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The Dovecote kitchen / dining with island, granite worktops and private patio

Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Dovecote is one of three multi-award winning five-star gold award eco barns based at The Dovecote Barns York. Set at the edge of the quiet rural village of Kelfield, you can enjoy the sound of the birds greeting the day on a morning in the quiet and peaceful surroundings of the countryside. Voted the best Self-Catering Accommodation in England in 2011/2012, a comfortable relaxing stay is guaranteed. A complimentary welcome basket and free internet access as well as an unpacking supermarket delivery service are offered.

The Dovecote is a three storey tower with living area and WC on the ground floor and 2 en-suite bedrooms, one on each of the upper two floors. It has a lot of original features including beams, a queens truss roof and dove nesting holes. The entrance hall has a WC and the living area comprises of a comfy cosy lounge with sofas, log burner and TV/DVD open plan into the kitchen with granite worktops, kitchen island, oak dining table for up to 6 guests if taking the Irishman's Cottage as part of a larger group. There is underfloor heating throughout. The kitchen has french doors which lead into a private patio area for some al fresco dining. There are two en-suite bedrooms, both with luxury mattresses. The first floor bedroom can have a super-king or twin setup with en-suite shower and WC. On the top floor there is a king room with bath/shower with a queens truss original roof and dove nesting holes in the stairwell.

There is also a separate WC in the entrance hall.

Plenty of DVDs and games, with outdoor under-cover table tennis table. There is a wired connection to the internet from the Dovecote for use with a laptop with an ethernet cable supplied. Wifi is not available due to the fabric thickness of the building.

For those wanting peace and quiet as well as easy access to either York or Leeds, this is the ideal retreat.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester International Airport 131 km, Nearest railway: York Railway Station 17 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

Northern England region

York is one of England's most ancient cities and the centre of historic and cultural Yorkshire. It is a beautiful walled, riverside city of great importance as it has been invaded by both the Romans and the Vikings. There are many preserved sites and museums around the city where their influence can be seen. Awash with historic attractions in its cobble stoned medieval streets there is something for everyone. It is also the most haunted city in Europe!

There is a public bus service that runs from the barns into York and takes 30 minutes and has a late night service running at 11pm on a Saturday evening. Alternatively, by car it takes 20 minutes, or 10 minutes to the York Designer Outlet where there is a Park and Ride service operates.

For cycling enthusiasts, there is an undercover lockup on-site. The Sustrans Solar System route is close by, which runs into York city centre. There are plenty of flat cycling routes on offer.

The Dovecote Barns are conveniently located for easy access to all major motorways as well as Yorkshire's wealth of historic estates and attractions. We are ten minutes away from the A64 giving access to Castle Howard and day trips to the East Coast of Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay.

There are quick links to Leeds city centre as well as the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Wolds. Manchester takes approx 1.5 hours by car, Leeds International Airport takes 50 mins by car and Robin Hood/Sheffield Airport 45 mins by car. If travelling by train, Selby train station takes 20 mins and York Station takes 25/30 mins by car.


When you are ready to venture out there are a couple of walks from the door to choose from. Behind the arable farm there you can walk on the grassed field margins to Kelfield Wood where there are wild deer. Alternatively you can walk along the riverbank to Cawood, site of Cardinal Wolseys Cawood Castle. There are pubs, shop/post office and farm shop for some basic supplies. Alternatively, Riccall is 2 miles away which has pubs, lovely restaurants, post office, grocery shops, a childrens' play park and sport centre. There are a couple of nice walks from the door, particularly good for keen bird watchers and also nearby Skipwith Common, a 1000 acre nature reserve which is also good for cyclists.

The Dovecote Barns offer the perfect retreat for romantic couples, families, wedding parties, family reunions and groups getting together or celebrating a special occasion, wanting both peace and quiet as well as easy access to either York or Leeds.

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21 Aug 2013



We have just got back from 5 days spent at the dovecote barns. There are 3 barns there, the irishmans, the haybarn and the dovecote. We stayed in the dovecote and it was beautiful. It is incredibly we… More

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Calendar last updated:13 Sep 2014

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