Thornton Lodge

A fabulous lodge for Wensleydale walks 

Set in 13 private acres of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this is an elegant country mansion packed with period features and the latest comforts. Guest rooms are huge and the breakfasts - served in an oak-paneled dining room - are superb. It's the ultimate base for exploring North Yorkshire, with its unforgettable walks, salmon fishing on the River Ure, and countless towns and villages to reward a longer look.

There are nine guest bedrooms at Thornton Lodge but guest numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 at any one time. All rooms are individual with their own particular character: some have four-poster beds, others have huge en-suite bathrooms with views over the grounds and there is even a single bedroom (though even that has a double bed and would match most other B&B doubles for size. There is also an accessible room on the ground floor for guests with mobility issues. All rooms are ensuite with White company toiletries, super-comfortable beds and, of course, wifi throughout.

Breakfast is served in the wood-panelled dining room and is always a treat. Highlights are the homemade jams and marmalades - raspberry and lime gets perhaps the most praise, though there are also loyal fans of the rhubarb and vanilla. There's a generously stocked breakfast buffet with a variety of juices, cereals, yoghurts and fruits, but leave space for the main breakfast, cooked to order, with plenty of extras, including black pudding and haddock,tailored to your taste.

Your B&B Hosts

Your hostess here is Vanessa Kilvington, who is a fount of knowledge about the history of the lodge, walks in the area, and things to see and do.


Walks are often a focus here, often starting straight from your door, though Thornton Lodge is also close to the Coast to Coast route that passes through the Yorkshire Dales. Further details about walking and fishing opportunities are given on Thornton Lodges own website. There are plenty of waterfalls to visit and Bolton Castle and Jervaulx Abbey are close by, 

01969 663 375


Open through the summer. For 2019 Thornton Lodge is open until the 29th September.

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Vanessa Kilvington
Thornton Lodge
Thornton Rust, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3AP, England

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Tel: 01969 663 375


Prices per room per night, based on two sharing, B & B

Note: minimum stay 2 nights

The largest room - £120

Four poster rooms - £115

King sized rooms - £100

Accessible rooms - £110

Double bedded rooms (single occupancy) - £60