The Black Swan

UK England North West England Cumbria Ravenstonedale

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Three luxurious yurts in a riverside pub garden in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

There’s something missing at The Black Swan’s glamping site in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s got an amazing location in a national park, a pub just steps away and all the campsite staples except the kitchen sink. There’s simply no place to wash up here – but it’s all quite deliberate, of course, because you’ll have nothing to wash up. The three yurts are set up in the lovely riverside garden of a top-notch Cumbrian inn with a two-rosette restaurant. A hearty Cumbrian breakfast is included in your stay and if you’d rather be washing up a blackened bean pan in the campsite kitchen than dining in the cosy bar or elegant restaurant then you’d better go elsewhere.

The glamping here is hotel-style, developed by Louise and Alan Dinnes, who have owned The Black Swan with its 17 rooms for more than a decade. They dipped their toe into the world of glamping with bell tents a couple of years ago and, with the idea proved, they’ve now upped their glamping game to yurts. These Yorkshire-built roundhouses stand up better to the Cumbrian weather and, thanks to their log-burning stoves, offer year-round accommodation. Beds are made up, towels, robes and slippers are included and there are tea and coffee making facilities too. These are hotel rooms out in the garden. It’s only the compost loo and the open-air woodland shower that separates them from the indoors – and a babbling beck with a little bridge that separates them from the pub garden.

The yurts each have their own space in a little woodland that’s shared with free range chickens and wild red squirrels. There’s outdoor seating and a log burner for each as well as a communal fire pit and a rope swing. Glampers can also use the tennis courts and three-hole mini golf course which are just off-site in the village of Ravenstonedale. It’s a pretty place in the Eden Valley, beneath the Howgill Fells. It’s just inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park with the Lake District only a 30-minute drive away. To make the most of all these places you might want to come by car but you can also get here on foot, as it’s not far off Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast route, or by train as the scenic Carlisle-Settle Railway has a stop at nearby Kirkby Stephen. To be frank, we don’t care how you get here but if you’re looking for luxury glamping in the Yorkshire Dales we’d advise you to get here if you can.



There’s a compost toilet and a woodland shower for the exclusive-use of glampers but, during opening hours, guests are also welcome to use the hotel facilities too. Each of the yurts has a king-sized double bed, made up to hotel standard with towels, robes and slippers included too. There are tea and coffee-making facilities but no cooking facilities. The largest of the yurts, Norse, is six metres and has a sofa bed too so is capable of sleeping up to four guests. The other two yurts, Hygge and Wilderness, are five metres and suitable for two (with the option of an additional camp bed for a child). They each have a log-burning stove inside and another outside with outdoor seating too.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples, groups, dogs – yes. Campers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.


The pub is situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and close to the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park – just half an hour from Windermere, so there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure and sightseeing. Cumbria Classic Coaches (01539 623254) operates heritage bus tours from the village and the Stone Trail Riding Centre offer horse riding and mountain bike hire. The Coast-to-Coast walk passes nearby and the scenic Carlisle-Settle Railway’s Kirby Stephen station is just a mile down the road. There are plenty of lovely market towns nearby too including Kirkby Stephen just five miles away with Settle, Penrith, Kirkby Lonsdale and Barnard Castle within a half-hour drive.

Food & Drink

You don’t need to look far for good food as you’re camping in the back garden of The Black Swan with its AA Two-Rosette restaurant. A hearty Cumbrian breakfast for two is included in the price of your stay and eating dinner there is not only a highlight of your stay but a necessary delight as there are no cooking facilities at the yurt (although tea and coffee facilities are included). The pub can also provide packed lunches for days out or picnic meals. For more supplies, Kirkby Stephen has a good selection of shops five miles down the road.


Open all year.

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The Owner Says

Our three, brand new wood and canvas yurts are nestled in our private, woodland hotel garden beside the beautiful conservation (SSSI) river of Scandal Beck. Just a short drive from The Lake District, The Yorkshire and Durham Dales as well as The Scottish Border, we are perfectly located for you to explore.

The yurts themselves are individually decorated with full size furniture, electricity and double beds. The yurts are all located in the garden of The Black Swan Hotel, Ravenstonedale, a multi award-winning hotel, restaurant and bar; recipient of 2 AA Rosettes as well as AA pub of the year for England 2018/19. As part of your stay in our yurts you will receive a full cooked breakfast and buffet option included in the price for 2 people in our hotel restaurant. We like to think of ourselves as a cosy home from home with a relaxed dining atmosphere throughout. We are very dog friendly in the hotel, restaurant, bar and yurts so please bring your furry family members.

Our beautiful woodland is also home to red squirrels (which are seen daily), protected, freshwater crayfish in the river, an otter (seen very infrequently but the nemesis of our ducks), 6 Indian runner ducks, free range chickens and our two cockerels! (Dogs are very welcome but are to be kept on a lead whilst in the woodland itself).

We are very dog friendly and charge an additional fee of £15 for 1 dog/ £20 for 2 dogs for an additional cleaning fee and for some dog friendly goodies such as poop bags and treats. The price of this yurt is based on an occupancy of 2 people. Any other people who will be staying on the sofa bed will add a charge of £40 per person per night for breakfast and their stay.

All yurts come with electrical ports for charging, fairy lights, tea/coffee, homemade biscuits, log bringing stoves, towels, full breakfast included from the hotel, an outdoor seating area and access to our outdoor toasty warm woodland shower as well as our very cute, wooden toilet cabin. Hairdryers are available in the hotel for your use.


Three yurts.


Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
Hygge yurt is our cosy, riverside, woodland yurt for up to two guests. It's styled around the Danish word Hygge which means a feeling of cosy, calmness, snuggling up with a hot drink and listening to the rain outside. It has electricity, a king bed and a log burning stove. Dogs are welcome.


Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
Wilderness is our woodland themed, cosy, riverside yurt sleeping a maximum of 2 guests. Nestled right beside our SSSI river, in our woodland garden just across from our 2 rosette hotel and restaurant. Wilderness is dog friendly and furnished with Voyage fabrics for a calm touch of luxury.


Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Viking is the largest of our yurts and can accommodate a family of up to 4 people (see details below of costs and sofa bed). Based on a Norse theme it has lots of fur, skulls and skins to give that real wild experience whilst being nestled in between our woodland and riverside.

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Contact The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17 4NG

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Getting There

From junction 38 on the M6 follow the A685 towards Kirkby Stephen. After about 19 miles, turn right in to Ravenstonedale. When the road forks after a couple of hundred metres, take the left fork and keep going for a further half a mile until you see The Black Swan on the right.

The Kirkby Stephen station on the scenic Carlisle-Settle Railway is about a mile from The Black Swan and pick-ups from there are available, if arranged in advance.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews


Beautiful peaceful location

Stayed for 2 nights with 2 friends, we stayed in the Viking yurt, fabulous! Log burner, comfy warm beds, lovely breakfast. Service with a smile, pub is gorgeous too. Shame it rained the 2nd night but it didn't spoil our holiday. Loved feeding the chickens! Gorgeous countryside surrounding. Loved the eco shower in the trees! Eco toilet not so much fun! Maybe an electric kettle might be better rather than having to boil the water for ages on the log burner! We def had a fabulous time and one more thing ticked off my bucket list! If you want something different then we def recommend a visit here! Loved listening to the river and even the rain falling on the yurt! We saved a hedgehog on the road too! And saw some wild rabbits hopping around the yurts! Lovely lovely place to visit, shame it rained but we really enjoyed our stay! 😃😀

A night of cosy, cool luxury

Everything you need for a relaxed, luxuriant stay: comfy beds, dry logs, great coffee and fruit cake. The breakfasts are fantastic (you can skip lunch) and we booked in for dinner the night before. An excellent glamping experience for this family of four (plus dog)
Aug 9, 2021 by peter barton

Gorgeous setting

The Black Swan garden is a little piece of heaven with free range chickens, a babbling brook and enough peace and quiet to still the most frazzled. We loved everything including the outside shower. A tiny problem with the composting loo was dealt with quickly. The food at the Black Swan is excellent and the dog friendly bar area comfortable and welcoming. We heartily recommend, thank you for a lovely stay.
Jul 21, 2021 by Les & Phil

great experience in the Viking yurt

Thank you for the great experience in the Viking yurt. Me and my partner stayed the night, the weather wasn’t great due to the constant rain and we were offered a room within the hotel, however we opted to stay in the yurt, it was beautifully decorated, so cozy and warm with the log burner. The owner and staff present were so welcoming and even brought us a tray of breakfast for the morning. We will definitely be returning when the weather picks up, such a beautiful location.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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