Are you someone who doesn’t want to conform …… someone who doesn’t want to follow the crowd? We have some ideas of places to stay that are out of the ordinary, to give you the unique experience you want. Anything from quirky to the unusual, including railway carriages, shepherd huts, cabins, glamping pods, and a house with tree-like architecture. Make your stay in Cumbria something to remember; go for an alternative experience without losing the creature comforts of home.
After a day out on England’s oldest narrow-gauge railway, you will need somewhere to lay your head; why not carry on your train-themed day by staying in a carriage based at the Ravenglass terminus? Relax in your own carriage for the night after walking or cycling from Boot to Ravenglass, afterwards why not get the train back over Muncaster fell.
2. Shepherds Hut, Thirlmere
This shepherd’s hut is on Stybeck Farm, nestled in the Thirlmere valley; below the great wainwright Helvellyn. Not far from the major Northern Lake District hub of Keswick and surrounded by amazing scenery and never-ending footpaths; you won’t be short of things to do here. You will find the hut cosy, warm and clean with everything you need for cooking. Curl up with your favourite book after a long day on the fells.
3. Cabin 1, Ambleside
Take a step back from busy modern-day life, and return to the simple things by staying in Cabin 1 on the hillside in Ambleside. Enjoy Breathtaking views down to Lake Windermere; views once the inspiration of the famous poet William Wordsworth whose home, Rydal Mount is situated just 200 yards away. Enjoy the comfort this fully equipped cabin offers whilst also being able to enjoy the great outdoors.
4. Yurt 2, Rydal
So many adventures to be had in Yurt 2, a popular choice for families with kids. The yurt is complete with anything you can think of including a log burner making things extra cosy and warm. Dogs are also welcome with a small sum required for a pet permit.
5. Orchard Hideaways, Penrith
Hideaway in an ancient apple tree orchard located within walking distance from the historic market town Penrith. This prosperous town once attracted many attacks from marauding Scots. Why not visit the ruined castle once a Pele tower designed to help keep the Scots at bay. Also, nearby Brougham Castle and Brougham Hall are popular historic attractions worth seeing. The hideaway has 16 pods that are well equipped, a good option for kids with an awesome Children’s play area on site. Access the Lake District national park whilst staying connected.
6. Inglewood Shepherd Huts, Penrith
Not far from Whinfell Forest and Ullswater; these luxurious shepherds’ huts are complete with a hot tub, bbq and private garden area. When you aren’t exploring the area you can sit back and relax, grab a provided robe and gaze out to the fells with your feet up.
7. Highside Glamping Pods, Keswick
If camping is too extreme why not become one with nature, in comfort, by trying glamping? Tick all your outdoor boxes, kick back and watch the sunset in this stunning location.
8. Dob Coppice Bell Tents, High Newton
Set near the South Lakes village of High Newton, on the banks of the River Winster. The river was once the boundary between the ancient counties of West Moreland and Lancashire before the county Cumbria existed. This is a great spot to access places like Windermere and Ambleside for outdoor activities in the Lake District National Park or you could take a relaxed stroll along the prom of picturesque Grange Over Sands. The tents are set up with 3 double beds, a well-equiped kitchen, bbq and shower facilities, children are welcome.
9. Syke Farm Campsite, Buttermere
Glamping in style with some of the best views and walks on your doorstep. The farm is next to the babbling Sail Beck and sandwiched between the beautiful Lake Buttermere and Crummock Water. Buttermere boasts a great round-the-lake walk which is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Walk around the lake and then treat yourself to delicious ice cream at Sykes Farm. Kids will enjoy paddling in the beck surrounded by nature on this working farm.
10. The Tree House, Nr St Bees
The Tree House, is a stunning Victorian house with internal arboreal architecture, not to be confused with a house in a tree. On the cusp of the Lakes and near St Bees you can easily go coastal or something a little wilder and enjoy the mountains. Studies have confirmed the relaxing properties of wood, so after a full day out, let the calm wash over you in this amazing property.