We had so many boxes we wanted to tick for October half term but leaving it as late as we did, there was little choice left and we were on the brink of giving up and accepting we'd be staying at home, when we found Riverdale Lodges - not Riverside or Riverview or anything else locally you might accidentally come across...they are new lodges; dog friendly though we didn't have one; set right alongside the River Ure where there's a great walk (The Loop) to the 2 pubs in West Tanfield and a shorter walk back down the single track road to the lodges. I have never been anywhere with such a great welcome pack! Well done to Ingrid who was on hand if we needed her and the welcoming touches were much appreciated - Oystercatcher was so well furnished and comfortable, it's only a matter of time before they shoot up the search engine and everyone will find them far more easily. We will return, if we can get in!!
We loved our stay at Riverdale Lodges. If you are looking for a dog friendly holiday, it does not get better than this. Plenty of stunning walks directly from the lodge, a fenced in area for the dog to run around in plus swimming in the River Ure and a lodge that has got everything you can possible need (dog bed, bowls, towels etc.) To top it all off there is a hot water shower for the dog, so you can clean the dog after a long walk before going to the pub. Talking about pubs, there is a great dog friendly pub walking distance from the lodge. We loved every second of our holiday and felt very much looked after! Thank you Ingrid & Han for being the best hosts ever x
I found Riverdale Lodges completely by chance ... they say everything happens for a reason ... and boy is that true!
We had the most fantastic stay at Oystercatcher - a beautiful lodge which proved to be a home away from home. Very modern, spacious, and spotlessly clean, with the most comprehensive welcome package I’ve ever seen (anything you could possible need was provided upon arrival). There were even lovely extra special touches to make us feel welcome i.e. a welcome message, fresh flowers, toys for our dog, and a teddy.
Oystercatcher has a beautiful decking area which was secure enough to let our little Westie patrol - whilst we enjoyed drinks on the deck soaking in the gorgeous river views. There is something quite tranquil about listening to the river flow by - whilst watching the occasional visits from a family of roe deer. It was just the tonic we all needed.
The hospitality from Riverdale was second to non. Extreamly friendly owners, were nothing was to much trouble. On arrival we also arranged for a delivery from Sainsburys which was perfect and set us up for the week.
Location wise there is a small village about half a mile from the lodges - with a couple of lovely family pubs. Lightwater Valley is a stones throw away, whilst we used Riverdale as a base to explore Masham Black Sheep Brewery, Thirsk, York, Harrogate, Bedale, West Tanfield Railway, Thorp Perrow and Fountains Abbey. Crab and Lobster is also on the door step for some fine dining.
I cannot stress how fantastic Riverdale is enough. We had the most wonderful stay and will definitely be back! There’s no better endorsement than that ...