A place to escape, celebrate & reconnect

The surroundings of A Corner of Eden are rich with culture

Important history, book towns, farmers markets, sculpture and poetry trails, antique shops and
museums providing many things to do

The area offers a feast of opportunities for outdoor activities – from walking on Wild Boar Fell, the magnificent Howgills, the Coast to Coast path, the Lakeland peaks or the Pennine moors to kayaking or fly-fishing the rivers in spate.

From nature watching to challenging mountain bike rides, from watercolour painting to paragliding you can have as much or as little adrenaline as you need.

A Corner of Eden is at the most northerly point of the Pennine Bridleway and is surrounded by amazing open countryside, whether on horse back, mountain bike or two feet!

Visit the Poetry Path nearby Kirkby Stephen or wander along Smardale Gill nature reserve situated on a disused railway line. Fancy a bit of wild swimming?  We can show you some secret places!


Get adventurous, challenge yourself to something new or be led through our beautiful National Park on foot, hoof or wheels.

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Indoors & outdoors, nature trails, museums, castles, gardens, arts, railway journeys & boutique shopping – something for everyone!

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and catering

Choose from 4 local pubs, private chef, meals delivered, or supermarket delivery to cook up your own feast in the fantastic kitchens provided.

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Find out more about our eco technologies used to heat & power the cottages and all the other great ideas we have for looking after our environment.

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Whatever the season,
whatever the weather

Regardless of what’s happening outside, The Farmhouse, Angel Barn and Shepherd’s Cottage have their own, unique, enthralling magic.

Winter : brings icicles, vast snowscapes, clarity of light and winter gales.  Time to play out, build snowmen, go sledging, walk across puddles.  The area shelters our winter migrants, geese, fieldfares, snow buntings. Morning tracks evidence the night time patrols of fox, badger and hares.

Spring : sees the promise of life bursting forth in every aspect of flora and fauna as the days lengthen and the warmth grows. Walk for miles in the fresh air, see nature coming back to life, grab an early snooze in the sun, retire to a warm fire.  Curlews return, grouse cackle their alarm calls, lambs are everywhere.

Summer : is the time to be outside till sunset, crisp wines or a quenching beer around the barbecue.  Days exploring, discovering the enchanted swimming pools, expeditions to the hills, picnics by the river.  Smell the sweet scent of hay-timing, watch the red squirrels play, and contemplate the day as the sun sets slowly over the fells.

Autumn : crisp and golden, the first frosts catch everything in a shimmering white coating.  Clouds of breath in the chill morning before the sun staves off the early urge to hibernate.  Out to discover Nature’s harvest, blackberrying, searching for conkers, picking sloes.  Walk back from the pub in the moonlight, listen for owls and hear the rustle of leaves in the breeze.

Situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (yet still in Cumbria) – an area known as the ‘Westmorland Dales’

“Angel Barn is gorgeous and so so cosy and comfortable, the setting is great for exploring – or just trekking over the field to the pub!”