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Kestrel Lodge Camping
101 reviews
· Keswick, England
4 acres
9 units
9 Tent
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
Louise Smith and Andrea Bramhall seem to have found a winning formula – find an old farm in the most enviable location thinkable, give it a good make-over with a lawn-mower, a few sign posts and a spanking new block of showers, then open up the gates and let the campers roll in! Their first campsite in North Norfolk – that they took over 10 years ago – received a solid two thumbs up from all the Hipcamp clan – and it's no surprise that the same is true at Kestrel Lodge. And to top it off, they've been joined by Louise's parents Sue and Dave to make it a family-run campsite for all the generations. Set in the shadow of mighty Skiddaw, climbing away to the south east, and a stone’s throw from sparkling Bassenthwaite Lake to the south west, Kestrel Lodge Camping is a traditional Lakeland campsite on an 18th-century farm. Grassy pitches enjoy stonking great vistas across the adjacent fields to where the hills rise and fall, speckled with woodland like barnacles on a whale's back. There’s nothing formulaic about the welcome you receive though. Louise, Andrea and the three generations of family brought together to share the dream, are personable and friendly and just as in awe of the surroundings as most visitors. They can point you in the direction of each of the nine Wainwrights walkable from the campsite, as well as the nearest pub – a cosy little spot in Bassenthwaite with real ales on tap. It’s with fond memories that they too remember their younger days camping here and it’s clear they want to explore the surroundings of their new home as much as every guest. You almost feel guilty trekking off into the hills without them. The ethos, they tell us, is “small, quiet, friendly, traditional, but with nice hot showers, and somewhere to clean your boots and dogs.” And the result is the very antithesis of a holiday park. For proper camping with proper views, Kestrel Lodge should be top of the list.
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Keswick, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Louise S.Joined in December 2016
83 Ratings · 101 reviews
Ashleigh G.recommends
September 5, 2022
Grass Tent Camping Pitch
The three word app was a fantastic way to find this little jewel of a camp site. Honesty box was handy for milk, eggs and a cold diet coke. Loved the chickens and cockerels roaming the grounds. Bathrooms were always clean and smelling fresh. Cleaning station with a view, my own fault for not bringing washing up liquid but that would have made this camp 110%.
Alison E.recommends
September 2, 2022
Grass Tent Camping Pitch
Facilities were fab (lovely hot showers that don’t turn off mid shampoo!) and perfect location!
Llinos C.recommends
August 29, 2022
Grass Tent Camping Pitch
We had a lovely time camping at Kestral Lodge. The toilets were clean, showers were hot. Nice little touches like a fire pit near your pitch, washing machine, little shop that sold fire wood, milk, chocks, eggs, Freezer to store ice packs, great location with beautiful walks near by. But take a map and compass as footpaths/bridal ways not always obvious.
Alice M.recommends
August 29, 2022
Grass Tent Camping Pitch
Lovely campsite with plenty of space and a firepire for each pitch. Toilet/shower facilities are small (just 2 of each for women and not a lot of space around them) but lovely hot shower and well enough maintained. On-site shop is well stocked and there's an honesty box for out-of-hours purchases. Grass field is well sheltered by the surrounding hills and we were drenched in sunshine all day/evening. Chickens roaming free were tame. Kids loved the little play area. Will be back.
Ashley W.
August 29, 2022
Grass Tent Camping Pitch
We enjoyed our stay at kestrel lodge, the staff were welcoming and friendly, they even let us blow up our airbed at their electric point. The shop and honesty box was a lovely touch! And the toilets and showers were super clean. My only disappointment was we werebt allowed to play any music at all on site, anytime of the day. So it was a bit too quiet for us! We would possibly stay again but not in school holidays, too many kids. Overall a lovely stay with a great location and beautiful views of the countryside.
Andrew B.recommends
August 23, 2022
Grass Tent Camping Pitch
Mrs Rong Xie
We loved our camping trip, the owner were so helpful and kind, always working, tidying and offering good advice and chat. The camp is very clean with little shop and honestly box which our kids loved. Easy access to all attractions with lovely Pub around the corner, we meet some friendly families in the camp, we strongly recommend it. Thank you!
From the host
Kestrel Lodge started out life as High Close Farm, a working 18th century farm. Since then it has had many transformations. It’s been a clubhouse, a bunkhouse, a youth hostel, a retreat for local school children, an outward bounds centre, and now a family home and campsite. When we found Kestrel Lodge we were immediately smitten with the area. As a family of campers and outdoor enthusiasts we decided to bring good old fashioned camping back to this area of the Lake District with the addition of a few mod cons. Making Kestrel Lodge Campsite a place we hope you’d want to return to, time and time again. As campers we saw many sites becoming full of caravans and lodges. We wanted somewhere visitors would be able to camp, walk, and enjoy the natural area. And with this the idea was born. Our ethos is simple; small, quiet, friendly, traditional, but with nice hot showers, and somewhere to clean your boots and dogs. A covered area for rainy days, and a large space for camp fires. A campsite where campfires are allowed and where you can walk or cycle for days without needing to get in your car. A campsite where you can easily walk to a pub that offers good food, traditional ale, and a warm welcome. We're looking forward to seeing you soon!
Nearby attractions
Skiddaw looms on the horizon and therefore gets all the glory but there are nine other mighty mountains that can be tackled from the campsite. It's around 5 miles to the summit of Great Cockup, a 7 mile walk up Binsey or take on the strenuous 11 mile loop that takes in Bakestall, Carlside, Longside, Ullock Pike and Skiddaw itself. Louise and Andrea can help you plan the route if needed. It's 6 miles to Keswick and 7 to Cockermouth, both full of excellent eateries, shops and museums that all prove there's more to the Lakes than just walking and cycling. Derwent Pencil Museum (017687 73626) in Keswick, Honister Slate Mine (017687 77230) and Wordsworth House and Gardens (01900 824805) are all good examples.
Food and drink
There's a great pub in Bassenthwaite village, The Sun Inn (017687 76439), serving comforting pub food and with real ales on tap. It's a pleasant 20-minute or so walk (around a mile).
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