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The Old Barn

(Ref. 1015846)

Great Driffield, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "The overall stay was lovely."

    Andrew and Emily (who live on site) were very welcoming and helpful, nothing was ever a problem. The cleaner Jane also was also very nice and helpful. Some small gripes were, the upstairs floorboards were very noisy when moving about especially for the guests below. A small TV in the bedrooms would have been nice. The games room could do with some updating. On a positive note the kitchen was fully equipped and we didn’t need to bring anything apart from food. Hair dryers were provided, plenty of towels , hand wash and toilet rolls. The welcome box of chocolates, a bottle of wine and eggs was a lovely touch. Tea, coffee and sugar was also provided. The beds were very comfortable. The swimming pool was a big part of why we chose the cottage and facility didn’t disappoint. The kids really enjoyed it! Regrettably on a negative note, on one occasion whilst we were using the pool, shortly after entering we were told (for the first time) that swimming lessons occur on a Tuesday afternoon and that we would need to get out. This was the first time meeting the owner. She did apologise but it was very awkward. We were very disappointed (as anyone would be) but especially because one of our family members who has a terminal illness (unbeknown to the owner) to our surprise had gotten into the pool that day very shortly before and for the first and only time during our stay, so to be told to get out was a real disappointment to him and naturally to all of us! We were polite despite our feelings (even though our disappointment would have been clear) however that was the only time the owner spoke to us although we saw her a few times afterwards and we were the only guests on site. Wasn’t a deal breaker but did leave a bitter taste in the mouth. A notice on the door would have negated this.

    Hello Thank you for your feedback. Just to update you, Emily is also an owner, and I think you met her on several occasions! The pool situation was a shame, but there is a notice in the file with all the information, stating that on Tuesday afternoon the pool is used by local children for a couple of hours. We also keep the pool open longer on a Tuesday night to compensate! The games room is really just a place where children can 'hang out', its more like a 'den' for them, and we feel if we updated it, it would become more for adults than children.... that is not our intention. Thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liane4.1Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    Thank you. Far too much to do in the area, including a fabulous meal at Farriers, for a week so a return one day is inevitable. An oddity though. I really don’t understand why I paid an additional fee for electric car charging when a ‘pay to use’ facility was on site?

    Reviewed by Ian4.4May 2023

  • "Fabulous house, made extra special by the owners who provided a lovely welcome gift and decorated the house beautifully for our Christmas stay."

    Every housekeeping item we needed were already provided making our stay easy and comfortable. Would strongly recommend.

    Reviewed by Karyn5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fabulous stay at the Old Barn!"

    The property and ground were absolutely stunning. Going through the electric gates, driving the stone path and walking through the house, the views from the full length windows were amazing! We were a family of 7 and made full use of the pool, games room and tennis court. The house was fully equipped and we were welcomed with complimentary cleaning materials, coffee, tea, sugar, eggs a box of chocolates and wine. Will return to this wonderful accommodation suitable to sleep 8.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely property with great facilities, we especially enjoyed the tennis court and pool."

    Only down sides were as our stay was during a heatwave it was so hot we had to have all doors and windows open to try and cool it down. As a result, we were inundated with flies as it is on a working farm. Also, the floor boards upstairs are extremely noisy and if you are sleeping in one of the downstairs rooms it is very load when anybody moves upstairs. Otherwise, a lovely stay and a lovely location.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2022

  • "Superb place to stay."

    Beautiful accommodation with everything you need. Excellent facilities and super safe for children to play. Recommend.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Aug 2022

  • "An excellent place to stay."

    Clean, modern, quality fixtures and fittings. Best size pool we’ve had in a holiday let in this country . Welcome pack on arrival. This is a working farm and there were some flies but fly paper and spray coped with this very slight annoyance. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is the best property we have rented over the last 40 years."

    The comfort, cleanliness and the whole setting are fantastic. The old barn could be suitable for wheelchairs if there were ramps to go over the two steps outside. We really enjoyed our stay and wish to thank the housekeeper for her perfect management of the whole place.

    Reviewed by Mireille5.0Jul 2022

  • "We cannot fault the property."

    It was a fantastic place to stay. We asked for help with a few things by email and by phone in the run up to our stay and didn’t receive any response from yourselves which is not acceptable.

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had an amazing time !"

    Everything was perfect !

    Reviewed by megan5.0Nov 2021

  • "A very relaxing holiday home with excellent facilities."

    We really enjoyed the pool which is a good length for an indoor pool. Cleaning products left for our use in the kitchen and bathrooms were very much appreciated and we especially enjoyed the Prosecco and chocolates. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Sep 2021

  • "The old barn has everything a family could ever need or want."

    Beautiful location it’s rural and peaceful, though as a working farm, there will be some noise from sheep and tractors, but that didn’t bother us at all. The swimming pool was a gift for the teenagers (15 to 18 y.o.). They loved it and made a pleasant change not seeing them head down looking at their mobile phones. 3 things to note, internet connection is going to be weak at times with poor signal/reception so factor that in, the location is rural so no popping to the shop for a loaf of bread or milk (though it was a lovely surprise to receive welcome eggs, milk, box of chocs and Prosecco). Lastly, as a farm, there are more flies that you would see normally which was a pity as we had good weather and it made me think twice about opening windows and french doors. Overall though, would I go back? 100% yes. Beautiful old barn we had a relaxing week reading, playing board games or spending the evening just talking to one another. During the day off to places such as Whitby, York and Filey etc. lovely!

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic holiday home."

    Really well equipt and comfortable with superb facilities. Location is remote so there's no popping out for milk but it's very peaceful.

    Reviewed by jayne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Thank you for a fantastic break at The Old Barn."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The pool was a highlight, and the house had everything you needed while on holiday! Special thanks to Jane for making us feel very welcome. We would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Jul 2021

  • "The Old Barn was wonderful ."

    Very spacious accommodation , excellent pool and games room , and a very generous goodie bag .

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is a lovely place to stay."

    Great place to get the family together. Half an hour from the coast good roads. Very good swimming pool, I will book again

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2021

  • "Absolutely brilliant accommodation."

    Everything thought of, we enjoyed the pool and the tennis courts immensely. The old barn was huge and gave us plenty of space to relax. Very clean.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2020

  • "What a wonderful week at The Old Barn."

    Facilities were second to none, with well equipped kitchen, everything you needed and more. The living and dining areas were extremely spacious for 8 with great furnishings. The swimming pool area was immaculate and we used it daily. We will definitely look to return in the future. Fabulous for a stay at home vacation after lockdown.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2020

  • "We have been to many 4/5 star properties over the years and this place has topped them all!"

    From the moment we walked in we were amazed. The size of the rooms were excellent, the cleanliness of the property was amazing (other places I have needed to clean before we could upack), a well thought out food hamper was left by the owners which was greatly received, the kitchen utensils and crockery were immense (everything you can thing of was available) and comfy furniture and beds. The swimming pool was divided up into sessions per property because of social distancing which worked really well. There were communal times available if you wished to go then too. We will definitely return as we so loved our stay with you.

    Reviewed by Nova5.0Aug 2020

  • "Average quality of lighting in bedroom upstairs looking to rear of property, the mirror light in bathroom did not work making shaving awkward, would have liked a wardrobe in this bedroom."

    These are minor issues and did not detract from a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Accommodation was spacious, very clean, and well equipped."

    The children enjoyed the swimming pool. Overall a great place to stay. The only downside was the flies. Spent a lot of time swatting flies despite the anti-fly device that was working in the main room.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2020

  • "Obviously, we were disappointed that we couldn’t use the games room but really appreciated that we could use the swimming pool which was an excellent facility."

    The accommodation is spacious and well-equipped and we had a very enjoyable stay. There was rather a lot of flies in one of the downstairs bedrooms but we managed to control them more with keeping the door shut and using a fly swatter. Perhaps something needs to be placed outside to detract them; my daughter has some sort of planter which does the trick.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.1Jul 2020

  • "This was by far the best place we have ever stopped in."


    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2020

  • "Easy to get to with postcode in the Sat nav and just a short drive to a nice pub at Driffield (3 miles) or to lovely beaches and tea rooms at Filey or Bridlington."

    The Old Barn was superb - as was the tennis court, games room/den and the swimming pool. Everything presented so tastefully and with real quality and style. Great space and comfort in the Barn - we have recommended to loads of friends and we'll be back!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2019

  • "Beautiful barn conversion with spacious and comfortable internal space on two floors."

    The substantial swimming pool was thoroughly enjoyed by the 15 to 75 age range of the party together with the games room and outdoor tennis and football facilities. Thoroughly recommended

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2019

  • "The property is lovely and just as advertised."

    A really generous size and well equipped. The pool and games rooms are great and well used by us, as was the tennis court. Everything was provided that we needed and the drove to the great beach at Hunmanby Gap (much better than Filey beach in our view) is just 20 minutes away. We really enjoyed our stay at East gate farm.

    Reviewed by S5.0Aug 2019

  • "We would just like to say how amazing The Old Barn was, although we forgot to write in the visitor book!"

    The place was immaculate and had absolutely everything in it that we needed. We will certainly be returning, and will highly recommend to our friends and family!

    Sandra SimisterMay 2019

  • "What an amazing week we've had at the Old Barn, none of us wanted to leave."

    The accommodation facilities and location were first class!

    Darren Drew-Smith February 2019Feb 2019

  • "Enjoyable stay - our second visit here, fantastic properties."

    Loved the pool, hopefully will be back again next year.

    The Hartley FamilyAug 2018

  • "Had a lovely time and a great stay."

    Thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool. Thank you very much.

    The Wilkinsons And WirralsAug 2018

  • "The best home and facilities ever!"

    Will definetly recommend to all! Thank you.

    James And Jenny TurnerJun 2018

  • "We have had a fantastic time here!"

    The property is fantastic and caters for everyone. Everyone raved about the place and we hope to be back.

    Caroline WarneckJun 2018

  • "Fabulous house for a family gathering for my Mum's 84th birthday - everything we could of wished for!"

    We had a lovely week, the swimming pool was marvellous!

    The Dixon FamilyJun 2018

  • "Amazing place to spend our celebrations for a Diamond Wedding Anniversary!"

    The whole place is great!

    The Eales FamilyMay 2018

  • "Ace for our large family get-together!"

    Pool, games room, accomodation - ticks so many boxes! Thank you.

    Mary, Craig, William, James And FamilyApr 2018

  • "Fantastic holiday at an amazing place."

    There were four generations staying and it's so well equipped. The pool and games room were the icing on the cake!

    The Myors-Briggs FamilyFeb 2018

  • "The Old Barn has been fantastic, wonderful accomodation and excellently equipped."

    The pool is a great addition as well as the games room, we would not hesitate to recommend this to family or friends. Many thanks!

    The Hall-CootesJan 2018

  • "Our 5th stay here and as equally brilliant as ever!"

    Beautifully set up, beautifully clean. Thank you!

    The York FamilyDec 2017

  • "Just as amazing as last year, a huge thank you!"

    The Smiths - DenmarkDec 2017

  • "We've had a fantastic time here at The Old Barn."

    Feel totally spoilt. Couldn't believe the quality, best place we've ever stayed in! Hopefully will be back soon!

    The Brannens And Cawtes FamilyOct 2017

  • "We stayed at The Old Barn after being let down by the collapse of Monarch."

    The group consisted of two families totalling 6 people and were looking for all the things we would have had whilst on our original booked holiday - the feeling of luxury and, very importantly, a pool. This holiday had it all. It was superb. On arriving we were greeted with a welcome basket of different items of local groceries. The Old Barn was extremely clean and tidy and had everything we would need; if were intending to cook....NOT!...we were on our hols. We still talk now of how lucky we were to find this as a last minute holiday and are intending to return. All cottages are beautiful and all different. Would be a fabulous place for a large family get together. A great holiday!!!

    The Brannens And Cawtes FamiliesOct 2017

  • "Had a fantastic time, accomodation was lovely and well equipped."

    Staff were very helpful. Thank you!

    The HarrisonsSep 2016

  • "It says it all if I tell you I've already booked and paid the deposit for next year."

    The Hawson FamilyAug 2016

  • "Thank you so much for this amazing holiday venue."

    There is so much to do and explore. We simply have to come back!

    The Jones FamilyAug 2016

  • "I want to come here again!"

    Fabulous place for a big gathering, what's not to love!? Thank you.

    William Oules - Aged 4, Part Of The Oules PartyMay 2016

  • "Another fabulous weekend in this amazing house - so welcoming and the facilities are just perfect."

    Alison, Rob, Lynda, Sue, Dave, Margaret, Wendy And RobFeb 2016

  • "Our stay at The Old Barn was perfect - plenty of space for our extended family."

    The children absolutely loved the swimming pool which is a real bonus. All of the facilities are to such a high standard. There is also plenty to do locally without driving too far - from the beach at Filey to fish and chips in Whitby. The hamper on arrival is one of the best we have ever had when staying in cottages. Thank you.

    Suzannah HayesNov -0001

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  • Complementary use of a heated indoor swimming pool, all weather tennis court, gym and games room. With two bedrooms on the ground floor, this property is suitable for those with mobility issues; note there are two steps up to the property. LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS NOW ACCEPTED Free Wi-Fi included
  • A cot and high chair are in the property. There is garden furniture and a shared BBQ (available during summer, not available 1st October – 31st March)
  • Private parking for several cars
  • There is also an Electric Vehicle charging point Pay as you Go
  • This property is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.For larger groups, the neighbouring cottages are Hurdles (4 guests), Cartwheels (6 guests) and The Furrows (6 guests)
  • The two properties next door, Hurdles and Cartwheels, have locked, but inter-connecting doors, and can open into one very large property for family get-together or groups of friends of either 12, 14 or 18 people
  • No stag or hen party groups permitted
  • Note: this property has a maximum occupancy of 8 including Infants. NB
  • The swimming pool is closed during the winter months.

The property

Complete with complementary use of a heated indoor swimming pool, all weather tennis court, gym and games room and awarded the top accolade of 5 Star Gold from Visit England/Quality in Tourism The open plan ‘living’ kitchen has electric double oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, cream painted units, granite work surfaces and an island with a seating area.

The dining area which seats up to 10, looks out over the courtyard. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor; a double bedroom with king size bed, bathroom with a bath with shower over, WC and hand wash basin plus a twin bedroom with a large walk-in shower, WC and hand wash basin.

A cot and high chair can be made available for the use of guests but can this please be requested at the time of booking.

Guests are requested to provide their own cot linens.

On the first floor there is a vast, beamed sitting room with a large Smart TV and DVD player, flame effect fire and large, comfortable sofas.

There is also a separate area, with a table and chairs at the far side, framed by the floor-to-ceiling window, to sit and enjoy the viewout over the countryside. On this floor is a king size double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath and hand held shower, WC and hand wash basin as well as another smart twin bedroom, again with en-suite shower room with shower, WC and hand wash basin. The Old Barn is in a lovely gated courtyard with parking and a gravelled driveway, a pretty central fountain surrounded by flowering plants, plus a terrace outside the property that has a table and chairs, where you can sit and enjoy drinks and meals in the open air. There is a shared indoor heated swimming pool, a smart changing area for both males and females and loungers open 8:30am- 7pm. NB.

The pool is closed during the Winter months from 31.10.23- 31.3.24-during this time there is a discount to reflect this. There is also a superb all-weather tennis court plus a games room with table tennis and various games; combined with the wonderful walks on the nearby Yorkshire Wolds and with the beach and Filey a ten minute drive, there’s plenty to do for all ages!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Beverley 14 miles; Hornsea 16 miles; York 29 miles.

Driffield is a busy market town set in the Yorkshire Wolds, with a lot on offer for its visitors. There are many pubs and cafes to choose from, providing quality food and drink from local suppliers. Visitors can enjoy shopping for local produce at the weekly market, held in Driffield every Thursday, which is a very popular local event and there is also the yearly Driffield Show held at the Showground every summer.


There is now an electric car charging point Pay as you go for guests to use. Instructions in the property.

For larger groups, the neighbouring cottages are Hurdles (4 guests), Cartwheels (6 guests) and The Furrows (6 guests). The two properties next door, Hurdles and Cartwheels, have locked, but inter-connecting doors, and can open into one very large property for family get-togethers or groups of friends of either 12, 14 or 18 people.

No stag or hen party groups permitted.

The Pool is open from 8:30am - 7pm PLEASE NOTE THE POOL WILL BE CLOSED 1.10.2023 - 31.3.2024

Outside caterers are available for this property please contact YCC for details.

This property has a maximum occupancy of 8 including infants. One baby is a cot is permitted.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas