- A real home from home. A really enjoyable stay.
Published on: 05 January 2019
Welcome to Slater's Barn, a beautiful Grade II listed barn conversion set in the heart of a pretty Yorkshire Dales village. With many period features, this lovely property is bursting with period charm and character. It's just the place for a couple looking to explore the stunning countryside here, with all the benefits of village amenities on your doorstep.
Dating back to 1791, this historic barn has been completely refurbished recently transforming it into a handsome and comfortable holiday home. It's the perfect mix of old and new, with exposed original beams overhead and underfloor heating underfoot (downstairs and up). This is period living with all contemporary comforts!
Step inside the barn to discover a dramatic double height open-plan living space. This stunning room is dominated by a striking arched window which reaches almost to the ceiling. A cosy wood-burning stove and warm oak floorboards underfoot keeps everything warm and toasty. Arrive to a generous welcome hamper of freshly baked bread and home-made biscuits among other treats.
The living area offers the choice of 2 comfy sofas to snuggle up on. Light up the fire and settle down for the night with a glass of wine or two. For your evening entertainment there's a TV with Amazon Fire TV and Alexa remote. Netflix is also provided so you can catch up on your favourite movies and box sets. Wi-Fi is also provided and there are board games / books to enjoy. Walking guides are provided too so you can plan your routes for the week ahead.
Next to the living area within the open plan space is the start of the kitchen. A long unit here boasts elegant cupboards painted in Farrow & Ball Oxford Stone, a sleek granite worktop and a Belfast sink. Coffee lovers will enjoy discovering the coffee machine. This area is perfect for preparing food whilst your loved one keeps you company. Pick up some excellent local produce from the friendly butcher next door perhaps one of his renowned scrummy pies and rustle up a hearty Yorkshire lunch. The owner will provide you with a complimentary voucher so you can choose what you fancy!
The rest of the kitchen is just behind and offers all the usual mod cons including an induction hob, oven, dishwasher, a fridge with a small freezer compartment, microwave and washing machine. There's also an additional sink in here.
The dining table sits by the large arched window and is bathed in light throughout the day. Take your time and enjoy a long leisurely breakfast here whilst mulling over the morning papers. Holidays are made for this!
Downstairs is also home to a fabulous wet room with a large walk in shower. This generous room has floor to ceiling tiles and a clean contemporary look.
The bedroom in Slater's Barn is upstairs set in a mezzanine style floor. This inviting and peaceful space has a double bed and cosy landing area. There's also a very handy en-suite loo and basin up here.
Outside to the rear of the barn guests have access to a small area of an enclosed courtyard, a sheltered space perfect for a spot of al fresco lunch. Patio table and chairs are provided. This courtyard is shared with the owner's property which sits at the rear of the barn.
For those of you who enjoy cycling, secure lockable storage is available.
Slater's Barn has a beautiful location right in the heart of Kirkby Malzeard, one of the Yorkshire Dales' prettiest villages with its stone cottages and handsome church. There's a village pub just a short stroll away as well as a village stores, butchers, fish 'n chip shop and antiques store.
The village is set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, close to the ancient City of Ripon. It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate less than half an hour away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails literally from the doorstep, the cottage is heaven for lovers of all things outdoors. And for eats you'll find no shortage of excellent gastro pubs and restaurants in the area, including the Michelin-Starred Yorke Arms and fantastic Timble Inn only half an hour away by car. Nearby Ripon offers more options for eats as well as boasting a Thursday market, Cathedral, numerous coffee shops, pubs, restaurants and a nice collection of independent shops to explore.
This area of Yorkshire has enough historical sites to keep you busy for a week with Ripley Castle, Newby Hall and Norton Conyers. And of course, the world-famous Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden are both close by. Three miles west of Ripon, this World Heritage site is deservedly one of the National Trust's most visited locations. As well as the spectacular ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian abbey, the grounds are home to an Elizabethan Mansion, a medieval deer park and some of the most romantic vistas in the country. There's also Ripon Cathedral. Smaller than its close neighbour, York Minster, Ripon Cathedral is still an awe inspiring site. In addition, every night for at least 450 years, the Ripon Hornblower has sounded the curfew at 9.00pm from all 4 sides of the obelisk in the market place, come rain or shine, followed by a 15 minutes history of the ceremony and the city not to be missed!
If you are partial to a flutter, Ripon Race Ground has around 15 meets from April to early September. Known as 'Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse' it has a distinct atmosphere harking back to a bygone era - traditional tea-rooms and bandstands sit alongside the champagne bar.
Harrogate is an absolute must if you're staying here. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '200 acres' of horseshoe shaped grassland, the Victorian Spa town of Harrogate has a bright and breezy open air feel and is characterised by its impressive floral displays. And as you would expect of such a bustling upbeat town, Harrogate boasts over 300 bars and restaurants together with all the shops, cinemas, parks and gardens you could ever wish for.
Head a few miles in the opposite direction and you will find Pateley Bridge, a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The Main Street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores and a quality butchers ? everything you need to stock up for your stay. You'll also find the self-proclaimed 'Oldest Sweet Shop in England' here dating back to the early 1800s - little has changed inside since then. The equally charming town of Masham is also within easy reach and offers a host of attractions including two breweries (each with their own bars) good quality restaurants and a world class Spa at Swinton Park.
There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks, just a few miles from the cottage. So lots of options for day trips!