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Briar Barn

Ireshopeburn near St John's Chapel, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 1035138)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Briar barn was the perfect base for our week away."

    It was spotless on arrival and had everything we needed for our stay. We do recommend an iron & ironing board as there is a cupboard available, but we were prepared as we’d seen other reviews. Hot tub was fabulous with amazing views down to the river beyond. We recommend the following; -Slit Wood walk from Westgate -Circular walk from the barn, via the riverside, to Westgate. Where we had an amazing Sunday carvery at the Hare and Hounds -Alston circular walk, ending near railway -Buon Appetito Italian restaurant in Wolsingham The Bluebell in St Johns Chapel. Super friendly especially as we visited for their jubilee super club and were made to feel so welcome. Takes about 25 mins to walk to the pub On the whole a super week but you are a little isolated so would need a car to travel out of the area. Thanks again Emma C and family

    Reviewed by EmmaJun 2022

  • "My 4 best friends all now in our early 50’s have known each other since primary school and have been going away once a year for a weekend break in the UK for years now."

    It’s our yearly treat, but thanks to the Pandemic, we have lost the last 2 an a half years! So when we found this great little find we couldn’t wait. Our weekend was well overdue! From start to finish the communication with Steven the owner was brilliant. Especially when I got lost on arrival, the sat nav takes you to a barn just down from the barn itself. But take screen shots of the barn pics with you to help recognise it! The black chimney on it was the best give away. The barn was amazing. So clean and very well equipped, everything you need and more. The beds were all so comfy, great pillows and lovely fresh bedding too. Highly recommend taking a few towels per person as ones supplies are a tad small, and you have to remember you need them for the hot tub too. Log burner was fab, plenty supplies of logs too, which made the room very cosy on an evening. Lots of board games and DVDS for those long quiet nights. Although main TV in lounge does not have a DVD player, just the bedrooms, they did have Netflix and Disney channels along with the normal tv choices. Fab find was also the blue tooth link from your phone to the hot tub. So you can have a soak and listen to your tunes too. Perfect! Hot tub was the most fun part of our trip, great set up in a lovely converted shed/bar, ideal warm and comfy seating also for when you get a bit too hot and want to step out for a bit. If we had to pick any negatives, there would only be a couple, one being that there is no iron or ironing board, And two, the bedroom windows don’t keep the light out, especially the roof windows that have no blinds, so be prepared for early morning wake up in the spring/summer months. Views from the barn are amazing, and we had a nice stroll into the local village which is only a mile away, lovely tea rooms and local pub along with a great well stocked co-op! This weekend was just what we all needed and more, would highly recommend and we have already agreed to booking up again in the near future, but for anyone showing any interest, book it! You won’t be disappointed!

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2022

  • "Excellent property, very well equipped , great location cation"

    Reviewed by FaithMay 2022

  • "Lovely barn conversion in a tranquil area."

    Dog walks along the bank of the stream just beautiful. Grab a nice coffee at the Chatterbox Cafe. Thank you x

    Reviewed by KathrynApr 2022

  • "Back from a fabulous stay at this cottage!"

    Amazing cottage with even more amazing views. Thank you

    Reviewed by RachelMar 2022

  • "A lovely barn conversion offering fabulous views from the lounge and upper bedrooms."

    Attention to detail is first-class. Fabulous hot tub and rattan furniture under cover. Spacious and modern kitchen, with lots of space to store food and utensils brought from home. Immaculate throughout. Walks from the door. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JoanMar 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect, best place we've stayed in x"

    Reviewed by MichelleFeb 2022

  • "Beautiful conversion with such stunning views I don’t think we’ve stayed anywhere with such an amazing outlook."

    We were comfortable and had all the amenities we required and we enjoyed the walk down by the river from the property. We had some lovely meals out at the Cross Keys in Eastgate, Alston House in Alston and Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchard. Just a few recommendations we thought would have made out stay even better, an outside light would be so beneficial when using the hot tub as it’s so dark and to be able to locate dogs in the garden! The bath towels are too small and bath sheets would be a better option. The tv in the lounge is small for the area and the lounge seating ( settees) could have more seating for 6 people it was a bit of a squeeze! There is not enough radiators or hooks to hang up wet towels to dry. A boot room would be beneficial the downstairs bedroom was very cold. Unfortunately the upstairs en suite shower was leaking so we were unable to use it but it did just seem to be a gap in the door base corner where water was escaping Steve the owner did offer to come in and rectify the problem but because of new year bank holiday weekend he was unable to get a plumber in. It didn’t spoil our stay we were able to use the downstairs bath. A nice touch were the biscuits and proccesco welcome pack, much appreciated! We enjoyed our new year break and would recommend the property to family and friends! Thanks for having us!

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2021

  • "The property itself we could not fault, Beautifully renovated to a very high standard, however, it would befit from having larger TVs in all rooms - I’m deaf and struggled to read the subtitles, even with my glasses on ( winter stay."

    ) Larger, comfy mattress on the beds would also make this property perfect. I have fibromyalgia and found it difficult to sleep in the double beds. Running a bath was also a task, with the property runs on oil heating, it took a long time to run a bath as you need to run the tap very slowly. There were no issues with the shower and ensuite, there was always plenty of hot water for a shower. Steven was a great help, answering any questions that I had day or night. There is a lovely walk a long the river and a great shop ( coop) just a short drive away in st.John’s chapel. You can get everything you need for your stay there, including fire wood. We found using the instant fire lighting logs, the easiest way to light the log fire. I would advise taking your own towels as the ones at the barn are very small and the extra blankets we took came in handy too. My husband took our Amazon fire stick, which was great to watch films on. All tvs have DVD players attached, there are also games and DVDs at the property. The property itself has all of mod cons you could wish for in the hot tub is amazing. Be aware that the property is set over three floors and can be tiring if you have mobility difficulties. Briar Barn is a beautiful, idilic, cosy property and would would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing get away.

    Reviewed by GaynorDec 2021

  • "The barn was outstanding - well equipped and squeaky clean."

    Beautifully presented, a lot of thought and effort has been put into the build, fixtures and fittings. Only teeny thing I would say, is an outside light would be great for going to the hot tub when it's dark. Otherwise, I'm hoping to come back at some point, even if it's just for the fantastic view out of the living room window!

    Reviewed by JenniferNov 2021

  • "Lovely converted barn in an idyllic location."

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2021

  • "A stylish barn set in picturesque surroundings."

    The area is quite remote and the nearest large supermarket is 16 miles away. I had my weekly shop delivered my Tesco which I recommend. The beds were super comfortable and the shower powerful. We loved the hot tub especially the fact it is housed in a wooden shed. We experienced high winds and storms during our week so it wouldn’t have been so pleasant without it!!! As previous reviews keep saying the property desperately needs an iron and ironing board. After reading previous reviews I knew to take mine which is ridiculous! Also the kitchen which is in the basement needs a TV or a radio as I felt lonely down there cooking on my own!

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "Lovely Barn full of all the things you could need to make tour stay comfortable."

    Comfy beds and plenty of space. Hot Tub was a welcomed extra and a lovely was to unwind. A good base for surrounding areas we visited Barnard Castle, Beamish Museum, MIddleton on Teesdale and highly recommend Lord Crewe Arms for Sunday Lunch at Blanchkland. Bluebell Inn at St John's Chapel was very welcoming and cosy with the Weardale Way at the back of the barn for lovely walks.

    Reviewed by SaraOct 2021

  • "We really had a great time the house was wonderful."

    It was great having the hot tub it’s view was stunning watching the horses and wildlife while sipping wine. Also got great pleasure out of the log burner . We will definitely be booking to go back .

    Reviewed by DeniseSep 2021

  • "An amazing location, with wonderful views."

    The horses in the field were lovely. Beautiful barn, good quality appliances and furnishings. Just a few things to improve it - hand-wash, iron, ironing board, a few more pans for cooking. Other than that...Perfect

    Reviewed by GlenisSep 2021

  • "It is a great place to stay in a great location."

    The hot tub the icing on the cake. The only downside was being reminded to be out for 10am by the owner whilst still enjoying our holiday

    Reviewed by DannySep 2021

  • "This property is fantastic we stayed here for 1 week from 30th July till 6 august the property exceeded expectations lovely finishing touches the hot tub was great with fantastic views plenty of walks lovely walk into st johns chapel to golden lion for Sunday lunch which was spot on for lovers of nature and wildlife this property was amazing deer goose stoat chickens sheep horses of course the rooster and last night a kestrel landed in garden if you are looking for a relaxing chilled out Holiday with plenty of places to visit in this area of outstanding natural beauty in a fabulous high end finish barn conversion look no further than Briar barn which is a credit to its owners thank you Steven and Vicky we will be back."


    Reviewed by MarkJul 2021

  • "What a great place!"

    ! A barn conversion done to a very high standard mixing contemporary with the old features from the original building. Hot tub was a lovely touch which the kids in particular loved. Situated ideally to venture both locally for walks or to travel further afield to places like high Force waterfall and Barnard castle which we really enjoyed. We would highly recommend and may return very soon.

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in its location, furnishing and its decoration."

    Very recently converted from lovely stone barn building. High quality finishes including linens and stunning lighting. A few practical comforts / conveniences needed for future such as: iron, ironing board, washing basket, hooks on doors. Great base to explore countryside around it - walks from the doorstep include beautiful river walk to local friendly pub: The Blue Bell Inn. We had a really good stay, despite a noisy wake up from the cockerel each morning! The Allen family :)

    Reviewed by JodieJul 2021

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    Lovely personal touches like biscuits, prosecco and dog blanket upon arrival. Washing line and pegs very useful. Very well equipped kitchen. Very comfy beds, amazing powerful shower. Lovely area of the country, we visited Dememse picnic area and High Force waterfall which are both well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Briars Barn."

    The Barn itself beautifully finished to a really high standard - an interior design triumph. It had everything you needed in the kitchen to cook should you wish to and the bedrooms were comfortable and well appointed. The views and scenery were amazing. The log burner and the hot tub were welcome additions and helped us to thaw out from the walks in the sleet and snow (in May!). The village was a short walk away and the villagers were friendly and welcoming. We sat out at the village pub a couple of evenings. Great location for exploring the area by car and great walks on your doorstep with access to the Weardale Way at the bottom of the road. A great few days and we will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2021

  • "The cottage is exceptional."

    Immacualte and every detail has been thought of. The furnishings are beautiful and the cottage is dog friendly which is a plus. Hot tub is a great addition with a perfect view over the fields full of lambs! Location is lovely and easy access to some lovely walks etc. We visited Durham, Barnard Castle and Raby Castle. We would definitely recommend to others and stay here again. Our experience with Sykes however was a different matter and the customer service and refund process needs to be massively improved. We eventually visited the cottage in April after our original booking for new year was cancelled due to covid restrictions, Sykes took 4 months to refund the original booking and communication with them was fraught after very long wait times to get through and vague email responses - this has put us off using them again as any issues would be a nightmare to resolve going off this experience.

    Reviewed by JonathanApr 2021

  • "Overall a really high quality, spotlessly clean and beautiful let in a perfect setting."

    Particularly impressed with hot tub area. Only criticisms were the bath towels were a little small and there was no washing up liquid/cloths/sponges.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "Absolute top drawer place."

    Beautiful scenery, the barn itself is immaculate. All in all, a great few days away.

    Reviewed by KevinApr 2021

  • "We had an amazing time, a lovely place to stay with plenty of beautiful walks in the local area."

    The wine, biscuits and sweets (for our children) were a really nice welcome ...and I loved relaxing in the hot tub after our windy (and sometimes) wet walks.

    Reviewed by FrancesOct 2020

  • "Amazing renovated barn with everything you could need, and lots of finishing touches that made the place feel like a home."

    Hot tub and log burner are lovely additions perfect for lazy days and hibernating.

    Reviewed by IsobelOct 2020

  • "Stunning views from a beautiful well planned out modern barn conversion."

    High quality and very thoughtful items/ furnishings for guests use. Hot tub was a huge bonus and very welcome on dreary afternoons/ evenings. Plenty of walking potential from this base but need to travel further afield for places to visit, having said that it was lovely coming back to Briar Barn once we had been out for the day.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "Beautiful house in a stunning location."

    Very well thought out facilities and furnishings, including robes for to and from the hot tub!

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "Super house in a beautiful location."

    Lots of great walks right from the doorstep, which kept our active toddler very amused! There was also plenty to do further afield. House was very well equipped and had everything we needed. Our son loved the chickens and horse in the field next to the property. Would love to return again and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by TracySep 2020

  • "By rights this should have been a hellish holiday as it was completed rained off - torrential rain and gale force winds from the moment we arrived."

    However, this very special cottage made for a very relaxing base with zero guilt that we couldn't get out and about so much. RELAXATION was very much order of the week. Hot tub with a view was just wonderful. The cottage is very well equipped, very clean and the space has been well thought out. Mattress in bottom bedroom is a bit soft, some people prefer that, the mattresses upstairs are more to our liking. A real chance to embrace the country life. Ronnie rooster next door is very friendly, brings his girls over to say hello, he only crows for a short while in the morning so very easy to forgive. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2020

  • "This barn is finished to a very high standard, the hot tub is great after a long days walking with beautiful views of the countryside."

    Reviewed by MichaelaAug 2020

  • "The location, views and being surrounded by the activities and sounds of working farms was fantastic."

    It was a great base for family walks, adventurous activities (quad biking, segway and gorge walking) and exploring waterfalls and areas of interest. The standard of the barn restoration is exceptional and it is very tastefully decorated - my wife has already been online to purchase one of the upstairs bedroom’s duvet covers! The hot tub was a real success and having the Co-op store conveniently located a mile or so away in St John’s Chapel avoided any long journeys for additional food supplies. Constructive suggestions to consider: - blinds are needed in the downstairs bedroom to avoid customers from waking earlier than they would like - the bed’s frame in the downstairs bedroom is squeaky and the mattress doesn’t allow for a quiet/comfortable nights sleep - for a family of 5 a few more clothes pegs would be welcome - a clothes basket would be useful - a potato masher would be a good addition in the kitchen - TVs would be a good addition to the bedrooms for evening/morning relaxation

    Reviewed by JamieJul 2020

  • "The barn was tidy and the pictures were true to what the place looked like."

    Nice touches with the biscuits and the bottle of prosecco!! Would 100% return some time in the future! i

    Reviewed by LaurenJul 2020

  • "This cottage was amazing inside and out."

    The views were out of this world and relaxed me as soon as I stepped out the car. The details inside the cottage with all the dog items, games, DVDs and wine. The village we could all walk (including a 7 year old) and a lovely friendly place. Would book again in a heartbeat!

    Reviewed by TraceyJul 2020

  • "The Barn was spotlessly clean, and the views was amazing."

    The added bonus of the hot tub was great after our long days walking. Couldn't of asked for anything more. We are looking forward to hopefully returning in the not so near future.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor truckle bed, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC and 1 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil fired central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • 42 Inch Smart TV in the living room which includes free Disney and Netflix
  • WiFi available
  • Each bedroom also has TV with Freeview
  • Travel cot available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, dressing gowns and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawned garden
  • Hot Tub
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 1.4 miles
  • Please note; Hot tub will be available for use from 1st June 2020

The property

St John's Chapel 1.4 miles.

Boasting a beautiful exterior of cedar-cladding and stone, this enchanting cottage can be found within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making a superb base for a rural retreat.

The property is a 17th centenary converted barn with countryside views and an equally as stunning interior, it makes a fantastic holiday abode for you and your loved ones at any time of year.

On the ground floor you can find the sitting room, boasting rustic charm with a warming woodburning stove at its centre, here you can sit back and relax as the sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows fills the room, the perfect spot to unwind and spend quality time with your partner.

Sit together as a group within the kitchen/diner, a spacious spot where you can keep the chef of the group company at the glass top dining table as they prepare a lovingly-made meal for the group with the help of the good range of appliances on offer.

When the evening draws to a close, retreat to one of the three bedrooms to rest your head; with one boasting its own en-suite, as well as the first-floor bedrooms offering wonderful views to wake up to each morning out of the skylight windows.

Take a breath of fresh air in your own private garden, with a rejuvenating cup of coffee in hand as your canine companions stretch their legs on the lawn.

The local village of Ireshopeburn makes a great base for those seeking a tranquil retreat, however for all of your local amenities, the nearby village of St John's Chapel provides everything you could need on your self-catered stay including a shop, pubs and Post Office.

Positioned within the North Pennines AONB, you're ideally positioned for walking, cycling and birdwatching, as well as nearby Alston being perfect for a day rich in history by exploring its museum and the South Tynedale Railway.

With access to the bustling city of Durham and all of its excitement, Briar Barn is perfect for your luxury retreat to this captivating area of England.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Stanhope 7 miles; Middleton-in-Tees 12 miles; Alston 12.5 miles

This quaint County Durham village sits in Weardale in the heart of the North Pennines AONB, an area known for its excellent bird watching, cycling and walking. As well as two friendly village pubs, one serving food, St John's Chapel offers a Post Office, a shop and a couple of cafés. The nearby market town of Stanhope sits on the fringes of the AONB and offers a wider choice of amenities and an outdoor pool. The magnificent city of Durham is slightly further afield but well worth a visit, laced with tremendous architecture and much to see and do.

Region Information

Please note; Hot tub will be available for use from 1st June 2020

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas