The Barn

Guest Review: Our 2018 Facebook Competition Winner

Earlier this year, we ran a competition via our Facebook page offering the chance to win a 3-night stay at our luxury 5-bedroom holiday home in Ilkley.

Our lucky competition winner, Elizabeth,  left us a wonderful review upon returning home so we wanted to ask her a few questions about her stay. Here, is what she had to say…


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How did you feel when you found out you had won a 3-night stay at our luxury holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales?

I really couldn’t believe it, I was at work when I found out and I had to ask my crew mate to check, and then I got straight on the phone to my husband and told him. It was such a massive surprise.


Whereabouts are you from, and have you ever been to the Yorkshire Dales before?

We live in sandy in Bedfordshire, and have never been to Yorkshire Dales before.


What were your initial thoughts when you arrived at The Barn?

My parent arrived before we did and I was very excited to have a tour around as mum text me when she arrived saying how stunning it was. I couldn’t wait to have a look around! It was stunning and that was just looking at the property from the outside.


Was the owner, Jo, helpful during your stay?

Jo was marvellous!  Her communication throughout the whole process was top notch. Originally the date was pre-arranged on the original post, but as I didn’t think I’d win so I never really paid much attention to the date. When I did win I actually turned the win down and explained that due to my work for the ambulance service, I couldn’t just take time off. Jo let us choose another date that was convenient for us. She was amazing in every way.


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Our holiday home has 5 bedrooms. Which one was your favourite?

All the bedrooms were lovely. Everyone agreed that as I was the winner, I could have the king-sized bed.  I was going to let my parents have it but they had the next one down the corridor. I’d have to say the king size was my favourite but they were all finished in such top quality.


You stayed with us during the summer. Did you make use of our outdoor areas?

We did enjoy the outdoor space. We had a BBQ, and sat outside in the evenings watching the cows come home. The kids liked the bit of grassed area.


Did you find everything you needed in our kitchen and utility room?

The owners had thought of everything you could possibly need in the kitchen and utility area.


Ground floor of The Barn


We have two living areas at The Barn – one upstairs and one downstairs. Do you think this is helpful when staying in a large group?

Yes, for us the kids were upstairs and the adults spent the time downstairs. They had their own space as did we.


How did you spend your time at The Barn? Did you stay indoors and relax or did you explore the local area?

It was a massive relax fest for us. We did explore the local town on one day and then went further the following day, but all in all, we just spent quality time as a whole family as we haven’t been able to do that for 20yrs. We all had the most relaxing time.


Our holiday cottage is located just outside the Victorian spa town of Ilkley. What did you think of the town? Were there any shops, pubs or restaurants which you were particularly impressed with?

llkley is a stunning town! There are plenty of shops to visit, obviously “Betty’s” but you must book if you really want to visit and we didn’t so we just had takeaway cakes, which suited us. We were going to have a meal out at a restaurant but due to our large party number, the restaurant only went to a certain number reservation so we chose to eat in, which we didn’t mind. We all took it in turns to cook, and why not in such a well-equipped kitchen?


Kitchen area - luxury holiday home ilkley


What was your favourite thing about The Barn?

The kitchen and dining area and how open it was. We haven’t got that in our own homes and we all really enjoyed that aspect. The kitchen was just stunning!


Would you recommend The Barn to family and friends?

Yes, we would recommend it and we are hoping to return within the next 2 years.


A huge thank you to Elizabeth for answering our questions. We are glad you enjoyed your time at The Barn and hope to see you again. 

Our competition winner isn’t alone in thinking The Barn is a great place to stay. This year, we have been awarded both AirBnB ‘Superhost’ status and the TripAdvisor Award for Excellence.

If you would like to stay at our large holiday cottage in Ilkley, you can check availability and pricing HERE