Black Bull Barn

Husthwaite, Yorkshire

A fresh-faced cottage in pretty gardens, a romantic bed under the eaves, pubs and trails nearby – all just a half-hour bus ride from York


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Lovely to return from a yomp on the moors or a day in the fine city of York to elegance and comfort in the shape of a beautifully restored apple barn. Adjoining Sarah and Ian’s cottage opposite the 12th-century village church, the barn is hugged by pretty gardens where you can stroll amid the fruit trees or rest on the patio with a cold beer and birdsong. In winter, cosy up by the wood-burner in a light, airy sitting room whose oak floors and rugs lend a sophisticated feel. Even cosier: a king-size bed in soft feather and silk, tucked under massive vaulted beams. The place has real personality, with local art, books and quirky details like a ‘Samuel Smith’ pub sign on the kitchen wall. But most of the time you’ll be in the great outdoors. You’re just south of the North York Moors, overlooking the Vale of York and Howardian Hills AONB, caught in a wonderful tangled web of walking and biking trails. There’s a pub in the village, more in cobbled Easingwold, even more in York, a 30-minute bus ride away. Catch the sea breeze in Whitby and Scarborough or pop to Thirsk, land of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £500
2 nights £160
1 Cottage for 2
From £801 bed1 bedroom


We stayed at Black Bull Barn for 3 nights while just mooching about and enjoying This lovely part of lovely Yorkshire. The location just off the village green is easy to find and very convenient. Sarah was very welcoming but we were left to ourselves as we prefer. The accommodation is very comfortable and well designed with all the facilities to a high standard. In summer it would be good to sit out in the courtyard area which looks as though it would be a real sun trap. We would highly recommend it and will certainly be back.

Peter, Leamington spa

We stayed for 10 days at the Black Bull Barn during glorious warm days. Sarah has made the place very relaxed and very special. The place is presented beautifully with thoughtful inclusions. Though the Barn doesn't have a washing machine, Sarah allowed us to use hers. Its a great location, with easy Park and Ride to York, which is just a great town...lots to do. We did a number of walks in the area, great Abbeys, ruins and not that far from the coast at Whitby. Even managed a day trip to Howarth and the Bronte's museum. We would recommend the Black Bull Barn highly.

Ursula, Sydney

Welcoming and cosy accommodation with a well-equipped kitchen perfect for cooking your own meals. Wonderful location close to the Yorkshire Moors; about an hour and a half from the coast, and lots of great hiking in stunning countryside a short walk from the Barn. A lovely place to relax in the evening, beside a wood burner, after a long-day's hiking. If the weather is bad, as it was on one day, we headed to York for interesting visits to the York Cold War Bunker and Goddard's House and Gardens. Thanks very much Sarah and Ian for an excellent stay.

Wendy, London

Black Bull Barn is in a good location and is very well appointed. The furnishings are very good and the cottage is very clean. It is very convenient for visiting York and other cities and has some excellent walks and pretty villages in the near area.

Richard, Bristol

What a delightful find! The cottage is equipped to a very high standard and surpassed our expectations. Set in a delightful secluded garden it was a pleasure to return to each evening and relax after a day spent exploring the surrounding area. Can unhesitatingly recommend.

Michael, Pinner middlesex

Fabulous stay in a beautiful barn, luxurious bed with top quality bedding , everything in the barn is top quality and very comfortable. Lovely hosts, nothing was too much trouble, we wished we had booked to stay longer, and we will definitely go back. One of the best places we have stayed.

Debbie, Derby

What a wonderful place! We couldn't believe just how perfect it all was....from the beautiful outside with roses and the fig tree cuddling up to the walls to the really well thought out, modern interior. There was everything we could need for a relaxing stay, from a wood burning stove, to the shower that could be adjusted to suit our preferences, to a sofa that was a pleasure to sit on, to a really luxurious bed, to a really well equipped kitchen and the most fabulous coffee table books...........and then the silence, disturbed every evening by the thrush that sang it's heart out.

Joan, Crewe

I had a lovely stay at Black Bull Barn when on business in the area. Everything exceeded my expectations, the cottage was charming, extremely comfortable and well equipped and Sarah was very welcoming. I hope to return again, this time on a leisure trip.

Christine, Hale

We previously stayed earlier in the year and couldn't wait to return to this delightful accommodation. Sarah and Ian have carefully and thoughtfully furnished and equipped the barn with everything to make one's stay as comfortable as possible. The peaceful picturesque location is convenient for walking, visiting the City of York and discovering pretty villages. A place we are more than happy to recommend - it really is 'Perfect, just perfect!'.

Dawn, Bristol

Black Bull Barn exceeded all our expectations. The accommodation, furnishings, décor were immaculate; kitchen perfectly equipped. Would not hesitate to recommend for anyone wishing to visit this area of Yorkshire. A really beautiful, cosy cottage for two.

Sarah, Wells

Beautifully positioned in the village, lovely and cozy home combined with lush gardens. We felt completely at home and did not want to leave. The area was perfect for walking and exploring the magnificent countryside and the historical city of York. We plan to return again next year! This is now our number one spot for relaxing away from the stress of London!!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sarah Harper

  • A great base from which to explore the North York Moors, Dales or east coast, Husthwaite is close to the lovely market town of Easingwold and only half an hour from York.
  • Great local walks from your door (local maps and books provided) with stunning views from Beacon Banks, or climb the steps to the White Horse near Kilburn and watch the gliders soar past.
  • Eat out in some of the excellent pubs and restaurants nearby including the Michelin starred The Black Swan, Oldstead with Tommy Banks heading up the kitchen. Their unique approach to food and drink should not be missed!
  • Visit some of the best historic houses and ruins in the country. from Shandy Hall, Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey and terraces, Beningbrough Hall, Ampleforth Abbey, Helmsley Castle and more!
  • Soak up the history in York with its fabulous Minster and shops in The Shambles or take a Turkish bath in Harrogate then tea at Betty’s - and for those after a more active holiday you will find bike hire, golf, riding or gliding close by.
  • Or why not just relax and enjoy the peace of the barn, with a good book, a mug of tea or a glass of wine. (And if you’ve forgotten your book, we have them too).