- Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
- Beds Provided
- Pet Friendly
- Bed Linen Not Included
- Comfortable double bed and pull-out children’s sofa bed
- Outside fire basin for dining alfresco and star gazing in the warmth
- Set in an idyllic location in the south-west corner of the Lake District National Park
The Owner Says
Our beautiful Bell Tents are set in an idyllic location in the south west corner of the Lake District National Park on a working farm. Sleeping under canvas in our pre-erected Bell Tents. The tents sleep two adults and two children, there is a double bed and a double pull out children’s sofa bed. There is a table for indoor dining, fairy lights and of course bunting. Outside there is a fire basin for evening campfires and a table and four chairs. Please bring your own sleeping bags/bedding. The showers and toilets are outside the Roundhouse only 20m away and immaculately clean. Enjoy!
The Bell tents are situated on our campsite on a raised terrace with easy access to toilets and showers as well as washing facilities with hot water.
Our site is on a working farm with cows sheep and horses so for health and safety reasons it's not possible to access other areas of the farm but there are some lovely walks directly from the site up onto Black and White Combe. Our nearest beach is only 3 miles away (5 minute drive) with glorious miles of largely unoccupied sand. We are currently developing some areas of the site but would hope that this is not creating any inconvenience to our visitors.
Interaction with guests
We are always about to chat but do bear in mind we spend our lives at the moment living to work as we try and get everything on the farm to a better standard and improved. If there is anything we can do to make your stay the best possible, please let us know in advance - if we can, we will!
If you would like local information or recommendations please ask our wardens who have a wealth of local knowledge . We look forward to showing you our farm with its cats dogs sheep and heavy horses!
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Features & Facilities
Our wash block has clean toilets including 2 ladies & 2 gents toilets, all with new hand basins and hot running water, 4 new shower cubicles, a covered dish-washing area with double drainers and a small fridge and a freezer for communal use and ice-pack freezing.
Our well stocked new Shop and Cafe are now open from May - October so you can buy your camping essentials and get hot/cold food and drinks.
Fire-pits are scattered around the campsite and logs are available to buy at our on-site log hut.
Our 2 non electric Bell tents are seasonal from May - October and each feature a double bed and children's sofa bed inside & a side-table/cabinet. You do need to bring your own bedding pillows & towels.
- Dogs are welcome in both our Roundhouse & Bell tents.
The insulated Roundhouse is availabe all year round and has electricity, water, a well-equipped cooking area, hard-wood storage cabinets, a wood-burning stove and a king-sized bed and all bedding and towels are provided.
Across the meadow is Baystone Bank Farm's very own horse riding centre. It is the world's only BHS-approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre (07769 588565 or 01229 777764), with magnificent shire horses with their great shaggy feet along with other breeds such as Clydesdale, Suffolk Punch, Brabant and Percheron. There are miles of fabulous riding routes on the private farmland and beyond and a variety of horses to suit all levels of experience. Rides are carefully organised as instructional hacks, with tuition, and start from 1½ hours (longer fell and beach ride experiences are available to suit experience levels). For those who prefer to stay on their own two feet, there are endless walking opportunities. A series of footpaths run through the farm, with routes up both Black and White Combe (the foothills are accessible from the campsite) and the rest of the national park on your doorstep. Coniston Water (10 miles) is the closest of the main lakes nearby, but there are several smaller tarns that you can walk around, too including Rydal Water and Tarn Hows. Grizedale Forest is only 30 minutes drive away and offers miles of fabulous off road mountain biking.
Food & Drink
It's a 5-minute drive or a half hour walk to The Punch Bowl Inn (01229 774457) in the local village of Hallthwaites. The pub is right opposite the village hall (and the bus stop) and is rather unassuming looking from outside. There are outside tables round the back, though, and the food is decent and well priced. Best to ring the Punch Bowl to reserve a table though as they are not open on certain days during the winter months. For more options, drive the 10 minutes to Broughton-in-Furness, where there's a trio of good pubs open all year round. There is also the Beach Cafe at Haverigg by the sea where there is a playground for the young ones which is also about 8-10 mins away and the Harbour pub which is reasonably priced and offers a 3 course Sunday lunch which is good value.
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Baystone Bank Farm is just off the A595 between the 2 turns to Millom at either end of the Whicham Valley. Unless you actively want a scenic route, avoid going through the Lakes and exit the M6 at junction 36 (signposted Western Lake District (S), Kendal, Barrow) following the A590. Follow the A590 as it splits off left towards Barrow and continue until you reach Greenodd. At the roundabout, take a right towards Workington on the A5092, following the road through Lowick Green and on to Grizebeck where you should join the A595 heading for Workington and the Western Lake District. Follow the A595 past Broughton-in-Furness and Duddon Bridge, then past the turn off to Broadgate. Continue for a further 1½ miles over Dubdale Brow before turning right at the sign for the campsite. There are 7 farms with the same postcode, so if you're using a SatNav be sure to enter Baystone Bank Farm as the name!
The nearest train station is in Millom, 5 miles away.