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The Old Hayloft

(Ref. 974773)

Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "A fantastic cottage with comfort and beautifully scenery ."

    A great base for exploring North Yorkshire. I would thoroughly recommend staying at the hayloft

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.4May 2024

  • "Ideal for 5 adults as there was space to spread out in the living area."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay here."

    The property is very comfortable and has everything you need - the kitchen is especially well-equipped, which matters to us as we want to cook while away. The location is great - very convenient for lots of local attractions, not far from the coast - and the farm setting is peaceful and beautiful. Really enjoyed the sounds of the sheep and, at night, owls. The only thing we would say against it is that everything feels just a little bit tired and it could do with a revamp. But overall, a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.1Apr 2024

  • "Lovely property, very comfortable and spacious."

    It had everything needed for a great week away. The bedrooms were nice and warm and the two bathrooms were very handy in the morning! The location was fantastic, loved watching the lambs in the barn from the window and seeing them in the field opposite. The pool table was an added bit of fun as well. Would certainly return for another stay.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a fantastic time, very quiet, apart from the lambs"

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a brilliant time, it's the first "holiday" the boys have had due to other problems and the first time I have been able to stay overnight with them."

    We visited the NYM railway, and had a trip to Scarborough, my favourite bit was getting up with the boys ( my sister says I need to see a psychiatrist) . But the place was brilliant and the air hockey was used everyday, highly recommend it and the lady was lovely,we had a slight problem when leaving as there was nowhere to put the rubbish bag. As we left we realised it was bin day . Would go again. .

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely barn conversion, the pool table was great fun though it has been through the wars, so dont expect a serious game as the table slopes in all directions it seemed!"

    Very warm, the kitchen was good and had a lovely selection of crockery for a good cup of yorkshire tea. we all had a lovely time

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Feb 2024

  • "The Hayloft was a lovely, homely place to stay for a family break, very well located on a farm in North Yorkshire."

    It is fully equipped for six, including small children. The owner, Janet, was most helpful and kind, and even put up a beautiful Christmas tree for us! We would definitely go back, and recommand to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great stay at this property, warm and comfortable and great for a family with small children."

    Had a great time and convenient to many attractions.

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Janet is very helpful and friendly. Quiet and therefor a good sleep during the night. Please note the beams! Not the greatest for tall people! All in all a place we would definitely recommend staying.

    Reviewed by Annemiek4.7Sep 2023

  • "The old hayloft was a perfect place to stay for our trip to the Yorkshire area, the cottage was clean, comfortable and spacious and well equipped for our stay, the location was so peaceful and calm."

    The host was lovely and very helpful. We enjoyed our stay so much we were very sad to leave.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have had a wonderful holiday at the Old Hay Loft."

    The cottage is spacious and very comfortable and is equipped with everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable holiday. The farm is beautifully kept, a real credit to the owner's, set in wonderful surroundings and in beautiful countryside , it couldn't be better and so many places to visit not too far away, countryside or coast, whatever you like The owners are so helpful and friendly it is a pleasure to stay, we can highly recommend it and hope to be back very soon, thank you.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2023

  • "We arrived at a very busy time for the owners - mid way through lambing season."

    However, owners did their best to make us feel welcome and settled in. Main issue with the holiday was the low beams in the upper floor - which in my opinion are dangerous. The owners have placed numerous signs to warn about the low beams - but due to how low (possibly only 5’10” at highest point at irregular points) make it inevitable that if you are over this height you WILL hurt your head. After hitting my head several times a day, almost every day, (once very badly near kitchen area resulting in me falling to ground injured) I decided that it would be better if I remained on lower sleeping area as much as possible. This somewhat restricted the enjoyment of the holiday. Clearly there was nothing owners could do about the beams during my stay, but I feel that that these should been have been flagged prominently in the advert. This would have definitely made me rethink booking this particular property for something more fitting to someone of my height or at least keeping me better informed. One other minor point relates to directions. A sentence at the end stating that farm is on right hand side (and the farm name) would be helpful as satnav and directions are currently to neighbour up the road on left hand side.

    Reviewed by Samuel3.8Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely family break at the Hayloft."

    The property was clean, very spacious and the pool table was a great asset. Janet, the owner, was very friendly and helpful, recommending places to visit. We would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Feb 2023

  • "The Old Hayloft was very comfortable, the pool, table tennis and air hockey table was a bonus for the evenings."

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Nov 2022

  • "A really good property, spacious, well equipped and in a much appreciated quiet location."

    Everything worked as it should including the WiFi! Would have been 5 star+ if the double bed mattress had been less prone to motion transfer. Would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property in an idealic location close to the A170 which links Thirsk with Scarborough through Hambleton, Helmsley, Kirkbysmoorside, Pickering."

    Would happily recommend with property.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely place, with everything you needed in the Hayloft."

    The owner was very friendly & helpful. 10-15mins away from some lovely villages.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.4Aug 2022

  • "The well equipped Old Hayloft gave us really spacious accommodation, the games table a winner."

    Set ina gated courtyard-on the Benton’s farm, a quiet rural setting ideally placed for enjoying the best of the Yorkshire moors. Walks from the Pickering steam railway, the beaches, Whitby and the heather covered moors, Danby a must, so much more to enjoy, a ideal base. Upside down living really worked for us

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent holiday from the beginning ."

    Key collection was easy the family who own the property were really helpful. Property was excellent as described in write up. Very quiet location lovely grounds to walk the dog.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2022

  • "Little contact with owner, few instructions as to waste disposal or local facilities ie supermarkets or fuel station, creaky floorboards above bedroom."

    nice location, clean accommodation, well equipped, warm and comfortable. poor tv reception, We would return for a second visit if the occasion arose, four in our party and all enjoyed the time.

    Reviewed by Graham4.1Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Old Hayloft."

    A very comfy, clean and well equipped cottage in a quiet location but close to shops, bars etc. We were greeted by the host Janet and made to feel very welcome. The cottage is very close to the Moors with it's fantastic scenery. We would highly recommend The Old Hayloft for a relaxing break in a beautiful location. We would be happy to return one day in the future. Many thanks. Andy :-)

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2022

  • "Arrived thurs afternoon greeted warmly property pics dont do it justice warm and ..."

    Arrived thurs afternoon greeted warmly property pics dont do it justice warm and inviting very clean and spacious owners allways friendly it was lambing season john owners son allowed me to watch birth of lambs very uplifting got to know in,s outs of lambing season boy that mans job hard 10/10 for his knowledge great weekend away long may they continue

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2022

  • "Owner was so friendly and helpful."

    There was loads of space inside so even tho there was 6 of us it was not cramped or crowded. Property had everything you needed and more (wifi, games table, tv). Location is great - short drive to Hemsley which was lovely. Would definitely recommend and be back again.

    Reviewed by Bethany5.0Mar 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay here, the place was very comfortable and equipped."

    The owners were very helpful and lovely to talk to.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Dec 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation and great location for visiting Whitby and York."

    Owners are extremely friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. Would definitely return and recommend.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2021

  • "It was a gorgeous spacious accommodation and there was so much equipment provided."

    We didn't understand why we had to bring our own towels due to covid when sheets were all provided. The only other thing was the unnecessary heat. We turned down all radiators to 2 and some off completely and had windows open and it was still pretty hot. We also turned down the length of time the heating was on and started it much later in a morning. However at least all that was possible so by the end of the week We were comfortably warm.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2021

  • "Where do we start?"

    Health and Safety was nowhere to be seen. Firstly, my mother slipped in the bath in the en-suite, as there was no non-slip surface to the bath and no rails to hold on to to help stop the fall. There was mention of the exposed beams but not how low they were, my brother who is only 5ft managed to whack his head 3 times throughout the duration, one time luckily, he was wearing a flat cap as we found a 10cm long piece of woof protruding from his cap. If this had gone into his head, you would be looking at a law suit. The list is endless of the things that were missing, the DVD player was not working, the Pool table that apparently counts as a games room (including a dirt cardboard box which had all the games in) was broken. Please get in touch with me as soon as you can to discuss this furthe

    Thank you for your feedback, which has been discussed with the owner and reported back to you. The owner has confirmed that hand rails are not set up in this property as standard and no aids were requested before your stay, however a bath mat was available in the property. Some beams are low and have signs to say 'mind your head' and the different heights of the beams are shown in the photos online. The owner is sorry that she missed that the dvd player was broken and this could have been replaced during your stay if you had mentioned it, as the owner lives next door and would have been happy to help with any issues that arose during your stay. You will see from all of the great previous feedback that the owner prides herself on giving her guests the best holiday experience possible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karl1.3Oct 2021

  • "What a place, Janet and family on hand to answer any questions and being on a working farm they love to talk all about it."

    There is nothing I would have changed we all had a great time

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2021

  • "Thank you - we had a wonderful holiday at the Old Hayloft."

    Very friendly and helpful hosts, spotlessly clean, and very comfortable accommodation. Kitchen very well equipped and great relaxing areas throughout. We would thoroughly recommend and would not hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2021

  • "We all enjoyed our time at The Hay Loft and would definitely return again."

    The only problem I would say is the double bedrooms are large enough to take king sized beds which would be an advantage for tall adults. Also a larger freezer would be an advantage rather than a freezer box only big enough for ice cubes in the fridge as some people like to eat in there holiday home and we were a family of 6 and struggled to get all the fresh food in the fridge which was unusually small. Kitchen other wise was well equipped with cooking utensils.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Aug 2021

  • "Accommodation was well-presented, clean and comfortable."

    Owners were friendly and helpful. We loved the pool table which actually converted into table tennis and air hockey too! The downstairs bedrooms were nice and cool in the hot weather. The upstairs open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room did get extremely hot in the afternoons and evenings - 2 or 3 electric fans would be a good addition. Having a private courtyard was great for the dog but it was accessed from upstairs down steep steps - not as simple as leaving your back door open at home! A good base to visit places like Whitby, Castle Howard and Helmsley, as long as you're OK driving down very narrow lanes!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2021

  • "No problem with the accommodation."

    It was without fault, the owner could not be morehelpful. the views and the situation were ideal . My complaint involves Sykes it was like a Talking to a brick wall. They would not respond to any communication until they had taken all our money, and then they would not give us a refund the only offer was a swop to next year with an increase in cost. Please bare in mind they had our money for a full year with interest. Not happy Pg

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Jul 2021

  • "The farm was very peaceful and with lovely owners on hand if needed."

    The accommodation was spotless with a lovely private courtyard and the kitchen was equipped with more than enough of everything. The location is very central to lots of beautiful places and towns to visit and also to the forests and coast. Everything we needed a holiday to be, and we even had fantastic weather!

    Reviewed by Allie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Friendly and helpful owner."

    Accommodation met all our needs. The location and surrounding area were beautiful. Loved being on the farm with the freedom to explore. Thanks

    Reviewed by Richard4.4May 2021

  • "Decor are old tired and in need of updating"

    Reviewed by Alan3.4May 2021

  • "Great place."

    The property was excellent and had everything we needed for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2021

  • "We enjoyed the quiet location and the holiday property, with lots going on on the farm to entertain our toddling grandson."

    Beware if you are 6 feet tall, with the low beams in the upstairs lounge area. The beds were also a bit narrow for our son in law and his wife.

    Reviewed by Ken3.8Sep 2020

  • "Really nice farmhouse that had facilities to suit all ages."

    Perfect for our dog with a large enclosed field at the back of the house.

    Reviewed by Lewis3.8Aug 2020

  • "Awesome holiday and lovely owners."

    Will be back again

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2020

  • "Stunning location, so much space and everything we needed was on hand."

    Janet and her family are friendly and helpful. Ideally situated for the Moors, pretty vilages and the Coast.We certainly hope to return

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very comfortable cottage in beautiful setting."

    Peaceful and relaxing. We are a family of 6 and there was plenty of space for everyone. Owners were very friendly and are nearby if any thing is needed. Surrounding countryside wonderful, with lots to see, do and visit , we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Sylvie4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a fantastic week at The Hayloft we were made to feel very welcome by Janet and her family the cottage was spacious clean and extremely comfortable."

    The farm is ideally situated for many local amenities and attractions and there is a lively river walk on the farm itself. there is an enclosed courtyard garden ideal for sunny evenings and barbecues. I cannot recommend this cottage enough it far exceeded our expectations we will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was a great space for 4 adults and 2 kids to spend time when not out exploring, and the children (6 & 4) really appreciated the toy corner."

    Reviewed by Alistair4.4Mar 2020

  • "Good cottage in a nice location with friendly owners"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jan 2020

  • "A lovely homely comfortable place to spend our new year."

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Dec 2019

  • "Perfect. As described!"

    Reviewed by Samir5.0Nov 2019

  • "We had such a wonderful stay."

    Super cosy and warm. Everything was well thought out with lots of homely touches. I would happily come back again!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2019

  • "Excellent location."

    Loved the animals and walk to the river. Lots to see in the area. Owners were very friendly and welcoming. Accommodation was as described, open plan living area with games table was great.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2019

  • "The Hayloft was a haven of peace and tranquility, set in beautiful countryside."

    It was very comfortable and well supplied with all we needed. There were plenty of places around to visit. The owners were on hand if we needed anything, and were very friendly and welcoming. We hope to return!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great place to stay for couples and families."

    In the countryside but not far from loads of attractions including Flamingo Land.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.4Jun 2019

  • "Fantastic farm accommodation."

    Very friendly and helpful hosts. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Felt thoroughly at home. Highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely warm, cosy, and spacious cottage."

    Ideal for family get togethers.. Only downside was the lack of Internet.

    Reviewed by J4.4Apr 2019

  • "We stayed at the old hayloft for a week which was a perfect location for a break with our family including our grandchildren who stayed just for the weekend."

    This cottage is one of the best we have ever stayed in it is spacious warm and confortable and has everything in it you could ever need. It's location is lovely and ideal for the moors and the coast it is also on a farm our grandchildren loved this, the owner was very welcoming and gave us ideas of where to go in the area. In the evening there is plenty to do it is well stocked with games etc and has a pool table with air hockey and table tennis which came in handy in the evening. It is also very comfortable just to sit on the lovely comfy settees to watch television or read. This cottage was spotlessly clean on arrival it was a pleasure to stay there. With having the enclosed garden at the rear it was ideal with having a dog. Just to say we had lovely weather and one of the best holidays in this lovely cottage we will certainly go back for another week and would recommend to anyone who wants a perfect family holiday.

    Reviewed by susan5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time in a truly lovely cottage."

    The cottage has everything you would wish for and is extremely clean and homely. The whole family are really friendly and helpful so couldn't ask for more. We would certainly recommend the cottage. Thank you for making our stay so relaxing and for making our dog feel so at home too. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Jan 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation, comfortable, warm, spacious and furnished with everything one could need."

    With weather was not good but it was still a pleasure to stay there.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Nov 2018

  • "Excellent accommodation with friendly and helpful owner."

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Oct 2018

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  • Three ground floor bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower over bath, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • First floor open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting are.
  • Heating oil
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, pool table
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • 1 well-behaved dog welcome only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3.5 miles. The owner will only take 7 night bookings from the 1st March for 6 weeks Note - there are some low beams inside the cottage

The property

The Old Hayloft is a lovingly converted barn on the working Cowldyke Farm, close to the charming North Yorkshire market town of Kirkbymoorside.

It boasts reverse-level accommodation to make the most of the lovely countryside views; the property also comes with open-plan living, stunning exposed beams and a master bedroom with a delightful en-suite.

It is an ideal base for a family break in a renowned countryside location.

Note: The property can be booked with Refs. 974386, 974388, 974387 and 974385, sleeping up to 18 people.

Cowldyke Farm Cottages

These four charming cottages peacefully rest on the working Cowldyke Farm, bordered by the River Dove and close to the quaint market town of Kirkbymoorside, just south of the awe-inspiring North York Moors. All four welcoming cottages come with delightful open-plan living, yet Meadow, Sunset, Chestnut and The Old Hayloft all offer something charmingly unique. You can bring your pets and children along and enjoy the fun farming activities, Cowldyke Farm is an excellent place for groups of family and friends to come together and enjoy this marvellous setting. Choose from a range of outdoor sitting areas to relax among the refreshing country air, you angling enthusiasts can even bring your fly fishing rod. Head three and a half miles north to reach the charming market town of Kirkbymoorside, lined with pretty stone buildings as well as a golf club. For those avid ramblers and cyclists, venture through the magnificent North York Moors, a glorious landscape bursting with scenery and religious ruins to explore. A quartet of enticing cottages, perfect for that much-needed getaway with your nearest and dearest.

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About the location


Pickering 6 miles; Helmsley 5 miles.

The attractive old market town of Kirkbymoorside lies on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, in between the towns of Helmsley and Pickering. It is a charming place, full of Yorkshire character, and is the centre for the local farms and villages. Visitors will find a variety of shops from tea rooms, pubs and restaurants to antique shops, while there is a market day on Wednesday. The excellent walking and magnificent scenery of the National Park are close by, as are the picturesque villages of Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham. Pickering is the base of the North York Moors Steam Railway - a ‘must do’ day out for all visitors to the area. Castle Howard, York, Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast are within easy driving distance.

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The owner will only take 7 night bookings from the 1st March for 6 weeks

Note - there are some low beams inside the cottage

Electric vehicle charging is not permitted at this property