Holiday Cottages

A collection of four lovely self catering farmhouse holiday cottages near Keswick in the Lake District.

Availability & Booking

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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 cottages retain many original features and provide spacious accommodation of a very high standard, recognised by the award of 4 stars by VisitEngland.

The accommodation is well equipped, warm, and welcoming with full central heating included in the price, and completely under your control. Each cottage boasts spectacular views, simply look out of any window and you get a postcard view.

The Cottages enjoy 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; sheep and free range hens. We also keep ducks and have added four gorgeous goslings 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.

Two of our cottages will become ‘dog-friendly’ from 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: Not yet … but from 2019 The Old Byre and Swaledale Garth will become dog-friendly.
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 our barn to store your bikes, dry and hidden, 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

Sleeps 4, two bedrooms
& one bathroom

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Herdwick Fold

Sleeps 4, two bedrooms
& one bathroom

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Swaledale Garth

Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms
& two bathrooms.

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Rigg Barn

Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms
& two bathrooms

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