Arbour Hill – The Dove Cote & Summer House


The Dove Cote & Summer House at Arbour Hill offer guests an exquisite Relaxing & Romantic retreat set within the grounds of a beautiful and historic estate in Wensleydale. Subject to recent and outstanding renovations, these gorgeous Grade II listed buildings have been transformed into luxury bijou holiday cottage, exclusively designed for couples, with their own wood-fired hot tubs. The perfect couples holiday destination within the Yorkshire Dales.

Arbour Hill has an incredibly romantic history. It’s said that the former Earl of the estate had four Palladian style model farms built at all four points of the compass from his castle, to remind his wife of her native Italy. Arbour Hill forms part of one of these stunning Georgian farms and affords its own wonderful views of the castle, estate and Wensleydale beyond.

The superb renovation of these luxury cottages has taken great care to retain the elegant character of the buildings as well as introducing the latest green technology. A Biomass boiler and solar panels on the stable block combine to provide green heat and hot water to these listed buildings.

The renovation has also made fantastic use of the space. Downstairs in each of the cottages you’ll find a cosy living area complete with a compact kitchen and breakfast bar dining area. The cute breakfast bar is perfectly proportioned for two. Pull up a stool and enjoy some freshly laid eggs, home made bread, jam and marmalade, washed down with a glass of Prosecco, all complimentary for a truly indulgent first morning breakfast.

Downstairs is also home to a luxurious wet room. Travertine tiles from floor to ceiling, underfloor heating, a monsoon showerhead and a heated LED mirror all combine to create a sense of indulgence and comfort. Complimentary toiletries and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels are included too, for that luxury hotel ambiance.

Make your way up the stairs to the dreamy beamed bedroom. Take in the spectacular views of the nearby Hornby castle through the round window and from the Juliet balcony a view of the newly commissioned formal parterre garden in the grounds. Throw open the curtains each morning and breathe in these romantic Yorkshire vistas.

The bedrooms have double beds dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen and come complete with sumptuous pocket-sprung mattresses. There’s SMART TV’s, with high speed Wi-Fi internet connectivity, if you want to kick back and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your bed.

Set within the grounds of a larger estate, the cottages have as much to enjoy outside as in. The fully walled garden boasts mature trees and shrubs and compliments the elegant Georgian architecture, as does the beautiful formal parterre garden. For those long lazy lunches over a bottle or two there’s a sheltered dining area complete with quality teak outdoor furniture.

Uninterrupted views in all directions, sunsets and romantic evening lighting combine to create something really quite magical in this little corner of Yorkshire.


  • On-Site Parking
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycling Friendly
  • Access to Golf Course