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!
Fantastic walk around Over water and Orthwaite on Easter Saturday. Only 15 minutes from Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages. Beautiful quiet roads and no crowds - hurrah! Lovely to see al the little lambs in the fields enjoying the sunshine. Topped off with the best hot chocolate and cake at Maes Tearooms at Uldale - delicious!
We have availability in The Old Grainstore holiday cottage (sleeps up to 6) from Friday 27th March to Friday 3rd April.
Take a break from school, work and household chores and enjoy time with friends and family in this beautiful holiday cottage on a working farm. With the Lake District, Solway Coast, Carlisle and Hadrian`s Wall on the doorstep, there`s no shortage of things to do and see!!
Call us for details - 016973 42249 www.redhallcottages.co.uk
Thank you so much to the lovely Niblett family, who stayed in The Old Bothy in January, for posting this great review on Trip Advisor
"Home from home without the stresses”
Our first proper family holiday away from the distractions and work of home and we picked the perfect place.
We stayed in 'the old bothy' and it was so nice, the house itself is a really creative use of a barn and is really relaxing. Every room is great and very modern.
It's on a proper farm so you get the feeling you are away from home (unless you are a farmer I suppose) which for us was perfect. It's also close enough to the big things we wanted to see like Hadrians wall, Carlisle castle, the north of the Lake District.
The owners are lovely, helpful, friendly and genuine. They made our stay feel like we were just part of their normal every day life and not at all like we were paying guests. Which for us was a massive plus.
We are definitely coming back here.
On the way up to Caldbeck today for a walk around `The Howk` and had to stop to take this picture of the Caldbeck fells - so dramatic - love it!!
Cumbrian Hospitality at its best”
This is Rosie May, our new arrival at Red Hall Farm, who was born on New Year`s Day.
When she grows and has had her first calf, she will then join the milking cows herd here on the farm.
Following our recent assessment by VisitEngland in October, we were thrilled to learn that we have acheived a 4 Star Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service.