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Barn Owl Cottage

(Ref. 12884)

Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, immaculate and beautifully presented."

    Tea, coffee, milk and super biscuits available as we arrived. Daffodils to greet us and enjoy. Jennie was on hand and very, very pleasant and helpful. The cobbled yard and steps we knew about before we booked. They could be an issue for anyone with very reduced mobility.

    Reviewed by Kay4.4Mar 2024

  • "Jenny is such a lovely person and a wonderful all inclusive host."

    will defo be going back there at some point.

    Reviewed by Roy4.7Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay."

    The cottage had everything we needed in a beautiful location. The owner is so friendly and would do everything she could to make things possible. Our dog enjoyed it too.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic place would recommend nice and quiet only a short distance to town"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "We absolutely loved everything about the Barn Owl cottage, its location and the many things to do including a beautiful walk to Whitaker’s gin distillery."

    I saw in a previous review saying it wasn’t suitable for disabled due to having steps into the bathroom and one of the bedrooms but our 91 and 93 year old parents (one having to use walking aids) managed them okay. The layout with its huge open plan worked well. The cleanliness, the guest pack on arrival including biscuits was lovely. The owners are brilliant, we were greeted on arrival and they made sure we had everything we needed and to ask if we were in need of anything else. The building with its cobbled courtyard and the whole history is definitely worthy of a read which can be found amongst the welcome pack. Would we book again? It’s a huge YES!

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay, Jenny was an excellent host."

    Great location for days out. Thank you for everything :)

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely property, with a comprehensive set of kitchen utensils, comfy sofas and beds."

    Wifi was weak and often no service at all. Freesat had a very limited number of channels. Not suitable for disabled because there is a step into every room except the twin bedroom, and the courtyard is very uneven.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage in an amazing location, would have no hesitation in recommending Barn Owl to anyone interested in a holiday centred around wildlife and walking with a little bit of history thrown in."

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2023

  • "We have a lovely holiday, very nice stay in Barn Owl cottage, we couldn't fault anything, very nice area for walks and a short drive into Pateley Bridge."

    The owner very helpful and friendly, would definitely stay here again and recommend it.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2023

  • "A warm welcome to a beautiful well equipped cottage set in a lovely part of Yorkshire."

    Very much enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0May 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage set in enclosed 19th century farmyard."

    Fenced off area in front of building for outdoor seating/dogs/children. Very friendly and helpful owner. Set in beautiful countryside with numerous walks and pleasant riverside path into Pately Bridge. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.4May 2023

  • "Perfect stay and fantastic host."

    Thank you for a lovely New year break. Lovely clean and beautiful place to stay we can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Dec 2022

  • "Jenny was a lovely host."

    she was very friendly and very ccopmodating. we have already booked to return there later in the year. we love walking with the dog and the location of the cottage wasjust right for us, as all the walks we do start from the front door.

    Reviewed by Roy4.4Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was clean and comfortable."

    We had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Nov 2022

  • "A warm welcome awaited us and we had a lovely restful week exploring the area, such a lovely cottage and the bed was so comfortable."

    We hope to return

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Oct 2022

  • "Excellent dialogue with Jen, who is exceptionally friendly and helpful."

    Lovely and clean accommodation with everything you needed for our stay. We certainly hope to come back again

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very good position, lovely & quiet in the countryside but just a mile from Parsley Bridge."

    Host very welcoming & helpful. Property was very clean, warm & comfortable.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2022

  • "Barn Owl cottage is a unique holiday let, positioned on a farm."

    We contacted the owner 2 days prior to our holiday commencing and Jenny gave us the details regarding the keys to the property. The property was easy to find as the farm is identified by brown signs, in Pately Bridge. Would we return for another holiday, if we intended to be in the area, most definitely as it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Thank you Jenny.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property with a very welcoming host."

    We were warm and comfortable and had a very relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Sep 2022

  • "The welcome we received was very friendly from the owners sister."

    We found the cottage very clean and comfortable, we couldn’t have asked for more,the cottage is one of the best we have ever stayed in the owner could not have been more friendly well done Jenny.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property, very well equipped, great location for beautiful walks and exploring nearby towns and attractions."

    Lots to do in the area. Definitely plan to stay again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at barn owl cottage."

    Everything was there to make a comfortable holiday. It was so peaceful with wonderfull walks all round and our dog loved it. Our host was very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0May 2022

  • "Enjoyable stay."

    The weather was quite kind with rain at night. Nice position for many parts if the dales. Jenny was a very good host and always willing to help.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Everything was wonderful.The cottage was lovely and weather was OK. No rain.Jenny was great.Very welcoming and really helpful. X

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Apr 2022

  • "Very nice barn conversion, very cosy and central to all areas."

    Jenny was very good and approachable. I would recommend this lovely place we will use again in the future. Tony and Lynne Stevens Doncaster

    Reviewed by Lynne4.4Mar 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay everything you would need."

    Would have been nice to have Sky for evening viewing. But that didn't spoil our stay. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage is cosy and spotless."

    Jenny the owner is fantastic and I would definitely recommend Sykes and Barn Owl cottage.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Dec 2021

  • "The host was very helpful and always to hand if we needed her."

    The Owl Barn was spacious, spotless and welcoming. Would highly recommend for a relaxing, well presented home from home in some beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Sep 2021

  • "The host was very helpful and friendly"

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great relaxing break away in this lovely cottage."

    Clean and comfortable Will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Nicki5.0Jun 2021

  • "As with all the cottages we have rented, the Barn Owl cottage was just ideal for a walking holiday."

    The cottage was comfy, clean and the family were very friendly, nothing was too much trouble to make our stay enjoyable. I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2021

  • "What a great cottage even tea towels toilet tolls washing up liquor and surface and COVID cleaner plus eggs tea coffee milk biscuits."

    Lovely fluffy towels. Fantastic break

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2021

  • "Short break exactly what was needed made all the more better by the quality, ..."

    Short break exactly what was needed made all the more better by the quality, cleanliness and setting of the Barn Owl Cottage

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful and relaxing area, to widen down not to over crowed nice people,friendly, and helpfull"

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful place very spacious and comfortable"

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Aug 2020

  • "The cottage and the owners were excellent,loved it definitely go back there,superb."

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very comfortable cottage, well provisioned with plenty of opportunities to dry Coats and dog towels after a very enjoyable but wet week."

    Cottage was very warm and the owners extremely helpful.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2020

  • "A nice cottage."

    I’d imagine in the Sumer (or drier months) this would be a spectacular place, however, having arrived on the day Storm Dennis was about to start, the preceding rain meant access to the property was restricted to one way only, (and going the other way, the pathway had been closed on the route to Pateley bridge), so having young children this then meant to go to lately bridge was a 2.2 mile drive (uphill and downhill) instead of a nice family walk.. the weather severely restricted our activities as a family. The property was spacious, water was very hot, and the heating was very quick to come on when required. Only other negative, was the WiFi was a bit flakey (on your phone), but non existent on the smart TV, which meant due to the rain everyday, would have been a blessing for the children whilst at the property. (In the process of being updated, but not yet finalised) The owner was very friendly.

    Reviewed by Rob4.4Feb 2020

  • "Hi Just back from Barn Owl Cottage in Pateley Bridge , it was FANTASTIC wonderful owners Jenny and Johnny ,cottage was immaculate and exceeded our expectations."

    We will defiantly be going back .

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Nov 2019

  • "Barn Owl cottage was a delight to stay in, the facilities were brilliant: we had everything we needed, and the location was perfect for exploring Yorkshire."

    We had a brilliant holiday and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Barn Owl Cottage - it was light, airy, tastefully decorated and had the perfect amount of space for our family of four. There were lovely little touches such as tea, biscuits, hand soap and moisturiser that make your stay that bit more comfortable.

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with all facilities in Wonderful Yorkshire Dales and owner Jenny was very friendly and extremely helpful ."

    We hope to stay there again in 2020.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2019

  • "Greeted by the friendliest owners and made to feel very welcome."

    the cottage was beautiful and very comfortable with all the facilities we needed. Would definitely go back

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very friendly and welcoming hosts and peaceful setting."

    My one slight criticism is the shower, probably due to water pressure, it is more a sprinkle than a shower in the ensuite. I tried the shower over the bath but couldn't get a comfortable temperature with mixer taps, even though mine is run off mixer taps at home so I am used to trial and error getting it right! Other than the shower problem I would recommend the cottage to other people.

    Reviewed by Gill4.1Jun 2019

  • "The location for walking holidays is very good."

    Barn Owl cottage had plenty of room and was clean and tidy, however the sofas are old and uncomfortable. From the photo we wrongly assumed that the cottage was roadside when it is in fact in a small farm courtyard. The view from the window in the front of the cottage is of the cobbled yard that is used to park cars, the side windows both from the sitting area and the twin bedroom look straight into an attached tractor shed complete with tractor, and the double bedroom looks out onto a small patch of rough grass and the tractor shed doors,in fact there are no countryside views from the cottage

    Reviewed by Chris3.1May 2019

  • "Unfortunately the weather was so miserable we decided to come home earlier than planned."

    Barn Owl cottage was lovely.....the owner Jenny even offered to bring me a separate chair over as I have a problem with my spine. The cottage is situated in a yard so there is not much to see....having said that if we had had good weather we would have been out and about all day. There was plenty of room in the cottage and there was a lovely welcome pack waiting for us so we could have a lovely cup of tea as soon as we got there. getting there was a bit of a problem........our sat nav took us almost to the doorstep , however we took a bit of a while to find the place. Having said that , we phoned Jenny and she stayed on the phone and stood outside the property doing Starjumps so we could see her. !!!!!! The cottage is very light and airy with plenty of space throughout. It is very well equipped and Jenny was nearby so if we needed anything ....we only had to ask. Would I go back there..........I certainly would. !!!!!!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2019

  • "Warm comfortable cottage right on the route of the Nidderdale Way."

    Lots of space and helpful owner. Was a bit disappointed to find one bedroom window looked into barn and skylight had no blind. Would have liked a washer as we were walking all week.

    Reviewed by Nancy4.1Apr 2019

  • "Barn Owl Cottage looks out onto the farmhouse courtyard with convenient parking."

    It is a quiet area within a beautiful location in the Nidderdale Valley. A 10min walk down the country lane led us to a pond walk with swathes of bluebell & wild garlic flowers in late April. You are surrounded by fields of lambs frolicking in the sunshine & if you wish to ride, the local equestrian centre is a 5min walk away. Pateley Bridge is a 15-20 minute walk from either direction from the cottage. Jenny & Johnny we’re both very helpful and friendly hosts. I would recommend them for self catering & the area for b&b. 10 out 10.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2019

  • "The Cottage living room outlook was of part of the farm square used as a store for farm and other machinery."

    Not a great view to look out on. The lounge seating was in very poor condition,very uncomfortable and requires replacing. As a result of this it was impossible to relax and be comfortable in the evenings.In general it needs a large amount of small items ie door hanging hooks unusable, coat hangers that are not properly secured,a shower not secured properly in the master bedroom en suite ect. A small amount of work would make a great difference.

    Mr Shaw, many thanks for your feedback. I'm really sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. After seeing you in the courtyard I asked if you were ok in the cottage with your reply "Yes thanks you but please could do with some fresh towels". I brought over some fresh towels and I also popped in some free range eggs off my chickens for you. If you had expressed your concerns about how uncomfortable the sofas were I would of certainly gone out of my way to find you 2 chairs to sit in. We now realise that they may not be of choose to people over a certain age but we are currently in the process of adding a armchair to the seating area. I have also checked the coat hangers and the hooks behind the bathroom door and all I could find was one was slightly loose which just needed tightened up. Barnowl is suited on a grade 2 listed Farmstead which has a tractor on it.The sofas are leather and of personal preference. We are just a 3 tick cottage in the heart of Nidderdale nowhere do we state that's its luxury. I have been doing this 9 years and have come to the conclusion that I cannot please everyone but can only try and make people feel very welcome and be on hand if I can help in anyway which is always made clear as I check people in by leaving my mobile number on a card.I am very approachable and would of done anything to fix the issues you had. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William2.5Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and we were made very welcome highly recommend if you are looking for a cottage in this area."

    some fantastic walks to do

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Feb 2019

  • "Cottage is simply beautiful, the setting is perfectly located for most places."

    Lots of walks. Host was very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much bother for her. Will definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Feb 2019

  • "Just come back from a weeks stay in Barn Owl Cottage."

    It was a homely cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Jenny was lovely and couldnt do enough for us. Will definately be returning!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Nov 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Owl Barn."

    Jenny, the owner was friendly and approachable. The location is ideal, just over a mile on the roads to Pateley Bridge or a little longer by the scenic walk along the river. The cottage itself is spacious and tastefully decorated and furnished. The heating is simple and easily controlled by a thermostat which is great for the cold snap we had during our stay. There was plenty of hot water too. We found the kitchen was well equipped for our needs. (Note, unlike most other cottages there is no starter pack of tea/coffee etc so guests need to bring initial supplies) We found the Internet unreliable during our stay, the main issue being it would frequently go off for a few minutes and then come back on again. Two or three times when it didn’t come on, we had to contact Jenny to reboot the system which she kindly did to get it going again. The lights over the mirrors in the ensuite and bathroom have no bulbs in them so don’t work - this would be useful for applying make-up/shaving etc (neither room has any natural light). On Sykes website, it is clear that there is a variety of toiletries supplied in both the bathroom and ensuite, which is misleading and not even soap is provided.

    Reviewed by Claire2.8Oct 2018

  • "Great value."

    Beautiful spot. Lovely helpful owner. Cottage lovely , warm and tastefully decorated. Small niggles would be not enough crockery bearing in mind there is a dishwasher, and not more towels as mentioned in previous reviews but a large better quality towel would be much appreciated especially for my 6 foot husband. Showers poor but unlike previous items not easy to rectify, and reflected in reasonably priced rental. Would we return? Definitely!

    Reviewed by Bev4.7Oct 2018

  • "This was a long awaited holiday and really not sure what to expect!"

    However, it was brilliant our hosts Jenny and Johnny were wonderful and they went out their way to help finding a good hairdressers, where to go for a good meal really Jenny was just an adorable girl. The cottage was lovely, rooms a big size and warm which suited me as I feel the cold badly it was the beginning of October with a nip in the air. Thank you Jenny and Johnny for the warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2018

  • "We were surprised about how few essentials were in the cottage such as no milk jug, only 4 teaplates, 2 tea towels for a week, 1 bath and 1 hand towel each for a week, only 1 shelf in the oven and no washing machine."

    The lighting was very poor and the sofas very uncomfortable. 3 of the Windows looked out into a covered shed housing a tractor. The area itself was very picturesque but very disappointed with the accommodation.

    Thank you for your feedback, all feedback is very important to me. Following your review I am looking to add some more kitchen crockery at the property. With regards to towels, I do advise on arrival that if any more towels are needed to please let me know and I will happily provide these. I appreciate your comments regarding the washing machine, however we do not advertise having one. I am sorry you did not find the lighting sufficient and sofa uncomfortable, I think this is more a preference thing as the majority of of our guests score us very highly on comfort. I am always available for guests to contact me during their stay and I am very approachable to assist with any issues they may have. Once again, thank you for your feedback. Kind regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine1.9Aug 2018

  • "The area is beautiful lots of places to visit."

    Pateley bridge has lots of nice cafes and quaint shops. The cottage was just perfect and the owners so friendly and couldn't do enough for us to make our holiday great

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Jul 2018

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Walked the Nidderdale Way and used cottage as base. It was in an ideal location.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2018

  • "The owner jenny was on hand when we arrived and welcomed us to the cottage and showed us around and if we needed anything just call."

    The cottage was warm and comfortable with everthing you would need for a break away from home. thanks again jenny.

    Reviewed by James4.6May 2017

  • "The cottage is so well located."

    We also loved the walk into Pateley Bridge along the lane from the farm and then the river Nidd. Pateley is lovely too. Overall one of the happiest family holidays we have had.

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Apr 2017

  • "Lovely welcome from the owners on our arrival."

    Fantastic cottage with spacious warm rooms. Great location which made for a perfect weekend stay.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2016

  • "Everything was perfect we felt very relaxed and the welcome we received made us feel at home."

    As for booking with sykes we have used you many times and find you very helpful and nothing is to much trouble. Keep up the good work.

    Reviewed by sue5.0Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, stereo/CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable storage
  • Front patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome for £25.00 extra
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Fishing rights on the river by arrangement with owner

The property

Pateley Bridge 1 mile.

This Grade II listed, tasteful cottage sits all on the ground floor and forms part of a wonderful stone barn conversion, one mile from the North Yorkshire village of Pateley Bridge.

Offering accommodation on one level, this cottage retains many original features including attractively painted beams running throughout the property.

Enjoy a spacious open-plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and a cosy sitting area so put your feet up at the end of another long day.

The room is thoughtfully decorated, dotted with many homely features to make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive until you leave.

Both bedrooms are fabulously decorated, a twin is perfect for the children whilst the master king-size bedroom benefits from a lovely en-suite.

Sit out on the patio to the front of the property, here you can have your morning coffee or an evening tipple.

Walks abound from the doorstep onto the Nidderdale Way and fishing rights on the nearby river further enhance this cottage.

The amenities of Pateley Bridge are close at hand, including excellent old pubs and local eateries as well as the River Nidd, which winds its course through the village.

The likes of Harrogate, with its fabulous shopping centre, and the market towns of Ripon, Richmond, Leyburn and Hawes are within easy reach.

An excellent Nidderdale cottage base for family and friends to get together and enjoy the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

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About the location


Grassington 10.5 miles; Ripon 11.8 miles; Harrogate 14.5 miles.

Pateley Bridge, voted Great Britain's Best Village High Street in 2016, is a charming Dales town nestled in the steep-sided valley of the River Nidd. Quaint little alleys and yards off the steep main street house many interesting shops offering a wide range of unusual gifts and mementos, plenty of places to eat and drink, two award-winning butchers, a fishmongers, a bakery and the oldest sweet shop in England. Pateley Bridge is well known for its prize-winning floral displays, whilst the nearby leisure centre incorporates a swimming pool and the riverside park with children's play area is not to be missed. Also worth a visit are the town’s Craft Workshops and the award-winning Nidderdale Museum - a lively collection of displays illustrating all aspects of Dales life in the past. Up and downstream, the Nidd Valley offers excellent opportunities for walking, cycling and birdwatching.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas