We have a number of Red Squirrels who visit the garden, each individually recognisable usually because of their tail or body colour.
A few years ago we spotted a very small baby squirrel, and couldn't decide whether it had been blown from his drey, or his parents has said "right, time for you to move on!" Whichever way it was he had managed to find our feeders and started helping himself.
Because he was so young his teeth obviously hadn't the strength to instantly open the hazelnuts on offer, so he engineered a way to get himself onto the swinging tray that had sunflower seeds and various other seeds etc. for the birds, he would then sit for 20 or minutes at a time stuffing his face - well you can't blame him, then topping up with a hazelnut when he wasn't so hungry.
He still makes an entrance, and perhaps now even has a lady friend because there are now 2 squirrels finding their way onto the tray!
We get an enormous variety of birds coming into the garden, as well as all the usual Robins, Bluetits and Blackbids we get some of the more seasonal ones too.
In the months of late October to March we get the orange/salmon breasted "Brambling" or Bramble Finch, also within that time we get "Siskins", "Goldfinches" and the "Lesser Red Poll" or as Bill Oddie (a past presenter of "Spring Watch) would call "A Little Brown Job"
The everyday visitors such as the Chaffinches, the Bluetits, the Coaltits, seem to come and go in varous numbers, looking more like a swarm of bees as they busy themselves feeding both on the feeders as well as on the floor.
We look forward to welcoming all of our Guests, new and those who are returning to
for the 2022 Season
With the "Utmost Safety" of our Guests
in mind, we take every precaution possible.
This includes all "Updated Guidelines" from the Government
and we are
open for Business - Safely!
During the 1st Lockdown in March 2020, we invested in a
We use a special solution that is certified to kill ALL Viral and Bacterial Infections, should there be any present.
We also meticulously clean and sanitise all areas which could have been touched either by ourselves or by our Guests, and finishing with a "Steam Cleaner"
so that we can be sure that everything is safe.
We wear Face Masks, and there are Hand Sanitisers in all 3 Bedrooms as well the Breakfast Room of 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
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 been appointed with wooden pannelling, there is one more surprise still to come hopefully in January 2022, I hope that you will like it!
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.
There are still more changes to come, and hopefully you'll like them!
Check out the Lodge Section to see what we have done!