Enjoy a Lake District holiday with Feather Down at Howbeck Lodge
Feather Down, the best loved family GLAMPING holiday in the UK is into its second decade of offering luxury camping on working farms. Three further UK farms have joined in 2016 already (in South Wales and the South-West) and more than 10 extra in Europe as a whole. But it is the experienced mainstays like Howbeck Lodge that are the backbone of the company...
For Howbeck Lodge at Hesket Newmarket in the Northern Fells, this is the 9th year with Feather Down. They are past masters at providing their guests with the Feather Down appeal in their own spectacular location, having seen and perfected what works over so many years.
As one guest put it: “We had a lovely glamping experience on John and Christine's farm. It was a great authentic rural location to get away from it all, and our children were constantly exploring the farm, building a ‘dam' across the stream, playing with the bunnies and the other children. That meant we, the parents, also had time to relax! The tent was very cosy and the beds comfortable. Farmer John was very approachable and made us feel at home from the start. Our children (8, 10 and 12 years old) said from day one this was their best holiday ever, so we are keen to come back next summer”.
Looking at the map, Howbeck lodge may seem quite a drive away, but it's actually only 2 hours from Manchester, which makes this getaway in the Lake District easily reachable. Famous as something of an inland island in terms of its striking scenery, the Lake District is a prime natural location for glamping.
A visitor to Howbeck Lodge can relax in the Lake District away from the crowds; an opportunity to prize especially during the popular periods of the year. Keswick is still just 16/18 miles away - depending on which route is taken through typical Lake District scenery from Howbeck - if you need to pop back to the real world. Access to the famous lakes of the Lake District and beaches at the Solway Firth is simple from Howbeck, as are the pleasures of watching children absorbed in playing in the stream that runs through the location.
The Feather Down concept is to bring glamping to families, on a farm location with a variety of animals for children to interact with. Kids get to pitch in and help as well as being able to roam about safely, while adults can relax in nature. Howbeck is a traditional sheep and beef farm of 300 acres that is worked in a responsible sustainable manner, as part of the higher level Countryside Stewardship Scheme. There is lambing in the spring and calving of the prize winning Highland cattle over a longer period. Children are shown how to feed and tend to the animals, and can also enjoy many hours of playing in the stream. Christine is well known both locally and by the guests of the 1,373 bookings so far for her delicious baked treats. The Hesket Newmarket Brewery Cooperative in the village is a microbrewery with a range of wonderful ales, and is favoured by Prince Charles! The centrepiece of a stay at Howbeck is the 45-56m2 wooden-floored glamping tents that are grand without being showy, and stand againt a glorious background of lakes and mountains.
Howbeck Lodge benefits from many of Feather Down's latest product innovations. The farm gains the whole package of product upgrades being fitted by July this year, having both the classic wooden-floored 45m2 Canvas Lodge tent and the 56m2 en-suite Canvas Frills Lodge. Howbeck's standard tents gain the grand look of the Frills accommodation by receiving the canopy extending over the front of the tent that was added to the more expensive Frills tents last year. The Frills en-suites at Howbeck will have their own wooden decking to relax on and observe the proceedings.
The last word can be given to another guest reflecting on Feather Down, the location and the offer of Christine, John and Howbeck Lodge, backed by years of experience.
“Howbeck was the ideal location for our family. Safe and secure farm with plenty to do all day long that kept our 2 yr 9 month old granddaughter occupied. We loved everything about the holiday and would fully recommend Howbeck as the ideal location for us “city dwellers”. The facilities both in the tent and the shower block were exceptional…”
A 4-night midweek stay at a Howbeck Lodge Canvas Lodge tent starts from £245, while a 3-night weekend stay starts at £305. The Canvas Frills Lodge (en-suite) at Howbeck starts at £415 for both the midweek and weekend stays.
A luxury family vacation in tune with the times, returning to the simple values of life…
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