Watchtree Nature Reserve

Just 10 minutes drive from Red Hall Farm is a very special place that we would highly recommend - Watchtree Nature Reserve.

A nature reserve like no other!

Watchtree Nature Reserve is a 205 acre haven for wildlife and people. Featuring flower rich meadows, old and new woodland, miles of hedgerow and wetland habitats it is a place for everyone. Wildlife is perfectly at home here and there are abundant Brown Hares, the European protected Great crested Newt, numerous breeding birds, interesting moths, stunning butterflies, secretive bats and incredible dragonflies.  The nature reserve is situated within much of the former RAF Great Orton airfield (1942-53) and you can still spot airfield construction dates etched into the concrete by servicemen as you explore. The Nature reserve is easily identifiable from miles away by the wind turbines located here. More recently, this place was used during the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001 – and even today much of the  site underground is a complex network of drains, pumps and  containment walls. So, if you thought this was any ordinary nature reserve you could be forgiven.

Find out more - http://www.watchtree.co.uk/reserve/

Such a great place to visit.....

Had to share this fantastic place to visit - The Lakes Distilliery is only a 20 minute drive away.

We enjoyed a very interesting tour of the whiskey distilliery and a beautiful meal in the Bistro - really very, very good :-)

We would definately recommend this place - take a look - https://www.lakesdistillery.com/

Waxwing Sighting

These Waxwings have been seen regularly at the near-by village of Dalston during December.

Dozens of these waxwings seem to like their Dalston habitat for the Winter months, before they migrate back to Northern Europe in the Spring.

waxwing group

waxwing single

Happy New Year!

Today's walk from Keswick over Latrigg was brilliant for blowing the Christmas and New Year cobwebs away.

Glorious sunshine and dramatic scenery - Happy New Year everyone!!

keswick view

 

skiddaw

Lovely photos to share with you

Many thanks to our recent guest Peter, for sending us his amazing photos recently taken on a stay here in The Old Bothy - showing the Lake District off in spectacular November weather.

 

Ullswater

Ullswater

Crummock Water

Crummock

Derwent Water Magic

Derwent Water Magic

Derwent Water Geese

Derwent Water Geese

Frosty Morning

Frosty morning!

Honister

Honsiter

Skiddaw Hot Air

Skiddaw Hot Air Balloon

Keswick and Skiddaw

Keswick and Skiddaw

Red Hall

Red Hall view

View From The Old Bothy

View from The Old Bothy

Whiteside-Grasmoor-Whiteless Pike

Whiteside Grassmoor & Whiteless Pike

 

Walla Cragg

 

Beautiful view over Derwent Water from Walla Cragg taking in Ashness Bridge. Twenty minutes drive away from Red Hall Farm.

Walla Cragg

Thank you for the fab reviews!

The Old Bothy recent Trip Advisor review:
5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago for a stay in May 2016
 

"Book early to save any disappointment.
This cottage is superbly equipped and well presented to provide a very comfortable holiday base, along with the very helpful host and set in an ideal location,
it makes the prefect place to stay, for touring Cumbria."

 

The Old Grainstore recent Trip Advisor review::

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago for a stay in June 2016
 

"Modern well equipped property, very comfortable, situated in a good location for exploring the north of the Lake District, Carlisle, Solway. Very welcoming and helpful hosts. Ranks with the best properties that we have stayed in"

School Holiday availability

Wishing you'd booked a get away for the school holidays?!
We still have one week left in The Old Bothy from Friday 12th August for 7 nights and Tuesday 2nd August for 3 nights.
Or plan ahead for next time - with lots of space to play and the experience of being on a working farm, we're the perfect place for a getaway with the kids.

Trip Advisor Reviews

Massive thanks to our recent guests for taking the time out to write some fab reviews of The Old Bothy and The Old Grainstore:
 
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago for a stay in March 2016
"We stayed over Easter 2016 in this wonderful cottage. The cottage itself is beautiful and the owners Joanne and Martin have thought of everything - we could not fault it. Comfy beds, great showers and large bath, well equipped kitchen and toys for the children with a safe play area outside. The Bairds are great hosts and could not be more helpful - the fresh farm eggs and cakes were a great welcome and the children enjoyed helping to feed the calves. The cottage is ideally located for the many attractions of the North Lakes and only 5 minutes from the small town of Wigton. There are some great county pubs and tea rooms near by. We will definitely be returning to the Old Grainstore."
 
 
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago for a stay in April 2016
"Faultless accommodation - beautifully converted barn with loads of character, space and everything you need for a family break. The owners, who run the attached dairy farm were fantastic and made our stay even better ! Would absolutely recommend it. "
Perfect cottage.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in March 2016
 

"We both had a fantastic week at the Old Bothy.On arrival we found a welcome basket with fresh eggs, homemade bread and jam. The cottage is fully equiped and very comfortable. I would highly recommend staying here, a great place to recharge the batteries.The lakes are easily accessible and makes a perfect base for touring the area. The 4 dogs at the farm are the most friendly dogs you will meet. We hope to return soon. "

See more at https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g499568-d4025174-THE_OLD_BOTHY_character_cottage_on_a_working_farm_woodburner_walks_near_Wigton_Ref_189.html

 

Contact and Enquiries

For availability and prices please contact us - you can use the Contact page on this website, or phone or email us using the details below. We promise to get back to you immediately!

Red Hall Farm Cottages
Wigton
Cumbria
CA7 8NX

t: 016973 42249
m: 07906 852224

stay@redhallcottages.co.uk

4 Star AccommodationGold Award

 

Recent Customer Reviews

"A beautiful cottage with everything you could ask for - a real home from home. Spacious with cosy feel. Perfectly clean. Thank you so much" - Daniel & Amy, Tyne & Wear - The Old Bothy - January 18

"Fantastic cottages. beautiful inside and out. The additional touches that make this child friendly really make this stand out from the rest! Definitely returning!" - The Hudsons, Tyne & Wear - The Old Grainstore, January 18


"Wow - what a find! A real home from home. Spotlessly clean and everyhting here you need with cosy feel. We have had a wonderful relaxing break and will be returning". - Judith & Steve, Co Durham - The Old Bothy - Dec/Jan 18


"Peaceful, restful and real family time away from stressful lives! Lovely surroundings and super owners and dogs! - The Pughs, Blackburn - The Old Grainstore, Dec 17


"The Old Bothy was absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for having us, you really have thought of ecverything for a family of four! We'll be back!" - The Crichton family, Nottinghamshire - The Old Bothy, Nov 17


"Absolutely amazing! Couldn't ask for more - see you soon!" - The Gardners, Liverpool - The Old Grainstore - Dec 17


"Out 3rd visit here! The perfect place to relax and enjoy my 40th, will definitely be back! - Neil and Helen, Durham - The Old Bothy, November 17


"Wonderful stay as always! See you again in June!" - Karen and Darren, Bolton - The Old Grainstore, Dec 17

more reviews

Beautiful location, very central (we visited Penrith, Carlisle, Gretna Green and Keswick).
The property has been converted to a high standard and beds were comfortable.
Lots of nice touches such as jam, eggs and cake upon arrival and Joanne even put the log burner on for us before we arrived so that the cottage was warmed up for us.
There is a lot of information from tourist areas locally, which is extremely helpful if you are not familiar with the area.
Lovely relaxing break, hope to visit again soon.