This is an exceptional B&B. There is really nothing that the wonderful hosts Neil and Karen haven’t thought of. The property has been beautifully refurbished and tastefully furnished. The food was first class – Karen provides a grest choice of beautifully prepared home cooked dishes for dinner and breakfast (not to mention tea and delicious home made cake on arrival). Neil and Karen could not be more helpful and welcoming. They clearly put their whole heart into providing a great experience for their guests. We were walking the coast to coast and Frith Lodge provided the best accommodation and food of the whole trip. We will definitely return (not least in order to enjoy the fantastic Yorkshire crumpets breakfast again!).
We recently stayed here as part of our great Badger Adventure walking holiday doing part of the Pennine Way. A long upward slog to get to it but boy were we rewarded when we arrived and met my owner and Jessie. The place was amazing, such views! The place has been beautifully and tastefully designed and couldn’t fault anything. The art work in the rooms was amazing as was the food. The rhubarb and apple crumble deserves a review all of its own! Thanks again for an amazing restful night.
We staggered here on day 7 of our Coast to Coast walk, we had heard great things about Frith Lodge but you really have to show up to realise that all the reviews are spot on. From the first pot of tea and carrot cake to leaving everything is so well done. Great renovation project, great hosts and superb food – one night was genuinely too short a stay, so thank you Karen and Neil and keep up the great work we will definitely return to your beautiful Frith Lodge
We had the perfect stay with Neil and Karen (not forgetting their lovely dog Jess) for a two night break from the Coast to Coast. We had experienced some terrible weather in the days leading up to our arrival, and it was utter bliss to be greeted with hot coffee and freshly baked blueberry muffins. We put our clothes in the laundry service and drank cups of tea and ate freshly bake biscuits in our room, followed by glorious showers before settling down for the evening meal.
The evening meals were incredible, the food was a highlight of our stay as Karen is a brilliant cook. They had a lovely little bar with their own brand of gin, which we thoroughly enjoyed! We then headed off to our room for a brilliant night sleep, the room was perfection – spotlessly clean, fantastic country-farm style chic decor, with all the amenities you could possibly need.
Our second day at Frith was mostly relaxing and recouping before carrying on with our hike, we sat in the comfortable and stylish lounge with views over the Dales. The views were also another highlight of the stay, as nature enthusiasts it was fantastic to see such a huge array of bird life from our window and watch the sunset behind the hills from our bed!
We also really enjoyed learning about how Karen and Neil had hiked the coast to coast themselves, and had been inspired to open Frith Lodge as a result. The journey they’ve been on since is incredible – renovating a delipidated barn ‘Grand Designs’ style into the beautiful lodge.
What began as an ‘essential’ zero day stop-over, turned into the highlight of our trip and we will most definitely return for a holiday in the future – but with less hiking miles involved next time!
Most definitely the best place to stop on the C2C – so to summarise it’s the best accommodation for nearly 200 miles!
We can’t wait to return – Emily & Brian
I was walking the Pennine Way from Hawes on a wet day and was glad to reach Frith Lodge to get out of the rain. A warm welcome awaited me. Karen (who is really friendly) greeted and welcomed me to this amazing place. I was soon divested of my wet boots and waterproofs which Karen hung in the drying room. I was shown to my tastefully decorated and well appointed room. The bathroom had modern appliances and a great shower. And so to dinner. Karen is a fantastic cook and the food served was first class. Just the restorative I needed after a soaking on the hills. Neil provided table service and was very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. The dining room windows allow you to view the local wildlife unobserved. I was able to watch redshank and lapwings at close quarters whilst I dined. Both the quiet location and the really comfortable bed ensured a great nights sleep. Breakfast was excellent, complete with wonderful home made marmelade. I ordered a packed lunch, which also featured more delicious home made produce. I cannot praise Neil and Karen and Frith Lodge enough. It was the best night’s stay of my entire trip, by a large margin. This is how accommodation should be run. Neil and Karen’s attention to detail is second to none. I can’t recommend Frith Lodge highly enough.
Frith Lodge is quite unique and different from other venues we stayed at on the C2C; once you are there, you are taken in and taken care of e2e! We also went away with a great packed lunch.
We had a superb 3 course dinner there, as well G&Ts (Swaledale Gin).
Very keen to go back and I would happily stay a week !
“Leave your boots outside” was a term we had a few times on our walk but at Frith Lodge it was only a temporary measure to air out our boots before they were moved for us into the boot room a few hours later.
1st impressions of the building and interior are just simply amazing, and when shown to our rooms we felt like we had been completely spoilt. Huge bed with clean white soft sheets, fresh homemade biscuits with tea and fresh milk, ample space with a large en suite bathroom and best of all the view from our window was stunning.
We really were gleaming at the room we had.We had ordered an evening meal with our stay and after frequenting the bar inside the lodge and exchanging walking stories with Neil, we were shown to the dinner table. What a pure delight from start to finish, the food was simply top notch! All homemade by Karen. Top work Karen ooof lovely!
At 1st when we sat at the table and saw that other guests were at the same table, the English man in me squirmed abit at having to talk to other guests. But it really does work well here as I’m guessing most people that stay here are like minded people with stories to share of their walking experiences. We really enjoyed the company and the social aspect of dinner.As Coast to Coast walkers we felt right at home at Frith Lodge, as the owners Neil and Karen had tons of local knowledge and shared memories of when they had done the walk 10 years ago. They really were genuinely interested in our story and put every effort into ensuring we had a nice stay.”Do you need any clothes washing?” Is music to any multi day walkers ears. Yet to have them dried and folded up outside our bedroom door in the morning just another example of how much Neil and Karen’s care reached. A little note under the door in the morning “Good Morning Sarah & Dale. Clothes washed and dried and are outside your door :)”. It woke us up with a smile and this was the general theme of our stay.I would highly recommend anybody to stay here, even if you aren’t walking. The views can be taken in from their front garden which houses some chairs and tables for guests. I could imagine me spending all weekend here pottering about enjoying the views and serenity of the place.Simply put this is one of our favourite places we have ever stayed!Thanks for your efforts Neil and Karen. We will definitely be back, although after a few years in New Zealand 🙂
Stunning location amazing accommodation 5* TripAdvisor August 2019
Stayed for one night with a group of friends after walking in Swaledale. The location is truly stunning and set right on the Pennine Way/C2C with spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Our evening meal was absolutely superb – it was a treat at the end of a long day and was tasty, filling and well presented.
A good nights sleep was followed by a wonderful breakfast, all fresh with lots of choice and cooked to order.
Neil and Karen really make their guests feel welcome and this is a top class accommodation in a beautiful location.
We can’t wait to return and highly recommend this great place.
‘Unforgettable Stay’ 5* TripAdvisor August 2019
Of all the places we stayed during the Coast-to-Coast walk and sightseeing after the walk (17 different accommodations) Frith Lodge was #1 of the 17. From a distance, the Lodge stands out on its own in what truly looks like the middle of nowhere. But one eventually realizes that in restoring this 300+ year old building, Neil and Karen have expertly captured a very special sense of place that is already there. Rooms are modern, and (at least in comparison with most B&Bs) quite spacious; food was expertly prepared; hosts were thoughtful, gracious and relaxed. This might be the best place I’ve ever stayed.
“A little piece of heaven on the Coast to Coast walk” 5* TripAdvisor June 2019
Amazing in every way! It’s location is picture perfect, the facilities are second to none and Karen and Neil, the hosts, are so welcoming and the pint of Black Sheep on arrival was most appreciated. They are walkers themselves and purpose built Frith Lodge to cater for the needs of like-minded people. Our room was quirky and very comfortable with amazing views. Dinner was a great affair – we were joined by people we’d met along the route and we had a lovely time – the food was fantastic – Karen certainly can cook. Breakfast was delicious too. A must stay on the coast to coast.
“Glorious Place Fabulous Hosts” 5* TripAdvisor June 2019
We are absolute fans of Frith Lodge. As a B&B, it clearly reflects the excellence that Karen and Neil pursue. As a consequence it is, without a doubt, one of the best B&B’s in which we have ever stayed. Our room (2) was spacious, warm and equipped with everything one could need for our two-night stay. The home cooked ginger biscuits and the flask of fresh milk were particularly welcomed. Karen’s culinary expertise was evident in all meals presented during the evening meals, with the Beef and Black Sheep Ale Casserole being particularly recommended. For a weary traveller/walker, a well-stocked bar is always appreciated. Needless to say, with a range of single malt whiskies, a pleasing choice of quality wines and a stock of local beers Frith Lodge certainly hit the mark. We are already planning our next visit.
Google Review 5/5 June 2019
Now, that we have finished our C2C walk and have seen so many different guests houses, hotels and B&Bs, I can honestly say that Google needs to provide an extra . Frith Lodge sets a completely new standard for guest houses and I don’t even know where to start with my review.
First, location. Frith Lodge is situated about 2 miles outside of Keld (already not really deserving the rank of a village) and is really remote. Getting there requires a little extra effort for the C2C walkers, but not the ones on the Penine Way – it’s right on that trail. The lodge resides on a hill and a four wheel drive is recommended, should you arrive by car (but why would you?) The views across the valley form up there and from the rooms is spectacular and underlines the remoteness of the building.
The house itself is an old barn/farm house, beautifullly renovated over the duration of three years (do look look at the picture book!). You can see the passion that Karen and Neil put in their work in every detail. Everything is just perfect – the old building is still visible through all the modern amenities and tasteful decorations. When you enter, you are immediately enthralled by the warmth and coziness this place radiates.
The welcome by Karen and Neil was just as warm and embracing – we felt like coming home. Neil provided beverages in the small licensed bar (great bitter) and we got talking with the other guests (hikers) who had arrived around the same time.
After a short break in our rooms (lovely shower, nap) we met for dinner at the big dining table that forms the center of the house. While Neil made sure no one had to sit thirsty, Karen was preparing the pre-ordered meals. She is a fantastic cook and all 9 of us were absolutely happy with their choices (go for the sticky toffee pudding!). Our group of newly met friends sat together for a while after dinner, with more beer, wine and whisky.
Our room was the most beautiful one on the trail. Apart from still being fairly new modern, it felt more like a small apartment (it’s not!). We could have sat at the window sill, looking out across the valley for hours but bed was calling us. We slept like babies on the comfy mattresses and only reluctantly got up. What helped was the prospect of breakfast which we correctly thought might be as good as the dinner.
The worst thing was to say Goodbye to Karen, Neil and their lovely furry four legged creature – we could have stayed for at least another day (or week).
One thing is for sure – we will be back! Thank you so much for this wonderful experience that will always one of the greatest memories of our walk.
Facebook Recommendation May 2019
Paradise. Top class hospitality. Excellent food. This place has it all. I definitely recommend a stop if you are walking in the dales (Pennine Way, Coast to Coast, Herriot Way) and I definitely recommend visiting even if not walking!
“An absolute gem of a place. Our favourite B and B of the Pennine way” 5* TripAdvisor October 2018
My husband and I walked the Pennine way in August and Frith lodge was our favourite B and B by far of the whole trip. The location, as others have said, is second to none and walking up from Keld towards it is special in itself. We were wet and very soggy having had rain off and on all day so to have our wet layers peeled off and everything hung up to dry and boots filled with newspaper so they were all beautifully dry the next day was very welcome. The room was lovely and very comfortable with fresh milk, homemade biscuits and a wonderful shower. Karen’s cooking in the evening was excellent and as vegetarians we were well catered for. Karen and Neil work really hard to provide an excellent service and it really shows in the atmosphere at Frith lodge and the attention to detail.
We’d love to return for more than a one night stay in the future and thoroughly recommend to anyone who loves walking and the outdoors.
“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.
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.
“Best accommodation along the Coast to Coast” 5* TripAdvisor June 2017
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.
“Best place on the c2c!” 5* TripAdvisor June 2017
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.
“The most amazing place! The best part of walking the Herriot Way!” 5* TripAdvisor June 2017
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! what a find” 5* TripAdvisor May 2017
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.
Facebook March 2017 5*
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.
“A little bit of heaven in god’s own country” 5* Tripadvisor Nov 2016
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.
“Amazing B&B” 5* TripAdvisor Nov 2016
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.
“Possible the best B&B you will ever visit!” 5* TripAdvisor Sept 2016
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.
Facebook 5* Sept 2016
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.
AirBNB 5* August 2016
Frith Lodge was indeed the most wonderful 5* surprise of a B&B. Placed perfectly on the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast route, it is a real haven of lovely accommodation, really welcoming helpful hosts, great food, communal dining and a licensed bar. The beds were really comfortable, showers big and the EXTRA touches were everywhere including yummy homemade biscuits. Neil and Karen have thought of everything to ensure their guest’s stay is relaxing, unforgettable and a wanting to return soon. Thank you to you both for your extraordinary vision in creating such fabulous accommodation in such a beautiful location.