A Haven is just one and a half miles from Kirkbymoorside but as you travel down the private farm roads you could be another world away. The renovated barn is part of High Park Farm, a working arable farm and tranquil escape for anyone wanting a taster of rural life.
Renovating the old barn into a beautiful holiday cottage was a real labour of love for owner Jane Harper – she not only managed the massive project herself but designed all the interiors, incorporating pieces from her travels in India and family pictures to give real personality to the project.
Here are the top six reasons why we have fallen in love with The Haven:
1. The personal touch
Jane is an experienced host as she also looks after a B & B on the farm site and really wants visitors to have a fabulous holiday at The Haven. Little additional touches make all the difference and guests are very well looked after with fresh flowers, delicious baked brownies and a free maid service once or twice a week.
Some of the lovely fresh flowers at The Haven.
You can also take advantage of a full cooked breakfast for an additional charge – what better start to the day before heading out to explore the North York Moors. Jane says:
“I love having people stay and the additional services help to make sure that mums get a break too. They can have a day where the beds are made for them and the dishes tidied away – after all they are on holiday as well!”
2. Expert hosts
Jane has lived in Yorkshire for the past 12 years after returning with husband Philip who was born and bred in Ryedale, and is now an expert on both the area and local events.
The village of Hutton-le-Hole is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum
The best way to find out about Ryedale’s hidden gems is to ask a local and Jane will therefore meet guests whenever she is available and recommend anything from the best walks to try to nearby pubs and restaurants.
Rievaulx Terrace by Tracey Phillips
You can discover a variety of places to visit from Rievaulx Abbey to the Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton-le-Hole which you can walk to in a little under two hours from The Haven if you fancy stretching your legs.
3. The pretty town of Kirkbymoorside
A view of the church at Kirkbymoorside
The cobbled town of Kirkbymoorside may be small but has everything you could need during your stay with a great sixth generation butcher which serve amazing pies made fresh on-site everyday, a delicatessen stocking local products and a selection of cafes and pubs to choose from.
There is also a good choice of gift, antiques and homeware shops to explore and even a beauty therapist if you fancy a little massage. We recommend paying a visit to the chemist – they are also wine connoisseurs with an extensive cellar of fine wines to choose from.
4. The tranquil location
For me, the beautiful rural location really is the trump card of The Haven. Step outside and the only noise you can hear is the sound of the birds – a heavenly escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!
With no other buildings to disturb you, the views really do go on for miles and if you head out exploring keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birds along with deer, squirrels and pheasants.
5. Fun for the family
There’s plenty to keep the family entertained at The Haven with a championship-sized tennis court available on the grounds which also doubles up as a cricket pitch. A private lesson can also be arranged if you see yourself as the next Andy Murray!
There is also a billiards room and croquet set available and little ones will love saying hello to Jane’s friendly ponies. Head out of the farm and you can also try your hand at fishing or golf.
5. Heaven for dogs!
Your four-legged friends will also be made very welcome at The Haven with lots of outside space for them including a fully enclosed courtyard.
They will love a daily walk through the fields and there are a number of dog-friendly pubs in the area, including the Royal Oak at Gillamoor which has a special room for pets and is a pleasant stroll from the cottage. The Penny Bank café in Kirkbymoorside is another great option where you can enjoy a cappuccino and cake without having to leave your dog behind.
Fancy discovering A Haven for yourself? Prices start at £545 for three nights and you can find out more information here.