Welcome to Windmill Retreats, a glamping site near the stunning Yorkshire Dales, set on the border of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and just a short drive from the spa town of Harrogate.

The perfect blend of Nature and City.

A glamping holiday near the Yorkshire Dales is a truly unforgettable experience. Relax in our luxurious Shepherd’s Huts with exciting new GeoDomes available now all nestled within acres of stunning countryside and moorlands.

Here at Windmill Retreats, you can experience all that nature has to offer whilst enjoying all your home comforts. Spend your days exploring the majestic dales before relaxing around your own private campfire under a sky full of stars.

Whether you choose a stay in either our cosy Shepherd’s Huts or our new Geodomes in 2024 you’re in for a truly tranquil holiday immersed in the beauty and charm of the Yorkshire Dales.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our retreat!

See what our guests have to say...

Thanks Jo & Mark - we had a lovely stay in this beautiful hut. All the little touches were very thoughtful and the treats greatly appreciated! The hot tub was the icing on the cake to a blissful, restful break.

— Chris & Georgie

A beautiful, peaceful location. Joanne and Mark were on hand to welcome and provide recommendations in the local area. Lovely location, accommodation and facilities. Thank you!

— Chris stayed in Rabbits Den

September 1, 2023

An amazing, quiet, relaxing place to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary! Ran by such lovely, welcoming family. Fantastic high standard accommodation, host tube and fire pits add that little extra special touch. So does the welcome fizz, cakes and other food & drink supplied. Great fun being able to hand feed the cows and the goats. You have created a brilliant retreat. Thank you.

— Matthew & Adele (Nottingham)

About Us

About Us

For three generations, our family has lovingly tended to this land, nurturing a legacy of farming. With deep-rooted ties to the soil, we take immense pride in continuing a tradition that spans decades. Our family consists of three children, including our son Harry, whose enthusiasm knows no bounds. Watch him joyfully assist in dog walks and even take on the role of delivering BBQ packs, all aboard his mini tractor.

Our Accommodation

All of our accommodations feature

  

  • Fully cleaned and sanitised for your comfort and safety
  • Easy check-in and check-out process
  • A welcome pack with all the site and local information you may need

Parking for Multiple Vehicles

Fire Pit & BBQ

Fully Equipped Kitchens

Powerful Showers

Dog Friendly

Optional Futon

Central Heating

Log Burner

Outdoor Seating

Robes & Slippers

What's On Site

Meet The Goats

Meet The Goats

Never a dull moment as our friendly family of goats go about their day-to-day madness.

And Our Cows

And Our Cows

The herd of highland cattle are a formidable sight as the run down the hill at feeding time.

Space & Views

Space & Views

Lots of open space for you to explore and from our raised seating area on a fair weather day you can see all the way over to the White Horse of Kilburn

Coming Soon.... Honesty Shop

Coming Soon.... Honesty Shop

All the basics and conveniently available for you to collect as and when you need them. The range will grow as we learn what people need or forget, but will include bread, milk, eggs and other essentials.

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Shepherd's Huts

Shepherd's Huts

The Ultimate Getaway
Hand Built
Uniquely Styled

GeoDomes

GeoDomes

Fully Furnished
Hotel Room Luxuries
Amazing Dark Sky Views and Privacy

Aurora Geodome

A beautifully decorated Geodome. Brand new for 2024 with all the home comforts.

Estella Geodome

A beautifully decorated Geodome. Brand new for 2024 with all the home comforts.

The Rabbits Den Shepherd's Hut

A unique shepherds hut themed on rabbits.

The Highland Hideaway Shepherd's Hut

A unique shepherds hut themed around the majestic Highland Cattle

The Sheep's Slumber Shepherd's Hut

A unique shepherds hut themed on all things sheep.

Little Moos Shepherd's Hut

A unique shepherds hut themed upon calves.

The Bee's Boudoir Shepherd's Hut

A unique shepherds hut themed around wonderful bumbling bees.

Make your stay extra special....

BBQ Packs

BBQ Packs

We all love a BBQ and our packs provide the perfect selection of family favorites for everyone to enjoy. Sausages are locally sourced from a friend of ours, Weatherhead Butchers of Pateley Bridge. All our meat packs come with fresh white bread rolls and a selection of sauces. Choose from:
-A BBQ for Two (£20) - 2 Burgers either Chicken or Beef, 4 Thick Pork Sausages, 2 lamb kofta or sizzling steak kebabs, 2 BBQ Chicken Fillets, 1 Large White Onion & Bread baps
-Family BBQ Box (£40) - 4 Beef Burgers, 6 Thick Pork Sausages, 2 sizzling steak kebabs, 4 BBQ Chicken Fillets, 4 Lamb Kofta Kebabs, 1 Large White Onion & Bread baps

Breakfast Pack

Breakfast Pack

There is no better start to the day than to wake up to a traditional English breakfast! Our breakfast pack contains everything you need to make a delicious morning feast. Choose from:
-Breakfast for Two (£12) - 4 Back Bacon Rashers, 4 Thin Pork Sausages. 4 Eggs, Mushrooms & 1 Pack of Vine Tomatoes
-Family Breakfast Box (£24) - 8 Back Bacon Rashers, 4 Thin Pork Sausage, 4 Thick Pork Sausage, 6 Eggs, Mushrooms & 1 Pack of Vine Tomatoes

Luxury Celebration Pack

Luxury Celebration Pack

For a special occasion surprise your loved ones with our luxury celebration pack and we will transform the inside of your Shepherd’s Hut or Bell Tent for your arrival. They’ll be sure to love it! A few things we can provide:
- Champagne & Glasses Fairy lights and bunting Helium filled balloons
- Locally made delicious cakes and delights from a local shop Yorkshire Born & Bread

Hot Tub

Hot Tub

Hire a hot tub and make your stay even more special.
Sit back and enjoy the view and gaze at the stars on an evening from your very own hot tub located right outside your accommodation.
Hot tubs need to be booked when you book your accommodation so we can make sure the hot tub is freshly filled and warming ready for your arrival.

Sweet Treats Tray

Sweet Treats Tray

Why not let us treat your sweet tooth with a range of sweet treats to make your stay extra special. From hot chocolate to strawberries in chocolate, to marshmallows for the fire pit the Sweet Treats Tray has something for everyone.

Bespoke Packages

Bespoke Packages

Everyone is different and desire different things to make their stay or celebration extra special. We can cater for most requests from food to drink to balloons / banners and all things in between.

Feed the Animals

Feed the Animals

Subject to the weather and the animals you can often help out at feeding time.

Freedom From Wi-Fi

Freedom From Wi-Fi

Whilst all of the big mobile providers have service at Windmill Retreats, the rural and peaceful nature of the site doesn't really suit the installation of site-wide WiFi. And sometimes its nice to disconnect a little more....

What's Nearby

Harrogate

Harrogate

Harrogate is our nearest town, just to the east of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its heritage as a fashionable spa resort continues in the Montpellier Quarter with the Royal Pump Room Museum, documenting the importance of local mineral springs. Nearby is the restored, Moorish-style Turkish Baths & Health Spa. To the west, leafy Valley Gardens features the art deco Sun Pavilion.

Knaresborough

Knaresborough

The most photographed viaduct in Yorkshire! Knaresborough is a market and spa town and civil parish on the River Nidd in North Yorkshire, England. It is three miles east of Harrogate. Famous for it's beautiful river setting, traditional high street, and the annual bed race.

Ripon

Ripon

Ripon is a cathedral city in North Yorkshire, England. The city is located at the confluence of two tributaries of the River Ure, the Laver and Skell, and offers great walks, a thriving shopping area and the outstanding cathedral.

Otley

Otley

Wander around the quaint cobbled streets. Browse the independent shops: antiques, unique gifts, art, jewellery and lots more. Wash down the award-winning pork pies with real ale in one of the many historic pubs. Picnic by the riverside. Hike to the top of The Chevin for a breathtaking view across the Wharfedale valley. Bring your bike and cycle in the tracks of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Leeds

Leeds

On the south bank of the River Aire, the Royal Armouries houses the national collection of arms and artillery. Across the river, the redeveloped industrial area around Call Lane is famed for bars and live music venues under converted railway arches. Leeds Kirkgate Market features hundreds of indoor and outdoor stalls.

Betty's Tea Rooms

Betty's Tea Rooms

Step into a world of timeless elegance at Bettys Tea Rooms in the heart of Harrogate. Established in 1919, this iconic destination blends exquisite afternoon teas, artisanal pastries, and a quintessential English atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of a bygone era as you enjoy the finest teas, delectable treats, and impeccable service. With its rich history and unparalleled charm, Bettys Tea Rooms offers a truly memorable experience that captures the essence of Harrogate's heritage.

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Billy Bob's Ice-cream Parlour

Billy Bob's Ice-cream Parlour

At this vibrant venue, the fusion of good times and delightful flavours takes centre stage. Step into a vintage American diner accompanied by an expansive wooden play park and an enchanting play barn adorned with hay bales, rope swings, and exhilarating racing slides. This combination makes for an ideal family outing, offering a perfect blend of delectable dining and boundless fun for everyone.

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Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sprawling Cistercian monastery dating back to the 12th century, nestled amidst lush gardens and rolling hills. Visitors are invited to explore the meticulously preserved ruins, stroll through the beautifully landscaped Studley Royal Water Garden, and immerse themselves in the surrounding countryside.

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Mother Shipton's Cave

Mother Shipton's Cave

Nestled within the charming town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, Mother Shipton's Cave is a place steeped in legend and history. Named after the renowned prophetess Mother Shipton, who is said to have foretold future events with uncanny accuracy, this natural cave and its surrounding park hold a sense of enchantment and intrigue.

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Marigold Cafe & Boat Hire

Marigold Cafe & Boat Hire

Discover Marigold Café and Boating in the charming Knaresborough. Start with a serene boat ride along the River Nidd*, soaking in the town's beauty. Afterwards, unwind at Marigold Café with artisanal coffee and local delights. A perfect blend of relaxation and culinary pleasure awaits you by the waterside. (*boating open March - October)

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Nidd Gorge

Nidd Gorge

Nidd Gorge is a captivating natural wonder that beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Carved by the meandering River Nidd, this lush ravine showcases the unspoiled beauty of the region.
Explore scenic walking trails that wind through ancient woodlands, offering glimpses of the river's serene flow and the vibrant flora and fauna that call this gorge home.

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Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle stands as a timeless testament to history, beauty, and grandeur. With roots tracing back over 700 years, this stately home offers a glimpse into the past while providing a captivating present-day experience. Wander through the gardens, where perfectly manicured lawns, vibrant flower beds, and ornate statues create a harmonious outdoor retreat. Be sure to take a look at the deer park, where majestic deer roam freely against the backdrop of the castle's turrets and towers.

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Parthian Climbing Wall

Parthian Climbing Wall

Climbing walls in Harrogate for beginners and experienced climbers.

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Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge (known locally as Pateley) is a market town in Nidderdale in the county and district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies on the River Nidd. It is in the Yorkshire Dales and just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The town has the oldest sweet shop in the world. Established in 1827, it is housed in one of the earliest buildings in Pateley Bridge, dating from 1661. Pateley Bridge is also the home of the Nidderdale Museum.

Swinsty & Fewston Reservoir

Swinsty & Fewston Reservoir

There are many reservoirs in the local area, but two of the favourites are Swinsty and Fewston

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Local Businesses

Weathershead Butchers

Weathershead Butchers

Our local butchers who supply all of the meat for our amazing breakfast and BBQ packs

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Yorkshire Born & Bread

Yorkshire Born & Bread

An exceptional local bakery and trusted suppliers to Windmill Retreats.

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Curious Cow of Harrogate

Curious Cow of Harrogate

** Mention Windmill Retreats for a discount on your meal **
Steaks, pizzas & Sunday roasts served in a cosy pub featuring global beers, craft cocktails & wines.

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The Smiths Arms at Beckwithshaw

The Smiths Arms at Beckwithshaw

** Mention Windmill Retreats for a discount on your meal **
The Smiths Arms is a charming 18th century country pub with a secluded beer garden that captures the sunshine, and warm, welcoming open fires to stave off evening chills.

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