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The Dovecote Barns York (4 five-star barns with group dining for upto 22 guests)

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Comprising 4 self-contained five-star barns with group dining for up to 22 guests in The Long Hall.
The Long Hall is fully equipped to allow all 22 guests to have a fine dining experience at one table
11 ensuite bedrooms across the 4 barns are either super-king/twin or king bedrooms, all ensuite.

Overview
11 bedrooms
11 bathrooms
22 guests
3 nights minimum 
Barn
The Dovecote Barns comprises 4 self-contained five-star barns with 11 all ensuite bedrooms and group gathering and dining in the Long Hall venue which is fully equipped for up to 22 guests to fine dine together. Catering options from ready meals to private chef available and the site is a green business using only renewable technologies. Awarded the Silver runner up prize in the 2023 Visit England Awards for Excellence, the barns have consistently provided excellent customer service. The barns are in a rural setting very close to York city centre with easy access to all motorways and train services. Public buses run from the barns to York city centre, but to explore the Yorkshire countryside fully, a car is advised. The Dovecote Barns are ideal for groups, whether three generation familie...The Dovecote Barns comprises 4 self-contained five-star barns with 11 all ensuite bedrooms and group gathering and dining in the Long Hall venue which is fully equipped for up to 22 guests to fine dine together. Catering options from ready meals to private chef available and the site is a green business using only renewable technologies. Awarded the Silver runner up prize in the 2023 Visit England Awards for Excellence, the barns have consistently provided excellent customer service. The barns are in a rural setting very close to York city centre with easy access to all motorways and train services. Public buses run from the barns to York city centre, but to explore the Yorkshire countryside fully, a car is advised. The Dovecote Barns are ideal for groups, whether three generation families getting together, groups of couples celebrating a significant birthday, preparing for a wedding event, or just getting away from it all. Sumptuously furnished and with every mod con, the luxury mattresses will guarantee a five-star sleep!
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
CHILDREN Children under the age of 8 years old are not allowed in the Grand Barn. They are allowed in any of the Irishman's Cottage, Dovecote, Hay Barn and The Long Hall group dining area. PETS In either of the Irishman's Cottage and Dovecote, one pet is allowed. These are charged for extra and they are also allowed in the Long Hall venue. They are NOT allowed in either the Grand Barn nor Hay Barn at any time. Dogs must not be left in a barn alone or be let near the bedrooms at any time.
Bedrooms
8 Super Kings3 Kings
Bathrooms
11 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Brigita B
Hosting since April 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsOnce your booking has been made, you will have access to an online information system telling you everything you need to know inc what is in your welcome basket, numbers for taxis, bus timetable, local pubs and restaurants, local attractions etc Before arrival, we ask of you what homemade bread you would like making for your welcome basket as well as your choice of Prosecco, wine or juice. These, along with breakfast produce will be waiting for you in each barn on arrival. You will also be given details of a private chef and/or home cooked ready meals to be placed in your fridge on arrival. We ask that you text us when you are a half hour away from arrival so that we are here to greet you personally and guide you around the barns.

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Journey578867
Journey578867
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing place that is highly recommended!
We hired out the whole site as accommodation for a nearby wedding. I cannot rate the Dovecote highly enough. The place is really phenomenal and I would definitely recommend to anyone as a great place for a holiday. Brigita could not have been nicer and more accommodating, making the experience even better. The kitchens were especially well equipped and well kept with everything needed.
Visited November 2023
Written 1 December 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Traveler486295
Traveler486295
Thank you Gavin for taking the time to leave your review of the Dovecote Barns and we are delighted that your wedding weekend was perfect all round! 😁
Written 3 December 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lisa S
Lisa S
Glasgow, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gorgeous barn for a group trip.
We had an absolutely gorgeous stay here. We went as a group of 8 friends for 3 nights. We made use of the homemade ready meals available for our arrival and hired the recommended personal chef too for the Saturday evening. The personal chef experience on the Saturday was fab, great food, really unobstrusive, cleaned up perfectly. Birgita was a lovely host, she welcomed us and even arrnaged for our tesco order to be put away for us arriving. She gave plenty of advice on taxi companies and local places to eat. A taxi into York was around £40 but plenty of options for getting 8 seater vehicles for large groups (altho book in advance if leaving on a Monday am as it clashes with the school run!). The barn itself is beautifully decorated and finished to a high standard. There are lots of thoughtful touches and the hairdryer even had a diffuser (IYKYK)! Cannot recommend enough. We would love to come back one day. Thank you for having us.
Visited November 2023 Travelled with friends
Written 6 November 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your lovely review of your stay with us. It was a pleasure to have you and your lovely group of friends and we look forward to seeing you back again soon!
Written 8 November 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Luke M
Luke M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible spot!
Myself and my wife travelled to York for a 4 night escape. When we arrived at the barns, we were blown away by how stunning the location was. It was so quiet! We stayed in the irishman's cottage for 2 people. The cottage was stunning, beautiful deco with all the original features. We had a lovely basket of local products including home-made bread and a bottle of Prosecco chilling in the fridge. As soon as we walked in, we knew it was going to be magical. Brigita was so welcoming, letting us know about everything on and around York worth visiting and seeing. There was underfloor heating, and if that's not enough a log burner in the lounge. The kitchen was huge and very well kitted out. The bed, Egyptian cotton and very comfortable and the bathroom was modern with a huge walk-in wet room shower. We will definitely be returning and would recommend anyone else visiting the area to give it a go! Stunning through and through. 10/10!
Visited November 2023 Travelled as a couple
Written 3 November 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Thank you so much Luke for your lovely review of the cottage :) It was lovely to meet such a lovely couple and we thoroughly look forward to seeing you both back again soon!
Written 6 November 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Passenger56292555318
Passenger56292555318
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A Great Stay
Excellent, stylish accommodation. Spotlessly clean, very well appointed and equipped and very comfortable. The owner was very welcoming and gave us advice about local restaurants and other things of interest in the vicinity. There's a good bus service into York but, as we had done a lot of driving, we decided to use Selby Taxis who gave us excellent service.
Visited October 2023 Travelled as a couple
Written 15 October 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Thank you for sharing your experience of staying with us, we are delighted you had a great stay! :)
Written 6 November 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John D
John D
Southam, United Kingdom157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Awesome in every way. Don’t delay book today. Fantastic host and fantastic property.
This is our 5th visit to Dovecote. The location suits us for touring and walking. Onto the accommodation which is first class and absolutely clean and fresh. Very good quality fixtures and fittings plus you get homemade bread and fresh eggs along with wine and other products. Not a bad arrival pack. Your host is such a nice friendly person. On this visit we used the log burner as it was coolish at night and it was a cracker. My wife wanted one for our home but luckily talked I her out of that idea. We availed of the local restaurants and pubs and all was great. We have rented two of the listed properties although our favourite is the Irishman’s cottage. Pay attention to what “ornaments” are sited inside and remember to look up and around the kitchen area. Car parking is important to me and here it is very good. All in all I recommend The Dovecote Barns it is fabulous.
Visited September 2023 Travelled as a couple
Written 25 September 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Always a pleasure to have you both stay, your home from home :) We love getting to know our return guests over the years and just love welcoming you back! Thank you for your lovely comments.
Written 26 September 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jill S
Jill S
Marden, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding accommodation in a lovely setting
I can”t speak more highly of Dovecote Barns. My daughter rented all four properties to house family and friends for her wedding. The accommodation is pure luxury with absolutely everything that you need, all of which is top quality. It was such a lovely place to stay and was the cherry on the cake to what was a perfect weekend. Very many thanks to the owners!
Visited September 2023 Travelled with family
Written 14 September 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Oh thank you for your lovely review! We love being part of a family's special day! :) We hope to see one or more of you back again someday soon.
Written 16 September 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lisa N
Lisa N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Family and Friends stay
We rented all four barns for a week as a base for my daughters wedding. Brigita couldn't have been more helpful from first enquiry right through to our stay. The accommodation is 5 star with everything we needed and lots of space to spread out. Perfect spot for a relaxing break - great walk along the river to Cawood (to the pub!), The Pickled at Ricall serving delicious homemade goodies and a great full English breakfast as well as the amazing Burro Italian Restaurant all featured in our stay! Thankyou to everyone at Dovecote Barns for making our week so special - many happy memories created.
Visited August 2023 Travelled with family
Written 14 August 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Thank you so much for your lovely review, we so love being part of wedding preparations and memories to last a lifetime! :)
Written 15 August 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

simonandpaula32
simonandpaula32
Salisbury, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely stay in The Hay Barn, Dovecote Barns
Fantastic accommodation in easy reach of York (we used the Park and Ride). Brigita is a perfect host and really has thought of everything with the Barns. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and hope we will return one day (hopefully with better weather next time).
Visited August 2023 Travelled with family
Written 11 August 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Many thanks Simon and Paula for sharing your experience of staying at the Dovecote Barns. So glad you enjoyed your week with friends and wishing I had control over the weather, but alas, it is the one thing I can't control! :) Looking forward to seeing you return.
Written 15 August 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarah L
Sarah L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Simply the best!
Just got back from an absolutely amazing weekend in every sense! The Dovecote Barns was THE perfect location for my husbands 50th surprise birthday celebration along with 20 friends. From the lovely warm greeting by Brigita, to the incredible interior décor of the barns (attention to detail, comfiness and cleanliness are second to none!) and the perfect location (lovely 30min walk to local pub!), the experience was just magical. Thanks again for such a wonderful time and hopefully see you soon!
Visited June 2023 Travelled with friends
Written 3 July 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Thank you Sarah, we are delighted you and your husband and friends had a great celebration weekend! Looking forward to seeing you both and others back next time! :)
Written 4 July 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martyn Kirby
Martyn Kirby
York, United Kingdom12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Family get together
My family spent 3days at the Dovecote Barns this past weekend 2nd June 23 20 of us . Cannot over praise this venue for large groups or even if you just want a smaller gathering. Quality of the whole complex was just at such a high standard. Clean spacious peaceful. Host was so helpful . Lovely walks Cawood pubs near 20 mins walk . Would recommend to anyone.
Visited June 2023 Travelled with family
Written 4 June 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Brigita B
Brigita B
Thank you so much Martyn, we are so pleased all the family enjoyed the reunion! We are looking forward to welcoming you back again next year! :)
Written 5 June 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Parking
  • Parking available
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Bathroom and laundry
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
Location info
  • Kid friendly
Outdoor amenities
  • Patio
  • Private yard
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi

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About the neighbourhood
The Dovecote Barns are situated at the edge of the rural village/district of Kelfield, just south of York city centre, North Yorkshire. It is a quiet village with plenty of places to go on walks from the door, along the riverbank or through the fields of the working family farm. There are local pubs and restaurants to avail of and plenty within both York city and Selby town. A late night bus returns to the barns from York city centre at 9pm and 11pm.
Getting around
The barns are in a rural setting very close to York city centre with easy access to all motorways and train services. Public buses run from the barns to York city centre, but to explore the Yorkshire countryside fully, a car is advised. Situated just south of York city centre, the barns are very convenient for access to York, Leeds, Selby and the A1 and M1 motorways. The A64 brings you to the East coast over the North York Moors, which is a lovely day trip. Close to lots of Yorkshires finest estates and attractions, you are never short of something to do or somewhere to visit!
Access
Car advised
How to get there
The Dovecote Barns are easily accessible from all major motorways and we are just south of York city centre. It is advisable to have a car to allow you to fully explore the area, however, it is possible to use public transport by bus to get directly to the barns from York city centre or Selby town. Trains run from London Kings Cross station to both train stations and take less than 2 hours. The bus journey is approx 27 mins. By car, you can reach the barns within 20 mins from York city centre.

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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