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The Hayloft

Ellingstring near Masham, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 920051)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Great holiday cottage."

    Clean and tidy. Stunning views of countryside - dog friendly. We really enjoyed our week away. Perfect base for walks and short drive to surrounding villages Beds so comfy! Best week sleep in a long time !! Hosts on hand if anything was required but everything was provided Highly recommend

    Reviewed by ColetteNov 2021

  • "Spotlessly clean."

    Lovely cottage, great walks and amazing views. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2021

  • "Very clean and felt vivid safe."

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2021

  • "Very friendly owners."

    Relaxed and easygoing atmosphere. Quite a remote location, perfect if you are interested in wildlife, fantastic views, but at the same time not that far from Masham or Layburn with good shopping facilities and twice weekly market. What’s not to like?

    Reviewed by LouiseJun 2021

  • "Located at the top of a hill with a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside The Hayloft is a perfect location."

    The Cottage was was well equipped and spotlessly clean and met all Covid guidelines. It is extremely dog friendly and offered plenty of woodland tracks for our dogs to explore. The owner Claire and her husband were extremely friendly and most welcoming. This was our second visit to the Hayloft and may not be our last as it ticked all the boxes for a holiday location.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay in The Hayloft and will definitely book again."

    Fabulous accommodation, perfect cleanliness and beautiful location. Claire, Rod and her family are so friendly and helpful, and really made us feel welcome. Hope to return next year to either The Hayloft or The Stables.

    Reviewed by PamMay 2021

  • "A fantastic cottage."

    Did everything it said on the site.

    Reviewed by JanetteAug 2020

  • "We all had a fantastic week staying in The Hayloft."

    It was very peaceful, and we had everything we needed to make our stay perfect. We've already booked to go back next summer!

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2020

  • "Spotlessly clean, well equipped and comfortable accommodation."

    Lovely quiet location away from the hustle and bustle. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by DianneJul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful, remote setting"

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2020

  • "What an amazing place, we loved it."

    Everything we needed was there and more. Just perfect, we will book again

    Reviewed by LynneJan 2020

  • "A very peaceful location with stunning views."

    All in all a comfy cottage with everything needed for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by RayOct 2019

  • "The cottage was well equipped with calming decor and simply wonderful views of the surrounding countryside."

    It fully provided the restful peace and quiet we were longing for, in addition to being in easy reach of country walks or York and Harrogate town experiences. We recommend a trip to both the Theakston and the Black Sheep breweries which were in close proximity to the cottage and provided interesting and informative tours, delicious food and drink.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "We loved the cottage and the fantastic views, it was slightly off the beaten track but within a suitable distance to Masham and places of interest."

    The owner was really friendly and gave us more maps to view the local walking areas, and it was nice to be given a cake on arrival! Overall a great introduction to Yorkshire!!

    Reviewed by DawnSep 2019

  • "Very enjoyable holiday."

    The views were spectacular. The accommodation was homely,

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2019

  • "We had an absolutely brilliant time."

    The cottage was perfect and there was nothing we needed as everything was in place. Stunning views, friendly hosts - fabulous! Thank you.

    Reviewed by MalcolmJul 2019

  • "The accommodation was excellent in all respects,."

    The position central for exploring both the Dales and the North York's Moors. This really was off the beaten track and the only noises to be heard were the calls of the Curlew, Lapwings and Oyster Catchers and the bleating of the sheep.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "Lovely barn conversion with stunning views over Wensleydale."

    Tranquility at its best! Excellent base for walking and sightseeing with many attractions literally on the doorstep, eg Jervaulx Abbey, Middleham. A warm welcome from our hosts, Claire and Rod.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2019

  • "What a lovely barn conversion in a peaceful location, would come back again."

    Reviewed by JulieJan 2019

  • "A great place to stay if a little off the beaten track."

    Lounge area could do with a little more furniture to make it feel warmer. Beds and bedrooms first class.

    Reviewed by Norman GaryJan 2019

  • "Great property in an ideal location."

    The owners live in the adjoining farmhouse and are very friendly and helpful. Our second visit this year.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2018

  • "The Hayloft cottage is clean, comfortable and has spectacular views."

    It is a dog friendly cottage which meant we could take our dogs too. There are some lovely walks straight from the cottage and it is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It also provides a central location for visiting other places of interest in the area.

    Reviewed by PhilOct 2018

  • "Superb location especially if you like walking and take your dog with you."

    The cottage is really spacious and well thought out. Good choice of books, games, videos and information on the bookcase for rainy days and evenings. Really friendly owner who lives on site. Perfect base for the Dales and north Yorkshire. Did I mention the night skies?

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2018

  • "The hosts couldnt do enough for us; in the high winds we lost electricity."

    They came straight around and asked if we wanted fish and chips fetching from Masham; a large flask of boiled water and a pack of delicous Thornton's shortbread were provided and we enjoyed a dinner of Wensleydale Cheeses, biscuits, red wine and chocolate by lantern. It added a touch of exciting nostalgia to our holiday to experience a World without TV and a night of good conversation uninterrupted by modern technology. The Hayloft was very comfortable; warm and the thick stone walls cut out any sound enabling us to enjoy a good restful sleep in our super kingsize beds. High on the moorland hillside we were treated to some dramatic views across Wensleydale accented by the ubiquitous sheep and drystone walls. The daily routines of the mixed herd of Red poll and Black Angus as they moved from field to field: the playful warren of rabbits and the free wandering hens and cockerel amused us no end as we drank in the view from our perch on the wide picture window ledges. A return visit will certainly be on the cards: excellent accomodation; excellent location and excellent hosts!

    Reviewed by TonySep 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location."

    The pictures on the website don't do the cottage and the wonderful views from the windows justice! The cottage is decorated and furnished to a very high quality throughout. The owners are very welcoming and friendly with a lovely cake waiting for us on arrival. You can see lots of wildlife from the windows together with panoramic views over Wendsleydale. The cottage is ideally situated for visiting Masham, Leyburn, Middleham etc. and Jervaulx Abbey is just down the road.

    Reviewed by KateSep 2018

  • "This was a lovely cottage and we enjoyed our stay."

    However the facilities could have been improved by: 1, a dishwasher....the cups were quite stained when we got there and so we hand washed all the crockery and cutlery before we were willing to use them. I admit we are fussy, but a dishwasher would be helpful to the cleaners and guests for both cleanliness and convenience. 2, WiFi, although we didn't expect WiFi as it wasn't on the overview, we were surprised how much we missed not having access to the internet. Surely it would be possible and inexpensive to provide? 3, Mop and Bucket. Most of the floors were hard and a mop would have helped us keep the floors as clean as we found them, especially in the hallway after dog walks. The above would have led to top marks across the piece. I hope this feedback is accepted as constructive by the owners - as they are suggested in that spirit.

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2018

  • "Amazing place and immaculately clean."

    The hosts were so welcoming. It was like being at home with all facilities provided. Beautiful local walks. Great for a real get away with peace and quiet

    Reviewed by SiobhanJul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet location with stunning scenery,nice dog friendly pubs and tea rooms a short drive away ."

    The owner Clare on your door step if you need any help and she bakes a yummy cake for all her guests.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2018

  • "The Hayloft is a great base for walking in the Dales and the cottage itself is immaculately clean and comfortable."

    Clare ( the owner) was very welcoming and had even made us a welcome cake, which went down very well with a cup of tea upon arrival!

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2018

  • "Clare & Rod were lovely hosts, very friendly and welcoming."

    The property is beautiful, comfortable and ideally situated to explore the local and wider area. We are already planning our next visit - if felt like home!

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2017

  • "We've stayed at Moorcote farm before and will stay there again."

    That says it all. Everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by MariaOct 2017

  • "Lovely lovely place ,on arrival lovely cake and fresh milk had been left for us ,will definitely be booking for next year."

    Reviewed by PamelaOct 2017

  • "Highly recommend staying at Moorcote farm."

    ...........Absolutely superb.Everything about the cottage was spot on.I loved the fact how it was decorated to a very high standard...Lovely to have an extra big bed and a big tv...............The owners Claire and Rod were very friendly .On arrival was a lovely homemade cake for us with tea,sugar.coffee and milk and a little treat for our dog :) All around the farm are lovely walks and beautiful scenery...Not far to visit places and find plenty to do. Will no doubt visit again :)

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2017

  • "Brilliant, fantastic location next to the grouse moors."

    Rob and Claire couldn't have been more helpful. Only thing missing was a freezer which we needed for the dog food but Claire came to the rescue and offered hers. They are doing a refit next year of the kitchen and will hopefully be able to fit a freezer. Wild life amazing Grouse, Curlew, Pheasant and Partridge in abundance. Husband had a great time fly fishing on Leighton Reservoir, large trout in abundance. Very dog friendly miles of walks and some very dog friendly pubs nearby.

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2017

  • "Beautiful house, beautiful location, amazing views."

    Very friendly and helpful owners who very kindly left us a pint of milk and a lovely cake as a welcome. The rooms were a very generous size, the bedrooms were lovely. We took a leaflet about the house and I can honestly say that I would and have highly recommended this property.

    Reviewed by DeborahMay 2017

  • "Great cottage, great location."

    Nice welcoming touches from the owner!

    Reviewed by ChristopherApr 2017

  • "We didn't need to take half the stuff we did, everything we needed was provided in the cottage."

    The owners had clearly thought about the needs of their guests and we didn't need to bothered them but with them been onsite if we needed them or had any issues they were on hand 24/7. The location was fantastic, it was in easy reach of the small towns and villages around the Dales but remote enough to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. The gated court yard was a real bonus, been able to exercise the dogs securely while they got used to their new surroundings was a relief.

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2017

  • "Lovely clean and welcoming cottage."

    Location stunning and weather was perfect for March. Central for visiting other areas within Yorkshire. Owners were lovely and provided delicious home made cake and milk as welcoming pack. Much appreciated. Lots of walks for Tilly (dog) to enjoy. Will definitely visit Yorkshire again.

    Reviewed by JackieMar 2017

  • "No it was very good"

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2016

  • "All very nice thank you."

    Remote but accessible location with good facilities and excellent support from the owners.

    Reviewed by NigelNov 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage, so peaceful in beautiful countryside, lovely friendly owner, she had even made cake, and left dog treats, only stayed 3 nights, did not want to leave, loved it, thank you."

    Reviewed by ElaineSep 2016

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Spotless. Very comfortable beds. Great position and lots to do in the area as well as good walks with the dog on your doorstep. Would definitely come here again if we were in the area.

    Reviewed by MaggieSep 2016

  • "Owners extremely friendly and helpful."

    Beautiful cottage amid stunning scenery.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2016

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  • Two ground floor super king-size double bedrooms (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, 4G Wi-Fi, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared, front courtyard with furniture, plus access to three acres of farmland
  • Two well-behaved small/medium size dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4 miles, pub 3 miles
  • Note: Current Check-in time is 5PM and check-out time is 9AM.

The property

This welcoming barn conversion on the owners’ former farmstead sleeps up to four people.

Ideal for families, this lovely cottage provides a great base for exploring this part of Yorkshire.

Inside this cottage are two ground floor super king-size double bedrooms that can be separated to become single beds.

Also on this floor is a bathroom, whilst on the first floor are a kitchen/diner and a sitting room.

An ideal base for whatever you wish to see or do in this part of Yorkshire.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 920050 and 920052, together they sleep 10.

Moorcote Farm Cottages

These three stone-built, semi-detached barn conversions are situated on the owners’ former farmstead, in five acres of grounds. They are surrounded by grouse moors and old woodlands, in the peaceful hamlet of Ellingstring, five miles from both Masham and Middleham. Two of these lovely barn conversions are set over two floors and have an upside down layout to take advantage of the views across this wild and rugged landscape, towards beautiful Nidderdale on one side and impressive Wensleydale on the other. There is a shared courtyard garden and three acres of grounds, ideal for sitting out and enjoying a refreshing drink, or you may wish to admire the magnificent night sky, which is totally uninterrupted by any light pollution. Also the resident hens on-site will only be too happy to provide fresh eggs for breakfast, a great way to start the day before the rigours of setting out across the moors. Excellent walking opportunities can be found here, and for those wishing to get back to nature the area boasts an abundance of wildlife, including owls, curlews, deer, French partridge, black grouse, duck and pheasant. Local Yorkshire attractions can be found close by, such as Harrogate with RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Ripon with Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Pateley Bridge with Brimham Rocks and Ilkley with its famous moor. York with its historic attractions is also within driving distance. These two excellent cottages are ideal for those wishing to get away from it all and enjoy a break in the wild and rugged Dales.

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About the location


Ripon 9 miles; Bedale 6 miles; Northallerton 14 miles.

The historic little market town of Masham is situated in the lower reaches of pretty Wensleydale alongside the River Ure. Set in gently rolling farmland, the town boasts a huge market square, where a Wednesday market has been joined by a popular Saturday market. There are lots of walks around the area, including a 10-mile walk along the Ure, arguably one of the best in the UK. The town boasts a good range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs and has become best known perhaps as the home of two breweries Theakstons of Old Peculiar fame and the Black Sheep Brewery, which now brews 11 million pints of beer a year! The popular towns of Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton, Richmond and Harrogate are an easy drive away. With so much to see and do in the area, this is a great place for a holiday in all seasons.

Region Information

Two small/medium size dogs welcome.
Note: Current Check-in time is 5PM and check-out time is 9AM.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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