North Yorkshire Moors

The Swallow's Nest

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Bedroom details

1 Bedroom (Sleeps 2)

Bedroom 1

1 x double

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.


The delightful bedroom is high in the eaves with marvellous views over The Vale of York. 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. Being set within an "International Dark Sky Reserve", the star studded skies at The Swallow's Nest are a stargazer's paradise.


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 just within the astonishingly beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park that extend to over 550 square miles, there is 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 the National Park's Visitor centre is just four miles from The Swallow's Nest with ample car parking and a selection of bikes available to hire, including e-bikes.

For those seeking a more relaxed way to while away the hours, The Carpenters Arms gastropub in Felixkirk is just over a two mile walk away and was voted Yorkshire's best pub in 2021. Foodies are spoilt for choice, with a host of excellent eateries nearbly. The Owl at Hawnby is a great spot for a drink, with stunning countryside surroundings. The renowned Michelin starred restaurant owned by Tommy Banks, The Black Swan at Oldstead, is only 7 miles away and the recently reopened Star at Harome also boasts a Michelin star. For fine dining, Grantley Hall near Ripon is well worth visiting, with a Michelin star and an exceptional menu.

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 11c Rievaulx Abbey and Terraces, Byland Abbey once one of the greatest monasteries in England, Fountain's Abbey which along with Studley Royal, National Trusts second most popular attraction the country, and Castle Howard, an ornate 18th century home with stunning gardens made famous for being "Brideshead" in the TV series, Georgian Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, and of course the cities 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 arguably the best "Bettys" in the county. For a day trip to the seaside, Scarborough and Whitby are just over an hour away. For a day trip to the seaside, Scarborough and Whitby are just over an hour away. over an hour away.

Savour moments of calm at our delightfully romantic barn conversion in the North Yorkshire Moors, complete with a cosy wood burner in the shepherd's hut.

At a glance

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

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 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

check in / check out days

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 & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 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:

absolutely wonderful place - are they all as lovely! And thank you so much for our anniversary present - what a lovely suprise.

Perfect place for a quiet holiday. Lovely views with walks right from the property. Plenty to do in the area.

Swallow's Nest is a beautifully converted barn providing relaxing and luxurious accommodation. Tom and Margot provided a warm welcome and were extremely helpful throughout our short stay. You can enjoy great walks straight from the front door and the surroundings are beautiful. We didn't have opportunity to use the Shepherd's Hut but peeked inside and it is decorated to the same very high standard as the Nest. The visitors' guide provides plenty of information about local places to eat but we didn't try any of them as it was such a pleasure to self-cater in this luxury barn conversion

This is a lovely place to stay - the interior is gorgeous with lots of lovely little touches! The bathroom was amazing with a big bath and separate shower and the underfloor heating was a dream! The towels and robes provided were really lovely. The bedroom is on an upper level on its own and has quite low ceilings which wasn't an issue for us. The kitchen is well equipped with an oven, hob, fridge and freezer and everything we needed to cook a couple of meals. The setting is very relaxing, as unfortunately didn't have a chance to go into the Shepherds Hut because we were out during the day but it sounded ideal. The hosts were really friendly and responsive and helped us with anything we needed.

Very helpful owners

We had a fantastic week in the Swallow's Nest, just as described and perfectly clean. We loved the location, plenty of good walking from the doorstep with many beautiful villages nearby. Margot and Tom are perfect hosts, on hand if needed but also very discrete. We definitely recommend this property.

Great location for walking and base for sightseeing, cottage has all the amenities you need, with the added bonus of shepherds hut, welcoming host/owners, couldn’t fault Swallows Nest.

An excellent hideaway, with a superb interior, well equipped-very welcoming. Local knowledge shared with us. An extra treat- The Shepherds hut- fantastic to sit in on an autumnal afternoon & watch the world go by.

A beautiful and peaceful escape . Never have we found it so easy to fall asleep the moment our head touched the pillows. Loved the feeling of being a million miles from anyone with the most beautiful star studded skies and yet so close to some wonderful little villages just a short drive away. Margot and Tom the hosts were so very helpful with some great recommendations and info. The barn was exactly as described and as shown in the photos. Absolutely clean and spotless. The welcome extras meant we didn’t have to go rushing to the shops and a gorgeous bottle of wine set the scene for my birthday. Would definitely recommend

Our hosts Tom and Margot were lovely and friendly and made sure our stay was hassle free. The barn was the perfect retreat after days out exploring the area. The views from the property are surely some of the best in England!

It’s spotlessly clean. Everything very new and tasteful.Great bathroom.

Lovely place to stay, beautiful surroundings and welcoming hosts. Perfect for a getaway break for two.

We had an absolutely perfect stay at Swallow's Nest. Owners Tom and Margot made us very welcome to their gorgeous property and were so friendly and helpful, especially with local walks and places to visit. The area is simply beautiful with plenty to do within easy reach. The cottage was a tranquil haven, beautifully appointed and perfect for two. We were lucky with the weather too and spent a happy hour or two on the terrace reading and taking in the stunning views! We will definitely return!

Beautiful week spent in The Nest. Tom and Margo were very welcoming and were keen to ensure we had a comfortable relaxing stay.

A perfect way to spend a few days in a lovely part of the world with outstanding hosts and facilities. Just the job for recharging exhausted batteries, even after a couple of days. Fabulous.

Margot and Colin are the most wonderful hosts. Would not hesitate to stay in this idyllic location.

The Swallows Nest is a beautiful restful place to stay. We were blown away by the location. Though this is only our second trip to Yorkshire, we love the countryside and slower place of life.The barn itself is stunning, cosy, really warm with underfloor heating, with a beautiful shepherds hut , and Tom lit the fire for us so we could see the sun sets! We will definitely be back. Lots of gorgeous little touches, hot water bottle, wine, fresh bread, eggs, lovely hosts.It felt a very romantic setting and the stunning views over the swallows nest.

Beautiful location and a fantastic luxury cottage that even exceeded our expectations. We really appreciated the thoughtful touches for my daughter’s birthday. Incredibly comfortable bed and sofas. Both Boutique Retreats and the owners were so helpful and friendly. Exceptional local pubs (Carpenter’s Arms an easy, enjoyable walk), plus a very nice walk to the nearby lake. Honestly couldn’t fault a thing. The booking experience was quick and simple, my enquiries were answered fully and promptly and the stay was great. Cannot recommend highly enough.

The Swallows Nest is a stunning retreat and well designed, its beautiful and modern and everything was spotlessly clean. The little touches are lovely and welcoming with everything you could possibly need for a fabulous stay. Swallows Nest is set in a peaceful location surrounded by stunning scenery, a short walk away you can enjoy the Shepherds hut to wind away the hours overlooking the sheep grazing in the field. We would definitely recommend The Swallows Nest if you're looking for the perfect place to relax and unwind.

The Swallow’s Nest is a perfect, calm retreat beautifully designed with all you need for a luxurious stay. Super comfortable bed, lovely bathroom and the double height living area has a wonderful feeling of space. Terrace with fabulous views where you can relax, admire the view and drink in the lovely clean air. There are wonderful walks right on the doorstep and it’s a handy location to explore this beautiful part of Yorkshire: the moors, extraordinary Rievaulx and Byland Abbey, the coast, the dales with many villages and towns to visit along your way. The Swallow’s Nest is a lovely place to return to after a busy day. Tom & Margot are discreet, kind and welcoming hosts. We’ll never forget our visit because we had such a lovely time but also because it is where we watched Elizabeth 11’s state funeral. Tom & Margot generously offered us an early arrival to help us do that. Thank you. Please see below for review of the cottage

A lovely retreat with superb views and excellent hosts, Tom and Margo..

Fantastic retreat tucked away in the countryside off the beaten track just what we needed for a weekend break the setting and views were exquisite, owner available for advice and assistance if needed lovely lady just like her property and retreat.

Five star retreat and would return

Excellent location.beautifully appointed, would like to return.

Absolutely stunning area and amazing barn. Tom and Margot great hosts and nothing was too much trouble.

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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