- Booking Information
- Privacy Notice
- Environmental Policy and Visitors' Code
- About our Location at High Barn and Field House
- Holidays in East Yorkshire
- Why so few National Trust Houses?
- Attractions and Activities
- Eat Like A King - Our Top Choices
- Our Top 10 Value Eating Places
- Live Like A Local
- Our Top 10 Country pubs
- Reasons to Stay at High Barn
- Bike Hire. Cycle routes. Dalby Forest
- Travel Directions
- Surrounded by Nature
- Rainy days?
- Castles, Houses and Gardens
- Yorkshire Coast Nature-wildlife tours & events
- Done Everything in the Area?
- Adventurous Activities
- Golfer's East Coast Passport Offer
- Access Statement and wheelchair taxis
In this section, you will find useful information to assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday in Yorkshire.
We have a superb location near Bridlington on the East Yorkshire coast, within easy reach of Pickering, Scarborough, Whitby and York.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
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High Barn Holiday Cottages Information
Environmental Policy and Visitors' Code
High Barn Cottages' Environmental Policy and Code for Visitors
We wouldn't describe ourselves as 'eco geeks' , but we care deeply about the care and conservation of our environment. As the fourth and fifth generations of the family to have farmed this land, we believe we are stewards, for the future. We're happy to share our enthusiasm with you, our guests .
High Barn Cottages were constructed with eco credentials firmly at the forefront of our thinking. The wind turbine went up in the summer of 2010 and now feeds into the national grid. Ground source heat for the cottages is generated from many hundreds of metres of piping beneath the field to the west of the buildings. Rain water is captured solely for use in the wcs and washing machines. The insulation of the buildings is far greater than the recommended level and almost all the building materials you see have been reclaimed from previous local buildings. We use low energy, long-life light bulbs where appropriate. Almost all our white goods carry an A rating. All cottages are fully double glazed. Energy efficiency and environmentally friendly policies have driven this project. We try to conserve energy wherever possible and continue to investigate the most efficient methods of heating and light.
Most importantly, we want our guests to be warm and comfortable in their cottages.
If you, like us, want to do your bit for the environment, here are a few tips.
To conserve energy, close doors and windows when you leave the cottage.
Reduce the temperature control if you are too warm inside.
We have a screened recycling area with clearly labelled, large commercial containers just adjacent to the electric gates. Waste paper, glass, tins and plastic are separated from general household non
recyclable waste. The non recyclable waste should be bagged before placing in the bin at the end of your stay Organic compostable material should be placed in the green container on the far side of the car-park, next to the field.
We use recycled paper for correspondence. We support local suppliers, producers and contractors as much as we can and buy many household products from Out of Eden. Their bleach, washing powder, microfibre cloths and toilet tissue are all of a sufficiently good quality, and they are eco-friendly. Where possible, we use vinegar and bicarbonate of soda as cleaning agents. Our local butchers, bakers, fellow farmers and greengrocers provide us with quality produce, locally sourced. We buy British goods whenever possible.
Transport in a rural area is often difficult and so we have to use our own cars. Often our visitors wish to walk, cycle or use public transport when on holiday and we encourage this by providing information, maps and suggested routes. Bempton Station is about a ten minute walk from High Barn and has a regular service. We can provide indoor storage for bikes on request and subscribe to both the Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome Schemes
Flamborough Head is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is designated a 'Heritage Coast'. The cliff walk from Sewerby to Bridlington provides a perfect viewing spot from which to see the cliffs at a distance. The RSPB Bird Reserve at Bempton is a premier site for viewing many types of seabird, including gannets and puffins. Danes Dyke is the largest nature reserve in the East Riding, an ancient monument protected by English Heritage, and a rich source of flora and fauna. The Yorkshire Wolds are a little known, unspoilt area of the country, where wide vistas, dry valleys and chalk-land scenery delight the visitor. Many villages still retain a thriving rural community. Further afield are the spectacular North Yorkshire Moors.
There is a wealth of places of interest within the area for the holiday visitor. Wonderful stately homes and gardens feature highly - do take time to find out what is on our doorstep.
Flora and Fauna
The farming side of our business is entered into The Countryside Stewardship Scheme and we have approximately 150 acres of land that we leave out of production for natural regeneration. This is perfect for wildlife and we have large numbers of many species of birds that feature on the 'red' endangered list. The song of the skylark is ever present in our fields in the summer months. They thrive on our cliff top land, as do grey and red partridge and several species of owl. Summer visiting swallows and martins are attracted by a good supply of insects and their nests are to be found everywhere in our farm buildings. Lapwings are making a come back, as farming practices revert to more traditional methods.
We are also home to a small family of deer, foxes, rabbits, a plentiful supply of hares and a growing population of badgers. If you stand outside the buildings at night in the summer, you will probably spot one or two bats. A family of pheasants roosts in the trees at High Barn and a breeding pair of Barn Owls nest and roost in the east gable end of the building. They can be viewed on web-cam in each cottage throughout the year- so you have your own Springwatch! They raised three healthy chicks when they first arrived, however, they had a hard time during the two very cold winters of 2010 and 2011 and a cold ,wet Spring in 2013. We were lucky they survived. Many others in the vicinity died of malnourishment.Since then a brood of baby Barn Owls has arrived each early summer to the delight of ourselves and our visitors. Our pond and scrape development programme has seen a good proliferation of frogs, newts and other water friendly species taking up residence.
There is an on-going programme at Field House Farm to plant new hedgerows and improve existing ones. Trees find it hard to establish so near to the coast, as they are damaged by strong, salt-laden winds, but we continue to plant native species in areas that provide some shelter. We have a small area of woodland that is left to regenerate naturally. In recent years, we discovered three types of orchid on our land. This untouched woodland and meadow provides a perfect breeding ground for the insect population, which in turn feeds birds and small mammals. Bird and owl boxes are scattered around the farm and we have breeding barn and tawny owls most years, both at Field House and High Barn.
We are always delighted when our visitors are able to see some of the wildlife in the vicinity. To help you identify species, we have books in each cottage available for that purpose, . Watch, listen take photographs, but please don't interfere - in this way, all these animals, birds, insects and flowers will be protected for future generations. We are members of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Angela, John and James Foster