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Flashman’s Retreat

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A secluded, 3-storey woodland cabin, for 2 people, from £50pp/night

Throstle Nest Farm, Summerbridge, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

A weekend, a short stay of 2-3 days or the entire week, Flashman's Retreat comes with private access to wonderful locations on the banks of the beautiful River Nidd at Throstle Nest.


Built as a secluded, off-grid, woodland cabin to a design inspired by Tom’s Treehouse in Wandawega, Wisconsin, USA, Flashmans Retreat is better suited to the more adventurous and active guest; We apologise, but the design may not be suitable for everyone. We regret that we cannot permit dogs to stay in the cabin, but stabling for horses can be agreed by separate enquiry.

Flashmans Retreat is situated in a secluded corner of Spring Wood at Throstle Nest, only a short walk along a woodland track from the designated parking. The design is simple yet effective, offering a duplex living space, elevated above a lower deck and accessed by an external steel staircase.

The lower deck provides a great outdoor covered space to “eat-out.” Take a place at the picnic table, at any time of day; BBQ with the use of a small Weber grill or toast marshmallows over the fire bowl.

The main deck of the duplex cabin comprises ≈16m2 of floor space with a further ≈4m2 balcony. The living space provides a 10m2 studio style living area with small kitchenette and ‘en suite’ toilet / shower room. With double glazed windows and glazed doors leading out onto the balcony, the living space provides a warm enclosed space with wonderful views of the woodland. The interior features a two-seater sofa, dining table and chairs for two, with cutlery and crockery sufficient for a Cossack’s field kitchen.

The upper deck, or “loft” space, provides a further 10m2 of floor space with headroom of between 4-6 ft and can only be accessed by a ladder. The loft space incorporates both ‘reading’ and ‘sleeping’ areas. The 6m2 sleeping area has a natural cotton double futon mattress with Japanese/Korean style electric underfloor heating (for the winter months). In the opposite eave of the loft space you’ll find a 4m2 reading space with a comfy wooden Windsor style chair. The loft space is surrounded by a steel balustrade to provide safety.

Walk out onto the balcony to obtain a commanding view of the woodland and adjacent fields. Sit quietly and you’ll see deer, occasionally a fox, but invariably a variety of bats out hunting at dusk. Time your walks right and you might catch sight of a kingfisher down by the river.

Here, the rest of the world fades to a distant memory. The beautiful natural surroundings leave you to your own imagination – to immerse yourself in the incredible sense of peace and tranquillity. Re-engage your senses and explore the sights, sounds, smells and feeling of the countryside.

BRING SUITABLE FOOTWEAR (e.g. Wellies or Walking boots) AND A TORCH

Check in: 4 pm
Check out: 11 am
Please note there is a £250 damage deposit. You can book through Airbnb for guest insurance.

SLEEPS 21 double bed (on the mezzanine), accessible only by ladder


Fridge, with small freezer compartment
Induction hob & mini-oven
Toaster & kettle
Pans and utensils

Shower room & hand basin
Cassette toilet
NO Washing Machine / Dryer

Power, heating & lighting
240V sockets & electric/led lighting
NO heating in the summer (May-Oct)

1x set, double bed sheet and duvet cover (seasonal duvet & 2 pillows)
Shower and hand towels
Kitchen drying-up cloths

NO Television

Mobile phone signal [3G/4G most networks]

Flashman’s Retreat is not the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur (see: Flashman and the Great Game). At the same time, it’s definitely better than a cabin on board the Balliol College with Captain John Charity Spring (see: Flash for Freedom!). It’s a cabin. And if that’s what you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll love it!

Discounts – Every army has a baggage train – no charity survives without its supporters. In recognition we offer a 20% discount to supporters of our nominated charities. For discount codes contact your charity director or Contact Us.

Promotions – Don’t forget your 6Ps* – get a 10% Early Booking Discount – 12 Weeks in Advance, which will be applied at the time of booking.

Vouchers are a great gift! You can get vouchers to any value to apply to a booking, or make a booking, with flexible dates, for a friend. Contact us.


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