Glamping The Lake District with Hot Tub
Welcome to Drybeck Farm in the heart of the beautiful and unspoilt Eden Valley, Cumbria near The Lake District. We offer a tailor made luxury outdoor holiday for families, couples and groups on the North East edge of the Lake District. Our Glamping style accommodation consists of 2 traditional Mongolian Yurts a gypsy caravan and a 1970’s vintage caravan. All are lovingly renovated. The accommodation is a back to nature experience whilst being in the height of luxury and comfort. The setting is simply stunning – right on the banks of the river Eden in the midst of a typically pastoral English scene. You will share a traditional small farm with horses, rare breed cows, pigs and poultry. In and around Drybeck, the key word is relaxing. Sitting by the river, taking a stroll through the woods, along the riverbank, or watching the livestock. You can even help out at feeding time. The area is also ideal for on or off road cycling, and long country walks with many cosy village pubs for refreshments en-route. At Drybeck you will enjoy a world away from the pressures and stresses of workaday life. All you have to do is turn up, switch off and allow yourselves to slip into an altogether different pace and rhythm of living.
THE YURTS – Sleeping 4 or 8 in 2 Yurts
Our luxuriously magical yurts nestle unobtrusively on the river bank. They are handcrafted by the Lakeland Yurt Company from locally grown timber into the perfect rural retreat for couples, families and groups of friends.
Step through the doors into a stunning beautifully appointed interior with vintage furniture and soft furnishings either re-cycled or personally chosen by Paula. The wood burning stove will soon chase away the evening chill for you to then wake up to the sound of the birds and the river. On fine evenings you can sit outside by a roaring fire whilst listening to the owls and the splash of fish jumping in the river.
GYPSY CARAVAN – Sleeping 2
Our beautiful gypsy caravan is in an idyllic location on the banks of the river Eden. This is nothing like roughing it; soft, warm quilts and bedding in a cosy wooden interior lit with oil lamps help make a perfect romantic retreat for two. On chilly evenings the woodburning stove (made completely from recycled steel) will keep you warm and snug.
If you are really lucky you may get a glimpse of an elusive otter. Next to the caravan is it’s own miniature cookhouse with running water, gas burner and gas fridge. It is fully equipped and has a table and chairs underneath a canvas awning. Alternatively you can cook your breakfast of Drybeck farm sausage bacon and eggs over an open fire …mmmmm.
VINTAGE CARAVAN – Sleeping up to 4
The latest addition to Drybeck’s unique range of accommodation is our quirky 1970’s vintage touring caravan which sleeps up to four people. It nestles quietly in a field corner backed by trees and melding into the beautiful Drybeck scenery. Once inside you will see that this is anything but 1970’s beige, formica and acrylic caravan chic. You will find lots of wood paneling, wooden floor boards plus wonderful textured and tactile fabrics including Liberty Fabric. In addition, there is a delightful little enameled French wood burning stove for those chilly evenings. Built on the side of the caravan is another delightful Drybeck undercover dining experience in the great outdoors. This spacious wooden and canvas structure contains gas hob, oven, fridge and a sink with running water. Paula has extensively equipped it as usual with high quality kitchen ware and crockery as well as all the usual Drybeck touches including a historic piece of antique furniture.
OUTDOOR WOOD FIRED HOT TUB
We have an outdoor Wood Fired Hot Tub from which you can look out over the river whilst enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple. The tub is available to hire on a first come first served basis and is yours to enjoy from when it is ready in the afternoon throughout the rest of the day and evening.
THE RIVER COOK HOUSE
For our Yurt Guests our beautiful larch clad cookhouse is at the heart of your stay at Drybeck. Overlooking the river you can have breakfast on the wooden decking whilst the birds skim over the water or enjoy dinner at dusk with friends and family.
This is the perfect place to share a holiday meal or celebrate a special occasion. This is another part of our Glamping facilities that has been given Paula’s touch when it comes to giving the cookhouse it’s very special feel.
There are two kitchens within the cookhouse, one for each yurt.Each one gas rings and a wood fired oven for cooking, a fridge and all the utensils and crockery that you will need. Each kitchen has its own dining area with table and chairs.
Each of the Caravans has its own fully equipped cookhouse. They have gas rings, a gas fridge, dining table and chairs and a full inventory of utensils.
Produce from the farm is available to buy. Our breakfast hampers, including Drybeck’s own sausages, dry cured bacon and freshly laid free range eggs our speciality. Our own fruit, veg and pork is also available along with other local produce for you to buy.
LOOS AND SHOWERS
For environmental reasons we decided to install compost loos. These have been described by some of our guests as “the quaintest and cutest loos they have ever used.” We manage and maintain them very closely to ensure they are pleasant to use. We have electric showers which provide plenty of hot water. You will also find eco friendly shower gel, shampoo and conditioner provided by ourselves. This helps us to re-cycle the shower water for use in our gardens.
THINGS TO DO AND THE AREA
Although Drybeck has the Lake District on its doorstep there is much to do In and around Drybeck;
- Sitting by the river, taking a stroll through the woods
- Feeding the farm animals
- Relaxing by the river
- Wild Swimming in the River Eden
- Enjoying the farm’s produce
- Relaxing in our outdoor wood fired hot tub
- Taking a horse and carriage ride
- Cycling (bike hire can be arranged and routes recommended)
- Walks – down river to Wetheral or upstream to Armathwaite and the rock carvings and Coombe Woods or around High Stand Plantation (maps and directions can be provided)
- Enjoy the village and a pint in one or both of our pubs. We can take you there by our ‘Horse Drawn’ Taxi
- Watch the local wildlife
- Try a barbecue with Drybeck’s own produce?
- Just a 5 minute walk across the field from Drybeck is the beautiful country house of Low House. As well as being a venue for weddings and other social and corporate events they will provide lunches, afternoon teas and dinners for groups of 6 or more. Ideal for groups who have come to stay at Drybeck for a special celebration.
Using Drybeck Farm as your base – From The Lake District to The Borders discover The Eden Valley and Carlisle. Easily reached by car is the Lake District with its beautiful lakes, valleys, dramatic high fells and the borderlands including Hadrian’s Wall.
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YURTS – Sleeping up to 6
Weekend Breaks (2 and 3 nights) £240-£370
1 Night Break £130-£140
Midweek Breaks £415-£465
Week Long Breaks from £605-£640
GYPSY CARAVAN – Sleeping 2
Weekend Breaks (2 and 3 nights) £160-£215
1 Night Break £85
Midweek Breaks £260
Week Long Breaks from £405
VINTAGE CARAVAN – Sleeping up to 4
Weekend Breaks (2 and 3 nights) £175-£240
1 Night Break £90
Midweek Breaks £330
Week Long Breaks £490
For groups who book out the full site we allow them to also bring, by negotiation, a limited number of their own tents to accommodate larger numbers
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