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Stunning scenery and fantastic facilities
Myself, three friends and my pooch spend 3 nights on the farm in a non electric camping pitch. We aren’t regular campers and lacked a few usually vital camping bits such as a stove and bbq. However, this doesn’t matter at gill head. You can hire a fire pit for a very reasonable £20 for your stay. They also sell wood and fire starting kits for your convenience. The views on the field were absolutely stunning and the site is only a 10 min drive from Keswick. There is a pub just a 10 min walk away which does close fairly early, around 9.30, but was a lovely few drinks out nonetheless. there is also a facilities block with washing up, fridge and kettle/microwave facilities. in short, great campsite - will certainly return!
Absolutely beautiful campsite; we had a river pitch and managed to pitch up right next to it. It was super private and probably the most beautiful pitch I’ve had at a campsite. Toilets were very clean although did smell a bit (the portable ones by the wild campsite part) and fire pits were very expensive compared to ones I’ve experienced previously which is the only reason I’ve given it 4 stars instead of 5. Great location for hiking and local towns. I would definitely come again!
We stayed at the campsite for a week at the end of August. Overall it was excellent. The toilets and showers were good, showers not too hot for my boys which was reported in earlier reviews. The playground kept the boys entertained and the access to a freezer and kettles was very handy. We didn't use the common room due to dry weather but its nice to have just in case. Local attractions were good and none were too far away. We went to the lake district wildlife park, panning for gold at the mining museum and aira force waterfalls. Had a great time and will return to the site.
Stayed in the log cabin and loved the set up, very well appointed and definitely gave us the “in the woods” feel with lots of wildlife around. The site is very well kept and the facilities are plentiful and kept clean, the staff were also very helpful and approachable. Only negative is that you do get traffic noise due to the proximity of the A66. Overall very enjoyable and would recommend the site to others.
Beautiful campsite with everything you need.
Views from the campsite were amazing, and the facilities were spot on. Very clean and very friendly.
Lovely few days away at Gill Head
Easy to find off the A66 and so many things nearby to do, you can easily do a day at Ullswater with a walk or take the steamer to various stops, The campsite itself was brilliantly managed and whilst it was busy on a bank holiday weekend there was still plenty of space, only couple of downsides, even though there is signage saying no cars on the camping fields a fair few people seem to ignore this and when there are kids running about does get a bit annoying, but didnt detract from a class few days away...
Beautiful family campsite
The campsite is in a stunning location and very well maintained. We stayed here for the bank holiday weekend on the main camping field with electric and everything was clean, tidy, well spaced out and had plenty of room for the kids to play. The shower/toilet facilities were excellent and the shared cabin was really convenient! The children’s play area is great and the waterfall is just beautiful. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here - we will definitely be returning!
Beautiful Camp Site with Brilliant Staff
First time camping in over 20 years, first time camping with a 3 year old and we loved it. Such a beautiful campsite with fantastic views and plenty of space for your pitch. The staff were all super friendly and helpful - we were missing the correct extension lead for our electric hook up and they were only too happy to lend us one for our stay. Top tip - the fire pits for hire are a must and an excellent way to spend your evenings around, chatting and drinking! Play area for the kids was good but could do with a little but of up keep.
A wonderful site in a lovely area
We chose the "quiet area", it was idyllic for us. There is a waterful near by with a "pool" you can swim in. The quiet area site was surrounded by trees, lots of birds. The whole site was beautifully kept and other camping areas were also lovely with stunning views. Ample toilets, showers and washing up areas, with the luxury of a sitting room with TV for those wet evenings. Will definitely be back.
Beautiful log cabin in the woods faint sounds of highway
Pros: -easy to get to via public transport -short bus drive away from Keswick and the Threlkeld to Keswick walk -reception staff super helpful with info about walks and additional amenities. One of them went out of his way to bring us wood and firelighters -log cabin is beautiful and secluded, right by the river, has cups and plates, a fire pit and a wood fired heater <3 among other things. -dog friendly Cons -gill head farm is within earshot of the highway, so the secluded nature of the log cabin is interrupted a bit. The noise isn’t overly loud, but it’s there. Wish there was still a train running through this area but unfortunately that ended long ago with the boom in cars and trucks:( take public transport people!!!
Plenty of room for camping. Toilets/ showers spotless. Excellent touch with 'lounge' area, TV, kettle, toaster etc Nice play park for kids aswell.
Family friendly site in a stunning location
Gill Head is perfectly located to enjoy this part of the Lake District (although you can hear the road from the campsite). The owners are friendly and helpful and lent us detailed maps for our climb up Blencathra. Close to Rookin House adventure centre, where we had a great 2hr trek. Clean wash up area and toilet/shower block - surprisingly few queues despite the campsite being reasonably full. We hired a fire pit - £20 for duration of stay - and it came with kindling, fire lighter and logs. Highly recommend a visit to this well run campsite.
Beautiful, clean and wet!
After an early arrival and a slight hiccup with a static caravan, being moved, blocking our way to our part of the site, we eventually made our way to the pitch. The convenience of the electrical hook-up at the wilder/river part of the campsite meant we could have the best of both worlds. The campsite itself is clean and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for the owners- from suggesting waking routes or offering milk for a cuppa! It is well organised with communal areas with freezer and fridges and campers are encouraged to ensure that the facilities are kept clean after use too! The Riverside pitches meant we had to walk our camping equipment, down a short hill, to the pitch which was hard work but worth knowing that children could run safely around around without worrying about vehicles! My children loved exploring the river and the waterfall as well as playing amongst the trees- a natural playground! Other reviews mention the noise from the A66 and, in my opinion, it was a hum of noise and certainly didn’t take way from the enjoyment of the stay. The waterfall and river, along with the birds certainly made enough noise of their own too! The riverside pitches are a short walk from the main campsite, but the owners had thoughtfully provided those of use that were pitched there with their our toilets to use! The delight of potentially spotting a red squirrel on our walk from the pitch to the showers made the short walk quite exciting and therefore no trouble at all! The only downside is, from our point of view, is the distance to a shop for groceries and things. There is a Farm Shop a short drive away and milk available at the campsite shop. Thank you Gill Head for our stay! We highly recommend you and would certainly stay there again!
Lovely friendly family site
This campsite is EXCELLENT!! Small, friendly with great amenities. The fact there are also a kettle, toaster, microwave and a fridge/freezer is great. The site is a nice size and really liked the fact everyone stuck to the quiet times. The toilets and showers were always clean. In a great location, close to Ullswater lake, Penrith and Keswick. The owners gave us loads of useful info which was great including recommendations for good pub food. My ONLY suggestion would be to have a proper on site shop - the only thing they had was milk- but limited. Think if they had a stocked shop so you could get essentials all campers would use it. Also no sign of take away breakfasts as suggested in their website!!
Great campsite with fantastic views
The campsite has pretty much everything you could want in terms of facilities. The views from the back field are amazing. There's plenty of showers and washing stations etc. and in general is obviously very well managed. I only had 2 issues with this campsite. 1) The 10pm noise cut-off wasn't enforced which must be annoying for families with kids as you can hear pretty much everything and the language might not great for young kids to listen to. 2. There are special mats to put shoes on in the shower rooms to keep the floor clean, I'm not sure if you are meant to take the mat into the cubicle but i still have no idea how you are meant to change into dry socks and shoes after the shower. This is probably something that cant be avoided and is an issue with all campsites but maybe an area with a bench a bit further away from the cubicles would be better for people to sit and put their shoes on more comfortably. Also, i think the shop could sell disposable flip flops and use should be encouraged with signage.
Brilliant family campsite
Fantastic. Visited for 6 nights in August. Wonderful views, great facilities. My girls age 5 and 8 made lots of new friends in the play area, perfect for families. Washing up factilities and showers are clean and tidy. Owners are kind and thoughtful. Fire pits allowed and a lovely way to spend to eve whilst watching the sunset. Location great too, easy access to the main routes into the lakes but quiet and friendly. Would definitely return and stay longer.
Amazing pitch next to the stream
I would like to say dont go....so that when we go again....and we will ...we will be able to get the pitch next to the stream like we did this time!. So peaceful and quiet plus the added bonus of swimming in the waterfall on a night. Beautiful. Wonderful holiday Everything you need on site and very friendly. Great base for walking, kayaking and biking. Can't wait to go back next summer.
We camped here for the first time with our toddler, great family friendly site which had a play park which was great for keeping the little one entertained. Bathroom facilities were great, showers nice and hot, overall very clean and good facilities. Lovely walk down to a little river and waterfall which was a nice surprise! Would definitely stay here again and would recommend to friends.
Good spacious site, with excellent and well kept amenities. Nice little playground for small ones and well located for activities around Ullswater. Also went to the nearby Rookin activity centre which was very good.
great all round camping experience
We spend 3 very wet nights in August at this site with our 3 young children, despite the terrible weather the experince was great. the site has just the right balance of facilities along side a sence of living under canvas (for those who like to rough it!) great to have a room with both fridge and freezer for all to use. Also washer and tumble dryer. the shower block and toilets were alway clean and there was no shortage of hot water for the washing up and showers! the kids play area kept my 4 and 7 year old occupied for hours! The views (even with clouds) from the back field are amazing, however you do hear the A66 purring through the night (the ONLY negative!) I'm a big fan of french camping and thos sote came really close! had it had freaah bread and pastries in the mornings I would have probally given it 100%!
One of the best
Located in a good position and beautiful scenery all round
Relaxing time away
The farm is very cute and the amenities are clean and well taken care of.
A fantastic place!
We stayed here last week (August 2021) and had a superb stay. The grounds are beautiful, there are lots of places to see right on site like the gorgeous little stream, perfect for little ones to paddle in! Amenities are clean and tidy - showers are lovely (but a little bit too hot for little ones!) Close to Keswick and Ullswater. Would definitely recommend and return! The hosts are lovely, too!
Lively place. Simple but all we needed. Facilities cleaned and friendly people. Really nice stream and little waterfall.
Wonderful Lake District Camping.
I stayed at Gill Head throughout the hottest week of the year! The site is located in the quieter part of the Lakes, just up from Ullswater. On arrival I headed to the small reception and called the number to be met by the owner. He gave me a warm welcome, gave me the option of areas I could camp up. There were several fields, some with electric hook ups. I decided to camp with beautiful views looking onto Blencathra. The toilets and shower blocks were the cleanest I've ever used, spotless. I'd read the water could get too hot on previous reviews but I found them perfect. There is a communal area with a freezer, fridge, sofas and TV. I found the site really quiet apart from a few nights at the weekend when it became busier. At reception they set milk, the most gorgeous local ice cream and cold drinks. I had to drive into keswick to gain more supplies. This is one of the nicest campsites I've ever stayed at. I hope to return staying in a pod, when they become available. I found the owners really helpful and pointed me towards where I might spot the red squirrels.
My 8 year old said “the playground was amazing”. My 5 year old said “the view was really awesome , and I really liked walking in the stream to see the waterfall”. We loved waking up to the view, being able to enjoy a fire pit in the evening and the stream. We have a 1 yr old so also appreciated a microwave to make up bottles, the animals on the farm and the laundry room! Everyone respected the quiet time after 10 and the showers were hot. Only disadvantage was a bit of road noise and that the showers (whilst hot) were set at one temperature which was probably a little too hot for a toddler but for adults it was a perfect temp
We stayed in the quiet area (near the waterfall) for 3 nights at the end of July. Facilities were excellent and swimming in the waterfall was a amazing after a long day walking in the fells.
Beautiful setting with excellent facilities
We stayed in the quiet area of the campsite, which is surrounded by woodland, with the odd red squirrel sighting and birds of prey/owls nearby. The stream is a great touch for a cooling dip on site on hot days. The facilities in the campsite were excellent; great showers kept lovely and clean. Extra cleaning product around as well for campers to clean between use which was a good extra touch. The campsite is really easy to find and is just off the A66, which can be heard in certain areas of the site. The site is in a great location to easily get to Ullswater and Helvellyn and some great pubs nearby (The Royal Hotel in Dockray was our favourite). Thanks for a great few days!
Fantastic views and very clean
Views to die for and the staff are very friendly and gave me lots of advice on biking routes to try. Location was just right for all of the activities I was doing, booked for two night but extended that to four mainly because of the price and cleanliness of the site.
The perfect campsite
The campsite was perfect! Amazing location, stunning views and the facilities were outstanding and very clean. The owners were so nice and very helpful. Would highly recommend and I can't wait to go back!
Perfect weekend stay
We camped in the secluded field away from the main site, which was great with access to water, power, really clean toilets and showers, as well as a lovely stream and waterfall just down the path. Would recommend!
Loved every minute of gill head campsite owners were very friendly and welcoming, they even let us move to a pod after a rainy night in the tent and then stayed in the log cabin which is excellent and very much your own privacy with a fire pit to keep warm loved both camping, pods and log cabin highly recommended no signal up there for anyone to bother you haha shower and toilet block was near and overall brilliant and will be back as soon as next week 😀
Lovely campsite mid way berween Penrith and Keswick. Just got back from 4 nights there and would definately go back again. The lady in reception was so helpful and the facilities everything you need. I had booked to go by the river however can't take the car down to where you camp and it was a bit steep and as I camp on my own with 2 dogs carrying all my gear up and down just wasn't going to happen so I moved without any problems. Lovely walks all around the site
We arrived on Friday late evening and it was our very first time camping. The lady in reception was really welcoming and we enjoyed our stay even with weather being a quite rainy. My son loved playground and there were quite a few families with children. Everyone seemed very nice and it made our first camping experience great!
We stayed at Gill Head Farm for three nights on a short break to the Lake District. It is a wonderful location as a base, being only a short drive to Helvellyn and also Scafell, two climbs we wanted to do. The owners are really friendly and the site is very well maintained. The facilities are great, especially after a long day of walking, with nice hot showers. We stayed in the quiet area, which is a little removed from the main site, but it is easy to get to and there are two showers/toilets only a few minutes walk away. The main site with laundry and a nice common area is only another few minutes away. Each day as we made or way to the main site we walked past one or two peahens! I look forward to returning and would highly recommend the site.
We have recently returned from a 4 night camping stay at Gill Head Farm and we loved every minute! We stayed in the ‘quiet area’ which overlooked a beautiful waterfall, (which we actually had a dip in!), and were surrounded with trees and woodland. The only thing to comment on is that dogs were also allowed in this area so it wasn’t very ‘quiet’ during the night at times. We also hired a fire pit and logs which was a really nice feature to our trip and perfect for keeping midgies away in the evening! The toilet and shower facilities were a 2-3 min walk from this area and were very clean and tidy. The showers were a good pressure and lovely and warm too! (I was often greeted by a pheasant on my way, along with some red squirrels running around!). We visited all of the surrounding towns, Windermere being the furthest at a 30 min drive. There’s plenty to see and do and so many beautiful views to be seen not too far away. My personal favourite was Ullswater, home to the 2nd largest lake in England which had lots of pubs and nice walking routes too. Rookin House Activity Centre is also a fantastic day out - We did horse riding and Go-Karting which were both really good fun and reasonably priced! Overall, we would definitely come back! My mum has actually booked a weekend stay here in August off the back of hearing about our trip! 🤣 Highly recommended.
A fantastic getaway
Upon arrival the receptionist/owner was super friendly and accommodating. The place is clean and maintained. We got the camp site next to the river. Boy was that wonderful, sleeping next to sizzling water sound. But got to take mosquito repellents because them tiny monsters are vicious and millions next to the waters. The toilets/showers were closer than expected, and was really not an issue to get to them. Car parking close to campsite, but not too close to make the campsite into a semi-car park. Would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to get a ton of fresh air and nature. One small constructive criticism - Gill Head Farms should update the pricing for the fire pit their website. It says there the rental is £5, logs are £5 and deposit is £20, but when i rented it, I was charged £20 without any mention of deposit or anything of the sort. And when I returned the pit, my name wasn't even asked (in effort to maybe refund the £10) so left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I realize it's not always possible to update the website right away with latest changes, but it's a bit misleading, given we were camping on a budget, and every little counted. With all of that, still 5 stars. Great place to come with the family or as a couple. And loved that the owners don't oversell the camp site- there's plenty of space between campers, so to maintain a sense of privacy.
Great site and really enjoyed our stay
The quiet site was beautiful and we enjoyed swimming in the pool. Facilities were very and very clean. Had everything we needed
Lovely site for our first camping experience!
Arrived in the afternoon and given details of where all the facilities were by the owner. We pitched in the far meadow out of the main field, where we had fantastic open views to Blencathra. There were already a few tents pitched but plenty of room to find our own space. Hardstanding areas were there for cars so the field didnt get churned up. The campsite was really well maintained and clean with all the facilities to hand, and had a lovely laid back feel and a nice atmosphere.The showers and toilets were always very clean and plenty of hot water. My wife and daughter said their showers were extremely hot and couldnt stand under them for any length of time. Other people had said the same. Location wise it is ideally placed between Penrith and Keswick and not far from Ullswater. There is a little bit of noise from the A66 but not too bad. All in all a great site and a wonderful place for our first camping break(3 nights). We will definitley be returning.
Had the most amazing time in Kipper Cabin! Already booked to come back!
Had an amazing time staying in Kipper Cabin. Location is perfect with parking directly outside the cabin. The cabin is gorgeous and has so many little touches to make it feel special. It has everything you need- outdoor kitchen area, electricity, heater, wooden deck, fire pit and is beautifully decorated throughout. The bed was also really comfy. Really loved that I could bring my dog as she also had a great time. Staff were excellent and there are lots of facilities around the site. The waterfall a couple of minutes walk about is also a bonus and the location is well placed so you can drive out to lots of different places for walks. Can't wait to come back in August!
Fabulous holiday treat
Stayed for the first time at Gill Head with my two small dogs. Great views, great people, very friendly and very helpful. It won't be the last time hope to return again and would rather have a voucher to stay there!See you all soon.Thankyou for a lovely well deserved break on my birthday x
Fabulous site, fantastic location chilled our
We’ve just returned from a five night stay here. I never leave reviews but we had such a brilliant time I decided others needed to know. The site is well equipped with everything you need. Showers and wash facilities are clean and modern. The owners are helpful but leave you to get on the other your break. Lovely ambiance on the site fire pits glowing, families chatting, children playing, dog snoozing! For us it was the perfect combination of chilled out camping with really practical amenities. My only minor very slight issue was that the showers were mega hot, adults could handle them but they were a bit of a challenge for younger children. That said it didn’t take away from our enjoyment just made sure they went for regular dips in local lakes!!🤣
Beautiful log cabin surrounded by red squirrels
We spent the weekend in the log cabin it is set out of the way of other campers so it’s very private over looking the waterfall with red squirrels in the trees. So peaceful and scenic. The cabin is very quirky it is beautiful with everything you need for your stay, fresh picked flowers were left for us with tea light candles such a lovely touch. The site is lovely very well looked after, the showers and toilets are clean and well stocked. I would highly recommended this cabin and will be looking to book again.
This is a lovely campsite with great views, plenty of space to pitch our tent and nice clean facilities. Also in a good location to explore. Would recommend that for anyone who wants to eat out to book meals in advance, the Troutbeck Inn is close by but gets booked.up.
Cabin was amazing!
We had two nights booked in the log cabin and it was brilliant! Theres everything you could need in the cabin, and the wood burner adds a lovely cosy touch. Its set in a secluded and quiet area of the site nestled amongst the trees. It was very peaceful but also has good links to get to other areas of the lakes. We plan on returning!
I would really recommend this camp site! The friendly and welcoming staff were fantastic from the start to finish. Helping us out when we had an issue with our tent! Great location with the mountains as as a backdrop. Will be returning again next year!
My first time camping and thoroughly enjoyed.
Clean facilities, friendly staff and peaceful 'quiet field'. Ideal location for hill climbing (Blencathra and Skiddaw), short drive to Thirlemere and Keswick close by for supplies
Our two nights in a tent were made especially fantastic by the view of the waterfall in the riverside pitch. The facilities were excellent, and only a short walk from our pitch. The staff were incredibly friendly and we will definitely be returning customers.
An absolutely amazing experience at the log cabin. Very clean and cosy and in a beautifully hidden area which is quiet. We were almost the only ones at the camp site. Would definitely recommend and come back again very soon! Thank you so much!
Relaxing and stunning
The stay in the cabin was amazing, the site was lovely and quiet so felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Will definatly be back!!
Perfect place for a much needed break
After many of our plans had been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, we managed to get away to the lakes for the weekend staying at the log cabin on Gill Head farm. The cabin was more spacious than we had expected and had the basics you needed for a comfortable stay e.g. kettle, crockery, plenty of seating (something that is often overlooked), blankets etc... The log burner made the cabin a cosy place to retreat to at the end of the day, when it got chilly. The showers and toilets were immaculately clean and the showers were lovely and warm. Situated between Penrith and Keswick, we got the chance to explore both towns and we walked a lovely route near Ullswater, which was just a few miles down the road. We also managed to squeeze in a trip to Aira Force, the national trust attraction near Ullswater. The staff/owners (and their lovely dogs) were very friendly and welcoming and we really enjoyed our stay. We would recommend to friends and family as the perfect place for a Lake District getaway. Thank you Gill Head Farm!
Stayed for two nights, lovely rustic log cabin set in picturesque landscape. Joined by red squirrels each day. Cabin has all the basics and cooking area under cover outside. Perfect base for walks such as blencathra and helvellyn. Will definitely be visiting again.
Lovely campsite, well worth a stay
I chose the quiet field as I liked the idea of being by a stream and waterfall. It was very picturesque but I did find it noisy due to its close proximity to the A66. I would chose to be in the big field next time. The toilets and showers were spotless and I was so delighted when the shower was a good temperature almost immediately. The owners have gone to great lengths to make the camping experience at Gill Head safe. It is a very well kept campsite. I was swimming in Ullswater so it was a great location for me. The Troutbeck Inn was close at hand if you didn’t feel like cooking.
We had a brilliant time camping at Gill Head Farm last weekend - loads of space, amazing views of Blencathra to wake up to and the facilities were excellent. The site is only 15 min drive to Keswick town and similar distance to Ullswater lake so great location for all outdoor adventures. We'll definitely be back.
Very good campsite
We stopped at hill head farm which is a brilliant site close to all different areas of the lakes and the quite field was brilliant I would recommend getting toilets at that end of the site as it’s very dark walking to the toilets on a nighttime
We stayed in the Kipper Cabin for one night and loved it!! Had really good amenities and felt really nice to have our own secluded spot in the camp site! The lady who worked in the reception area was really friendly and the camp site was lovely and clean! Will definitely be recommending It to others and will hopefully be back in the future!
Perfect weekend camping
Great facilities, friendly easy going staff, great value for money, but the best thing is that view in the second field. Blencathra looked stunning at sunset.
We stayed for the first 3 nights of our holiday, at another site nearer to Ullswater and then moved to Gill Head for the next 3 nights on 17th September and it was just perfect! The toilets and showers were immaculate and never had to que for either. We pitched our tent in the field which over looks Blencathra and to wake up to that view each morning, was amazing (as were the sunsets) So much so that it inspired us to climb the day after. We didn’t quite make Blencathra as it has been a while since we have both done much exercise, but if you park up in nearby Mungrisdale you can take the back route up Bowscale Fell which is equally as stunning a walk and the views are amazing. The site had a mixture of all ages and nobody was too noisy, rowdy or untidy it was everything you would expect a well run campsite to be. There are pitches for tents, caravans and camping pods which looked very popular. There are a number of picnic benches across the site for people who haven’t got the space to take a table or chairs with them and for a small fee you can hire a fire pit and buy logs to burn from that site office. This lasted us our 3 days and was definitely welcomed as the temperature did drop at night. The site is in easy reach of both Keswick and Penrith and not far from Ullswater at all, with the nearby Troutbeck inn doing take away meals along with several other pubs nearby. Would we stay at Gill Head again....absolutely! Will we be bringing friends back with us next time, without a doubt. Thank you so much for having us and we can’t wait to return (and hopefully smash Blencathra next time! Matt and Nat (Somerset)
Absolutely beautiful site could not fault it, the toilets were kept clean, the views were amazing and we had stunning weather to say it was September, we will definitely be returning.
Stayed for 3 nights camping from 12-15 September with my partner. Such a beautiful location - campsite overlooks the northern fells. Family that run the site went above and beyond to help us out when our tent collapsed on the first night at about 1am (unfortunately just a really windy and rainy night, plus a very elderly tent!) - putting us up in a spare glamping pod so we could get some sleep and sort out everything the next day, then arranging on site accommodation for the next 2 nights when we realised the tent was beyond help. Facilities very clean with hot showers and the site is very close to lots of lovely walks and pubs! Had a brilliant time, couldn't be more grateful for all their help as well! Would highly recommend.
Came here with my partner for 3 nights. Views over the fells are amazing and the facilities were so clean, really can't fault anything! The family that run the site were incredible - the first night unfortunately our tent fully collapsed due to strong winds and it being quite elderly (our own fault for choosing a windy field to pitch in!) but despite it being about 1am and raining the staff were so helpful and friendly and found us a spare glamping pod to take refuge in for the night. They even helped sort out accommodation on site for us for the next few nights when we realised the tent was beyond help! They were also so helpful and knowledgeable when it came to recommendations for pubs and walks etc. Would highly recommend staying here :)
Fabulous, clean and friendly campsite
Loved the campsite, very well set out and beautiful surroundings. It was very peaceful despite being nicely busy. The toilet and shower facilities were always clean and the showers nice and hot. The only improvement would be that it'd be great to have a sheltered cooking area. I would definitely recommend and come back.
Cosy and beautiful surroundings
We stayed in the log cabin for 2 nights. It is a beautiful structure situated in pine trees over looking a river. Great for spotting wildlife, we had regular visits from an inquisitive red squirrel 🐿️ Put the fire burner on and settle in for a cosy night. Great on site facilities. Booked again in november.
Absolutely amazing cabin, highly recommend
My partner and I wanted to get away for the weekend to unwind etc. Renting the cabin was amazing. It is tucked away on its own nearby a river. Toilets are not far and were always clean and tidy. Showers were warm; perfect after walking up Blencathra. The log fire is easy to use and the logs are a good price from the camp. Sadly it rained the whole time we were there so we couldn't fully enjoy the seating outside but it didn't ruin the lovely views. The only downside is that there is no fridge. So I would recommend taking up a small fridge if you are staying for longer than 2 nights. That is what we are going to do next time. Otherwise there is a microwave and sink. We took our own stove. Driving to the various towns/walks etc is super easy. We just loved it. We can't wait to go back. Thank you for such a lovely stay! Roisin & Josh
Brilliant campsite with good views.
The location of the campsite was really good as it was near Keswick and Ullswater lake. But also the facilities on site were very good. It even had warm showers. I
Had a great long weekend away in the “quiet area” of the camp site. We originally booked 3 pitches but only needed 2, it was the perfect place to enjoy some down time with the friends and kids. We were able to hire a fire pit for our last night which was brilliant. The place itself has very clean facilities, the only thing I’d say would be it be nice to have a toilet near the quiet area as, we did a lot of running with the kids to the toilet but that didn’t not affect our experience. The location was brilliant we were able to access everything we wanted to do. It was a shame the shop wasn’t running due to covid but the Esso garage and Penrith wasn’t too far away.
Great stay, facilities were well maintained and clean. Good location for accessing Ullswater, with a lovely pub within walking distance and a town a just a short drive away.
The shepherd’s hut is hidden away at the edge of the site, w a drop down to a stream on one side and your own drive for two cars on the other There’s an outdoor sink and a cupboard with a kettle, microwave, toaster and various other bits you’d have in a kitchen. There’s also a radio which was a nice touch.
Excellent site for families
We booked a caravan pitch for £25/night we also paid £12 for a fire pit which came with lots of wood and kindling. We travelled with our 3 Yr old daughter, parents and a dog. The site is lovely, showers red hot and a good pressure and clean. Toilets weren't terribly clean but it was very busy when we were there and only two toilets so understandably they were well used. Beautiful, breathtaking views from the campsite a little disappointed that the caravan pitches were surrounded by large trees so you can't see the stunning views. Lovely park and added bonus of trampolines. We will definitely be back again with a tent so we can take advantage of the stunning views.
Brilliant stay -nice place
We have just came back from our stay. Good facilities, well managed, would come back. Happy holiday.
A Hidden Gem
Our weekend in the cabin was fantastic. It’s hidden away in a quiet corner of the campsite so you feel like you’re on your own in the woods, although it’s just a short walk to the very clean toilet block and facilities. It’s a short drive to Keswick and within easy access of fabulous fells & hiking. We’ve already booked to come back again later in the year to make use of the log burner!
We stayed in the Kipper Cabin for the weekend. When we arrived, we were agreed that it surpassed our expectations, and looked better than the pictures. The space you have is great, and it is rather private, but you don’t have to walk far for the shower and toilet facilities, which was a bonus. There was lots of wildlife and animals around, and the sound of the water in the stream below was a beautiful sound to fall asleep to. Also such a great spot for star gazing!
Great campsite... can't wait to visit again!
We stayed in the quiet field, lovely camping area (once we finally found it, it's certainly off the beaten track), waterfall and river are beautiful **warning they're loud!** Amenities were good, play area great for our 2 year old, however the showers were a let down (luke warm and no pressure)... shame as the shower blocks were spotless and some of the best looking we've stayed at. Location of the site is great, everything you want around you within a short distance. We're looking forward to booking again for next year.
Pleasant stay in a beautiful location
stayed in the quiet field and it was exactly that, quiet. Means you have to walk a little further to use the amenities but that was not a problem. The hosts were very helpful and the breakfast sandwich was probably the best meal I had in the few days I was there and that includes eating in Keswick centre . Will definitely look at staying here again in the future
Does what it says on the tin.
Facilities are spot on, microwave, fridge freezer, eating area tv all within the spacious communal lounge. Showers could do with twice the pressure. Troutbeck Inn a bit expensive for families, not really walking distance from the site, 0.7 miles, up incline, then down. Buses to Keswick every hour 20 minutes to the hour, 15 minutes travel, £6 return, on the A66 bus lay by, 2 minutes from the Troutbeck Inn. Scenery is stunning, staff pleasant and helpful. Recommended for walkers and children's safe haven on trampolines and swings.
Perfect Site for a Rainy Week
Had a lovely spot on the quiet field. Facilities were excellent and always clean and tidy. Will definitely return.
Great campsite Facilities brilliant
Great location lovely friendly people . campsite well looked after ,loved the communial room with toaster /kettle freezer /fridge Clean tidy showers my only criticism showers not warm or powerful enough. Everything else brilliant
It has everything you need to the facilities to the amazing views of the lakeland landscape
Quiet, secluded, friendly spot
Lovely friendly welcome when we arrived. Great spot in the quiet field, away from everything except the river, trees, birds and (of course) a few midges. Good facilities, including for kids which we didn't have with us this time. We'll be back.
Peaceful, great views, friendly welcome and good amenities
Stayed here with my partner for our first camping trip together. The campsite had east access to everything we needed while being able to look at the fabulous views of the mountains. Would recommend, especially to families, to stay here as there are plenty of water points sorted around, showers, toilets, and childrens play areas. Thank you for a great stay!
Lovely family friendly campsite
This campsite was so lovely. Owner was very welcoming and explained everything really well. You were allowed to hire a fire pit which came in handy as it was particularly cold when we went. Pods were close to camping field which was good for us as our parents were staying in a pod whilst we had the tent. The campsite was really good for children with a play area and lots of animals for them to see. Farmer even let out little one see the newly born lambs in the shed. Local pub was just half a mile down the road and served delicious home cooked food. Would definitely stay again and recommend this site to others.
Such a lovely chilled place, completely left alone all night, quiet campsite, pub nearby for a drink. The lodge is done out really nicely, and the logburner really adds a cosy feel. Perfect night.
Great views and good times
Superb site based on a farm just off the a66 near troutbeck staff are very friendly and amenities are superb site is well maintained with a small but clean play area and trampolines for kids will be returning sometime next year as my family love it there maybe next time I mite try the log cabin out
Simple things done well
For our purposes, the site offered everything we needed. We were the only campers and had the "quiet spot" by the river to ourselves. If by quiet you mean silence, you're in the wrong place; the river is vigorous and you will always hear it, which we loved. The camping area is gorgeous and secluded, although a small amount of litter is what loses the fifth star. We can't speak for the rest of the site beyond the showers, which were welcome after hikes. The farm is well placed to avoid the worst of Lake District traffic, but close enough to enjoy the benefits of being connected to all the major through points off the A66. We will certainly look to Gill Head Farm again as a base for our lightweight, quiet-season trips.
Lovely site, great for kids
It’s a lovely site, with several different areas, very slightly sloping in parts but pretty easy to find a flat enough spot (even for our massive tent!) Brilliant play area for the kids, and very nice amenities blocks too. There’s a great room, with sofas, tables and chairs to meet in if the weather is a bit rubbish, fortunately we didn’t need it!! Very minor downside is only a small freezer for ice packs. Planning a trip back next year!
This was a beautifully quiet and very clean campsite
I booked just 4 nights in the renovated Gypsy Caravan to see whether I would like glamping. It was indeed in a quiet corner of the site as Gill Head stated with beautiful views. The Caravan was very cosy and well fitted out, even a travel kettle for an early morning coffee. The little cabin alongside had a wooden table and chairs, I had expected a camping table and plastic chairs so that was a pleasant surprise and sufficient cutlery, crockery, washing up bowl and drainer. I will glamp again.
Peaceful and Idyllic setting
We had a lovely time staying in the Kipper Cabin this week! It was cosy yet well-equipped with everything we needed for a few days in the Lake District. We had plenty of space for the two of us and our greyhound and the scenery was gorgeous. Really enjoyed watching the red squirrels from our rocking chairs on the veranda and the wood stove kept us cosy and warm on an evening. We’ll definitely be back!
OK site spoiled by pricing and road noise
This site is close to the A66 and there is a fair bit of road noise. Also, I was astonished to be charged £21 as a solo traveller in May - I was told that they charge for the site, not per person. This was by a significant margin the most I was charged during a 3 week trip to Scotland and the Lakes. Felt very seen off but was meeting someone there so couldn't walk away.
Brilliant family friendly site with amazing views
Just returned from a weekend break and I have to say what a fantastic site this is! Friendly owners and staff, well maintained and clean. Well laid out pitches and the option of a firepit whilst you watch the sunset over the mountains! Just a quick drive to Keswick if you fancy a stroll around the shops or a bite for lunch. It's a ten minute walk from the site to the lovely troutbeck inn, which again has lovely friendly staff and fantastic food. We will be returning to Gill head farm very soon with family and friends and hopefully many times again over the years. I really can't recommend this place enough! LOVED IT!
A lovely little adventure! We only stayed one night, camping in the ‘quiet’ field. Although it wasn’t particularly quiet, it was a lovely spot. we took advantage of the stream, water fall and natural pools to cool down. The facilities were nice and clean. There was a children’s play ground, which my little girl loved. Bacon butties we’re available to order, and fire pits available to hire. And a pub close by, which served lovely food. All in all, a lovely location and a great camp site
We've just returned from a lovely trip to Gill Head Farm, we stayed in the quiet area which was perfect for us as the main area was quite busy with the children's play area. Having said that it was bank holiday and half term so it's to be expected and on an evening it was peaceful. Well appointed with a kitchen and laundry room and the toilet block/ showers were clean enough. Would recommend this site, just be aware that there are lots of children and main camp-site is near to the playground.
Spoilt by the road noise
Had a 1 night stay at Gill Head Farm in our campervan. The site is in a great location for walking the Fells & Ullswater is nearby.The grounds were well tended & tidy & the larger field for tents enjoys fabulous views of Blencathra. However the smaller area with hook ups was rather disappointing. Most of the pitches seemed to be taken by 'semi-permanent' caravans ( with awnings/ TV aerials/ garden furniture etc. ). Only 6 pitches seem to be available for visiting campers. A children's play area with a large trampoline sits in the middle of this area, very close to the pitches- just pleased that we visited mid-week .Sufficient toilets & hot water in the showers, however the toilet/shower block was in need of a good clean- the mop provided for washing down the showers was sitting in a full bucket of filthy water which left the shower even dirtier than before I tried to clean it! Finally , as others have stated , there is quite a lot of noise from the A66 which is very close to the site. Sadly the road remained busy all night.Peacocks were rather noisy too!
Stay in the main field.
We stayed here at the end of the school summer holidays for 3 nights, initially in the "quiet" area as recommended by others here. Unfortunately it was the worst night of sleep that we had for our 2 week holiday - the "quiet" area is the closest part of the campsite to the A66 and there is a lay-by just on that side of the road. A lorry (or maybe more than one) parked up, with a unit which turned on an engine approximately every 45 minutes, just as you were dozing off again from the previous disturbance. You've been warned! Maybe we were unlucky. Having said that, we asked to move and went up to the main site the next morning which had the most incredible views of Blencathra and we had 2 lovely nights of sleep after that. It was end of a very wet season so parking near to tent was limited, but that suits us with children anyway. Campfires allowed, great washing up facilities, good sized playground for the kids, friendly staff and great location for getting about. Red squirrels and hedgehogs if you're lucky. The views are not to be missed, stay up on the main site.
I have literally just returned from two nights camping and loved it so much I have booked another four nights in September. This place leaves me speechless. I stayed in the quiet site next to the river. It was just what i was looking for. I pitched up next to the stunning waterfall. The quiet area even has electric hook up should you need it. They say it's a walk to the showers from there...its only two minutes and I've never known anywhere where an route to the showers you are greeted by chickens.....and peacocks...amazing. The showers are clean powerful and hot. Just what I needed after walking the 21 mile Ullswater Way. I had a walk around The rest of the site. The main camping field has spectacular views of the surrounding fells. There is also a router caravan area which I have told my parents about. I was surprised to see static caravans there but don't expect the regimented layout of many holiday parks. They are all individually situated and are lovely to look at and add to the good feel of this place. I was greeted by the owner on arrival who was helpful and really friendly. Nothing is missed at Gill Head. The grounds are perfectly maintained. I even found a big pot of herbs growing near my site. I picked a few and cooked with them...thyme...basil...mint. lovely. I really didn't want to pack up my tent this morning especially as the sun was shining. Oh...let me tell you about the sunset...in fact I wont...you can find out for yourself. I can't wait to get back there next month.Great base for exploring the northern lakes. Thank you😁
Our first venture into camping and we couldn't have picked a better place. Easy to find. Excellent amenities, showers and toilets were well maintained. Wash up areas and children's play area were brilliant. Stayed on the secret field near the beck and waterfall. Quiet and peaceful, only tip I would give us take some midge repellent!
Just got home from four beautiful days at Gill Head Farm. The site is easy to find from the motorway and well signposted; even for novice towers like us! As you drive up it is clear where to go depending if you're in a tent or van and there is space to park close to reception. I paid with a delightful young gentleman who was very charming. The site owners are lovely and very helpful without being overbearing; as it is a working farm they aren't always immediately available but seem to be on site pretty much constantly and there is a contact telephone number in case of difficulties. I had called earlier in the day and was told to go straight up to the caravan field, as we went out of season there was ample space to choose from. The pitches in the caravan field were predominantly hard standing with a couple of grass pitches. All had hook up and some had water points as well, although we didn't pick one of those. There is a large children's play structure with swings, slides, climbing wall bit etc and a couple of trampolines. These are next to a large communal area for campers to eat and hang out in, with an undercover barbecue area and some washing up facilities. We didn't use the hang out room but the washing up sinks have very hot water and good pressure. There is a toilet block with two toilet cubicles and three showers, plus a large cubicle with toilet, sink and shower in the ladies; I'm told the gents had two toilet cubicles, one urinal & four shower cubicles. Again, water is hot and good pressure, the button is a little short time-wise to me but it might be because I was enjoying it ☺ Our only very minor niggle was that the lighting over the chemical disposal wasn't great, which made an unforeseen toilet emptying trip in the dark a little more risky than we'd like, but as long as you're more sensible than we are and empty in daylight hours it's all good! All in all a top class site that we are already planning a return trip to! If you go make sure you ask for directions to the hidden field, it is well worth the short walk, and say hi to Tigger the dog!
Amazing place if you know where to go!
I love this campsite but you have to know where to go. The Cool Camping review is spot on. Head out the back of the campsite to the special tents-only area down by the river. (Ask when you book if they don't mention it). It's like it's own seperate campsite. A special private area away from every thing else. So nice! it of a walk to showers but worth it. The other camping area is also okay. I had a wander around and the mian area does have great views of the mountains around. So there are plenty of options!
Gill Head Farm
A lovely little campsite with stunning views and a relaxed feel.
Myself and three others stopped for a five day period in early june and had a great time, the campsite is clean and well looked after, and the staff at the shop/check-in are attentive and friendly. The shop is fairly basic with just the few essentials to see you by, however keswick is only a 12 minute drive away and with a local inn a five minute walk away, good food at nights isn't a problem.
The toilets are kept clean and the free showers are a bonus.
The hot bacon sandwichs in the morning help set you up for the day ahead.
Would of been five stars but the shop could stock more items, and the weather wasn't great.
Would stay again, and i have recommended to my friends.
Gill Head Farm
Lovely quiet campsite with great views of the surrounding hills. Good little playground for children too - the trampolines had been removed when we stayed for safety. The site is quite isolated and with only a very small shop you really do need to travel to either Penrith or Keswick if you need more then eggs, bread and milk. However they do provide takeaway breakfasts if you pre-order the night before. We stayed in a tent - the fields were quite spacious, the owners were very laid back about pitches - no strict regimes about distance between pitches and this did seem to work well, there was even the odd picnic table in the tent fields - we managed to baggsie one. Also very laid back about arrival times and departure times on the days we were booked for which was Easter weekend. The site wasn’t over crowded. Bathroom facilities are ok -showers were free and clean but could do with updating. We would definitely stay again as it was a good friendly site when camping with children.
Gill Head Farm
Great camp site. good facilities and staying in a pod was handy in the bad weather we had while there. A bit remote location, but not far to get to Keswick.