Lake District B&B’s – Stay on a Farm
Escape from the frantic planet for a little while and experience a saner, more tranquil land. If you’ve never stayed bed and breakfast at a working farm in Cumbria’s Lake District now is the time to book your holiday or short break, if you’ve already experienced a Lakeland b&b farm stay, well, you know what we’re talking about – that’s why you’re coming back.
We’ve picked 7 great farmhouse B&B’s on working farms for you providing accommodation near Keswick, Ambleside, Windermere and Hawkshead, in the Borrowdale Valley, the Eden Valley, Newlands Valley and the wonderful tranquil land Back o’ Skiddaw near Keswick. Children are very welcome at all of these family friendly farm b&b’s.
Mosedale / Keswick – Mosedale End Farm
A wonderful, traditional working farm set in the stunning landscape “back o’ Skiddaw” and offering 4* b&b in 3 ensuite rooms, double, twin & family. JoAnne creates top notch farmhouse breakfasts with fresh local produce and home baked bread and serves delicious home made cakes daily in the rooms, even making birthday cakes for guests too. This is John Peel country and the walking straight from the farm is as good as it gets in the Lakes. Boot room & cycle store available. Feed the chickens and maybe even see lambs born. Highly recommended for families and couples. £34-£39 pppnb. More Details & Booking >>
Blennerhasset / Cockermouth Area – Beech House
A working smallholding and luxury B&B in the heart of Blennerhasset, a small traditional Cumbrian village, close to the quiet unspoilt beauty of the Western Lake District. Caroline & Dave raise free-range pigs, poultry and a small flock of sheep as well as ‘growing their own’. Guests are welcome to help with the animals. The hearty Beech House breakfast is made with their own sausage, bacon & free range eggs. 3 light & spacious rooms, twin & 2 doubles, traditionally furnished with all modern conveniences; TV, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, dressing gowns, slippers & toiletries. Centrally located between Wigton & Cockermouth with easy access to Skiddaw, the Western Fells, Keswick & Carlisle as well as Silloth & the stunning Solway coast. And, after a busy day relax in the hot tub, laze in a hammock in the garden or sit by the wildlife pond. £40-50pppn More Details & Booking >>
Ambleside / Windermere – High Wray Farm
A traditional 17th century farmhouse providing 4* b&b on a National Trust working farm in the hills near the western shore of lake Windermere. Olde world charm in 3 ensuite rooms, double, twin and family. Full farmhouse breakfasts, local produce and fresh free range eggs from the farm, home baking. Lake side walks and excellent hill walking from the farmhouse door. Located in a quiet hamlet approx 4 miles from Ambleside. £35-£40 pppnb. More Details & Booking >>
Borrowdale / Keswick – Ashness Farm
Dating from the 16th century and now owned by the National Trust, Ashness Farm is situated between the famous Ashness Bridge and the sweeping vista of Surprise View. Now offering 4* farm b&b in 5 ensuite rooms, king, double and twin, all looking out across Derwentwater. Farmhouse breakfasts with local produce and the farm’s own Cumberland sausage & free range eggs. Vegetarian option available. Children welcome. Sorry, no dogs. £36-£47 pppnb. More Details & Booking >>
Hawkshead / Esthwaite Water – Howe Farm
Just a half mile walk from Hawkshead village 17th Century Howe Farm offers b&b in 2 bedrooms, a double and a family room, both with beautiful views over Esthwaite Water. The rooms are not ensuite but each has its own private bathroom with quality bath products and fluffy robes. A traditional working farm in a tranquil location but with the convenience of being so close to the village inns. The breakfast menu is superb and definitely worth exploring. Children welcome but sorry,no pets. £35 pppnb. More Details & Booking >>
Newlands / Keswick – Gill Brow Farm
Set on a traditional working farm in the beautiful and peaceful Newlands valley behind Catbells and just 15 minutes from Keswick along quiet country lanes. Gill Brow Farm provides 3* farm bed and breakfast in 2 clean and simply furnished traditional and characterful rooms, a double and a family room that may be used also as a twin. Excellent hearty breakfasts with local produce, open fires, fantastic walking country. Children welcome but sorry, pets not accepted. £30 pppnb. More Details & Booking >>
Crosby Ravensworth / Penrith – Crake Trees Manor
If you prefer a more contemporary take on a stay on a working farm then stylish Crake Trees Manor is perfect. The beautifully converted 19th century barn provides luxury bed and breakfast accommodation at the heart of the family’s working farm, with 3 large bedrooms, double and family, all ensuite. An idyllic rural location in the lovely Eden Valley, ideal for walking, running and cycling. An extensive, imaginative breakfast menu using local and homemade produce. £75-£125 room price including breakfast. More Details & Booking >>
The Lake District landscape has been sculpted and nurtured for generations by Lakeland farmers and the long tradition of the famous Lakes hospitality started in farmhouses just like these. There will be comfy beds and oodles of atmosphere, delicious hearty Cumbrian breakfasts with fresh farm eggs and succulent local produce, crisp clean air, starry skies and stunning views, sheep and lambs in the fields and, of course, that genuine Lakeland welcome.
Lake District farms are traditionally hill sheep farms which still work the animals with sheepdogs, bringing the sheep down from the high fells at various times of year for lambing, dipping and shearing. The farms are also responsible for the amazing stone walls that in some parts stretch up to seemingly impossible heights on the tops, created by necessity from stones found on the fells. Following the foot & mouth crisis in 2001 many farms now also keep some cattle.