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Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales
Reviewed 9 November 2012

Stayed in lodge 3 which had fabulous views and was not directly overlooked. The staff were great and very friendly when welcoming us and on our departure. The lodge was very warm despite freezing temperatures some days & evenings. Beds were very comfortable with excellent quality linens in both bedroom and bathroom. Welcome pack had top quality products. Lodge was very clean. Only negative was the settee cushions slid off the frame as you sat on them. Not a major problem and gave us a few extra laughs. Maybe an easy fix with some sticky backed Velcro strips on cushions and frame. Very modern and tasteful design inside and out. Great location for exploring wider area, even as far as York, and a number of good walks. Would highly recommend to friends and will go again for a short break. Access road may not be suitable for cars with lowered suspension but average family cars seemed to manage ok.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

It's hard to pick fault with this accommodation. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived on site to find none of the things other reviewers had criticised. The fixtures and fittings in our lodge (number 3) were in good condition and no sign of any tattered or torn furniture etc. The place was freezing when we arrived, but a few of the included logs on the wood burning stove soon made the place cosy and warm. We were a little worried about the 4 o'clock check in time, but we went and had a delicious Sunday lunch at the White Horse Fleetham, which was just the other side of the A1.

On arrival one of the managers came to see if everything was OK and offered to drive the kids up to the reception area so they could borrow some DVDs.

The lodges are spacious, clean and uncluttered. Every utensil or device you could need is in there. The welcome hamper was nice and the food included of a good quality and local produce where possible. The bottle of wine came was most welcome after a long drive up from Suffolk.

The beds are comfortable although it takes a bit of fiddling with the heating thermostat to get the right temperature balance throughout the lodge. In the end we turned off the bedroom radiators as the log fire warmed the entire place nicely.

The view is good but not stunning. You look out onto open moorland with no obstruction other than the low hills directly in front of the lodges. The other lodges are nearby, but not near enough to be intrusive and there was no noise from any of the other lodges.

The lodges are accessed by a steep track of dirt and stone mix. Our Volvo XC60 struggled climbing it when it was wet and the boot was full of cases, so don't expect an easy decent to site in something like a porsche. You'll be fine in most saloons though, unless very wet or snowy.

There are some great walks around the site and Richmond is about 45 minutes stroll away. We went in October and the fields were very wet and muddy, but as long as you've got sturdy water proof boots you'll be fine.

My only criticism was the sofas. A very minor niggle. They're the sort where the cushions slip if you don't quite sit right on them. You get the hang of them after a while though.

Overall a great holiday and I felt the lodges were priced about right.

Room Tip: Lodge 3 and the others are south facing.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

This is my second Natural Retreat stay, the first was in the Llyn peninsula. The location is stunning, set just outside Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales. The "Grand Design" style lodges were first class with huge glass window/doors so you can sit and nature watch. Upon arrival you get a complimentary basket of local produce, perfect for breakfast. Amongst the marketing literature there are suggested walks. We went on the Swale River/Richmond walk and ended up in one of Richmond's pubs for a well earned pint. We'll be back!

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

Last minute booking.Our first with Natural Retreats.I was worried about privacy after reading the Natural Retreats Yorkshire reviews..
We were accommadated in a fantastic lodge.Views over Pentland Firth,ceiling to floor windows).
We were blessed with dry sunny weather.
So enjoyed this perfect,immaculately clean lodge and wood burner.No manky bathrooms/toilet brushes in sight.
Thankyou for a wonderful stay.
We "holiday" 5-6 times per year-with our gorgeous boxer/labrador.We have had a ball.
Thankyou so much, Natural Retreats.
Saw 3 seals near the harbour and loads of othe wildlife.Holly the dog exhausted after her numerous walks.
Mike ,Yasmine,Holly.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank mike3651
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Just spent five days here and we couldn't have wished for better. The lodges and the staff were wonderful. We had a problem with something as small as a bedside lamp and it was replaced within an hour. Just a small example of the service. We will definitely be staying here again.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Just had 5 night stay in Lodge number 1, 22-27th sep 2012, very clean and spacious, everything catered for from flat screen TV to Log fire, central heating, full kitchen, 3 large double en-suite bedrooms, spacious lounge area. Free WI-FI, Large decked area outside. very quiet and comfortable location. welcome basket on arrival included, bottle of wine, fresh bread, local butter, fresh eggs, ginger biscuits, jar of jam. Located just outside Richmond, just 25-30 minute walk away. Management very friendly and helpful, always on the end of phone if you need assistance, would recommend to anyone wanting to have a peaceful and relaxing break or for visiting the Dales.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

3 couples shared a lodge and had a really good weekend. Although there were some lovely touches in the lodge such as good bedding and towels and a welcome pack some maintainence was needed so there were plus and minus points.
The road down into the lodges was terrible and would not be good for the average family car so you need to be careful with the potholes. The door handle fell off the en suite and some of the blinds were broken. The kitchen although well stocked was poorly designed for 6 people to work in and had no empty cupboards for food storage . We had the private chef to come in and cook for us and it was lovely although we don't know how they managed with such a bad layout. The kitchen extractor didn't work very well so we were left with the lingering smell of the meal for the whole weekend. We were short of cutlery but the Manager came very quickly to bring some more when asked which we really appreciated. There were lots of cobwebs and the floor didn't seem very clean although the decor was fine overall. Apart from the main bedroom there were no wardrobes and the 2 other bedrooms were very small. We did try to get a lodge with 3 ensuite rooms but they were all booked up.

The log burner made the lodge lovely and cosy and there were some nice walks directly to Richmond. The weather was kind to us until our last day when it poured and the path to our lodge became a waterfall which would not have been very nice if we were staying longer.

Despite this Natural Retreats was a lovely place to stay if you wanted a peaceful chill out with friends. We got a reduced price through Travelzoo so were even happier with our stay and would return.

Room Tip: The higher lodges had the best views and we particularly liked no 18 which seemed to be in the sun a...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Unit 1 Aislabeck Plantation Hurgill Road, Richmond DL10 4SG, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Richmond
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Richmond
Price Range: £115 - £296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning design, modern open plan living and sustainable build are only a few highlights of these superb residences which offer perfect self catering holidays in the Yorkshire Dales. Having benefited from a complete refurbishment, the interior of each residence has been entirely revamped, incorporating ethical and exquisite design. The lodges are lovingly furnished with bespoke touches such as the exclusively designed sofas and innovative ‘cube’ seats, showcasing colours purposely chosen to compliment and mirror the idyllic scenery. Locally-sourced items have been used wherever possible, from the beautiful sofa cushions to the unusual ‘tree trunk’ bedside tables, just another example of Natural Retreats’ commitment to sustainability. As well as beautifully updated interiors the residences have also benefited from rejuvenated exteriors, enhanced roads and pathways. And, just in time for Bonfire Night, a selection of residences will boast private outdoor fire pits encircled by sunken seating, enabling guests to further appreciate the beautiful backdrop and views across the stunning Swale Valley.The Yorkshire Dales is an area of great natural beauty, offering visitors a real taste of rural England. An ideal location for walking, fishing and mountain biking, breathe in some fresh country air and appreciate the world we live in. ... more   less 
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