Smardale Mill Shepods

From £89 For 1 night, 2 adults 9.7 13 reviews
Shepod exterior (added by manager 03 Jul 2021)
The peaceful setting for the shepods (added by manager 03 jul 2021)
Shepod exterior with decking (added by manager 03 jul 2021)
The ash shepod (added by manager 03 jul 2021)

  • Luxurious 'shepod' glamping in Cumbria countryside near Kirkby Stephen
  • A 15-minute drive to Brough Castle; 45 minutes to the Lake District
  • Fully equipped pods with fishing and hikes from site; pubs close by
Home to smart glamping pods with all mod cons, Smardale Mill Shepods is on a working farm in dramatic Cumbrian fell country. Surrounded by spectacular views, these delightfully decorated and fully equipped pods are just the thing for anyone who likes a certain degree of comfort alongside their outdoor adventures. Nifty kitchens come with a fridge, cooker and breakfast bar, and the 'shepods' also have a cosy living space, a double bed and a bathroom with a full-size shower where you can clean up and warm up after a day out hiking. (Please note that linen is provided for the double bed but not for the sofa bed in the open living space.) Smardale Nature Reserve (five minutes’ drive) is a good place to start your exploration of the Yorkshire Dales on foot, with a circular trail along a former railway line to historic Smardale Gill Viaduct (15 minutes). With all this glorious countryside close by, it’s all too easy to forget that this site is easily accessible from the M6. Anglers, don’t forget to pack your rods, as the Scandal river has a mile of private fishing to test out during your stay. You can cook in your pod or spark up the barbecue – head to Kirkby Stephen (10 minutes’ drive) to pick up the essentials – and there are plenty of interesting pubs around locally, serving fine regional food (including Yorkshire pudding with Sunday roasts, of course) and craft beers.

Site type

Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 2
Open all year
Please note
  • Bookings must not be for more than 7 consecutive nights.

Languages spoken

English

Reviews

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Lovely comfortable, clean and peaceful accommodation. Lovely views and walks in the…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Deborah W. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Lovely comfortable, clean and peaceful accommodation. Lovely views and walks in the local area, from the farm over the fells and Smardale Viaduct. Family very welcoming and dog friendly. Would recommend

Disliked: Nothing

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Stunning shepods

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Brian F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: The shepods were fantastic,everything you need ,lovely underfloor heating and really hot water ,beautiful location on a working warm stunning veiws , absolutely loved our time away .

Disliked: Nothing

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The hut is fabulous and very well equipped. Lovely views. Popped into…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 8
Paige M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: The hut is fabulous and very well equipped. Lovely views. Popped into kirkby Stephen town centre for Sunday lunch which was only 7 mins drive. We had a great stay here and will be back.

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10 out of 10

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Absolutely beautiful place perfect place to relax and do nothing will definitely be back

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Lovely little shepherd hut, equipped with everything you need. Absolutely spotless on…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Lovely little shepherd hut, equipped with everything you need. Absolutely spotless on arrival and in such a quiet location. Had an amazing time and will definitely be returning. The host made us feel so welcome even on such a short notice booking, greeted us on arrival showed us round, and left us to it knowing she was only a text message away if we needed assistance. Will definitely be looking to return in the future!

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Loved this place everything u needed the owners were very friendly and…

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Loved this place everything u needed the owners were very friendly and always made sure everything was OK the pod itself was spotlessly clean will definitely be returning

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Had the loveliest stay in this tranquil spot...can't wait to return ❤

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Sarah C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Peaceful location Welcoming atmosphere High standard of accommodation

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Picturesque place with the best pods

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Shaun F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Best Pod I've ever stayed in. Picturesque place....working farm...baby lambs everywhere, owner couldn't have done anymore to make us feel welcome.would go back in a heart beat

Disliked: Nothing

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Excellent place to stay .Friendly staff .

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Beverly F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: Beautiful ,relaxing very peaceful place. Lovely places to go walking .scenery is beautiful. The pods were beautiful and had everything you needed .The owners were very friendly and helpful .We will be visiting again and would recommend it to other poeple to go .

Disliked: None

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Great area, very comfortable & clean accommodation, relaxing haven.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Shepherd's hut

Liked: These are new pods so everything works perfectly. Add to that the attractive decor and quality bedding, towels, etc, and included amenities (outdoor table & chairs, microwave, tv, ) and you have a very comfortable stay. Even good WiFi A large shower area (within limited bathroom space) works well - and the water pressure is great ! The location is fantastic, for a fully working farm it's not noisy or disruptive, the reception was friendly & welcoming, the local walks are very good, and nearby paths, nature reserve, all great. Local town Kirkby Stephen has everything you need (good pubs, eateries/takeaways, cafe's, general shops, and again great walks from town centre. Not far to the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales for extra days from this base. Will definitely keep a note of this place for future holidays .....

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Location

Smardale Mill Shepods

Smardale Mill

Kirkby Stephen

Cumbria

England

CA17 4HG

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

54.47741°N
-2.4016°W

Nearest transport

Coach
17.2 mi Bus Station
17.2 mi Bus Station
17.2 mi Bus Station
Rail
2 mi Kirkby Stephen Rail Station
7.9 mi Appleby Rail Station
11.2 mi Garsdale Rail Station
Ferry
19.4 mi Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing
19.7 mi Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing
22.3 mi Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

From your cosy Cumbrian lodgings, you have the choice of scores of challenging hiking and cycling routes in three different outdoor areas. You’re already in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for moorland walks to the towering Cautley Spout waterfall (20 minutes’ drive). In the Lake District National Park (40 minutes) you can cycle dramatic Honister Pass (an hour), and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty gives you remote walks up to Grassholme Observatory and Reservoir (45 minutes). Ramp up the culture element of your break with a visit to the stately ruins at Lowther Castle and Gardens (40 minutes), or pick a sunny day and take a picnic to eat in the grounds of Brough Castle (15 minutes). And for a real taste of Yorkshire goodness, a visit to Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre (40 minutes) gives you the chance to taste local cheeses and see them being made. The destination pub at Tan Hill (half an hour) is the highest in England, and serves up decent grub with fantastic views down Swaledale, where you can share afternoon tea with the ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’ Amanda Owen at Ravenseat (35 minutes) in summer.

Must see

High Force Waterfall 14.8 mi

The Rheged Centre 19.3 mi

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens 19.7 mi

The Bowes Museum 20 mi

Barnard Castle 20 mi

National Trust

Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill 14.2 mi

Sizergh Castle and Garden 20.1 mi

Townend 21.2 mi

Windermere and Troutbeck 21.5 mi

Hill Top 24.5 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

Smardale Wildlife Reserve 0.6 mi

Kirkby Stephen - Nine Standards Rigg 2.1 mi

Kirkby Stephen Circular 2.2 mi

The Eden Viaducts 2.2 mi

Kirkby Stephen - Nateby - Wharton Hall - Lammerside Castle 2.3 mi

Local events

  • Kendal Calling (Thursday 1 August 2024 – Thursday 1 August 2024)

    Penrith, Cumbria 15.3 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Want to know more about camping in The Lake District and Cumbria?

  • Does Smardale Mill Shepods have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Smardale Mill Shepods dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Smardale Mill Shepods? From your cosy Cumbrian lodgings, you have the choice of scores of challenging hiking and cycling routes in three different outdoor areas. You’re already in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for moorland … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Smardale Mill Shepods?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Smardale Mill Shepods? From £89 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.