Shepherds Lodge Cottage ref: UK30130

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

4 Stars



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Open Plan 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 


Tucked away from the world, Shepherds Lodge Cottage enjoys the most amazing views over the dales. The stone-built, semi-detached cottage is located on a working sheep and beef farm, attached to the owner’s family farmhouse in Arkengarthdale, just 6 miles from Reeth, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
There is underfloor biomass heating to the ground floor and in the living room there is a gorgeous wood burner to keep you extra warm on chilly nights. The adjoining kitchen is open plan, with arched doorways and slate floors leading to the utility room and a dining area, an excellent place to rustle up breakfast or supper while friends and family gather round the farmhouse table. Upstairs are two comfortable bedrooms one with super kingsize sleigh bed, the second has twin 3ft beds which can be made into a super kingsize on request. Both rooms enjoy views of the farmyard and fells beyond. The spacious bathroom has a vaulted ceiling, freestanding roll-top bath, situated perfectly beneath the Velux window so you can lie back on a night and watch the stars! 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 and watch the sun go down.
Arkengarthdale is a great destination, being just 6 miles from Reeth. Nearby Reeth with two village stores, craft shops, pubs and tea rooms. This property is the perfect accommodation for couples wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life and experience life down on the farm. Just 2 miles down the road is an 18th century pub, serving a good selection of local ales and wines and with an excellent reputation for food.
The varied landscape provides miles of walks, both low-level, gentle strolls along the river and more challenging high-level walks. With high mountains and valleys lined with streams, there are endless footpaths around the most spectacular scenery. Historic Richmond with its Georgian theatre, Norman castle and beautiful riverside walks is just a short drive away. Here you will find a bustling market town, with cobbled alleyways lined with galleries, eclectic shops and tea rooms. In the opposite direction is Barnard Castle, with its market, antique shops and famous Bowes Museum. Take a drive across into Wensleydale and visit the market towns of Hawes and Leyburn, with a host of attractions located in the surrounding area. The Forbidden Corner in Middleham is only 16 miles and Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle along with many other pretty picture postcard villages are waiting to be discovered Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles and restaurant 5 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With wood burner and 32" Freesat TV with Netflix.
Kitchen/dining room:
Shaker-style with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and slate floor.
Utility room: With washing machine.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With super kingsize sleigh bed.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Bathroom: With freestanding roll-top bath with shower attachment, toilet, heated towel rail, Velux window, vaulted ceiling and tiled floor.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Biomass underfloor central heating, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request.


Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    6 miles
  • Restaurant
    5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    30.6 miles
  • Lake
    20.7 miles (Reservoir)

About the local area

The valley of the River Swale begins in the west close, to Nine Standards Rigg, the strange collection of nine stone cairns built on the ridge of the Yorkshire and Cumbria border and runs eastwards to the historic town of Richmond.

Although one of the more remote valleys, it has a wealth of villages and hamlets to visit and explore and is a great favourite with fell walkers.

Indeed, Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk passes along Swaledale, but for those who don't want to make that full journey, there is plenty of peace and beauty to be had here.

This is also James Herriot country and fans of TV's All Creatures Great and Small might well recognise nearby Arkengarthdale from the show's title shots. The valley was also formerly the centre of the local lead-mining industry.

Along Swaledale lie the villages of Muker, where a Bronze Age burial was discovered and Gunnerside, a centre for the traditional dry-stone walls and stone-built barns and houses that are such a distinctive feature of the Yorkshire Dales.

Reeth, known as the capital of Swaledale, is the starting point for many of the most popular Dales walks and has three pubs!

Running parallel with Swaledale, to the south, is Wensleydale and the two are joined by the dramatic Buttertubs Pass, a high moorland road that passes crags and waterfall as it leads from one dale to the other.

Things to do nearby


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

Arkle Moor Riding Centre
Arkle Moor Riding Centre

A small riding centre just outside the dales village of Reeth.

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, on a cliff above the River Swale near the town of Richmond is believed to be one of the oldest stone-built castles surviving today. The most impressive and best preserved area of the castle is the Great Keep, which stands over 100 feet tall.

Bolton Castle

Completed in 1399, Bolton Castle has a rich past including connections with Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1568 under orders from Elizabeth I. Open all year round.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!

The Swaledale Museum
The Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers where displays of local heritage from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale can be viewed.

The Forbidden Corner

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

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