A holiday estate in Ripon has launched a new suite of luxury riverside accommodation after securing investment from Lloyds Bank.
Riverdale Rural Holidays, near West Tanfield, provides five-star countryside accommodation in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales. Guests have access to a series of popular walking routes, and can stay in a custom-built lodge or safari tent overlooking the River Ure.
Over the past 12 months, Lloyds Bank has supported the four-strong team at Riverdale, led by husband and wife Richard and Daphne Bourne-Arton, with a series of finance packages, including a £50,000 Bounce Back Loan in 2020, and two additional bank loans totalling £125,000.
The funding has allowed Riverdale to expand its range of accommodation, with the team having recently opened bookings for four new luxury shepherds huts, set in the estate’s wildflower meadow. Already a hit for couples looking for a romantic getaway, the huts have since welcomed their first honeymooners in July 2021.
Their launch follows the successful addition of four safari tents in July 2020, alongside the original lodges. The tents are equipped with a gas-fired barbecue and campfire pit, as well as private bathrooms, smart TVs and electric blankets.
Looking ahead, the team is already planning its next phase of expansion, and is set to launch a set of private treehouses in the next two years.
The site is also recognised as one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the UK, ranking second out of more than 16,500 self-catering accommodations in the Dog Friendly 2020 Awards.
Daphne Bourne-Arton, co-owner of the Riverdale estate, said: “When Covid-19 struck last year, we knew we had to move quickly and get ready for the inevitable wave of pent-up holiday demand. 12 months on, and we have expanded from four to 12 lodgings, and are now welcoming guests to enjoy a totally new experience at Riverdale through our shepherds huts.
“The support of Lloyds Bank has been invaluable – the team were by our side every step of the way, guiding us through the challenges brought by the pandemic and helping us to bounce back stronger.”
Ian Smellie, relationship director at Lloyds Bank, said: “We’ve worked with the team at Riverdale since they first opened back in 2017, and we’ve loved watching the retreat go from strength to strength. As well as maintaining their status as a haven for lovers of the great outdoors, they’ve successfully broadened their appeal and truly have something for everyone on-site. We’re excited to see what’s next for the team at Riverdale.”