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Small Barn

(Ref. 1083460)

Borrowby near Staithes, North York Moors & Coast Show on map

4.4

Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "We booked a short stay for 3 nights and stayed for just one of them."

    The single wood door between us and the adjacent cottage may as well have not existed. The people next door had very noisy children and tv on until at least 2.00am. Not blaming them as tey were just havingba good time but they might as well have been staying in our cottage as the noise insulation is non existent. WE couldn,t stay another night. I have lodged a complaint with the owners and Sykes cottages and had no reply whatsoever. Thoroughy disgusted with both and wouldn,t touch either with a bargepole. Beware and don,t stay in this cottage if you want a nights sleep.

    Hi Alan I am very sorry to hear you had a disappointing stay in the small barn. The connection between the two properties is something we are aware of and will try to find a solution ASAP. We have also privately responded to Sykes in this regard so hopefully, you will be happy with this outcome. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan2.5Feb 2024

  • "The cottage is a bit remote."

    But lovely and comfortable. Clean and well equipped Had a lovely relaxing week . Would highly recommend

    Hi Sharon We so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Jan 2024

  • "Disappointed with standards, property tired and in need of updating & a spring clean, 1 patio door would not open the other very hard to open & close both warped and rotting!"

    Crockery limited mostly chipped. Items in kitchen round cooker covered in grease. Hoover left in cupboard had a pile of black muck underneath it. Bucket and small hand brush set broken. Settee damaged, dirty and fraying in places and not comfortable. No bin bags or recycling bags. Struggled with other windows not opening and closing properly. Bathroom radiator not working shower head in fixed position ideal if your over 6ft! again bathroom in need of a good clean having found rogue hairs

    Hi Sue Thank you for taking the time to let us know about these problems and sorry we haven't got back to you sooner. We have had someone in to look at the doors and will be looking to get sorted at the earliest opportunity. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue2.5Nov 2023

  • "Loved the small barn, it’s so cosy especially with the fantastic log burner."

    You don’t really need it as the heating is so good, but it’s lovely to cosy up to in cooler evenings. The views are stunning, right across the field to the sea, just stunning. It does need a bit of updating; None of the doors open easily, the door to the garden is damp at the bottom and looks a bit tatty. The shower is above the shower screen and static so you can’t move it down, because the water pressure is so powerful - I turned it up a fraction with the hot tap and it shot hot water at me and soaked the bathroom. The fridge is quite small with only - a very iced up - ice box. As the cottage is remote we brought quite a bit of food with us, but there really wasn’t much storage for it. No dedicated food cupboard either. Most of the plates and bowls were chipped too. The little garden was lovely and private until at 8.15am Saturday and Tuesday it was surrounded by cars and dogs - hunters coming to shoot the pheasants! It would have been nice to know about it, I was wandering around in my nightwear as I opened the curtains! Nothing against them but it does rather feel like an invasion of your privacy. Our little dog wasn’t keen on all the dogs running round the fence either. I think they should let you know if this is going to happen during your stay. Also the large barn next door has a connecting door to the small barn which means if you get noisy neighbours it’s not very relaxing. Fortunately the ladies enjoying their singsong didn’t carry on late into the evening so we were fine with it. All in all we had a lovely few days, if there were half stars I would give this 3 and a half, but as there isn’t i went for a 4, as most of the things wrong were little niggles really, We both said we would probably return as it’s such a great location.

    Hi Liz Thank you for your response and we are sorry the property didn't meet your expectations. We are aware of some needed updates and are planning them as soon as we can. As for the shoots, we will see if there is a way of warning guests before they arrive. We hope if you choose to stay with us again you will see some improvements. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz3.8Sep 2023

  • "Having read some of the previous negative reviews, I am not sure mine will make any difference but here goes."

    Cottage generally very tired. Most of the limited crockery chipped! Not enough glasses - only 1 wine glass! Mismatched cutlery. Not really up to enjoying a romantic meal as described in Sykes description. Such a shame because, with a little updating and tlc it could be beautiful. The views are stunning! Come on owners - respond to the many suggestions made by us and previous visitors!

    Reviewed by David1.6Sep 2023

  • "What a beautiful last minute find this little gem was."

    Not the easiest to find, but when you do … wow just wow. Beautiful, full of character, comfy and homely. Our dog was immediately at home as were we. If you are looking for a proper hide away, complete silence and absolutely amazing views, this is for you! You will not be disappointed. We did not want to leave, could have stayed here for ever.! We will return… Liz, Shane & Hunter

    We are so glad you and your dog enjoyed your stay. We have to drag our dogs away every time we visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    So quiet and peaceful. Bed comfy, nice welcome gift (thank you), lovely area to sit out and enjoy the splendid view. The only downside was actually finding the barn as Sykes give totally wrong destination stop. Luckily, we walked up to the equestrian centre and they gave us directions, but this was after 20 minutes of searching around. The barn was generally clean, but we did have to clean cobwebs from the wardrobe area. Watch out for the platoons of young pheasant if you walk or drive the road to Hinderwell. They are delightful, but jump out of the hedge quickly.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay but sorry you found it difficult to find at first. We have been looking to get a sign as they old one was damaged. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annie4.7Jul 2023

  • "In an ideal setting beautiful views and very good for a couple and doggy."

    Plenty of places to go to nearby but need a car. Was hoping to walk from the cottage to local village / pub but lanes are to tight other than that was really lovely and would definitely go again.very quite and peaceful location.

    We are so glad you had such a peaceful time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Very clean and comfortable. Everything we needed was there. Enclosed garden was perfect for our dog. Only thing not to complain about but to say - while we were out the bathroom window which was on a restricted runner came out of the runner due to it being very windy (we think) and the roller blind was knocked out of line and the chain snapped. We managed to seccure the window back on the runner and all was well.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and are sorry for your experience with regard to the window. We hope it won't put you off returning. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jun 2023

  • "Kitchen could be better equipped."

    Garden overgrown and not secure for dogs.

    Thank you for your feedback, we will look into your concerns. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, although very basic it was very comfortable, a little extra ..."

    Lovely cottage, although very basic it was very comfortable, a little extra would make a whole lot of difference, paintings/pictures on a few walls, drinking glasses migrate to bigger cottage when both cottages are used together, counting things back in when cleaning the small cottage would make all the difference, nothing is too much trouble for the ladies looking after it, I asked if I could borrow a wine glass for our stay and it was there within 30 minutes, the tiny garden would look so much nicer with a sort out, we spent most of our time out there watching all the wildlife, it was wonderful

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay, we will take them on board. We are so glad you enjoyed the wildlife. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anjie4.7Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous place and location."

    Only one thing which has been mentioned before, wine glasses should be provided. From reading previous reviews, I took 2 with us.

    Reviewed by Pam3.8Jun 2023

  • "This barn is situated in amazing countryside with wildlife on the doorstep."

    Beautiful beaches within a15 minute drive and so much to see inland too. The barn is very cosy and has everything you need to make your stay comfortable. The only downside is that Little Barn is attached to a larger barn (sleeping6) and only has a locked internal door separating them, which allows quite alot of noise transfer, it would be good if some insulation could be put in place because it’s such a shame as it is such a tranquil place. Would still definitely recommend little barn.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback and we will look into your suggestions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2023

  • "The cottage was a perfect break away."

    Situated in such a beautiful, picturesque location. The cottage itself was gorgeous and very well maintained. The only downfall, was that the oven was broke, which meant I was unable to cook a lot of the food I had taken with me. That said, it would not stop me from booking to stay here again in the future.

    Thank you for your comments, I am so glad this hasn't put you off coming back again. We hope to host you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frankie4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Could do with some wine glasses but apart from that nice spot, clean, settee and chair not very comfy but i can see on the reviews its not just me that thinks that. Had a lovely week, no one in the next barn so we were spoilt with the location, quietness and enjoyed the birds twerping in the morning on the dog walk. Apart from wine glasses there were lots of cutlery and pans which is good. Bed comfy and lovely views. Would book again. Thank you for a lovely stay

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we will check on the wine glasses. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4May 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage great location only fault was the oven didn’t work i did try contacting owners"

    Thank you for letting us know. We will look into this now. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carie4.7May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely location."

    . Only improvement I would suggest would be smaller dinning table and addition of two easy chairs by French windows

    Thank you for the suggestions. We are glad you enjoyed the cottage and area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Apr 2023

  • "Small barn is an idyllic place to stay, perfect for the two of us."

    The views are stunning and access to local walks couldn’t be better. So close to Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and other coastal gems too. We had a lovely week, thank you.

    Thank you for the lovely review. We love all the local walks too. Please come back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    only one drawback , no wine glasses. we had to borrow some from the local pub.

    Thank you for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Moors5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely converted barn but lacked a few finishing touches."

    Ideally situated to exploring North Yorkshire. Very quiet and peaceful location.

    Hi Kevin We are so glad you found the barn peaceful. We hope you can come back again and see an improvement. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin4.1Feb 2023

  • "Small barn far exceeded our expectations, upon arrival it was very clean and cozy, like a home from home."

    The property provided us with everything we needed during our stay, including a lovely welcome pack (thank you so much for that) and a lovely crackling log burner. The views are stunning with plenty of wildlife around as well. We have both thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will definitely be returning to small barn in the future. We have already recommended to friends and family. Thank you so much for the perfect base for our holiday. Dan and Sarah (Cambridgeshire)

    Hi Sarah Thank you for spending the time to review our little barn. We are so glad you enjoyed it and we hope you can come back to stay soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "We loved this property."

    It really suited our need for our end of winter season break. The barn was very cozy and ideally located - in the countryside but close also to the coast. We have already been asked by friends about our stay and made recommendations - we would certainly stay again.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We can’t wait to host you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jan 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect, very comfortable and cosy."

    Stunning location to enjoy and relax in. Lots of lovely places to visit nearby. The property was very clean and well presented and it suited us down to the ground. Would recommend the Small Barn to anyone to take in the character and ambience. It was also easily found with particular reference to a previous review. We shall return at the first opportunity. Thanks to the owners and people that look after this beautiful property! Anne & John not forgetting Ghillie the Cockapoo

    Hi Anne, John and Ghillie We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and we hope to have you stay again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John A5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property itself is fantastic."

    And as country people who enjoy country sports we enjoyed being in the middle of a great game shooting location. We woke to hearing the cock pheasants and enjoyed watching the fantastic variety of birds they raise. The shooting parties arrived twice during our stay, but they caused no problems, were polite and we enjoyed speaking to them. What was the biggest disappointment for us was the adjoining door to the main barn - which was not mentioned in the description. We had noisy people next door for the first two days/nights and we barely slept as they partied until after 2am. They also occasionally rattled the handle of the adjoining door - supposedly forgetting where it went? Sykes did respond to this well and we know they spoke to the guests - who thankfully left on our day 3. The next guests were much better - but we could still hear the TV and voices from next door through the day. Not really what you expect. What is also slightly daft is that we can relate to all the previous feedback - so nothing has been done about chipped plates, lack of dustpan/brush, greasy ovenware, hard to shut off taps etc. The says all the right things in response to the feedback but in reality does nothing in response. However none of the issues were a major problem - just a slight annoyance. If it wasn't for the noise issue, we would go back to this property as it is lovely in all other ways and suited us perfectly. However - noise from neighbours through partition walls and adjoining doors is something we would definitely avoid.

    Reviewed by Steven3.8Nov 2022

  • "Very clean and comfortable, bed was amazing and great views (but see below)."

    The welcome pack was a nice touch. However we have the following observations that we think should be considered: We woke on Saturday morning to people chatting outside and when we opened the French door curtains discovered the reason - we were surrounded by a large group of people, cars/vans and dogs, which turned out to be a shooting party. They left after a while but a lot of the vehicles remained spoiling the view. The adjoining property has a connecting door which means we could hear a lot of our neighbours, and being a group were very loud on the Saturday evening. This wouldn’t normally be a problem as they too are on holiday but obviously with there being only a door between us it was like sharing our space. Would highly recommend if the above issues were rectified in some way.

    I am so glad you enjoyed the small barn, it does have beautiful views. Thank you also for the feedback regarding the shoots and sorry to hear it disturbed your stay. We will look at some ways to stop this happening in the future so hopefully you can stay with us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Nov 2022

  • "Very good and enjoyed our stay."

    Direction instructions coming from Barrowby could be improved as there was no "Low Borrowby Farm" signpost, as follows: "Coming from Guisborouigh A171 and passing the BP filling station at Scaling Reservoir, take second turning left, signposted Borrowby. Take first turning right to Borrowby and after passing through village with some wheelie bins on the right, turn right down a steep hill with a “Gate” signpost on roadside. Follow the road which bends sharply left, then right and the barns are at the bottom of the hill on the right.

    Thank you for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. We have worked on a map we hope to be available soon to help find the property. I hope you can come again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2022

  • "The small barn was lovely."

    The garden was smaller than we thought it would be but it was enough to let your dog out. The patio with the table and chairs would be ideal in the summer. The views are amazing. Its a shame the cleaners didn’t check the garden when doing housekeeping as previous guests had not picked up after their dog. Sofa was so worn out it was really uncomfortable.Holes in the seating and piping coming out the fabric. Could not sort the heating out. No instructions. A lot of cobwebs and harvest spiders . Did not want to complain but attention to detail needed.

    We are sorry to read you had some problems with the housekeeping. I will talk with the cleaners to make sure these details are checked in the future and we will review the sofa. I can also confirm we have had a plumber in to sort the heating out so hopefully this will be easier to use. We hope you can stay with us again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry3.1Sep 2022

  • "The accommodation is very well kept and the views are fabulous."

    We enjoyed our stay and the fenced area outside was good as we had a small dog with us. The only thing missing are a dustpan and brush (maybe there is one but I couldn't find it) and a couple of wine glasses. We would definitely recommend the property.

    I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I will check on the dustpan and if it is hiding, make sure it is easier to find. I hope you can stay with us again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely location and stunning views."

    Comfortable and clean apart from the oven where the trays had been covered over with foil to hide the grease. The taps in the Bathroom were a nightmare and very hard to turn off. The directions to the location were awful and the so called signpost to the place was non existant. The road to the Barns was not for the faint hearted ane pretty scary with so many blind corners on a single track lane with hardly any escape. Despite these issues though we had a lovely week in the Barn and the cows at the back, and the sheep at the front door it was a beautiful place to be and did not let it spoil our holiday and we loved the place.

    Thank you so much for your visit. I am sorry to hear you had some problems with the taps but can confirm we have had a plumber in to sort these problems out. I will also look into getting the direction to the barns updates. Thank again and hopefully you can stay with us again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dennis4.4Sep 2022

  • "Absolutley loved the barn the location was superb the barn itself was lovely we ..."

    Absolutley loved the barn the location was superb the barn itself was lovely we would love to go again the only thing I would say is that the plates and glasses should be checked as they had lots of chips in them apart from that everything was lovely

    Thanks so much, we're delighted you had a good week. We will certainly check all the crockery and glasses and replace where it's chipped. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fridge not cleaned properly, ice box needs deforesting, sink blocking up after first use."

    Hair in the bed .tea towel not clean ,this was not a good start.no phone signal but out side up the hill got Michelle and she phoned back when went to staithes got handy man out at 7pm sink sorted,cleaners left small barn and went next door as new curtains were being hung and did not come back to finish. Apart from a bad start we enjoyed our week.lets hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else .

    We were sorry to read this as it was only a very small area of the kitchen which wasn't cleaned that day due to an unexpected delay in hanging new curtains. Michelle and her team apologised at the time and did their best to rectify quickly. Very glad you enjoyed your week nevertheless; some phone providers' signal work at the barns, otherwise our excellent WiFi means you can always use Facetime, Whats App or other social media apps to communicate from there. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.4Jul 2022

  • "Loved barn but with been older found narrow lanes a bit difficult."

    Glad I took my own duvet which is light but I always do. Have really enjoyed hols and the above we managed. We would definitely go with you again.

    Reviewed by Denis4.7Jul 2022

  • "Have stayed at numerous cottages over 30year period so 3* is my rating compared to previous cottages."

    Inside every you need and very clean. Biggest problem no window coverings on windows overlooking bedroom area. Reported immediately but no acceptable outcome. Externally garden area and furniture need some TLC. Last mile or so to the property is via very narrow roads with few passing places so may not suit a nervous driver. Location shown on map is some distance from the property.

    Reviewed by Geoff3.8May 2022

  • "Nice holiday let ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday"

    Thanks we appreciate your feedback and are very glad you gave us a perfect score for your holiday. We work hard to maintain high standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Giuseppe5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very pleasant stay and very relaxing would definitely go again."

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Feb 2022

  • "It was an amazing little hideaway that was perfect for a week away surrounded by nothing but green hills and stunning towns."

    Reviewed by Joshua4.4Feb 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, well placed and lovely additions to begin such as fuel for fire and tasty biscuits!"

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Feb 2022

  • "Ideal property for the break we needed."

    Beautiful building in a beautiful setting. The barn was fresh, clean and had a wonderful touch of a Christmas tree set and the heating on. It was just perfect.

    Thank you so much for your comments, that's wonderful to hear. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great little place remote and very homely lovely stay would go again no problem."

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Dec 2021

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Summary

  • One double bedroom with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 1.4 miles.

The property

Staithes 3.9 miles.

Nestled in Borrowby near Staithes, North Yorkshire is this quaint, semi-detached barn conversion, Small Barn.

With an open-plan living space, beautiful views and a stunning, rustic interior, Small Barn is perfect for a romantic retreat to the countryside.

There is plenty of off-road parking in front of the property, which boasts stone walls, a red tiled roof and sits in a lovely rural setting.

Upon entering Small Barn, you will find the open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area with everything you need for your stay; turn on the woodburning stove whilst you watch the Smart TV from the sofa, or prepare a meal for two in the kitchen, complete with a stone feature wall, tall ceilings and wooden beams overhead.

Unpack your belongings in the double bedroom upstairs, which overlooks the living area, and boasts classic cottage windows and a pretty dressing table.

You will find a heated towel rail and a bath with shower over in the en-suite bathroom, featuring more contemporary touches and perfect for freshening up after a day of exploring North Yorkshire.

Looking out across fields, rolling hills and woodland, why not enjoy an alfresco dinner outside?

The enclosed, rear garden has a lawn and patio with outdoor seating, so you can take in your picturesque surroundings and enjoy the sunshine.

If you prefer to dine out, The Fox Inn is a fantastic pub just a short journey away from Small Barn, or venture into Staithes, a pretty seaside village offering a wider variety of restaurants and cafés, as well as shops to stock up on the essentials, a sandy beach and cobbles streets to wander.

For a livelier day out, head south east to Whitby, a popular seaside town with a large, sandy beach, perfect for strolling along with fish & chips, as well as the fascinating ruins of Whitby Abbey and the 12th century church of St Mary.

Middlesbrough is a large town lying north of Small Barn, with plenty of cultural pursuits, such as Dorman Museum with exhibitions ranging from wartime to natural history, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, or hike to Roseberry Topping with its distinctive jagged cliff for incredible, panoramic views.

For some peace and quiet, Small Barn is an idyllic, rural setting for two, whilst livelier locations are just a short journey away.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1083461, together sleeping up to 10 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location

STAITHES

Whitby 10 miles.

The charming and sleepy seaside village of Staithes, with its cobbled streets and back alleys, is something of an artist’s dream. Its pretty houses and cottages are clustered around the old harbour and surrounded by high craggy cliffs on three sides, with a sheltered sandy beach set amongst the rocky coastline. The village can claim connections with Captain Cook who was apprenticed to a draper near the harbour. Nowadays, Staithes is a must for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Coast and has a good selection of pubs, shops and tea rooms. Staithes is still home to an RNLI lifeboat station and a small fleet of cobles (fishing boats) landing fish, crab and lobster, with boat trips for birdwatching, fishing and even whale watching available. It’s also the location of the popular BBC children’s TV series, Old Jack’s Boat. Staithes has a strong attraction for artists, with an annual Art and Heritage Festival, galleries and artists studios with art courses and workshops regularly on offer. There’s a free Illusion Trail, which guides visitors around the network of ginnels (alleyways), with trail guides available locally. The best views of the town can be enjoyed from the Cleveland Way which runs down the cliff to the sea’s edge. Altogether a superb base for exploring the Yorkshire Coast, visiting the larger resorts of Whitby or Scarborough and enjoying the moorland villages of the North York Moors National Park.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas