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Riverdale Lodges


"EXTREMELY dog-friendly"? Not just a word at Riverdale Lodges, 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. With just 4 lodges and 4 safari tents on more than 3 acres, right at the riverbank, it is just you and your family that counts! 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 maybe you are not afraid either of a swim in a crystal-clear mountain stream (with salmon!)? 
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 almost brand new (we opened 2 years ago), 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, 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 dictating fixed limits upfront. At our Safari Tents, 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)

What makes us so different? Our Riverdale Lodges and Riverdale Safari Tents (together forming Riverdale Rural Holidays) are 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. 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 or 4 tents. 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! And out of the high season, we can even help if you need to be sure that other dogs are kept well away and out of sight if you have a reactive dog. We welcome every guest personally and talk or email them upfront (or we know them already, we have an incredible repeater rate!), so it's a little effort for us to get a special request for a special-needs dog sorted for you! And of course, we have our own dogs too, but I ticked the "no-dog" box in our standard info because I keep them out of your way unless we know you'd like them to come along.

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! 

If you have no specific questions and just want to know whether it's available or what the price is, then go to 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, then call us between 10 am and 10 pm on 01677 470532. We love to tell you about our Lodges, Safari Tents, or Shepherds Huts 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!

Dogfriendly Magazine Review

Read our comprehensive review of this listing printed in our bi-monthly magazine.

Riverdale Lodges, 
by Andy Craig.

‘Curlew’ is one of four luxurious wooden lodges at Riverdale (there are also four safari tents). The lodges have three bedrooms sleeping six in comfort. They are extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a holiday including Wi-Fi, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and nice touches such as umbrellas and fans (depending on the weather). There is a wood burning stove in Curlew Lodge with a generous supply of wood, kindling and firelighters. The loges are light and airy and warm and cosy. The lodges and tents are cleverly positioned to offer privacy. The reception block has a dog wash facility with a warm shower and shampoo which is very useful for those inevitable muddy paws. Dog treats, dog bowls, dog towels, toys and the option of dog beds are all provided. Their personalised dog treats were exceptional!

Riverdale sits among farmland and beside a beautiful river lined by trees. There is an outside firepit/barbecue area, and the grounds are well maintained and attractive. Two walks lead from the park; one very attractive riverside and woodland walk to West Tanfield (where the Bull Inn will quench your thirst) and in the other direction a circular walk (described in a leaflet in the lodge) takes you through woods and field edges before returning to the river. These are both perfect for short dog walks or can be extended to provide longer outings. 

West Tanfield is an attractive small village just half a mile from the lodges with two pubs and a small shop. The nearby area has many attractions; Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbeyand- studley-royal-water-garden) allows dogs on leads to stroll through fascinating historical but manicured grounds, the Himalayan Garden is dog friendly (on lead) and has over 80 art works and sculptures to discover, bustling Masham is a village with two breweries and many excellent pubs and cafes.  Both Theakston (theakstons.co.uk) and Black Sheep (blacksheepbrewery.com) breweries offer tours, Hackfall is an extraordinary Victorian estate full of surprises which is managed by the woodland trust (hackfall. org.uk). The old Victorian estate offers miles of dog friendly walking on a network of rough and ready, and sometimes hilly paths.

The attention to detail from the team at Riverdale is second to none. In advance of our stay, we received personalised directions from our home to the door of our lodge and on arrival Ingrid gave us a personal welcome including a beautiful floral arrangement and many suggestions for what the area had to offer. Of course, our dogs insisted that the first thing on the agenda was a dog walk and we started with an exploration of the local woods courtesy of a helpful leaflet in the lodge. Our springtime visit meant we walked through bluebells and wildflowers, but the woodland and riverside are clearly beautiful all year round. We drove the few miles to Masham where we enjoyed a cup of tea and a scone at Bordar House in the sunny market square while the dogs relaxed beside us. Next day we were up early to explore the ‘wilderness’ landscapes of Hackfall. In the 18th century this tree-lined riverside valley was adorned with a series of delightful follies and features such as waterfalls and bridges. They were designed to entertain and every corner and they still do to this day. The paths are quite wild and muddy in places, so it provided a workout for all our legs (except for young Henry of course) but it was so interesting that at no point did we feel tired wandering around the paths.

We had booked ourselves into the Bull Inn at West Tanfield (thebullwesttanfield. co.uk) for dinner. The weather was good enough that we could enjoy the pub’s beautiful riverside beer garden and, being just half a mile from our lodge at Riverdale, it was a pleasant walk to the pub so we could both enjoy a pint or two before wandering back to our cosy lodge and the wood stove.

Every morning starts with a dog walk of course, but after that, when the sun shines, it’s tempting to flop down onto a patio chair, listen to the birds and the sound of the river and not go anywhere. After a relaxing (lazy) morning on our sun terrace we did rouse ourselves and headed across to Fountains Abbey. 

The dogs were happy to trot around on their leads as it’s not the sort of place for dogs running wild and free. The fascinating historical abbey combines into one National Trust attraction with the Studley Royal water gardens and it’s easy to lose another few hours exploring the site and finding a picnic bench to relax with the dogs lounging on the grass.

Riverdale Lodges,  review by Andy Craig appears in DogFriendly magazine issue 66. 
For more information on the DogFriendly magazine visit https://www.dogfriendly.co.uk/magazine 

193 Review(s)

paul mccloud, October 2021

Amazing space and the lodges are fully equipped for all your dogs needs

Gerry Crookes, October 2021

We visit Riverdale Lodges every year now and, as well as the lovely setting, it's the most dog-friendly self-catering accommodation we know. The hosts, Ingrid and Han always go the extra mile to make everything perfect for humans and dogs alike. Lots of lovely walks and a dog friendly pub just around the corner.

Mick Horton, October 2021

Gorgeous lodges in awesome location, beautifully equipped, and lovely & clean with luxury bedding and towels. It was the most well equipped self catering accommodation we’ve ever stayed in - even fresh flowers on arrival. Secure decking areas for each lodge was fantastic! For the pooch … we just needed to arrive with the dog, his food & lead!

Everything else you could need for dog (s) was supplied - personalised treats, food & water bowls, endless towels, throws, bed, crate, dog gate, poo bags, brushes, torches for late night comfort breaks. Definitely 5 star plus!

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Listing Updated: 22/10/2021

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Listing Address

Riverdale Lodges
West Tanfield
North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Dales

Listing Details

Can Leave Dog Unattended


Exercise Area


Wheel Chair Access


Owner Has A Dog


Limit On Dog Size

No Limit

No. Of Dogs Allowed


Charge For Dogs


Miscellaneous Notes

No charge for dogs and all the extras: dog beds, crates on request, dog towels, throws, toys, treats, warm dog shower- and grooming facilities Dog size limits: not a fixed rule and usually we can host 2 giant, 3 med/large, 4 small, 5 mini, but just contact us to tell us about your dog-pack if you have a few more than average!

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Unit 4 Bramley Road
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