The Wensleydale Experience

Swinithwaite, North Yorkshire, England

Working farm offers 5 yurts with hot tubs for up to 5 + a quirky octagonal folly for 2. On the edge of Yorkshire Dales.

Key Points

  • Stay in one of 6 traditional Mongolian yurts that sleep up to 5 guests or a historic romantic folly for 2 guests near Swinithwaite.
  • The yurts are off grid with a gas hob for cooking, wood burner for warmth and a private shower and toilet room just outside.
  • The folly is octagonal shaped with a living area on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor.
  • All properties have private hot tubs for total relaxation.
  • Locally you can enjoy hiking the Knights Templar Route or visit a beautiful waterfall.


A working farm in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales offers yurts with hot tubs, an 18th Century Folly, an on-site farm shop and a restaurant which prides itself on sourcing local products.

Locally you can explore the many amazing walking routes, including the Knights Templar Route which leads you to the site of their graves and an old chapel. Or try a hike to beautiful Aysgarth Lower Falls, where you can relax and listen to the sound of the waterfalls.

Back on-site you can choose to stay in 1 of their 6 lovely traditional Mongolian yurts or a historic folly. The yurts are spaced out across Wensleydale Wood and so offer total privacy as well as off grid living. With a double bed and futons, kitchenette area with gas hob plus a private shower and toilet room the yurts have everything you need, including a wood burner to keep you cosy. Outside there is a decking area with dining table so you can enjoy eating al fresco and after dinner, you can hop into the warmth of your hot tub and enjoy the night sky. The yurts sleep up to 5 people.

For the couple looking for something a little different, the Temple Folly may be just what you are after with two octagonal rooms connected by a stone staircase and open-air balcony. The ground floor has the living space with a kitchen, dining and lounge area plus shower room and toilet and the first floor, with its beautiful views, houses the bedroom. Outside you can relax in your own private wood fired hot tub or snuggle up around the firepit! 

Dogs welcome in Hazel Yurt for an additional fee.

Arrival days for all yurts are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a 2 nt minimum stay. 

Folly closed in Winter.  Arrival days for the Folly are Mondays and Fridays. 


Eco Credentials:

During your stay in the yurts, you can expect to find:

A yurt site where more than 250 new trees have been planted as part of the landscaping process. Fully solar-powered lighting in all indoor and outdoor spaces. Add-on boxes of local, handmade chocolates made by Mocha of Richmond presented in plastic-free packaging. Organic, sustainable fabrics used in the branded clothing worn by our team. A zero waste to landfill site. A team that uses an all-electric Cusher Haulman vehicle to travel around the yurt site rather than a petrol- or diesel-powered option. The option of buying a native broadleaf tree that will be planted on the Swinithwaite estate to make your stay as carbon neutral as possible.


Room Types

Double Ensuite
Whole property for 5 or more








Paid Extras





 Dining area

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Local shop

 Pub within walking distance



 Family friendly site


 Private Hot Tub



Shared Facilities

 On-site restaurant

 On-site shop

Young Children

 Welcome all ages


 Free parking


 Mid sized site (5-11 accoms)


What hampers do you offer?

We have BBQ boxes, steak boxes, bap boxes (bacon, sausages, burgers) and picnic hampers.

I'm celebrating a special occasion, can you help?

Yes we offer different bunches of flowers, handmade chocolates and preheating of the hot tub, all at an extra cost.

Do you offer a late check out?

This may be available for a small extra fee, please speak to one of our staff.

How are you eco-friendly?

We use solar powered lighting, locally made vegan soaps, are a zero waste to landfill site and have recently planted 250 new trees. If you would like us to plant one for you simply donate £10.

Can I stargaze on site?

Yes we are working towards becoming a dark skies friendly business and as such offer reclining deckchairs for your stargazing use.

Is there somewhere to eat nearby?

Yes we have an award winning breakfast farm shop and cafe just a 2 minute walk away from the site.

Nearest Airport/s

Leeds / Durham

Content updated on 21st April 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Oliver Thornton-Berry from The Wensleydale Experience