7 October 2014

We Stayed in a Camping Barn

Last weekend, after what felt like the driest ever September on record here in Cumbria, it rained a LOT! We of course chose this weekend to brave a camping barn in the Borrowdale Valley.  But if you wait for nice weather to do things in these parts you will never leave the house.  We had lots of fun despite the rain, here are the photos....

I was going to lighten them and edit them, but actually I have left them natural, as they capture the atmosphere and weather of the weekend.

We stayed in Tilly's Barn which is just beyond the village of Stonethwaite in Borrowdale, Cumbria.  As you can see it was quite remote but absolutely stunning! Just look at the view from our door, so nice to wake up to this in the mornings and our little inquisitive sheep friends in the garden!

So here's our barn in full, not massive, just a nice cosy size, but can sleep up to 8 people!  You can find out more about the barn and its history, and of course how to book a stay on the website here, the people that run the barn could not be more friendly and helpful.

So I guess you want a little peek inside then, do you do you... here's Emma inviting you in....

The wee kitchen, actually a good size kitchen, with literally everything you will need.  We were so impressed with how well equipped it was.  All saucepans, utensils and crockery, not just wine glasses but champagne flutes too! Lots of candles, cleaning products, bin liners, etc etc... so if you forget it, likelihood is there will be one in the barn anyway!

I Loved this little yellow table, unfortunately it would not fit under my jumper so I left it in the barn! haha.  It would look perfect in my little loft flat though...

The cosy living room, with original stone barn walls and lots of books and games to keep you occupied.  The barn is well a barn! It runs off gas lights, some solar lights and water is from the local stream and heated by an open fire. The toilet is outside, but there is a little bath upstairs. So don't expect a luxury cottage, there is no mains electric and certainly no phone signal or internet.  But if you want to get away from it all it is the perfect place.  It was luxury to us after our usual camping trips of bothies or the tent.

Upstairs is a large dormitory to sleep 8 with bunk beds which is rather fun! I didn't get any good snaps as it was a bit too dark in there but there are some on the website.

Here's the camping barn gang!

I have so so many pics of the pink sheep who lived in the garden! They just stopped and stared at us every time we went out, this was a bit freaky in the dark when all you can see is their gleaming green eyes!

Off we go for a pretty walk round the area...

Look at that scenery! Look at it! Who cares about the bad weather when you are right here?

A little cow friend...

And a rather big one!

Little herdies escaping the rain under the trees.

Yeah a snap of the birthday girls! We all have our birthdays within weeks of each other round this time of year so the camping weekend was to celebrate. That's me in the middle!

Of course there was LOTS of yummy food, here we all are in the cafe at Grange.

There was a wee bit of drinking too, here we are in the pub at Stonethwaite!

A last Jo and Mark camping barn selfie before we set off home, up the track...

Mark loved driving on this track, it was quite a challenge, nobody else manged it the whole way.  He likes to think his old Astra Estate is actually a 4x4!

No visit to the lakes is complete without a stop off at The Filling Station Cafe on the way home for a huge breakfast of Hot Choc and Pancakes! Yum.


  1. Ahh, this looks so good! You know what? I've never been to the Filling Station in Keswick before... I've got to sort that out!

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    1. Thanks Helen. Was such a good wknd. And never been to the Filling Station, WHAT? it's SO good! Mark goes for the motorbikes, I go for the pancakes, droool..... x

  2. This looks like so much fun Jo! I've never used a camping barn before.. one thing I have to know.. do they tend to have a lot of spiders in them? I love The Filling Station too, what a lovely way to end the weekend! x

    Scottish Outlander


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