The Mains, Eden Valley

Mains Farm, Kirkoswald, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1DH
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Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

The Eden Valley is Cumbria’s forgotten secret. While the Lake District grabs all the red carpet treatment, this glacial valley on the eastern side of the M6 slips quietly past the paparazzi with barely a lens turned in its direction. Now it’s fair to say that it doesn’t have quite the same front cover appeal as the National Park with its mountains and lakes, but then it doesn’t attract the same hordes of tourists either. Eden Valley campsite is part of a sprawling acreage of sheep farm just outside the village of Kirkoswald. Round the corner from the farmhouse is the walled orchard and former kitchen garden that provides the site its six simple pitches, two on a raised area and four down among the trees. The one in the middle’s a pear tree, which is handy for fruit fans when in season, and the one in the corner is a myrtle tree dating back to when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840 and she had a sprig of myrtle in her wedding bouquet, beginning a tradition that continues to this day. It’s supposed to ward off witches, so no doubt Prince William will be keen to slip some into Kate’s bouquet. Away from the main farm site and a couple of minutes up the road with all your gear in the back of farmer-owner Robert’s flatbed truck is a very private little wild camping spot, which can be reserved by private arrangement. It’s in a small hollow, sheltered by a hill on one side and on the other by a copse of trees and a small beck (that’s local lingo for a stream) and with only the sheep for company. But it’s the semi-secret walled garden that’s the place to be as the sun settles behind the western hills. The lush sandstone of the farm buildings glows pink, perhaps a partridge will settle in the pear tree, and Eden Valley will seem like a secret you’ll want to keep.
NEW for 2014 - 3 camping pods sleeping 2 adults and 2 children, complete with electricity.
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★★★★★

Couldn't be bettered!

Just returned from great weekend with 2 other families to this fabulous campsite - was everything we hoped for - rural location, amazing views, clean facilities and everything we needed without compromising that camping feeling! We were in the orchard, perfect for our collective 6 young children. Lovely local walks, kids loved the wildlife (barn owl and chicks, lambs, chickens etc), swam in local outdoor pool and ate in Fetherstone Arms pub which is to be highly recommended. All in, a great weekend, we will be back for more! Thanks to Robert & Julie for allowing us a slice of their paradise for the weekend!

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Always lovely

Just returned from a very nice stay here camping, great for all of us, the kids love it too. Kirkoswald has a couple of great pubs also and even when busy does not suffer from overcrowding like other campsites - Thanks for letting my daughters feed the lambs they loved it. 

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Lovely weekend

Robert and Julie are fantastic and really add the extra touch to this campsite. It's in a beautiful location with local walks from the site and the river running along the bottom. The amenities were lovely - all new at the time of our visit and on our final night when our tent collapsed from the wind we were offered a night in the lodge as our final night. This demonstrates how lovely the site and hosts were. 

Would recommend to absolutely anyone.

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★★★★★

Eden Valley

We visited this campsite with seven kids under seven and only four grown ups.... it was a risk but because of the hugely warm welcome, the excellent provisions on site, wonderful visitor attractions within five miles and the kind weather, we had an absolutely fantastic bank holiday weekend. Thank you, Robert and Julie!

The location is dreamy with red sandstone farm buildings and fields of sheep with their lams surrounding the campsite. The river Eden is a field away - safe enough distance not to worry but close enough to go fishing. I even spotted my first ever kingfisher whilst taking an early morning walk with my restless two year old... amazing!

We visited Lacy's caves, Long meg and her daughers and the watermill at little salkeld - all very popular with every member of our party. Happy camping days! We shall be back!!

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Eden Valley

Robert and his wife Julie were very welcoming and showed us to the walled Orchard. We had 2 tents next to one another on an elevated grass pitch within the orchard. 4 adults, 5 children and the weather was kind too. This is a great site with everything you will need including, toilets, washrooms, hot showers, kitchen and washing facilities if required. Superb views, very quiet and more than enough space even if it gets busy. Fantastic walks long or short for all ages, small childrens play area for the younger ones but loads of space for the older children to play football or cricket or whatever you like to do. Nothing was too much trouble and Robert and Julie are there to help and advise if you need. This is a really great spot and we will be going back.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Eden Valley

Stayed twice this year - in the orchard and in the 'wild camping ' spot. Both times Julie and Robert were really helpful and enthusiastic without being fussy or overbearing. This is a beautiful spot, a stone's throw from the Lakes if you must have mountains, but why bother when the Eden Valley lives up to its name? The site's facilities are available to you whever you pitch, and do the job very well without being over fussy or formal. Wildlife is a major bonus; bats, barn owls, buzzards and, the first time for us, a pair of otters in the river at twilight.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Eden Valley

My wife, infant son and I had a wonder although damp bank holiday weekend camping here. Robert and Julie were very welcoming and suggesting a number of walks which started from the campsite and we very much enjoyed them. Facilities were clean and well maintained. We will definitly be going back.

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☆☆☆☆☆

Eden Valley

We stayed at Mains Farm Campsite on May Bank Holiday weekend, we were greeted by Julie who showed us to our pitch, we were in the orchard which was lovely. You leave your car in the carpark after unloading, and with being surrounded by fields with cows and sheep you really felt like you were in the countryside. We went on some of the walks which Robert and Julie advised us on, and they were all lovely. The toilets and showers were nice, kept clean, and lots of warm water. On our second night, it was VERY windy! So we were a bit worried about our tent, Robert gave us reassurance by offering the use of a spare bunkhouse to use if we needed it and showed us a sitting room in an old potatoe store that we sat night in with our friends for the night. All in all the campsite is lovely and Robert and Julie are both very friendly and helpful.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★☆

Eden Valley

My fiancé and I spent four nights at this delightful campsite just before easter 2011. Robert & Julie offer a warm welcome and lots of helpful insight in to the local area to make the most of your stay. There are lots of lovely walks right from the farm and we visited the lake district and Hadrian’s wall during our stay. We paid the very reasonable £1 a day and enjoyed wifi in the tent - a first for us but handy for checking out where to go on our trips out. Showers were free, hot and had decent pressure. The facilities were well cared for and kept clean. Mother nature was very much around you at this working sheep farm, lots of gorgeous new lambs bouncing about in the field next to us, fish jumping in the river at the bottom (we didn’t see the otters or king fishers but can easily believe they were there), barn owl next to the orchard, swallows screaming over the cobbled court yard.... truly idyllic. On our last night Robert arranged for us to have a fire pit BBQ in a sheltered coppice on a small beach by the river (£8 for it to be filled, delivered and lit - bargain), beautiful sunset peppered by bats chasing across the water.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

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Simple Amazing!

Reading all the other reviews for this campsite we can confirm that they are fully justified. It is not just the fantastic location, excellent facilities or beautiful views that make Mains Farm, It is owners Robert and Julie and their son (good luck with the exams!) that make this place. 

We have camped / caravanned for numerous years and never come across more genuine site owners, they were very friendly and would go that extra mile (when they didnt have too) to make you stay that bit extra special. It was so good we returned 2 weeks later for another relaxing stay, it wont be our last visit!. We are hoping to return and stay in the orchard with friends as soon as we can. 

Highly Recommended for families, walkers, cyclist and people wanting to just get away from it all.

Thanks again to Robert and Julie from the Puccini's!

0 of 1 readers found this review useful.

Campervan, husband, 2 dogs and 2 kids.... wow what a weekend!  What a lovely site.  Can't fault it at all.  The owner was just lovely, I loved that she was sitting at her kitchen table doing her accounts and drinking fizz when we turned up!  Excellent facilities, warm and clean.  Kids seemed to enjoy the playground and when we even found the wifi spot under the tree and the kids were even more delighted.  Stayed 2 nights and wandered into the village on the Saturday.  Tried ou the 2 pubs, friendly and allowed dogs.  Small village shop (sells fizz too!) and a cash point.

★★★★★

Mains Farm - great site

Two of us and our small dog stayed in one of the pods for 2 nights last week and we were very impressed by this peaceful, well organised while informal site. Julie and Robert made us feel welcome from the start, which was a phone call made an hour before we arrived, and booked us a meal in the village pub.  Facilities in the farm buildings absolutely fine - good place to natter when its raining!  Kettle, toaster, fridge and microwave much appreciated.  There's room for quite a lot of people here, but because you are spread out in different fields and parts of the garden everyone has plenty of room in their own bit.  Beautiful rural location, we enjoyed the footpaths and the pubs.

★★★★★

Great Site - Great Location

Our family stayed at The Mains twice last summer and we're really looking forward to visiting again this year. 

The owners are really nice and welcoming. The shower facilities are kept clean and the showers were always hot.

It really is a great place to visit and I can see my family becoming regulars year after year.

★★★★★

Memories to treasure!

Beautifully located in the Eden valley but within easy reach of the Lake District, with a gorgeous stretch of the river! Sheep in nearby fields and some of the most breath taking sunsets! Excellent washing facilities/ showers/ toilets. Owners just lovely and helpful.

Thank you so much Robert and Julie! We have made some unforgettable memories ! Olga & James GT 

Just got back from a few day at Main Farm, and all I can say is that it is a fantastic site. Lovely and intimate with a few different locations - we took a camping pod which helped with gear and packing up.

Facilities are fine - everything within easy reach and perfectly serviceable, great use of the old farm buildings. Everything is perfectly clean and well looked after.

It has a lovely relaxed feeling and everyone was very friendly.

Two things make the site stand out - firstly the location is amazing. The Eden Valley is beautiful, and the site is right next to the river. There are plenty of fantastic walks from the site, and lots of things to do within a short drive.

The other is the hosts - Julie and Robert are really welcoming and personable, and always happy to help. They set the tone for this great site which I would recommend to anyone (shame it's so far from London!)

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Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

The Mains, Eden Valley: Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

The Mains, Eden Valley: Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

The Mains, Eden Valley: Boutique and bijou farm camping in a small orchard and kitchen garden.

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