“C2C” 5* TripAdvisor September 2018
When people put hearts and souls into something, it shows.
Neil and Karen have worked tirelessly to transform a decrepit stone farm into a very special place in the glorious Pennine Way/Swaledale area of North Yorkshire.
Cold, wet and tired, we were whisked into a drying room, where we removed our gear. (Karen magically managed to get everything dry by the next morning!) After a brief tour, Karen showed us to our very attractive, squeaky clean, comfortable room for a hot shower and rest. Relaxing before a pre-ordered dinner on site, Neil poured us drinks to enjoy in the comfy lounge looking over the hills. Nothing so nice as watching rain from a warm and dry spot after walking all day in it!
Dinner, breakfast, and the packed lunches were simply delicious and creative. Neil and Karen were so friendly and caring and genuine. And they have considered every detail in creating a haven for walkers.
Frith Lodge is a bit off the C2C track but well worth a visit. We did not want to leave at all. Thank you Neil and Karen for such a lovely stay. While we visited a great many very pleasant B & B’s on our walk, yours was our favorite. And yes, we made it to RHB!
“Amazing attention to detail, delicious food and super friendly service” 5* TripAdvisor August 2018
We wish we could have stayed longer and hopefully we’ll return – in fact, we met one guest who’s on her THIRD visit and we can see why! Karen and Neil are amazing hosts, and have created top notch, characterful accommodation to rival most four star hotels – and I say this as a former operator of boutique hotels myself. The bedrooms and public areas are beautifully appointed and decorated with lots of individual touches and – importantly – well designed bathrooms, comfortable beds and excellent lighting. The food, from a wide-ranging and imaginative menu, is delicious and homely, and all served in generous portions and with style. Sitting in splendid isolation, Frith Lodge truly feels like it is on top of the world. Thank you for an AMAZING visit!
“Heavenly stay at Frith Lodge” 5* TripAdvisor July 2108
Jane and I stayed at Frith Lodge in July at the tail end of the 2018 heat wave which swept across the UK. While we were there the hot weather broke to dramatic thunder storms, very heavy rain and some intermittent showers. Jane is a keen walker and I enjoy walking and cycling and was looking forward to trying out a section of the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France. The context is relevant because it will have challenged our hosts, Karen and Neil, in terms of the demands we placed on their hospitality. Think bag loads of walking and bike kit, different demands across a number of days and you’ll get the sense that we were far from easy guests.
Frith Lodge is the best B&B that Jane and I have ever experienced. Judging from their genuinely warm responses, most of the guests who were there during our four-day stay, felt the same. In my book, an excellent B&B is spotlessly clean, combines contemporary interior design with a sense of place and history. It comes with a memorable breakfast and feels, in all regards, unique and distinctive. At Frith Lodge you get all this and, should you want it, a well-stocked bar with the best Black Sheep beer I had anywhere in the Dales, and the option of an amazingly home-cooked meal. And if that isn’t enough to commend Frith Lodge, then the hosts Karen and Neil, are two of the most committed, thoughtful and quietly hard-working hosts we have ever had the good fortune to know. Neil’s gentle patience in guiding me towards a cycling route I stood a chance of completing, and Karen’s sensitive recommendations of walking routes and tea stops, were both much-appreciated and very welcome.
It is sometimes an easy cliché to suggest that, when visiting a place of stunning beauty like the Yorkshire Dales, you make friends along the way but, on this occasion, it was absolutely true. Karen and Neil deserve great success, not only because of their stunning B&B but because they are two of the nicest people you are going to meet on this, or any, journey.
“Jewell in the Dales” 5* TripAdvisor July 2018
First stayed on the Coast to Coast – liked it so much, we have returned annually for two nights stay, using walking as the excuse. Hosts are brilliant , food and facilities excellent. Recommend as part of a long walk, day walks or just as an escape from whatever it is you do!
“Tour de Yorkshire” 5* TripAdvisor June 2018
The Frith Lodge was absolutely fantastic! We arrived with a party of eight wet cyclists and our bikes and party were picked up and taken up to Frith Lodge. We could dry our clothes in a sweet smelling drying room (a first). The rooms were beautiful and the small touches of freshly baked cupcakes and biscuits were much appreciated. We also ate Karen’s fabulous dinner which felt like being in a restaurant. There was also a bar which was tended by Neil. We are all thinking of an excuse to go back again soon. If Carlsberg did bed and breakfasts….
5/5 Google Review June 2018
Absolutely the best place I have ever stayed. Best food ever. Will recommend it to anyone and everyone! Utterly brilliant.
“Perfect B&B, great hosts…. Best place to stay on Pennine Way” 5* TripAdvisor May 2018
Right from the start Neil & Karen’s welcome was fantastic. We had been walking in the rain and they offered to wash our wet clothes. Rooms were beautifully appointed and comfortable. All details such as home made biscuits. Guest sitting room and dinner together on large table. Good selection of drinks to purchase. Both Neil and Karen are very personable and hospitable, beautiful food and they totally get what a walker needs when they come in from a long day. They also provide tips and pack lunches as required. They have thought about every detail and are hospitable hosts that go the extra mile so that we can enjoy our walk even more. If there were 6 stars I would give them.
Facebook 5* April 2018
Absolutely incredible place! Location is the best fabulous get away. Neil and Karen the most gorgeous people and the home is the most luxurious cosy places I’ve ever stayed didn’t want to leave. We have already booked for next year. Highly recommend
It’s the best!!!!
“Perfect” 5* TripAdvisor September 2017
Wow, It was pouring with rain and our taxi took us from Thwaite to this remote Lodge. What a fantastic location, Amazing renovation. Beautiful rooms, food and hospitality. Don’t think it could be bettered. The facilities are great and the drying room was the best on The Pennine Way.
We will be back.
“Of 85 B&Bs/Inns visited in three months, this is in the top three. Easily” 5* TripAdvisor August 2017
I have recently walked Land’s End to John o’Groats and as a consequence experienced all sorts of accommodation. Frith Lodge was a pearl among these! Karen was incredibly friendly and accommodating (forcing on me a local beer upon my arrival. How I demurred!) The farmhouse has been modernised in the best possible taste and obviously at no little expense – modern, but keeping all of the traditional character in building material and construction quality.I ate there in the evening and couldn’t have been happier with the service and food. The surrounding scenery is absolutely stunning. Can only recommend!
“Best Pennine Accommodation” 5* TripAdvisor July 2017
This was hands down the best place we’ve stayed while walking the Pennines.The location: superb. Couldn’t ask for more. Everywhere you looked, your eyes would be blessed with sheer delight. Conveniently located up a hill, providing amazing views while away from cars and pollution. The lodge: Me, my partner and a friend travelling with us (alongside 2 other couples we’d found there) found the place to be beyond words. Newly refurbished to a very high standard, reasonably priced, amazing hosts (and I can’t praise Neil and Karen enough here as they went above and beyond to make our stay as enjoyable as possible). If you are looking for a place to complement your walk, there’s no other place to end the day.The food: my, oh my that was tasty. Karen is a fabulous cook and Neil does everything else to perfection. Everyone tried a different thing (you may remember my partner and the friend) and we were all on cloud 9 by the end. Happy days Keep up the amazing work Neil and Karen. I’ll be seeing you again, that’s for sure.
We visited Frith Lodge while walking the Coast to Coast. The Lodge is a mile or so off the walk (along the Pennine Way), but a very worthwhile diversion, and an opportunity to sample a mile of the beautiful Pennine Way.This was an absolute gem of a find. Our room was so immaculate, we could easily believe we were the first people to have stayed here.The owners, Neil and Karen, were very accommodating and nothing was too much problem. As walkers themselves, they have carefully considered the needs of walkers.My husband is vegan, so we were delighted to discover they had a varied nutritious vegan dinner menu (as well as other menus); but also vegan breakfast menu and packed lunch menus. They were proactive with sending the menus to us before we arrived, so we could order early and didn’t have to worry about getting there in time to make a reservation and get our orders in.Top quality from start to finish. We’ll definitely be back.
Stayed here 2 nights during the Coast to Coast in May 2017. At first sight, we couldn’t believe our luck: Frith Lodge was in a stunning location, the views were amazing! Accommodation extremely high standard, modern style. Very comfy bed, all the mod cons in the room. Nice warm and cosy lounge with a wood burner, perfect after a long day’s walk on the blustery fells!Neil and Karen went out of their way to make us feel right at home. There was a small bar where you can have a pint of local ale while chatting to other guests. Karen prepared all the home cooked food specially to order. The menu was a pleasant step away from the stodge found in pubs elsewhere on the C2C. The Moroccan fish was amazing! Similarly the breakfast was something a bit different; all the usual cooked breakfast options were available, but we tried the Bircher muesli, made by Karen overnight, delicious and found nowhere else on the C2C.Neil and Karen have done the C2C themselves so they know what walkers want and it shows in how they have put this place together. Some of the B&Bs on the C2C felt pretty average but Frith Lodge was the best by far; a truly memorable stay. I am so glad we booked an extra night here for a mid way rest stop!! The fact that this sits on lots of other walks – Pennine way, Heriot way, etc – means we will be back! Top place.
We just walked the Herriot Way and stayed with Neil, Karen and Jess our first night before we started hiking. I was excited to start the hike but hated to leave their B&B. This place is just stunning. I can’t wait to go back and just stay at the Frith Lodge and do day hikes. Neil and Karen did an amazing job restoring this place. Our rooms were wonderful, the food was great and the beer and wine get two thumbs up. You can NOT beat the views you have from this B&B. Thank you Neil and Karen for such a lovely experience! Andrew, the kids and myself loved it! OH….Neil and Karen even email us on our last day of hiking the Herriot Way to check on us because the weather had turned a bit on us.
Wow! this place is fantastic. We booked to stay here for one night to extend our weeks holiday in a lovely cottage in Low Row. So glad we did. We had a wonderful warm welcome from Karen and Neil (and Neil’s mum & dad, and Jess the collie!)Everything was just perfect even down to the tiny details of being given fresh milk rather than the uht pots for the tea in our room. The homemade biscuits in each room were a delight.Sitting down to dinner with all the guests is a great idea as you get the chance to meet lots of interesting people and hear their tales from walking either the Pennine way or coast to coast. The food was delicious too. The décor is fabulous and when you see the photos of the place when they moved in you’ll be astounded.We all wish Karen and Neil every success with their venture and look forward to coming back. I can’t recommend this place enough.
Frith Lodge is everything and more that is advertised. Karen and Neil are wonderful hosts, taking care of every detail – even picking us up from the pub when we were too tired to walk back. It is in a perfect location for beautiful walks and stunning scenery from every window. The accommodation is superb and felt like home from home. Looking forward to going back very soon – Karen’s cooking is devine! Thank you both for a wonderful weekend.
Wow, I don’t know where to start with this place, it’s a little bit of heaven in God’s own country. I stayed here for a few days and was totally blown away. I’ve stayed in B&Bs before but this was without doubt the perfect place after a long hard day’s walking. The rooms are immaculate, pure luxury with lots of little extras, and not what you’d normally get in a B&B accommodation. The views are simply stunning, even if you’re not planning on getting out on the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way, it’s got everything you need for a few days away.
Visited this amazing place on the coast to coast. It’s in an absolutely stunning semi wilderness with breathtaking views but the accommodation is modern 5 star luxury. Food excellent and Karen and Neil make charming hosts. Can’t wait to be back and many thanks for a great stay.
We really had no idea what to expect before we arrived, having been booked in on a pre-arranged itinerary walking the C2C. From the moment rounded the corner, we knew we’d found somewhere really special. Frith Lodge is located approximately one mile north of Keld on the Pennine Way and is situated a good way off the road, high on the side of the hill. The farmhouse is where the owners (Karen and Neil) live, with the B&B accommodation (5 bedrooms, lounge, dining room and bar) in a barn conversion which has been done to the highest possible standard. You order your food when you arrive and sit down to a communal meal at 7pm. The food is extremely good and afterwards our hosts joined us for a drink, conversation and plenty of laughs. This really is a special place, and a special thanks to Karen and Neil for their exceptional hospitality, and for living the dream! Brilliant.
You will not find a better BnB anywhere. You won’t find better hosts anywhere. That’s it. What a fantastic experience. Thank you both.