References to Fornside start in 1303, and the name is derived from ‘Forne’s saetr’; Forne being a Scandinavian settler (9th or 10th century) and saetr meaning ‘hill pasture’. Parts of the typical Cumbrian longhouse date back to the 17th Century, and four of its barns have been converted into eco-friendly holiday cottages offering wonderful views over the Vale and the local fells.
St. John’s-in-the-Vale is a beautiful and secluded valley at the foot of the Helvellyn range surrounded by dramatic Lakeland scenery … yet we are within easy reach of Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and all the other attractions of the English Lake District National Park.
We have lovingly furnished our eco-friendly Lake District holiday cottages to provide spacious accommodation of a very high standard, retaining some original barn features. They are well-equipped, warm, and welcoming with eco-friendly ground-source heating (underfloor downstairs), as well as a log burning stove. There is a private farm trail to help you enjoy our woods, fields, streams, wildlife and fantastic views.