4.3 miles E of Thirsk

The Swallow's Nest

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Welcome to The Swallow's Nest, our little piece of paradise set within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. A perfectly charming romantic barn on a 20-acre small holding, this is a wonderful countryside escape for couples or single travellers seeking the calming balm of nature. Just four miles from the market town of Thirsk, this lovely retreat offers open plan living with underfloor heating, a cosy vaulted bedroom, bathroom with feature roll top bath and even a shepherd's hut in the adjacent paddock. Perfectly situated to take long walks on the moors, explore market towns and villages and even venture into York, this is a wonderful setting for a holiday or honeymoon. James Herriot, Britain's best-loved vet, lived in the village and called the view from the ridge just above The Swallow's Nest 'England's finest view' - we don't think it could get a better accolade than that!

Living and eating

The open-plan, double-height living area is just lovely, imbuing this large space a sense of serenity with its vaulted ceiling and gorgeous, exposed stone wall that adds warmth and character and more than a touch of Scandi chic. In this room you'll find underfloor heating throughout, offering effortless cosiness, whilst two comfy sofas offer plenty of room to sprawl out and relax. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light, whilst blinds can be closed as night closes in, creating a cosy space to curl up together in.

The modern kitchen is just a delight, complete with electric oven and induction hob, dishwasher, fridge and all the other essentials needed to whip up meals for you and your loved one. There's a handy central island which doubles up as a breakfast bar for tête-à-tête mealtimes.


You'll find the charming, oh-so-bijoux bedroom upstairs amongst the eaves. Complete with a super comfy double bed swathed in super-soft bedding, luxurious linens and throws and cushions, this is a delightful space to retreat to at the end of a busy day exploring North Yorkshire. We just love the exposed stone wall and beamed, vaulted ceiling.


The beautiful, calming bathroom comes complete with a free-standing roll top bath for two and a separate, large walk-in shower with rainfall head. There's a heated rail to ensure towels are kept warm and fluffy.

Outdoor space

Outside you'll uncover a lovely, terraced area to the front of The Swallow's Nest complete with table and chairs for meals alfresco and for gazing out over the countryside. Nestled in the lush paddock there's a charming shepherd's hut to discover, complete with a wood burner - a wonderful spot to watch the sun set in the evening and spot the stars as they appear in the inky night sky.


There's private, off-road parking available.


This is one of our adults only retreats.


This is one of our pet-free properties.

In the Area

Set within the astonishingly beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, there's a host of things to see and do in the area. Keen walkers need only don their boots and head out of the door for spectacular walks, including the magnificent Lake Gormire which is only half a mile away. There are a myriad of walks and mountain bike tracks on your doorstep. Bikes can be stored if you're bringing your own, or they can be hired locally. For those looking for a more sedate way to while away the hours, The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk is just over a two mile walk away and was voted Yorkshire's best pub in 2021. The Owl at Hawnby is a great spot for a drink, with stunning countryside surroundings. The renowned Michelin starred restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead is very special and The Pheasant at Harome is a great place to eat. Thirsk is worth a visit; this pretty market town was home to James Herriot and today you can visit where he lived and worked at The World of James Herriot. Other places of interest include Rievaulx Abbey and Terraces, an 11th century ruined abbey now managed by English Heritage, Byland Abbey once one of the greatest monasteries in England, also managed by English Heritage, Castle Howard, an ornate 18th century home with stunning gardens, Georgian Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens run by the National Trust and of course the city of York. Ripon and Harrogate are must visits, should you wish to explore further afield. The lovely Georgian market town of Easingwold is 8 miles away and beautiful Helmsley with its Friday market is a 10-mile drive. Nearby Northallerton has a busy market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and for a day trip to the seaside, Scarborough and Whitby are just over an hour away.

Set on the edge of the beautifully wild North Yorkshire Moors, this delightful barn conversion for two is the perfect tucked-away escape, made for dreamers and lovers of untouched countryside.

At a glance

From £550 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Regret no pets

Key features

Adults only retreat

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Pet-free property

Rolling countryside

Shepherd's hut in the garden

Underfloor heating downstairs


Cottage garden

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Workcation Retreat

Bathtub for two

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Boutique country chic

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about The Swallow's Nest:

Tom and Margot were excellent hosts and the welcome pack was very thoughtful. The Shepherds hut was a welcome addition. All in all an excellent stay and we will definitely return.

Swallow Nest is an idyllic place to stay in one of the most stunning parts of England.

Swallow’s nest exceeded our expectations, every detail has been considered to make a truly special experience; from the welcome pack, cosy shepherd’s hut, luxurious bedding, beautiful furnishings, to the stunning views, newborn lambs and glorious sunsets! Perfect location to walk and explore the countryside straight on the doorstep, or to visit local towns and villages.

Swallows nest is the perfect bijou retreat for a long weekend.

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