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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 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



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:
16 April, 2018

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 Otley

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 Menwith with Darley

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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Little Owl Cottage
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews

A delightful cottage offering peace, tranquility, charm and warmth.

  • 5 of 5

Little Owl Cottage has something that money cannot buy; a wonderful atmosphere which envelopes you as soon as you walk through the door. The accommodation is great with baths as well as showers in each bathroom; big freezer, washer and dryer in the utility room, full central heating as well as a woodburner that works well and does not smoke. The downstairs loo is a plus also. This is a very well equipped cottage indeed but should you need something out of the ordinary, like a massive casserole pot, then just ask Sarah or Scott who will give you any help that you may need. They are both very approachable but also unobtrusive and leave you alone to enjoy your holiday unless needed.

The views are stunning and you feel that you are miles from anywhere whereas in reality you are only a couple of miles from some very pretty villages and Harrogate and Skipton are only a matter of 20 minutes drive away. Your own private garden supplies a beautiful seating area and barbeque and a view that will take your breath away and the only noise that you'll hear is the calling of the wild birds. The area is a haven for walkers and the cottage is packed with maps, walking routes, local interest books and much much more.

We strongly recommend Little Owl Cottage. Go there. You will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vincent thank you so much for your kind words...we're delighted you enjoyed your stay in Little Owl Cottage and the casserole pot came in handy! Many of our guests come to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Nidderdale, so we're pleased you found the information we supplied useful. Our ducks and and moor hens have recently returned, so the sounds from the lake are varied now...including the occasional splash from our visiting otter. Thank you again and we wish you both well. Warm regards, Sarah and Scott
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Little Owl is a very well equipped, warm, cosy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Sarah and Scott really looked after us and made sure we were ok. We have stayed here several times but this time coincided with the 'Beast from the East'. But it didn't put us off this area of Yorkshire. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jane! Whew, what a week we had didn't we? Nidderdale is beautiful in the snow, but 4" drifts really tested our tractor keeping the track clear. I'm pleased you were warm and cosy in Little Owl....hopefully the wood burner and library of DVDs helped with the cabin fever. Hope to see you again very soon. Regards, Sarah and Scott
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clean and welcoming

  • 3 of 5

Not our usual holiday location as we normally go to more urban centres. However, the peace and tranquillity made for a very restful time and has made us think again about future destinations.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting, lovely views, well equipped, very clean.One of the best cottages we've stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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accessibility difficult but rather well appointed

  • 3 of 5

A clean, very well equipped little cottage. Thermostat not fully explained. Oil burning boiler with some oily smell in entrance hall. Nice location but half a mile of stony track to get there.

Yorkshire August weather predictably grotty.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr and Mrs Brownridge, thank-you for your review, although we were naturally disappointed to read of your concerns and have looked into these as a matter of urgency. As we are very rural, we can't access mains gas, so oil is our only option. However, all heating, electricity and logs are included so our guests can be as warm as they like, with unlimited hot water. I've checked the Visitors Information folder and can report that the info about how to change the thermostat is all in order. We live next door to Little Owl and I always pop round to say hello to our guests and to emphasize that if there is anything at all they need, just to ring our bell or message me. Our lane is half a mile long, well away from the main road and we maintain it regularly so there are no pot holes or ruts....we are the only property on the lane and our guests enjoy strolling along it to enjoy the views down the Washburn Valley and it's safe for little ones to cycle along. I'm sorry the weather was troublesome, but hopefully it offered a great opportunity to batten down the hatches and get cosy in front of the log burner. Thank you for your feedback to us. Sarah and Scott
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Well presented and equiped cottage in excellent decorative order.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week there late June 2017. The cottage is ideally situated for a number of National Trust properties. Harrogate is close by for shopaholics. We spent a wet Wednesday at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. Wholeheartedly recommend this property. Brilliant for two, but equally suited to a family of four

It was nice to have the added touches, like salt and pepper, dishwasher tablets and washing machine solution provided. There was also milk. tea, coffee sugar and biscuits, for that much needed drink, on arrival.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Wellington Inn
Nearest Ferry
85 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Wellington Inn
Nearest Beach
70 Miles


We are equidistant between the east and west coasts, 70 miles to the Yorkshire coast (e.g. Whitby and Scarborough) and 65 miles to the west coast of Lancashire (e.g. Morecambe and Blackpool) and the Lakes


10 miles to Leeds-Bradford airport


Summerbridge - 5 miles

Pateley Bridge - 8 miles

Harrogate – 9 miles

Ilkley 9 miles

Skipton 12 miles

Leeds – 15 miles

Ripon – 17 miles

York – 30 miles

Further Details:

Mount Bark Farm is ideally situated for enjoying all that North Yorkshire has to offer. Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a wealth of stunning scenery. We want you to have a super holiday and are happy to point you in the right direction to pursue your chosen activity whether you want an energetic holiday (water sports, caving, horse riding, mountain biking, rock-climbing etc) or a more relaxing break (bird-watching, hiking, fine dining, museums, historic houses and gardens etc). Scott is a keen walker and would be happy to advise you on some of the more remote walks to sites of ancient mines and waterfalls or around our local historic reservoirs. The Yorkshire Dales are close-by and the North York Moors and stunning East Yorkshire coast are within easy reach.

Head east to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate with its elegant facades, theatre culture, cosmopolitan shopping and take tea at Betty’s Tearooms. Enjoy historic York with a walk on the ancient walls and through the fascinating Shambles, discover its viking past and stunning water-fronts, or maybe have a flutter on the horses at the racecourse. Picturesque Ripley village is nearby and we’d recommend exploring Ripley Castle with its interesting and gruesome history followed by a meal at the Boars Head pub and restaurant.

Head south for the lovely market towns of Otley, for a mooch around the jumble of cobbled streets and Ilkley to take a walk on the famous moor, brave a dip at the open-air pool and then enjoy a Fat Rascal! Saltaire model village is a World Heritage site and well worth a visit. A short drive further on takes you to Bronte country and picturesque Haworth with its ethereal moorland. Pop down the motorway to Leeds to explore Yorkshire’s rich textile heritage or visit the Royal Armories and enjoy the diversity of shopping from Harvey Nics to alternative boutiques under the Dark Arches

Westwards will take you to the market town of Skipton, the Gateway to The Dales, to explor