I'm not sure I can top the last review. We were there the same weekend & it was the best feather down experience (having stayed in two other very good ones in previous years) we have had.
It was highly recommended by a fellow feather down farm friend, so on their endorsement we followed suit.
Can't put my finger on why Howbeck was so good, could be that Christine & John were so hospitable, the location of the farm,(only walking distance to a pretty village with local shop & great pub & close to the Lakes & fells) & also the location of the tents to the farm, all the animals & the stream. The cleanliness of the tents & showers or the fact we had very good weather! Feather downs for us so far, have been a great experience & I would highly recommend it to anyone. Especially if like us, are not seasoned campers but enjoy the outdoors but also their comfort!. We would definitely like to stay at Howbeck again, if we can get in after all the great reviews!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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