Great Days Out - Muncaster


The Muncaster experience is not to be missed! This 14th Century castle is said to be one of the most haunted in Britain! Surrounded by 70 acres of stunning gardens, with amazing views over Eskdale from the terrace. Plenty for children here too, play areas, interactive centre etc etc. Also don`t miss the bird of prey displays and the Heron Happy Hour -



Pip gets clipped out for Summer

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It`s that time of year again!

The weather has warmed up and that means that for Pip, our Collie dog, with his amazingly thick coat, it`s time to get clipped out for Summer.

Baby hare

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Look what we found when out for a walk. This baby hare was taking it`s first steps in the lonning.

It is likely that the baby hare`s Mother would have left it in a safe place under the hedge and it`s also probable that it`s siblings will also be close by. The Mother splits them up to avoid predators like foxes taking all of her babies.

Couldn`t resist a little hold before we left the little hare in its place in the grass verge under the hedge.

Fancy a last minute break?

04Fancy a last minute break? We've had a last minute cancellation for The Old Bothy from the 5th - 12th June.
The rain has gone and the sun is shining too!!

The Old Bothy is perfect for either a romantic break away or a fun time away with family or friends.

A beautiful, spacious king bedroom with high ceiling and original beams and brickwork and a twin bedroom too.

Modern, stylish kitchen with all mod cons and cosy living-room area with wood-burner.

With the Lake District on your door-step, there is plenty to see and do too - and the weather forecast is great for next week!!!!

Discounted rate of £236.50 for a long weekend - from Friday 5th for 3 nights - or just £363.85 for 7 nights from this Friday.

Please get in touch via email, our contact page or by phone - tel 016973 42249


Lowther Castle and Gardens

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We enjoyed a lovely day out at Lowther Castle and Gardens at the beginning of May.

Lowther Castle is owned by Lowther Estate Trust and leased to Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust. It sits at the heart of a 75,000 acre agricultural estate in Cumbria's Lake District National Park, within a 3,000 acre medieval deer park originally laid out by the Lowther family in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lowther family is today maintaining and restoring this listed parkland, whilst still farming the estate.

The gardens at Lowther are vast and a great place to observe the Lowther gardening team`s work and have a really good walk in the fresh air. The scenery is beautiful and there are a lot of places to stop and have a picnic. There is also a red squirel hide and ponds and woodland.

Great place for children as there are numerous tree swings and willow dens. After all the fresh air and exercise, you can also enjoy the tea-rooms with it`s range of quick bites, meals and cakes. There is also a really great wall in here with the full history of the Castle explained.

We also enjoyed looking in the gift shop - lots of really nice goodies.

You can find out more about Lowther Castle and Gardens at

Another review to share

Thank you so much for our latest Trip Advisor review - we were thrilled with it and wanted to share -

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in April 2015

"In over 30 years of holidaying in self catering properties in the UK, this is by far the best we have stayed in, in all that time.
The friendliness, warmth and care by the owners added to our enjoyment, as did the very high standard of the furnishings and equipment.
If you want a holiday in this beautiful corner of Cumbria, then you need look no further. During our stay we enjoyed visits to genteel Silloth, Keswick and the northwestern fells, where we completed the 'High Stile' ridge walk in superb weather, ending with a refreshing shandy at 'The Fish' in Buttermere! For variety, we also visited Ravenglass (for 'Ratty') and Glasgow by train from nearby Wigton. A splendid cottage indeed!"

Recent visitor photos - amazing!

Late snowfall-Skiddaw viewed from near IrebyCriffel viewed from SillothNorthern Rock at DalegarthThrelkeld Quarry and Mining MuseumCrummock Water from near the summit of Red PikeButtermere lakeside pathButtermere viewed from the lakeside pathEnnerdale and The Isle of Man viewed from High Stile

Thank you very much to Peter Ainsworth for sharing his amazing photos from the places that were enjoyed visiting while having a week`s break away staying in The Old Bothy. Here is a description of where the photos are taken:

(1) Skiddaw following an early spring overnight snowfall from near Ireby
(2) Criffel from Silloth-on-Solway
(3) 'Northern Rock' at Dalegarth on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
(4) 'Sir Tom' at the Quarry terminus of Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
(5) Crummock Water from Red Pike
(6) Buttermere from the lakeside path around the lake
(7) A second shot of Buttermere from the path
(8) Ennerdale and the Isle of Man from High Stile



Summer`s on its way...

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Summer must be on the way :) The first swalllows returned to Red Hall Farm on 7th April, after their Winter retreat in Africa.

Many of them returning back to the same nests as last year. Always lovely to see them swooping in and out of the farm yard barns.

On the 17th April, our milking cows were let out to graze on the grass in the fields for the Spring and Summer months. This follows the Winter months, when they are housed indoors, to protect them from the Winter weather. As you can see from the photo, they literally run outside, skipping and jumping with excitement as they go - happy days!



Catbells is a short, sharp, steep climb richly rewarded by the views of mountains and lakes. On its own this short walk could be gently ambled along to make the most of a clear day.  Go around anti-clockwise, the scrambly bits are easier in ascent, and the steps off the ridge whilst tedious get you down quickly and without difficulty.

Catbells is a fantastic walk for all ages and abilities - just 20 minutes drive away, close to Keswick and overlooking Lake Derwentwater. It was a beautiful day when we went a couple of days ago, if not just slightly hazy, but still fantastic views.

The small car parking area near Hawse End gets quite busy, so probably best to get there in the morning.

The small village of Portinscale is very close by and has a lovely coffee shop for some well deserved refreshments afterwards!

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Contact and Enquiries

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Recent Customer Reviews

"Our best child friencly holiday ever! So much attention to detail and amazing environmental awareness. We loved every minute of our holiday and will be back!" - Malenks, Monica & Leonie, Leeds - The Old Grainstore, August 2017

"AMAZING holiday cottage. Everything you need and wonderfully presented. Thankyou!" - Gareth, Ceri, Alice & Esther, Bradford - The Old Grainstore, August 2017

"This is our 3rd stay, it's like a 2nd home for us. Exceptional, spotless and homely. The welcome we receive is 2nd to none!" - Gayle, Derek, Peter, Evelyn & Olivia, Scotland - The Old Grainstore, August 2017

"Another wonderful stay, thank you so very much! Keep doing what you do, it's perfect! The cottage is amazing as always. Everything we needed, clean and comfortable. We are all sad to leave" - Linda, Roger, Christina, Ashton & Phoenix, Herts - The Old Grainstore, July 2017

"Perfect stay - the cottage could not have been bettter for us. Great hosts, warm welcome - we can't wait to come back! Thanks so much 10/10" - Cavanagh family, Glasgow, The Old Bothy, July 2017

"Our first return visit. A perfect place for a fabulous holiday. Thank you, we will be back again!" - Piper family, Edinburgh - The Old Bothy, July 2017

"A fantastic holiday with our 1 and 3 year olds. Couldn't have asked for better". Team Pochram, Sheffield, The Old Bothy, July 2017

"Beautiful cottage, lovely hosts and fantastic location. We will return soon." - Noms family, Whitby, The Old Bothy, June 2017

"Fantastic cottage - good beds, good kitchen and equipment. Friendly and helpful hosts. Thank you very much". - Jenny, Abe, Coby & Jan, The Netherlands, The Old Grainstore, July 2017

"This was a lovely stay, very relaxing and peaceful. The cottages is just beautiful, thank you". - Clare, David, Isla, North Shields - The Old Bothy, June 2017

"Fantastic stay. The cottage has everything you need, couldn't ask for more - the hosts have thought of everything. The outdoor space is a real plus. Photos on website do not do it justice. Thank you so much". The Laidlaws, Manchester, The Old Grainstore, June 2017 



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.