Welcome Hamper Recipes

We make as many of the goodies that go into our guest welcome hamper as we can; in fact, the only things which we don’t make are the Extra Virgin Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil and the Roost coffee beans. We’re not quite at their level of expertise… The most popular recipe we...

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Roe Deer

It always feels special on our walks when we spot a roe deer, and we’re seeing more of them than ever before around Appleton. It’s probably due to us walking more due to lockdown, and also there being fewer people around. The best time to see roe deer is usually early...

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Cycling friendly

Over the last few years, we’ve fallen in love with cycling all over again. Quiet roads and bridleways, beautiful scenery and cycling friendly places to stop off for a bite to eat, the North York Moors is a fantastic place to explore on a bike. We have to admit, that...

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Bempton Cliffs

Bempton Cliffs made it into our top 5 things to do on the Yorkshire coast when we blogged about it in September last year. We’ve not been back there for many months for obvious reason, so as things are beginning to unlock, we decided to go this weekend, and were...

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Wild Garlic

We love exploring the woods near Appleton at this time of year. Just 10 minutes’ walk from us, every day during spring reveals something new flowering on the woodland floor. Before the leaves begin to appear on the trees, and the leaf canopy fills, it’s a wonderful...

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Cooking breakfast for a gathering

Breakfasts are one of those meals that can make your stay away even more special but can sometimes be underestimated when scaling up to cooking for a big group. Some planning ahead can make all the difference. Our 10 tips for the perfect cooked breakfast are:- Split...

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Florian Poirot

It’s really important to us to support local businesses and also encourage Long Barn guests to do the same. Now more than ever, local businesses need our custom. In this week’s blog, we’d like to introduce you to Florian Poirot. With a name like Florian Poirot, you...

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Sunday lunch

There is something about a lovely Sunday lunch, and the good news is there are lots of options when you stay in the Long Barn. Sunday lunch is something that every pub and many restaurants pride themselves in serving. We may be biased, but we think the generous nature...

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Cooking food for big groups: the curry option

Last year as we unlocked briefly for the summer, we blogged about our Top Ten Tips  for the perfect stay away with friends and family. Tip number 5 was “Food - keep it simple”. As we all start to dare to anticipate being able to meet up with friends and family,...

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Spring is coming and the wild garlic is on its way.

We deliberately chose one of our favourite woodland walks today to see if we could spot the first signs of spring. We weren’t disappointed. This circular walk is about 5 miles long; the route snakes down through woodland at the back of the village, across the valley...

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Winter Wonderland

We have to admit that we love it when it snows here. It feels quite magical and gives a different perspective on our favourite walks. The snow this week was the most we’ve had for some time and combined with bright blue skies and sunshine, it reminded us of skiing...

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Making Marmalade

Apparently, marmalade is the new “thing” to make as part of lockdown 3.0, succeeding sourdough and the infamous banana bread. We’ve been making marmalade every year since we opened the Long Barn. Jackie loves marmalade whilst it’s Ian’s nemesis. So, this annual task...

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Christmas traditions

This year more than ever, making Christmas feel as special as we can, given the restrictions of meeting up with family and friends, feels important. Apparently, sales of Christmas trees are up 30% at the moment along with fairy lights and baubles, so clearly many of...

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What makes The North York Moors special?

This week was the 68th birthday of the North York Moors National Park – and since lockdown, we’ve never appreciated living in a national park more. Now we have to be honest here. Before we moved from Harrogate to Appleton Le Moors, the national park we spent most time...

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Stir up Sunday

Today is “Stir up Sunday” and is apparently the traditional day to make your Christmas Pudding. It was started in Victorian times as a tradition when families would get together to get their fruit puddings stirred up, steamed and stored ahead of Christmas. It’s not...

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Roost Coffee

We passionately believe in supporting local businesses as much as we can from using their produce/services to promoting them to Long Barn guests. We love great coffee, and part of the Long Barn offer was to have a Sage Bean to Cup coffee machine in the kitchen....

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Lastingham circular walk

Lockdown has made us appreciate even more the walks that are on our doorstep. This week, whilst the USA was in turmoil, and our next 4 weeks of lockdown were imminent, we escaped to another great walk we’ve recently reacquainted ourselves with. It starts from...

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The Rollercoaster Continues

As we all head into another lockdown, looking ahead to the next few months is challenging to say the least. The Long Barn has effectively been closed since the introduction of the rule of 6 and is now formally closed until the national lock down is eased. The positive...

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The Florist North Yorkshire

 We like to support local businesses and this has become even more of a focus since COVID 19 hit. We believe we are so lucky that we have fantastic producers and small businesses close by and we want to support as many as we can to make sure they are all here for...

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Eta, our biomass boiler

One of our favourite parts of Autumn is a bracing walk and then returning home to a toasty house to warm up, lighting a fire, and hunkering down. And with everything that’s happening in the world at the moment, we suspect that similar nesting instincts will be keeping...

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Bramble Foraging

Autumn is the time for foraging, and we’ve recently turned our attention to the brambles which are appearing in all the hedgerows near the Long Barn. They will keep ripening for some time yet, so it’s worth picking them if you find them, and keep an eye open for when...

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New Long Barn Welcome Guide

One of the small positives of lock down earlier this year, was that it gave us time to get around to the jobs we’ve been meaning to do for ages but haven’t had time to do. We re-pointed the cobble path, decorated inside the barn and even replaced a couple of windows....

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Top 5 Coast Trips

We are just 25 miles from the beautiful heritage coastline, and we love visiting it. From picturesque fishing villages, cliff top walks to sandy beaches, there is so much to do and explore. Here are our top 5 things to do (which could so easily have been our top...

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North York Moors Dark Skies

When we first moved here, we couldn’t believe the night skies especially on a moonless night. One summers night just after we’d moved in, Jackie saw 2 shooting stars from our bathroom window at 3am. A few minutes later, she’d woken Ian up and bundled him down to the...

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Sloe gin and other treats

Sloe Gin and other treats We’ve been staking out where the best sloes are for several weeks; luckily some of the best ones have been in the hedgerows surrounding the chicken run. When the berries have a bloom on them (in bright sunshine they look almost metallic...

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Castle Howard

We’ve decided to be local tourists during these strange times and check out places we can then recommend (or not!) to guests. This week we visited Castle Howard, a stately home which is 15 miles south of us. We’ve been there many times before, from visiting the...

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Autumn at the Long Barn

  We can feel the arrival of autumn everywhere. There are hints of the colours to come in the countryside, greens turning to golds, oranges and russet browns. The heather on the moors has already turned purple, and the bracken will soon start to change.  ...

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Kala King

  In this week’s blog, we’d like to recommend another catering option for your stay in the Long Barn. Kala King lives in a nearby Hutton Le Hole and is a woman of many talents. We first met Kala when she was selling her delicious chocolates at a local farmers...

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The Long Barn Kitchen

  When we renovated the Long Barn, one of the many things we wanted to get right was the kitchen. We appreciated that many guests may not want to do a lot of cooking when away, but we also wanted to make sure that if they did, it would have everything they needed...

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The Moors Inn

The Moors Inn is our local pub and is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Long Barn. When we bought Town End Farm, being in a village location which had a pub was a definite plus. Every other place we’d looked at was far more remote with any pub or restaurant a good...

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Cycling

Even before the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014, the Brits have been keen cyclists. Since then, the number of cyclists on the road has grown and grown, helped by subsequent Tour de Yorkshires and the general interest in cycling. We have cycled off and on for...

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Rosedale Abbey Walk

Rosedale Abbey village is just 7 miles drive from Appleton and is the starting point for a lovely walk that we’ve done in every season since we moved here. We love it because it is a circular walk of just under 8 miles through a real variety of countryside and some...

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A taste of Appleton le Moors history

A taste of Appleton Le Moors history Appleton le Moors has a thriving history group; thanks to them as well as several other people, there is an impressive record of village history going back to the 12th century.  In the Long Barn, you’ll find a copy of “A Baker’s...

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The Appleton poultry partnership

The Appleton Poultry Partnership When we moved to Town End Farm, one of the things on our bucket list was to have chickens. We quickly realised that this was going to be impossible on the land that came with the house; the idea of chickens wandering around the...

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Favourite walk

We feel very luck to have such a choice of lovely walks straight from the door in Appleton. When we lived in Harrogate, we used to have to drive for over an hour to find the best walks; now that we live here, they are on our doorstep. During lockdown, many of us in...

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The best kept secret

The best kept secret We think the West Barn is one of the best kept secrets of the Long Barn. We are convinced that this grade 2 listed barn was one of the main reasons that Town End Farm was on the market for such a long time. As you can see from the photos, it was...

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Planning for the perfect stay

Ten tips for planning the perfect stay away with friends and family We want your stay at the Long Barn to be perfect for everyone in your group. And we appreciate that if you are the person who’s doing the organising, it can be stressful. Many guests tend to book many...

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A Special Celebration

We want your stay with us to be just perfect, and that includes what you eat! Many guests come to the Long Barn to celebrate a special occasion from an annual reunion with friends to a big birthday. We love cooking and one of our personal hates is going away and...

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Welcome treats

Welcome treats We spent ages deciding what should go into the Long Barn welcome hamper when setting up the barn. In fact, our builders Mike and Stan along with Ian all benefited from many of the baking tests that Jackie did to help us short list the baking entries. We...

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In 2012 we had a mid-life crisis (although one of Ian’s colleagues told us we had already passed that marker). We have always been customer focused in our careers and had dreamed about taking control of our lives and running our own business. So, we took the plunge and decided to sell our house and set up a self-catering business for large groups of friends and family to meet up in style and comfort. We have put our hearts and souls into the restoration of this characterful luxurious self catering barn and tried to think of every detail you need to make your stay truly memorable. There is space to spread out in & relax, space to come together in. 7 generous en suite double bedrooms mean no one has the short straw. The Long Barn is the perfect place to escape to with family and friends for a special celebration in the beautiful North York Moors National Park.
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Happy Thursday! At Town End Farm that means it’s baking day ready for our guests arriving tomorrow. Bread, Lemon Drizzle tray bake and Granola. Yum!

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