Spotlight On: The Cow Shed

5 December 2018

The Cow Shed is a beautiful residence for two, hidden away in the quiet beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a bit of solitude alongside our beautifully presented luxury amenities. Including but not limited to a super-king four poster bed and an outdoor private hot tub, it’s the ideal getaway for a couple looking to escape and spend some quality time with one another.

hot tub at the cow shed

Stunning Amenities

What could be nicer than a glass of your favourite beverage (hot chocolate or prosecco) enjoyed in the warmth of a private hot tub, alone together beneath a sky of stars, punctuated by the cascading rush of water from the nearby waterfall.

You can experience this and more at the Cow Shed, located in Kirkby Lonsdale in the Yorkshire Dales, only half an hour’s drive from the lovely Windermere in the Lake District. This 5-star, gold-rated cottage has everything you could possibly need, including a mounted smart TV with Netflix for a cosy night in and underfloor heating to ensure you’re never cold, wherever you are in the house.

Many beautiful residences in the country are somewhat spoilt by their lack of connection, but the Cow Shed is a modern marvel with hyper-fast broadband and excellent phone signal. You will have no problems downloaded and accessing films and content during your stay with us.

Make the most of your time with us by snuggling up together in our complimentory bathrobes with a mug of freshly poured Nespresso coffee from the coffee machine starter pack.


Kirkby Lonsdale is a 15-minute journey from the Cow Shed. It’s a charming town in the South Lakeland district and there’s plenty to see – you can visit the Devil’s Bridge, Ruskin’s View, or the Highwayman Inn.

  • Ruskin’s View

Ruskin’s View is a short walk from Kirkby Lonsdale, but well worth the journey. From this viewpoint, you can see beautiful landscapes of the Lune valley and Underley Hall. After enjoying the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, you can continue your journey on to the Devil’s Bridge, just a little way down the Radical Steps and along a well-walked footpath.

  • Devil’s Bridge

The Devil’s bridge dates back to the 12th or 13th century and has been closed off from traffic for the enjoyment of the public. It’s now a popular place to enjoy a sweet picnic over the river Lune. It’s also shrouded in a bit of myth, as tales speak of an old woman who lived on the bank of the Lune with her animals. One night, her cow strayed across the river and would not return, so the devil promised to build a bridge in exchange for the soul of the first body to cross it.

The next day, the woman met the devil on the bridge and threw a bun across the bridge which a dog ran to fetch. The devil was enraged from being outsmarted, as he had hoped to gain a human soul in exchange for his hard work but could do no more. To this day, locals claim that a mark in the center of the bridge was left by the devil’s work on the bridge.

devils bridge at kirkby lonsdale framed by trees

  • The Highwayman Inn

Once you’ve successfully completed your walk through Ruskin’s viewpoint and across the Devil’s Bridge, you’ll have to hope that you won’t be stopped by any highwaymen, at least, not before you reach The Highwayman Inn.

Re-opened in 2014 after a full refurbishment, the inn now boasts a relaxing environment which puts hospitality at the top of its virtues. If you’re visiting the Cow Shed in the summer, the al fresco dining opportunities available at The Highwayman may be of interest to you. Alternatively, if you’re visiting in the winter, you can expect their log fires to be crackling away to provide you with the ultimate gastro dining experience.

Alternative Residences

If you’re yet to be convinced by The Cow Shed, you should know that Kirkby Lonsdale was a runner-up for the Great British Highstreet of the Year awards in 2016. It boasts a well-earned reputation as a unique and excellent shopping destination, so there will certainly be plenty of places to grab a memorable souvenir from your time away here.

If you’re interested in more 5-star holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales, we have plenty of romantic getaways such as The Pavilion and Notherdale Cottage. If you need accommodation for larger groups, we can find you luxury housing for groups of up to fourteen people. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, if you have any queries.

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