The 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 under a 5-minute stroll away, as well as a village store, butchers, fish and chip shop and antique store.
The village is set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, close to the ancient city of Ripon (6.5 miles). It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate 15 miles away. With scenic walks and mountain bike trails literally from the doorstep, the cottage is a haven for lovers of the outdoors. Nearby Ripon offers a Thursday market, cathedral, numerous coffee shops, pubs, restaurants and a 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, all under 11 miles away. The World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden are under 6 miles away, 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, it 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 for sides of the obelisk in the market place, come rain or shine, followed by a 15-minute history of the ceremony and the city not to be missed.
If you are partial to a flutter, Ripon Race Ground (7.5 miles) 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 tearooms and bandstands sit alongside the champagne bar.
Harrogate (15 miles) is an absolute must if you're staying here. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '200 acres' of horseshoe-shaped grassland, this Victorian spa town 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 8.5 miles in the opposite direction, and you will find Pateley Bridge, a quaint 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.
The equally charming town of Masham is 5 miles away and offers a host of attractions including two breweries (each with their own bars), quality restaurants and a spa at Swinton Park. There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks, 9 miles from the cottage.