Hill Farm and Holiday Accommodation
Seatoller Farm B&B
Dating back to the 16th Century, the farmhouse is packed with original features and bags of character. The farmhouse holds two double bedrooms and one twin room, each of the rooms has its own private bathroom, where quality Cumbrian made toiletries and fluffy towels are provided.
Farmhouse breakfasts are a speciality, using the freshest locally produced meat, eggs and milk, which will set you up for a great day rambling the surrounding fells.
After a day of exploring, you can relax in the cosy lounge in front of the roaring log fire, with beautiful views of the nearby fells. Sit back and relax with one of the many books, plan your next day using the maps or get out one of the board games. We don’t have any TV’s here, we encourage people to talk, play games and make memories.
B&B Tariff: Bed & Breakfast: £45.00 pppn. Single Occupancy: £70.00 pppn. Packed lunches on request £6.00
The self-catering farm cottage is a two bedroom barn conversion dating back to the 17th Century. Before the conversion, the barn was once used to house the farms cattle, the milk produced was bottled up in the old dairy house which sits behind the cottage.
The cottage has fantastic views of the surrounding fells. The lounge looks out onto the pet lamb paddock and the bird feeding area where woodpeckers are regular visitors. To the right of the barn is the cottage garden where you can relax on an evening whilst looking at the beautiful fells that surround the exterior.
Cottage Tariff: 7 night breaks with Friday change over from £395.00.
Please enquire for 3 /4 night breaks
On entering the cottage you’ll instantly see the beautiful original stone floor, here you can dump your muddy boots and coats before entering the main cottage. Off to the left of the entrance is a drying room, great for when the famous Lake District rain shows up! Through the entrance hall leads into the cosy kitchen, with everything you need to produce home cooked meals around the farmhouse table. You can even purchase our Herdwick lamb burgers from the farm. A homemade cake greets you on arrival plus a few other welcoming treats, such as local eggs and milk. The lounge, which comfortably seats four, is a relaxing place to cosy up with one of the books, magazines and games provided.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, each freshly decorated with Laura Ashely curtains, white linen and original floorboards. Also a contemporary bathroom with Cumbrian made toiletries, fluffy towels, and a large bath to soak in after a day’s walking.
Children and families will all love it here, bring the tent and wild camp in the garden or on the lower fells under the stars for a night, making memories that will last a lifetime, or come on a farm walk to learn about life on the fells or meet and greet with the lambs in April and May. Gather up with old friends at this cosy base for a week’s walking and talking, with nightly walks to the local pub or simply rent it for two and luxuriate in a wonderful romantic escape deep in the Cumbrian fells.
The farms camping site is located about 200m from the main farmhouse. It is surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Borrowdale Valley; nearby fells, traditional Lakeland dry stone walls, woodlands and the sounds of the water from the River Derwent which runs alongside the campsite.
Stile wood lines one side of the site and is home to an array of wildlife, on an evening deer can be seen peacefully grazing the lower woodland, with bats darting around at dusk. Wake up to the calls of the cuckoo and the drummings of the woodpecker in the spring. Spot the pair of buzzards perched on the old stone walls or hunting from great heights and listen to the owls hooting deep in the woods
Campsite Tariff: Adults £7.00 | Children 5+ £3.00 | Duke of Edinburgh’s: £5.00
Seatoller Farm campsite offers a peaceful, picturesque base to enjoy the numerous walks, such as Scafell, Great Gable, Glaramara and Castle Crag, or simply just ramble along the riverside, and spot the dippers darting from the river’s edge.
There are male and female toilets along with washing up facilities and drinking water on the site, the showers are located up at the farm, just a short walk away.
The woodlands surrounding Seatoller Farm campsite are designated sites of special interest, SSSI and therefore are protected, cared for and managed with sensitivity, we ask campers not to remove standing or dead wood from the woodlands, as campsite fires are not permitted.
Daniel and Ruby look forward to welcoming you to Seatoller Farm, after recently taking over in early December. Daniel, who has lived at the farm for 15 years, when his parents were the tenants, is a born and bred Cumbrian lad, his passion for the farm and the farms flock of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep is endless. He is keen to educate young children through his farm walks and also any guests who are interested in the life of a Lakeland hill farmer. Dan and Ruby both strive to farm the land to encourage wildlife and nature to thrive in this beautiful landscape. Ruby, on the other hand is a Yorkshire lass, and has a background in hospitality and has also recently carried out the renovations of the B&B and holiday cottage. Together they make a great team, and plan to make more exciting changes to the farm in the up and coming years, to promote education, wildlife and the products they produce on the farm.
Honesty this B.B is one of the best we’ve stayed at in Cumbria. The rooms are spotless the beds make you want to never get up! friendly kind owners and a lovely welcome
Being on the farm makes you feel involved with the everyday farming life, allows the children to see lambs being born and touch the animals.
All this and you step out of the door straight onto the hillside with superb, high or low level, walking in every direction.
Home made cake and lit log fire for our arrival was a lovely touch. Wholeheartedly recommend.
Charming property, great location and lovely welcome.
Perfect setting for a relaxing getaway
We enjoyed our stay at Ruby and Daniel's farmhouse so much that we stayed an extra two days. Our twin-bedded en suite room was comfortable and cosy and our hosts made us feel very welcome.
Seatoller Farm lies towards the head of the Borrowdale Valley, one of the most idyllic places on earth. Rich pastures bordered by dry stone walls spread across the flat valley floor, whilst majestic fells claim the skies. The farm commands 360 degree views of the surrounding fells, some of which are farmed here at Seatoller, they roll all the way from the top of Honister Pass and Dale Head down to the valley bottom. Unique upland Atlantic oak woodland, heather clad fells and crystal clear rambling rivers create the most beautiful scenes throughout the year and are all to enjoy right on the doorstep.
The woodlands surrounding Seatoller, Low Stile, High Stile and Johnny Wood, are all designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Area of Conservation), making them incredibly valuable and precious sites. We work closely with the National Trust and neighbouring farmers to ensure the wood pasture is carefully managed in order to maintain the biodiversity, particularly mosses and lichens, in accordance with English Nature guidelines.
The River Derwent runs through Seatoller Farm and is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The river starts near Scafell pike, the highest mountain in England at just over 3200 feet high, flowing into Derwentwater which is the widest lake in England and ends up in Bassenthwaite Lake.
From Keswick follow signs for Borrowdale and the B5289, continue on this road past the village of Grange and through the village of Rosthwaite. Seatoller is about one mile after Rosthwaithe, just before the road goes steeply up over Honister Pass.
Keswick lies about a 15 minute drive away or there is a regular bus service from the farm.
The Farming Seasons
During early March, the ewes will be scanned and separated into singles, twins, triplets and geld ones. A decision will then be made which geld ones will be kept for breeding for other years, or sold through the fat market. The gimmer hoggs and shearlings which have been wintered away, will return to the farm to be re marked and sent back to the fell. The singles, which should be lambing first are brought down into the fields and the twins and triplets will be brought inside. Before lambing starts in mid to late April, everything must be in place that maybe needed during lambing. Lambing will continue until late May, and once the lambs are strong and full of milk they will be moved with their mothers to fresher grass, whilst twins will be sent outside once the lambs are strong and full of milk.
The twins that are outside will have extra feed so they produce enough milk, and the singles will be moved into different fields and up into the intakes to ensure they have plenty of grass to thrive. Once lambs are roughly 4 weeks old, the ewes and lambs will receive some treatment before being sent to the fell for the first time, this is when the lambs will learn where their heft is from their mothers.
The later lambing ewes and their lambs will be treated and marked in early June, then sent to the fell. The twins will be treated and marked as well, but will remain down in the fields until after clipping, as the ewes rearing twin lambs will need more grass to ensure their lambs grow healthily. If there are any ewes or lambs struggling, they will not go to the fell until they are fit enough.
Once the fields are cleared of sheep in early June, they will be given an application of fertiliser and muck that has been composting down since it was cleared out of the sheds the previous year. The fields which have had muck spread on them will also be chain harrowed to break the muck up.
The sheep are gathered from the fell in July for clipping and at this point when the lambs come in, any geld sheep, Herdwick shearlings and hoggs will be clipped first, followed by the rest of the ewes. Before any clipped sheep are sent back to the fell, an extra visit may be made to the fell to ensure that no woolled sheep have been missed during gathering.
Depending on weather conditions and how the grass has grown, silaging / hay time takes place in late July or August. The whole process from cutting the grass, to stacking the bales could take anything up to 5 to 7 days, all of which is very weather dependent.
Another gather of the fell is carried out, so the lambs can be taken off the ewes. All of the sheep will be either dipped or given an injection, as well as being re-marked, so it is easy to identify any sheep we get in, that haven’t been treated. Any ewes that are too old or not in a good enough condition to go back to the fell will be sorted out, to become draft ewes and will be sold at breeding sales. The rest of the ewes and shearlings will return to the fell, leaving the lambs in the fields. September can be taken up by getting sheep ready for local shows and sales.
Days in October also include attending breeding sales either to sell or buy new stock.
The sheep will be gathered off the fell again in November, dosed and tailed so they are ready for tupping. The ewes will then be split into smaller groups and the ewes in each group will be recorded, so we know which ewe has gone to which tup. The tups will be let in with the ewes around the 20th of November. These tups will have to be raddled every other day for the first three weeks, “Jack” tups will then be used to ensure any ewes that were missed by the first tups will hopefully be sired by these “Jack” tups.
This is the month when you have to start to take extra care of sheep, as there is less grass around, so silage, cake (supplementary feed) and mineral blocks will be fed to the animals on the farm. There is normally less to do during the winter months, so any outstanding walling and fencing can be carried out, as well as any other maintenance. Through the HLS agreement, the farm has no sheep grazing the fell during the winter, so time is taken to shepherd our neighbouring sheep off the fell.
Hopefully, by January the cull ewes and wether hoggs are getting closer to being ready for market. After a potential wet and mild winter, this is when Liver Fluke can have an effect on the sheep, so the ewes as well as the hoggs and shearlings wintering away from the farm, will be dosed. As the ewes go through their pregnancy, they must be in as good a condition as possible, so it will be ensured that they have enough to eat and are healthy. By this time of year the wether hoggs and cull ewes which are still being fattened up will be inside and should be ready for market.