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Converted School Cottage In Yorkshire Dales, near Three Peaks, on Dales Wa



Updated: 07-Dec-2016
Cottage in Cowgill, Dent, Cumbria, England - Peaceful Location, Arrive by Train, Retreat For Walkers, Wildlife Enthusiasts, Artists And Writers

The cottage is a converted school in the hamlet of Cowgill, upper Dentdale, 4 miles from Dent village, 8 miles from Sedbergh and Hawes. It is south-facing, has four bedrooms, a kitchen-dining room and nice big sitting room with open fire, and a good collection of books on the local area. The bathroom has been refurbished recently, with stone and includes a walk-in shower. There is a garden at the front with good views and a patio garden at the back which gets morning sun. The owner, artist Pip Hall, lives and works next door.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am an artist living and working in the school house next door to Kirkthwaite Cottage, which was the Old School. With my neighbours I help manage a small orchard near the cottage, with local apple varieties suitable for the climate - and where community scything has become an annual event. My interests are in the visual arts, wildlife and music (I play traditional fiddle).

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

'Every time is a wonderful time here!'

'It has been a real bonus staying here - the weather has been biblical but this did not deter us in having fun.'

'Tantalisingly short visit to the wonderful old school!'
Jun 2014
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Cozy Cottage full of character and charm.

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this beautiful cottage for a couple of days at the beginning of the Summer Holidays. The property sits in a spectacular location close to the village of Dent but also not too far from Hawes or Sedburgh. We stayed with 2 children aged 8 and 12 who equally loved the property; played football on the drive and explored the stream across the road. The cottage kitchen was extremely well equipped with a welcoming large wooden table in the centre. Pip, the owner was lovely and ensured that we had everything that we needed. The refreshments on arrival were delicious and the information about the cottage and the surrounding area was valuable. We would recommend this property and will be returning again soon. Thank you for letting us share your idyllic hideaway.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Setting, Very Cosy and Spacious

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week here at the Old School House. We had four Generations of our family under one roof. My elderly parents loved that there was everything they needed on the ground floor and the shower was perfect for them. My Grandchildren loved the space and the piano in the lounge. My own children who are in their 20's loved the open fire as did I. I can honestly say it was so easy to light the fire as Pip had left endless amounts of wood and coal to fuel it. With my parents being elderly they feel the cold very easily but the cottage always had a warm feel about it. The kitchen was fantastic with everything in it that we needed to make our evening meals so special.

The surrounding area is beautiful and as it was Autumn the colours of the trees were breathtaking.

There are lots of lovely places in the area to visit and the children particularly enjoyed our day out in Hawes.

Everything about our stay was perfect starting with the lovely welcome gift of wine and chocolate, to the lovely cottage and finally our lovely hostess,'Pip'. Thank you Pip I shall look forward to my next visit ( when the snow comes) and I would definitely recommend you to my friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - it was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad you and your family had such a good time. I'm delighted that you would like to return; the roads are always kept clear in the winter as it is a farming dale, so I will let you know if the cottage is free when the snow is here!
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Characterful, homely and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at the School House. The house is wonderfully characterful, spacious and comfortable. It's full of homely and personal touches, with some beautiful works of art on the walls. It is extremely peaceful, with just the sounds of the spring lambs in the fields around when we were there, and the views from the house are stunning. Pip is a very warm and attentive hostess. We were greeted with fresh flowers and her own home-made jam. She is very knowledgeable about the local area and can give lots of information about walks and places to visit. It is also wonderful to visit her lettercarving studio next-door – she produces some beautiful work. We highly recommend the School House as a place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a pleasure - thankyou! Pip
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From the Owner

I live in the house next door, and had acted as caretaker for the previous owners for six years. When they decided to sell the house, it seemed like a good plan to continue its use as a holiday let, as well as having an overflow for friends and family to stay, and for running residential art courses too. I had been a frequent visitor to Cumbria, to teach, and for holidays, and, after spending a year carving poetry in a nearby dale, I was inspired to move here in 2005. Arriving alone and in a strange place, I was immediately welcomed by wonderfully friendly neighbours - local farmers and incomers ('off-comedens') alike. Cowgill is exactly the tranquil and rural place I was searching for, seemingly remote, yet connected by the Settle-Carlisle railway a few minutes' walk away.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Leeds Bradford at 58 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sportsmans Inn at 0.5 Miles Nearest Train : Dent Station at 0.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 at 15 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sportsman's Inn at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : morecambe bay at 36 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Pip runs occasional lettercarving courses at the cottage.


The coast is an hour and a half's drive to Morecambe Bay; it's just an hour to the Lake District, but the Yorkshire Dales National Park is right outside the front door!


Nearest airport is Leeds-Bradford. The nearest station is Dent, 3 minutes' drive or 20 minutes on foot - the highest station in England, on the Settle-Carlisle railway. Limited bus services to Sedbergh (8 miles) and Kendal (22 miles).


4 miles to Dent village which has pubs, cafés and a shop. Sedbergh 8 miles away has a butcher, green grocer, post office, bookshops, ironmonger, bank, visitor centre and Spar, as well as pubs and cafés. Hawes 8 miles has the Wensleydale Creamery, and more shops.

Further Details:

For local interest, visit Dent Heritage Centre; Farfield Mill in Sedbergh has artists and makers studios, a restaurant and museum. Whitescar Caves near Ingleton, and the Three Peaks, Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y Ghent are nearby.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
xmas/new year
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
low season
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Kirkthwaite Cottage Booking Notes:
The Owners Direct system is set up for seasonally adjusted pricing, whereas Kirkthwaite Cottage has a flat rate throughout the year (with the exception of Christmas and New Year), with pricing adjusted according to the number of people staying. This reflects usage, flexibility of length of stay and also takes into consideration teachers and others limited to holidaying at peak times.
The rate given is for 5 people staying: it is less for 1-3 and more for up to 8, and is therefore only intended as a guide. Accurate prices are shown in the chart below.

Numbers staying: 1­–3 4–5 6 7 8
Short break £190 £210 £240 £270 £300
Per week £350 £420 £460 £500 £540

A short break is up to 3 nights. Longer breaks also available.
Prices include bedlinen, towels and teatowels. A discount of £12/person is available if you prefer to bring your own.
Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Saturday; Friday considered. Short breaks at other times are available too. Please contact Pip for details.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

In the western corner of Yorkshire Dales National Park, it is ideal for walking holidays - you can walk from the front door, no need to use the car. The Dales Way follows the River Dee just opposite the cottage. It is also great for wildlife enthusiasts, and as a retreat for artists and writers. Specially worth seeing are the abundant flower meadows the length of the dale in late spring; a rich diversity of birds, including curlew, oystercatchers and lapwing; you might even glimpse a rare red squirrel. The three Peaks, Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough are nearby. The nearby railway and local bus services mean that you can enjoy a car-free holiday. The cottage was converted from a school in the late 1960s, is comfortable, bright, with spacious kitchen and sitting room.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • caves
  • museums
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 ground floor bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet, basin, underfloor heating, heated towel rail.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, on 1st floor.
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, bedroom 3 leads by door to bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor: bedroom with 1 double bed, twin room with 2 single beds (narrow) first floor: bedroom with 1 double, leads via door to bedroom with 1 single bed (with pull-out single bed).


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The bedrooms and sitting room is heated with storage heaters, and the kitchen has a wall-mounted electric heater. The water is heated by immersion heater. The waste from the cottage drains into a septic tank. The drainage pipe from the house has a shallow drop due to bedrock near the surface. This means that if you put anything other than loo roll down the toilet it will block. Outside: The south-facing front garden has a lawn and table and chairs (stored in front porch), and the back patio garden with table and chairs gets the morning sun. Parking is in the front garden on concrete. Utility Room: NA Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided at extra cost £12/person. Cleaning: please leave the property as you find it. Other: Back door leads out to patio garden, and an outside toilet.

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