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“Fan-D'Abbey-dosey Howgill campsite” 4 of 5 stars
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Howgill Lodge
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Barden, Yorkshire Dales National Park BD23 6DJ, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Barden B&B and Inns
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND
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“Fan-D'Abbey-dosey Howgill campsite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Just stayed here for a long weekend Friday to Monday for the May bank holiday..

This was our second visit and on each occasion we have been given a pitch with electric hook up on the bottom field which is terraced, so affords wonderful views of the rolling hills and fields..

The site is family run and well maintained.. It is quite pricey tho, cost us £80 for 3 nights..

The toilet blocks and showers are a little tired and to charge that amount you would expect something a little more plush.. We don't mind paying the price if the bells and whistles are there..

The only toilet block that is reasonable is the one next to reception, the others are All a bit makeshift, 'sheds with showers'..

The location is the main selling point for us, that's what had brought us back here for a Second visit..

The site is situated between Barden bridge and appletreewick.. It is about a 10 minute walk until you are on the river walk along the river wharf, the dalesway.. Turn right and you can walk one mile to the craven arms at appletreewick or walk another mile and you're at burns all and the red lion.. Both selling gorgeous good and award winning ales..

Turn left on the river and in one mile you are at Barden bridge or in just under four miles you are at the gorgeous Bolton Abbey..

I would recommend this campsite to friends and family but would warn them about the price not reflecting the facilities..
Other than that it is a little gem of a campsite in a perfect location and setting..

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Had a lovely overnight stay at Howgill after a 10 year gap since our last visit! The family room was clean, comfy and well equipped including wine glasses! Sitting outside last night counting rabbits and then stargazing was a welcome escape from city life. We will be back!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

we took our tent here this week, had some glorious weather and some rubbish - but through it all we always had stunning views and only a short walk to the loo!!! the site has well placed toilet/shower blocks (3) for campers and caravaners alike, fridge and freezer to use and laundry facilities. showers on the tent areas are fab, really warm and no time restictions! the site will be on list of must do's for next year....the walking around this area is spectacular...recommend Malham (?) and linton falls/river walks!

Room Tip: pitches are all good, but some are on terraces on their own
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We went back for our second visit this year (this time with the in-laws) and its just a stunning place to stay. The tranquillity and views are breathtaking...when the lights go out its pitch black and oh so peaceful. You can walk to Bolton Abbey and the nearest pubs are in Appletreewick a mile or so away.
I will definitely be going back, there's no please better to relax.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

I am reviewing this as a campsite only. We have just come back from a long weekend and had a fantastic time. This is about the seventh or eigth visit over the last couple of years for us and we enjoy it each time (even though we have only been lucky once with the weather!!). It is a lovely site with options of staying in statics if you wish or bringing your own camper van or caravan or tent. The site is on a hill but has been terraced so you are always on level ground with hard standings for campers etc. There are electric hook ups available for campers and tents if you wish or you can just camp properly. Take some sturdy pegs for the tents as the ground is quite stony. There is a well stocked shop (they sell their own free range eggs, you can check out the hens when they call at your tent at breakfast begging for scraps) and are very friendly and helpful. They have a number of wash/toilet facillities dotted about the site varying in quality, but all are clean and well stocked and the showers are good and hot. We have been when it's busy and have never had to wait to use facillities. There are two areas for pot washing, one is located at the far end of the tent field so you don't have to trek all the way across the site to wash up.
The site is ideally located for sight seeing or walking or even climbing with Simon's seat being about a half mile above the site. The river is near by and is great for walking by to get you to nearby Burnsall or Appletreewick for a nice spot of lunch in the wonderful pubs they all have! Hard to choose between any as they are all very different but very enjoyable with good menus and all are dog friendly. Take a torch for the walk back on the road once it's dark (probably safer than by the river!), it's only a mile from Appletreewick so no need to worry about drinking and having to drive.
My only negative comment regarding the site would be the tariff for tents as it is the same as for vans with electrical hook up. Haven't worked out the comparison yet but i'm sure there is an explanation.
We look forward to many more visits.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights with my partner and 2 dogs in a tent (I believe you can also caravan or stay in a lodge). This was my first camping trip and I was not disappointed, my partner is a more experienced camper and he rates the site too.

The place has a great website with lots of useful information for planning your trip; what I found particularly useful were the directions for finding the site, I would definitely encourage visitors to look at these as they state that sat navs often send people to the wrong place. Booking was by telephone and was easy and efficient. The staff I had the pleasure of dealing with were extremely friendly and helpful.

The site is lovely and well kept (i.e. clean and the grassed areas were being mown when we visited despite the weather having been wet) and the area is beautiful and offers vast opportunities for visitors - there are lots of pubs in the nearby villages, Bolton Abbey is in close proximity, theres a petting farm in the vicinity and you could go on any number of walks either nearby or a bit further afield in the Dales.

The facilities at Howgill Lodge are fantastic - on your pitch you have a picnic table, there are two toilet and shower blocks on site (to my knowledge - there may be more),hairdryers are freely available within the seperate, lockable shower cubicles, there are laundry facilities (washer/dryer/spin dryer, iron and ironing board), lots of tourist information, books you can borrow and a well stocked shop.

All in all our little family had an enjoyable stay, we would definitely visit again and recommend this site to others.

Room Tip: If the site isn't busy the staff will most likely give you a well placed pitch (near toilet/show...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012 via mobile

I discovered Howgill Lodge a few years ago when searching for a campsite in the Dales on google. The pictures on the website looked amazing, and it's even more beautiful when you get there. One of the loveliest, most peaceful spots in the UK, while also very close to nice places for outings (inc Grassington, Bolton Abbey, Skipton Castle, Embsay railway). I have always been particularly impressed by how well Tony and Fiona manage to balance excellent facilities, care, cleanliness and extremely thoughtful service with a comfortably laid back style and sensitivity to natural beauty.

Since then I have stayed in the holiday homes (wonderful panoramic views, and my parents loved the one with its own secluded deck ... and not forgetting the full central heating that makes them delightful in all weathers) and now also the B&B rooms, in a stunning converted barn just up the lane, each with their own entrance, view and very nice ensuite. The same high standards, attention to detail and comfort, flexibility and considerateness have made this a wonderful week (and the breakfasts are phenomenal!). The rooms all have small fridges, but no cooking facilities. The only fault we could find with anything was a rather low ceiling over the shower in one of the B&B rooms, but as we're very tall it probabaly wouldn't worry most people. Mobile reception is pretty good in the B&B rooms (though not 3G) and patchy elsewhere on the site. Though some people say that's an advantage...

The camping pitches are grassy, level and well drained, and nearly all have good views thanks to well-designed terracing. Some of the camping pitches have electric hook-up, as do all the caravan pitches, which are on hardstanding. Well equipped laundry and loo block at the top of the site (I particularly appreciate a place where you can wash up with a view); more basic loo block further down, but with an excellent and powerful shower. There's also a small but well-stocked shop, and a freezer for ice bricks.

I now end up feeling deprived if I haven't managed a stay in Howgill at some point in the year. And the rest of my family seem to be following my example.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barden, Yorkshire Dales National Park BD23 6DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Barden
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Barden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Howgill Lodge 4*
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Howgill Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind, with stunning views over Wharfedale. With individual access to all our rooms you can come and go as you please, or just relax on the patio and soak up the views. ... more   less 

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