Kentmere Farm Camping Pods have recently opened in the Lake District, not far from the quaint town of Kendal. I was invited by the new owners to stay in one of the cool pods and give it a thumbs up or thumbs down experience.
Now you’ll know this isn’t my first pod but here I will tell you why (spoiler alert) I absolutely loved my stay in these cute glamping pods. Luxury and the outdoors is really the perfect combo.
Read more about why I would recommend Kentmere Farm Camping Pods for a peaceful stay in the Lake District.
Table of Contents
- 1 Kentmere Farm Camping Pods Information
- 2 My Glamping Experience in the Lake District
- 3 Overall thoughts on Kentmere Farm Camping Pods, Lake District
Kentmere Farm Camping Pods Information
Camping Pod Address
Kentmere Farm glamping pods are situated on Browfoot Farm, which is also home to sheep and a few cows and has been in the family since 1840. The farm is 500 acres set in the national park so immediately you’re treated to beautiful surroundings right on your doorstep, literally.
My car’s sat nav is known for taking me the wrong way but it got me pretty close to the camping pod car park alongside the directions from George I easily found the pods. Always a good start to a trip 🙂
Kentmere Farm Camping Pods address: Browfoot Farm, Browfoot Lane, Staveley, LA8 9JQ
The farm and camping pods are set in the south-east part of the Lake District National Park, not too far from Lake Windermere. But this glamping location in the Lake District is much quieter and will give you a totally different experience away from the popular touristy spots. A perfect secret getaway!
The nearest main town is Kendal, around 6 miles drive away. This has a couple of supermarkets so you can stock up on last-minute supplies on your way to the pod!
Or there’s the small village of Staveley which has a few places you can eat and drink if you’d prefer to treat yourself. This is about 2 miles from the pods.
Bus no. 555 runs from Staveley to Kendal and also in the opposite direction to Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick. The nearest train station is at Stavely, you can check train times here – National Rail Enquiries.
What Facilities Are There in the Pod?
After staying a few different pods, all varying from an empty pod to beds and a heater, I was wondering what would be included inside this camping pod?
Kentmere Farm Pods provide pretty much everything you could possibly need for the perfect weekend away.
Camping Pod Facilities
- Double bed with full bed linen
- Corner sofa – which converts into a double bed
- Small shower room with toilet
- Underfloor heating with controls #toasty 🙂
- Kitchen area with small fridge and microwave
- Kettle and toaster
- Plates, bowls, mugs, wine glasses, utensils + cutlery
- Free on-site car parking (for one car)
See below for a few of my tips on what to bring (and what not to bring).
How Eco-Friendly is the Pod?
The camping pods are located very close to the River Kent, which is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). This is mainly because of the wildlife and nature in the area, including home to the White Claw Crayfish, a rare and protected species.
You’ll notice that this isn’t a huge site, there are only four camping pods, this is to ensure the impact of people staying doesn’t have a detrimental effect of this area of the Lake District, which is fantastic. Inside the camping pod, you’ll notice that the cleaning products provided are all eco-friendly.
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And they also encourage you to only bring one vehicle, again for this reason. If you’d prefer to leave the car at home and cycle instead, if you give notice to the owners they will get grocers for you and also provide towels for free to save you carrying the extra weight. How awesome is that!
Is there Wi-Fi + Phone Signal at the Glamping Pod?
Ok, the simple answer to this is there isn’t any 4G or Wi-Fi. I did find one tiny spot when wandering around taking photos of the pod but I honestly have no idea where that was and it’s certainly not guaranteed!
How will you cope haha!!! The best to do is enjoy your time off from technology, it certainly made a refreshing change for me. You have those first few moments where you’re thinking I can’t update photos or reply to emails. Then pretty quickly you forget all about it and 100% appreciate where you are.
In an emergency, you can contact the owners who live nearby. Full details are included in the welcome book in your pod.
Can your Dog stay in a Pod?
Kentmere Camping Pods allow dogs in two of their pods – Mickle Moss and White Howe Pods. Be sure to check before you book.
How Much Does the Camping Pod Cost?
The prices quoted for the glamping pod include two people and one vehicle. See below for extras*
- £70 per night low season/£80 per night high season
- Extra children £6 each and extra adults £10 each
- Additional cars £5 each
Additional cars are charged extra which is a great idea and encourages car sharing to the camping pods. Kentmere Farm Pods really promote being eco-friendly and this is one of the ways they aim to make a difference. Yes, love this, big thumbs up from me.
*All rates correct at time of writing.
My Glamping Experience in the Lake District
Arrival and Check-in at the Camping Pod
Check-in is super simple at the Kentmere Farm Camping Pods. A few days before my stay I received a text message with the code for the secure key box.
I was given instructions to the Harter pod I was staying in, there are only four so you can’t go too wrong unless you don’t know your right and left hehe! Simply follow the stone paths leading to each individual pod. There are two directly in front of you and another two further up the field. (Pods signs are due to go up very soon too).
You can check-in any time from 3.30 pm and make yourself at home. Check out is 10 am. Again you leave the key in the box.
It’s a boots off outside the pod and there are some boot boxes either side so you don’t get mud inside. Again, seems like a very sensible idea, treat the pod like you would your own home 🙂
Top tip – if you’re arriving after dark then have a torch handy to navigate up to the pod and to type the code in.
Winter Glamping – Did it Get Cold in the Camping Pod?
My stay was towards the end of February, normally very cold in the UK. However, we had an unusually warm spell and it was much milder. I still get cold quickly so I opted to turn the heating up to full, but then quickly realised it was tropical in the pod and turned it back down again!
I’d never stayed anywhere with underfloor heating and was surprised how effective and cosy it made the pod. In addition, there are a couple of blinds you can pull down to keep the warmth in. Plus a couple of blankets you can use as well.
Top tip – Remember to turn the heating down when you leave the pod for the day, I accidentally left it on and felt really guilty for wasting energy all day when I was out hiking.
Further reading – Hikes in the Lake District
Coming soon – hikes near Kentmere, including the famous Kentmere Horseshoe. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.
What to Bring When Staying in the Camping Pod?
Unlike other camping pods I’ve stayed in there’s really not much you need to pack that’s different to staying in a hotel or apartment. But here’s my list of things to remember.
- Snacks (there’s no shop nearby for the munchies!)
- Food for meals (there’s a small 2 shelf fridge)
- Cool box – if you’re planning on bringing lots of food for BBQs then it probably won’t all fit in the fridge
- Clothes/personal items
- Eco-friendly toiletries (there’s a shower/washroom)
- A book or magazine
What Not To Bring When Staying In the pod?
If you check out above what’s included in the pod then you’ll see that most things are included for cooking and sleeping. Here are a few things you definitely don’t need to bring:
- Bedding (all provided)
- Kitchen equipment, plates, cutlery – all included for up to 4 people
- Washing-up items all included too!
- Lots of electrical equipment – plugs are available but make the most of the outdoors
- BBQ equipment – kit available, including charcoal, firelighters, matches, tongs and skewers for £8*
*If you prefer you can bring your own charcoal, firelighters, matches etc and use the BBQ that comes with the camping pod.
Top Tips for Glamping in the Lake District
- Never tried glamping before, this is a great place to try for your first time
- Don’t take too much stuff with you, I really should listen to my own advice hehe!
- Glamping is perfect for any time of year so get that pod booked now
Overall thoughts on Kentmere Farm Camping Pods, Lake District
After two nights of staying in the pods, I was sad to be leaving. I could have easily have spent a week in the pod, exploring the surrounding area and sat outside enjoying BBQs and a glass of wine watching the sunset.
In comparison to the glamping pods I’ve stayed in before this one has to rank as no. 1 pod. The comfortable layout inside of the pod was perfect for my stay and I loved the added luxury of having a bed, cooking and shower facilities. If you’ve not tried glamping yet then this would be a wonderful place to try for your first visit.
The camping pod is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors, whether you’re into hiking, cycling, nature, wildlife or simply peaceful getaways, it will allow you to be immersed in the activities you love. As a hiker, I found some beautiful walks directly from the camping pod as well as further afield numerous options.
The pods are set up so four people can stay in them, of course, as I was alone I had plenty of space to move around the pod but I can imagine four adults would be slightly different. In good weather, you would be fine as there’s the outside space but in bad weather, it would be more of a squeeze.
Oh, and if you do stay, be sure to say hi to the gorgeous Belted Galloways – Biba, Coco and Paco. They are the cutest cows ever (said from someone who’s normally scared of cows!)
Would I stay at Kentmere Farm Camping Pods Again?
Yes, 100%. The pods are amazing, the surrounding area in the Lake District is gorgeous and I absolutely loved my stay, minus the rain obviously haha.
How to Book a camping pod at Kentmere Farm Pods in the Lake District?
Start planning your Lake District adventure now!
Visit the website to check availability and to book directly https://www.farmpods.co.uk
Want to know more about my glamping trip to the Lake District District? Ask me any questions in the comments section below about Kentmere Farm Camping Pods or walks in the area.
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**I was a guest at Kentmere Farm Pods. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.