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  • The Barn, Ellerby - North Yorkshire (incl. Whitby) - 1015690 - photo 1

The Barn, Ellerby

Runswick Bay, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 1015690)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "The property undoubtedly has the potential to be a beautiful one, however a number of things didn't deliver for us ( we normally use Unique Home Stays who over-deliver every time and the price for this property was comparable but the experience was not unfortunately) The property stated it slept 8, only 7 beds and only seating for 5 people in the lounge area - and this would be cosy on the settees."

    We could only get the lounge TV to work (did ring you but only emergency service answerphone service, also emailed on the friday of arrival and heard NOTHING back all week of stay) TV in bedroom was apple tv and we are not used to that - absolutely no instructions anywhere so very frustrating and trying to watch via streaming of own iphone/ipad to tv's just caused constant buffering with very little or no signal. No en-suite in main bedroom upstairs and when paying upwards of £2500 this is a DEFINITE requirement, to make matters worse you had to go down a flight of stairs and up another to pee in the night and then down again and back up to bed by which time you were wide awake. For this reason we chose to stay downstairs in the small double - not ideal for our holiday. Two small bedrooms upstairs very pokey and low beams with no en-suites - again having to share a bathroom (with no walk in shower) between three bedrooms. It would be much better to have just two bedrooms upstairs with nice en-suites - do what you do well or not at all, the property is far more suited to only 4 or 6 people anyway and would still command a decent rent. In my mind this is currently way over-priced and we were very disappointed with our choice, finding much nicer cottages down in the bay. Also, no communal loo downstairs only the one for the bedroom, not good. And a huge snooker table/room, would this space not better be utilised for further seating/comfort as not everybody chooses their holiday home on the fact that it has a snooker table - fully understandable, functioning tv's and more relaxing seating areas would have been much preferable in our case. The good points were the peace and quiet of the village but we would certainly not choose to visit again unfortunately

    Thank you for your recent feedback regarding The Barn, we welcome all feedback whether negative or positive. We are very sorry to hear the layout did not suit your requirements and you were disappointed. There are however, numerous photographs of The Barn on the website giving a visual representation of the property together with a full detailed access statement which was available at the time of booking. The property is a Grade II* property, and is very limited to how changes can be made to a building dating back to 1760's. There owners have two sofas and a Tub chair in the Living area, capable of seating at least 6 people, with two additional chairs and 10 fabric chairs in the main Kitchen space that could have been used during your stay. We take on board your opinions regarding better use of the space where the snooker table sits, however, many of our previous guests have thoroughly enjoyed the pool/snooker. The downstairs does have a communal WC adjacent the Ground Floor bedroom accessed via a small lobby. The property is competitively priced for the area, considering its size, high quality fixtures and fittings, Hot Tub, Pool Table, Underfloor heating, Paddock/Play area and off road parking. Over the years, The Barn has and will continue to be extremely successful and a very much loved holiday let for 7/8 people as per the positive reviews received. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KateMay 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage."

    We were very impressed with the specification of the cottage. Absolutely beautiful decor and furniture. Stunning location. It was very well stocked with equipment for our stay. We made full use of the hot tub and pool table. It was perfect for our stay. The only very small comments we would make is the cottage was very hot and it was difficult to cool it down. Also the beams on the first floor were a bit of a pain having to go up and down the stairs to get to the bathroom, especially in the night. We ended up just ducking under the beam which is a bit tricky at our age :) We had a wonderful time. Especially as we were supposed to be going skiing but decided on a staycation due to covid restrictions. We enjoyed our stay in Yorkshire just as much as skiing, and our dog had a great time too. Thank you .

    Reviewed by HelenJan 2022

  • "This is an exceptional holiday home with every luxury convenience."

    Pretty village near beautiful Runswick Bay.We could not fault it and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by GeorgeDec 2021

  • "Just a beautiful place to stay."

    We had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for such a lovely welcome pack too. Everything was perfect and the hot tub was wonderful. The only disappointment was the WiFi. As there is no phone signal, the WiFi would have been really useful, but it was so intermittent, we couldn’t really use the tv, and the tv in the downstairs bedroom didn’t have the right lead, so couldn’t be used at all, but we’re not complaining as it was wonderful.

    Reviewed by NaomiDec 2021

  • "A beautifully presented and appointed property."

    It actually made us say "wow" when we entered as the photos don't do it justice. It was perfect for 2 couples but I could see from other reviews that the configuration of the upstairs rooms could cause a slight issue . However we had no problems at all and have loved every minute of our stay . The cottage welcome book was very precise with lots of good recommendations as well as instructions. A delicious bag of goodies to go with it ! This is a very luxurious place to stay with everything carefully thought about to enhance your visit . Sitting in the hot tub star gazing at the end of our day was the icing on the cake. We enjoyed a pool tournament all week too which made a change from the usual board games/ cards . An excellent place to stay, you will not be disappointed if you book a holiday here ! Thankyou .

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2021

  • "Barn was absolutely amazing and in a beautiful setting."

    Handy to get to local places Also lovely touch of the wine and chocolate. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2021

  • "The barn is very well appointed with excellent equipment."

    The location in Ellerby is idyllic very handy for access to coast, footpaths and beaches around. The one change I suggest is another full shower as it can take a while for a group using one shower and better ventilation in the downstairs bathroom and bedroom. The hot tub is amazing.

    Reviewed by DeborahSep 2021

  • "Extremely high standard accommodation."

    Like being at home. Thank you

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "The barn had everything you could need and all the extra luxuries from the hot tub to the pool table made our experience that bit more special."

    Reviewed by LiamJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with luxury fittings ."

    Great garden and hot tub. Construction of house probably best suited to adults or older children than under 5’s due to beams and staircases. Fab pool table and plenty of space. A second shower would be useful if you are a large group or family. Nice location next to Runswick Bay. Local pub is very good for meals and grounds are very pretty. Lovely welcome pack and nice owners.

    Reviewed by NancyMay 2021

  • "The Barn is a beautiful property with lots of character and lovely views."

    We had a great few days there visiting the North Yorkshire coast line. It's a shame the country inn, which is a stones throw away, wasn't open, but the kitchen was well equipped and we didn't mind cooking each night, followed by numerous games of billiards. The hot tub was great too. We'd certainly return if we were visiting the area again. The personal note, chocolates and wine went down well too, thank you! Just one negative point. The thin curtain in the twin room next to the bathroom did not go down well, as our son was woken up by the sun before 6 each morning! It could do with something thicker. We were all sharing one shower as well. Maybe consider one for the family bathroom going forward as we were just a family of four and I'm not sure how 8 would've faired. Please note though, I'm just being nit picky here, we had a great time.

    Reviewed by AliApr 2021

  • "This property accommodates 8 people and we thought one shower was insufficient for our needs."

    the property may benefit from replacement of the bath by another shower. The shower attachment on the bath was not easy to use. We own an electric car. I had to charge it at the Ellerby pub as there was no outside socket at this property. It would be beneficial to install an outside socket at the property for charging as I would imagine the number of people with electric cars will increase in the coming years. The outlet drain sink to the kitchen blocked on a number of occasions and we cleared it as best we could. The staircase could be a problem for some people and makes access to the bathroom from the bedrooms less than straightforward.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2020

  • "The property was quite splendid in most regards, and we were particularly impressed by the snooker table and hot tub, garden furniture and the comfortable beds."

    The heating was remarkable and easily adjustable, there was lots of space in a visually interesting building. We accepted that we only had a four night booking slotted into an otherwise full month during a pandemic, which could well account for such things as a barbecue which had not been cleaned out (we didn't need it anyway) and a bin liner plus garden waste in one corner of the patio, and the coloured waste/recycling bins which we expected to find beside the property were found well away from The Barn. There wasn't a waste week calendar in the key safe. The small freezer under the bench in the kitchen was so iced up the drawers could not be opened, except for the narrow ice tray at the bottom. The instructions for the televisions in the house did not, when we tried to follow them, give us access to anything which we could use. All we really wanted were a few BBC and ITV channels for news, weather etc. There were many wires behind each set, with various boxes that were or weren't plugged in, and unlabelled controls for unknown purposes. If we had brought an 8-year-old with us, it would have no doubt been sorted in minutes, but as we were all over 80 without Apple log in details and no appetite for gaming or films, we were unable to use any TV. There was a Whitby number we could have rung for help, instead we used the wifi which worked reasonably well. We think this equipment should have been checked so that it actually worked when the clear instructions were followed Everyone in the upstairs bedrooms needing the family bathroom at night had to go on to the landing, down half a dozen stairs, a few steps along the lower landing, then up half a dozen stairs to get there, unless they could limbo under one of the two huge beams crossing the upper landing about a metre above the floor. It was a bit like Fawlty Towers, and was not illustrated in the interior views of the otherwise designed-for-comfort property. Interesting, but not very convenient! I know this may seem like a big fuss over trivial issues at a difficult time, but when you are paying an above-average price for a short break in an unfamiliar environment, every-day requirements should not become problems to be solved before you can enjoy your holiday.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, whether it is Positive or negative it is always welcome as it enables us to make improvements where appropriate. We are so pleased you appreciated this stunning property and all it has to offer. Sorry you experienced difficulties with the TV, a phone call to our office would have alerted one of us to attend and assist with the instructions provided. The Barn is a beautifully renovated old property sympathetically restored to enhance its unusual features. The lay out compliments the quirkiness, hence the unusual configuration upstairs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "The house and location was perfect."

    Lots of space. Hot tub was a really bonus and our family really enjoyed the stay. The second double bedroom would really benefit from a en-suite particularly with the family bathroom being used by three rooms. However, it didn't affect the enjoyment of the property and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2020

  • "We had an amazing stay at the beautiful barn."

    The amenities were great and the welcome bag of goodies were very much appreciated. The barn was cosy and super warm when we arrived and the hot tub was a great size to accommodate all of our party. The barn is situated in a very small but beautiful village just outside Runswick Bay and the pub which serves food is literally over the road. Would definitely love to stay again and have already recommend it to colleagues.

    Reviewed by TracyJan 2020

  • "Hi we had lovely stay and would recommend the Barn."

    However the crockery could do with updating there were not enough small bowls and the large plates were only 8 and did not match. Could do with a mirror in other bedrooms only had them in the large double upstairs It did not spoil our stay but when paying premium rate it is something that needs addressing. Plus I had to empty the dishwasher when I arrived

    Reviewed by JanisDec 2019

  • "Thank you so much for assisting our niece with the surprise birthday decorations in the barn, it was such a lovely surprise, a very nice personal touch and made our arrival even more special."

    Our party of 8 all thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Barn.

    Reviewed by StevenNov 2019

  • "A beautifully property with great facilities."

    By way of feedback and given the level of the rental, it would be nice if some basic essentials were provided for the week. e.g. a bag of dishwasher tabs rather than one or a roll of bin liners rather than one. Not much to ask and it prevents the guest having to continually go back to the shops to buy these items. There was also only one refuse bin which didn't allow us to recycle. Aside from these minor points the barn is a great property in a lovely location which provided an excellent base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by NickOct 2019

  • "Lovely barn."

    Fabulous location. Wonderful family get together. Will be back.

    The KirksJun 2018

  • "Wonderful break for 'Nana's' birthday!"

    Grandma loved it! Children loved the hot tub. The Barn is beautiful everyone. Slept well. Forecast wasn't great but was very kind to us whilst we were here. We walked to Runswick Bay and enjoyed the sunshine whilst we waited for the cafe to open for our morning coffees! We hope to be back.

    Chapman/Middleton FamiliesApr 2018

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay at this beautiful place."

    Despite the weather we had some great days out fossil hunting. Playing board games of an evening after a hot tub. Spotted shooting stars. Thank you.

    The Winstanleys - And Oscar And Ruby The DogsMar 2018

  • "Great house for our get-together."

    The dogs are going to miss the underfloor heating! Highly recommend Bridge Cottage Bistro at Sandsend.

    The Wood PartyFeb 2018

  • "Not much I can say but wow, wow, WOW!"

    Many thanks!

    The Wright PartySep 2017

  • "Thank you very much for the excellent service you provided with my booking at The Barn, Ellerby, and special thanks for the surprise birthday cake and treats for the dogs."

    Also your recommendation of the chef to cook for us was just perfect. I will certainly use your services again.

    Carol HannantSep 2017

  • "Had a wonderful few days at this fabulous barn."

    Great location too. Thank you. Will be back.

    The Wright FamilySep 2017

  • "Gorgeous house!"

    ! An amazing area and a fab hot tub! Love it!!

    The Campbells From ScotlandJul 2017

  • "What an amazing house."

    ...with amazing friends. The garden is perfect for playing ball! Perfect hot tub evening also!

    Judith And PhilJul 2017

  • "A fantastic week in The Barn."

    Lovely house!! A wonderful family wedding which brought us back to Yorkshire, re-living childhood memories in Runswick, Hinderwell and Staithes. We will be back.

    The WalkersJul 2017

  • "Fantastic barn; we came here to celebrate a 60th birthday and we've had a ball."

    The hot tub was the icing on the cake along with the fire and candles. We have loved the outside area and the weather was kind to us. All in all a wonderful weekend in a wonderful place.

    The Haddon PartyMay 2017

  • "From the moment we walked in we just knew that we were going to have a comfortable, relaxing stay."

    The location is superb – quiet yet with the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline so accessible. We ate in the picture postcard village pub – which is just a few hundred meters away & can recommend the Sunday roast there. The barn is a fantastic conversion, furnished to a very high standard. The owners have thought of everything & their love and care is evident everywhere. In the evenings we lit the log-burning stove, poured a glass of wine, then slept like babies in the comfortable bed and peaceful surroundings. The extras such as the hot-tub & snooker table add to the overall enjoyment of this property & are a welcome extra to return to after a day out walking the many coastal paths. Yorkshire Coastal Cottages provided a great welcome pack including some local produce. If you go you will want to return.

    The Kirkby FamilyApr 2017

  • "Wonderful party house, beautifully designed and a real home from home."

    We had a blast. x

    The HudsonsMar 2017

  • "Fabulous time was had by all."

    Wonderful Barn. We loved the hot tub and the pool table. We will be back!

    The PortersNov -0001

  • "Beautiful bar, very well-equipped."

    A real home from home...but butter! Completely relaxed now. x

    Sue And GrahamNov -0001

  • "We have had a wonderful time in The Barn."

    The walk to Runswick Bay was great, an interesting walk back up through the houses. We shall miss The Barn.

    The Barrow FamilyNov -0001

  • "We thought The Barn was stunning and in a wonderful location."

    Our family reunion was perfect here - thank you!

    The ColtonsNov -0001

  • "Stayed here for a 70th birthday celebration."

    The Barn fulfilled all our expectations and more. Jayne (caterer) cooked us a super meal on Saturday evening - details from Yorkshire Coastal Cottages. We love Runswick Bay and all the Yorkshire coast, so visit regularly.

    Carol And Pete And FriendsNov -0001

  • "Super place for a get-together with friends ad family."

    We loved Runswick Bay beach, the coastal walk to Staithes, Whitby for fish and chips and fossiling at Saltwick Bay.

    Two Families And Mungo The Dog!Nov -0001

  • "50th wedding anniversary."

    Excellent accommodation - could not have wished for more. Well done to the owners and unseen staff for making our stay fabulous.

    The WildesNov -0001

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The property

Enter this stunning property via the hallway where there is a seat bench and storage for coats and shoes.

The hallway leads to the ‘living kitchen’ which is very well-equipped with quality appliances such as a retro Smeg fridge and Smeg kettle and toaster, plus a separate integral freezer, dishwasher, a large range gas oven plus, during the winter months, a wonderful Aga, this is an excellent kitchen with plenty of work surfaces to prepare meals. The dining area has a wall-mounted TV, a long oak dining table with upholstered chairs to seat ten people. There is a useful utility room which has a washing machine with integral dryer and space for airing clothes. The main living space is bordered by a unique and open staircase, there are essentially three areas to this vast room.

Centrally is a small study area with a desk plus comfortable leather chairs and book shelves.

At one end is a wonderful seating area, framing a log burning stove with comfortable leather Parker-Knoll style sofas, book cases, large screen TV with integral DVD player.

The wooden antler-style chandeliers complete the magnificent styling of this exquisite property.

French doors, with New England-style shutters, lead to the pretty terrace, hot tub and the garden beyond. On the opposite side of this large room is a games area with an 8ft billiard/snooker table complete with wall-mounted cues. There is also a charming guest suite on the ground floor with an inner hallway, double bedroom with king size bed plus a shower room with shower, WC and hand wash basin. The first floor has three bedrooms plus a house bathroom.

There is a master bedroom that sleeps three people, with a king size bed, wardrobe, cheval mirror and dressing table.

There is a sofa chair in this bedroom, which converts to a single bed to make it into a family room if required. A charming twin bedroom has two single beds plus there is a single bedroom. The house bathroom is stylish with a wonderful free-standing bath with shower attachment, WC and hand wash basin. Outside the property, is a superb flagged terrace area with table and chairs, it is a private area, not overlooked by neighbours. On the decked areas and slightly elevated is the hot tub which enjoys views out over the lawned garden, which has shrubs, trees, flowers and those distant views of the sea plus an adjoining paddock. There is private parking for up to four cars.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Staithes 2 miles; Whitby 9 miles; Saltburn-by-the-Sea 10 miles.

The historic fishing village of Runswick Bay is without doubt one of the true gems of the Yorkshire Coast, if not the whole of the UK. This picturesque SE-facing village situated 9 miles from Whitby sits in a beautiful sheltered sandy-beached bay backed by spectacular cliffs and moorland scenery. Relatively un-commercialised and with vehicular traffic restricted, the village provides the perfect setting in which to relax and unwind. Relish in taking long walks on either the sandy beach or along the Cleveland Way on the clifftop above. There is much to do in the local area, whether it's visiting Whitby with its famous Abbey, Staithes with its pretty shops, cafes and superb art gallery, or touring the dramatic North York Moors. The lower village houses a local inn serving food along with a spectacularly situated cafe, whilst nearby Hinderwell provides 2 inns, a fish and chip shop, a local butchers and a garage/petrol station. A Co-op is situated at Staithes 2 miles away.

Free Wi-Fi included;

This is a pet-friendly property with dogs welcome at a cost of £30 per pet per stay

Please note this property sleeps 8- the 8th person/ child is to sleep on the chair pull out bed in the master bedroom

Starter pack of kindling/logs available from mid-October until the end of March.

Bed linen and towels are provided.

A refundable security deposit of £200 is required with all bookings.

Please note: There is no BBQ at this property guests to bring their own

All TV''s except the main lounge are Apple TV and iplayer via the

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter