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The Dovecote Barns

Self Catering

The Dovecote Barns are a five-star gold award winning luxury self-catering accommodation near York. Set at the edge of a rural village, the barns offer a beautiful peaceful bolt-hole to relax and unwind in. There is easy access to York via bus, park and ride, as well as major routes, allowing you to explore Yorkshires finest country estates and attractions.

What makes a stay at The Dovecote Barns unique?

The Dovecote Barns is an environmental conversion of historic 18th century farm barns. Using only renewable energy you can enjoy year-round five-star comfort. Although equally suitable for couples, families and friends getting together, it is a popular venue for three generation family groups, allowing group dining and socialising for up to 12 in the largest barn whilst the smallest barn is mobility rated. Every bedroom is en-suite with either a bath/shower or wet room / shower room. On arrival there is a welcome basket of Yorkshire produce, homemade bread and choice of wine. There is a complimentary grocery unpacking service to allow you to settle straight into your stay and relax. Electric car charging on offer.

What is the capacity for The Dovecote Barns?

There are four self contained barns

The Irishman's Cottage - Sleeps 2

The Dovecote - Sleeps 4

The Hay Barn - Sleeps 6 / Dines 12

The Grand Barn - Sleeps 8 / Dines 10

Every bedroom is en-suite and 6 of 10 bedrooms across the site can be either zip-linked super-kings or split into twin beds. This provides flexibility for couples, families and groups. Group dining for up to 12 is catered for the the 6 person barn and 10 in the 8 person barn. Off-road private parking is available. 

The Irishman's Cottage allows one well behaved small dog to stay for a small additional charge.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the York area?

Guests are guaranteed a restful break in this quiet peaceful village. It is still a working arable farm and walks from the door will either bring you along the riverbank to the 17th century pub or through the fields to the wood where there is wild deer. The area is great for cycling to nearby pubs and restaurants, or you can catch the late night return bus from York city center if you fancy exploring its medieval streets, bars and restaurants. Easy access to the main link routes to all parts of Yorkshire allow you to fully explore from Coast to Dales all that the county has to offer.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

On booking, a list of nearby pubs and eateries as well as local attractions is supplied. These include York Marina to sit out by the river and watch the boats passing in the sunshine as well as offerings in both historic Cawood (seat of Cardinal Wolsey) and Riccall and Escrick. Italian, Gourmet Pubs and Thai are amongst those on offer locally. If guests do not want to venture out, home delivery shopping can be unpacked prior to their arrival and also homemade ready meals can be ordered. The barns are superbly equipped for fine dining, including sets of chef knives!

Top facilities

Free WiFi

Dog/Pet friendly


Based on 1 reviews
The Dovecote Barns

4.5 5 0.5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hay Barn - which exceeded expectations. Lots of lovely little touches in the decor, very much a 'home from home' and a perfect location for our far flung children to come and spend some time back together as a family. Comfortable beds, and everything I...

The Dovecote Barns

Just back from a fabulous long weekend at Dovecote barns . 5*all the way from booking through to being greeted when we arrived plus the whole experience. We rented the Hay barn and Dovecote absolutely fabulous . Beautifully furnished with everything you could ask for including the outside furnitu...

The Dovecote Barns

Had a wonderful stay at the Hay Barn. It was beautifully and comfortably furnished, location was excellent, and Brigita's home baked bread was delicious. Can definitely recommend staying here. We particularly liked the design, with the bedrooms downstairs (easier than lugging suitcases upstairs).

The Dovecote Barns

This is true 5 star accommodation. Everything has been thought of to make you feel totally at home. The location is lovely and the attention to detail in decoration and finishing touches is perfect. Everybody really friendly too, can't wait to go back.

The Dovecote Barns

Dovecote cottage is an absolute joy, we have stayed in many cottages and houses, from Tarbert in the Western Isles to Salcombe in South Devon. Never have we encountered such attention to detail.

The Dovecote Barns

We keep returning to this delightful cottage. It is positively the best place we ever stay. The ambience, welcome and overall standard cannot be faulted. Thank you again for a lovely stay.

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Facilities & information


18th century buildings

Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

5 Star Official Rating


Free broadband access (wifi)

Electric Vehicle Charging

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Babysitting, Listening Services, Child Care

Bars, Cafes & Other

Bathroom & Laundry




DVD library


Gas / Electricity Details

High Chair

Kitchen Facilities

Pool/snooker table

Linen included

Towels included

10+ People Capacity

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Washing machine

Air Conditioning


Bicycling, Cycling

Table Tennis

Other Entertainment (generally indoor)

Recommended walks



Electric oven




Extra info

Nearest Airport: Leeds Bradford

Nearest Train Station: Selby or York

Room Details: Irishman's 1 bedroom, , Dovecote 2 bedrooms, Hay Barn 3 bedrooms, Grand Barn 4 bedrooms

Gas & Electric Included: Yes

Star Rating: 5

Vendor Accreditation: VisitBritain 5 Star Gold Award, enjoyEngland for Excellence winner 2011, White Rose Awards Winner 2010 & 2013 & 2014, York Tourism Winner 2010 & 2012 & 2015 & 2018, VisitEngland Awards for Excellence - Highly Recommended 2015 & 2016

Delta: Yes

Mastercard: Yes

MaestroSwitch: Yes

Visa: Yes

Number of rooms: 2

Number of room to: 22

Arrival information and directions

Address: Manor Farm, Kelfield, York, North Yorkshire, YorkYO19 6RG, United Kingdom

Please see website for directions.

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