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The Summerhouse
Eden Valley between Yorks. Dales & Lake District
Sleeps 2
Key Features
Farm or Rural location Secluded location Open fire / woodburner Pub Nearby (walkable) Accessible without your own car Gay friendly 
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Earliest arrival:16:00
Depart by:10:00 (midday on Sunday)
Price range:£0 - £234 - 2 night stay, £0 - £579 - 7 stay *
Bedrooms:  one
Separate beds:one
Bed layout:Master Double (ground floor)
Pets:  Strictly no pets allowed
Prices based on:up to two guests
Booking policy:Flexible booking allows holidays of any length starting any day of the week minimum stay 2 nights. However we do not allow you to leave one empty night that we cannot then sell.
Smoking:All our properties are strictly No Smoking.

The Accommodation

Just launched! We'd been looking for the ideal 'Under the Thatch' in the hills of Northern England for some time, but we think we've found the perfect bolthole in 'The Summerhouse'. Extra photos here. This large shepherd's hut is privately situated in the orchard of a traditional millhouse in the beautiful Eden Valley. This beautiful area of the Northern Pennines is sandwiched between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales so there are endless great days out.

The waggon contains a kitchen/ sitting area and double bedroom, and you also get a small shower-room in the converted drying room of the mill. You can walk from the door onto the Northern Pennines, the village pub serving food is just a half mile walk along a footpath, and the charming market town of Appleby is under two miles. Sheep graze around the waggon on this charming smallholding (managed organically) and you have direct access to acres of common land, and a lovely clean river with stepping stones where you can splash about in summer. Rediscover the best of England!

In Detail

The Summerhouse:

  • Sitting area - charcoal-burning stove, dining area, and views to Dufton Pike. Electric heater and sockets.
  • Kitchen area - simple kitchen area with plumbed-in Victorian stoneware sink, stove with oven and gas rings, fridge. Electric kettle.
  • Double bedroom - full-size double bed

Main Building:

  • Toilet, shower and handbasin
  • Area for drying walking gear


  • Ample private parking
  • Access over 16 acres of private, organic farmland
  • Fishing rights on the river (trout)
  • Access down to acres of common land and river for splashing about in summer.
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This location is relatively accessible via public transport. You may need a taxi or to ask for a lift at the start and end of your holiday if you have heavy cases, but otherwise there are local public transport services available within walking distance. You can get information on UK transport services from Transport Direct using a destination postcode of CA16 6JR.

Travel Info

Train to Appleby-upon-Westmorland, 2 miles from The Summerhouse. Local pickup may be possible by prior arrangement or taxi or walk/ cycle.

Local Area
  • located on an organic smallholding - opportunity to buy eggs, veg. and salad in season
  • Timber clad inside and out - wood from sustainable source or recycled
  • Recycled structure built on former WWI chassis
  • Use of salvage material - Victorian sink, brass vents, recyled timber
  • Low-impact dwelling
  • Compost bin and on-site recylcing collection
  • Private drainage
Customer Comments
"Thank you for sharing your wonderful location and above all your wonderful vegetable plot. It has been a delight to be here. Simple tasteful decor make the summer house peaaceful and cosy. The landscape is so interesting and varied to explore, and the Eden Valley walks guide has been a constant companion" ~ Deidre & Julian, Gloucestershire

"We loved it all - the summer house, the land, the sheep, the chickens, the view, the stream, Dufton pike, the clouds, the rain - all perfect. Look forward to returning" ~ Jayne & Sue Todmorden

"Thankyou Catherine for having us ! We have had a truly magnificent time. You have created something unique which is perfect in everyway! We shall be back" ~ Kate and Mathew, Sheffield

"A delightful spot, a lovely wagon and a warm welcome.The views are beautiful, walks have been wonderful, Dufton Pike, the stag, Long Meg stone circle and the lovely mill tearoom. For us the best feature is the vegetable garden which not only looks splendid but makes every meal a treat" ~ Rosie & Daniel, Manchester
Our Prices *

Prices include heating and electricity where it is installed, bed-linen, towels, and hot water. Guests may be responsible for purchasing extra baskets of logs/fuel if desired.

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