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Feather Down Farms at Howbeck Lodge

Hesket Newmarket, Wigton CA7 8JN, England
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Ranked #3 of 10 Wigton B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our first feather down experience. We got a warm welcome from the family who were always about to help. The tents are well appointed with everything you needed. It was cold at night so remember hot water bottles and sleeping bags. It was great for the children to experience the freedom to roam the farm. Nowhere was off limits to... More

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Consett
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This farm is mainly known for the featherdown farm experience but people are missing the charm of the B&B. It is really more like staying with a friend rather than staying at a bed and breakfast. There are only two well appointed rooms in the farmhouse, both with lovely comfortable beds and a shared bathroom with a roll top bath.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Stayed here one night whilst walking the Cumbria Way. The whole family arrived wet after a miserable weather day and aching from carrying heavy packs. Received a very warm welcome from our hostess who didn't mind a bit our dripping clothes and muddy boots. All our wet gear was magicked away to the farm drying room and returned to us... More

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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I'm not sure I can top the last review. We were there the same weekend & it was the best feather down experience (having stayed in two other very good ones in previous years) we have had. It was highly recommended by a fellow feather down farm friend, so on their endorsement we followed suit. Can't put my finger on... More

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Having never camped before, I was a bit sceptical about holidaying on a farm. But I can honestly say that it was one of the best holidays we have ever had. It was so exciting being shown to our tent (seems really unfair to call it that considering the home comforts!), but it just kept getting better from there. Our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We had the best time at Howbeck Lodge. My Daughter who is 4 yrs just loved the animals and farmer John. My son who is 15 months loved having freedom to walk and fall on the grass and meeting all the beautiful animals it was like an adventure to both the kids. My husband & I could relax knowing our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We spent bank holiday weekend here, perfect in every way. Wonderful to see kids exploring stream, feeding animals and collecting eggs. It's difficult to capture the pure magic of Feather Down Farms, it has to be experienced. Brilliant, we will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed one night on a walking holiday. Nice comfortable B&B - not sure what the Feather Down Farms bit was - I was there for the B&B. All very comfortable - nice bath - particularly good after a day's walking - short walk to the excellent Old Crown Pub for dinner - and excellent breakfast. Friendly and welcoming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We spent 4 days here and had an amazing time! No electric (although it is available if you need to charge phone or dry hair etc) and no mobile phone service so meant complete relaxation. The farmer and his family are very welcoming and very helpful without encroaching on your space - home made bread delivered warm to the tent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Wonderful from start to finish despite the cold easter weather. Went with my husband and 2 children, aged 11 & 9 years, for a 3 might weekend break. Welcomed by John, the farmer, and immediately made to feel at home, then shown to our tent by his daughter Jo who explained where everything was and how it worked. Tent was... More

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Also Known As:
Feather Down Farms At Howbeck Lodge Wigton, Cumbria
Address: Hesket Newmarket, Wigton CA7 8JN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Wigton
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Wigton
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located inside the Lake District National Park you can experience true rural isolation and a little piece of heaven. There are a plethora of walks on your doorstep, quiet beaches at the Solway Firth and back on the farm we have lambs in spring, prize winning Highland cattle and paddling in the stream is a stone’s throw from the tents.We are the Stobart family: John, Christine, and children David, Joanne and Sarah, and we have farmed at Howbeck Lodge for over 20 years. Ours is a traditional sheep and beef farm of 300 acres that is worked in a sustainable manner as part of the higher level Countryside Stewardship Scheme. John is passionate about his livestock, particularly his Highland cattle and Christine is well known locally for her homemade produce. She will provide guests with her cakes, biscuits, soups, ready meals, jams and marmalades, all available from the farm pantry in the quaint little barn next to the Featherdown tents. In this lovingly restored barn our hot showers are downstairs and the farm pantry above - everything you will need for a comfortable stay here.Being inside the Lake District National Park makes it a must as a base for walkers of course, but that’s not the whole story. Our tents’ setting by the side of an enchanting stream, the company of the red squirrels and the prettiest Farm Larder anywhere. One guest’s comment was the greatest compliment we could receive: “John made us laugh, Christine’s food made us drool, and Sarah taught us how to feed lambs. It was truly one of the best holidays we’ve ever had”.Howbeck offers a great way of experiencing luxury camping in the Lake District, as you can access the centre of the region with ease on the scenic routes across the open Northern Fells. In the evening, once you’re back among the chickens, goats, rabbits, horses and Highland cattle, you can experience true rural isolation. The quiet attractive beaches of the Solway Firth are within easy reach as well. Another rich slice of rural England is served up almost every week in the area from June until September in the form of agricultural shows. You might even see John there with his prize livestock, as he is a regular trophy winner.Howbeck Farm is just a short stroll to the unspoilt village of Hesket Newmarket which boasts a lovely children’s play area, a riverside walk and the very popular Old Crown Pub which is well worth a visit along with the Hesket Newmarket Brewery Cooperative. All the beautiful lakes are within easy reach and Keswick on Derwent water is only 12 miles. For those who love the great outdoors we can give tips on the many trails and footpaths leading straight from the farm – from gentle strolls to strenuous Fell walks. There is also pony trekking within half an hour’s driveMany of our repeat visitors return particularly in the Spring for lambing time. During the summer there are near-weekly agricultural shows at which to experience a rich slice of rural England. You may even see John there with his sheep – they’re regular trophy winners!Sorry but we do not except dogs at Howbeck ... more   less 
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