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

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



Barn Owl Cottage

Barn Owl Cottage would be suit a large family or group of friends seeking a base to explore beautiful North Yorkshire.With double-glazing and central heating throughout.

Entrance lobby

Lots of space for coats and walking boots.

Kitchen and dining room

A large, relaxing room. Oak flooring throughout and large feature fireplace with cast-iron wood-burning stove. Superbly equipped kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and fridge. Farmhouse kitchen dining table with comfortable seating for six.

Cloakroom and utility room

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

Sitting room

A really cosy room with an open fireplace and another cast-iron wood-burning stove. French windows open onto the cottage garden. Flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio with i-pod docking station. Lots of books, DVDs, games, maps and local information.

Master bedroom with en-suite

Lovely double be

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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:
11 March, 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. We are happy to discuss shorter stays, alterations to the Saturday change-over day and pets.

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


Accommodation and facilities for Barn Owl Cottage in Otley in Menwith with Darley

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Exposed beams and solid wood floor, luxury shower
    En-suite - master bedroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Luxurious large bath, views over fields, beams
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Additional dressing room and large en-suite bathroom
    Second bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Romantic room with high ceiling and exposed beams
    Family bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Double bed with single bunk above - popular with teenagers
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Fantastic cottage. Perfect for family break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week over the Christmas period. Great place for kids as well. Owners were really helpful. Cottage had everything we could need. Loved it all. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mrs Davis, we're delighted you enjoyed your Christmas in Barn Owl Cottage....the snow made a timely appearance and I hope the donkeys added to the seasonal feel. Happy New Year! Sarah and Scott Fisher
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Great accommodation in a great area!

  • 5 of 5

Great place, well equipped, owners close by if you need anything but leave you alone to enjoy your stay otherwise. Couldn't ask for more than that! This was our third stay and I'm sure we will visit again in the future :0)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Katie! It was lovely to see you all again...and the new addition! We've taken on board your comments in the Nuggets and Niggles book re more cups and wooden spoons...all sorted. We really appreciate feedback, it helps to ensure the cottages have everything our guests need. See you again soon, hopefully. Regards, Sarah and Scott
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Lovely welcoming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cottage with everything you need !

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mrs Taylor, we were so pleased you found Barn Owl comfortable and well equipped. We're moving into the season of long, cold nights and being able to stoke up the wood burners for a cosy evenings in is very popular with our guests. Hope to welcome you back to Barn Owl again soon. Kind regards, Sarah and Scott
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Lovely cottage in a lovely secluded spot only 15 mins from Harrogate.

  • 5 of 5

Very happy with our stay - 7 people with a mix of ages from 2 up to 82 & everyone was content with the facilities & the secluded setting. Would definitely consider coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Mr Hayward....we're so pleased that Barn Owl Cottage suited you all. We also like being rural and secluded but being able to nip into Harrogate and Ilkley to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea at Betty's is great. We look forward to seeing you all again soon! Best wishes, Sarah and Scott
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Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful setting overlooking a wonderful panorama of countryside. A very peaceful stay , with only the farmyard sounds of bleating sheep and the hens in the fields behind the property .

The second morning of the stay we were delighted to see the owners young daughter cross the field at the back of the cottage, happily talking to a hen she had tucked under her arm. What an amazing start to the day! All in all a superb place for a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mrs Woodridge for your kind words,we're delighted you had a peaceful holiday. The sheep had a lot to say this week after being shorn, as it took the lambs some time to recognise their mums! We like to encourage guests' children to participate in collecting the eggs and "chicken cuddling" if they wish and even the goats enjoy a good groom. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes. Sarah and Scott
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Beautiful house. So cosy. Very well equipped, everything provided that you would need .

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here . Everything that we needed was in the house. Beautiful views from the patio area . All you could hear was the sheep and the birds. So peaceful. 6 of us stayed here plus a 5 month baby and it was more than adequate for our needs. Would highly recommend it. Scott and Sarah very nice couple living the good life with their family and their animals. House feels like a home from home. Lovely pictures on the walls. Spotlessely clean .Tray with tea, coffee, biscuits milk in the fridge a lovely touch after a very long journey by car. Area beautiful scenery spectacular villages picture postcard. There is so much to see and do within a few miles. Harrogate and Skipton just down the road.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr and Mrs McDonald, thank you so much for your kind words. We were so pleased the sun shone on your visit to The Great Yorkshire Show....our sneaky back roads route to the showground means we can be having breakfast in The Holstein Cattle Society café (best bacon butties on the showground!) within half an hour from home. Our girls wanted to buy a pig there to accompany Salt and Pepper our goats...but we have to draw a line somewhere....goats, sheep, dogs and chickens are enough for now! We hope to see you all again, maybe when the little chap is walking and we can take him to pick some eggs from the henhouse. Thank you! Sarah and Scott
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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