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.
After the Government Announcement today Wednesday 30th December 2020, we have unfortunately had to close again for a 3rd time after being placed into Tier 4 for the forseeable future.
Thank You For
Your Patince and
for your Custom,
we will look forward to hopefully seeing you all again very soon.
With the "Utmost Safety" of our Customers in mind,
we take every precaution possible including the
"Updated Guidelines" from the Government
as to how to keep
Business - Safely!
(Once We Have Been Allowed To Re-Open?)
We invested in a "Fogging Machine"
which along with the solution used 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 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 of the Main House,
as well as the Lodges, and we also wear
Face Masks and Gloves too.
We will look forward to welcoming you back 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!