Abbots Reading Farm
Haverthwaite, Ulverston LA12 8JP
The back-to-nature Rusland Valley barely features on most Lake District itineraries – a big plus point as far as visitors to Abbots Reading Farm are concerned. The grassy hill behind the farm might be too steep for tents but it’s perfect for their half-dozen elevated timber “octolodges”, which are less pod and more lozenge when it comes to shape but offer the same camping-without-canvas creature comforts. And comforts there undoubtedly are – power-points, lighting, underfloor heating, even a wall-mounted TV with kids’ channels, plus a spacious wooden deck with sweeping views all the way up to the central lakeland fells. Oh, and we love the built-in wine rack in the little kitchen area. Immaculate showers and loos are sited a very short walk away (or a children’s roll down the hill) where there’s also a huge, open-sided communal barn with picnic tables – great for a game of table footy or somewhere to get the barbecue under cover if it rains. Hand-reared farm animals pootle about, getting in the way of games of rounders on the play area, while the nothing’s-too-much-trouble hosts can point the way to the bird hide and pond when an hour’s quiet reflection beckons.
The Owner Says
The best place I've been to in years, we loved it so much and didn't want to go home, the people made you feel very welcome and will be defo be going back. All the facilities which are provided to a high standard. The toilets and showers were very clean. some of the nights were just magic sitting looking at the stars. Good for the kids and also good if you go as a couples holiday, not far from most town and good for cycling. loved it all thanks again.