Located at the northern edge of the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate in Upper Wharfedale, the whole site is of a very significant historical interest. The ruin of Barden Tower, a former fortified hunting lodge is a grade 1 listed building and by virtue of being part of the curtilege, so is the barn. On the other side of the Tower is the Priests House and the newly renovated Barden Chapel, a fabulous restaurant and function venue, ideal for weddings, medieval nights and other celebrations.
The nearest shops are in Grassington, Skipton or Ilkley all roughly equidistant away. Each town has its own unique atmosphere and are great to wander around. The Tesco store in Skipton will deliver.
The nearest place to drink is Appletreewick with two pubs serving meals. They are only two miles away but we wouldn't recommend walking, especially in the dark. Best to drive and get taxis back.
The site is magical in the dark - and it is dark...no street lights spoiling things. With owls hooting and bats fluttering overhead you get a real sense of solitude. We regularly have kestrels residing in the Tower, HouseMartins in the eves of the barn and Oystercatchers patrolling the walls. Some 20 ducks will follow your every move waiting for your spare bread...
See the video below to get an aerial view of the site. The barn is on the opposite side of the Tower to The Priests House
So what are you planning to do during your stay? Within 5 miles of the barn you can: