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Howardian Hills

Barn Owl Cottage

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Barn Owl Cottage is a pretty, dog friendly, stone-built barn conversion, easily accessible with all accommodation on the ground floor, set in spectacular countryside on the edge of the Howardian Hills AONB, near the attractive village of Brandsby. Just over 10 miles from the historic City of York with its wealth of history and culture there is so much to discover in this beautiful area of North Yorkshire.

Owners Annie and Ken have created a real home from home for everyone who stays in the cottage, set all on the ground floor, with beautiful furnishings and a soft, restful colour palette really make this a special place to be. With two generous double bedrooms and plenty of living and outdoor space, it is the perfect cottage for gathering with friends or family.

There is a large, private paddock for guests to use opposite the cottage too, perfect for dog walking.

The North York Moors National Park is just 8 miles, the stunning Yorkshire coast is 35 miles  and the Yorkshire Dales National Park is just over an hour away. There are so many exciting things to discover for adults and children alike.

For foodies there is an abundance of good pubs and restaurants in the area including 3 with Michelin stars and there is a wonderful selection of farm shops, country markets and local food producers to make the most of.

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Living Space

The living space is open plan with a lovely easy flow, high pitched ceilings give a contemporary feel to this barn conversion, it is full of light and has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing stay in beautiful Yorkshire.

Keen cooks won’t be disappointed by the wonderful kitchen, it is well equipped and has everything you need to cook up supper or a hearty breakfast, the dining area is set next to the french doors which open onto the terrace, the perfect spot for watching the local wildlife.

The sitting area is set around the log burner with comfy sofa and chairs, perfect for cosy nights watching your favourite movie, or for catching up on the days adventures.

Barn Suite

This room is luxuriously furnished with beautiful linens and all the little touches Annie has added to make this room a welcome retreat at the end of a day spent exploring the rolling Howardian Hills.

Owl Suite

Beautiful pastel colours create a warm, relaxing feel to this twin bedroom, throw open the french doors and breathe in the fresh Yorkshire air, enjoy morning coffee at the pretty table on the terrace.


From Barn Owl Cottage you can explore both The Howardian Hills and also the neighbouring North York Moors National Park. Both offer excellent walking routes for seasoned ramblers and those looking for a more sedate meander alike. It’s also a perfect place for a cycling holiday with miles upon miles of perfect climbs and descents awaiting your discovery with jaw-dropping views to make the climbs worth the burn!

There are many historical attractions nearby including the majestic Castle Howard,  the ecclesiastical ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and a castle in the attractive market town of Helmsley.

Being just 13.5 miles north of the City of York you are also perfectly placed to head into the City to experience the culture of the Minster, galleries and the ancient City walls. Or if your passion is food you’ll find many excellent independent bars and restaurants to discover!

York is a city brimming with history and culture. Take a walk along the castle walls and marvel at the view below, or head to York Minster for some truly jaw dropping architecture and follow that with a wander around the cobbled streets with beautiful architecture to admire and independent boutiques to peruse.

  • City of York 13 miles
  • Castle Howard 10 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB
  • North York Moors National Park 7 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 35 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 45 miles
  • Designer outlet 12 miles
Good to know
  • Check in 4pm
  • Check out 10am
  • All ground floor, easy access
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil underfloor heating with wood burner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Large, private paddock opposite the cottage for guests, perfect for dog walking
  • Bike storage
  • Paved terrace to side with furniture and BBQ
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Please note property sleeps max 4 persons, it cannot accommodate infants as extra.


King size bed

French doors to terrace

Walk in shower



Twin bed room

French doors to terrace

Walk in shower




Barn Owl Cottage is on the edge of The Howardian Hills in North Yorkshire. The Mill can be found near the village of Brandsby just 13.5 miles north of the City of York.


  • City of York 13 miles
  • Castle Howard 10 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB
  • North York Moors National Park 7 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 35 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 45 miles
  • Designer outlet 12 miles
  • York mainline station, London 2 hours
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 42 miles
  • Manchester Airport 96 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

Matt, Alina & Ava

We’ve had a lovely stay at Barn Owl Cottage, which is very cosy, beautifully furnished and we had everything we needed, many thanks for the amazing welcome goodies. We visited Saltburn-by-the-sea an old favourite of ours. Fountains Abbey, stunning, Yorks is always lovely, The Himalayan Sculpture Garden is not to be missed. Beds are super comfy, showers amazing too! Thank you!


Michelle, Ben, Theodore & Gizmo the dog!

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Barn Owl Cottage, the cottage is beautiful and had everything we need and more for an extremely comfortable stay.
It’s clear how much care, love and attention to details has been taken.
Our 2 year old has loved the ‘Orkshire’ and couldn’t wait to return to the cottage each day! “Let’s go to Barn Owl Cottage shall we?!”

Thank you again, we can’t wait to return!

We’ve had a lovely week at Barn Owl in this beautiful part of the world – catching up with friends and family after suh a long time.Many thanks for creating such a comfortable well equipped cottage – special thanks from Zac for the treats, he’s putting in his order to buy some of his own!

Rachel & Family

Thank you! We have had a lovely break in Barn Owl Cottage everything was perfect. We will be back!

Family stay

We have had a wonderful week at Barn Owl Cottage with our two boys. A fantastic cottage, well located for exploring Yorkshire. Castle Howard and Brimham Rocks were two favourites but we will be as still so much to see. Also we had a wonderful meal at the Fairfax Arms. Thank you!

Family stay

We have had a very relaxing stay at Barn Owl Cottage. The weather has been great, allowing us to see the Autumnal countryside at its best. Enjoyed visits to lovely village of Thornton le Dale and Fountains Abbey, there is so much to see and do in the area, we enjoyed it very much, Thanks for everything!

Lynne, Neil, Hannah & Jack

We have so enjoyed our stay at the cottage, very well set out, two bathrooms are a must for us. The cottage provided us with everything we needed and a great base to visit places that we had not been to for years. Very handy for Yorks, Helmsley and Thirsk and across to Whitby.

Lovely walk just across the fields for the dog on a morning. The weather was kind which is always a bonus!

Many thanks for a lovely stay!