It took an uncharacteristically long time to find a mention of the Lake District in the latest top 30 places to have a second home published by The Times this week. Call us biased but we were thinking it might feature in an earlier position….But phew, scrolling down and at number 24 the beautiful Caldbeck, one of the most northerly points within the Lake District National Park.
The village itself is delight with a village store, cafe located in Priest’s Mill a converted watermill (called The Watermill Cafe incidentally) and pub, The Oddfellows Arms. Less than a mile away in Hesket Newmarket you’ll find the Britain’s first co-operatively owned pub the Old Crown with the added bonus of this village being home to the Hesket Newmarket Brewery which has an excellent reputation throughout the whole of the Lake District.
A far quieter location than nearby Keswick (yet just 12 miles away), Caldbeck still has the excellent access to the northern fells including Blencathra and Skiddaw. In fact Caldbeck is known and referred to by some as the “Back O’ Skidda” being located exactly there. As well as the famous Blencathra and Skiddaw there are also some lesser known fells that are more than worth venturing up including Carrock Fell, Bowscale Fell and the grassy mound that is Mungrisdale Common.
As a traditional fell village, Caldbeck has some stunning properties from large farmhouses to quaint cottages and converted barns so no wonder it has made it into The Times top 30 places to have a second home. If you want to try before you buy then The Lakeland Cottage Company have a lovely barn conversation available to rent, Beehive Barn. The barn looks onto open countryside and fells, sleeps 4 and is designed and fitted out to an extremely high standard, confirmed by its Visit England 4 star gold award. Week holidays start from £635 with short breaks available out of season. For more picture, information and booking details visit, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/beehive_barn/
By Jenny Andrew