Friday, 7 May 2021


Dear Friends of Dacre's Stable
I have often thought of all the various people who've stayed here at Grisedale Farm over the past 9 years, and wondered how things have gone for them since, especially during this Covid year.  My sincerest best wishes to every single one of you, hoping that you and your loved ones have been able to keep safe.  
People have suffered in so many ways and last year I wanted very much to be able to offer Dacre's Stable as a 'sanctuary' holiday place, especially for young local families, key workers and those with any special needs.
I also looked forward to seeing some old friends amongst visitors this year.  I'm staying with Independent Hostels on a suspended basis.  However, with broadband still disconnected and my physical and mental health problems, I've had to realise that I cannot safely commit to future bookings.  I'm really sorry, as I know that quiet, reasonably priced places in the Lake District will be booked out soon, if they are not already.
I want to emphasise that I would dearly love to see any of you if you are in the area (I'm quite lonely and miss children enjoying themselves here!).  I hope I will always be able to welcome you for a drink and chat, even if I am in the stable myself!
One more thing - I have never yet owned a smart phone and I know some of the happiest times have been recorded and sent as photos to my mobile from some of you.  It has upset me that I cannot see them on my phone, or find out who sent them, I would have loved to have seen the pictures and had them to enjoy even now and I hated not being able to acknowledge receipt and say thank you.  So this is a very late THANK YOU to any one who has sent photos to my mobile number over the years.
I hope this may at least reach a few of you, please pass on by word of mouth if you know anyone who ever stayed here.
With all best wishes for the uncertain future - 'all shall be well'
Hilary Fell 
T: 01539 823208  M: 07788633936  
E: (from July)


Welcome to Dacre's Stable.This small camping barn is about 7 miles north of Kendal, just East of the A6, on a quiet gated lane between farms.

Dacre's Stable from the lane.
Dacre's Stable is in between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park and just south of the Eden valley. It is part of Grisedale Farm (OS map grid ref. 554 013). The postcode is LA8 9EN.

Here there is abundant wildlife (especially birds), fell walking, walking and cycling on quiet tracks and lanes
and the Lakes and many tourist attractions are less than an hour's drive away.

There are many nature reserves in Cumbria,  see Cumbria Wildlife Trust leaflets in the barn.

There is no local bus service but it's only half an hour by car from mainline railway stations at Penrith (North) and Oxenholme Lake District (South). 

The Stable is intended to be a friendly, flexible space for families or groups of friends. It comfortably sleeps from two to eight people. 

The big barn south of Dacre's Stable can provide overflow play space for children in bad weather (not that we ever have any!?) and bikes can be stored there. 

We are not normally able to accommodate unaccompanied groups of people under eighteen years old.

All the buildings here are non-smoking areas.

The Stable has two floors, with an outside staircase to the upper floor. 
The ground floor, which is accessible for disabled people, sleeps two on a double bed with an additional sofa bed. It contains a wood burning stove and sitting area and table for meals, a screened sleeping area with double bed, and a kitchen area with double hob, microwave, small oven and fridge. There is a door through to the wet room with shower, sink and loo.  There is also a separate outside loo in the hayshed.  The ground floor is available to hire at a cheaper rate, without access to the upper floor.

The upper floor is one large space containing two sets of bunk beds, a single bed and some spare mattresses. There is a wood burning stove which is linked into the hot water system, as are the solar panels on the porch.

There is plenty of crockery, jugs, pots and pans etc. for eight people.

What to bring:
Pillows are provided but visitors are expected to bring their own towels, sleeping bags, warm bedding and pillow cases.
Please bring torches and some dry kindling wood.

Shopping / Eating out:
There are lots of pubs and restaurants within eight miles, but none nearer than six;  Morrisons and Aldi are the nearest supermarkets, just north of Kendal. 

Please note, it is really important that you shut the gates on the lane, as our neighbouring farmers depend on these for the security of their livestock.
For this reason, visiting dogs other than Guide dogs, are only allowed by special arrangement.

Prices for the whole building (for up to eight people, inclusive of electricity and first basket of logs) 
From £80 per night with reductions for mid-week and longer stays (minimum 2 night stay, unless by special arrangement).

Prices for the ground floor only (for up to three people, inclusive of electricity and first basket of logs) 

From £55 per night with reductions for mid-week and longer stays (minimum 2 night stay, unless by special arrangement).

Contact ustelephone: 01539 823208    mobile: 07788 633936

Please note: Mobile reception is poor on some networks, Vodafone and Orange are the most reliable

There is no Wifi available at Dacre's Stable

End of stable,
 farmhouse in background

View from upper floor

First floor stove area
View from the fell
House and Dacre's Stable (to right)


Ground floor living area - bed behind wooden screens:
wet room beyond door (far right)
First floor bunk room