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Riverdale Safari Tents

(2 reviews)

"EXTREMELY dog-friendly"? Not just a word at Riverdale, it's who we are! "The most beautiful spot of the Yorkshire Dales"? Arguably so! 5* luxury? Absolutely! Not just the facilities, but also the attention to detail and care for you and your dogs! Read the full story to see how we go above and beyond!

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Do you want to go to a place where everyone will LOVE your dog(s) and want to make sure they have fun too? Do you like the freedom for your dogs to run and play right around your lodge and terrace, for a happy holiday without all the "not-allowed" and "on-the-lead" signs? At Riverdale, you will have all that space and freedom on a unique spot in the middle of nature, on the most beautiful spot of the Yorkshire Dales. We competed in the Dog Friendly Awards when we were new to this, in 2020, and came out on top! The only park in the final 3, and only giving way to the long-standing winner of the last 8 or 10 years (wow!) who did beat us with 30-plus cottages (we had only 4 lodges at the time). But our Grand Luxury Lodges and 5* Safari Tents (just 4 of each) share more than 3 acres, and a huge wildflower meadow (5 acres) a little upstream harbours our 4 Couple's Retreats, so it's not your standard park. We are right at the riverbank, where you enjoy peace and tranquillity, with only the sound of the birds and the river in front of your terrace, and super off-lead walks right from your doorstep. No traffic anywhere near or on your routes. Lovely pebble beaches for a doggy swim! And at walking distance, there is a dog-friendly pub (with a lovely riverside beer garden) and the cute little village of West Tanfield. We are at a very strategic location if you want to explore the highlights of Yorkshire and The Dales, just 2 minutes from the A6108 and a few miles from the M1/A1. Our lodges are extremely well-equipped and offer 5* luxury indoors as well as outdoors on the huge gated terrace. Superb facilities for humans and dogs alike. Not only a human pillow-menu, we even have a doggy pillow-menu: tell us what kind of bed your dogs prefer, and we will make sure that's ready too, new or freshly washed! You and your dogs will feel truly at home, and dogs AND people will be spoilt and very comfy. Everything you need or can think of is provided and it's all included in our price! Our Lodges sleep 6 people (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) and we think it fits 2 giant dogs, 3 medium/large dogs, 4 small dogs or 5 minis, but we'd rather hear about your dogs than dictate fixed limits upfront. That will be about the same for our Safari Tents, where you have a level of luxury that far exceeds the usual "glamping" experience, and we will happily discuss with you how our all-natural garden fencing will suit to keep your dogs in! (More about our Safari Tent, and extra pictures of the super-luxurious tents, in our listing in the section Camping, https://www.dogfriendly.co.uk/camping-and-caravanning/listing/riverdale-lodges-79766). Our Couple's Retreats, added last year, are a glamorous and individually styled adaptation of a traditional shepherd's hut, so the indoor floor space is limited, and there you will not find the space for big numbers of large dogs, but we are always happy to discuss how your dogs would fit it, and the outdoor living room is very spacious.  What makes us so different? Riverdale is managed in a very professional way with a daily updated website with tonnes of information, hundreds of pictures and a sophisticated online bookings system, yet we are small enough to personally care about you and your well-being. That's why you can only book with us direct, on our website www.riverdaleruralholidays.com, or by calling 01677 470532, and we don't use any agencies. We will ask you for any special wishes you have and make sure all the details are just right for YOU and for your dogs. All our guests bring dogs, so you will not be restricted to a specific lodge or tent that maybe would not be your first choice, you can choose any of our 4 lodges, 4 tents and 3 retreats. And you can be just relaxed about bringing dogs, as nobody cares if they bark when they see someone walking past in the distance or get loud and excited when you take them for a walk. We only host dog lovers! If you want to know more, then you should have a browse on our website www.riverdaleruralholidays.com. Check the page "For your Dogs" and see the page "Reviews" to hear a hundred times that it's all true! Our Facebook page @RiverdaleLodges is also a good source of information with dozens of independent reviews, or Google us for more 5-star reviews! DO NOT SEND THE ENQUIRY FORM JUST TO ASK FOR AVAILABILITY OR PRICES.  If you have no specific questions and just want to know whether it's available or what the price is, then it's much quicker to see that for yourself on our Book Now Page www.riverdaleruralholidays.com/book and click the dates to see the price.  Sending a form will only delay how soon you will know it. And if there are any questions left after you had a good browse on our website, then call us between 10 am and 10 pm on 01677 470532. We love to tell you about our Lodges, Safari Tents, or Couple's Retreats and to hear about your dogs! Give us a call (01677 470532) if you can't work it out and we can look at the Book Now page for you and tell you immediately!

(2 reviews)

Theresa Gecim, October 2020

Lovely safe and spacious area for dogs

Felicity Jones, October 2020

What an amazing time we had here with our two spaniels - they could honestly want for nothing it was such a special place and we cant wait to come back! Thank you Riverdale and Han and Ingrid!

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Listing Updated: 25/03/2023

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Listing Address

Riverdale Rural Holidays
West Tanfield
Yorkshire Dales

Listing Details

No. Of Dogs Welcome


Charge For Dogs


Breed Restrictions


Dog Bins Available


Area For Walking Dogs


Static Caravans Available


Tents Available


Electricticty At Pitch


Showers Available


Onsite Entertainment


Opening Times

April (Easter) - mid November

Miscellaneous Notes

Our super luxurious Safari Tents feature a large log burner, kingsize beds, luxury bed linen and feather down duvets, electric blankets, WiFi and wide-screen smart TV, a solid wooden structure for the full-size bathroom with a luxury rainfall shower, a wooden structure for the bedrooms, fully equipped solid wooden kitchen with large fridge/freezer, induction hob etcetera. Comfy sofas and furniture indoors and outdoors, large terrace and enclosed garden (grass) with firepit and gas-bbq.

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Unit 4 Bramley Road
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