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Damson View Glamping

UK England North West England Cumbria Bowness on Windermere

  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Self-contained glamping pods in the Lake District's beautiful Lyth Valley

In a national park not short of spectacular scenery, the little-known Lyth Valley is quite the place to discover. It lies between Kendal and Windermere, between the town that’s touted as ‘the gateway to The Lakes’ and the place most people want to go. And yet it’s not a busy spot: all rolling hills, sheep-scattered fields and fruit trees. In April, it’s full of blossom and by September damsons are falling from the trees. Some of them in Crosthwaite, a traditional place with a pretty church, a local inn that once doubled as a blacksmiths and a village school. In days gone by, you might have seen the local farmer’s children here selling damsons from their orchard up the lane. Those kids have long since grown up and instead of sharing fruit, they’re now sharing Damson View instead.

The orchard may be old but the trees here are young, having been planted recently to rejuvenate the place. The other new arrivals are the glamping pods; little timber cabins which are perfect for two. They offer everything you’d expect from a self-catering cottage in miniature: a made-up double bed, a bathroom with towels and toiletries, a kitchenette, sofa, dining table and TV. Outside there’s seating, a fire pit and views of the village and the hills beyond. It’s these limestone uplands, Cartmel and Whitbarrow Scar, which help shelter the valley and give it a mild and sunny microclimate. It’s right for growing juicy fruit and great for glampers too as the west-facing huts are bathed in sun (when it shines) until it dips below the hills.

With such a view and a location in England’s biggest national park, it’s no surprise that the walking, cycling and outdoor activity is world class. And it starts right on site with the family farm’s private fell rising up behind the pods. Climb it to see the cairn created by village kids and views that stretch all the way to Blackpool Tower (on a clear day). Head up nearby Gummer’s How for views of Windermere or make your way to the shores of the lake for a cruise. The Lyth Valley and Damson View pods present one of the Lake District’s tamer faces but whether you’re here to explore the local surrounds or will adventure further afield, they work well as a base. They’re luxurious for people who usually camp, a breath of great-value fresh air for those who are used to self-catering cottages and for glampers? You might say they're the pick of the bunch.



Each self-contained pod sleeps two with a made-up king-size bed. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, toilet and basin with towels and toiletries are provided. There is a compact kitchen with a sink, fridge, microwave grill, ceramic hob, kettle, toaster, cutlery and utensils. There is a sofa and a dining table and chairs and all pods have heating, electricity, a smart TV, superfast WiFi and outside seating with a fire pit/BBQ. Wood and charcoal are available to buy on site. Shared facilities include a drying room, bike storage and a workshop which you can use for bike repairs.

Suitable For

Glampers, grown ups, dogs (in one of the pods) – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, kids – no.


It's the Lake District National Park so walkers, cyclists, climbers, wild swimmers, kayakers and sailors are spoilt for choice. A recommended local walk starts a five-minute drive from Damson View up Gummer's How, which offers a spectacular view over Lake Windermere and across to Coniston Fells. Ask on site for more recommendations. It's only a 15-minute drive to the tourist attractions of Bowness (six miles away) and Lake Windermere. Perhaps hop aboard a steam boat with Windermere Lake Cruises at Bowness and cruise round to Ambleside. Back on dry land, Grasmere is a little further (15 miles) but definitely worth a visit, with more fabulous walks like Helm Crag, Loughrigg and Rydal Water (to name just a few), as well as Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Shop. If you prefer something a bit less energetic then you could visit Levens Hall (01539 560321) which has fantastic gardens and topiary, Sizergh Castle (01539 560951) or Blackwell Arts & Crafts House (01539 446139) which are all within 10 miles of site. For nostalgia lovers, we would recommend catching the steam train at Lakeside & Haverthwaite, which can be combined with a lake cruise.

Food & Drink

A little welcome pack with tea, bread, milk, butter and jam is provided for your arrival. The recommended Punch Bowl Inn (015395 68237), which serves food and great local ales is just a short stroll from the glamping pods. A little further away but also within walking distance are The Black Labrador (015395 68234) in Underbarrow, The Masons Arms (015395 68486) in Cartmel Fell and The Brown Horse Inn (015394 43443) in Winster (all around three miles from site).



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The Owner Says

Damson View Glamping is located in a lovely quiet picturesque village called Crosthwaite, a 15 minute drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere.  Relax and unwind in one of our five luxury ensuite glamping pods whilst admiring the stunning views over Crosthwaite, Cartmel Fell and Whitbarrow Scar from your own private patio.

All our spacious luxury pods have a king-size bed (under bed storage) & comfy sofa - sleep 2 (all bedding and towels included).  The ensuite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, toilet & basin.  The compact kitchen has a sink, fridge, microwave grill, ceramic hob, kettle, toaster, cutlery and utensils.  Dining table and chairs.   All the pods have heating, electric, smart TV, wifi and outside seating.  Firepit/bbq (wood and charcoal available to buy on site).

We have a drying room on site, perfect for drying all your walking gear and hiking boots.  We also have lots of space for bike storage and a workshop which you can use for bike repairs.

Coming soon - so excited to say we will have B4RN rural hyper fast broadband this summer. 1000 mbps – yes it’s super fast. In the meantime, we have BT broadband available.

Complimentary small loaf available on request  (tea, coffee, sugar, milk complimentary).


5 glamping pods.

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Contact Damson View Glamping, Orchard Barn, Crosthwaite, Cumbria LA8 8HS

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Getting There

From the M6, take junction 36 towards Kendal (A590). Then, at the roundabout take the first exit off towards Barrow. After two-and-a-half miles turn right onto the A5074. After a further three-and-a-half miles, take the first right after the Lyth Valley Hotel. At the top of the lane turn left and follow road, when you see the village school on your left, the site is directly opposite the school up a long lane. If using Satnav, please note the site is up the lane directly opposite the village school, some Satnavs take you up the wrong lane.

The nearest train station is Oxenholme, where you would need to catch a taxi or you could hire a car from Kendal. A car is recommended as there is no public transport in the village.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews


Great hospitality, very comfortable!

My partner and I were really impressed with these glamping pods, they are warm,spacious, fully equipped and decorated beautifully! Perfect for our trip to the lakes! Howard and Carole were extremely welcoming and relaxed hosts, and would highly recommend Damson View!
Nov 23, 2021 by Ailise Smith Verified Review

Response from Damson View Glamping

Thank you so much Ailise for your review.  We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your holiday with us and really hope to welcome you back.  Best wishes Howard & Carole

Relaxing, luxurious…fantastic!

An amazing 2 nights spent at Damson View Glamping! The Glamping pod was cosy yet spacious, it had everything that we needed and more…smart TV and a walk in shower to add a touch of luxury. The location was perfect, very quiet and peaceful with gorgeous views from the patio doors and only about a 20 minute drive to Kendal and Windermere. Howard and Carole were lovely, we didn’t need any assistance but clearly nothing would be too much trouble for them. We will definitely be back!

Response from Damson View Glamping

Thank you Jennifer for your lovely review 😊  We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and can't wait to welcome you back !

Wonderful stay!

A truly beautiful location (regardless of the rain we had) and a really pleasant place to spend a few nights away. Plenty of privacy and well equipped, spacious pods. Howard was a pleasure and made us both feel very welcome. Fantastic food at the pub down the road too! Will absolutely be back next year.
Nov 5, 2021 by Alex Brent Verified Review

Response from Damson View Glamping

Thank you very much for your review ! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and can't wait to welcome you back 😀  Best wishes Howard & Carole


The pods where amazing and every little detail has been thought of. The view outside the pods are beautiful. Even though we went with none stop rain we didn't miss out. Howard the host is very welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed.

Response from Damson View Glamping

Thank you Sally for your lovely review!
Hopefully the sun will shine next time.
Best wishes 😁

Beautiful stay

Stayed here for 2 nights and what a great time we had. Truly glamping rather than camping, it felt like a hotel! Howard was so welcoming and the site is small but very much well thought out. Thankyou for our lovely stay!
Oct 24, 2021 by Abby Chapman Verified Review

Response from Damson View Glamping

Thank you Abby for your lovely comments.  We are so pleased you enjoyed your glamping experience and hope to see you again soon  😊


The most beautiful & comfortable glamping experience we've ever had.

It's almost impossible to think of a way that our experience at Damson View Glamping could have been better (perhaps if our schedules had let us stay longer!) The sights are jaw dropping, the hosts are incredibly friendly, and the comfort level is unmatched by anything we've ever tried in the Lake District. Every possible need is anticipated & catered for. It was the perfect getaway, and we will DEFINITELY be coming back. Thanks so much!

Response from Damson View Glamping

Wow, thanks for your wonderful review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon 🥰

Beautiful Glamping Pods with Stunning Views

Have just returned home from stopping here for two nights, we didn't want to leave, absolutely immaculate stunning pods with everything you could need, beautiful views from the pods, can't fault anything, owners were lovely very welcoming, nothing too much trouble, will definitely be returning 😊

Response from Damson View Glamping

Hi Nadine, thank you so much for your lovely review.  We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you both again.  Best wishes, Howard & Carole

Absolutely beautiful pods and location. Couldn't fault a single thing!

Absolutely beautiful pods and location. Couldn't fault a single thing! The pod was really roomy, and everything from the bedding, to the towels, to the sofa, was such good quality, it felt like a luxury hotel rather than a glamping pod! Kitchen area was so well equipped. They really thought of everything and more! They were super welcoming of our dog and provided a water bowl for him too. Only one of the pods accepts dogs though so make sure you book the right one! There were lots of lovely walks directly from the campsite, but it was also a good base for driving out to more popular spots to explore. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday here and would highly recommend!

Response from Damson View Glamping

Hi Eloisa, thank you very much for your wonderful review.  We were super excited to welcome you, our first guests, to our glamping site.  We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday with us and can't wait to welcome you back.  Best wishes, Howard & Carole

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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