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The Black Swan
8 reviews
· Cumbria Ca17 4 Ng, England
1 acre
3 units
3 Glamping
There’s something missing at The Black Swan’s glamping site in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s got an amazing location in a national park, a pub just steps away and all the campsite staples except the kitchen sink. There’s simply no place to wash up here – but it’s all quite deliberate, of course, because you’ll have nothing to wash up. The three yurts are set up in the lovely riverside garden of a top-notch Cumbrian inn with a two-rosette restaurant. A hearty Cumbrian breakfast is included in your stay and if you’d rather be washing up a blackened bean pan in the campsite kitchen than dining in the cosy bar or elegant restaurant then you’d better go elsewhere. The glamping here is hotel-style, developed by Louise and Alan Dinnes, who have owned The Black Swan with its 17 rooms for more than a decade. They dipped their toe into the world of glamping with bell tents a couple of years ago and, with the idea proved, they’ve now upped their glamping game to yurts. These Yorkshire-built roundhouses stand up better to the Cumbrian weather and, thanks to their log-burning stoves, offer year-round accommodation. Beds are made up, towels, robes and slippers are included and there are tea and coffee making facilities too. These are hotel rooms out in the garden. It’s only the compost loo and the open-air woodland shower that separates them from the indoors – and a babbling beck with a little bridge that separates them from the pub garden. The yurts each have their own space in a little woodland that’s shared with free range chickens and wild red squirrels. There’s outdoor seating and a log burner for each as well as a communal fire pit and a rope swing. Glampers can also use the tennis courts and three-hole mini golf course which are just off-site in the village of Ravenstonedale. It’s a pretty place in the Eden Valley, beneath the Howgill Fells. It’s just inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park with the Lake District only a 30-minute drive away. To make the most of all these places you might want to come by car but you can also get here on foot, as it’s not far off Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast route, or by train as the scenic Carlisle-Settle Railway has a stop at nearby Kirkby Stephen. To be frank, we don’t care how you get here but if you’re looking for luxury glamping in the Yorkshire Dales we’d advise you to get here if you can.
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Cumbria Ca17 4 Ng, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Louise D.Joined in August 2014
6 Ratings · 8 reviews
S J.recommends
August 3, 2022
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Beautiful setting, gorgeous decor inside the yurts and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! Composting loo was very discreetly positioned away from the yurts and the shower was fantastic.
Kurt E.recommends
December 31, 2021
Viking Yurt
What a great two night Christmas break we had in the Viking Yurt lovely staff nothing was ever to much. The Viking Yurt was Cosy and warm with the wood stove lit the kids loved it so much they have asked to return already. The food and drinks were excellent in the Black Swan we will definitely return
Liz C.recommends
October 27, 2021
Hygge Yurt
The yurt was so cosy, warm (with the Woodburn going), comfortable and clean. The sound of the rain, wind and leaves outside was magical and relaxing. The staff were helpful and friendly. The shower was lovely - hot and powerful. The actual cubicle could do with being slightly bigger though if you want to get changed in there, or do what I did and wear your dressing gown :) The food in the pub was amazing, definitely worth it as a treat for our one night stay (last night of our honeymoon on the way home from Scotland).
Jsjessicaslater ?.recommends
October 26, 2021
Hygge Yurt
We had the best stay at the Black Swan. Staff were so welcoming and the yurt was unbelievably cosy with everything we needed inside. The meal was excellent and the pub is so cosy and beautifully decorated. Would recommend a stay for a weekend getaway!
Dianne C.recommends
October 4, 2021
Viking Yurt
Stayed for 2 nights with 2 friends, we stayed in the Viking yurt, fabulous! Log burner, comfy warm beds, lovely breakfast. Service with a smile, pub is gorgeous too. Shame it rained the 2nd night but it didn't spoil our holiday. Loved feeding the chickens! Gorgeous countryside surrounding. Loved the eco shower in the trees! Eco toilet not so much fun! Maybe an electric kettle might be better rather than having to boil the water for ages on the log burner! We def had a fabulous time and one more thing ticked off my bucket list! If you want something different then we def recommend a visit here! Loved listening to the river and even the rain falling on the yurt! We saved a hedgehog on the road too! And saw some wild rabbits hopping around the yurts! Lovely lovely place to visit, shame it rained but we really enjoyed our stay! 😃😀
Peter B.
August 9, 2021
Everything you need for a relaxed, luxuriant stay: comfy beds, dry logs, great coffee and fruit cake. The breakfasts are fantastic (you can skip lunch) and we booked in for dinner the night before. An excellent glamping experience for this family of four (plus dog)
From the host
Our three, brand new wood and canvas yurts are nestled in our private, woodland hotel garden beside the beautiful conservation (SSSI) river of Scandal Beck. Just a short drive from The Lake District, The Yorkshire and Durham Dales as well as The Scottish Border, we are perfectly located for you to explore. The yurts themselves are individually decorated with full size furniture, electricity and double beds. The yurts are all located in the garden of The Black Swan Hotel, Ravenstonedale, a multi award-winning hotel, restaurant and bar; recipient of 2 AA Rosettes as well as AA pub of the year for England 2018/19. As part of your stay in our yurts you will receive a full cooked breakfast and buffet option included in the price for 2 people in our hotel restaurant. We like to think of ourselves as a cosy home from home with a relaxed dining atmosphere throughout. We are very dog friendly in the hotel, restaurant, bar and yurts so please bring your furry family members. Our beautiful woodland is also home to red squirrels (which are seen daily), protected, freshwater crayfish in the river, an otter (seen very infrequently but the nemesis of our ducks), 6 Indian runner ducks, free range chickens and our two cockerels! (Dogs are very welcome but are to be kept on a lead whilst in the woodland itself). We are very dog friendly and charge an additional fee of £15 for 1 dog/ £20 for 2 dogs for an additional cleaning fee and for some dog friendly goodies such as poop bags and treats. The price of this yurt is based on an occupancy of 2 people. Any other people who will be staying on the sofa bed will add a charge of £40 per person per night for breakfast and their stay. All yurts come with electrical ports for charging, fairy lights, tea/coffee, homemade biscuits, log bringing stoves, towels, full breakfast included from the hotel, an outdoor seating area and access to our outdoor toasty warm woodland shower as well as our very cute, wooden toilet cabin. Hairdryers are available in the hotel for your use.
Nearby attractions
The pub is situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and close to the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park – just half an hour from Windermere, so there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure and sightseeing. Cumbria Classic Coaches (01539 623254) operates heritage bus tours from the village and the Stone Trail Riding Centre offer horse riding and mountain bike hire. The Coast-to-Coast walk passes nearby and the scenic Carlisle-Settle Railway’s Kirby Stephen station is just a mile down the road. There are plenty of lovely market towns nearby too including Kirkby Stephen just five miles away with Settle, Penrith, Kirkby Lonsdale and Barnard Castle within a half-hour drive.
Food and drink
You don’t need to look far for good food as you’re camping in the back garden of The Black Swan with its AA Two-Rosette restaurant. A hearty Cumbrian breakfast for two is included in the price of your stay and eating dinner there is not only a highlight of your stay but a necessary delight as there are no cooking facilities at the yurt (although tea and coffee facilities are included). The pub can also provide packed lunches for days out or picnic meals. For more supplies, Kirkby Stephen has a good selection of shops five miles down the road.
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