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Shepherd's Lodge

(Ref. 1075092)

Arkengarthdale near Reeth, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • cottage (12)
  • beautiful (8)
  • comfortable (8)
  • welcome (7)
  • well (7)
  • farm (7)

13 Customer Reviews

  • "Just returned from the most wonderful stay at this cottage."

    Warm and cosy with the beautiful log fire but plenty of space for the family with its well equipped large kitchen diner. Sitting round the table with a hearty meal taking in the breath taking views of the farm. We could not have been made more welcome by the adjoining owners making our little boy's holiday with horse rides...a lovely unique stay on a working farm in a beautiful property we will be back!

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage with a beautiful peaceful setting."

    We had a great welcome, and the owners were hand if necessary. We really enjoyed being on a working farm. The area is really beautiful with lots of walks and interesting places to visit. We had a lovely time, trouble is it went to quickly.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "I'm not sure I should give feedback because then everyone will want to stay!"

    I have been staying in Swaledale since 2009 and this is the most beautiful cottage I have stayed in via Sykes. So let me give a balanced review: The cottage was exceptionally clean but there was no instructions folder - didn't need it as Helen was right next door and immediately available for any questions! Location: stunning views, remote location - access could be tricky if a low level vehicle as down as gravelled track but unless you drive a low slung sports car, it isn't an issue! Yes it is remote but it is on a working farm so you have the 'company' of the comings and goings plus the gorgeous sheepdogs plus Plenty and Henry (to little dogs) as well as 2 horses in the stable opposite. I would highly recommend making sure you have a bag of carrots and dog treats if you want to make extra friends! The comings and goings of farm life is not intrusive by the way, I found it comforting as I was on my own. The cottage is very well stocked with everything you need and if something is missing, a simple knock on the owner's door and all sorted! I stayed for 2 weeks and was offered a change of bed linen half way. Would I stay here again? Without a doubt. Only one VERY small tiny thing - no welcome pack which is a nice gesture but then, this is self-catering so you should be catering for yourself! Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely friendly welcome."

    The cottage was clean and comfortable, with all facilities as advertised.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2023

  • "Shepherd's Lodge has everything one could wish for."

    Beautiful location, comfortable beds, cosy sitting room. well appointed kitchen. Unfortunately there was no bracket on the wall by the bath to hang the shower head so taking a shower became a bit of a "water ballet" having to hold it above one's head. Shepherd's Lodge is part of a working farm and thus there are "sounds" early in the day but that has a certain charm about it. We navigated to the lodge on the postal code and ended up in the hamlet of Whaw. A gentleman approached us with a smile on his face and when I showed him the postal code he told us that there are 4 farms in the area with the same code and proceeded to give us instructions. Looking back at the confirmation of the booking, those instructions are given so my advice is to follow them (unless you want to end up in Whaw). One bit of advice. Being a self catering apartment it is only logical that you stock up on food and drink and for that a supermarket comes in handy. Any reasonably sized super is around 15 km from the lodge so it is best to shop on your way to the lodge or make a round trip of around 30 km as we did after settling in. The surrounding area is full of interesting things to see and do and was a bit of a "homecoming" for me (Piet) as I was born in Yorkshire. In one of the previous reviews I saw that someone "complained" the was no "welcome pack". Strange because there was a bottle of (red) wine sat on the sable when we arrived. With it not being the time of the year for red wine, I told Helen I would take it home with me to toast on my 80th birthday on the 4th of July which I did (and a very pleasant wine it was).

    Reviewed by Piet4.7Jun 2023

  • "A very well equipped cottage with all the home comforts and loads of hot water."

    Really enjoyed the location on the farm and the fantastic view of the hillside from the dining room. Would highly recommend if you like to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Jun 2023

  • "A really comfortable cottage, well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    The hosts were very friendly and welcoming and we so enjoyed our stay. The property is well situated for many great walks

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2023

  • "Shepard's Lodge is a beautiful cottage with everything you need to feel very comfortable."

    The area is great for hiking, some paths starting directly from the farm. We hope to come back, although it's a long drive from Germany.

    Reviewed by Stefanie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful, comfortable, clean cottage in a fantastic location."

    Had everything we needed for a wonderful stay enjoying the stunning Yorkshire countryside

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0May 2022

  • "Such a lovely warm welcome awaited us at our beautiful cottage which was everything we could wish for."

    Spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable, tastefully furnished and decorated and well equipped to meet all needs. We particularly loved being able to relax and enjoy watching the wildlife in the surrounding fields and moorland yet appreciating the hard work undertaken daily on the farm by every member of our host family. Loved seeing all the animals at close quarters and were totally spoilt by having the extra treat of being able to give some TLC to Floss and her beautiful sheepdog puppies. Thank you Helen, Roger and family for a wonderful memorable holiday at Shepherd’s Lodge.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2022

  • "Great position in the dale with lots of walks direct from the cottage."

    Owner very welcoming and helpful. Well equipped kitchen with useful equipment and good quality crockery.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2022

  • "Wonderful stay in a beautiful cottage!"

    Our host Helen was very friendly and accommodating. Would thoroughly recommend! Many thanks!

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Apr 2022

  • "We received a very warm welcome from the owner, Helen, who was also very helpful in advising us of places to visit."

    My mother had stayed in Arkengarthdale during the war and wanted to revisit the area but was unsure of her bearings, but Helen went out of her way in order to help. The cottage was warm, comfortable and very relaxing. It is ideally placed for those keen on walking but is also close to the towns of Barnard Castle and Hawes for sightseeing. We had a really lovely holiday and would certainly book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Mar 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request)
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Biomass underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front and rear patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5.8 miles, pub 2.1 miles
  • Note: This property is on a working farm therefore pets are not allowed and children must be supervised
  • Note: The bathroom has low headroom in parts
  • Note: The stove can be lit and attended to daily, on request.

The property

Reeth 5.7 miles.

Shepherd's Lodge is a delightful, stone-built semi-detached farmhouse is located on a working hill sheep farm, attached to the owner's family farmhouse in Arkengarthdale, just five miles from Reeth, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Set in a splendid and secluded location, this first-class cottage has lovely views across open pastureland, a babbling brook and the magnificent Arkengarthdale countryside within easy reach.

It is an ideal retreat for those looking to get away from it all, re-charge their batteries and enjoy true country living, while exploring the wild and rugged surroundings.

Traditional yet stylish throughout, this lovingly-restored cottage boasts underfloor heating provided from a biomass heating system and a wonderful blend of furnishings, which enhance the original features of this old farmhouse.

The ground floor sitting room has three-piece recliners and a feature fireplace containing a woodburning stove, making it a great place to curl up with a good book.

The adjoining kitchen is open-plan, with arched doorways leading to the utility room and a dining area, set by the main window to take full advantage of the long distance views.

The room is large and social, a great place to prepare a meal and relax after a day's outing on the local fells.

Upstairs, the master bedroom boasts a super-king-size sleigh bed, a feature fireplace, lots of storage space and the added benefit of a view across the attached farmyard.

The second bedroom has twin beds, which can be made into a super-king-size double on request, while the main bathroom features a lovely freestanding bath and Velux windows, letting lots of light into the room.

Outside, the south-facing patio enjoys magnificent views across the adjoining meadows; after a day out and about, you can sit here with a refreshing drink and relax.

There are excellent walks from the doorstep, some easy, but the majority are more demanding so this isn't a walking area for the faint hearted!

The cottage is set between The Charles Bathurst Inn, which has a fine reputation for good ale and excellent dining, and The Tan Hill Inn.

Known as the inn 'on top of the world' and standing at 1732ft above sea level, it is Britain's highest inn.

Just over five miles away is the popular village of Reeth, where Swaledale and Arkengarthdale meet.

It is only 12 miles to the historic town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale, County Durham, which is home to the award-winning and iconic Bowes Museum.

The market towns of Hawes, Leyburn and Richmond, Aysgarth Falls, Semerwater and Hardraw Force are also all nearby, providing even more walking and cycling routes amongst the rolling countryside hills.

For days out while at the property, you can also visit the popular Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre and discover why Wensleydale cheese is so popular.

For those wishing to get away from it all and enjoy peace and tranquillity, this one ticks all the boxes!

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About the location


Leyburn 8 miles; Richmond 11 miles; Barnard Castle 15 miles; Kirkby Stephen 22 miles.

The pretty, ever-popular village of Reeth rests at the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where Arkengarthdale and Swaledale meet, nestled between Calver Hill, Fremington Edge and Harkerside. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with lovely rolling hills and spectacular views, Reeth boasts a colourful history as it was originally a Saxon settlement, and has also been known as a lead mining town and a centre for hand knitting throughout its time. Both trades are proudly featured in the Swaledale Museum, located alongside a good range of shops, tea rooms and restaurants. For a quaint little community, Reeth is well-served by traditional inns, with three to choose from, including the lovely Buck Hotel, whitewashed like so many of the 18th century cottages huddled around the triangular village green. The historic market towns of Richmond and Leyburn are also within easy reach, offering a further selection of amenities. Askrigg is just a short drive away, as well as Aysgarth Falls, Semerwater and Hardraw Force (England's highest single drop waterfall at 99ft). Reeth offers a fantastic base for exploring North Yorkshire's beautiful, sweeping countryside, whether you choose to discover the caves, cliffs, waterfalls or the plethora of walking and cycling routes that circle this vibrant and varied landscape.

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