Glebe Barn, the high quality bed and breakfast in Burnsall run by Alison and Robert Fort, recently celebrated its third anniversary, having opened its doors to its first paying customers at Easter 2002. Alison and Robert started the business after returning to the UK from several years living and working in Moscow, Russia. Their children had grown up and left home, leaving spare bedroom capacity which the couple decided to exploit to fill the gap left by the loss of full time work..
From the beginning, Alison determined not to compete with more established B&B businesses in the area and has carved out a niche which offers a very high quality of accommodation in what remains very much a family home, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Breakfast is served round a communal table enabling guests, many of whom come to the area to enjoy the walking opportunities of the Dales Way to swap stories over breakfast.
Certainly, guests seem to like what they are offered, as the house Visitors Book and comments left on the Dales Way website testify. A recent article in the Financial Times described Glebe Barn as a "sophisticated haven". Repeat business is already a regular feature, with a number of guests booking from one year to the next for the highspots of the Grassington Festival, Burnsall Sports and Grassington Dickensian weekends as well as more personal anniversaries.
Alison took the early decision that they would not have any visible external advertising as she did not wish to alter the character of the house and did not wish to encourage casual passing trade. Similarly, she decided not to expose herself to the bureaucracy that an English Tourist Board listing would entail. Having taken this position, the only advertising is through the Glebe Barn website (www.glebebarnburnsall.co.uk, designed, hosted and maintained by Daelnet) and links to other, especially Dales Way, sites. As Alison said "We are really grateful to Simon and the team at QDK and Daelnet who helped us get up and running and gave us very practical advice on the website. Visitors regularly comment on how well laid out and easy to use our website is. This is all down to Simon and his team".