Kirkthwaite Cottage


Owls hoot and the steam train toots by. The hamlet of Cowgill is marvellously remote and the views of the valley are glorious


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 7


Pull the front door bell, of what was, until the late sixties, the village school; now the little playground is prettily paved, and roses romp in summer. Inside is a large sitting room, comfortably artistic and catching the sun, cosy with books, maps, guides, games and an upright piano. The kitchen too is big, bright and well-equipped, a happy place in which to cook and eat. On the ground floor are a double and a tiny twin, and a spanking new shower room with a heated limestone floor. A tall, ladder-like stair leads to interlinking bedrooms in the attic above – rich colours, a mix of old and new pine, a single room with an extra pull-out bed, and surely the best views in Yorkshire! Behind, facing east and surrounded by woodland and fell, is an enclosed courtyard garden with an iron table and chairs – a perfect spot for breakfast in the morning sun. Owner Pip, a lettering artist, discreet and delightful, has her home and studio right next door. Ask her where to walk, cycle, picnic, bathe, go bronze rubbing, or scything in August… feed animals, taste cheeses, visit galleries. Connected but remote: a marvellous retreat.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dogs welcome
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Usually from 4pm (earlier possible depending on other bookings
Check out
By 11am (later is possible depending on other bookings)
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Please see website for availability.
Restaurants 1 mile away.


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
No deposit but I value honesty over breakages and damage, and reasonable covering of costs if necessary.
1 Cottage for 7
From £906 beds4 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Pip Hall

  • Pip's lettering studio is next door so you can arrange to visit and see a demonstration of her craft - or even set up a short workshop session with her and have a go at carving in stone.
  • The Three Peaks are nearby - the foothills of Whernside are a couple of miles from the cottage.
  • Also nearby are some of the Discover Eden walking routes exploring the beautiful Cumbrian landscape, and featuring bronze waymarkers etched with illustrations of local wildlife - fun to discover and also collect rubbings for which kits are also available.
  • The Settle-Carlisle railway skirts the fell above the cottage, trains (including the occasional steam engine) stop regularly at Dent Station which is a 20 minute walk from the cottage: walk to Ribblehead for a pub lunch and catch the train back.
  • Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the nature reserve at Smardale Gill, a 40 minute drive away. In spring and summer months rare butterfly populations and a host of wild flowers can be found in a magical and secluded valley.
  • The River Dee is a few minutes' walk from the cottage: you can follow the Dales Way, picnic on the fascinating water-sculpted rocks, go fossilling, spot rare orchids and butterwort or just sit and watch herons, dippers and wagtails.