"Probably the nicest facilities I've ever come across at a camp site."


We have just returned from a wonderful relaxing weekend at "The Cud Life" campsite at Spruisty Farm! The site is just perfect for all ages there was a mixed aged group of campers including children and retired couples. On Saturday night we gathered around the 'Fire Pit' and cooked our dinner then basked in the gentle heat from the fire. The camp site is immaculate and caters for most needs with all the amenities listed by previous reviews above. But the exceptionally warm welcome on arrival and throughout the stay by Tanya and Dave plus the amazing views make the site a place to return to again and again. We visited Harrogate and Castle Howard during our stay and there are so many places to eat out we will definitely be back!


Just spent a sneaky weekend away at "The Cud Life" campsite in our motorhome. The facilities are quite simply 5* with every attention to those important little details. Even a pair of GHD|'s to use if needed, to tame wild camping hair!!!!!! If you want to stay in a first rate cottage with the most amazing views & the finest Yorkshire welcome, then hurry up be quick & book, because little gems like this don't stay empty for long. We had a tour round "Humblebee Cottage" and were blown away by the quality. In short , "an absolute belter of a find",  but please don't tell too many folk or else we won't be able to book a pitch !!!!!!


Have just returned from a short break on this site and would echo previous positive comments. I feel that the welcoming owners have done very well to develop a clean well run site with sensible rules which don't detract from an old fashioned camping experience. We went to an adults only site in the summer but found it rather soulless with most campers shut away in their caravans with the tv by 9pm despite the warm weather. Conversely the well spaced arrangement at The Cud Life allows plenty of room and the clear centre with campfire feels inclusive and encourages conversation. 

Its hard to build on the praise given to this small, friendly and very welcoming site. Stayed here for the bank holiday weekend and had a great time. Lovely views from the tent, just a five or so minute drive into Harrogate and some great attractions and pubs very nearby (Enjoyed the bank holiday scarecrow festival in Ripley - pretty village, Brimham Rocks and had a great lunch at The Malt Shovel - www. Themaltshovelbrearton. Co. Uk). 
Lots of great touches make this place special, we'll certainly be back.


Some Reviews from Trip Advisor


Great little site in a perfect location!

Just back from a bank holiday visit. First time at the campsite but sure we'll be back.
Great location just a few minutes from harrogate with lots of other great places nearby too including Knaresborough, ripon etc.
Camping field, toilets and showers all perfectly maintained. Lots of space so nobody too cramped in and wonderful views of open countryside.  Visited the on site cafe on Saturday and enjoyed a lovely piece of homemade cake. My daughter said it was the best carrot cake ever!  Hosts were welcoming and friendly too so we'd certainly recommend.


Cud for us all!

We stayed with our trailer tent for 3 nights midweek immediately before August Bank Holiday weekend with EHU (electric hook up). An excellent find and just the kind of campsite we love: small and friendly.
The kitchen/toilet block facilities ere excellent and very clean. A shared fridge/freezer was available to everyone and the showers very efficient and powerful. The arrangement of 2 showers and 2 toilets with washbasins all under one roof ensured minimum (if any) waiting times for use. Kitchen washup hot water was plentiful. The onsite cafe and cook-shop (Thursday-Sunday) was well supported by both locals and campers.
Tanya and Dave really take care to ensure all campers are looked after. We plan on returning. Thanks. Stuart & Sarah

Devour a slice of the Cud Life

The vagaries of an English summer (sweltering hot one day, torrential rain and howling gales the next) could not diminish this little slice of tranquillity that truly is 'the Cud Life'. Everything they say on their website is true. If you want that smaller, independent, friendly approach to a campsite them this is the place for you. Conveniently situated within easy reach of 'civilisation' whilst still retaining the feel of being in the middle of nowhere. Decent ground for erecting tents and nice clean, tidy, modern facilities with a lovely cafe and shop (open thurs - sat). There really is nothing to complain about. A friendly welcome awaits.


Some Reviews from UK Campsites


Beautiful site. Stayed for a weekend, two nights, and loved it. Came with friends, dogs and child (3) and everyone loved it. Peaceful site, no overcrowding or filling, unisex bathroom / toilets were clean, tidy and perfect for requirements. Honesty box for bacon, eggs and marshmallows was a lovely touch. Use black bags for rubbish as the site have contractors (upset that some people didn't bother to obey this request for Tanya). Cookshop could have had a million spent in it! Cakes looked beautiful and will def be tasting next time!


The site was lovely, set in the countryside, all the pitches had a view of the dales with large fire pit in the centre. Toilet/shower block really clean and well stocked, unisex which was really great for our family, large showers. Loads of hot water. Good washing up facilities.  Close to variety of places to eat in Harrogate or there is 2 pubs in Killinghall. 
Lovely places to go and visit including Ripley Castle and Brimham Rocks lots of leaflets on the site. 
Owners really friendly and helpful.   We will be returning very soon!

Tanya and Dave really take care to ensure all campers are looked after. We plan on returning. Thanks. Stuart & Sarah

I stayed here for one night mid week. The camp site is gorgeous, surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to Harrogate town centre. There is a bus that runs from the road outside the camp site into town. The shower block was immaculate, even had a heated towel rail. Its all been very well thought out, and I will be back with my family for a visit.

Probably the nicest facilities I've ever come across at a camp site.

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"Perfect…. perfect…. perfect!! We have spent three wonderful weeks in this wonderful cottage. Tanya and David are the perfect hosts – attentive yet unobtrusive. The homely little touches make such a difference. Thank you for re-introducing us to the beauty of North Yorkshire having just relocated from the middle east.  :-)   x "

the cud lifeTo Tanya and David, Thank you for a wonderful stay in your cottage, nothing was too much trouble. It was very nice and peaceful and certainly made a hectic business weekend more relaxing. Thank you for the personal touches ie apple pie, eggs and jam. Without hesitation we would recommend ‘Cowslip Cottage’ and will certainly stay here again when we are back in Harrogate.

"Beautiful cottage, lovely surroundings, a pity we couldn’t have stayed for longer. VERY comfy beds! Will certainly recommend to friends, Thank you."

Thank you for a wonderful stay, beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings. Little Isabella loved all of the toys, but most of all ‘mooing’ at all of the cows. We’ll be back soon ;o)

"Relaxing week in your lovely ‘Cowslip Cottage’. Everything was appreciated and your little touches even more. This is a half way point for us to meet up with our Norwich family and I hope we will stay here again. Thank you :-) "

FP reviewA cottage as nice as its name suggests. Excellent location for visiting Yorkshires treasures like Ripon, Knaresborough,  Ilkley, Harrogate, Ripley Hall etc etc We Wish you every success with your cottages in the future and will spread the word. Thanks for the honey, jam and tarte tatin – Scrumptious!

"Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. Excellent location, convenient, relaxing and wonderful walks. Your thoughtfulness and special touches such as the childrens toys made our stay extra special. Glass jug and sweeping brush much appreciated by Grandad!"

Very comfortable and relaxing with everything you need……including a real fire! Thanks for making us feel so welcome.

"Perfectly positioned for a wedding in Harrogate and a reception at Ripley Castle, Cowslip Cottage was warm, welcoming and well equipped. We managed two good walks – one around the farm and one along the Nidd at Pateley Bridge. Very keen to return for longer. Many Thanks."

Thank you for providing the setting for a lovely relaxing family Christmas. The cottage is superb and we have had a wonderful time.

"We have had a lovely stay here in Cowslip Cottage – what a beautiful place to see in the New Year. Thank you for making it all so comfortable (especially the extremely comfy beds) and for your kindness with the added extras; the boys were thrilled."

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Contact us directly to book a cottage, but if we are fully booked for the duration of your stay, our cottages are also listed with Farmstay. Do contact them as there is a load of lovely properties on there.

Lovely cottage, would recommend highly (Cowslip Cottage)

This is a rare find - beautiful cottage - nicely decorated, spacious feel with all the amenities and views of the delightful countryside. Highly recommend this cottage and the owners were so helpful and could not do enough for us. Great week.

Very Comfortable cottage! (Cowslip Cottage)

Great cottage on a working farm.Very well located for both Harrogate and Ripley castle.

The cottage was very comfortable, particularly the lounge with open fire and two excellent sofa's..ideal place for chilling out.

A lot of thought had gone into making this place feel like a home from home.

Ideal for relaxing and getting away from it all. Plenty of space throughout.

Kind and caring owners who made us very welcome on our visit.

Brillant. (Humble Bee)


The following reviews are from Humble Bee's comments book. Because the first person to sign put it to 'David and Tanya', everybody else has! 

Thanks to David and Tanya!

We had a wonderful stay here! The cottage has been tastefully decorated and the hosts are so thoughtful to cover all the possible small details! Definitely 5 star cottage and will highly recommend to other travellers!       The Lees Family, Hong Kong

David and Tanya, it was wonderful to stay in your well prepared and furnished cottage for the wedding of our daughter Mmasifer. Despite the unfriendly weather we enjoyed our stay here. The environment is soothing indeed. We will not hesitate to recommend our friends to experience the joy of this cottage.      Udogans' Family from Nigeria

David and Tanya, Thanks very much for making it such a pleasant stay. Ideally situated to get a flavour of Yorkshire. In our short stay we went to Skipton, York and Harrogate so feel we know the area fairly well. We will certainly reccommend it to all our friends who are thinking of coming to this area.

Hello Dave and Tanya,  We have had a fantastic time in your lovely cottage, the beds are SO COMFY you don't want to get out! And the decor is to the highest standard. This is the ideal place to stay to see the best places in Yorkshire - it's so peaceful, we have already recommended it to friends and family who also came to Harrogate for the wedding at Goldsborough Hall. We cannot praise it highly enough.     Michelle and family.

David and Tanya,  We enjoyed a relaxing five days in your tastefully decorated cottage complete with such comfortable beds, abundant hot water supplies. Thanks for arranging the gorgeous weather and attentive details which were much appreciated by all of us. Good luck with your future plans. Hopefully we'll make another visit in the non too distant future.      Peter, Shirley and Merry.



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Directions to The Cud Life

at Spruisty Hall Farm

We are situated on the road between Harrogate and Ripon in North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

cudlife text logo felix fontTake the A61 North from Harrogate to Ripon. When you reach the Skipton Road roundabout crossing the A59, you need to continue straight onto the A61 towards RIPON. Follow this road for about half a mile and you will pass a car sales garage (Motorhouse Cars) on your left. Once you get to the top of the hill you will see a sign that reads RUMBLE STRIPS, indicate right and the lane is exactly where it reads SLOW across the road. There is a white marker (in daylight it is easier to look for the line of trees along the lane). Proceed over the cattle grid and along the drive (do not take the fork to Spruisty House) you will pass a little bungalow and then reach farm buildings.

Campsite reception is in the shop on the left hand side - use the buzzer if the shop is closed.

For the Cottages, follow the road between the big wooden and brick farm building and the main farmhouse.

            SatNav co-ordinates:  54. 01756, -1. 56097


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