Johnby Hall Barn accommodation summary
Open plan living/dining room and kitchen
Master bedroom with king-size bed
Bunk room with L-shaped beds, both of which are large single beds suitable for children or teenagers. The bottom bed would be comfortable for an adult. An additional bed can be made available for a third child in this bedroom to accommodate a family of five
Shower room, fitted with grab rails
Extensive shared grounds and woodland
Enclosed formal gardens at the rear
Parking for several cars
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by biomass central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
4 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
A baby bath is available
Four dogs are welcome free of charge. Please call the office directly to add dogs to your booking at no cost.
The cottage can accommodate an additional child on a 'put me up bed' in the second bedroom to accommodate a family of 5. Please contact the office directly to add the extra person.
Johnby Hall Barn is a gem of a place nestled within the environs of 14th century manor house Johnby Hall. Converted from one of the beautiful sandstone outbuildings of the original hall, it sleeps up to five people in two delightful bedrooms while also accommodating up to four well behaved pooches. In fact it is first new wing of the hall since the 17th century.
The whole place has been thoughtfully designed for guests to make the most of the history and magic of its ancient situation while still benefitting from all the comforts of a warm and welcoming modern home. It has retained original features such as exposed beams in the lofty double-height spaces while being elegantly decorated with sumptuous textiles, a subtle colour palette and antique furniture.
It makes a fabulous holiday home for a family or a couple as, not only does it have extensive shared grounds with countless features to explore, but it is also a working farm with adorable pigs roaming about the surrounding fields from which the family's renowned sausages are made. It has also been thoughtfully planned for guests with reduced mobility as there are only three shallow steps in the property and the shower room has been fitted with grab rails.
As Johnby Hall already welcomes visitors as a B&B cottage guests also have the possibility of dining in the magnificent great hall of the main house by prior arrangement with the owners (this is subject to availability). As a treat for a special occasion it could hardly be beaten, especially for the history buffs among you. It's a truly magnificent building, a world of ancient stone spiral staircases, heraldic panels, deep sandstone windows and arrow slits. Nonetheless it wears its ancient heritage lightly as it's also a friendly family home ringing with music from its antique pianos and fantastic home grown, home reared and home produced delicacies on offer.
On arrival at the barn guests enter via the main door from the parking area in the farmyard. Directly ahead is the gorgeous modern shower room. Within its spacious shower enclosure is a powerful mixer shower and a huge "drencher" head, perfect for massaging away any aching muscles after long fell walks. The room is fresh and modern and, as noted earlier, has discreetly incorporated grab rails by the sink, toilet and shower. Moving into the corridor along the length of the house it's hard not to be distracted by the enormous picture windows facing across the grounds and fields to the Pennines in the distance. The other wall is occupied by a huge map of the area, perfect for the cartophiles among you to plan your Eden Valley and Lake District adventures.
Moving on to the lovely bedrooms. The master bedroom is a stunning double height room with exposed original beams, a beautiful king-size wooden sleigh bed, large antique wardrobe and two remotely controlled velux windows drenching the room with light. Moving up the three shallow steps to the bunk bedroom. This is a delightful space for children with the bunk beds in an "L" shaped configuration which makes an ideal little space for a den where the owners have already thoughtfully left shelves with books and toys. There is a double height chest of drawers and delightful wall decor including pictures of knight s of old where eagle eyed young detectives can find a connection to Johnby Hall itself! The lower bed is a larger European-sized single, meaning this room could be used for a third adult. A small bed can also be added for a third child with prior arrangement with the owners.
Onward through to the gorgeous open plan living space, guests will find a sociable and warm double height room benefiting from those stunning floor to ceiling windows as well as double doors out onto the court yard. The living room element has a comfy sofa, a rocking chair, armchair and television with Freeview. It's a wonderful place to enjoy a good book while occasionally looking up to check on the visiting bird life, just perfect.
The kitchen and dining area is spacious and well equipped. There's a lovely long dining table, a huge traditional wooden dresser adorned with a wonderfully eclectic and colourful collection of crockery. The kitchen has a washing machine, dishwasher, fan oven, halogen hobs, under-counter fridge and small counter top freezer. In all it's a wonderful place for sociable food preparation and long post meal chats around the table.
Moving outside it's hard to know where to begin. The barn's back door leads out to enclosed formal gardens which are a wonderful sun trap when the weather allows, ideal for a morning cuppa or a sunset glass of wine! The rest of the shared grounds are a spellbinding world to explore. There's the walled orchard with apples, damsons, quinces and medlars where pheasants happily roam around, large lawns for cartwheeling should you so choose, play equipment for the children, a summer house with a magnificent panorama, woodland for your little wood sprites and pooches to discover and last but certainly not least some exceedingly handsome pigs as neighbours.
Once you've turned up the driveway to this magical world I'm certain it will be a place you'll want to visit time and time again.