Welcome to Blacksmith's Barn, a handsome "Grade II Listed" 17th Century barn set in a picture-perfect North York Moors village. A perfect blend of traditional and contemporary style, this gorgeous one-bedroom property is perfect for couples looking for a sophisticated and grown up escape to the country.
Tucked away in this beautiful corner of North Yorkshire just a few miles from the coast, Blacksmith's Barn is a stylish and elegant hideaway with real wow-factor. From its dramatic vaulted ceilings and mezzanine bedroom to its exposed stone walls and statement lighting, this is a seriously chic rural retreat.
Step inside the historic old barn to discover a modern and warm open-place space. The main living area enjoys those fabulous high ceilings and a large floor to ceiling picture window drenches the room in light. Underfloor heating underfoot and a roaring log-burning fire keeps you feeling nice and cosy and there's a choice of two large comfy sofas to curl up on. If you need to catch up online Wi-Fi is provided, and there's a TV with Freeview in here plus DVD player and sound system for your entertainment.
The kitchen also sits within this open-plan space towards the rear of the barn. Smart taupe units gather around a corner of the barn, well-stocked with all the utensils and equipment you'll need to rustle up something yummy. There's also a washing machine should you need it.
The solid oak dining table sits by the picture window affording lovely views of the village beyond. Take your time over a morning coffee and the papers, soaking up the gentle sights and sounds of Yorkshire village life.
Romantics will love the mezzanine level bedroom with its stunning inset bath set on the balcony. What better end to a day exploring the North York Moors than going for a long hot soak. The bedroom boasts a double antique French bed dressed in crisp white bed linen, and there's another TV up here if you fancy a lazy morning in your PJs. In addition to the bath there's a luxurious shower room on the ground level. It has a luxury hotel vibe with his and her basins set in solid oak, underfloor heating and a beautiful walk-in shower.
Outside Blacksmith's Barn you'll find a patio with outdoor furniture provided. The perfect little spot to watch the horses grazing over a G & T while the sun sets on the horizon before you.
Blacksmith's Barn has an idyllic location with an abundance of wildlife on its doorstep including deer, birds of prey, owls and highland cattle. Set in the unspoilt and very pretty North York Moors village of Ruston just 50 yards from the boundary of the North York Moors National Park with stunning views of the Vale of Pickering, you can strike out for a walk right from the doorstep. Strolling down to the local tea-rooms for a slice of cake is a pleasure and there's a pub which serves food within a 5-minute walk. Its position means you are perfectly placed to take in the best of the North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast and York.
Sitting at the eastern foot of the North York Moors the region's dramatic landscape of heather and open moorland is just a short drive away. Somewhat smaller than the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors still cover an area of almost 600 square miles and like the Dales you can easily find yourself miles from anywhere relatively quickly. But there is something distinctly more civilised and less remote about the Moors. In place of harsh limestone and dramatic peaks you'll find gentle rolling hills of heather, ancient woodland and lazy rivers winding through lush green valleys. There is a sense of wilderness, particularly on top of the high central moorlands, but its cast in comforting soft focus.
We recommend taking the road from Thornton-Le-Dale or Pickering north towards Whitby to experience it in all its grandeur. There are countless pretty villages and towns to explore in the area. The handsome market towns of Pickering and Helmsley are a must, as is the archetypical Moors village of Hutton-le-Hole. There are lots of excellent gastro pubs and restaurants in the area, including the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Oldstead, recently named the 'Best Restaurant in the World' based on TripAdvisor reviews!
Blacksmith's Barn is also very close to the coast. Much like its Cornish counterpart, the North Yorkshire coastline is a heady mix of rugged cliff tops, peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages. With long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside trimmings of yesteryear, this is proper bucket 'n spade territory. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact the coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tea rooms sitting alongside upmarket champagne and oyster bars.
This region is best known for the gorgeously gothic town of Whitby. Playing host at one time to Romans, Saxons, Celts and Danes amongst others, the town's rich heritage is immediately obvious. Straddling the river Esk and dominated by the 13th Century ruins of St Hilda's Abbey on the East Cliff, Whitby's crooked cobbled streets and picturesque harbour have been a magnet for artists and tourists alike for centuries.
Although you could happily spend the weekend mooching about the independent shops, bars and cafes along Whitby's bustling medieval streets, it's well worth striking out to sample some of the other less known coastal villages nearby. Robin Hood's Bay, Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay are all within ten minutes' drive of the town, and each have their own unique charm.