Best things to do near Ullswater

Ullswater is the second largest lake in England at seven and a half miles long. Surrounded by mountain scenery, there are several towns and villages on the shore of the vast lake including Pooley Bridge and Glenridding as well as a whole host of walks and outdoor activities. Hutton John Estate is just a short […]

Woodland Management

If you are staying at Highgate Farm or Highgate Cabins you are next to Brow Wood. This is one of the ancient woods on the Estate. The wood has been recently thinned. This is to allow the more mature trees to grow and fill out. Or as my mum used to say, “to grow good”. […]

The best pubs in the Lake District for post-walk pints and hearty teas

Horse and Farrier Dacre

With eight Michelin-starred restaurants in the region, Cumbria is known as a foodie haven, but sometimes fine dining isn’t what the heart wants; instead, a good old pub is an antidote which is why we’ve put together a list of the best pubs in the Lake District.  From gastropubs with fantastic food to traditional pubs […]

The best dog-friendly days out in The Lake District

best dog-friendly days out in the lakes district

There is no doubt that the Lake District is one of the best places to bring your waggy tailed friends which is why we’ve put together a list of the best dog-friendly days out in the Lakes.  We are huge dog lovers and welcome them at both our cottages and cabins. With acres of grounds […]


Hudleston newspaper article

A neighbour kindly gave this old newspaper cutting to us a little while ago. Unfortunately, my husband did not pay attention to their name so I cannot thank them directly. If you are reading this by some chance, thank you! I gave my husband some constructive feedback, he will never make a very good PA. […]


Groundworks have Begun! Planning never goes smoothly, you always feel you are banging your head against a brick wall and you will never get there. But as with so many things you just have to keep calm and keep going. So now, after 3 years Highgate Cabins is within sight. The team at Metcalf’s have […]

Plans Are Afoot

Plans never go according to plan. If we’d got planning permission in good time the cabins would already be up and running. However things are now in place so that we can start on the groundworks soon, Here is the site plan: You should never count your chickens, but hopefully they will be ready May/June […]

Highgate Pods

Opening Next Year! We finally got planning permission for some cabins at Highgate. It wasn’t easy, but I don’t thing planning ever is. We are very excited to see it all being built, although the site looks a bit untidy at the moment. Next year there will be four cabins, two with outside baths and […]

Hot Dogs

Summer is gone It has been a good summer, for the visitors at least plenty of sunshine and dry weather, with little rain. Dacre beck was very low for a time and the grass was looking a little parched. But it’s time for a proper deluge and no doubt that will come in the Autumn. […]


Always something to be done. You’ve never finished in the garden. We try to have a balance between some more formal areas and then some places where we let nature have more of a free hand. The lilac is at the edge of a bit of more unruly “garden”. Not really garden as we let […]