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Peaks and Pods
Rathmell, England
1 acre
Luxury pods with extra special touches, sandwiched between the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park
You can’t help but be a little jealous of the Brennand Family. They’ve woken up amid this stunning, stonewall-lined landscape for no fewer than three generations. And while the world thumps on with mobile phones, computers and fingertip gadgetry, the views here are as timeless as they’ve ever been. In fact, while the farm may border one designated area of natural beauty – the Forest of Bowland AONB – it’s less than two miles to the nearest national park, too. So whether you’re a walker, mountain biker or simply want some snaps of the scenery, the choices are pretty endless. Perched in a private area of the Brennands' dairy farm – away from the tractors and working yard – the five insulated, cedar-clad pods are arranged to offer a sliding scale of comfort. All have an excellently equipped kitchenette, a double bed and sofa bed, a deck and a barbecue area outside. The two Green Top pods are a few steps from their own private bathrooms, each with a shower, toilet and basin, while the two Silver Top Pods are fully en-suite, for those who just can’t handle the stroll, The top level of luxury goes to the Gold Top pod. How so? It has its very own hot-tub too. It’s more like compact, self-catered living than camping when you’re cocooned away inside your pod, especially if it’s raining outside and you’ve got dinner simmering on the hob. Once you fling open the double-glazed doors, though, you feel very much a part of the great outdoors. Logs are provided for your fire pit, so you can toast marshmallows on the terrace as the sun sets over the Yorkshire hills, and cows peep their heads teasingly over the fence during summer. There’s also a covered communal area, with games to play and a wood-fired oven to cook fresh pizzas. It’s an excellent spot to socialise. Walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers are the most obvious folk to capitalise on the area, so it’s no surprise that the Brennands have provided every pod with a boot box and offer a power hose and wall racks for bike maintenance. Spin a few miles west to Gisburn Forest, one of the Forestry Commission’s ‘Super6’ mountain biking destinations, or simply stride out on the footpath from the farm. It’s all on your pod-step, which ever direction you choose.
Activities
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Natural features
Forest
Waterfall
Mountainous
Farm
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Location
Rathmell, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by John & Joanne B.Joined in April 2017
From the host
We're Joanne and John and we have opened up a corner of our dairy farm between the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland. Three generations of our family live and work on the farm and we have put our hearts and souls into creating a bespoke, luxury glamping experience for our outdoor-loving guests. Our luxury pods are specially-designed to be used all year round, with heating, insulation, double glazing and indoor cooking. You will never feel the cold, or experience broken tent poles and soggy sleeping bags. This is glamping at its best! At Peaks and Pods we welcome families, couples, friends, cyclists, walkers, countryside lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience an exciting new place to stay. The five pods are kitted out with private shower rooms, fully-equipped kitchenettes, pocket-sprung double beds, feather and down duvets and pillows, memory-foam sofa beds, tables and chairs, decked areas, private outdoor spaces with shelters and outdoor dining tables. You can even opt for your own hot tub at four of the pods, all under cover. There's great mobile phone signal, free WiFi and Smart TVs. Each pod has its own fire bowl on the patio, with the first trug of logs included. Your fire bowl also doubles as a barbecue with grill and poker, except at The Folds which has its own Weber charcoal barbecue. Our unique, ranch-style Hub area offers guests a wonderful social space to relax, cook, light a fire, enjoy wood-fired pizzas, and take in the stunning views. There's a great atmosphere at night with festoon and fairy lights and you'll create memories you'll never forget. Visiting cyclists will find first-class facilities for washing, repairing and securely storing their bikes on-site. There's also a laundry, where guests can wash, dry and iron, and you'll find outdoor games and information leaflets too. We're a 'green' business and have a Gold Award from Green Tourism. Electricity is provided by a wind turbine and solar panels, our hot tubs are heated using air source heat pumps and renewable energy. We encourage our guests to recycle and we provide environmentally-friendly cleaning products in every pod. We believe that it is important that you can tailor-make your own experience, adding as many or as few extras as you want. Our extras allow every stay to be totally bespoke - perfect for your own needs. We're looking forward to seeing you! Joanne and John
Nearby attractions
It's just five miles to Gisburn Forest, a Mecca for mountain bikers, perfect for an adrenaline-packed ride or a family-friendly pedal. Most trails start from Gisburn Forest Hub (01200 446747) with car park, toilets, picnic area and café. While you're there, a walk round the beautiful reservoir is a must. Excellent local market towns include Settle, Clitheroe, Skipton and Kirkby Lonsdale – all only a short journey away. Hop aboard a waggon on the Settle-Carlisle Railway (01729 825888) – England's most scenic train line is the claim – or take on the famous walking routes around Malham Cove and Tarn, where you can hop across the unique limestone rocks like a bug on giant puzzle pieces. The most hardy walkers can take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks (in a day) – Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent – enjoying Ribblehead Viaduct en route (a worthy landmark to walk to in itself).
Food and drink
Eating On SiteWe offer a Pure Luxury Package, which includes breakfast for your stay. You'll arrive to find your pod filled with top-quality breakfast ingredients and essential food items ready and waiting.If you like to barbecue, we sell charcoal packs that include a large bag of quality charcoal, lighting equipment and tongs to use on the grill on your fire pit.There's also a wonderful wood-fired pizza oven available to hire, located at The Hub - our fabulous sheltered social space with seating, lighting and heat. You'll need to bring your own food and ingredients. Eating OutThe two nearest pubs that we recommend are The Plough at Wigglesworth (01729 840243) and the Craven Arms (01729 825627) in Giggleswick. They're both four miles away by the main roads and The Plough's just a couple of miles away along a gated country lane. It's four miles by road, just off the A65 before Settle.The Golden Lion (01729 822203), just five miles from Peaks and Pods, is also popular with our guests. There's a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants and takeaways in Settle. Our Welcome Pack includes lots of details about places to eat and drink.
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