Looking out towards Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon and the wider Vale of York sits Newlands farm, a cluster of four dwellings including the 2015 barn conversions of Warren and Holt Barn. A farm on the edge of cultivation cutting into the heather moors of Kirkby Malzeard snuggled under the heights of Shortlick and Clints Hill to the west.
The houses sit near Stock Beck, a tributary of the river Laver adjacent to coniferous woodland and are reached by a long, narrow lane (or unclassified, single track road) which links to a private drive leading to an open yard with dedicated parking and turning areas. Holt Barn sits overlooking the dedicated paved and gravel parking areas. Access is along an easy ramp to a raised, flagged patio at the front of the cottage. Entry is through large bi-fold glass doors to the spacious open plan lounge with dining area and kitchen with a feature brickwork wall. The ceiling is lofted to the rafters exposing the original roof beams and trusses with natural light spilling down from two skylights. Off the lounge is a small hallway leading to a half-tiled shower room with washbasin, toilet and skylight and a king-size bedroom with built-in wardrobe overlooking the field to the rear.
Holt Barn is a really stylish and innovative barn conversion blending the traditional and modern in elegant but simple harmony. Tiled floors, oak doors and furniture, original exposed rafters and brickwork bathed in natural light encapsulated in a cosy and energy efficient cottage. The barn sits amid a peaceful, rural environment close to open moorland and its many bridleways yet Kirkby Malzeard is only 2 1/2 miles away and Masham, Ripon and The Yorkshire Dales within easy reach.
Price £296 - £507
In the last reaches of the Pennines the river Ure twists and turns with the undulating landscape. The river is now so full and wide that bridging is difficult and sites of crossings are route centres, around which important local settlements were founded. One such settlement is the small market town of Masham, a 'Gateway to The Dales'. An ancient market town since 1393 with one of the largest market places in the north of England, now faced by stylish Georgian buildings which surround the central market cross.
The once famed annual sheep sales, where over 80,000 head would be sold in just three days still continues to this day during September, albeit on a much smaller scale, as does one of the North's largest steam rallies in July. Now most famous for the Theakston's and Black Sheep breweries, both owned by the Theakston family who first started brewing in 1827 and warmly welcome visitors to watch them ply their crafts and sample the rewards of their labour.
The town is embraced by the river and surrounding slopes and sits picturesquely with the tall spire of Saint Mary's church visible from miles around. Pretty riverside walks with parkland and playing fields on the doorstep, the nearby stately grounds of Swinton Castle with its delicious restaurant, the fun-park at Lightwater Valley and the not so distant attractions of Ripon, Harrogate and York offer enjoyment and excitement for all.