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Thompson Rigg Barn

Thornton Dale, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 997270)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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76 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely barn accommodation in beautiful setting."

    Wonderful walks from right outside the door, plus easy access to Dalby Forest and surrounding areas. Lovely hosts on hand for anything you need.

    Reviewed by WendyAug 2022

  • "Perfect escape to the countryside."

    Owners went above and beyond to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by KatyJul 2022

  • "Perfect for a very peaceful break or holiday in lovely surroundings."

    Reviewed by EdgarJun 2022

  • "We had a fabulous week in this lovely property surrounded by beautiful scenery."

    The property is very comfortable and perfect for a few days away. The owners are really helpful and around if you need them but not intrusive in any way. Loved seeing the animals every day and the hot tub was a real treat especially after lots of walking. We were extremely lucky in seeing Yorkshire bathed in sunshine every day but even so, the setting is delightful. Thank you for an amazing stay!

    Reviewed by TinaJun 2022

  • "Lovely clean property."

    Very peaceful and quiet .Loved our afternoon visit from the hens! Their eggs were wonderful too! Helen and Alan have a beautiful holiday home .

    Reviewed by TracyJun 2022

  • "This was our second visit to Thompson’s Rigg Barn and again it did not disappoint, in fact we got more out of this stay than we did our first visit owing to our personal circumstances at that time."

    We stayed local more of the time, used the car less and walked more, which is the whole point of staying there. Will need to come back not only because we’ve never been able to find the elusive Moorcock Inn open but there are many more walks to do, places to go and things to see. The dips in the hot tub after returning from walking helped rejuvenate us ready for the next walk. If we never left the Barn all week then we were regally entertained with the menagerie of animals both domestic and wild. George and Brad being the stars of the show though I think Alan and Helen might say different! The owners live next door should you need them but they let you get on with it with little or no intrusion. The Barn is well equipped, comfortable and warm - we have yet to light the stove. Excellent accommodation set in a very laid back and peaceful location.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay The property had everything we needed and more, there is a small freezer in the property that I don't think is mentioned in the details."

    Reviewed by KathrynMay 2022

  • "Ideal getaway for those wanting to be away from everything."

    If you like walking you never need to move your car. But you are still not to far if you want to travel further afield. Two of our walks we never saw another person. We loved it. Having the animals around was a great bonus. The hosts were brilliant around if you needed anything. Perfect.

    Reviewed by StewardApr 2022

  • "A beautiful and well maintained property in a tranquil setting."

    Hosts were lovely and helpful but not intrusive. There was a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge which was a nice touch. The barn was cosy and well equipped. The hot tub was great especially at night for star gazing and the surrounding countryside amazing. I couldn’t have asked for more and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, with great oppertunities for hiking and culture."

    We loved it.

    Reviewed by ErzinaApr 2022

  • "A wonderful relaxing stay in this beautiful remote converted barn."

    We had everything you could need to get away from it all, with great walking right from the doorstop. We were made to feel very welcome, with good communication and directions prior to arrival - we’ve already booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by HeatherApr 2022

  • "One of the most stunning locations!"

    Could not have asked for better hosts! Make sure you go to the supermarket before arriving as it’s about half an hour to the nearest shop. Can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by RyanMar 2022

  • "Just wow loved every minute of our holiday at this beautiful barn in a stunning location and the barn itself is beautiful inside and out & the hot tub on a night was amazing too, also loved the animals been right on your doorstep it’s a lovely touch."

    Emma & Neil

    Reviewed by EmmaMar 2022

  • "All round very nice experience for myself and my family, the property was very clean and up to standard."

    Jacuzzi was also spotless. Lovely surroundings. Helen was very nice and helpful, made the effort to ensure we knew where we was going. Considering re booking for next year. One word of advice stop for supplies on the way!

    Reviewed by RyanMar 2022

  • "Stayed at Thompson Rigg for our Anniversary, this place is truly amazing, well off the beaten track and so close to nature, so private and comfortable."

    The owners Alan & Helen made our stay so special with so many nice thoughtful anniversary touches. The area around and about is great with so much to see and do. Great place, wonderful owners, you must put this one on your list.

    Reviewed by KevinMar 2022

  • "Stayed at Thompson riff 19/02/22 for a week for my husbands 60 th had the most relaxing week and a big thank you to the owners who had to pull us out of a field after we got lost ."

    You will not be disappointed if you stay at Thompson right.

    Reviewed by DarrenFeb 2022

  • "Catherine and I have stayed at quite a few places in the past and looking forward to our break in the Yorkshire moors' far from the maddening crowd'."

    The barn exceeded all our expectations.. Brilliantly located, peaceful, comfortable ,everything you could want for a relaxing getaway . Our hosts always at hand but never intrusive, The log burner, hot tub and little extras left for our comfort made it the perfect holiday. Thoroughly recommended. We will most certainly return.. Catherine and Mark. Harrogate

    Reviewed by CatherineFeb 2022

  • "We stayed at the Thompson Rigg Barn for two nights."

    The owners were really welcoming and showed us the basics then left us to it! The barn is in the middle of nowhere and at night time the stars were amazing, we loved watching all the wildlife around with being right next door to the farm, we were given carrots to feed the very friendly donkeys. The barn has everything you need and even supplied robes and crocs for the hot tub. The bottle of Prosecco was a nice treat to arrive to and unexpected, Would definitely recommend this amazing place! Especially for couples wanting a romantic quiet get away. We will definitely be back in the summer time.

    Reviewed by StephanieFeb 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing stay."

    We really loved all the personal touches which made the stay extra special. All the facilities were clean and very useful and you literally couldn’t ask for any more. We are looking into booking our next stay!

    Reviewed by LaurenJan 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant stay in brilliant surroundings, could not of asked for more."

    The owners were more than helpful and friendly which made it even better, so much so we will be going back for our Christmas Day break in 2022. Such a lovely peaceful place to get lost in and forget about the day to day life. Looking forward to our return already.

    Reviewed by SadieDec 2021

  • "Our stay at Thompson Rigg Barn was amazing!"

    The property is lovely and the surrounding areas are perfect for long walks. The property was equipped with everything you need and even a few little treats! I will definitely be recommending to friends and family.

    Reviewed by SophieDec 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful place."

    It had everything we would possibly need from a practical point of view, good cooker and appliances. Most of all it was just beautiful. So peaceful and quiet, away from civilisation, stars as far as the eyes can see on clear night's and an amazing hot tub. Powerful jets to really ease your muscles after a walk. We absolutely loved it, the animals and the lovely owners and will be coming to stay again.

    Reviewed by SallyDec 2021

  • "We had a fabulous time at Thompson Rigg Barn, the surrounding is tranquil and peaceful, the barn is well equipped, along with the welcome package (as you never know what you’re going to get at a self catered lodge buy salt, pepper, tea, coffee etc was all incl."

    ) alongside the owners could not do enough for you, hot tub was clean and well maintained much like the rest of the barn and the addition of games in the mezzanine area was very welcomed as we forgot ours Thank you Helen and Alan, We will 100% be back soon!

    Reviewed by MicaDec 2021

  • "We had a fabulous weekend."

    It's even more stunning than the photos show. The barn is in the perfect location for a walk/bike ride onto the Moors or into Dalby Forest. Alan & Helen are really friendly & made us feel welcome. The barn is so well equipped, they've thought of everything. We will definitely be booking a return trip, it's without doubt the best place we've stayed.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "This cottage was so cosy with lovely views."

    The owners feed the birds so an abundance of bird species are right outside the window at all times of the day. We even saw a woodpecker visit a few times! The chickens, sheep and donkeys are a joy to watch and the owners left apples for us to feed them which was lovely. The private hot tub is amazing and is overlooking the beautiful views. The location is excellent with plenty of walks from the cottage and the lovely Thornton-le-Dale not far through the forest drive. I would definitely recommend this beautiful place and would love to return. The owners were very friendly and provided unlimited wood for the fire. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by CraigOct 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic week away, Helen and Alan are excellent hosts and go above and beyond to make your stay fabulous."

    Nice little welcome hamper, added toiletries, bath robes for the Hot Tub which was great. The Barn is amazing, warm, comfortable and the kitchen is plenty big enough to cook meals. There is a slow cooker at the Barn (we took our own not knowing)and this is a fantastic touch as all the places we have stayed have never had that facility and a great thing to have after a long walk and soak in the hot tub. The Donkeys are great and love being pampered with carrots and apples :) We were a little worried when we received the instructions on how to navigate BUT honestly they are spot on cannot go wrong at all. Netflix on the TV and speedy WIFI but you are away so put that phone away and enjoy the countryside. We bought local produce from the farm further down with an honest box, beautiful cakes. Cant wait to return and totally switch off again, enjoy xx

    Reviewed by AndreaOct 2021

  • "Lovely holiday cottage in a quiet and peaceful location."

    The cottage has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The owners are very helpful and friendly and ensure you have everything you need. Great walks and bike riders straight from the door with a lovely hot tub to relax in afterwards.

    Reviewed by IsabelOct 2021

  • "This was our 2nd stay here and it's a fantastic place to stay, whether you want to use as a base for walking the Moors, Dalby Forest or a secluded getaway for couples, thoroughly recommend."

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2021

  • "Thompson Rigg is a fantastic cottage in stunning surroundings, if you are after time away from the hustle and bustle this is the place to stay,a very quiet and peaceful place, lovely and clean a nice little welcome pack when you arrive."

    Alan and Helen are very friendly and happy to help when needed. We do hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2021

  • "Everything about this place is perfect."

    .the hut tub in evening with a glass or 2 of bubbles or a GnT watching sun go down with no one is arround is magical.... this is only our personal point of view and you cant please everyone but we would of swapped a dishwasher for some sort of washer dryer or a tumble dryer as we got soaked and wanted to dry clothes quickly but like i say this is only a personal point of view. I would have no hesitation in recommending this place to anyone and everyone it is just PERFECT

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2021

  • "This place is a little find ."

    It is a relaxing , clean and everything you want in a getaway holiday just remember to take your groceries. The hosts are non intrusive but are there if needed walks are on the doorstep , you could park your car up and just walk cycle and with Dalby only a hill away . Just breathtaking views and walks from the barn . Animals to feed and stroke and running stream nearby .

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "Lovely barn and setting, lovely hosts, lovely holiday."

    Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2021

  • "A wonderfully comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting."

    It was lovely to be surrounded by the animals with their quirky personalities Walks and excellent cycling straight from the cottage Alan and Helen were very welcoming and has great suggestions for cycling trails and places to eat The cottage was clean and had everything you required Weather ranged from cold to boiling hot, so got to use all facilities from bbq to indoor log burner For 2 doctors needing some downtime it was just what we needed and I would thoroughly recommend it

    Reviewed by NikiJul 2021

  • "The place far surpassed the pictures and description."

    Totally idillic escape with beautiful surroundings. Fabulous hosts.

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2021

  • "Stunning location, breathtaking views, ultimate bliss."

    Thompson Rigg Barn it the No 1 place to stay if you want be in the middle of nowhere. No public traffic only the odd farm vehicle, plus 1 or 2 rambler. The barn is located on a small holding at the ver yend of a long narrow tarmac farm track, simply perfect for that get away from everything. Lovely hot tub for that early or late evening dip. Alan & Helen are perfect owners and have spared nothing to make this place what it is. We will be back, but will have to book early.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "The barn was lovely but it's too remote from anywhere unless all you want to do is stay at the cottage and go walking."

    It was too far from any pubs and whitby and scarborough are over 20 miles from the cottage which took over an hours drive with it being where it was down a dirt track. These things should be detailed in the spec.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "The property was fantastic."

    Everything was provided; from logs for the fire to kitchen roll, crocs for the hot tub and even dressing gowns. Alan and Helen went well beyond our expectations. They had a variety of food available to purchase, and even offered to go into town and get some alternatives for us if we wanted them to. They also provided tea, local coffee, biscuits, a bottle of prosecco and a local beer. The location was brilliant. It's nestled just outside Dalby forest, so you do have to drive through (or around) the forest to get to the beaches and nearby attractions. There's little phone signal but wifi was provided and worked well. The area is very peaceful and we didn't see anyone else on the road to the property all week. The location has plenty of wildlife to see. There's free ranging chickens and guinea fowl, sheep and donkeys too, all of which can be fed if you desire. There was also a lot of wild birds to see on the feeders by the hot tub. Definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by CarlMay 2021

  • "Super accommodation, beautiful location, lovely owners."

    A delight.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "Perfection!"

    We had a couple of nights by the fire and using the amazing hot tub. Alan was a great host and even gave us carrots for the donkeys. Will be coming back!

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2020

  • "A beautiful and relaxing holiday."

    In a gorgeous and isolated spot nesstled in the North Yorkshire Moors. Didn't want for anything, had fresh laid eggs every day from the owners very friendly chickens. We highly recommend this little peice of heaven.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2020

  • "The barn is exactly what you need for a well earned break away from everyday life."

    The area is so peaceful, well situated for many of Yorkshire’s attractions and has a number of walking routes for all abilities. Helen and Alan were very accommodating keeping us stocked up on eggs, wood and answering any of our questions in a timely manner. They wave as you drive in and out of the farm was always appreciated and seeing the animals roam around makes staying here that bit more special. The hot tub is also a must on those chillier evenings, the calm countryside with the bubbles really does help to relax you. The barn was cleaned very well and in the current COVID climate, did not feel uncomfortable - We just felt at home. Next time we are in the area we will be back to Alan and Helens without hesitation and would recommend anyone coming to the area to give this beautiful barn a try. Thank you so much Helen and Alan for our stay.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2020

  • "An absolutely outstanding property in a stunning location."

    The owners' attention to detail was extremely impressive. We have stayed in numerous holiday homes-Thompson Rigg is definitely the most superior. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. K and K from Mid Wales

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2020

  • "An absolutely beautiful place, very comfortable, very warm."

    So relaxing, a lovely welcome from the owners who care about your holiday and take time to make sure you are ok and are also very helpful. Only went out in the car once because we enjoyed walking from the cottage and loved spending time with the animals keeping us company. Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2020

  • "This barn is located in the most perfect and amazing place."

    It’s so peaceful and the views are phenomenal! The inside decor is beautiful and very trendy. The cleanliness was exceptional and the gifts from the owners made it feel special. The appliances were brilliant and we made dinner each night in the barn. We loved the animals being opposite and feeding them too. The walk to Brickly Hill was recommended by the owners and one evening we went to the top with a picnic watching the sunset. My partner proposed, which has made this place really special to us.

    Reviewed by SophieSep 2020

  • "Thompson Rigg is just perfect."

    Everything you could want and more from a holiday accommodation. The hosts are wonderful and so friendly. Couldn't recommend this place enough.

    Reviewed by LeeAug 2020

  • "My wife and I booked this to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary - and it didn't disappoint!"

    The images online are extremely accurate, representing the entire property very well. The moors are a few steps from the property, and the track to Blakey Topping is easy. The hot-tub is sparklingly clean, and was wonderful in the downpour we had on one day! During the better weather we enjoyed the market towns of Pickering and (particularly) Helmsley, with Pickering Castle and Rievaulx Abbey as highlights. Alan and Helen are great hosts, and we hope to be back at some point in the future. Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday - wonderful!

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2020

  • "Amazing location, lots of walks accessible, excellent facilities and comfortable, welcoming hosts."

    Would love to go again. Perfect break from the outside world

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2020

  • "The location was perfect , Alan & Helen were lovely , the Barn was fantastic."

    It was absolutely brilliant

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2020

  • "My wife and I had an amazing week at Thompson Rigg Barn."

    Very relaxing and we really enjoyed the walking and just chilling out in the barn, which is lovely. The owners are there if you need any help and don't intrude on your privacy in any way. Would highly recommend this place!

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful and a little peice if heaven."

    It literlly is in the middle of no where. But its so lovely to sit in the hot tube and just enjoy the views. I woukd love to visit again

    Reviewed by Amy-leighJul 2020

  • "This is a stunning location and beautiful accommodation."

    We had the most perfect 3 nights here and enjoyed every minute. The barn is exactly as advertised, warm and cosy with a modern interior. The log burner was a real treat after a cold walk and the hot tub was our highlight, especially early morning with the settled frost and singing birds. The donkeys and sheep were adorable and the carrots provided were a lovely touch. Alan and Helen were extremly helpful, with a warm welcome. Thank you for such an amazing few days. We will definitely be coming back. Hannah and Nick.

    Reviewed by HannahMar 2020

  • "What a fabulous location!"

    And a delightful well-appointed property! It's very isolated, so perfect for a de-stressing getaway, and the hosts couldn't be kinder. A well-equipped kitchen and luxurious shower-room, complemented by a cosy log-burner and a comfy bed make this the perfect getaway for two. During our stay the only people we encountered were four mountain bikers out for an after-dark bike ride. Thoroughly recommend this place and we will be booking again.

    Reviewed by JamieJan 2020

  • "Aboslutely beautiful cottage."

    Exactly what we wanted. The owners were lovely and very welcoming, they made it extra special for our honeymoon. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MatthewJan 2020

  • "If you want to go somewhere to relax and unwind, with no phone signal, no noise pollution, no light pollution and just be in absolute bliss."

    ..book this now! Alan & Helen are wonderful, friendly hosts and obviously and have excellent attention to detail. The property they have created is fantastic and we couldn't recommend it enough. In all my travels, I've never stayed at the same place twice...but we will stay here again. Perfect. Thank you for the experience :)

    Reviewed by DanielJan 2020

  • "Absolutely loved the week away!"

    ! feel so relaxed and refreshed. definitely would go again!

    Reviewed by EmmaJan 2020

  • "When we arrived, the owners greeted us and gave us instructions on how everything worked and that they were always available should be need anything."

    The barn was exactly as the pictures showed but also had such a warm and comfortable feel to it. There are lovely touches to the barn that show the owners have gone the extra mile. The hot tub was such a dream, especially as there is no light pollution here so you can see all the stars at night. The barn has a log burner which heated the place within 20 minutes or so. The owners kindly filled up the log store outside without us even asking. There are lovely walks around this area if you want to venture out. This barn is quite remote and the roads surrounding it are quite rural so give enough time to arrive before it is dark so you can handle the terrain (quite bumpy). There is no phone service or sat nav signal so the pictures/map instructions the owners gave us were a great help and we found the barn no problem. Make sure you do your food shop before you arrive as the nearest shops are a fair drive away. If you’ve forgotten anything then the owners are great in helping you if they can. I would recommend this barn to anyone wanting a quiet getaway in a luxury barn, it is a zen retreat of relaxation...enjoy!

    Reviewed by IllonaDec 2019

  • "An amazing getaway with lovely hosts."

    The cabin was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The location was perfect if you want to get away from everything for a relaxing break. Feeding the donkeys in the morning was a nice touch and the hot tub was perfect after a two our hack with a nearby riding stables and a morning stroll through the connecting moors/forest. There is surprisingly a lot to do working an hours drive and we couldn’t fit everything into our 5 day visit. Come prepared for the first night at least as the nearest supermarket is a ways away. We would definitely recommend a stay here the hosts are incredibly accommodating and the location is beautiful.

    Reviewed by ChristieDec 2019

  • "Firstly the location is stunning."

    .. very remote and relaxing. Helen and Alan made us feel extremely welcome and they are really lovely people! Very willing to help in any way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The cottage is as seen in the pictures absolutely breathtaking and has everything you would wish for and more. The hot tub was lovely and hot and really clean... I could sit in that hot tub for hours on end. I would recommend this beautiful place to anyone that wants a peaceful romantic chill out get away... and I will be returning 100 percent! Many thanks Harrison

    Reviewed by HarrisonDec 2019

  • "Absolutely perfect in every way!"

    Just wish we had booked for longer! So many added touches that the owners didn't have to do but they did. We loved how Alan showed us around the property then left us to it. They respect the privacy of the guests. It was also reassuring to be given their numbers and know they live so close by in case we needed anything. The hottub is gorgeous and even though it is winter it was still complete bliss and relaxation. Lovely Christmas break away from the stress of our busy jobs and exactly what we needed. The donkeys were also very sweet! We have already booked for next December - we definitely recommend. Thanks again Helen and Alan

    Reviewed by NicolaDec 2019

  • "An absolutely stunning property."

    Everything you could wish for in a rural get away. We wanted somewhere to just get away and relax, not to be bothered by anyone and that's exactly what we got. The horse and sheep in the field were so friendly. The owners left carrots on the wall for the horse. It was such a lovely place to stay. Thank you to Alan and Helen for giving us the most perfect stay.

    Reviewed by CarolineNov 2019

  • "Gorgeous little hideaway, close enough for days out to pretty places, remote enough for it to feel like a total hideaway."

    Lovely friendly couple, daily visits from their friendly pet horse and sheep. The barn was beautiful, spotlessly clean, very well equipped and beautifully furnished.

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2019

  • "We found the barn to be absolutely stunning and spotless throughout."

    Everything has been thoughtfully provided and the owners are lovely people, very helpful and friendly. Area is secluded and peaceful, just what we needed to recharge our batteries. It rained lots during our stay but we still went out for walks and visited Whitby, it didnt spoil our break at all. Thank you Alan and Helen We will be back soon Phil and Jean Stark

    Reviewed by PhillipNov 2019

  • "Peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings!"

    We were welcomed by the owners who are very friendly and helpful who live close by but leave you with total privacy. The accomodation was well equipped and everything was attention to detail, simply stunning. The only negative i could say, is that if you were travelling in a low slung car this would not be suitable on the rural roads heading towards the farm. We were orginally going to travel in our AMG35 but so pleased the owners informed us beforehand, as no doubt it could of caused the car a lot of damage, fortunately we had a more suitable vehicle we could travel in. This is an Ideal place to go if you just want to totally switch off and chill. We hope to return again some time in the near future.

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2019

  • "Lovely quiet place, owners very helpful."

    It was not until we received the directions to the location some time after booking that we were told the track access and need to cross a ford might not be suitable for low slung vehicles. This was a bit of a worry as we had planned to use our MX5 for this trip, however, it did cope very well. Whilst we were there the access track was being repaired and improved such that when we left it was much better.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2019

  • "It was a real privilege to spend a week at Thompson Rigg Barn."

    The location and the barn itself were everything that were publicised and more. After a warm welcome from Helen and Alan, the owners ,the barn very quickly felt like home and soon developed into an oasis of calm, far away from the world, where we could recharge our batteries. The owners are to be congratulated in the thought and effort put into developing the barn with the simple and effective use of the natural palette of colours and materials used in complimenting the natural stone as well as the excellent facilities on offer. If we were to give constructive feedback with regard to the facilities we would like to make three suggestions: 1) Somewhere, other than the shower room, to store wet and muddy outdoor clothing. 2) A cover e.g. gazebo over the hot tub would allow it to be used in all weathers. 3) Easier access to hanging space and more drawer space for clothes would really have been appreciated. We enjoyed using the barn for a number of lazy days but also as a base to travel and visit friends and places of interest. We truly knew that Autumn was upon us as the colours, shades, tones and hues of the trees and plants were developing at an amazing rate; we witnessed changes in just the few days of our time there. On one tree we could see such a range and it was incredible to realise that in a very short time just weeks away, that all the deciduous trees would be bare. As well as the tantalizing sights we were also tantalized by the evocative smells of wood smoke, the chemicals used in the hot tub, the sea and the pine forest. The tastes of home made and locally sourced pickled onions, damson jam, crab coleslaw, beef sandwiches with gravy and of course, Yorkshire Parkin were just some of the culinary delights that we savoured. The sound of crashing waves upon the shore at Whitby, the constant rippling of the stream adjacent to the cottage, the caw of the crows, compared to the lilt of the robins, chaffinches, blue tits and sparrows, the bleating of the sheep and the crackling of the log burner were as instruments in an orchestra, punctuated by the sound of silence that gave our holiday a spiritual quality. Our week was truly a week of bliss, just the two of us together. We didn't want to go home and return to reality. Be left in no doubt, we shall be back. In fact our next booking is only a phone call away.

    We have been in the process of repairing the lane and have just spent £4,000 on resurfacing. It is still and always will be a stone track but all except the lowest of sports cars should be absolutely fine. There is a coat and boot store outside the main door, it is also used to store sufficient logs so it may not have been obvious. We did however forget to put in the hooks, which are being done now. There is a large walk in wardrobe with full length rail and hangers and a full length shelf in the hallway with a set of drawers and shoe rack which are moveable to enable guests to shift things around to suit themselves so I am unsure as to what is meant by this point. We are looking at alternative bedside furniture with drawers so maybe that would help. We have considered a covering for the hot tub, but a gazebo would not necessarily work due to the size and location. It would have to be large enough and of sufficient quality not to blow away.or stand out in the National Park. But then it would need to be permanent, thus anyone wishing to take in the evening moonlight, meteor showers and milky way would not have any view. Its a difficult one especially since that particular week I think it rained non-stop, which is fairly unusual. We will look into the issue as we feel if we can find a suitable solution without affecting the look or requiring planning it would be a good idea. Incidentally the same issues are to be said for a parasol Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2019

  • "Excellent hosts who made themselves available if you needed them but who never imposed."

    First class facilities and a really lovely location.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Thompson Rigg Barn was absolutely beautiful and the surroundings are stunning!"

    The farm is full of lovely animals and the owners can’t do enough to make your stay special. We will be returning as soon as we can!

    Reviewed by KatherineAug 2019

  • "Excellent location for cycling walking and running."

    Perfect location to just sit back and relax. Plenty of sitting out areas.to follow the sun. Perfect hosts.

    Reviewed by AnnaJul 2019

  • "Lovely location, very quiet and remote."

    Barn was exceedingly well fitted, and lacked for nothing. Hosts were friendly, welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by KennethJun 2019

  • "The cottage is absolutely stunning, and its in a perfect area!"

    We wanted to get away, no phones and just us relaxing in a rural setting. Rural it certainly is!!!! We want to go back already.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "Oh, where to begin."

    .. We stayed for two weeks. Our hosts, Alan and Helen and their family were welcoming, friendly, helpful, informative while maintaining privacy at all times. The Barn setting is as pictured. No strategic photos here, all is as seen in the site pictures and more. Absolutely beautiful. The Barn is very comfortable as others have said. It is very clean and warm with home from home comforts. Just perfect for relaxing or reading in wonderful silence (apart from lovely harmonious bird song). Sitting on the front and back patios is a pleasure with the sun changing aspect from morning to evening. And if you are lucky enough to get a clear night sky there are thousands of stars to be seen (no light pollution!). The farm animals are a pleasure, with guinea-fowl, three sheep, two donkeys and our two favorites - a horse named Molly and a chicken named Philip (a hen by the way!) character’s never to be forgotten. Then there is the farm and National Trust land. If you like long (or short) walks or bike rides this setting is perfect. I can honestly say, in all the years we have holidayed at home and abroad, this was the most relaxing, peaceful and beautiful location we have stayed. North Yorkshire is a lovely part of the country with a rich history to explore by foot or car. A big THANK YOU to Alan and Helen for making this the perfect place to holiday. Gary & Debbee Tapner

    Reviewed by DebbieMay 2019

  • "The lodge is beautiful, in a beautiful setting, the owners have gone out of their way to provide everything you need as well as luxury."

    We really enjoyed our time there, the hot tub is amazing, the amenities inside are all beautiful , good bed, lovely rugs and cushions, all the kitchen equipment is really good quality, the black knives were amazing! There is Netflix on the TV if that's something you enjoy doing. The owners themselves are really friendly and helpful but also very respectful of their guests privacy. We were even invited to see a little baby lamb they had rescued in a barn and had a nice chat about the land and their animals and future plans for the place.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2019

  • "We had an incredible stay, despite the bad weather, there were plenty of things to do."

    The cottage is beautiful, as is the location, and we would definitely re-visit again. Everything was very clean and all amnemities you could need were provided. We were even welcomed with a few treats which was incredibly nice. Very impressed!

    Reviewed by JessMay 2019

  • "Really nice cottage."

    Lovely hosts that were extremely helpful . Great location. Would definitely book this again. Highly recommend it to other couples wanting a break away. Overall a really enjoyed stay!

    Reviewed by JasmineApr 2019

  • "Beautiful location."

    Beautiful barn. Will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2019

  • "Fantastic hosts."

    Fantastic place a taste of heaven couldn’t recommend it enough. Alan and Helen have done a superb job. Was a pleasure to have stayed in there cottage

    Reviewed by StevenMar 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Open-plan studio style living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with king-size bed
  • Shower room with shower basin and WC
  • Mezzanine study area.
  • Electric central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric hob, combi microwave/oven, dishwasher, fridge, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and unlimited logs for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for several cars
  • Front and rear patio areas with hot tub
  • Open access to fields, woodland and adjoining moorland
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and good village amenities in Thornton Dale 12 miles
  • Scarborough coast 13 miles

The property

Thornton Dale 12 miles.

Nestled at the head of a beautiful valley in the North York Moors National Park bordering both Dalby Forest and National Trust Moorland.

This is a great place for anyone just wanting to relax and let the world disappear for a few days.

Alternatively use it as a base for walking, biking or touring the National Park and coastline.

It is mountain bike heaven with the world class cycle routes within Dalby Forest on the doorstep and easy access to Newtondale for those wanting Enduro terrain.

Walkers have miles of open countryside and forest to explore including The Bridestones, Hole of Horcum and Blakey Topping.

There are beautiful surroundings for those wishing to just relax on site by the stream and woodland or just walk through the gate onto open moorland.

This 5-star accommodation is in a newly converted barn sitting in a small orchard with panoramic views down the valley.

The private rear patio enjoys beautiful sunsets and is an ideal place for an evening BBQ or dip in the hot tub and stargazing.

The contemporary open-plan interior has exposed feature stonework, beams and oak floor.

The log-burner has a plentiful supply of wood to enjoy on any cooler evenings.

The fully fitted kitchen and large shower room are to a high specification.

There is smart TV with Netflix and wi-fi for entertainment or just enjoy a good book or a board game.

There is plenty to do on site to relax including photography and painting or you could potentially help the owners with their work on the smallholding and feed the array of friendly animals including donkeys, pony, guinea fowl, ducks, hens and sheep.

Country pubs, some with great food are within half an hour’s ride.

This is a remote area so the owners do have a ready stock of things you may need incl.

BBQ packs and Farm Shop prepared meals.

Thornton Dale is a beautiful village with chocolate box cottages and stream.

It has plenty of teashops, gift shop, ice cream parlour, shopping and even a model village.

Pickering is the home of the famous NYM Railway between Pickering and Whitby travelling through Newtondale, Yorkshires own grand canyon, and calling at Goathland home of Heartbeat.

The market town of Helmsley and seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby are not too far away or perhaps try one of our favourites including Robin Hoods Bay, Sandsend or Rievaulx Abbey, but once you are at Thompson Rigg, why would you want to leave!

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About the location


Pickering 3 miles; Scarborough 16 miles; York 25 miles.

The beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale lies just two miles to the east of Pickering within The North York Moors National Park and the Dalby Forest. This is an idyllic location at the head of a beautiful valley and is a walkers, bikers and nature lovers paradise. Scarborough and Whitby are 13 and 20 miles away and offer all the amenities and facilities of two of the country's best coastal resorts. York and Castle Howard are about an hours drive away and offer all the history and culture that any holiday would need. The neighbouring market towns of Pickering, Malton, Kirbymoorside and Helmsley are great destinations and are the hubs for many summer festivals and shows. The National Park and Coastline offer many opportunities for a great day out. The North York Moors National Park is on the doorstep with miles of open moor to wander through.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas