My place is on a small, Lakeland farm set up on a hillside with wonderful views down to the Duddon estuary. You could be woken by George the cockerel who wanders the yard with his bevy of hens; otherwise, it's a wonderfully quiet, peaceful spot – on a Bank Holiday two or three walkers might pass by! The hens and three cats hang out in the yard, various sheep breeds, four ponies, and a scattering of cows populate the fields, and beyond that a gate opens to the fells.
I have one lovely double room and one twin room available in an old farmhouse (some parts of the house date from the seventeenth century), set on the southern foothills of the Lake District in north England, with splendid views and immediate walking access to the fells. Enjoy real peace and quiet, tasty breakfasts and the homely company of cats and hens. The track to the cottage is narrow, bumpy and steep in places, but delivery vans and my little Citroen C3 and plenty of other guests have managed it fine. You'll be far from the madding crowds, but you'll still have access to the modern world via wifi too! The house is my home; I have a room off the lounge where I work and sleep.
It's most useful to come by car as there is no public transport in the vicinity, but I can happily pick you up from the nearest railway station, Foxfield - for a small fee - if necessary.
I can accommodate from one to four guests travelling together and happy to share, as there is just one bathroom (and you'll also be sharing with me). At popular times of the year I might (rarely) offer my second room to other guests, but with discretion, and after consultation with you. My fee is £40 per person per night (though mini-persons – under 12 years – stay for half price, and micro-persons – under two – stay for free).
The Blacksmith Arms - an award-winning pub - is a lovely 25-minute walk down the hill (though depending how much you enjoy their wonderful real ale and yummy grub, it could take you a lot longer to get back up!) The closest village is 3 miles away and offers other pubs and cafes, a post office, tourist information centre, a pleasant village square and a village grocer and butcher.
The Lake District can be a wet, muddy and cold place sometimes, so don't forget to pack some sturdy, waterproof walking boots or wellies, and a waterproof jacket.
If you fancy a sojourn in surroundings that inspired the great romantic poets, then do please come!
Please do note that my place is fairly remote and the track to it is rough in places and not really suitable for low-slung sports cars. I hope that guests will make my home their own for the duration of their stay, enjoying the use of communal spaces - the kitchen, the fireside and sitting-room, and the garden and spaces beyond - as well as the privacy of their own rooms.
Interaction with guests
The house is my home and I will be here and coming and going during your stay. I respect my guests' needs for privacy, and will give you as much space as I can. I would love to chat, if we have a chance, and get to know you a little, and to offer advice for your days spent here, but will mostly leave you to enjoy yourselves in your own way.
Other things to note
Please note that the track to my place is steep, narrow and bumpy in places and not really suitable for low-slung sports cars.
The farm is located in a quieter part of the Lake District, and it's a 40-minute (scenic) drive to more popular visitor sites like Beatrix Potter's house and Windermere. The closest lake is Coniston, which is where 'Swallows and Amazons' was set, and where Donald Campbell attempted the world land speed record.
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I've lived in the Lake District for nearly 30 years, eighteen of those in this wonderful old house. I work for book publishers, and as a photographer, shooting weddings, real estate, documentary work and other things, and in my free time love tending my veggie garden or getting out on personal photographic projects. I'm fortunate to live in a place where simply walking out the door can be a sensuous adventure. I've watched my wonderful family grow up here and move on, and so there is space in my home to share with you, my guests.