Dent Station Holiday Home

Posted on: 25 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

A holiday home ideal for those who love the great outdoors, with a good measure of romantic nostalgia thrown in.

Situated on the legendary Carlisle to Settle railway line, Dent is England's highest mainline railway station, and following its sympathetic restoration, is now available for luxury holiday rental.

So sympathetic was its conversion that it impressed the judges of two major national awards - A National Railway Heritage Award (NRHA) and the RICS North West Tourism & Leisure Award 2008. 

Historic photo of Dent Station This unique Grade II Listed property, located in beautiful Dentdale, Yorkshire, promises to provide a distinctly different self-catering experience.  It is a holiday destination ideal for those with a passion for railways, but also those who want to enjoy the perfect vantage point from which to take in some of the Dales’ most breathtaking scenery.

Ten Things To Do In Dent

Travel on the famous Carlisle to Settle railway - you can even arrive at your holiday destination by train

Pretend you are the Fat Controller from Thomas The Tank Engine fame, or one of the Railway Children!

Visit Dent Brewery, one of the most remote real ale breweries in the country

Savour the taste of Wensleydale cheese and locally made pies

Enjoy walks throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria

Visit the famous 440 yard sweeping Ribblehead Viaduct with its 24 arches

Have a cup of Yorkshire tea in one of the many tearooms found in the surrounding towns

Visit Kendal, famous for its mint cake

Walk around the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, known for Devil's Bridge and Ruskin's View

Simply enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the surrounding area

Dent Station was opened in 1877, and is some eight miles north of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  The station sits 1,150 foot above sea level within an acre of land, alongside the railway line that weaves its way from the infamous Blea Moor Tunnel four miles away.

Robin Hughes, a chartered surveyor, has always been interested in railways and decided to buy the station and restore it as a luxury retreat.

Steam excursions run on the line next to the converted station during the weekends, so you can arrive in style on your own doorstep - or platform - from London in around 4 hours.  

This remarkable holiday home has been finished with a classic ‘first class’ period look.  The restored woodwork gleams with a fresh coat of Midland Railway maroon and cream paintwork, while inside a coal-fired Rayburn is complemented by efficient, modern-day under floor heating.

The accommodation has been imaginatively designed, with the former booking hall now a spacious sitting room and the original ladies’ waiting room transformed into a kitchen/dining area.  The three bedrooms sleep a total of six people.  Superb new bathrooms have been carefully chosen to provide a traditional look, and all in keeping with the property.

Around five passenger trains in each direction link Carlisle and Leeds and stop at Dent daily, and the line is regularly used by freight trains.  Dent Station is a great place from which to explore the Dales by train, with seven-day rover tickets affording access to the Bedroom in the railway cottagesurrounding towns and villages. 

Dent village itself is around four miles away and has its own brewery, while the trip from Settle to Carlisle is regarded as one of the most scenic and quintessential railway journeys in the world. 

This holiday home is a must for those who love the great outdoors, with all the luxury and comfort of modern living - and a good measure of romantic nostalgia thrown in. 

Getting There

The living roomLocated on the Carlisle - Settle - Leeds line, the station is four miles from the village of Dent, around eight miles north of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, and almost equi-distant between Leeds and Carlisle.

By Train

Accessible from anywhere on the UK rail network, approximate journey times are:

Leeds - 2 Hours                      Carlisle - 1½ Hours                 Manchester - 3 Hours

London - 4¼ Hours                Glasgow - 3½ Hours               Birmingham - 4 Hours

By Road

Dent Station can easily be accessed from Junction 34 of the M6, or if travelling from the North East via the A1 near Beadale.  Address: Dent Station, Cowgill, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5RF.

A week’s stay at Dent Station for six people is priced from £785.   For more information visit

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