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

Bedrooms 4
Space 21 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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 underfloor heating and a walk-in shower. Heating is with storage heaters, apart from in the kitchen which has a radiator. 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.

Property Manager
Pip Hall
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
8 April, 2018

About Pip Hall

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, music (I play traditional fiddle) and going on cycling adventures.

Pip Hall purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Pip Hall chose Sedbergh

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We spent a very enjoyable and relaxing week in Kirkthwaite Cottage, what a cosy and inviting place with everything you need to escape the big city for a winter break, we took long walks in beautiful Dent Dale with great food and real ales at the Sun Inn in Dent, we will definitely come again.
Jan 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sedbergh in Dent

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 21 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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, wardrobe, chest of drawers, storage heater, view of Whernside. Twin room with 2 single beds (narrow), chest of drawers, clothes hanger, storage heater, view south of dale. first floor: bedroom with 1 double bed, chest of drawers, standing heater, skylight, leads via door to bedroom with a single bed (with pull-out single bed), desk, storage heater, view of Whernside.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • caves
  • museums
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The bedrooms and sitting room are 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 (there is a reminder note near the flush!). Outside: The south-facing front garden has a lawn and table and chairs (stored in front porch), with views of the dale and Whernside - good for afternoon and evening - and the back courtyard garden with table and chairs gets the morning sun. Parking is in the front garden on concrete drive. 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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Converted School Cottage In Yorkshire Dales, near Three Peaks, on Dales Wa
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Twyford, Berkshire

Great hideaway in superb landscape

  • 5 of 5

Characterful cottage, open fires, piano, great for cooking - lovely place to come back to after long walk in magical landscape. Charming artist host too :-)

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much - I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to your return visit!
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Peaceful and lovely

  • 5 of 5

Our Family stayed in the cottage for a week in July and we all loved it. Pip was a gracious and helpful host; tons of space for the family; very well stocked kitchen; close to excellent hiking; peaceful and lovely countryside. highly recommend a stay!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you all, and I hope to see you here again1
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Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

Good accommodation (4 bedrooms, good kitchen, living room, bathroom, courtyard area and parking) in a lovely quiet location. Group of 4 walkers who enjoyed the setting and the surrounding area, and watching some Wimbledon too.

To be recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you had such an enjoyable stay, and look forward to seeing you here again!
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Fantastic property with loads of room and everything you need. We will be returning

  • 5 of 5

Great location if you love walking and nature. Fantastic property with everything you may need. Highly recommended!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Justin, so pleased you all had a wonderful week and great weather too. Look forward to seeing you here again.
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Tranquil place with lambs as constant company

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing and overall enjoyable week in Pip's spacious and well-equipped cottage. There is plenty of room for even a larger family and all the bedrooms have a good size. In the kitchen you'll find everything you need and especially the large fridge/freezer are very helpful in providing enough room for almost a week's load of food. The surrounding area is just beautiful and very tranquil. Many great walks are within easy reach and you can do several of them directly from your doorstep. Perhaps the most lovely aspect for us though was the fact that you could watch all the lamps in the nearby fields from every window. We just couldn't get enough from them and often found ourselves laughing about their shenanigans.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much - I'm delighted you had such a great time here!
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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: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Leeds Bradford
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Sportsmans Inn
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Dent Station
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sportsman's Inn
Nearest Beach
36 Miles
morecambe bay
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 in Dent; 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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Sedbergh, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Whitsun 2018
18 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Autumn break 2018
12 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas-New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Kirkthwaite Cottage Booking Notes:
Kirkthwaite Cottage has a standard rate, a half term & summer rate and Christmas and New Year rate, with pricing adjusted according to the number of people staying.
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. A price indication is shown in the chart below for standard rate.

Guests, up to: 3 5 6 7 8
Short break £290 £325 £405 £485 £565
Per week £400 £490 £570 £650 £730

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 linen and towels.
Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Friday, Saturday, other days considered. Short breaks at other times are available too. Please contact Pip for details.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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