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Would you Adam and Eve it if we said this site is a little piece of Lake District paradise? We think you might: Drybeck Farm has luxury glamping on a riverside in the heavenly Eden Valley; handcrafted yurts with handpicked vintage furniture; farm stock to buy for breakfast hampers, a wood-fired hot tub and even the option to be picked up from the station by horse and carriage – Arnie-like, you might be beck.

This is a site for those intrepid glampers who like to get back to nature, but don’t see why that means they shouldn’t be able to have a luxury tailor-made holiday or a hot shower (with shower gel, shampoo and conditioner included, ta very much). It’s also one for the environmentally conscious with quirky compost loos, shower water recycled to use in the garden, and even the aforementioned lotions in the shower all firmly eco-friendly. The traditional Mongolian yurts are handcrafted by a local company and have a woodburning stove for added toastiness.

You’ll be sharing this tiny and traditional farm site with four-legged residents including rare breed cows, pigs and horses, as well as the two-legged egg providers for your breakfast hamper: home-produced sausages and dry-cured bacon included as well as the fresh free range eggs. The farm shop also sells basic supplies for additional frying up over the campfire, or take a wander down the road among the spectacular scenery to sample some real ale and pub grub at one of the village inns in nearby Armathwaite.

Finally surfaced from your yurt/the hot tub and ready to explore off site? Paula and the Drybeck Farm team have sheaves of info on what to do locally; they can also arrange bike hire for guests, and push you in the right direction for some of the area’s prettiest pedals.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home



Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby



Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Gypsy caravans

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams


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  • Armathwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria, England, CA4 9ST
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.8233°N 2.7577°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Brampton (Cumbria): Market Place Bus Stop — 8.3 miles
Carlisle Bus Station — 8.5 miles
Penrith Bus Station — 10.9 miles
Train stations
Armathwaite Rail Station — 1.1 miles
Wetheral Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 5.5 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 15.0 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 20.7 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 44.3 miles


By road
Drybeck is easily reached by both road and rail. From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 42 and follow the A6 south towards Penrith. After approximately six miles take the left turn signposted for Armathwaite. When you arrive at a T-junction, after a mile and a half turn right into Armathwaite village. In the centre of the village keep straight on towards Wetheral and after one mile turn right, signposted Low House and Drybeck. After 300 yards you will find Drybeck on the right on a sharp left-hand bend.

From the south, leave the M6 at Junction 41. Take the fourth exit off the roundabout signposted for Penrith and Carlisle. At the next roundabout take the second exit on to the A6 north towards Carlisle. After approximately seven miles take the right turn signposted for Armathwaite and follow the directions as above.

By rail
We can arrange pickups from Armathwaite station on the Carlisle-Settle line, the trains on which also serve Leeds, and from Penrith or Carlisle on the London – Glasgow west coast main line. If you would like to arrive in style we can pick you up from Armathwaite station by horse and carriage.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

You’ll be on cloud nine with the heavenly options abounding in this region, whether you want to potter about on foot, by pedal or by hoof. Four-wheelers can get in the car on a mission to see as much of Cumbria and the Lake District’s historical attractions as poss, and trainspotters can take the Carlisle-Settle railway line north to Carlisle and south to the Eden Valley, Yorkshire Dales and onto Leeds. (Armathwaite, Drybeck Farm’s nearest village, has its own station on the Carlisle-Settle railway line twenty minutes’ walk away.)

If rambling locally, the River Eden and its valley are a gorgeous corner of Cumbria to amble around: it covers part of the Lake District National Park, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the North Pennines around Alston, and the lakes and mountains around Ullswater: boating, biking, bowling, swimming and golf are all nearby, or soak up some more sedate sightseeing on an Ullswater Steamer or on the South Tynedale Railway.

Those with less modern tastes have historical highlights aplenty around to keep them busy, from the Bronze Age stone circle of Long Meg and her daughters and the Ice Age stalactites at White Star Cave to the castle and cathedral of Carlisle. Come, see and conquer Hadrian’s Wall within easy driving distance, or stick to the Eden Valley to see the rock carvings in Armathwaite’s sandstone cliffs or Lacey’s Caves and the watermill near the village of Little Salkeld – the Drybeck team can provide maps and directions for most local walks.

Otherwise, pack a picnic with some local produce from the farmers’ markets and go off to spot the local wildlife – buzzards, kingfishers and deer can all be seen here – or drive off into the upper Eden Valley for marketeeing at Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. The Yorkshire Dales and Solway coast are both within easy driving distance for day trips among sand, fell and countryside.

Must see

  • Carlisle Castle (9.0 miles)
  • The Rheged Centre (12.2 miles)
  • Birdoswald Roman Fort (13.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (13.6 miles)
  • Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (19.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Additional terms

Arrival: From 3pm on the day of arrival.

The yurts are to be vacated by no later than 10am on the day of departure. On departure the yurt must be left clean and tidy with the keys returned to the house. Any lost or unreturned keys will be charged a £25 replacement cost. All rubbish is to be disposed of responsibly in the bins provided.

Breakages and damage
If on your arrival you find any items or fittings, utensils, crockery or cutlery is broken, damaged or missing, please report it to Steve or Paula. It will be replaced as soon as possible. Should any significant damage or breakage occur outside acceptable wear and tear a charge for replacement will be made. We reserve the right to charge for excessive cleaning where a yurt has been left in an unacceptable condition. Guests will be held responsible for any fire, damage or alteration to the structure caused by negligence.

There is much for children to see and do around the farm. Our aim is for children to have a truly enriching experience. There are however certain potential risks to be aware of as Drybeck is a working farm. Upon your arrival we will point out the areas requiring attention and any necessary dos and dont's, particularly around livestock and the river. A wraparound fireguard for the fire can be provided.

Drybeck Farm accepts no responsibility for injury incurred on site. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children on site.

We welcome dogs at Drybeck Farm. You are responsible for control of your dog around the farm and livestock. Please bring blankets / cushions for your dog to sleep on. They are not to go on the beds.

Consideration of others
Please be aware of the needs of other users and occupants of Drybeck Farm, including livestock, with regards to noise and behaviour. Anybody causing undue noise or disturbance may be asked to leave.

Drybeck Farm provides the use of the toilet, shower and kitchen facilities provided. Whilst we undertake regular checks and maintenance please ensure that you keep these facilities clean and tidy.

Your accommodation and kitchen are supplied with an initial basket of firewood. There is a very competitive charge for any subsequent firewood you may use.

Stolen property
Drybeck Farm cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen property. Keys are provided to lock your accommodation.

No smoking policy
All Drybeck Farm accommodation is strictly no-smoking.

There is an abundance of wildlife on site for you to enjoy. One or two simple precautions are helpful: put your food in the containers provided to ensure the mice don't eat it. Put rubbish in the bins provided as foxes are in the area. You may want to bring insect repellent in the summer months, particularly for midges in the evening.

Fires are restricted strictly to the woodburning stoves, braziers and other designated areas only.

Age policy
We do not accept bookings from anyone under the age of 18.