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

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Little Owl Cottage

This cottage would be ideally suited for a couple seeking a romantic hideaway, or a family of four.

With double-glazing and central heating throughout

Entrance lobby

A useful place for coats and wellies.

Open plan ground floor

A cosy and relaxing space. Oak flooring throughout and corner feature fireplace with cute little cast-iron wood-burning stove. Superbly equipped kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and fridge. Versatile dining area with comfortable seating for four. Flat screen TV with Freeview, CD/radio with i-pod docking station. Lots of books, games, DVDs, maps and local information.

Cloakroom and utility room

A useful place to dry any wet outdoor clothes. Fridge-freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier, sink. Further room with WC and wash basin.

Master bedroom with en-suite

Stunning, huge double bedroom with super views over the lake. Lots of space for a travel cot or toddler bed. Luxurious en-suite with a large corner bath, separate shower

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About the property


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
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About sarah fisher

Hello, we're Scott and Sarah Fisher. We are born and bred in Yorkshire and enjoy the outdoors on our small-holding with our two young daughters, a three-legged Lurcher, elderly Labrador, a mixed-bag of sheep and lots of chickens.

sarah fisher purchased this barn in 2001

Why sarah fisher chose North Yorkshire

We had always wanted to live on a small-holding in beautiful Nidderdale - described as Yorkshire's forgotten dale. Mount Bark Farm was in a sorry state when we bought it. Our water came from a well up on the hill and electricity from a noisy generator. We lived in a static caravan for 2 years and slowly converted the farmhouse and then turned our attention to the old barns. We have converted them into the sort of holiday accommodation we love to stay in, with beams, oak floors and wood-burning stoves. Mount Bark Farm is in a remote rural location, but Harrogate is only 15 minutes drive away, the best of both worlds!

What makes this barn unique

We promise peace and quiet in a secluded, country setting in luxurious barn conversions. Barn Owl Cottage is popular with larger families or groups of friends. Little Owl is ideal for a cosy, romantic getaway for a couple or a real home-from-home for smaller families. You might be visited by our sheep and lambs or witness a fly past by the Barn Owl and Red Kites, or even a Hen Harrier if you're lucky. We're ideally situated for outdoor enthusiasts, with lots of space for bikes, canoes, wind-surfers etc. Outdoor dining over-looking our fields and lake is popular and the deer sometimes make an appearance. We're close enough to civilisation for shopping trips to Harrogate and York. Fountains Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Harlow Carr Gardens, Ilkley and Skipton are on the doorstep.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Please see our website (www.mountbarkcottages.com) for details of how to book, deposits etc. Please contact us to discuss change-over days, short-breaks or pets.

Changeover Day:
We offer a flexible approach to change-over days, please ring Sarah to discuss your requirements


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Otley in Yorkshire

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Stunning, huge bedroom with super views over the lake
    Second bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Adult bunk-beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • caving
  • 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.

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


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Brilliant stay at Little Owl Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Arrived in the morning & unpacked before heading off to Harrogate for the Christmas market. The cottage was warm and cozy on arrival and spotlessly clean! Everything we could possible need was available. Plenty of toilet paper, fluffy white towels, dishwasher tablets etc. Outside there was a plentiful supply of wood and to our surprise the wood burner had been set up for us ready to light, this was a great touch as were not the best at lighting fires but it amazed us how easy it was to keep the fire burning! The view was to die for! Not every day can you say you have chickens rabbits and sheep in your back garden! It was great feeding the chickens and watching them run round with the sheep! The bed was so comfortable with lovely quality linen and the quaint little window alongside meant we could view the animals antics whilst we stayed in bed! My husband was in his element with 3 toilets, 2 baths and 2 showers to choose from! The owners dog Tig was so well behaved, he popped round often ( although I admit I did encourage him to do so!) Our city life is so hectic, Little Owl Cottage provided the perfect retreat to relax. The only negatives are 3 nights are just not long enough also we would have loved an honesty box in the yard so we could buy the lovely free range eggs. Fully recommend this lovely hideaway x

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you had a restful break in Little Owl Cottage, despite a naughty puppy visiting occasionally! The honesty box for eggs is a great idea; we support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and egg money would be a good way to raise a little more money for them. We've tried to make a holiday in our cottages as relaxing as possible, so we provide all consumables, like toilet paper and dishwasher tabs etc, so our guests don't have to be bothered with packing these items. We don't like worrying about how much electricity we use when we're away on holiday, so we don't charge our guests any extra, we want you to be warm and snug! Hope to see you again soon! Sarah and Scott
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  • 5 of 5

This is a first-rate property, recently fitted out, with brand new 'white goods'--washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, dishwasher, and a huge double oven. The whole place was immaculately clean and obviously well cared for. There is plenty of kitchen equipment and essentials such as foil, clingfilm, washing-up liquid, kitchen towels, etc etc, are lavishly provided. Beds and sofa are very comfortable, and we loved the 'one-touch' table lamps. The countryside setting is very peaceful ,although the views were somewhat restricted by mist and rain! We were glad of the tip about the Wellington pub, as we thought it was excellent. The owners are discreetly low profile but very ready to help if needed. Booking Little Owl with the next-door Barn Owl Cottage was ideal for our family reunion.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate your kind words and are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Little Owl Cottage. Thank you! Sarah and Scott
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  • 5 of 5

Barn Owl cottage is wonderful in a beautiful location. The cottage surpassed expectations, was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Sarah and her family were truly welcoming and could not have been more helpful with our 'alarms and excursions'. Thank you.

Our grandson loved the sheep and the girls calling for him to help feed the chickens and to collect 'more eggies'. We loved the area and hope to be back to explore more of Nidderdale. When we do we will want to stay at Mount Bark again. We enjoyed the wildlife all around and just to sit and relax with the views.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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