Two’s Company, Three’s a Success!

Sherburn resident Joan Coombs is celebrating her continued success in the holiday letting industry by adding a third large property to her portfolio. Her latest ‘celebration house’ will have six bedrooms and feature an infinity swimming pool.

The proud owner of two successful holiday lets in the area, Joan first spotted a gap in the market 16 years ago. She decided to turn two cottages she owned (part of a converted granary) into holiday lets. Ten years later, with the properties in need of refurbishment, she decided it was time for them to undergo a makeover.

Conscious of the favourable location close to the North York Moors National Park, she turned the two initial properties into a single luxury holiday home, Westfield Granary (ref. ISG). With this large property on her hands,sleeping up to 14 people and aimed at larger groups looking for special celebrations and get-togethers, she decided to let it through self-catering specialist English Country Cottages.

It didn’t take long for the property to be fully booked all year long, prompting Joan to look at ways of expanding her business. She decided to renovate another run down property she owned close by. A Grade II listed former farmhouse, Corner Farm (ref. IWG) was too initially comprised of two very run-down properties, which are now joined to accommodate up to 16 guests.

Joan said: “The success of the first two properties has given me the confidence to go a bit more upmarket every time. The third property will be even more luxurious than the first two and will feature an open plan living area, extensive glazing throughout, as well as an infinity pool for guests to enjoy.

“We’ve seen increasing demand in celebrations and reunion houses, so it seemed natural that this property should cater for the same market. Weekend availability at both properties is very limited, with only a few weekends available at each property until 2015.”

Helen Fehler, English Country Cottages regional manager said: “Joan is a very successful owner who’s put in a lot of effort and has already transformed two rundown buildings into something incredibly special and successful. Not only is she running a successful business, but is also very hands-on, applying great attention to detail to ensure her guests have a memorable break together. She has big plans for the site and I’m certain we’ll see it evolving further over the next few years.”

For more information on Westfield Granary and Corner Farm or to book your stay, visit: or phone 0845 268 0785 using booking references ISG and IWG.