So, this was our first time away in the UK with Isla who at that age was a super mischievous 10-month-old Cavalier pup.... or a walking teddy bear!! She was in and out of everything and some particular unsavoury things when it came to being out in the country walking with her. What could possibly go wrong taking her to the beautiful scenery of Cumbria for a couple of nights in a field surrounded by sheep, cows and horses.
I found this little gem of a hideaway on Canopy and Stars who do boutique glamping and boltholes. I was quite eager not to stay on a campsite in November and have the awkward dash to the shower and toilets in the cold. The burton is a shepherd’s hut with all the mod cons and is run by the loveliest couple who live just a few paces away. When I say mod cons I mean it had its bathroom inside the hut and a small kitchenette. There is no TV or Wi-Fi here so it is a complete shut off from the outside world.
The first night we arrived we decided to go out somewhere local for dinner and decided to do the walk to the Fat Lamb pub which was only three fields away. This was a real old school pub and nothing like the Brunning and Price/Gastro Pubs that are now appearing everywhere. The food was fantastic, the wine not so much but Harry assured me the beer was perfect! They even had old school board games and we were delighted to find a crib board which seems to be dying its death as far as pub games go and really should be revived.
By the time we left it was dark. We had come equipped with a torch and set off back over the fields which were empty of livestock so we let Isla off the lead only to find two minutes later she had rolled in something smelly and probably eaten a large chunk of it two. Thank goodness, we had the shower in the hut to wash her down and some dog towels in the car. There is no separate area for your dog to sleep and Isla has the bad habit of sleeping on the end of the bed whenever we take her away with us unlike Spencer our Cocker Spaniel who joined the family last year - he loves his bed and every other dog bed really!
The next day we went into Keswick which is a favourite haunt of mine from a childhood of being dragged to the lake district kicking and screaming on walking holidays with my dad every year - Oh the irony that I am now a dog walker! We stopped in at the chocolate shop which is a must and then sat out in the square where the market was going on and had afternoon tea watching the world go by. In general, Keswick has lots of very dog friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants and even though it was November it was too much of a nice day to not sit out and enjoy it, even with coats and scarves on.
We picked up dinner on the way back and decided to enjoy a cheese board and play cards on our last evening with the log burner going and Isla snoring her head off on the bed! In the morning, we opened the stable door on the hut and we were greeted by an incredible view out onto the hills which were glistening with frost. The lady who owns the hut had very kindly left eggs, bacon and milk from the farm which we devoured before setting off home.
I would rate this mini break at an 8 out 10. It was thoroughly delightful! The decor inside was beautiful and cosy. We had fantastic views and walks around us, as well as not being too far from Keswick and Kirby Stephen. I do need to point out again though that this holiday will not suit everyone as like I said it is completely cut off from Wi-Fi and TV. If you don’t enjoy long evenings by the log burner with a book, playing board games and if you need the hustle and bustle of a big town this will not be for you. The price for a mini break is fanatstic though at £64 a night and £10 extra for a pooch.
Isla says she gives it a pawsome rating of 10 out of 10! She said she loved the big bed to cuddle into, the log burner heat, the unsavoury animal sweeties she likes and the long walks!
The next blog finds us back in France and another unfortunate incident arising for a very unlucky Harry.
Until next time,
Licks and cuddles,
Vicky and Fur Babies