This was a perfect holiday let for large groups. All bedrooms are of a good size or Enormous in some cases and the downstairs living space was lovely and also large. The large hot tub was especially welcome as we had a wet weekend and didn't venture out too much. The decor of the place is amazing and obviously professionally done and with no expense spared. The whole place has a very luxurious feel about it. The only downside was the 2 mile potholed farm track to the property, but that became an adventure in itself. Emma from Bossdean was very helpful and informative and we were greeted with 2 bottles of bubbly - Bonus !! Would highly recommend it
We were part of a group of adult Anglo / American couples that spent a week at the Bookilber Barn. The property is accessed by a two mile bumpy, gravel lane through open fields with not another property in sight. This caused us to question if we were on the right route even though the directions warned us about the access lane. Then all of a sudden this wonderful stone barn appears. It looks nice from the outside. When you step inside you find that you have entered into the world of an imaginative interior designer. The Bookilber Barn is a first class set up. Everything is top drawer. One fact you need to be aware of is that only four of the six bedrooms are suitable for adult couples. This fact was made clear on the owner's web-site but it was not clear on the Sykes Cottages web-site at the time of our booking.
Where do I start? My partner, daughter and I were first of our group to arrive and to say we were gobsmacked would be an understatement! Absolutely perfect in every way and set in the beautiful countryside. The 12 of us made good use of the barbecue and hot tub area during our weekend stay and the barn it's self was far spacious enough for us all. The bedrooms were immaculate and lounge space was beautiful. A cot was supplied for our daughter and we loved the little touches... Teddies on the bed, candles lit and sparkling rosé on our arrival and well stocked shelves of family games and books. I particularly enjoyed looking through the history of the barn and how it was rebuilt in 1996. The owners should be so proud! Amazing! Wish we could stay every weekend!
What a place Bookilber Barn is! From the moment you pull into the drive to the minute you close the gate behind you as you leave you feel & see the level of work that has gone into making it something special. When we first started down the long bumpy road I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much & poor car (a mini) was less than impressed but we stuck with it and had such a wonderful weekend. It's the little touches that matter , when we arrived we opened the door and scented candles filled the air, there was a bottle of fizz on the counter and fresh flowers throughout. Throughout this house there is ample room for all (12 of us) and each corner is finished to such high standards. The grounds are beautiful and the views are stunning, we spent plenty of hours in the hot tub watching the sunset. It was the perfect retreat with something for all. Thank you for having us and we look forward to coming back.
What an amazing place. I booked the barn for my bestfriends hen party. The barn did not disappoint. It was fabulous inside. All the detail make is all that more amazing. On entering the barn we were hit by the smell of scented candles, a bottle of sparkiling wine and a bowl of fruit. Its the little things that count. The place is stunning. The road to access the barn is a bit bumpy but just drive slowly and I guarantee the barn is worth it.
Having stayed in the sister property Flat House Barn which was amazing in the dales I booked the larger sleep 12 Bookilber Barn for my 60th birthday celebrations. Disappointment started on arrival. We emptied the cars after an interesting drive to the barn down what is best described as a single track. We opened bubbly and reached for the champagne flutes only to find them dirty. We had to wash them before we could use them. We pushed through the shock and sat in the large lounge. Under the table was thick with dust including a previous occupants hair bobble! There was thick dust and hair on the wooden staircase to our bedroom. We ate and went to stack the dishwasher. It's broken. The bottom tray had lost wheels making it difficult and dangerous to use. One of the plate racks was also missing. Not a good start to our 5 star luxury break. Not a patch on the earlier experience at Flatt House property. The BBQ hadn't been cleaned since its last use ashes etc. Previous occupants had used candle holders as ash trays round the hot tub and no one had cleaned this up. I advised the rental company who did email me back their disappointment and surprise and organised for a plumber to check the dishwasher (which he confirmed will need at least a replacement bottom rack). We had a side issue to check out the hot tub which they also organised for their service provider to check (was found to be ok) Later we found a hen party balloon in on if the bedrooms and found the vacuum cleaner absolutely solid full of carpet dirt. One guest came late into the week and the single bed she used was broken! The slats not only came out several of the fittings were missing. I sent two further emails to Bossdean property about these latest findings to help them but never received a reply. Think they had had enough of me. No offer of a refund partial or otherwise just a defensive explanation from their point of view. The place has lots of room. It is in the middle of nowhere. Very easy to relax and recharge. I can see the potential. Just needs to get on top of repairs and cleaning to truly reflect 5 star luxury. This is not a cheap option it's a luxury item. On my experience I will never go back. Hopefully my feedback will be acted upon and future visitors will find things in order. If you give it a try Enjoy!