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Feather Down Farms at Howbeck Lodge

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Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A lovely location for a glamping site. Lovely to fall asleep to the sound of the brook babbling and owls hooting. John and Christine excellent and discreet hosts. Lovely walks from the doorstop and a short walk to The Old Crown for great beer. Local shop sold delicious sausages for the barbecue and great treacle tart. Hesket Newmarket village very...

2Thank FrancesF703
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We've just returned from 3 amazing days at Howbeck Lodge Farm, Cumbria. What an experience! We booked this over 5 months ago and having read the reviews we were really looking forward to it. Firstly, upon arrival don't be concerned if no one is there to meet and great you; it's a working farm so John, Christine or family may...

1Thank John9Liverpool
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Coming from the UK and returning with young children, who now live in the Middle East, who have not experienced a farm or the Lake District this was truly amazing. I am not saying it was relaxing for mum and dad as we had to light fires to cook, light candles to see at night and wrap up warmer than...

2Thank Keith B
Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped as part of the "Be My Guest" lunch with Trafalgar tours. We were warmly welcomed and given a short tour of the farm and then the awesomeness began. We sat down to a meal beyond description! The China covered table was beautifully set and the food served was so delicious that the entire bus talked about it for...

Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Thank you to all at Howbeck Lodge for making our 1st visit so memorable. We stayed midweek in April and had a great family trip Highlights were too many to mention all and we have made memories that will last a lifetime. Farmer John has become a superhero in my sons Lee's eyes and he asks regularly when are we...

1Thank algazz37
Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

What an Amazing family holiday... Would highly recomend ... Lovely people ... Fantastic place ... With 4 children I still had time to read a book and relax. Things to know / honestly shop has a good selection on pre cooked home made meals / showers are clean and powerful / take extra candles / a few blankets are quite...

Thank Rhiannon G
Ascot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

Just returned from Howbeck Lodge. We have had a brilliant time despite the mixed weather. Farmer John is an outstanding host, nothing was too much trouble and we were treated to a trip on the quad bike to see a new born calf. Our daughters loved spending time with the rabbits and we are planning to return with friends in...

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 October 2014

This was a special surprise treat for our hardworking and dedicated childcare team, none of who are campers and panic at the thought of no hot water or electricity. However on arrival it was clear our twenty fussy ladies were captivated by the beauty of the tents and the animals that live on the farm. The event was truly amazing,...

1Thank Karen J
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 26 September 2014

We stopped at Howbeck Lodge for a tour of the farm and lunch. We were taken to each and every paddock , told the information about the animals and the roll in the working farm. The area for the farm stays looked great fun for a family holiday. Our lunch was amazing, we were served at the table with a...

2Thank Dianne T
Douglas, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Wow, what an amazing holiday we had at Howbeck Lodge, it really is just perfect. Jon & Christine are the perfect hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them. It really is children heaven, from the cupboard bed which kept my 2 girls snug as a bug at night to all the animals that the children can interact with. The...

2Thank Noodle2006f

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Located inside the Lake District National Park you can experience true rural isolation and a little piece of heaven. There are a plethora of walks on your doorstep, quiet beaches at the Solway Firth and back on the farm we have lambs in spring, prize winning Highland cattle and paddling in the stream is a stone’s throw from the tents.We are the Stobart family: John, Christine, and children David, Joanne and Sarah, and we have farmed at Howbeck Lodge for over 20 years. Ours is a traditional sheep and beef farm of 300 acres that is worked in a sustainable manner as part of the higher level Countryside Stewardship Scheme. John is passionate about his livestock, particularly his Highland cattle and Christine is well known locally for her homemade produce. She will provide guests with her cakes, biscuits, soups, ready meals, jams and marmalades, all available from the farm pantry in the quaint little barn next to the Featherdown tents. In this lovingly restored barn our hot showers are downstairs and the farm pantry above - everything you will need for a comfortable stay here.Being inside the Lake District National Park makes it a must as a base for walkers of course, but that’s not the whole story. Our tents’ setting by the side of an enchanting stream, the company of the red squirrels and the prettiest Farm Larder anywhere. One guest’s comment was the greatest compliment we could receive: “John made us laugh, Christine’s food made us drool, and Sarah taught us how to feed lambs. It was truly one of the best holidays we’ve ever had”.Howbeck offers a great way of experiencing luxury camping in the Lake District, as you can access the centre of the region with ease on the scenic routes across the open Northern Fells. In the evening, once you’re back among the chickens, goats, rabbits, horses and Highland cattle, you can experience true rural isolation. The quiet attractive beaches of the Solway Firth are within easy reach as well. Another rich slice of rural England is served up almost every week in the area from June until September in the form of agricultural shows. You might even see John there with his prize livestock, as he is a regular trophy winner.Howbeck Farm is just a short stroll to the unspoilt village of Hesket Newmarket which boasts a lovely children’s play area, a riverside walk and the very popular Old Crown Pub which is well worth a visit along with the Hesket Newmarket Brewery Cooperative. All the beautiful lakes are within easy reach and Keswick on Derwent water is only 12 miles. For those who love the great outdoors we can give tips on the many trails and footpaths leading straight from the farm – from gentle strolls to strenuous Fell walks. There is also pony trekking within half an hour’s driveMany of our repeat visitors return particularly in the Spring for lambing time. During the summer there are near-weekly agricultural shows at which to experience a rich slice of rural England. You may even see John there with his sheep – they’re regular trophy winners!Sorry but we do not except dogs at Howbeck ... more   less 

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Address: Hesket Newmarket CA7 8JN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Hesket Newmarket
Number of rooms: 7
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“This is not a hotel room but the fixed tents with a toilet inside, fun bunk beds for kids, for a supplement a spa and shower inside”
KeithBuet, 2 Aug 2016 | Read review
“As we did not stay I cannot give a comment on rooms nor activities around. If lunch and our tour is anything to go on, I would say yes to a family farm stay.”
784diannet, 25 Sep 2014 | Read review
“A camping stove would be a good idea for a quick cuppa without lighting the stove. Bring Blankets for the evenings for that extra cosines.”
Noodle2006f, 17 Aug 2014 | Read review
“If you have kids, our back bedroom was great as it overlooks the fields with the animals”
Bigandbouncy, 1 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Always take a camping stove, so you don't have to wait for an hour for your cup of tea/coffee in the morning!”
hotelmagnet, 5 Sep 2013 | Read review
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