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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Happy Easter!


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!



The Easter holidays are coming!


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


Thank you for the lovely review

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”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago for a stay in January 2015
5 of 5 stars

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.


5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service

Dramatic Caldbeck fells

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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!!

A lovely review to share with you

04Cumbrian Hospitality at its best”

"For a Christmas family rental this was perfect. The property is exceptionally clean, well maintained and in a great location for the Borders, Lakes and Scotland. The Owners Joanne and Martin make you feel like family and included a wonderful Christmas basket on arrival. They decorated the house and even provided age specific toys and dvds for our 2 boys. These little touches made the accommodations both homely and great value. We couldn't ask for anymore and will be back!"
Colin Martin, Alabama January 2015

New Year new arrival at Red Hall Farm


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.


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

t: 016973 42249
m: 07906 852224



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

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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.