We visited during May half term, two families consisting of four adults and three children aged 5-7. The local area is pretty with plenty to do within about an hours drive - including Aysgarth Falls, Brimham Rocks, Forbidden Corner, Brymor Dairy, Wensleydale Creamery and Hawes, Fountains Abbey, Reeth and Richmond Castle. I would absolutely recommend the local pub and food in The Wheatsheaf, the staff being ever so friendly and accommodating and the food delicious at very reasonable prices. We also ate at The Streethead Inn, which was again very well priced with enormous portions and polite and friendly staff.
The house itself is extremely well stocked, more so than many of our self catering experiences. The kitchen is fully prepared for cooking indoors, with everything you could want, washing up liquid and a few dishwasher tablets to get you started, plus toilet rolls and hand soap in all the bathrooms with large and face towel set for all 8. The dining room was stocked with books and games, with basic Sky TV in the sitting room, all lovely touch above and beyond our previous experiences. Free wifi and a folder with local information/menu's etc were handy to have. The only thing I felt to be missing was a long handled broom, as the hard surfaced floors do tend to get quite messy throughout the week, with 7 or 8 people.
The furniture is modern, and comfortably seated all 7 of us. We did have ongoing problems with the fire, which would not draw and stay lit. We mentioned this to Mike but we found he became rather defensive and patronising at any criticisms! It should be noted, I feel, that when the house information says owners live 'nearby', they actually mean next door. Personally I value my privacy on holiday in order to relax, so this was not a wonderful realisation to me. The owners take great pride in their properties and were very regularly seen outside gardening or doing maintenance, and more often than not, present as we left and arrived back to the house or even if we just popped out to the car. The nature of the property is the Granary's dining room and kitchen backs onto the back of the owners house, where we saw Mike on a couple of occasions just outside our window. Also on leaving day, we were supposed to have until 10am to vacate, but at 9.30, Mike was prowling onto the property, taking the washing line down etc, making us feel obligated to leave earlier than we had planned.
The single beds in the twin rooms, the children reported were very comfortable with no complaints there at all. The rooms are spacious with plenty of draw/wardrobe space etc. The double bed was found to be very uncomfortable, with springs felt through, to the point one of our party ended up sleeping in a twin bed for the last few nights. This was again mentioned to Mike and met with rather rude defensiveness.
Overall, the bed and fire aside, a lovely house and extremely well stocked, in a pretty area with plenty to do. If privacy is not an issue to you, I would happily recommend this house to adult based families. Due to the outside restrictions of fragile walls and limited garden space, I would suggest families with children look elsewhere a little more child friendly, if you were hoping for outdoor space. A 4/5 holiday experience for my family.
Beautiful home, with plenty of space for 2 families. Everything was catered for, including enough dishwasher and washing tablets to get you started, tea, coffee, salt, pepper, washing up liquid etc, which is a thoughtful touch. Being families that love to cook, we were very impressed at how well stocked the kitchen was.
The only downside, hence 4 star rating was the double mattresses were very uncomfortable and the fire wouldn’t draw, but the owner assured us that they would fix these issues before their next visitors. This did not ruin our trip.
Please be aware that if you are bringing children and you are homebodies rather than out all day like us, your kids may get a little bored as they are not allowed ball games. The house outdoor area is small but as the owners live right next door they are fine with the kids using their garden. Our bunch love to run and jump and make lots of noise, so this may not suit you if you are planning to stay home a lot. Not a criticism, just a thought, may be worthwhile providing a wooden fort/pirate ship or something of the like to stop the temptation of climbing and jumping where they are not supposed to.
Lovely area, with a short walk to aysgarth falls which is a must see. Great first trip to Yorkshire Dales and won’t be the last as we thought it was beautiful and local people were very welcoming. The local pub The Wheatsheaf was fantastic with amazing fish and chips and a kids menu. Lovely staff who could not have been more helpful, with a very reasonably priced menu.
Also worth a mention as they are not in TripAdvisor yet, is The Falls cafe just behind The Falls hotel, with a local council car park. The most friendly welcome and lovely cake!
Location great for walking. Our cars didn't move and we still spent 3 days visiting Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle, the Templar Chapel and the gorgeous surrounding area. A beautiful sunny May bank holiday meant we could breakfast outside, dip our toes in the River Ure at Aysgarth Low Falls and watch herons hang out too. The Granary is great as it has 3 bathrooms, plenty space and is very clean and well equipped.
Great property in a really good location. Very clean and spacious, there were 8 of us and there was plenty of space indoors. Well equipped kitchen with lots of utensils, cupboard space etc, large dining table and plenty of seating in lounge. Beds very comfortable, plenty of towels and hot water. Location great, Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle only a short drive away. The only thing I would do to improve this property is to maybe have the wall at the front built up a little and add a side gate. This would make it more secure for pets, and young children . Although the owner did tell us beforehand that the wall was low, we could only really let our dogs into the garden on a lead or very closely supervised in order to stop them venturing on to the lovely shared garden area and neighbouring properties, every time we opened one of the external doors it was a bit of a challenge to stop them getting out! Otherwise perfect, a lovely property.
Just back from a three night break here for two families consisting of 4 adults, three children (9,10 & 14) and a dog. Property is just perfect - spacious and clean and really well furnished. Booking was amazingly quick and easy and all communication done via email with really quick responses.
We cooked in two nights and ventured to the local pub one night (also fantastic) All cooking utensils & cleaning provisions provided - fully working cooker, toaster, microwave. Plenty of cupboard space for your provisions. Full set of towels provided for each person (and nice sized bath towels - not the little things that hardly cover anything!) There was at least one hairdryer on site - although I had brought my own.
Main bathroom had a full shower facility - the other two bathrooms had mixer taps. If I was being picky I would say that the other bathrooms would have benefited from a hook on the wall for the shower head and a shower curtain - but a couple of days sat in the bath while showering off wasn't a hardship!
Kids would have liked Wi-Fi to have been available - but again, it was no hassle without. A few games provided (the Jenga made an appearance) and the Movie option on the Sky package kept them more than entertained in the evenings.
We used this as a base to walk and visit local attractions including: Aysgarth Falls, Ingleborough Caves, Castle Bolton & Bolton Abbey.
A truly fantastic place to stay in a stunning part of the country.
We will definitely be back!