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.
With the "Utmost Safety" of our Customers in mind, we are taking every precaution we can along with any "Updated Guidelines" from the Government as to how to keep Stafford Hpuse open for Business safely.
We invested in a "Fogging Machine" which along with the solution used has been certified to kill ALL Bacterial and Viral Infections, should there be any present.
We also meticulously clean and sanitise all areas which could have been touched either by ourselves or our Guests, and finishing with a Steam Cleaner so that we can be sure that everything is safe.
There are Hand Sanitisers in the Rooms as well as the Lodges, and we also wear Face Masks and Gloves too.
We will look forward to welcoming you to Stafford House in the very near future.
Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of
However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges
Over the winter of 2019 and into 2020, we have been making changes to the Lodges.
Blencathra Lodge now sleeps up to 2 People, and
Pennine Lodge can sleep up to 6 People.
There are still more changes to come, and hopefully you'll like them!
Check out the Lodge Section to see what we have done!