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Howbeck Lodge Farm

Cumbria, Lake District


Rated with 9.5

(180 Reviews)

Escape to a simpler life with Christine and John

Come to Howbeck Lodge Farm and experience true rural isolation and a little taste of heaven in the Lake District. Together with their children and grandchildren, John and Christine have been sustainably farming sheep and cattle for over 20 years at what was formerly known as Feather Down Lake District Farm. Your canvas hideaway awaits you with stunning views of the Cumbrian countryside, the ideal spot for a family holiday in the Lake District.

A taste of Olde England

If you want to pop back up to civilization, the village of Hesket Newmarket is a short walk away. Visit the Old Crown, one of the first pubs in the country to be bought and run by the community. A rich slice of rural English life is served up almost every week in the summer in the form of agricultural shows - you might even be able to see some Howbeck live stock there as they are regular trophy winners! For the sunnier days, pop over to the Solway Firth for its beaches or to gems like Ullswater, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, where a swim makes an inviting prospect - there’s more to the Lake District than stunning walks.

What to do at Howbeck Lodge Farm

Wake up from your comfy beds and take in the beautiful Lake District views the moment you peek outside. Cook your breakfast on the wood stove and enjoy it al fresco on the picnic table outside your canvas hideaway. For the foodies, Christine is also well known for her home-made fare, which you can sample from their pretty farm pantry. Then grab yourself a cuppa and have a chat with the Stobarts about the animals while the rest of the family enjoy their freedom on this fantastic base for a Lake District family holiday.

Please note that there is a pop-up campsite at the farm as well as the canvas hideaways.

What can you expect?

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    Honesty shop

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    Pizza oven

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    Dogs not allowed

What animals will you find on this farm?




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What our guests like

  • ✓ National Park
  • ✓ Breathtaking view
  • ✓ Great hiking

Our canvas hideaways

Tenthuisje farm douche

Canvas hideaway with farm-house shower

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    6 persons

Tenthuisje buiten douche

Canvas hideaway with private outdoor shower

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    6 persons

Tenthuisje binnen douche

Canvas hideaway with en-suite shower

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    6 persons

6177ea48ca1d0 cabin


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    6 persons

Check A unique experience
Check Back to basics
Check Live in nature
Check Have adventures together
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    Including wood for the wood-burning stove

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    Including welcome package with bed-linen, towels, candles, matches, washing-up liquid and other basic items

One of the world's best family holidays


Pizza night

The farmer will usually fire up the pizza oven during your stay. Everyone gathers round to tell their stories of the day’s adventures and invent pizza toppings you’ll never find on the high street



Ask the farmer

The farm tour is a must if it’s on offer during your stay. But you don’t wait till then. The farmer will be delighted to tell you more about farm life at any time.



The farm shop

It’s great for the basics and usually even better for local produce and low food miles. And every Feather Down farm shop operates on an honesty basis.

Options during your stay

Veg Box
Veg Box

A box of fresh seasonal vegetables.

English Breakfast Hamper
English Breakfast Hamper



Comes with free-range eggs, bacon, sausages/chipolatas, bread, butter, jam /honey/marmalade, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, fruit juice. Exact content may differ slightly per farm.

Fruit Box
Fruit Box

Upon arrival, a fruit box with fresh seasonal/regional fruit will be waiting for you in your tent.

Meet your hosts

Christine and John

We are the Stobart family and have farmed at Howbeck Lodge for over 20 years. We farm here together with our daughters Joanne and Sarah, and our grandson Oliver.

Experience true rural isolation and a little taste of heaven at our traditional upland sheep farm.
Howbeck Lodge


The Lake District National Park

Hesket Newmarket

The Old Crown pub

What do our guests think?

Average rating


Mr Mullaney


Fantastic weekend, the kids have had the time of their lives. A beautiful setting and great concept


Mrs O'connell






Good old fashioned fun


Mrs Khalifa


This was my first time glamping and I didnt know what to expect but it was absolutely amazing, The family enjoyed it aswell. The farm owners were really welcoming and helpful with all our queries. It was a beautiful place for friends and family to spend time in and i would definitely do this again.


Mrs. Herzberg


We had an amazing time! John and Christine (and family) could not have been better hosts - always willing to answer the kids questions about the animals. Christine makes amazing pizzas! The farm itself Is so well set out and the facilities are great. It’s such a great alternative to camping, with real beds and a warm stove, but still rustic enough to feel like we’ve been in nature. Never had such hot powerful showers as well! We will definitely return.


Mrs Kilby


Everything I could have hoped for…I was hoping for a fun and fantastic adventure for me and my family a holiday that we would remember and that’s what we got. The shepherds huts were superbly kitted out and the beds were extremely comfortable. Both adults and children had so much fun …the children enjoyed the freedom,being able to roam free playing football or down in the stream and the adults were happy knowing that the children were safe playing while they chatted and chilled.It was a holiday to remember.


Miss Clark


Super friendly farm owners, beautiful settings with stunning surroundings, everything we need...we had a fantastic time.


Miss McGovern


Very relaxing holiday in a lovely spacious tent. My little boy loved being on the farm and went to see the animals every morning, the owners couldn’t of been more friendly and welcoming.


Mr Sprenger


Fantastic site, with very attentive hosts. The food was excellent.


Mr Brown


Lovely neck of the woods. Tents very comfortable and clean and hosts lovely and helpful. Home made food great (though pricey especially desserts) but mountainous! Would have fed twice as many people. Shame we weren't informed about the new-this-year caravan field next door (same hosts) who also had use of the showers (after a few users these were cold for a good 1-2 hours) and surrounding play area. Made for a less exclusive and secluded experience. Would have benefitted from a better playground/trim trail rather than just a swing.


Mrs Naylor




Miss Holmes


Perfect, very friendly and happy hosts. Farmer John and Christine are so lovely and welcoming. The Animals are clearly very well cared for too.


Mrs Kenny


We had a great time,very relaxing for the adults and the kids enjoyed the freedom of the farm.John the farmer was very helpful and welcoming,I’d highly recommend Howbeck.


Miss Lyons


Really different and really great!


Mr Kirkley




Mrs Thompson




Miss Langton


We had a fantastic time. The kids absolutely loved roaming free around the farm and seeing all the animals. The hosts were fantastic and made us feel very welcome.


Mrs Tweedy


Absolutely amazing, we were a party of 16 (9 adults and 7 children). We had three tents in total (2 x frills and 1 x normal). The showers were amazing in the tents and beds comfortable. We did have a few camping stoves for quickness for tea in the morning. But we did use the log burning stoves for cooking meals (Spaghetti Bol and chicken curry). We also had bacon and freshly picked eggs from the hens for breakfast (eggs were free). The farm and campsite were fantastic, the kids had so much fun feeding the goats and running around the field, we even got a fun trailer ride from the farmer which we all loved. The farm itself is great, it’s a working farm and we got to see the sheep being herded, the cows being fed, the pony and the new puppies from the foxhounds. The farmer and his family were all very friendly and extremely helpful.We went for a walk through the village, past the park and down to the river (about 3/4 of a mile) difficult with a pushchair, but we managed.We all had an amazing time, we can’t recommend this place enough, we will definitely be back.On the day we left we prebooked Sunday dinner at village pub which was lovely.


Mr Stephenson


great experience at Howgill Lodge farm, the place is spotless and the children truly enjoyed interacting with the animals which were in fantastic condition and kept in extremely clean enclosures.


Mrs Briggs-Harris


Brilliant. Lovely to let the kids have the freedom to roam, paddle in the stream, collect eggs and wear the same clothes for four days (we did change their underwear!). It was a very chilly weekend, but we didn't mind. And at least the showers in the wash block were hot and powerful. Friendly people, beautifully maintained site and the children didn't want to leave. The children walked their first mountain too. They wanted me to book again after we left - we were just metres down the road.


Mr Hardy


Relaxing,kids loved being out doors and just provided some quality family time without modern technology


Mrs Stott


Wonderful experience from start to end!


Miss Nastri


Incredible, John, Christine and Sarah made us feel like part of the family. We got to experience true farm life (without the hard work). The tents and shower block were immaculate and the homemade food was delicious. I cannot recommend the farm more highly, beautiful, tranquil and most importantly a wonderful experience from start to finish. The children cried when we left and we will most definitely return! Thank you.


Mrs Heyes winstanley


Howbeck Lodge in the Lake District was fabulous! The 6 person safari tent was spacious and comfortable, the communal showers hot and the farm itself was great for the kids with plenty to see and do. John and Christine were the most hospitable hosts I have ever come across. Make sure you visit the hen pen each day for fresh eggs and say good morning to the sheep, goats, rabbit and horse.


Mrs moyes


Great family break


Mr Gallagher


Our kids loved being able to run free in the field and meet the animals on a real working farm. Watching lambs being born and collecting freshly laid eggs from the henhouse were truly memorable experiences for them. The hospitality was excellent - Christine went above and beyond whenever we needed a little help and it was very much appreciated.


Mr Buckley


Our mini ‘life in the wild’ adventure. We loved getting back to basics and leaving the crazy modern world behind. The tent was amazing inside and really cozy. Our 5 year old was so excited to see the ‘cupboard bed’. He also became best buddies with Harvey the sheep.


Mrs Lawson


Great getting back to a world where kids weren't glued to technology and explored the world around them. Seeing the nearby attractions and getting up close with the animals in the farm made my children's day!


Mrs Major


Best experience of Glamping. John and Christine were the perfect hosts. We were made to feel welcome from the very first moment. Would definitely recommend Howbeck Lodge Farm


Mrs Ball


Friendly family fun


Mrs Collingwood


We loved our stay at Howbeck Lodge! Great facilities in the amazing tents, beautiful area, wonderful comfy beds and lovely hot showers! Highly recommended!


Mrs johnson


Fantastic from start to finish! john and family are all so lovely and make you feel very welcome nothing is to much trouble. The canvas tents are brilliant and homely and we loved having no electricity, the kids were able to enjoy the outdoors minus the xbox’s!! And play like kids should. I would also recommend pizza night where John and his grandson cook homemade pizza in the outdoor pizza oven. A truly amazing break and we will definitely be back. Thanks so much.


Mrs Lobban


Really lovely spot and accommodation of a high standard. Loved the honesty shop, the animals on the farm (rabbits especially) and freshly-laid eggs. Could be doing with an info pack in the tent (e.g. where the nearest shop is, what to do with refuse etc). Little disappointed the pizza evening wasn't on when we were there and I did miss home comforts, but great to get away from it all. Kids had a ball!


Mrs Murphy


Very relaxing and fun


Mrs Vause


we had an amazing time


Mr Rouke


Unique place


Mrs Barber


Amazing holiday, accommodation was lovely and loved having our own shower!! From start to finish John made us feel very welcome and the children had 'the best holiday ever'. Thanks to John and his family we will be back!!


Mrs Eastwood


A family adventure


Mrs Stokes


good but I think it needs more detail about how exposed and open the tent is for autumnal camping. I would also suggest that you made it more obvious that it probably isn't suitable for very young children.


Mrs Mccormick


We had a lovely relaxing weekend with our family friends. Fun, comfortable accommodation and away from our usual busy routines. Kids had a great time exploring the farm and watching the farmer at work.We would all love to do it again.


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