Cowside Yockenthwaite

On our away-weekend (see the George at Hubberholme) Mandy and I stayed at Cowside a 17th century farmhouse in deepest Langstrothdale. It belongs to the Landmark Trust a charity that restores historic buildings and then lets them out as holiday homes.


Cowside had been derelict for decades before Landmark took it on in 2009 and after a complicated restoration job, involving bore holes and the installation of their own power plant, they opened for bookings in 2011.


Wow! What a place. If you like simple and secluded, this is for you. Positioned on a hillside, above an emerging river Wharfe along a 250 yard hillside path, it feels very remote, especially at night with no light pollution, when the night is blacker than anything I can remember.


Inside though it’s all aglow with soft lights and 21st century heating under the old stone flags. The whole house has been cleverly restored and beautifully furnished but with an elegant, low-key aesthetic and we loved it.


A scrubbed table in the kitchen, a little dairy next door we used for food prep and the parlour, a very special room in which to hunker down in an armchair beside the fire. There are games and books specially chosen to suit the house - not airline novels left behind by previous occupants - but books on history, natural history, buildings and the local area. Very special too are the rare wall paintings: two biblical quotes from the King James bible discovered during the restoration under layers of limewash. We felt honoured to be entrusted to live with such ancient and special artwork for a few days at least.


Upstairs are two massive double bedrooms and one single. Again simply but elegantly furnished with views out of the mullion windows to a small copse and the fellside.


What a calming, restorative place to stay, and all credit to Landmark, not only do they offer these fabulous (though pricey) buildings to the likes of us (take a look at their website), but in a wonderful scheme they offer short stays free of charge in 50 selected properties to charities, educational groups and not-for-profit organisations who would benefit from such a break. Applications are open now until 2 December and you can find more information here.

How Much: Not cheap. £457 for three nights in Feb rising to £1139 in July

Kids Stuff: Definitely. Plenty of safe roaming

Well Placed: The 5 mile circular walk from Yockenthwaite and Cray via Hubberholme gives you wildflower meadows, waterfalls, limestone pavements. It's a Dales classic

Good Grub: The George Inn at Hubberholme and White Lion at Cray, serve excellent food. Further afield the Queens Arms at Litton and the unspoilt Falcon at Arncliffe are worthy finds.


Yockenthwaite, Langstrothdale, BD23

Tel 01628 825925

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 17 October 2016

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