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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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

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


"Fantastic cottage, the best we have ever stayed in! Comfortable and so cosy!  We will be back soon" . - Kerry and Watters families, Newcastle - The Old Grainstore, Novermber 18.

"Amazing place. Cottage is perfect. Farm is wonderful - kids loved the animals. Joanne and Martin have created a wonderful place and are excellent hosts". Kershaw family, Darlington, The Old Bothy, November 18.

"Yet again everything exceeded expectations, really clean and comfortable. Great hosts as always - we will be returning!" - Woodhill, Robbins and Walt clan - The Old Grainstore and The Old Bohty, October 18.

"Fantastic cottage, excellent facilities, beautiful location. We have all had a wonderful break, thank you!" - McDougall family, Bearsden, Scotland - The Old Bothy, November 18.

"4th time here and amazing as always. So rested, such a treat to be here. Wonderful welcome, we would love to just move in!" - Piper family, Edinburgh, October 18.

"Superb, relaxed stay. Beautiful cottage with everything we needed." - David and Elaine, Putney, London - The Old Bothy, October 18.

"Lovely stay. Really comfortable and really well equipped providing everyting we needed for our twins. Highly recommend Joanne's apple crumble!" - Headland family, Whitely Bay - The Old Grainstore, October 18.

"We have had a lovely time here. The cottage is beautiful and cosy. Really thoughtful touches and great outdoor play area. Thenk you so much for making us feel so welcome and letting the girls feed the calves." - Wells family, October 18.

"Utterley delightful stay from start to finish. Such a warm welcome from Joanne and Martin. Accommodation perfect!" - John P and family, Bedford and Plymouth, The Old Grainstore, October 18.

"Our 3rd stay at Red Hall and we've enjoyed it every bit as much! The cottage is fab, well equipped and so clean. Joanne and Martin are great hosts, so welcoming and fab with the kids at calf feeding time. As our Son said within 10 minutes of arriving - "this place feels like home"! - The Allan family, Kinross, The Old Bothy, October 18.

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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.