Keswick Beer Festival 2023

About Keswick Beer Festival (KBF) also known as “The Party On The Pitch” is an annual charitable event held at Keswick Rugby Club. It was first held in 1997 and will be celebrating its 25th year in 2023. Over the years it has grown into a popular event , attracting in the region of six […]

Wildlife Around Melbecks

In May 2018 we were fortunate enough to have a wildlife photographer stay with us here are Melbecks. Not only did he take some great photographs from his cottage window but also managed to get some photographs of badgers as they emerged from there sett in the nearby woods. Squirrels In Action The Red Squirrels […]

New Arrivals At Melbecks Cottages

At Melbecks Holiday Cottages, Bassenthwaite we like to provide eggs to our holiday guests from our own free-ranging hens. Up until now, we have had two varieties of hens, White Star Leghorns and Warrens. The White Star Leghorns are prolific layers of large white eggs. However, they tend to be a little bit flighty compared […]

Melbecks Ryelands

This week we received our first three Ryeland ewe lambs, locally called gimmer hoggs. Although we collected our starter flock from Ryeside Ryelands in Yorkshire, the bloodline is directly from the Broomwell Ryeland flock at Lockerbie. These lambs will not form the nucleus of our Melbecks Ryelands flock. Ryelands are very docile and friendly sheep. […]

Hound Trailing in the Lake District

You may not have noticed this activity in the Lake District. Despite its popularity, it is a low key event that is not widely advertised. However, this sport in which hounds race along a pre-planned route is great for spectators and dog lovers alike. Hound Trailing has its origins in the 18th Century but it […]

Easter in the Lake District

Easter is a great time to visit the Lake District. It’s a time for daffodils and new born lambs. It’s a time to shrug off the winter blues and look forward to the spring with all its new growth. Take some time out this Easter and book yourself in to one of our pet friendly […]