The park is located in Bassenthwaite, which is a small Lakeland village that has been voted the most peaceful place in the UK for staycations. The park boasts breath-taking views of Skiddaw, Sale fell and Binsey that are all within a few miles.

We are exceptionally lucky to be discretely nestled on the north shores of the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake, the “only lake in the Lake District.” The Lake is perfect for water sport enthusiasts to go paddle boarding or kayaking, while those fishing fanatics won’t be disappointed. Cold water swimming has also become very popular too. If those sports are not your thing, don’t worry the views will simply mesmerise you.

Herdwick Willy’s Bar & Bistro is our new addition to the park, with its modern rustic interior making it a great place to eat and drink. The south facing patio with a view of Sale fell is perfect for summer evenings.

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Armathwaite Hall & Spa next door is a spectacular hotel offering an impressive spa, dining options and a perfect place for hosting weddings.

The Lakes Distillery, of which has produced the award-winning single malt whiskey, is just a few minutes walk away. They have a very insightful whiskey tour, a bistro, and a shop for you to buy their whiskey, Gin and Vodka.

The Lakes Wildlife Park is set behind us which makes us lucky enough to often hear the monkeys exercising their vocal cords. A perfect day out for children and animal lovers.

Due to our great location, we are within 10 minutes of the beautiful market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth that offer lots of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. If you prefer not to drive the local bus stops at the park gates and will take you to both towns.

If you have spare time after visiting the immediate attractions, then 8 miles away we have Crummock Water that is fed by Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District. 12 miles and you will reach Ennerdale the most westerly of the lakes and the most remote. Buttermere Valley is only 14 miles away and will offer exhilarating and challenging walks.

For those thrill seekers, Whinlatter Forest Park is just 5 miles with a range of activities including, Go Ape, Mountain bike trails, horse riding and many more.

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Herdwick Willy was a traditional Lakeland farmer in the 1900’s. Watendlath, a small hamlet in the Borrowdale Valley is where it all started. He worked 3 farms under the National Trust tenancies but longed to buy his own farm one day. Breeding exceptional Herdwick sheep, he quickly gained a reputation for producing the best Herdwick bloodlines in the Lakes. This led to a profitable business renting out the tips to cover other farmers ewes. He also had a wool merchant business that enabled him to save enough to fulfil his dream in buying his own farm.

In 1925 the Armathwaite Hall estate was put up for auction in several lots. This is when Herdwick Willy purchased the estate, Home Farm, along with the gardener’s cottage. He immediately renamed them both after his lifelong passion of the Herdwick sheep, Herdwick Croft and Herdwick View.

While farming on his own land he struck up a great friendship with the author Beatrix Potter as they shared a mutual passion for the Herdwicks. They were both a huge part of the formation of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Society.

After a friend became ill and in need of a country retreat, Herdwick Willy allowed for him to put a caravan on Herdwick Croft. This is when the caravan park was born and continues to grow.

Stuart Wilson, his great grandson took over in 1998. He firstly updated the original caravan park by adding services to all the existing pitches while continuing to farm. After a huge farming loss due to the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, he secured planning permission to extend the holiday park. After the success of caravan sales and the passing of his great aunt, he was able to purchase a now dilapidated Herdwick View. His great aunt had resided in the cottage since the purchase in the estate sale. The restoration build took 18 months and resulted in the impressive 5-star holiday cottage it is today.

In 2021, he introduced Hot tub lodges to offer further luxury accommodation. The popularity increase in tourists visiting the park, highlighted the lack of local amenities, resulting in the construction of Herdwick Willy’s Bar & Bistro.

The name is a tribute to his great grandfather, without whom none of this would be possible.

Stuart Wilson will proudly continue to passionately maintain and sympathetically develop this truly special piece of the Lakes, not only for himself, but for others to enjoy too.