Meadowsweet Bothy

Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire
The exterior of Meadowsweet Bothy.
The sleeping platforms in Meadowsweet Bothy.
The interior of Meadowsweet Bothy.
The exterior of Meadowsweet Bothy. The sleeping platforms in Meadowsweet Bothy. The interior of Meadowsweet Bothy.

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Flexible
  • Minimum stay 1 night
  • Number of dogs welcome 2

About Meadowsweet Bothy

New. This converted seventeenth-century barn offers ‘camping within walls’ accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Meadowsweet Bothy adjoins Ragged Robin Bothy in a converted two-cell barn and shippon, originally used for housing farm livestock and hay.

Located on the edge of the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve, its wild and remote location allows you to disconnect from modern life for a few days. Go hiking around the tarn in search of wildlife to photograph or watch the stars as night falls. Discover the magical waterfall of Janet's Foss, which hides amongst the woods near Malham or go further afield to walk the more remote fells of Malham Moor.

Each bothy has its own secure entrance and is separated from the neighbouring bothy by a stone dividing wall. The bothies have high roof eaves, stone whitewashed walls and stone/concrete earth floors. Each bothy has 3 bunkbed platforms (wooden bases only), sleeping 6 people, with a breakfast bar-style seating area.

Toilet and cold-water sink are located in an external outhouse, shared between the 2 bothies. There is no lighting or heating and guests should bring their own bedding mats/airbeds and other camping equipment.


  • Walking
  • Cycling

Enquire and book

Call 0344 335 1296

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm

Saturday: 9am - 7pm

Sunday: 9am - 1pm


Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave not available
  • Fridge not available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner not available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


  • Ground floor

    3 bunk beds platforms are provided for guests to put their own mats or air beds on; no mattress, pillows, bedding or linen provided.

    The bothy shares an external toilet, sink and a cold water tap with the neighbouring bothy. These are located in a shed adjoining the bothies.

    There is no heating or lighting in the bothy.

Notes for guests

Heating: No heating provided. 

Bedding/linen: No linen provided.

Facilities: The bothy shares an external toilet, sink and a cold water tap with the neighbouring bothy. These are located in a shed adjoining the bothies.

Parking: 1 parking space is located next to the bothy and extra parking spaces are at end of track near National Trust Estate Office, a few minutes' walk away. The track is stone chipping and tarmac, with steps down into the bothies. There is no lighting so guests will need to bring torches.

Garden: There is no enclosed garden area.

Hazards: The bothy is located on the access track to private residences and the Field Studies Centre, so care should be taken around the bothy and beware of road traffic.

There are steps down into the bothy and steps up to the outside toilet.

The bothy is located in an area of open countryside that is open to everyone at all times and separate private farmland; normal access restrictions apply (eg no dogs or bikes on the nature reserve boardwalk; no access to private farmland). Cattle and sheep may be grazing in the field behind the bothy.

Dog owners should be aware that there is no enclosed garden.

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To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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