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The Old Craft Barn, Dent

Carrol and Joe Stephenson
The Old Craft Barn
LA10 5SY

015396 25400

The Old Craft Barn, Dent

Welcome to this luxury, five star country “Bed and Breakfast ” together with “Self-Catering Cottage” in the heart of beautiful Dentdale and in The Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Old Craft Barn and Buzzards Cottage can be found on the sunny side of Dentdale, nestling under Helms Knott, midway between the quaint village of Dent and the historic town of Sedbergh. The Old Craft Barn offers the luxury of Five Star bed and breakfast to the more discerning traveller. It has also been presented with a “Gold Award” and a “Breakfast Award”.


Three individually designed bedrooms provide a choice of, a king size with en suite bathroom, a double with en suite shower-room and a twin with en suite shower-room. A large welcoming guest lounge with spectacular views of Combe Scar creates an ideal ‘get-together’ space for friends or relatives wishing to spend some time together in the evening. The adjoining breakfast room has individual tables which can be rearranged for a small party of guests to sit together, adding to the comfort and feeling of space.


Buzzards Cottage is an adjoining, cosy self-catering cottage for a maximum of four people. It has a ground floor double bedroom with en suite shower room and a first floor twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Although it retains many of the original features it is equipped with all the modern day requirements.


Parking. There is ample free parking for all our guests on a private car-park and secure storing for cycles overnight.


Bed & Breakfast Accommodation


The Hay Loft


This is a generous sized room where the original line of the hay loft has been retained, together with an exposed stone wall. It is furnished in light oak and has a comfortable King-sized bed and easy chairs for watching TV or simply gazing through the window and absorbing the stunning views over Combe Scar and the surrounding sheep-grazed fells. The en suite bathroom has a bath with an overhead shower.


The Dairy


“The Dairy” is a cosy suite of character on the ground floor but on two levels. The bedroom is approached down two stone steps and has a polished flag floor (with a rug, of course). It possesses a double bed and easy chair, the LED TV has a USB port. There are three narrow windows one of which looks towards Helms Knott, the others peek onto the side garden. The upper level has a small hallway and a shower room which benefits from a generous walk-in shower


The Byre


This is also a ground floor bedroom, but all on one level. The original Louis XV twin beds are three inches wider than a single bed and have deep, handmade mattresses. There are stunning views over the meadows, towards Combe Scar and Middleton Fell. The spacious shower room has a large shower unit.




We endeavour to start your day with the finest of breakfasts, freshly prepared and cooked to order. The first course buffet comprises of juices, fresh fruit salads, cereals, nuts, seeds and yoghurts and, if you let us know the night before, Joe’s creamy porridge is to die for!


Meanwhile, we will prepare for you, your choice of cooked breakfast. The full Dales breakfast includes local, award-winning sausage and blackpudding! The eggs are free-range and the bread together with some of the preserves are made in our own kitchen. There is an interesting choice of dishes for the smaller appetite and in addition, poached haddock, salmon or smoked salmon as an alternative. A wide range of breakfast, fruit and herbal teas and coffees are available.


It will be a pleasure to cater for the vegetarian or any other special diet required (but please let us know beforehand in order that we can do our best for you). The breakfast-room allows for individual tables, however, these can be extended if friends wish to take breakfast together.




With sufficient notice we can provide you with a light evening platter of our highly recommended soup, wholesome sandwiches or seasonal salads, slice of home-baked cake or fruit pudding and tea or coffee at a cost of £15 per person.


For an evening meal, there are several pubs in the area and sometimes the tea-shops are open in the evening, especially during the summer months. There are also restaurants in Kirkby Lonsdale and slightly further afield.


Buzzards Cottage


Buzzard Cottage is part of The Old Craft Barn, well over 200 years old but with a plethora of modern amenities. This delightful and immaculate, centrally heated cottage, with thick stone walls and spiral staircase, is attractively furnished with a country charm and old world atmosphere. The dining kitchen is well equipped with all modern appliances including microwave and dishwasher. The lounge has ‘Free-sky’ TV and an interesting collection of games and local books.


There are two bedrooms, a double on the ground floor with an en suite shower room and a twin on the first floor with an en suite bathroom. We want you to make this your home from home, a place to relax and unwind, to get away from it all and to feel invigorated once again. We are also pet-friendly. Just a few things to bear in mind should you consider renting Buzzard Cottage.

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“A Comfortable and Welcoming Stay in a Beautiful Location”

The Old Craft Barn is superbly appointed and very comfortable. Our hosts pay great attention to detail and gave us a very warm and friendly welcome. The breakfast was excellent, beautifully cooked and presented with excellent ingredients. This is a great place to stay...


“family get away”

For our wedding anniversary we visited the The Old Craft Barn, our second visit this year, with all our family. The large sitting room was a bonus for a get together, again beautiful rooms and lovely breakfast. And it was great to have breakfast around a big table all together...


“A superb place!”

My fiance and I were doing the new Lakes and Dales loop by tandem and stayed here on our journey. We can't rate this bed and breakfast highly enough! We were greeted with a very warm reception and our tandem was able to be locked away. We had ordered an evening platter as we knew after cycling 100 miles that...


“Lovely, home from home”

We stayed here for our 'babymoon' and the accommodation was lovely. nice added touches, home made cakes etc. lovely breakfast and nice and relaxing. I'm very late with my review, we stayed here in March 2013...


“Welcoming Hosts”

Excellent accommodation and fabulous breakfast. This B & B is everything they say they are and more. My daughter and I found Joe and Carrol very welcoming at the end of a long drive and would recommend their Old Craft Barn. We only stayed a night, however if time had permitted we would have loved to stay longer and see...

The Old Craft Barn, Dent
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