So we stayed as a party of eight on the week of the half term holiday. Bit of a hiccup getting there as sat-nav tired to take us down a farm track but with the help of an OS may, we got there. Its a good 10 min walk down a rough track to the barn,(definitely will kill your car if you attempt to go down it as I saw a 4x4 get stuck) so travel light or expect a good few runs to and from the car. But the views are amazing and it's so quiet (apart from the curlews). Perfect to get away from it all. And yes, as the other reviews state there is no electricity. The gas stove is ok, no grill though. Showers are good and quiet powerful and there are plenty of toilets. It's quiet spacious, but I think we would have struggled to have accommodated anything over 8. There's enough sleeping for probably 16 but the seating and cooking facilities would have struggled due to small pans and seating.
I would recommend the walk to Semer water and beyond which was an easy walk past a ruined church. But also over the hill to the north to Hawes, which is a bit more Taxing due to the hills, but stunning views!! And plenty of Merlins for you bird watchers. 3 hours ish there and 2 hours ish back. Only 2 other people on the track.
The local taxi firm in Hawes I would recommend. Its a lot more cheaper than the more local one. We left some cards in the Barn. You can get a phone signal on the top of the hill to the back of the Barn to book. But don't forget, it's a 10-15 min walk to the green where you have to park your car.
I would buy wood from the garage in Bainbridge, we found it the cheapest around. You have to take your own rubbish away with you, and this can be got rid of at the car park nearest the Creamery in Hawes.
So this is great place to wind down, and a good base for exploring the countryside.
Amazing location - not easy to get to unless you're travelling light, but well worth it when you get there. Beautiful remote location with wildlife everywhere. Accommodation is pretty basic - just as described - but the kids forgot about the lack of electricity immediately, and had a wonderful time rushing around the place, both indoor and outdoor. Warmer than expected when the sun went down - had a lovely evening in front of the wood burner, and then a cosy night with all the family. Planning a return trip in the summer!
Brilliant bunk barn! We spent a cold night here in February with some friends and were toasty warm by the fire and brought our warm sleeping bags.
It was the perfect place to kick off our walking boots to relax, cook a big meal together and sit by the log fire for the evening with some friends. The kids enjoyed the different experience of being off grid and all had their own torches. We also used the wall mounted gas lamps which were great. It’s back to basics, so out came the board games which brought everyone together.
The barn is right in the middle of the beautiful countryside with hardly any light pollution so bring some binoculars for some star gazing.
This place is a real gem and relatively unknown at the moment. Once word gets out, it will get booked up. I’d recommend this place and would definitely stay again.
Great spot to get back to basics. Quiet secluded location surrounded by idyllic countryside. Sit by a roaring fire and chat about the days adventures. Perfect for walking, cycling and relaxing. Somewhere to cook, somewhere to sleep and hot showers - you don't need any more! Ideal for adventurous families, DofE groups, Walking and MTB clubs or somewhere to chill out with your mates. Bring the dog, head torches and warm sleeping bags. Thoroughly enjoyed our winter visit, looking forward to staying sometime in the summer.
The barn is set in an idyllic location with stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales. The property is clean and well equipped, with everything you could need in the kitchen. The log burner provided a warm and cosy stay even on one of the coldest days of the year. We are looking forward to a return visit.