Lake District & Cumbria
We hope that you'll find just what you are looking for with our selection of Camping Pods, which are popping up in fabulous locations within England's beautiful Lake District and in some of the quieter corners of Cumbria, which aren't technically in the National Park, but are equally beautiful too.
a little bit about Pod Camping
They are a fabulous alternative to camping and as we all know those Lakes and waterfalls have to come from somewhere so having an eco-friendly dry pod with a roof designed to deal with sudden down-pours and lockable French-windows or doors for when you are off away exploring.
These pods do vary in size but most can normally accommodate two adults and two small children and of course the shape means that they have plenty of head room too.
Pods vary in what they include some being en-suite and with a small kitchenette and built in beds and some being more basic, literally just the shell, so you will need to bring everything that you would with you apart from the tent.
We always try to bring you all the current details but if you notice any changes then please do let us know. Ready to read more about these affordable camping alternatives in the Lakes?
Castle Guards Farm Retreat
Luxury Pods with Hot Tub
These Mega Pods with Hot Tubs really do taking glamping up a notch! The Pods are sumptuously furnished with a double bed and bunks in addition to a double sofa bed and have added luxuries such as power showers and kitchenettes, underfloor heating and family sized hot tubs. There are four pods in all, each sleeping six and other amenities include a Smart TV and a dishwasher too.
Set on a working farm, at the beginning of Cycle Route 10, these pods are ideal for exploring The Lakes and have some stunning sunsets.
We really love the attention to detail in furnishing these pods and you can see more photographs of them and read more about these wood-fired Hot Tubs and of course check for availability just here.
* Hot Tubs and Fire Pits /BBQ's are available at an additional cost
National Trust Sites with Camping Pods
Low Wray National Trust Site
Literally something for everyone at the Low Wray National Trust Site! You can choose to be tucked away in the woodlands or have a lake view...yes lake view! The super cute Dog Pod can be pre-booked, just check with them for availability when you book. There is also the choice of whether you want to have electricity or really go back to nature and just the pod itself.
However, for myself I am delighted to see that an Accessible Pod is available and boasts a fabulous spot with a lake view. The non-slip decking is covered to allow you to make the most of being at one with nature and the view. The kitchen area has lower work tops. Care has been taking with the placing of sockets and USB charger and adequate turning space within the Pod which has been fitted with flooring suitable for wheelchair users.
Read more about all of these Pods and check for availability over on the Low Wray National Trust Site here.
Having lake access you can bring your own canoes or non-motorised boats to launch at Low Wray; also available to hire (during the peak season) are Kayaks and Stand-Up paddle boards and bikes can be loaned too. You can check current details and availability of these facilities here. The Neo-Gothic Castle at Caife is ready to be explored too.
National Trust Site
These camping pods are on the National Trust's Eskdale site, are some of the more basic pods available in the Lake District. Ten in all they are clustered in two cosy circles on a wooded area of the site, ten over-all, which make them ideal for families or couples on holiday together.
Each pod can accommodate up to two adults and one child and they are insulated with sheep's wool making and have heating which means they can be booked throughout the winter months too.
The pods are close to the campsites facilities and are unfurnished so you will need to bring absolutely everything with you that you would if you were camping...apart of course from the tent. Heating and lighting are provided and there is also a double electric socket and two USB sockets. Just a note that the capacity for the electric socket is 10 amps so any electrical items such as kettles would need to be low wattage, such as say a travel kettle.
Dogs are welcome in these pods and there is an exercise area away from the camping area. The Eskdale site is in at the bottom of the Lakeland's famous Hard Knott Pass, but check the map before you set off rather than relying on SatNav as there is an alternative route!
You can read more about the Eskdale National Trust camping pods and how to book right here.
Wasdale National Trust Site
There are a few options at the Wasdale National Trust site. They have eight pods in all. The Standard and Family Pods are about as basic as Pods come, they come with heating and lighting and that's about it, don't get me wrong, these are fabulous, a great location and a great alternative to camping given the weather which often throws itself at Wasdale! The campsite has a newly refurbished shower and toilet block and also a small shop. You basically would need to bring 'everything' with you that you would for camping minus the tent.
The Plus pods come with underfloor heating and also two single beds with mattresses and then two further mattresses, all of which can be doubled up for seating during the day.
Read more about this small campsite which is part of the National Trust and exactly what they have to offer here. If you were looking for something a little more kitted out then they also have Tipis for hire which you can read more about here.
Pod Camping an Bryes
Woolpack Farm Wasdale
These Byres and Camping Pods are in a fabulous position, with walks from the door and the fabulous Woolpack Inn serving great food right next door.
The units could of course be booked together if you are a larger group and they would be happy to organise activities for you such as canoeing, paddle boarding, ghyll scrambling and guided walks. Bike hire is also available and you can read more about these activities right here.
Please note there is a no-smoking policy including e-cigarettes.
These camping pods are most definitely glamping rather than camping! Lots of attention to detail has been taken in furbishing them to a high standard. There are four in all, each with its own outdoor space with table and chairs and a chiminea too.
The pods are heated so can be booked year round and each has its own en-suite shower. Each also pod has a mini-fridge, microwave and kettle along with mugs and tea-spoons and tumblers and a BBQ is available to hire. You could also bring your own camping stove to use outdoors or alternatively The Hardknott Bar & Cafe at The Woolpack Inn, which serves great food (we do recommend booking a table) is just next door and you can see their menu here.
The space inside these pods has been well utilised so they can sleep 2 + 2 on the sofa bed with that fabulous view from the door.
Full details and more about the area and to check out availability, can be done found here
These Byres are a really fabulous Glamping opportunity - amazing location, bang next door to a great pub and beautifully thought out.
Three in all they have comfy beds with bedding provided, hot showers, heated towel rails and heating! I can see you are already tempted! They have been converted from an old farm building and have brought camping to a new and quirky level.
Ideal for families, two of the units have two double beds and two singles and the third is slightly smaller with a double, a single and a pull-out trundle bed. Outside each unit you'll find a decked area with table and chairs along with a sink and a space for your own small camping gas cooker if you wanted to bring one (a small gas griddle is available for hire). There is a communal fire pit and also places to BBQ.
Dogs are welcome at an additional charge. WiFi is available too.
You can check availability and also read more details about what is included and what you will need to bring with you for your stay at the Byres here.
Damson View Glamping
Don't these pods just look super! The Lyth Valley is at the foothill of the Lakes and especially wonderful when the spring damson blossom adorns the trees. A stay here gives you the choice of some gentler walks around the southern Lakes or for something offering more of a challenge you are in a great position for easy access to the higher fells too. Sizergh Castle and Lowther Hall are close by plus of course the multitude of attractions the Lake District has to offer in addition to the Lakes themselves!
Walkable from the Damson Glamping pod site is the award winning Punch Bowl Inn, nearby Underbarrow has a newly vamped village pub which is also excellent, The Black Labrador, and one of our family favourites the Wheatsheaf at Brigsteer will also provide you with a very warm welcome.
All of pods sleep 2 in a King size bed for which bedding is provided (a travel cot can be available but please bring your own bedding for this). All the pods are heated and have a walk in shower room and compact kitchen with the usual utensils in addition to an outside fire pit/BBQ with charcoal/wood available to purchase. Each pod has a smart TV and Fast WiFi is available too. Outside you'll find a private patio area with seating. Each Pod also has one allocated parking lot. There is an electric car charging point which must be pre-booked. A bike shed is available and also a drying room for, well we all know how the weather can be in the Lakes at times! Note there is a minimum two night stay.
Read more about the Damson View Glamping Pods, and check for availability and the finer details just here.
Mosedale End Farm Glamping Pod
On a working farm up in the north east of Cumbria is this well equipped Glamping Pod. The pod sleeps 2 + 2 and has underfloor heating and an en-suite shower. There is a kitchenette with a small fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave and you can hire a BBQ here & Gas bottle for your stay too.
There are walks from the door and if you fancy exploring further afield then Keswick and Ullswater with all that they have to offer are just a short drive away.
This working farm encourages wildflowers and nesting birds and you may well hear the 'come bye' as the sheep are moved in the traditional ways to a different field. Cattle are also on the farm and if you want to help feed the hens then just ask!
Read more about what is and isn't included and the local area of Moseldale End Farm Glamping pod, just here.
Kentmere Farm Camping Pods
Lake District tranquility - it that is what you are seeking then you may just have found it. Off the grid (quite literally as there is no WiFi but if its really important you can get 4G if you go to back to the village).
If you haven't discovered Kentmere yet, then its down a little lane off the main road at Stavely as you drive between Kendal and Windedermere. Stavely itself should not be overlooked if you are self-catering, with a great Gelaterie ice-creams, proper coffee, a village pub & even a chippy!
The pods are on a working farm so expect to see some lovely animals including, my favourites, the belted Galloways, as well as Lakeland famous Herdwick sheep and rare breed white faced sheep too.
With just four pods in two sets of two you certainly won't feel cramped in style. Each pod has underfloor heating and can sleep up to 4 in a double + a sofa bed, with bed-linen provided and an en-site shower room. A kitchenette has the basics of microwave, fridge, Crocker and cutlery as well as four dining chairs and table. A BBQ and outdoor picnic bench are also provided for you to soak top the fabulous views.
Consistently glowing reviews and finer details of these Off the Grid Glamping Pods can be found here.
Broadrayne Farm Grasmere
These two Glamping Pods are bespoke and designed to provide a luxurious break for couples. No kids - no pets just a double bed, a wood-burning stove, underfloor heating and a few other additions to make your stay easier such as WiFi and a Bluetooth music system, Smart TV and Integrated USB chargers at the sockets. A small kitchenette includes an induction hob, small oven and fridge. The hot water is provided by a eco-friendly wood-chip boiler. The bathroom towel rail, is heated.
But, just before you go, also know that a traditional Lakeland Pub is just 400 metres down the road towards the beautiful village of Grasmere. And then, there is The Yan Bistro, too...we did say that these Glamping Pods had a touch of luxury!
The Yan Bistro at Broadrayne - Grasmere
The Yan is a licensed Bistro and serves from breakfast to evening meal, or you can just pop along for a drink or maybe you are celebrating and fancy an Afternoon Tea? Tempted...check the Sample Menu for the Yan at Broadrayne
Crake Trees Manor Glamping Pods
Crake Trees Manor is a designated Dark Sky area, so providing there are no clouds about then this is the perfect spot for star gazing!
Each unit sleeps two either in a double or two singles, which are made up from the daytime seating benches. Kids can bring their sleeping bags and slumber on the floor or you could bring a mat too. These pods aren't en-suite but there are good facilities just a short walk away, so do bring a torch. A communal camp kitchen with hot water and low level solar lighting is also available, or if you prefer why not order a breakfast bap to be delivered to the door?
Each pod has a picnic table and a fire pit (stater wood provided) which can also be used as a BBQ. One dog per pod is allowed provided they are kept on a short leash.
Being designated Dark Area there is no lighting provided so do bring your own lanterns/torches. More detailed information about the facilities at this special location can be found in the FAQ here.
Crake Trees Manor also has a rather glamorous wood-fired Hot Tub which can be booked separately and looks rather special indeed! Interested, take a peek here?
What's in a name?
Have you noticed that these Glamping Pods at Crake Trees Manor are a slightly different shape? Some call them Wigwams and some call them wooden huts - if you'd like to see more Pods which are this shape then do check our Wigwam page too.
Camping Pods & Cabins at Hawkshead YHA
The beautiful National Trust Youth Hostel site near Hawkshead on the banks of Derwent Water have cabins, pods Tipis and Yurts to hire. Pets can be accommodated at a nominal cost but won't be allowed within the YHA itself - check at the time of booking.
Please note: Guests staying in the Pods, Cabins, Yurts and Tipi are welcome to use the Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, providing that the YHA does not have sole use bookings - at these times access to the toilets, shower facilities and washing up area will still be available. Please do check with the YHA on booking for clarification. Thank you.
There are two camping pods, both of which have outdoor seating and are heated.
The smaller pod sleeps two has two single futon beds with mattresses and. bedding whilst the larger pod sleeps four on a double and two singles.
You'll need to bring everything with you that you would normally for camping, apart from the camp bed and the sleeping bag.
Full information of what is and isn't included in these pods (see above and check at time of booking as use of YHA facilities may be available too) and to check for availability and Tarif just here.
Goblin Cabin at Hawkshead YHA
Family Fun or Friends Getaways we just love this Goblin Cabin! Well, maybe I shouldn't call them that, but that's exactly what they look like to me, I wonder what Beatrix Potter, would have thought, with her fabulous imagination, would she have created a whole story around one?
The Cabin is heated and fully insulated with double glazed windows and sleeps four to five in a double and a set of bunks with a single bunk overhead the double too. The beds doubling up as a living area during the day. All bedding is included.
There is a shared external shower/ loo and washing up block - but see above its possible to use the YHA self-catering kitchen and other facilities too, providing they don't have a 'sole use booking'.
Further information including Tarif and availability can be found just here.
Thornfield Luxury en-suite Camping Pods
hot tubs & electric car charging
This dedicated Camping Pod site just in a tranquil rural location between the pretty village of Caldbeck and to Carlisle, and easy access to the Northern Lakes.
Each pod (except the stable pod) has an adjacent Hot Tub with hydro jets and LED lighting & can be booked for stays (minimum of two nights stay) and can seat either four or six guests depending on the size of the Pod & as you see come with a handy gazebo so that you can enjoy them whatever the British weather! Gas BBQ's and Fire Pits can also be hired. The site has recently added 'Megs Room' which is a shared facility and has lots of extras including a washing machine and dryer.
2 Rolec EV Electric Car charging parking bays are available too.
You can book one of the Thornfield Luxury Pods or the Stable Pods and to check all the fine print of what is and isn't included at this rather incredible site, right here.
The Woodside Cycle Cafe is right next door perfect for Pod Deliveries if you don't feel like cooking or the walk into Dalston.
Currently closed due to Co-Vid but at other times there are some wonderful games for the kids too - swing ball, trampoline, giant snakes & ladders - read more here and check whether these will be available for your dates.
Fox & Badge Luxury En-Suite Pods
+ optional 6 seater Hot Tub
These 2 Pods are extra large and have a Kingsize and a double bed settee and can sleep a maximum of 4 adults or 3 primary aged kids (note - third child is FOC)
The kitchen includes a Belfast sink, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle toaster and also use of a one or two ring induction hob with pans which can be requested at the time of booking. Crocker and cutlery are all included too. They are fully insulated and also have underfloor heating. The en-suite comprises of a loo sink and shower room. The Pods also have a Retro MK11 DAB/DAB+/FM/Apple/Lightening Dock/Bluetooth Radio.
note : The Badger pod do not allow dogs.
Each pod comes with the opportunity to hire a six seater Hot Tub and more information regarding these and how to book can be found here.
Pheasant, Owl, Deer & Squirrel
large en-suite Pods with optional 4 seater Hot Tub
These four en-suite pods can sleep a maximum of 2 adults and 2 primary aged Schoo kids on a double bed and a double bed settee. They also have underfloor heating and an en-suite shower room with loo and sink. Each pod has a Fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster and a portable hob/ ring can be requested though priority is given to the larger Fox and Badger pods. Crockery and cutlery is also included. The pod has a retro mini DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth radio.
Four person Hot Tubs can be booked at an additional cost and more information relating to these can be found here.
Stable Pod at Thornfield Farm
The Stable Pod, sleeps 2 and is the most basic of the Pods and isn't en-suite but is Dog Friendly and is ideal for an extra family member or friend and also popular for walkers doing the Cumria Way and for cyclists mid-stop John O'Groats to Lands' End.
The beds are two caravan style singles and there is a kitchenette with a hob ring sink and microwave /grill as well as fridge kettle toaster, Crockery, cutlery and pans.
Though not en-suite Thornfield Farm now have a newly opened and fabulous addition which is open to all guests and details of Megs Room and the extras this has to offer can be found here.
Pasture Wood Holidays - Luxury Pods
Dalston in beautiful north Cumbria
Hot Tubs & Dog Friendly
Rachel and Richard have created their corner in beautiful northern Cumbria into a truly relaxing holiday destination and for that extra special break for adults they have reserved an area just for couples, too.
'The Quiet Pasture' has 4 Couples Only Extra Large DeLuxe Pods - three of which have a Hot Tub and the Fourth a Copper Bath Tub with super views within the Pod itself.
You don't miss out either if you don't choose one of the Quiet Pasture Pods, as there is also a wonderful Goblin Style Hut with an indoor BBQ - ideal for absolutely all weathers and this can be reserved at the time of booking.
There is also a shop on site which has all the handy essentials in addition to local produce and of course marshmallows for the BBQ House!
Deluxe Glamping Pods at Pasturewood Holidays
These six pods are all furnished to a high standard and are all en-suite. The double beds are made up and have pillows duvet and sheet and towels too. The Pods also have a sofa bed. The kitchenette includes a ceramic hob, toaster, kettle, fridge, microwave in addition crockery cutlery, oh and tea towels too!
The Picnic bench is an ideal place to soak in the surrounding countryside and you really do have a view from the door. Two of the pods have their own personal Hot Tubs, three of the Pods are pet friendly and one Pod also has the added advantage of wheel-chair access.
Outdoor Fire Pits &. BBQ's can be reserved for an additional cost & the fabulous Goblin BBQ Hut can be reserved too, for exclusive use - you can also order flowers, Prosecco, balloons and chocolates to be in your pod for your arrival...the possibilities are almost endless, very reasonable packages to reserve a fire pit with fairy lights, bubbly, marshmallows, etc ...the works for a very romantic night .... more information can be found via the link below in the 'extras' section.
More information of these deluxe pods can be found here, including tariffs and extras...ooh did I mention children stay for free!
Quiet Pasture - Super DeLuxe Large Pods
Hot Tubs / Copper Bath
These larger Pods allow that extra luxury, they also have spectacular views and a star-gazing window too! Three of the pods have their very own Hot Tub right outside and Cherry Views is, we think truly unique with its very own Copper Bath! The extra space allows for a wardrobe, King-sized bed which will be made up with proper duvet, pillows, sheets and also bath and hand towels. The larger kitchen, perfect for those wishing to stay a little longer and comes with a full gas sized oven and small freezer too. There is outdoor seating and BBQ's & Fire Pits can be reserved as an optional extra too.
Rachel and Richard have really thought it all through and have lots of 'extra' and affordable packages if you are celebrating something special or maybe just want to treat yourselves and Why Not? From rose petals in the Copper Bath to Prosecco, chocolates, balloons...take a look at their website here for the finer details of these rather sumptuous DeLuxe Pods.
The Quiet Site - Ullswater
Camping Pods ~ Hobbit & Gingerbread Houses & More!
The Quiet Site which is just a few miles from the beautiful and serene lake of Ullswater was really ahead of its time in providing a quiet oasis for its guests to use, a back to nature environment, which thankfully is now becoming more of the norm. They have WON numerous AWARDS for their outstanding site and indeed 2020 really was their Year when they picked up awards for : THE TIMES top 40 campsites/ Visit England Silver Award/ The Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainability / Gold Tourism Award / the AA Campsite for the NW of the Year AND FSB Award for Sustainability - you can read about their commitment to sustainability and how they are continually working to a greener future here.
This multi-award winning site has all sorts of accommodation from which to choose! Hobbit Holes, Gingerbread Houses, Camping Pods and Luxury Cabins, just for couples which are a couple of miles away from the main site and have fabulous views, a proper bed with fabulous linen, en-suite of course ....take a look at wha't on offer here.
The Quiet Bite : serving breakfast crepes and delicious home made pizzas, goes with the whole ethos of the Quiet Site and strives to serve amazing food which is zero waste and locally sourced. Solar roof panels provide energy for the crepe & coffee machines, lights and fridges. The pizza oven uses local hard wood & they have a vehicle electric charge point too!:
The Quiet Bar : Dating back to 1752 (well really as far back as 1648) The Quiet Bar has a great reputation for being one of the best in Cumbria...some say 'the' best. Again environmentally friendly with is local Westomorland Slate roof, thermal insulation and carbon neutral heating...but what about the beer I hear you say!
Local beers include their very own The Quiet Pint which is brewed locally and the selection includes other favourites such as Ullswater Blond, Ciders are also on tap and a rather staggering selection of locally distilled snifters too : Lakes Gingerbread Vodka, Kendal Mint Cake Vodka, Herdwick Gin, Sticky Toffee Pudding Rum to name but a few.
There is a pool table for older kids and adults (juniors have their own room with table football and air hockey.
Broomhills Farm - River Eco-Pods
Carlisle and Gretna Green
Tucked away, in the north east corner of Cumbria. If you're hoping to get off the beaten track and enjoy some eco-friendly relaxation then this could definitely be the place for you.
There are three cabins, or pods if you prefer, to choose from, two are en-suite and the third has its own private outdoor loo & shower!
Two of the pods also have wood-fired Hot Tubs and fire pits and two are dog friendly too.
The pods are equipped for your use and cooking is on an outdoor gas hob. Bedding isn't supplied so you are advised to bring your own high tog sleeping bag and pillow. Also please do note that there is a steep walk down to these cabins, with your bags.....so pack appropriately and consider the fitness of your group. You can find out what is and isn't included and more about this eco-friendly site which gets fabulous reviews right here.
Hampers can be arranged to be delivered to your pod...and if its an extra special occasion then why not ask them to decorate your pod with bunting as well as leave you a chilled bottle of Prosecco? Talking about a little luxury the Broomhills loft just a short walk from the Pods has a coffee machine and ice lollies in the summer....and if you can't live without it WiFi and a phone charging point too.
All this and more (including photos of their lovely donkeys) can be found on the Broomhills Eco Pods website here.
Fellhill Glamping Pods at Welton
Carlisle & Penrith
Fellhill must be the most child-friendly Camping Pod site we have seen...what about these fabulous go-karts and that wonderful chalk board! Fun for the kids and luxury for the adults and teens with two of the pods now having the option of a Hot Tub too.
With far stretching views of the across to the Solway, the Pennines and even Scotland you'll find these Pods on a working farm so if you are there in spring you may see the lambs and there are donkeys and Shetland ponies to be spotted too. Welton is between Penrith and Carlisle, making easy access to the northern Lakes for days out if you wish too.
The Pods sleep 2 adults and 2 kids and pets can be accommodated, too. All of the pods are heated and have an en-suite shower room and compact kitchen with a fridge/freezer/ electric hob and microwave plus the usual crockery/cutlery etc.
There is no WiFi but the 3G is good and the Pods have Bluetooth stereo system for you to play your own music as well as FreeView TV. There is a patio area outside the Pods which can be used for BBQ's FOC and a nominal charge for the Fire Pit too...ask at the time of booking. They all have a parking space close to the Pod and an additional space in the farm yard if needed.
We love that these Pods are so kid friendly and that the prices remain the same throughout the year. If you'd like to read. more and check for availability then you can do so on the Fellhill Camping Pod website here.
Rydal Hall Eco Pods
Set amongst the 30 acres of Rydal Hall, between Ambleside and Grasmere these eco-pods are made from sustainable materials with a small decked porch.
What you see in the picture above is what you get. Simplicity at its best. An environmentally wooden pod in a lovely space which allows you to enjoy all the best of camping but without the hassle of the tent. So they come totally unequipped with no furniture, no bathroom, or bed and no electricity (bring everything with you!). Guests using the pods have use of the shower and toilet block on the camping site also situated within Rydal Hall and there is a parking area nearby if you arrive by car and an area you could set up a BBQ should you have one. The two regular pods sleep two adults and one child and the larger pod could accommodate two adults and two kids.
Rydal Hall is quite fascinating with its gardens, wild pond, bluebells in late spring and The Grot, which William Wordsworth was particularly fond I understand and Waterfall. The Hall still attracts artisans and you can explore, what is thought to be the first permanent outdoor Texture Sculpture trail, which rather reassuringly leads straight to the former classroom, now the tea room.
Read more about this interesting Hall, its grounds and its history and availability of these Camping Pods here.
Lowside Farm Camping Pods
Troutbeck - Penrith
With the stunning Blencathra as a back drop these Camping Pods really boast an idyllic location. Each pod sleeps up to four with a double bed and pull-out sofa bed and are en-suite. The kitchenette has a two ring hob, microwave and fridge and the usual crockery and cooking utensils too. The pods have a dining table which can seat four and also come with a Freeview TV.
All the pods have their own outdoor seating and two of the pods are designated as Dog friendly. You can read more about these fabulously located Camping pods here.
There is also a lovely camping barn which sleeps up to 14 with a minimum party size of 8, at Lowside Farm, which you can read about here.