The Owlery at Aysgarth ref: UK12181

Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Detached Property 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • All En-suite 
  • Open Plan 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Welcome to The Owlery at Aysgarth, a stylish and quirky barn conversion with a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary style, nestled next to the owner’s home. This gorgeous one bedroom property is perfect for couples looking for a romantic escape to the country.
Built in the 1830s at the same time as the main house, The Owlery at Aysgarth lies just off the main village road through Aysgarth making it both close to the amenities of the village with a well-stocked licensed garage shop, 100 yards away, a pub and restaurant 50 yards away and a tea shop 100 yards away, yet it remains quiet and secluded on a no-through road. The garden/paddock offers stunning views across the Wensleydale valley towards Swaledale.
This delightful property is just a half-mile walk across fields to the beautiful Aysgarth Falls. This same footpath is the main route for walkers linking Bainbridge and Hawes. This stretch is part of the historic Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk and the popular Herriot Way through Wensleydale. There are many diverse walks accessible from the property and the surrounding villages, from a gentle stroll through sheep filled fields and woodland along the banks of the River Ure, to the more challenging walks to the top of the nearby landmark Penhill.
There are two pubs in the village, both serving excellent food and local beers. The wonderfully stocked delicatessen in nearby Leyburn and the creamery at Wensleydale are a food lover’s dream, as are many of the pubs in and around Wensleydale all serving wonderful local produce. The location to Aysgarth village means the property is central to all of the attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the market town of Bedale, Hawes and the famous Hardraw Force, and the Wensleydale community run steam train. Nearby historic Bolton Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was held for a time, offers an interesting day out. The wider Aysgarth area offered inspiration for JM Turner who painted landscapes here and still serves today inspiration to the many landscape artists attracted to the area each year.
For the more active, the local roads are excellent for the keen cyclist forming part of the annual Tour de Yorkshire through Wensleydale – with many routes of different levels of challenge cutting through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales villages and countryside. There is superb fishing available, the River Aire, River Wharf and in particular the River Ure are renowned for the stocks of grayling, trout and their spectacular river banks. There is a variety of horse riding experiences offered at the nearby Wensleydale Equestrian in Bainbridge and at other centres in the Yorkshire Dales. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

12 steep steps to entrance.
Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Open plan living space: With beams.
Living area:
With 43’’ Smart TV and wooden floor.
Dining area: With wooden floor.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


Small garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1-acre natural grounds (shared with owner). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children except babes in arms. There are slopes in the grounds.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    50 yards
  • Distance
    8.0 miles
  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    40 yards
  • Railway station distance
    15.3 miles
  • Lake
    7.2 miles

About the local area

It's given its name to one of Britain's finest cheeses, but Wensleydale has so much more to offer. This is the valley of the River Ure, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a popular destination for walkers and hikers.

As well as the rolling landscape of the valley itself, Wensleydale is overlooked by the distinctive flat- topped hill of Addlebrough, above the village of Bainbridge and Penhill, which stands guard over Leyburn. Wensleydale's dramatic scenery is dotted with ancient towns and villages, offering a great range of shops, pubs and tea rooms.

Hawes, at the head of the valley, is the centre of the famous cheese-making industry as well as rope- making, while Hardraw is home to Hardraw Force, one of the highest waterfalls in England.

At Aysgarth, the River Ure tumbles down a limestone staircase at the beauty spot known as Aysgarth Falls.

There are many other fascinating towns and villages in the valley; hidden treasures abound as the Ure flows eastwards. Middleham, with its castle, was the childhood home of Richard III while at West Burton, you can visit the famous Cat Pottery.

Although a walker's paradise, tired feet can let the train take the strain with a trip on the Wensleydale Railway. Heritage steam and diesel trains run along 17 miles of line between Redmire and Leeming Bar at the eastern end of the dale.

Don't forget the famous Buttertubs Pass, a great walk that leads from Hawes and Hardraw, over a high moorland pass and down to neighbouring Swaledale.

Things to do nearby

Upper Wharfedale

Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic drystone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.

Wensleydale Creamery

Receiving over 270,000 visitors each year, the Wensleydale Creamery Visitors Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant.

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the North of England.


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

Arkle Moor Riding Centre
Arkle Moor Riding Centre

A small riding centre just outside the dales village of Reeth.

Bolton Castle

Completed in 1399, Bolton Castle has a rich past including connections with Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1568 under orders from Elizabeth I. Open all year round.

River Wharfe - Day Tickets
River Wharfe - Day Tickets

Some great fishing venues including Burnsall, Ilkley and Grassington. Day tickets available.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!


The thriving market town of Hawes located in the heart of Wensleydale is a typical Yorkshire Dales town full of character and charm.

The Swaledale Museum
The Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers where displays of local heritage from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale can be viewed.

The Forbidden Corner

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

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