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Awards and Rewards

  • Posted On: 10 July 2018
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 104
We are delighted to announce that each of our cottages has again been recognised by VisitEngland with a rating of Four Star Self-Catering, greatly enhanced by their Gold Award (“for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service”), for 2018. Just as we began to celebrate, TripAdvisor added their Certificate of Excellence to each of the properties.  We’re in danger of becoming insufferable! Seriously, we know that bricks and mortar are only part of the...


May Bank Holiday, 2018

  • Posted On: 28 May 2018
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 187

At last, after extensive refurbishments, The Buck Inn reopens - to a happy coincidence with the traditional Spring Bank visit of touring Morris Men (and Women), when various groups perform outside The Buck Inn throughout the day.

So, to Jeremy and Jo, at The Buck Inn, and all the dancers, we say "Cheers" and we wish you all well.



When the Dales re-awaken

  • Posted On: 21 May 2018
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 176
Maytime The return of the swallows heralds Maytime, a favourite time in the Dales.   The ‘Beast from the East’ is a fading memory as the valleys fill with lambs.  It is worth comparing a local field of ewes in the snows of March (shown in our previous News item) with their new born lambs in the lush grasslands of the present pasture.   Swallows and lambs are not the only signs of Spring; natures’ alarm clock – the dawn chorus – is at full...


  • Posted On: 3 March 2018
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 297
Contrasts This item should have been a ‘Happy New Year’ piece from Buckden.  Too late!  But there are anniversaries a plenty.  Early in January we took a wonderful trip to Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong before returning to Buckden.  We cannot claim that we planned our itinerary around certain events but we found ourselves in Queensland on Australia Day then, at the Bay of Islands, North Island New Zealand, on Waitangi Day.  Waitangi was the venue for...

Autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness

  • Posted On: 25 September 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 607
Autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness A time of preparation, where flora and fuana are gathering themselves for the inevitable arrival of winter. Leaves are turning; indeed, falling. Berries are plumping up; a rich and varied harvest waiting to sustain the birds through the worst of winter weather. The wild pheasants congregating in our garden have been joined by rabbits from the adjoining fields, all enjoying the glut of fallen fruit - especially the plums and apples, after an exceptionally good season. Wild deer...