Friday 24 February 2017
To escape, to get away from it all, to spend a few days living at a pace that you dictate. Surely there are moments in all of our lives that we need this kind of tranquillity. I know I do. But even more importantly I know where to go to get it. - Dent Station is the name. It is a wonderful place to visit and if you are dog owners you will not find a better place to have that early morning walk to fully appreciate the beauty and silence of the area.
Yes ofcourse there are trains either passing through the station or stopping to either pick you up or drop you off, but for me that makes it even more of a magical place. Five minutes drive away is the lovely village of Dent if you feel the need to stock up on food and drink.If you love the Dales as I do you must visit Dent Station. Perhaps one day we might bump into one another!
Graham Taylor - former England Football Manager September 2015 (Third stay at Dent Station).
Our family have been visting the Station and Snow Huts over the last 5 years and for us it offers rural tranquility and accessibility to the Dales and surrounding towns ,villages and beauty spots. In August we booked the station and both Snow Huts and had twelve family members stay ranging in age from my youngest daughter who is 15 to may parents who are in their 80s for whom the big Snow Hut on a single level was perfect. We come from different parts of the country so it is a great meeting place and this year some of the family drove and we came by train from Ascot directly to Dent station. We have met the owner Robin Hughes who occasionally visits the middle Snow Hut and he is always accommodating and keen to ensure our stay is as smooth as possible occasionally on hand if we need anything on arrival or departure days. This year we had 3 steam trains through the station, went on the train to Skipton, Settle and Appleby and had visitors up on the train from Leeds. All in all, a great family week away and the accommodation was perfect as we all had our own space and independence but had family meals around the Station dining table as trains rolled by.
Matthew Cook Ascot and family from Harrogate and Leeds - August 2015
We love our holidays at Dent Station. A beautiful old building on an historic railway line; it is a safe environment for all our family to enjoy passenger trains, freight trains and on a good day steam trains too. The rail enthusiasts arrive by train, and later on we can all hop on the train to visit the local market towns.
At Dent station we love the cheese from Hawes, the bread from Ingleton bakery and the magnificent views of Dent Dale. On a cold day we can light the station fires and on a warm day we can be outside chatting to passengers and walkers using the Settle Carlisle line. We return home relaxed, refreshed and eager to book for next year.
Phillip Davies and family - Visitors each year from 2008 to 2015
I love getting away to the rural delights of Dentdale to recharge my batteries and the minute I turn of the M6 at junction 37, I know I am heading for the hills and a another week at the Snow Hut. This year was my fifth visit in my Landrover Discovery which is the perfect companion for this part of the world. This year I really didnt venture too far. Most days , Id venture out for a few hours, enjoy the stunning scenery make a few phone calls and retreat back to Snow Hut to read books, listen to music and just mooch about the Snow Hut watching trains go by, the RAF fly by or chat to some guys from Network Rail who were checking the tracks due to the heat wave that threatened but never showed. ! I have a hectic life and a week at this place is the perfect tonic. I bumped into Robin who has restored the station and Snow Huts and shared a bottle of wine one evening while he was enroute to his other holiday accommodation business in Pitlochry. Other than that I played my favorite albums - watched the world go by recharged my batteries with a few guest Dent Ales. Ill be back I met another couple staying in the smaller Snow Hut who we out walking everyday and a family staying in the station were regular visitors with children who loved trains. I like the fact that whilst there were a few people around the arrangement of the accommodation over about an acre of land means that everyone has their own space, patios and out door areas I liked the woodburners and stack of coal and had a bonfire one afternoon which I certainly cant have in urban confines of home Will be back.
Simon Persse - July 2015
We recently had the pleasure of a few idyllic days staying at Dent Station. We arrived by train and were delighted as we opened the door to 'our' Station. While there's the excitement of trains passing by the front door, the stunning views from a large window beckon to the countryside beyond. On a beautiful day we went for a long walk along narrow country lanes, on a Public Footpath through rolling green fields dotted with spring lambs, beside a babbling brook, across little stone bridges. We passed a little stone Church, admired some late snowdrops and had a conversation with a friendly local at a nearby Inn. On a cold and blustery day we watched the weather come over the hills, still with patches of snow, and up the valley, while warm and cosy inside in front of the fire. Every comfort and convenience is provided in a setting of so much character with special little touches everywhere. Truly a 'storybook' location.
Sue and Ted Hadfield (Australia)
We stayed at the Snow Hut at Dent Station in mid March. The venue is quite isolated and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The Snow Hut itself is very well furnished and was really warm even though the weather was very cold throughout. The wood burners are really efficient and coal was plentiful. Plenty of space for cooking if you want but also some lovely pubs with quality food and good prices within 7 miles. The bed is very comfortable with top quality linen and the bathroom is similarly well equipped and quite large. We had our dog with us and she really enjoyed the freedom to roam and rolling in fresh snow every morning. Access with the trains is also really good when the weather is too inclement.
Robin was around for much of the week and he is very good company and extremely helpful when any queries arise. All in all this venue and property is first rate.
Roger - March 2013
We had a wonderful stay at the station at the beginning of Feb - we felt well and truly chilled by the end of our week
Steve and Karen - Feb 2013
We had a wonderful stay at Dent. We thought the station was wonderful and was very warm and cozy despite it's remote elevated location. The added snow made the station and surrounding area look amazing. It was a truly unique experience and we would certainly like to visit again, and for longer next time. Thank you again for organising everything for us.
Heather - Dec 2012
I just wanted to drop you a note to say that I had a wonderful time at the Snow Hut - it was just what the doctor ordered, and I have been given permission to return by Dawn, but not until the year after next. So hopefully I will be back in 2014. Once again congratulations on having the vision for Dent and turning it into such a special haven.
Simon Crook - Nov 2012
Dent Station is a brilliant place to stay – Beautifully equipped,
we have had a superb week – Thank you for letting us stay at your
Rita Nickells - July 2008
It’s now a few weeks since we stayed at Dent and we wanted to
tell you what an absolutely splendid time we had there! Many, many thanks
for letting us visit your Station – it is truly a magnificent enterprise.
With very best wishes, Ju and Ralph White - June 2008
Just got back home and just wanted to thank you for the great experience
we had at Dent station. We all enjoyed it. We care greatly about the property
and it is important to respect peoples hard work and English heritage. It
really is superb work you have achieved. We would like to book for Sept
Tom Adam Aug 2008
Another highly enjoyable week at Dent . All kinds of weather, beautiful
scenery, trains and adventure.
David Baldwin – July 2008
What a fantastic place to stay – We have had a brilliant week
in luxury and extremity at Dent. The restoration is incredible and we’ve
felt some at home – Thanks for sharing your amazing home with us.
Martin Luxmore – April 2008
The family have had a superb and fascinating break at this brilliant
place, on top of England. We seen steam trains, aircraft, horizontal rain,
brilliant sunshine, been to great pubs and restaurants, and walked the three
peaks – Unforgettable.
The Thompson Family, York. 2008
We have had a ball, in this amazing spot. We loved the underfloor heating,
Rayburn, Real fire and views. My husband spent all week walking the hills
and watching the trains. We tried Dent Ale from the local brewery and tried
some great pubs. What a week.
L Martin May 2008
The girls escape weekend always chooses remote luxury......thats exactly
what we got. The attention to detail and comfort and home comforts at this
time of year were most welcome. Thanks for letting us stay at such a great
venue- And we all arrived by train – How wacky is that!
Lesley Onyett Feb 2008