Elm Retreat - Luxury Shepherds Hut Cottage in Cumbria

Riverside Retreats at Blencowe Hall on the Rowley Estates are idyllic. Enjoy bluebells, red squirrels, songbirds and the turning of the seasons as colours shift in dappled light. At night the moon rises through laced branches of blackthorn and oak and the owls hoot. It’s so magical we want to offer you a way to linger here. Elm Retreat gives you a simple break in the heart of the wilderness.

When you park at Blencowe Hall or arrange a collection from Penrith railway station, a short journey away, your adventure begins. Head on foot through the fields and find your glamping haven. Elm Retreat is sited in its own secluded spot along the River Petteril with a private river front woodland clearing and relaxing Adirondack chairs.

Your hut is architect-designed to enhance space and comfort. Inside, reconnect with a simpler life, swap stories, play cards by candlelight or read by solar power. At night, your oak floored cosy seating area transforms into a bedroom with a comfortable and spacious fold-down five foot king-size bed with Egyptian cotton bedding and Vispring mattress to ensure you a luxurious night’s sleep.

Enjoy complete privacy with your own Scandinavian style shower room with a flushing loo and heated chrome towel rail, and an open-plan kitchen with a gas hob, oven and a fridge. Or throw open the door onto your deck overlooking the river and dine al fresco using the Weber barbecue. Relax in the Adirondack chairs whilst throwing a log on the fire pit, enjoying the unlimited supply of locally sourced logs and count the stars in style. A perfect romantic break or a chance to just enjoy the peace and solitude of the lovely Cumbria and Lake District landscape.

Elm Retreat is just over a mile from Greystoke Village which can be reached by footpath from the hamlet of Blencowe. Set in the Eden Valley in Cumbria, considered one of the most beautiful and rural areas in England, Blencowe is situated on the edge of the Lake District, about four miles from the Lake District National Park.

Check in/ Checkout Times

Check in: 4:00 pm | Check out: 10:00 am

Accommodation Description

Accommodation all on one level:
The accommodation comprises of a bedroom area with a king-size bed which converts to a seating area during the day. A kitchen area with a gas hob and oven, fridge and sink. Separate shower room with shower, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

French doors lead down a few steps to a private clearing overlooking the river with table and chairs for two. Guests are free to explore the surrounding woodland and there is a fire pit to enjoy cosy evenings spent around the fire.

Allocated parking at Blencowe Hall. Wagons for guest luggage are available.


LPG heating and hot water.
LPG oven, hob and fridge.
Solar powered electricity.
Garden furniture.
Fire pit area and barbecue.

  • Countryside
  • Cycling Friendly
  • Detached
  • Eco Friendly
  • Fishing Onsite / Nearby
  • Internet
  • Isolated
  • Log Cabin
  • Near a River
  • Near Walks
  • Parking Available
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Short Breaks Allowed
  • Unusual

About the area

The Blencowe Estate

Clay pigeon shooting is available.

Brown trout fishing on the River Petterill.

Pony trekking, sailboat hire and cycle tours can be arranged.

Free swimming at Greystoke village Hall in the outdoor heated pool.

When staying in the hut, you are spoilt for choice with things to do within the grounds of the estate. There are a number of activities which can be organised for your stay from sailboat hire, brown trout fishing and pony trekking to a cycle tour along the beautiful C2C cycle route.

For those who love walking and exploring, head out to the Lake District which is just over 3 miles away for a walker’s paradise.

There are a number of wonderful houses and gardens to visit nearby if you like stepping back in history! Appleby Castle, Dalemain House and Gardens and Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill are just a few, and if you are interested in trains the Settle Carlisle Railway is a must – you can even hop on a steam train for a quick trip.