having stayed in many cottages, this is by far the best.We would certainly look at returning for a further stay 4/8/12

Fantastic accommodation - very luxurious and beautifully clean. Brilliant location, loved the rural setting but closeness to York. Only able to stay a few days, wish it could have been more 24/9

Amazing barn, this is the best accommodation we have stayed in. The finish is of such a high standard, everything is so comfortable and smart we don't want to go!The perfect location for exploring North Yorkshire. In particular the local pubs are very welcoming and the food wonderful. Will recommend to friends and family, we absolutely love it and will be back 2/11

Sooo lovely to step into this cottage after a long journey. We all much appreciated the little extras and having the chance to chill out and catch up in this beautiful, peaceful place has been wonderful 11
Jul 2011
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Brilliant 10/10

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely brilliant ... very comfortable everything you could want. 10/10. Owners very friendly and helpful. No complaints at all don't want to home 😢򘠮

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect retreat!

  • 5 of 5

As near to perfect as you can get....after many stays now to the Hayloft we always come away thinking this! A luxurious, comfortable, cosy cottage, well equipped and always immaculate. The Hayloft offers a wonderful retreat from "busy life". It offers the peacefulness of a quiet village but also the delights of nearby bustling York. The owners look after you so well, with a welcome basket waiting with all essentials. They make you feel very welcome & are very informative of places to eat or visit. I would & have recommended this property to family & friends. We will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolute perfection..

  • 5 of 5

Hi there. We had a fantastic stay at the Hayloft. It's truly the perfect holiday cottage, everything has been done to a fantastic standard, as a tradesmen I can appreciate the effort and money that's been put in to it. It's so cosy and a great base for a break away, York is also fantastic and can highly recommend it. It was immaculately clean throughout and everything you could possibly need was included. Thanks to the owners for there attention to detail and friendly welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

After a lovely warm welome including an unexpected welcome pack which was gratefully recieved packed with goodies we had an amazing week at The Hayloft. It was so peaceful and relaxing with everything provided that you needed plus more. The Hayloft is beautifully decorated and furnished to the highest standard.

Lovely walks along the canal just on the doorstep and an ideal location for visiting York and the surrounding areas including Scarborough & Whitby.

We were very sad to leave and would definately like to come back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend Hayloft to any of our friends travelling from Aus. A relaxing home away from the hustle and bustle of York which was easy to access, particularly via the Park n Ride. Everything you would need was provided for in this extremely well equipped property. Owners were available if needed. Welcome basket was an added bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Hayloft was everything and more - lovely and clean, spacious and very well appointed - we didn't want for anything. There was a lovely welcome basket and Jan and Adrian were very helpful and friendly. Our only complaint is that we only stayed 4 nights - longer would have been great! Castle Howard is well worth a visit - especially in summer, when the walled garden is in full bloom. We were a bit early for the Lavender farm at Terrington but I am sure that would have been excellent had we seen it 3 weeks later. York of course is very close and a must to climb the Minster. The whole region is very pretty - a great place to relax and enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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From the Owner

Thornton is a sleepy little village where you really feel as if you're getting away from it all. However we are not far from an abundance of things to do and within 10 minutes drive you can be in the pretty market town of Pocklington, 15 minutes will take you to the historic City of York or you can be at the top of the Yorkshire Wolds also in around 15 minutes. Although we have only been open for eighteen months, we already have guests re booking for a longer stay next time because the area has so much to offer whatever your age.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Melbourne at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Hull at 28 Miles Nearest Golf : Aughton at 7 Miles Nearest Train : York at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Melbourne at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Fraisthorpe at 32 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you are celebrating something special and would like champagne, chocolates, balloons to be waiting for you this can be arranged with pleasure. In the winter time we will have the log burner laid and ready for your arrival. For breaks around Christmas and New Year The Hayloft will be tastefully decorated with a tree and lights. Please contact to discuss cost.

We are only 4 miles from Elvington Airfield with its famous Driving Experience days / events.


The East coast towns of Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby can all be reached within around an hour's drive as can the North York Moors. Coastal towns and villages such as Robin Hood's Bay, Filey, Sandsend and Staithes are pretty and quieter as they are less commercialised


Use of car recommended due to rural location. Nearest airport Leeds/Bradford approx 1 hour by car. Nearest train station York 15/20 mins by car.


Nearest village shop Melbourne is just under 1 mile for morning papers, milk etc

Pub 1 mile. Elvington village shop 5-10 mins by car sells local produce, nice bread, cooked ham etc. Pocklington is the nearest market town (5 miles) with petrol, banks, supermarkets, chemist etc. City of York 15 mins by car. There are several local pubs serving good food all within 10-15 minute drive or you could walk by the canal side to Melbourne (just under a mile). Elvington Air Museum is only 5-10 mins drive.

Further Details:

If you are arriving on a Friday or Saturday and plan to eat at one of the local pubs, we would recommend booking as last minute can prove difficult due to popularity.Canal boat rides available April - October on Sundays starting in Melbourne - full details available in The Hayloft. Thornton ings are an ideal habitat for birds and wildlife. We regularly see deer, owls, squirrels and numerous species of bird. The village is very quiet, our rush hour might consist of a tractor and a couple of horses. Despite this though we are literally on the doorstep of an abundance of things to do from walking on The Yorkshire Wolds to visiting the theatre or bars and restaurants in York, not to mention the museums and quaint old streets and individual shops. Many of our guests have commented on just how much there is to do in the area for both young and old. Or of course if you don't feel like doing very much at all just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of The Hayloft. Smoking is not permitted inside.

If you would like to book a table at one of the nearby pubs we will be happy to provide details or do this for you. Booking is recommended,especially at weekends.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late summer
3 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A non returnable deposit is required to confirm booking 25% of total cost. Balance payable within 30 days of start of holiday. You are advised to take out cancellation insurance. Payment accepted by Bacs transfer (preferred method) paypal (4%extra)or cheque (please make payable to J. Dawson). We do not take a breakage deposit but damages would need to be paid for. Sorry but we do not accept pets.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible and Short breaks are possible outside of peak times (minimum stay is 3 nights and there is a discount for longer stays). During quieter times or for last minute bookings, 2 night stays are sometimes possible

Notes on prices:
Pricing structure shown. There are a few short breaks available over summer which can be seen on the availability page.
Please contact for prices if wanting to book for Christmas or New Year period.

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From the Owner

Village Farm originates from 1750 and although now it is a smallholding (we have chickens just over the fence from The Hayloft, a dog and cat) for much of its life it has been a dairy farm and a milk maid's yoke hangs in The Hayloft as a reminder. It has also been a village pub called The Greyhound. The farmhouse is now used as the village polling station. The Hayloft has the beauty of having loads of character but all the advantages of up to the minute equipment and home from comforts.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The contemporary and spacious bathroom contains wall mounted basin and WC and a natural slate floor. Separate bath and large level entry shower. There is a towel warmer and fully tiled walls.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 adjoining bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master ensuite bedroom has open beams, king sized cast iron bed and a flat screen TV. A door leads off this room into the 2nd bedroom which has 2 full size single beds. Bedding is hypo allergenic.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Please note that we always leave you a small supply of essentials such as toilet rolls, dishwasher and laundry tablets,bin bags washing up liquid etc to get you started. Your welcome basket varies but includes bread, butter, free range eggs ,locally produced Apple juice milk, tea and coffee. We provide information leaflets for the surrounding area, sample menus for some local pubs and there is a selection of DVD's,children's games, jigsaws etc. Travel,I cot and highchair available on request. The Hayloft has a wonderful restful ambiance and is ideal for 'a get away from it all break' all year round, being warm and cosy in the winter months with the underfloor heating and log burner. Bedding, towels, tea towels, electric and logs inc. The owners do live on site but you are not overlooked and will be left to enjoy the peace and tranquility in private. If you would like any help or recommendations though they will be only too happy to oblige. Detailed information pack in the property. Outside: There is a separate and private lawned area for your exclusive use which is not overlooked, with table, 4 chairs and 2 sunloungers. A BBQ is also provided. Parking is off-road and private right next to the entrance. Our small family of chickens live just over the fence next to The Hayloft. They are very friendly and you can feed them your scraps. If you are feeling energetic we can recommend walks in the Wolds. Or a gentle stroll on the flat down by the canal to The Melbourne Arms (around 1 mile) From April to October you can take a canal boat trip on Sunday afternoons - details in The Hayloft. Utility Room: Clothes airing rack. Logs. BBQ. Iron and board. First aid kit. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are provided and alternative beach towels if requested. For longer stays clean bedding and towels are supplied weekly. The Hayloft will be thoroughly cleaned ready for your arrival.

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