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Accommodation Details Swarthghyll Farm
Oughtershaw BD23 5JT
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Swarthghyll Farm in Oughtershaw on The Dales Way
Arrived soaking wet, no one was around but there was a welcome note and I was able to get into my flat and start drying off. Soon after, the farmer appeared to check that all was ok and put the heating on.
The food was all there, exactly as I had ordered and was delicious.
Catherine Swinburne, left on 19 August 2017
The accommodation is undersold. It is much prettier than the picture as there are plants growing up the walls and you have your own self contained flat. This has a bedroom, shower room, kitchen and lounge. The bedroom has no windows so you are not woken by sunlight or the dawn chorus.

The freshly prepared food we had ordered, was waiting in the fridge and was very tasty.

Elizabeth T, left on 22 July 2016
Stayed at Swarthghyll Farm the night of June 24, 2016 while walking the Dales Way. We had a self catering room complete with kitchenette. We had ordered an evening meal and everything was in the fridge when we arrived. We would highly recommend the pasta jumble as a meal, huge portion complete with garlic bread!!! A great meal.

The room was comfortable and cozy, would definitely recommend staying here!
Brad & Jacky LaSalle - Canada, left on 09 July 2016
I had had some concerns about managing a self-catering stop on our walk, but in the event it worked out fine. When we arrived, our hosts were out, but a note had been left for us and our flat was unlocked. We sat drinking tea sitting in the beautiful cobbled courtyard feeling very pleased that we had picked this stop. Our host when he arrived couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, and even put the heating on for us as it had turned rather chilly. The food we had requested was waiting for us; the Pasta Jumble we had ordered came accompanied with garlic bread, and was so tasty and filling we simply slumped in front of the television for the evening! A lovely place, and I wish we had an excuse to stay again!
AF, left on 03 July 2015
How please we were to reach Swarthghyll Farm after a long walk from Kettlewell. Our flat was lovely, warm, cosy and couldn't fault anything even the bedroom with no window! Had my best night's sleep here in the darkest bedroom I've ever been in. Freya's fish pie and cottage pie were very nice and no bother to cook in the gas oven. Maybe people don't remember that this is the way gas ovens used to be before the press of buttons, nothing dangerous about it at all. Highly recommended if you want a bit of peace and quiet and your own space.
Janet Penfold, left on 09 June 2013
A great place to stop on the Dales way, Its right on the trail and a good break before you climb to the highest point (where the Dales and Pennine way merge for a while) we were with our border terrier mitch so it was an easy choice for us. After a 16 mile walk in the mud it was so lovely to arrive at the cozy and clean appartment. The farmer brought our pre ordered meal (homemade cottage pie) and we we just heated up in our oven. We would have ordered a breakfast to cook but had to get off early. The farmer guy was very nice and helpful gave us lots of advice for the walk concerning bulls and dogs- and he's a good cook. It was also a pleasure to meet Bertie the dog, another border terrier (with magnificent eyebrows)
highly recommended
cat hall, left on 21 March 2012
This was our second night on Dales Way and a very welcome sight after 16 miles.

Very remote - but was everything we required - warm, dry, hot shower, food we had asked for and a warm welcome.

Television worked too!! and huge comfortable bed.

And the sandwiches the following day were good also.

Would stay again.

George & Hilary September 2011
George & Hilary, left on 10 September 2011
Third night stop over. Very remote location but apartment was acceptable. Comfortable bed and hot shower. Pre-ordered food is available and is ok. Arrive after 5pm as that is when the heating comes on.
Andrew Allan, left on 26 April 2010
May 25th - 3rd night of dales way. presented a welcoming sight amid brontesque landscape. pleasant apartment situated within the farm. tasty meal and peaceful evening.
Pam & Alex, left on 25 August 2009
The only low-spot in an excellent series of B&B's. There was no indication on website that bedroom of our apartment had no widow. They knew that the shower did not work: surely they should also know that after a long day's walk you need a hot, properly flowing shower. When we protested, we were finally moved to an apartment with a working shower.
The ordered evening meal was acceptable, but cooker very difficult and dangerous to light. The apartment was grubby and most of the plates had to be washed before two clean enough to use could be found.
Mrs Hart became aggressive when we mentioned the problems and we could not wait to leave next day.
She had already demanded and received the full balance before arrival, despite a deposit being sent. We now realise why! We shall not recommend this place to anyone.
Miriam and Jeffrey Hancock, July 11 2009, left on 27 July 2009
A rather unsatisfactory experience, in that the accommodation did not match up to all the other places we stayed at on the walk. Moreover, the shower an essential at the end of a long day was weak and cold. The owners did move us into other accommodation with a working shower; it was fortunate that it was free. When we do the walk again, we shall stay elsewhere.
Jeffrey Hancock, left on 27 July 2009
Not far from Cam Houses, bang on the route. Very friendly hosts (& dogs), great little flat, Sky tv in the corner and a warm shower - couldn't ask for much more. Would stay here again.
Ad, March 09, left on 24 March 2009
Great place to stay! Very friendly and efficiently run. Good home cooked food. Wonderful scenery.
Gillian Connor, left on 07 August 2008
Despite the fact that our Dales Way trek was made during July 2008, the weather during the first 4 days of our walk was truly atrocious. So - when we reached this remote farm - we were cold and our supposedly waterproofs had given up the ghost! Even our irrepressible dog was fed up. But hey! Open the door to your little flatlet at the farm and you are greeted by a flood of warmth, satellite TV (let's face it, it's not like you want to go out for a stroll after 16 miles of battling with torrential rain) and the dinner and wine you ordered a couple of days earlier is waiting for you! Don't bother taking any of your own food - enjoy the home-made cottage pie, slurp your wine and when you run out of beer, the owner will happily provide you with a couple more cans (at cost). This is great value accommodation - an open plan sitting room/kitchen, separate bedroom and a bathroom, all for 48. The packed lunch is good and pretty necessary - not much between here and your next stop!
Debby Cassapi, left on 27 July 2008
Friendly and clean. Good to find out on the high land. Stayed early may 08.
CR, left on 04 June 2008
What a setting. After a long walk over stunning countryside, Swarthghyll appears as an oasis. Acommodation is in comfortable self catering cottages wth simple but sustaining meals pre-preared to heat through. Friendly hosts, dogs and hens. A unique and interesting place to stay.
8th May 2008
David Rawson , left on 16 May 2008
Loved this place. It was a welcome sight (that does seem to be around every corner as you approach up the long long track). The flat is spacious and althought there is not much natural light you can step out and look at the sunset and fields. The pre-ordered evening meal, wine and breakfast stuff was ready and waiting with a lovely homemade cottage pie and veg. It was nice to have a 'night in' and watch tv sat on the small but adequate sofa. Chickens are roaming around the courtyard and try and get in through your front door. We liked the isolation and independence.
Pam Sharp, left on 23 September 2007
Warm, comfortable self-catering accommodation. It was great to have a sitting room to relax in after a good shower, and just put our feet up.
Roger and Marion, left on 03 September 2007
This is a brilliant place to stay,the accomodation is simple but clean and comfortable and the food that can be pre ordered is absolutely delicious. Fantastic shepherds pie and loads of veg and the sandwiches were excellent.
Karen and Les-july 2007, left on 26 July 2007
For the walker, who appreciates pleasant, comfortable accommodation, this is the right place in the right location, just before you head across the moor to Cam House Farm.

The evening meals(tasty and substantial) provided by Mrs Hart, are very good value.

Whilst the flat is clean and smart, it is not so posh that you feel uncomforable arriving soaking wet in muddy boots. It is also easy to leave it clean and tidy.

This is a fine place to stay at a reasonable price.

Dennis Pilling, left on 11 July 2007
Superb place, pre-order food was excellent as were the sandwiches, a must to stop on the way
Julie Pickering, left on 03 May 2007
Great place to stay on the dales way, clean, tidy, and warm. self catering accommodation.
T DAVIES, left on 03 October 2006
Quiet, idyllic setting. Self catering facilities - all pre-ordered food was ready for us. (Homemade Shepherd's Pie and freshly prepared vegetables very good) Black Sheep ale awaited us as requested. We enjoyed relaxing in the large cobbled courtyard - quite a sun trap. Generous fillings in our packed lunch sandwiches.
Andy & Denise 3rd August 2006, left on 15 August 2006


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