Scargill House is situated on a 90-acre estate featuring formal gardens, meadow,
woodland and high limestone terracing. You are more than welcome to walk around
it; you’ll need an hour or so, and you’ll be sure of breathtaking views.
You might particularly enjoy our walled garden
which is being lovingly restored by community members and volunteers. We have
other gardens around the Three Peaks wing and outside the main house.
Beyond our entrance gates lies a line of fields, and beyond that is the River
Wharfe, with its stony ‘beaches’ and pretty bridges in the village of
(about a mile away and
an easy walk).
See the stars
Our rural location means we have less light
pollution, and so the stars are spectacular on clear nights.
Our estate includes 25 acres officially
classified as ancient woodland, which means that land has been wooded
continuously since at least 1600. Many of the trees are ash, but you’ll also
find beech, larch, hawthorn, hazel and the occasional oak and sycamore. This is
sensitively and carefully managed by our estate team and woodland working
parties, who work to improve biodiversity and to enable species to thrive that
were once rare on the estate, such as the Brown Argus butterfly.
Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies can also be seen here.
Flowers to be found in the woodland include Wood Avens, Agrimony, Devil’s-Bit
Scabious and Common Enchanter’s Nightshade.
We manage a small area of
hay meadow, which is a great example of Upper Wharfedale grassland in its
natural state. Yarrow, Field Scabious, Silverweed, Restharrow, Meadow Vetchling,
Eyebright and Yellow Rattle are amongst the flowers that grow there.
& other animals
Aside from the wildflowers and trees around the estate, you
may enjoy other wildlife—some of which seems to grow increasingly tame! Just
outside our Sun Lounge, we’ve created a wild-bird feeding station where, besides
the more commonplace robin and sparrow, you’ll see siskins, goldfinches,
nuthatches and woodpeckers. Eating the crumbs from under their table are usually
several plump pheasants (don’t tempt us) and, of course, there are the
You may also spot domestic cats which wander the grounds, and rabbits and moles
are abundant all over the estate, accompanied by the occasional sheep that
wanders in from the fifteen acres of pasture that we let to our neighbouring
farmer. We also love our bats, with pipistrelles and long-eared bats making a
home here with us.
If you’re 12 or under, feel free to make the most of our
It’s equipped with swings, slides and other fun equipment.
See how the land lies
Kettlewell is the main village in Upper Wharfedale and most views are
dominated by Great Whernside
, at an
elevation of 2,310ft, part of the Great Scar Limestone of the Craven Pennines.
Large white outcroppings of limestone form spectacular features such as
. The landscape is overlaid with
impossibly green fields, dotted with sheep, bordered by classic dry-stone walls
and stiles and scattered with ancient stone laithes (barns). Gorgeous hamlets
and villages lie in the valley bottom, through which runs the River Wharfe.