In a quiet corner amongst trees our three luxury glamping pods offer a relaxing base with stunning views of Blencathra.
They are in an excellent position to explore the North Lakes, walk or bike from the door or just soak up the scenery and relax.
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Our Pods are locally made in Cumbria, they are cosy with underfloor heating the double bed and sofa bed come with linen. There is an en suite shower/toilet and a microwave and fridge.
The pods are ideal for couples and small groups looking for peace and quiet. Each pods sleeps up to four. The car park is nearby.
Highgate Close is a working family farm that is run alongside Glencoyne, a tenanted National Trust farm where the owners live on the shores of Ullswater. The farms both have Fell sheep and Suckler cows and have been farmed for many years with conservation playing a key part of the business.
This has been recognised when we won the David Arnold Foster Award and were Runners up in NFU Award for Biodiversity and most recently the Beatrix Potter Award for Farming with Nature in 2016.
Comfy double bed and double sofa bed
Wet room shower, toilet and basin
Fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle
Nespresso coffee maker
Dining table and 4 chairs
Lockable French doors
BBQ, outdoor seats and picnic bench
Wooden decking and slate patio
Immerse yourself in the peaceful and tranquil surrounds of the farm, explore our small nature rich section of Mosedale beck beyond our flower rich hay meadows, and in spring see the lambs.
Situated half way between Penrith and Keswick, and across the valley from Scales. There is easy access to the many attraction of the North Lakes. Before you head off in the car you can walk across part of Matterdale common to meet the coach road from your pod or bike from the door.
Highgate Close and Glencoyne are both in Higher Level Stewardship schemes. This means we have signed up to environmental management over all the land we farm.
Some areas have no sheep or cows, some areas have only cattle grazing, all our management is done to improve biodiversity, help slow the water runoff to reduce the impacts of flooding and protect the vast areas of peat bogs that are important carbon sinks. We cut our traditional meadows, using no artificial fertiliser, later so flower seeds can set. We have planted new trees and have large areas of natural tree regeneration enabled by reduced stocking rates.
The sheep are mostly Swaledales at Highgate Close crossed with Blue Faced Leicester, bred to create a North Country mule. We have traditional Herdwicks and rare Whitefaced Woodlands at Glencoyne.
The sheep at Highgate lamb indoors in April. The young lambs can be seen in the fields around the pods throughout the spring.
The Herdwicks spend most of the time on the fells above Ullswater including Gowbarrow and Sheffield Pike and are gathered in during the year using our working Collies.
We have Traditional Beef shorthorn cows some of which overwinter in Shed at Highgate Close. They feed on the hay/silage made from our flower rich meadows. They calve during March and April and then return to Glencoyne for the summer.
We have recently added 5 Belted Galloways to the herd another traditional breed known for their hardiness and distinctive black with white belts.
From Highgate Close you can Great Mell Fell which is part of Glencoyne.
Highland ponies are used for conservation grazing at Glencoyne in areas where sheep have been excluded. They can be sometimes be seen next to the road on the scenic drive down to Ullswater and Aira Force waterfall.
At Highgate we have red squirrels,not always easy to see but we have feeders out, so you might get lucky.
There are numerous birds including woodpeckers, owls, curlews kestrels, buzzards and nuthatches.
The farm has several wooded areas and the section of Mosedale beck can be found in our own little valley fields where roe deer graze and spring flowers can be found in abundance. The river flows very fast after heavy rain so care must be taken.