Cycle Cafe & Quirky Workshops

The Cycle Cafe which is also known as Quirky Workshops are just along the road at what was known as Poplin Dub.


Run by Annie Swarbrick, it is a hive of activity with workshops making everthing from felted scarves to rug making, food cookery of every description to stone walling and willow weaving, painting and drawing to bike maintenance.  You name it, they do it!


Annie has been in residence since 2001, and from then has gone from strength to strength with her imaginative and varied courses available over 1-3 days.  Lunch is also included within the course price and believe me you won't be disappointed.


The Cycle Cafe is also the place to get your Sustrans C2C card stamped, so you always have that proof that yes you've been there and done that!

Please feel free to check out their full itinery of workshops for 2014 on:-

The Cycle Cafe/Tea Garden is a small family run establishment and opens "Seasonally" from Easter (whenever it falls) to September.  


However if the weather is nice on the run up to Easter, they may decide to open that bit earlier?


During that time they are open to the general public (ie those not arriving on a bike) on Friday afternoons 12.00pm to 6pm, Saturdays 10.00am to 6pm, and also every 2nd Sunday in the month 10am to 6pm


They are of course open to Cyclists arriving on bikes EVERYDAY from 10 to 6pm in season.

Please note that when visiting the Cycle Cafe/Tea Garden the seating arrangements are outside. There are gazebo’s in which to shade from the sun, or shelter from the rain, and there is also a barn to take cover from the worst elements of weather - so remember to wrap up warmly if it is at all chilly!  


Just to complicate matters, local planning restrictions prevent them from offering a formal parking facility.  They politely ask people not to park randomly on the surrounding roads, but use the village car park next to the Village Hall and enjoy the scenic 300 yard walk back.   Of course, if you have passengers who have difficulty walking, by all means drop them off first before parking your vehicle in the village car park. This also helps to maintain the character of the village, as well as good relations with theyr neighbours. 












We will look forward to welcoming all of our Guests in 2024,

new and those who are returning to 

Stafford House

Guest House,

and also to our

Self-Catering Lodges




With the "Utmost Safety" of all our

Guests in mind, 

we still continue to take every precaution possible, including following the "Updated Guidelines" from the Government

so that we can 

open for Business

- Safely!


During the 1st Lockdown in March 2020, we invested in a

"Fogging Machine"

By useing a special solution certified

to kill ALL Viral 

& Bacterial Infections,

(should there be any present),

We are confident that we can operate as safe as we possibly can be.  


We also meticulously clean and sanitise all areas, before finishing with a "Steam Cleaner"

making sure that everything is safe.


There are Hand Sanitisers in all 3 Bedrooms, as well the Breakfast Room in the Main House.

The Lodges also have Hand Sanitisers in the Kitchen. 


Thank You For

Your Custom and Patience, 

and we will look forward to seeing you all again very soon.




Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of

"Stafford House",


However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges



Our En-Suite Double Room in the Main House has now been appointed with a Kingsize 4 Poster Bed, there is also wooden pannelling on some of the walls.

We hope that you will like the changes!   


After the 3rd Lockdown we were allowed to re-open our Lodges on 12th April 2021, and we have made a few changes..


Blencathra Lodge now sleeps 2 People, and Pennine Lodge can sleep up to 6 People.


Check out the Lodge Section to see what we have done!

For the last 6 years we have achieved the "Certificate of Excellence" award from Tripadvisor, so in recognition of that we now appear in their

"Hall of Fame!"

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