Perfect getaway holiday in the valley of Eden

Ask most holiday makers to point to Cumbria on a map and they will inevitably pick out the Lake District. But the Eden Valley? That’s another matter and much less well known, which is its great appeal.

The Eden Valley has all the green valley charm and the cutesy cottages of the Lakes, but without the main holiday detractor of hordes of people. It is also the ideal holiday destination to slow down the pace and explore locally, or a perfect base to make the short trip to the North Yorkshire moors or the North Lakes region. To those that have discovered this little known tranquil and peaceful paradise it is a favourite place visited time and again.

The Eden Valley takes its name from the River Eden that follows a meandering 80 mile route from its source at Mallerstang to the Solway near Carlisle, close to Wallsend and the end of Hadrians Wall. Along with dramatic scenery, pretty market towns persist with Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, and Penrith along the route. The Eden region includes the Pennines to its North and East, including an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is bordered by the Western Lakes fells, Ullswater and the Howgill fells to the South.

There is plenty to do and explore, many jewels to discover and memories to make. Take a relatively gentle (by Lake District standards) hike up High Cup Nick described as the ‘Grand Canyon of the North’ and featured by Julia Bradbury in her walking series. Search out some history – castles abound or visit one of the finest stone circles in the North, Long Meg and her daughters, or the Nine Standards Rigg, or even Shap Abbey. There are event venues like Rheged, Acorn Bank, Lowther Castle and Dalemain to visit, or let someone else take you on a trip on the Carlisle to Settle railway, or Classic Coaches tour or a cruise with Ullswater Steamers. Bring your bike and cycle along the quiet lanes of the Upper Eden – visit the chocolate factory at Orton – or simply find a coffee shop to while away some time and enjoy the Cumbrian Crack!

What about the weather, after all you are in Cumbria? In fact, due to its position surrounded by fells the Eden has a microclimate of its own. If its raining with you then it could still be dry 5 miles away, and it’s not unreasonable to chase the good weather. In truth, whilst Keswick averages 58 inches of rain a year, Penrith and Appleby match the same level of rainfall as Cornwall at around 36 inches!

As the Cumbrian’s say, why not take a ‘Deekabout’ at the Eden for yourself and find out what it has to offer – answers on a postcard!

Walk (or cycle) the Pennine Way : a great day out!

Walk the Pennine Way!

As a walking enthusiast, I am blessed every day to wake up surrounded by such wonderful scenery. With Dufton Pike on our doorstep we are surrounded by a living, breathing backdrop which changes with the seasons.

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Book now at Shepherds View for these great local events!

There’s a lot going on in August and September in the Eden Valley.

Why not book your break to coincide with one or more of these fantastic local events and have a 5 star holiday with a difference!

18th/19 August – Cumbria Classic Cars at Dalemain Mansion
25th August – Dufton Agricultural Show and Sheepdog Trials
30th August – Crosby Ravensworth Show & Vintage Rally
30th to 2nd September – Penrith Arts Festival
8th Sept – Alston Flower Show / 200th Orton Farmers Market
14th to 16th Sept – Appleby Beer festival at the Midland Hotel
22nd to 30th Sept – Ullswater Outdoor Festival
22nd Sept – Over 50s show at Rheged
29th Sept – Judy’s affordable vintage fair at Rheged

Shepherds View Obtains 5 Star Gold Award with Visit England

We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded a 5 Star Gold Award for Shepherds View by Visit England.  We have spent a lot of time and care in the design and build phase of our barn conversion, and we are delighted to have achieved this as we want to ensure our guests have the best possible experience when they stay with us.

The assessment summary is shown below, and we hope it won’t be long until you are able to stay with us.

“The village property is very well situated to enjoy the rural views and location.  The property offers a very high level of quality accommodation.  The standard of finish within the accommodation is extremely high, with quality furniture and items carefully selected by the owners.  The standards of housekeeping are excellent.”

Now open for Guests!

We are delighted to announce that the building work at Shepherds View is now finished and that you can now make bookings for your short break or weeks holiday from the beginning of May.  Please check the availability tab for further information on prices and availability.  We look forward to welcoming you very soon!

Early bird new year offer

With the turn of the year we are half way through our build.

Stairs are in, first fix on electrics, and walls shortly to be plastered.  Jacuzzi bath arrives tomorrow and we are in the process of ordering some state of the art mood lighting from Collingwood.  Consequently we are really excited about opening our door to our first guests in May and beyond.

If you would like to be one of the first we are offering an early bird discount off the listed price of 10% for any holiday between 1st May and 31st August 2018 provided you book before the end of February.

We are so confident you will like the finished design that there is no need to pay a deposit until we publish the finished photos in April, and you are free to cancel at any point.  What have you got to lose?

Work begins at Dufton Barn Holidays!

After many, many months of planning, we are delighted that work has begun on Shepherds View at Dufton Barn Holidays!

You might be forgiven for thinking that our dream of creating a luxury holiday barn has been so long in the planning that it would take easily as long to turn the dream into reality. Not so! Only week 3 of the build and the progress is amazing!

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Sundays are made for roast dinners!

Sunday Roast in Eden!

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than a stroll to the village pub or a drive through stunning rural landscapes, stopping off for a traditional Sunday lunch! We have a couple of local favourites!

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