Crag House Farm

North East England North Yorkshire Whitby

  • From £182 a night
  • 2 Cottages Sleeping 6

Beautifully renovated self-catering barns in a stunning setting in the North York Moors National Park

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The two beautifully-renovated barns at Crag House Farm offer character-filled accommodation in a stunning setting in the North York Moors. They are not only fantastic bases from which to discover the National Park but lovely places to spend time in too. Staying here, days out walking on heather moorland and exploring the Yorkshire coast can be balanced with relaxation at one of two very comfortable country boltholes, each of which offers self catering with style, substance and sustainability. You needn’t take our word for it either. Their conversion from farm buildings to guest accommodation won a National Park Design Award and holidays here are officially gold-rated by Visit England.

Inside, each cottage has space for six to stay in three bedrooms. One is dog-friendly and one is dog-free. Both are suitable for families and Beacon View’s downstairs master bedroom is accessible too. It feels like everyone has been catered for here: even couples who want to stay here on their own are given a helping hand with a discount. And children are made to feel extra special thanks to a few thoughtful touches like owner Liz’s toy library, where kids can select suitable things for their stay.

These 18th-century barns also offer thoroughly up-to-date, 21st-century living, with underfloor heating, wifi, Smart TVs and Bluetooth speakers. But they have kept much of their historic charm too. You’ll see it in the slate-tiled roof of Beacon View and the sandstone pillar of Dale View. Both also have spacious double-height living rooms, flagstone floors and plenty of exposed beams which reference their past. Their sensitive conversion and centuries-old Yorkshire sandstone walls sit perfectly amid their environment on the moors.

It’s a lovely setting which you can make the most of thanks to separate private gardens and covered patios. Make sure you set aside some time to spend here at home, but be warned that you might find it hard with so much to do nearby. There are walks in every direction and good cycling too. Danby, two miles away, is home to the National Park Centre that’s worth a visit and a station on the Esk Valley Railway – a great way to travel to seaside Whitby. That’s not to mention another favourite route via the steam trains of The North York Moors Railway, or numerous other places worth a visit – Saltburn by Sea, Robin Hood Bay, Dalby Forest, Castle Howard, Falling Foss waterfall… the list goes on and on.

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Yes they're a little bit quirky but these lovely grade ll listed Yorkshire barns are very comfy and cosy. Surrounded by Heather moorland, abundant wildlife and all within a **Dark Skies Designated Area**  Ideally suited to a family or group of friends who want to experience a classic rural setting in a spacious and comfortable home. Geothermal powered cosy underfloor heating, solar panels, wood burning stoves, big comfy leather sofas, 55inch smart TV, DVD, EU boom bluetooth speakers. Each barn sleeps six across three bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Fabulous 1/4 acre private gardens, fabulous views, undercover patios and alfresco dining room, weber bbq, willow wigwams, maps, books, toys, games and binoculars.

Suitable For

Beacon View Barn is Accessible Rated NAS 1 by Visit England it also welcomes one well behaved dog.  Dale View Barn is dog free. 


The North York Moors National Park Centre is just the other side of Danby, it's the place to get all your info and gen on where to go, what to see and how to get there as well as indoor and outdoor play areas, woodland walks, art gallery, museum, cafe and shop.   Check out the Yorkshire Cycle Hub for bike hire and superb cafe in the next dale of Fryup - spectacular views too.

Food & Drink

Sainsbury's Morrison's and Tesco deliver here but we personnally highly recommend a local company - Catherine and Ben from lillie's catering for a great veg box, home prepared meals and all your store cupboard requirements. Just ask me (Liz) for their details you won't be disappointed!
 On the pub scene Castleton village sports The Downe Arms and The Eskdale a fine dining establishment.  You'll find the Duke of Wellington in the middle of Danby and The Fox and Hounds on the green in Ainthorpe. Up on the moor on Blakey Rigg is the famous Lion Inn.  And the BEST fish and chips in the world are in Whitby! We can also point you in the direction of Michelin **


Available all year.


Three-night breaks from £950, 7 nights from £1275.

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The Owner Says

These old sandstone Yorkshire barns were once filled with our families' ponies, cows, sheep and ducks - all part of the good life. They are now two gorgeous eco design award winning homes.  Geothermal powered underfloor heating, solar panels and some amazing glazing combine beautifully with ancient stone and timber and all set in the heart of Danby Dale in the North York Moors National Park.
 People sometimes ask if the barns share any facilities? They absolutely don't.
Danny and Liz live in the farmhouse across the lane from the barns, on hand to help or recommend if required.


Contact Website  01287 660 864  Crag House Farm, Crag House Farm, Danby Head, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 2NW

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Getting There

From the A171 Guisborough to Whitby Road, head towards the Yorkshire village of Castleton. Turn right on to the High Street following signs towards, Rosedale and Hutton le Hole, keeping The Downe Arms Pub on your left, Co Op on your right. Continue on this road, over a cattle grid for a mile out of the village onto the Moors until you see a left turn indicated with a triangular sign saying GATE. Take this road that leads down into Danby dale come through the gate that is across the road and you have reached Crag House Farm. Welcome

Alternatively, from Kirbymoorside on the A170 follow the signs to Hutton Le Hole and Castleton. Drive through Hutton Le Hole and continue for 10 miles over the Moor top past The Lion Inn. In the next 3 miles go past a right turn to Rosedale, a left to Westerdale and another right signed Botton. After one mile the next right (with a triangular GATE sign) is the one to take. Take this road that leads you down into Danby dale come through the gate that is across the road and you have reached Crag House Farm. Welcome

The Esk Valley Railway is the perfect cross country journey from Danby into Whitby and back again at the end of the day


  • Accessible Facilities
  • BBQs
  • Dishwasher
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Smart TV
  • Wifi

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