About Thief Hall


Until the age of 21 I show-jumped horses professionally from our yard in Essex (Finchingfield) where I lived with my sister and parents. I knew nothing else but the horses and had hardly attended school.

In 2001, I was invited to train with the Barker family here in Yorkshire for a few weeks, to ride, learn and train with Paul Barker an extremely successful show jumping rider. I also came to learn from this famous Show Jumping family in the winter using their indoor school and also to get my HGV licence. The short story is I never went home, I gave up the horses, sending them back to Essex and married the farmer of the family, Phillip in June 2006 in a marquee wedding on his parent’s farm.

I soon missed the adrenaline of the show jumping and needed something to get my teeth into and we put in planning permission to renovate Phillip’s farm buildings. When this was turned down for the residential use, as we had wanted to live in them I was devastated, we could only build the holiday cottages at the time and all we wanted was to live there (here). But now looking back it was the best thing that could have happened.

Funny how life takes us on these journeys.

During the first building project we also had Clara and so it was a crazy time for us, building four cottages and having a little girl in 2007. By the time we were ready to open I was pregnant with James and we were moving house too. We opened Thief Hall in July 2009 and I now had enough to keep me out of trouble with Clara, James and a business to run not to mention Phillip was still farming and I was supporting him with his paperwork.

Life evolved with the cottages, family and extra jobs, such as becoming the Recruitment Director for Premier Cottages, which meant I had to give up the show jumping for my new love of business. But at least my adrenaline itch was well and truly being looked after! I learned so much with Premier Cottages, it was the best thing that I could have done for Thief Hall as a business.

In October 2015 we had renovated the remaining farm buildings and Thief Hall was grown from the four cottages to six with Hall giving us the opportunity to offer couples the chance to get married on site. We love what we do here and have a strong family team working closely to bring you everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

If you live in the surrounding areas of Darlington, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk,
York or anywhere in North Yorkshire then Thief Hall is a beautiful wedding venue in a rural location and beautiful views.

Meet the Team

Our team of coordinators includes Hannah, Katy, Kate, Annie and Ella. Along with Jess, they are here to help and support all of our couples all the way through their wedding planning process 24/7 with any of their questions or concerns. They will also be your wedding coordinator on the day of your wedding to ensure your wedding weekend goes as smoothly as possible which means you can party away without having to worry about a single thing.

The Bar

Our staff are geniuses with cocktails and will keep you entertained with their dry sense of humour – the perfect mix for a party!

Glamping Pods

Meet our six glamping pods with a difference…..
They each come with a separate theme and sleep up to 4 altogether with a king bed and bunk bed, perfect for families with children.

Thief Hole Barn

Whether you’re looking to take some time out with family, find the perfect setting to celebrate an occasion, are looking for an adventure break or a corporate retreat, Thief Hole Barn provides a stunning location. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets from the courtyard, spread out on the huge L-shaped sofa in front of the wood burning stove and enjoy the calm and serenity of country living.

Swift Nick Cottage

Offering spacious living for up to four adults and two children, Swift Nick is the perfect hideaway for any family or group. Easy access and a sloped ramp make Swift Nick ideal for those requiring versatile, easy living in an idyllic ground floor cottage. Whether you want to cosy up by the fire in Winter or enjoy the sunshine on the terrace in Summer, Swift Nick offers a luxurious holiday home away from home in the tranquillity of the countryside.

Turpin Cottage

Nestle yourself away in this beautifully converted cottage and enjoy splendid views of the North Yorkshire countryside. A haven of countryside charm and cottage comfort, Turpin Cottage is a fantastic location for some well-deserved time out for you and your pet. With a spacious feel and high beamed ceilings you cannot fail to appreciate its original character.

Fawkes Cottage

This sensitively renovated barn conversion oozes charm and character whilst providing contemporary home from home living for two adults and children. The perfect retreat for a romantic break, family holiday, or countryside escape, Fawkes Cottage balances five star luxury with everyday comforts including your very own private hot tub!

Millington House

The heart of the six cottages with dining facilities for up to 20 guests. This cottage is perfect for any celebration, party, family get-together or just a group wishing to get away from it all.

Bateman Byre

This one bedroom cottage is named after the Yorkshire witch Mary Bateman and with the original character of the barn you cannot fail to appreciate the old with the new. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped with washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, and every other item you would expect. Why not enjoy watching the sunset from the hot tub!

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What we offer

Thief Hall is a barn conversion restored in stunning style, offering a blank canvas venue with open beams and a clean modern finish. Thief Hall is surrounded by the beautiful rural countryside of North Yorkshire, the perfect backdrop for your special day! Included with the venue you will receive:

Exclusive 3 day hire
Accommodation for 2 nights for 60+ guests
6 cottages, 5 with hot tubs
6 Glamping Pods
Wedding planning support throughout
Wedding coordination on your day
Fully licensed to hold civil ceremony weddings
Fully stocked and staffed bar
Outdoor Weddings available
No restrictions or stipulations
Tables, chairs, linen and more!
Marquees Permitted