Kentmere Farm Pods

UK England North West England Cumbria Windermere

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Modern glamping pods on a working South Lakes hill farm, with beautiful views down the Kentmere Valley

At the foot of the Kentmere Valley, Browfoot Farm is a paradoxical place. Sleepy yet busy, comfortable yet off-grid and relaxing yet thoroughly action packed, it is the sort of small-scale escape that encapsulates what the Lake District is all about. Spread across 500 acres, through which the River Kent gargles, the farm is home to Swaledale and Herdwick sheep, White Faced Woodlands, a clutch of Shorthorn cattle and a trio of ponies. Hens scratch around as you drive through the farm gate. It’s like a caricature of farmlife, complete with old stone barns and the 1800s farmhouse. Even the wildlife appears on cue, as a heron rises from the riverside and glides away towards White Howe Wood in the distance.

Life at Browfoot Farm is far from twee, however. This is a Lake District farm in the 21st century. Beyond the barns and with a prized position with the best views down the valley, you’ll find Kentmere Farm Pods – four family-sized structures, complete with en-suite shower rooms, compact kitchens and a sleeping and living space for up to four people. Two of the pods are dog-friendly and all four are well equipped for walkers and bikers, with boot boxes ready for your muddy footwear and a hose for washing down grubby bikes. Underfloor heating will help you warm-up after rainy days on the fells (the pub in nearby Staveley is also a nobly cosy affair), while picnic tables and barbecues await for sunnier climes.

When the weather is fine, the River Kent offers ideal paddling and dam-building opportunities for children, while walks along the riverside take you through oak coppiced woodland, once used for making bobbins in Staveley, a couple of miles away. Today the old mill yard there has been converted into a clutch of artisan shops where you can buy chutneys, fresh bread or draw a pint in the Hawkshead Brewery. It’s a good place to stock up (on food, not beer) before hiking up a local peak: Kentmere Pike, Yoke, Capple Howe, Shipman Knotts and Staveley Head Fell are all within striking distance, to name but a few.

The river itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and attracts Dippers, Wagtails and other birds. Along with the rest of the farm it is managed as part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme, which keeps nature at the fore. The uplands are managed to help with the natural regeneration of heather and sedges, as well as increasing the wild flowers and bio-diversity throughout the farm, and there’s been a concerted effort in the last few years to plant native trees, creating areas of deciduous woodland in the valley. Already you can occasionally spot red deer on the higher land and roe deer in the woodland. Look out for the rare White Claw Crayfish that the river is home too, popularly seen on the old, stone, packhorse bridge down the lane (a fantastic spot for playing Pooh sticks!).

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Facilities

Each pod is fully insulated with underfloor heating and double-glazed, lockable French doors. There is 1 double bed and 1 double sofa bed, plus a compact kitchen area and an en-suite wet-room-style shower, toilet and basin in each pod. Bedding and linen is provided (duvets, pillows and blankets) and towels are available to hire. The kitchen has a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery and utensils. There is also a kitchen table and chairs. Each pod has down-lighters inside, power sockets and external lighting for the decking area. Outdoor bistro-style seating and table are provided on the wooden decking as well as a picnic bench and barbecue (charcoal sold on site) on the stone patio. There are also boot storage boxes for each pod that double as seating. No WiFi (though good 4G coverage in the village, plus board games and books on the local wildlife to keep you occupied). Fire bowls available to hire. There is an area to wash bikes and they can be stored in a secure shed. The pods are on a working farm, home to sheep, cows, hens and ponies. 2 River Kent fly fishing permits on the land (stocked with trout), if you have a National River License and a rod please ask Kentmere Farm Pods for permission and where to go.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families, friends, and one well-behaved dog (in one of the pods called White Howe) – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, noisy folk and stag or hen groups – no.

Nearby

Explore from the door with footpaths straight from the farm. Wander down the lane and play Pooh sticks from the old stone packhorse bridge, head off on the 3-river trail or try Alfred Wainwright's favourite walk: an epic 7-hour-long trek known as the Kentmere Horseshoe, which takes in Yoke, Thornthwaite Crag, Shipman Knotts, Mardale Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Ill Bell, Harter Fell (Mardale), Goat Scar, and Froswick. (Warning: it's one of the longest and most remote walks in the Lake District.) There is something for all ages and abilities, though, with particularly pleasant walking along the river valley. The ancient oak woodland along the riverside just south of Staveley was once used for making bobbins and is now home swathes of bluebells, early purple orchids and wild garlic (spot redstarts, flycatchers and great spotted woodpeckers). Head over the valley top with a round trip to Potter Tarn (3 miles) and Gurnal Dubs, just beyond, fantastic for wild swimming in summer (or very chilly dips in winter!), while, in the opposite direction, wallow in the river in Kentmere or paddle in the Kent near the pods. There are great biking routes, too, with some challenging rides over Garburn into Troutbeck and up Green Quarter, following old packhorse trails. In the Lake District more generally, all the larger lakes have boat hire – canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, kayaking and paddle boarding, with the nearest available in Windermere. Holmescales Riding Centre (01539 729388) and Larkrigg Riding School (015395 60245), both near Kendal, offer horse riding for all ages. For culture, Abbot Hall (01539 722464) in Kendal has some fantastic contemporary exhibitions or try the Brewery Arts Centre (01539 722833) for shows by local artists.

Food & Drink

It's a 5-minute bike ride (2 miles) is Staveley, a thriving village with shops and cafes on the main street. The old Mill Yard has been converted into a series of shops and outlets (including Wheelbase, the largest bike shop in the UK!) For an informal bite, try Wilfs Café (01539 822329; dog-friendly) – great for breakfasts, lunches and snacks – or, a few yards further, try More Artisan Bakery (01539 822297), with a hipster feel and a very cool vibe, serving coffee and, of course, heaps of bread and baked treats. It's a good place to stock up if you're heading into the hills. Out on the Main Street, Mr Duffins coffee shop (01539 822192) has great coffee, which is freshly roasted on the premises, while Café Eclec (01539 821393), not only serves soups, snacks and cakes but it also an antiques shop. If it's pub food you’re after, The Eagle & Child (01539 821320) serves good ales and wholesome food, with a garden right next to the river for sunny days, while The Hawkshead Brewery (01539 822644; back in the Mill Yard) has a good vibe, brews its own beer on site, and has a large lounge upstairs serving tasty food. The village also has a Spar for groceries (there are larger supermarkets in Kendal), a Post Office serving sandwiches and bacon butties and a local butcher. For superb local produce, Low Sizergh Farm Shop (015395 60426) is well worth a stop. 

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Kentmere Farm Pods on our working family farm in the Lake District National Park. An adventurer’s paradise in South Lakes – great for exploring on bike, or foot, from the door, or simply relax and chill out. Our luxury Glamping pods offer a unique, peaceful retreat in the stunning Kentmere Valley. Ditch the tent pegs and still enjoy those special outdoor experiences with a few home comforts! Each pod sleep four comfortably with a double bed, sofa bed, bedding and linen provided. The pods are insulated and heated so you can get cosy and there is an en-suite shower/toilet as well as a kitchen area with microwave and fridge.

Our four pods are sited in their own large field, with spectacular views of the Kentmere Valley and surrounding Lakeland fells. With no light pollution, on a clear night, the sky here sparkles with stars, so light up the barbecue and enjoy. If you want a campfire there are fire bowls for hire. 

Our farm is 500 acres, covering a variety of pasture-land, woodland and high fell, with the River Kent and streams winding through. As well as sheep, cows and hens, you will see a wide range of flora, birds and wildlife and we work closely with Natural England to deliver responsible and environmental farming.

We are two miles from the thriving village of Staveley, along a quiet country road, with some great cafes, shops and pubs. The nearest towns are Kendal and Windermere and there are loads of activities including; water sports, riding, climbing and culture spots as well as great places to eat nearby.

Accommodation

4 luxury pods, each sleeping up to 4 people.

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Location

Contact Kentmere Farm Pods, Browfoot Farm, Staveley, Nr Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9JQ

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Getting There

From the Kendal direction, take the A591 and look out for Staveley signposted on the right hand side of the road (slip-way-style junction; it's 2 miles after the Sizergh roundabout). Turn off here and follow this road through Staveley village, turning right for Kentmere just before the village hall (from the Windermere direction on A591, the turning for Staveley is on the left, beyond Ings, and takes you on to Danes Road; turn left for Kentmere just beyond the village hall). From the turning by the village hall, drive for 1 mile and the road turns right over a bridge. Ignore this and stay on the left hand side of the river. Go straight on up Browfoot Lane, keeping left of the river, for about 2 miles. The property before Kentmere Farm Pods is Goose Howe, 4 fields further, on the right, there's a sign on the right hand wall for Browfoot Farm. Turn in here. Down the drive, take a right in front of the two red doors, past farm buildings and left just beyond the grey barn.

Kentmere Farm Pods are extremely accommodating of anyone who wishes to travel by public transport and it is easily done. Staveley railway station is on the branch line that connects Windermere to Kendal and Oxenholme mainline station. It's around 50 mins to Kendal from Carlisle, 1¾ from Manchester, 2½ from Glasgow, 2¾ from Leeds and 3hrs to Kendal from London (though all times vary). You can take bikes on the branch line but you need to book in advance. It's a flattish, rural 2 miles from the train station to Kentmere Farm Pods. If you do arrive on foot or by bike, Kentmere Farm Pods will provide free towels and are happy to get groceries for you in advance if you give a week's notice. For other travel and general exploring, the 555 bus service runs through Staveley to Kendal or to Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick. Mountain Goat (01539 445161) is a private minibus service that can connect you from Windermere all over the lakes.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews

★★★★★

Highly recommend

My Girlfriend and I had a lovely 4 nights in the Harter pod. The views from the pod were stunning, and location was ideal being just 2 minutes away from Staveley and just over a 10 minute drive to Windermere. Pods are a decent size, perfect for 2 people and we’ll maintained with the all the facilities you need. The info pack in the pod was handy with local walks, places to eat and things to do. We would both highly recommend to anyone thinking of visiting the Lakes. Thank you Kentmere farm pods!
Aug 10, 2019 by Tom Turner

Response from Kentmere Farm Pods

Thanks so much, Tom, for your great review - delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our information book useful. Hope to see you both again soon!

★★★★★

Pods at Kentmere exceeded our expectations!

An idealic location, sensitively placed in the rolling hills of the Kentmere valley. The pods are well equipped and cozy. Each pod has a view of its own and distanced enough to provide a feeling of tranquility. The area is ideal for exploring the Lakes plus the local village has a couple of great coffee houses. George was informative and helpful and his farm is beautiful, even the chickens look like they love the place.
Aug 10, 2019 by Sharon Moss

Response from Kentmere Farm Pods

Thanks very much for the great review, Sharon - we really appreciate it. So pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our cosy pods and that you managed to get out and explore the Lakes.
★★★★★

Best Accommodation

The pods were perfect for our stay in the lakes great location in relation to things to do in nearby towns. The pods are so well designed and have everything you need for a stay in the lakes. For us it was the best option for our stay as we could come and go as we pleased, bbq and have some space outside to make the most of the evenings. Kentmere Farm Pods really have thought of everything and would highly recommend.
Jul 23, 2019 by becki cooling
★★★★★

Fantastic

Everything about our weekend was more than we hoped for, the pods are fantastic they have everything you need in them, the setting is amazing, we loved our time there and will be using them again in the future, can’t wait to spend another holiday there. The near by town has lovely pubs with great food good chip shop small supermarket that has everything you need.
Jul 15, 2019 by Ben Eaton
★★★★★

Stunning

When we arrived we were blown away by the view up the Kentmere Valley. It was absolutely amazing! The pods were better than any we have stayed in before with every detail thought of to maximise space. The farm is located in an isolated location so great for privacy and relaxation however not to far from Windermere or Kendal if you like exploring. The beds were comfy and the pod was extremely well cleaned and presented with little personal touches to make you feel at home. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anybody wanting a peaceful and relaxing break who appreciates the peace and scenery of the countryside.
Jun 27, 2019 by Andrew Howarth
★★★★★

Amazing!!

The pods were amazing! They were better than we thought, and the views left us speechless! We came for a long weekend and would definitely be back. If you want a peaceful and relaxing experience then this is the place to come. Only downfall was trying to find the owners as we wanted to refill the charcoal for BBQ, however we liked the fact that we had our own privacy. Cant wait to come back!
Jun 20, 2019 by Amy Tanney
★★★★★

Magical Outdoor Glamping Experience

We loved our stay at Kentmere Farm Pods. We stayed in the Froswick Pod at the top of the hill which had the most stunning views to wake up to with breakfast outside and lovely sunsets too for a bbq. If you're not into camping but want to experience quirky outdoor accommodation, these pods are perfect. I cannot believe what they have managed to do with such a small space! The only downside for us was that it was quite far away from some of the walks we wanted to do around the langdales, but if you have a car and are happy to travel this should not put you off. A fab place to relax and unwind, away from civilisation but also only 15 mins away from windermere. We will definitely be returning!!
May 29, 2019 by Emma Aspinall
★★★★★

Fantastic place

The pods are fantastic, everything you need for a relaxing weekend. Comfy beds, comfy sofas, and shower and toilet area great. Despite the weather, we squeezed in a bbq and a drink around the fire pit. Great location, so relaxing, yet easy to get anywhere. And it's a lovely walk to Staveley for a drink in the pub, 30 mins there, 40 mins back.
May 29, 2019 by Scott
★★★★★

Lovely Few Days

Really enjoyed our stay here, everything was clean, attractive and useful. Owners were very nice and the hand book in the pods was very helpful. Had a wonderful time.
May 19, 2019 by Sally
★★★★★

Peaceful;

The location is stunning. A secluded valley where “peace comes dropping slow” and you can simply be. The pods are stylish with everything you need (corkscrew, cafetière, decent sized wine glasses) offering a simple luxury. It was very hot while we were there, but the pod was comfortably cool and we slept so well in the still, dark nights. Lovely walks (choice of flat or hilly), great bakeries, cafes and pubs. Even an ice cream parlour in Stavely, within walking distance! Thoroughly recommend. We will be back!
May 18, 2019 by Zosia
★★★★★

Perfect relaxing get away

We spent Easter weekend at Kentmere, the weather was perfect, the walking was lovely and the pods were super cosy! Would definitely go back, easy walk in to Staveley for a pub tea or a bbq by the pod we’re both very enjoyable.
Apr 23, 2019 by Fay & Emma
★★★★★

Perfect quiet get away

Really thought through right to the little details, would recommend to anyone who wanted a quiet no hassle base to start exploring the lakes or just to relax. Well furnished pods with no expense spared in making them comfy and cosy to look apon perfect views of kentmere valley
Apr 3, 2019 by luke
★★★★★

Excellent Weekend Stay

We recently stayed at the Kentmere Farm Pods (with our labradoodle Archie) and we absolutely loved it. The pods themselves are really well fitted out with very nice underfloor heating, plenty of space, very comfortable furniture (which was appreciated after days of long walks in the lakes!) and even some very welcomed home made biscuits! The location is great and the local village of Staveley has a very nice chippy that came in handy on our first night. The owner was very welcoming and all of the contact before we arrived was great as well as providing a very detailed local guide in the pod.
Mar 19, 2019 by Matt Cameron
★★★★★

Highly Reccomend

We have just spent the weekend in one of the farm pods and we would highly recommend Kentmere Farm Pods to anyone looking for a break away from the busyness of life and all of its stresses. There is four pods and we were very pleased with our pod- Mickle Moss. The pods are very modern and purpose built, with everything you need to have a cosy time away. When we arrived everything was clean and tidy. The key safe means you can easily access your pods with a code and leave the key in the key safe when you go out exploring making check in and check out simple. The bed was SO comfortable and we were able to cook up some nice food using the kitchenette. Despite the weather been miserable for us we made the most of the beautiful surroundings. We did the 30 minute walk to the village of Staveley on the first night and had a very nice pub meal at the Eagle and Child. Very easy to find without a map. On the second day we did one of the walks around Kentmere Horseshoe, recommended in the welcome book which was very useful and informative. If you are planning on going when the weather is nicer then there is outside table and seating aswell as a BBQ. Thank you for a lovely weekend Kentmere Farm Pods, just what we needed.
Mar 10, 2019 by Jessie
★★★★★

A wonderful place to relax

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at Kentmere Farm Pods and it was everything we’d hoped for and more. Ours was an impromptu break given the unseasonably warm February weather and we cannot wait to return. The location is as beautiful and serene as the site photos suggest and the welcome we received warm, friendly and helpful. The village of Staveley, a picturesque 30 minute walk (with young children in tow!), has a lovely choice of places to eat and drink and the walks from the Pod doorstep were also brilliant. The pod itself was pristine, well thought out and so cosy. The bed was so comfortable it was a disappointment to wake up in my own this morning! We look forward to returning.
Feb 25, 2019 by Tasha
★★★★★

Serene location and cosy pod

If you're looking for somewhere to get away from it all with breathtaking views - this is it! Situated in the foothills of the Kentmere Valley, the pods have one of the most amazing views you could wish for. Inside, the pods are bright, warm, well furnished and come complete with all the basics you need. Highly recommended.
Feb 18, 2019 by Jason

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