Holiday Cottages

A collection of four lovely Four Star Gold rated self catering farmhouse holiday cottages, in an idyllic rural valley, near Keswick in the Lake District.

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Welcome provision

Upon your arrival you will find a small but practical welcome provision, which includes a box of eggs freshly laid by our (very) free range hens, bread, butter, Fairtrade tea, cafetière coffee and sugar and milk from Cumbrian cows.  We like our guests to be able to relax and have at least a cuppa (or maybe even brunch) before having to think about supplies.


Fornside Farm is idyllic and a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. There are four self catering holiday cottages, beautifully converted from stone barns alongside the traditional farmhouse.  The setting is a stunning location at the foot of the Helvellyn range, surrounded by dramatic Lakeland scenery. Peacefully located yet within easy reach of Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and all the other attractions of the English Lake District National Park.

The farm is set back from the road with direct access to the fells and beautiful countryside. The fields surrounding the holiday cottages are home to livestock; mainly sheep and free range hens. We also keep ducks and have added four gorgeous geese to the pond area.  We are planning to introduce pigs in the near future.  You are welcome to meet and feed our animals during your stay on the farm.  There are usually fresh eggs from our free range hens available to buy, some of which are enormous and very delicious.  Often our ducks and geese will lay too, if you fancy trying one of their delicious eggs!

The cottages retain many original features and provide spacious accommodation of a very high standard, with top-end Sealy mattresses to ensure your holiday leaves you feeling well rested, John Lewis sofas and other quality brand items.  The accommodation is well equipped, warm, and welcoming with full central heating included in the price; underfloor downstairs and radiators / towel rails upstairs.  Each cottage has a wood-burning stove for that extra holiday hygge feeling.  And from all the cottages the views are spectacular, simply look out of any window and you get a picture postcard view.

Two of our cottages are newly ‘dog-friendly’ in 2019 (The Old Byre and Swaledale Garth), whilst Rigg Barn and Herdwick Fold will remain pet-free.



When you arrive, we will give you a warm welcome and are on hand to offer advice on activities and places to eat, but are just as happy to leave you to enjoy a relaxing holiday here at the farm.

We hope we’ve thought of everything to enable you to enjoy a fantastic Lake District break. Please contact us if you require further information.

Joanna & Matt

Wifi: Free (but rural-level availability – we’re working on this)
Parking: Yes
Children: Yes
Pets: The Old Byre and Swaledale Garth are newly dog-friendly – please ensure you’ll be able to comply with our conditions.
Smoking: No
Changeover / Shortbreaks: We offer some cottages as Friday and some as Saturday changeovers.  During quieter periods (either November to March or at short notice) we also offer Friday – Monday and Monday – Friday short breaks.  See ‘Availability’ for details or drop us an email/give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Check-in: 4pm–11pm
Check-out: by 10am
Bikes: We currently have space in a barn to store your bikes, but you’ll need to bring your own locks.  At some point soon, we’ll be taking the large barn down and building smaller barns, during which time we will endeavour to provide a suitable space for any bikes you may bring.  Do bring your own lock!

The Old Byre

A stunning space to unwind

Sleeps 4, two bedrooms
& one bathroom

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Herdwick Fold

Enjoy the fire, or simply gaze out of the huge picture window.

Sleeps 4, two bedrooms
& one bathroom

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Swaledale Garth

The cosy living area

Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms
& two bathrooms.

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Rigg Barn

Spacious, inviting living room.

Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms
& two bathrooms

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