Why the Long Barn is great for your family gathering

When we decided to renovate Town End Farm and set up the Long Barn as a holiday let we knew the space would be perfect for big family gatherings. Now, almost 11 years later, we think it's the perfect spot for all sorts of get-togethers, thanks to how it's set up and...

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April in the North York Moors

April is a lovely month to spend in the North York Moors. It really feels as if the countryside is coming alive with bird song and wildlife. The blackthorn is flowering; look out for it’s white frothy blossom in the woods and hedgerows. Make a mental note, as that’s...

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Easter Activities

Easter Activities The last few days have felt like spring. Hurrah! That said, we can’t quite believe that it is Easter this weekend. Easter is a lovely time to visit the Long Barn. We tend to book up quickly so if you are interested in staying for Easter in 2025,...

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FAQ about the Long Barn Bedrooms

We have recently blogged about guest FAQ before they book and  also about the FAQ many ask after they’ve stayed with us. A recent query from a guest visiting us for the first time reminded us that some guests ask questions about the individual bedrooms. So we thought...

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Beware all vampires

Spring heralds the arrival of wild garlic in the woods near Town End Farm and gets us thinking about delicious things to make with it. The weather has been pretty grey and wet here (as everywhere) so we have to admit that we are yet to do a foraging run. But we know...

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Celebrations at the Long Barn

We appreciate that it’s stressful enough organising a gathering of 14 people. If it’s for a special celebration, that goes up another few notches. If you stay at the Long Barn, we are here to help you organise the perfect celebration and take the stress out of it all....

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What’s on in March

March is the time of year when it feels as if everything is starting to wake up from the colder winter months. The appearance of wild daffodils in the North York Moors, really does herald the start of Spring. Depending on the weather, they are usually in bloom from...

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Appleton Sheep

The sheep which roam on the common and through the village are one of the things that many of our guests love when they stay at the Long Barn. When the ewes gather on the road over the common into Appleton, they force everyone to slow down and drive at a slightly...

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Questions our guests ask after they’ve stayed

Obviously, the best question a guest can ask is “can I book again” when they’ve stayed with us. We’re really proud that well over half our bookings are from repeat guests. With many more bookings coming from guest’s who’ve then recommended us to their friends and...

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Arts and Culture in the North York Moors

Spectacular scenery, wonderful coastline, a heritage railway, fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafew. The list of reasons to visit the North York Moors goes on and on. But did you know that we also have vibrant arts and culture scene? The beauty of the North York Moors...

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Five Tips when booking a self catering place

It’s the time of year when many of us start planning for the year ahead. It’s always good to have something to look forward to in the cold and dark winter months. It’s clear from our bookings that lots of people are planning ahead earlier than ever before. We have our...

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The Abbey Inn, Byland

We are always on the lookout for great places to recommend to guests who fancy a meal out. We are blessed with some wonderful places on our doorstep, as well as some a short drive away. There was a lot of excitement when local chef Tommy Banks announced that he was...

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FAQ’s

We're always happy to answer any guest questions; we appreciate that you want to make sure that your stay with us is perfect. So please do contact us anytime with any question, and we'll do our best to answer it asap. With lots of enquiries and bookings over recent...

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Why you’ll feel at home in the Long Barn

When renovating Town End Farm and setting up the Long Barn, we tried to put ourselves in the shoes of our future guests. We thought long and hard about what we thought people would need and picked the brains of lots of friends and family. We’ve just come back from our...

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Our Top 10 things to do in October

October is a wonderful time to visit the Long Barn. The popular spots are quieter, the leaves are changing colour and there's still lots to see and to.  Here are our top ten suggestions of things to do in October: 1. Enjoy the Dark Skies of the North York Moors...

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What’s on in October

It really does feel like Autumn is here. The leaves are turning colour, the nights are lengthening, and we’re getting some lovely days of blue skies and autumnal sunshine. Pumpkin patches are springing up everywhere along with lots of Halloween activity. Here are our...

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The new Farndale Store

The Farndale Store opened in July this year to much excitement. Over 20 years ago, there was a village shop in Low Mill, and so it’s long-awaited return has been very welcome. Low Mill is just over a 15 minutes’ drive from the Long Barn, through some absolutely...

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Scrumptious Deli & Simply Delicious Catering

We are always on the look out for different catering options for guests to give you as much choice as possible. We already recommend Dan At the Dinner Party, Kate Orr, and Sophie at Malton Relish. We are pleased to add to our recommendations, Simply Delicious who...

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Reflexology with Sam

We are always on the look out for new services and activities for guests staying in the Long Barn. And we’re delighted to introduce you to Sam who lives on the doorstep. Sam lives in Appleton; in fact if you look left as you drive into the village, her horses are...

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Mindful September in the North York Moors

September often feels like a month to take stock and start anew. A good excuse to breath and reboot as autumn is welcomed in. Every September, the North York Moors get together with local businesses to create a month-long mindfulness themed events programme. The aim...

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Our Favourite Autumn Walks

1st September is officially the first day of Autumn if you follow the meteorological calendar. If you follow the astrological calendar, it’s 23rd  September. Given the summer we’ve had, we’re hoping for an Indian summer in September. Whoever you follow, September is a...

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The ultimate cook’s packing list

Everyone who know us well, knows that we love cooking and are self-confessed foodies. We’ve stayed away in many self-catering cottages over the years and were determined to make sure that the Long Barn had everything and more. We were the people who packed our own...

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Flower and Produce Show

Last weekend was one of the most anticipated events in the village calendar; the annual Flower and Produce Show. It is held in Appleton's village hall and is open to residents from our village along with those from Lastingham, Spaunton, and Hutton Le Hole. We know we...

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What’s on in August

It feels as if everything steps up another gear in August with masses on all over the North York Moors and at the coast. During the school holidays, there are lots of activities for children run at the visitor centres in Sutton Bank and Danby. It’s also a wonderful...

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Things to do when it rains

When we have so much beautiful green countryside, you have to take it on the chin that it will sometimes rain. We can’t promise wall to wall sunshine and blue skies. But we can promise that you won’t run out of things to do in the Long Barn and in the North York Moors...

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Being Sustainable

We are privileged to live in the North York Moors National Park. Living and supporting sustainable tourism in the local area is very important to us. We are constantly reviewing what we do and how we can be more sustainable, whilst providing a high-quality guest...

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5 pubs, 2 cafés and an ice cream shop

We have always loved a good circular walk, especially one with a pub part way round. By happy serendipity, the Long Barn is well positioned with beautiful walks from the door all which can involve a visit to a pub, café or ice cream shops. Here is our round up of...

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The Coast – 6 reasons to visit

The North York Moors is stunning and known for its breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites.  Its rolling hills and picturesque countryside often steal the spotlight. Look east and you’ll find that its coast is equally enticing. Offering a unique...

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Self-catering breakfast for a large group

We’ve cooked a fair few breakfast over the years, and appreciate it can be daunting scaling up a breakfast for a large group. Especially if you are staying away with 14 people in the Long Barn. Here are our 10 tips for making it as stress free as possible: 1. Plan...

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What’s on in July

As we head into the summer, and the school holidays, there is more and more to do in the North York Moors. Here’s our round up of the best events in July. The summer months are full of local events and activities, especially as the schools break up for the summer...

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The West Barn

We first blogged about the West Barn in 2020, describing it as the “best kept secret” of the Long Barn. We believe it was built before the Long Barn. If you look up at the beams you can see that some are reclaimed beams from even older buildings. If you book the Long...

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What’s on in June

We thought we’d do a round up of what’s on in the remainder of June in the North York Moors. At the moment the weather is spectacular, and fingers crossed with be beautiful for some time to come. So this blog is being written in the garden, soaking up the rays. We...

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D Day – 10 years on

6 June 2013 marks a special date for us. It’s the day that we packed up all our worldly goods. The day we headed over to Appleton Le Moors and moved into Town End Farm. After 20 years living in Harrogate, and 30+ years working in the corporate world, it was the start...

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Shop Local

We believe in supporting local business and try to make it as easy as possible for guests to ‘shop local’ wherever possible. We appreciate that many guests will choose to organise one big supermarket shop when staying at the Long Barn. However, there are some great...

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BBQ Season

As you can imagine, the Long Barn BBQ gets a lot of use. It’s set up ready to go all year round; we’ve had guests using it in February. When renovating the barn, we wanted to have a space outside that was easy to cater in. We were inspired by the wonderful outside...

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Saying thank you with brownies

If you've stayed at the Long Barn you'll know that just before you leave, we drop off a little treat for the journey home. Our original aim was to keep this a surprise. However, so many guests have said how much they love the brownies, its no longer a secret...We've...

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A new bathroom

One of the improvements we've wanted to do for some time was to improve the Long Barns accessibility by changing a bathroom. 3 of our bathrooms have walk in showers, but all are on the first floor.  The remaining bathrooms have showers over the bath to give guests a...

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What’s on in May

This year sees a terrific calendar of events on in the North York Moors. It really feels as if life is returning to pre pandemic activities when a lot of traditional events were cancelled. The North York Moors have a fantastic web site featuring many events that is...

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No short straw bedroom

We are still scarred from our first ever skiing trip. As the last couple to arrive, we got the final bedroom aka the broom cupboard. Although that description is generous. We also remember self-catering holidays away with a group of friends. One couple were always the...

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The Long Barn dining room

The dining room in the Long Barn looks very different to the space when we bought Town End Farm. It was originally single height with a bedroom over it. It had a staircase, but at the opposite end to the kitchen. So the room felt small and pokey. In fact we were...

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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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