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Kestrel Lodge Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA12 4QX
Tel: 07785 500848
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Pitches: 30
Open: 08/04/2024 to 31/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 29 Reviews
                10/10 from 29 Reviews

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 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   Wild Swimming <5 miles   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <5 miles 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: June 2023 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 132 reviews from this member

 Overall, an excellent campsite. The only downside is therefore the price, which at 24/n for a couple in a tent initially appears to be pushing the upper limits of value. So here is what you get:

1. A well maintained, gently sloping field with sheltered areas if needed from wind and sun. Each pitch also has an old car wheel for use as a fire pit should you wish to smoke out the neighbours, although there is plenty of space between pitches.

There is a track running across the site and a few smaller parking places but driving on the grass and parking next to the tent is not allowed. There are no camper vans either. This greatly adds to the peace and quiet of the campsite. There was very little noise after 22:00h.

2. The water in the wash blocks is hot and "free". The facilities are kept clean and tidy, even if a little cramped. There is a separate wet room with loads of space for two. There are several washing up sinks too.

3. There is a campsite office and shop, a freezer for ice packs only and an honesty box for treats and fire wood if out of hours. Loads of information available, posted or from the owners. Use it!

4. Free range chickens, with names, and fresh eggs for sale!

5. Close to the Cumbrian Way with easy access to The Northern Fells by foot. Other beautiful villages nearby. The local Sun Inn in Bassenthw' serves excellent beer and food and is very tourist friendly.

A good find! 

Date of Visit: June 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 8 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Saraha 1 review from this member

 T each pitch has a firepit. We won;t got to a campsite that doesn't allow bbq's and firepits, so this was perfect.

Loved how quiet this campsite is even with a group of lads and a family group. All noise had stopped by 11 latest on our last night which was very busy. It was dying down at ten anyway. We went to bed at 10 just because we were tired and although we could hear chatter it was minimal.

Great location for lots of hikes, lakes and Keswick itself, I only dropped it one point on this basically due to the rocky road surface on the way up but that's not a reflection or the sites fault at all.

It gets better nearer to the site. Just drive slow. I definitely will be back as I got no peaks climbed due to crazy hot weather.

Thanks all for a wonderful stay. Sarah & Ali x 

Date of Visit: June 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Magicmoomin84 1 review from this member

 Was a little worried after reading reviews regarding noise strictness as I have a child with autism that makes random noises, but turns out there was nothing to worry about. We had a lovely stay.

The owners where great, the chickens where really entertaining and the walks where stunning.

Drinking water on site, hot clean showers and clean toilets and a well stocked shop on site.

Views where amazing and I'm so jealous they get to live there 😆.

We will definitely return and definitely recommend to people 
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Date of Visit: July 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Babybe 1 review from this member

 Kestrel lodge was a lovely campsite

Nice views

Nice little shop

Could have a fire

The owners was lovely

There a nice pub called the sun Inn what was nice only five min away nice food

I'll definitely come again 
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Date of Visit: May 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Cs7467 1 review from this member

 Fantastic location.

Very friendly owner gave us some great info about the area.

Very clean and tidy site.

Great being able to have a fire. Great motorcycling roads nearby.

Highly recommended 
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Date of Visit: September 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Stevo92 2 reviews from this member

 Fantastic, picturesque location. Very quiet and secluded.

Owners were incredibly helpful and accommodating on arrival.

Facilities are great with hot showers and washing up stations.

On site honesty shop providing basics and wood for fires is a great idea.

Brilliant placement for exploring the locale.

Would recommend. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Stevesuesmith 1 review from this member

 Stayed here to complete walking the remaining Wainwright Northern Fells. A superb site located in a very secluded spot accessed along a forest track.

The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The camping field is slightly sloping and is well sheltered, being surrounded by trees. Cars are parked on several small hardstanding areas around the field, which keeps the grass in good order.

The toilet and shower facilities were kept spotlessly clean and well ventilated.

An advantage for walkers is that you can begin your walks directly from the campsite, the Cumbria Way passing right by the site.

One of the attractions for us was the quiet and peaceful nature of the site, with dark star-filled skies and only the hooting of owls at night. The site would therefore not be appropriate for large groups of friends who might wish to stay chatting or playing music late at night.

The owners have provided several thoughtful features, such as a covered group of picnic tables, and fire pits for those who wish to have a camp fire. Logs may be bought from reception, along with several other essentials such as tea, coffee and a few basic food items, with an honesty box system for use when reception is closed.

Overall an excellent, well-kept site especially suited to lovers of nature, the outdoors and peace and quiet. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: JaneMoody 1 review from this member

 This was our first visit to Kestrel Lodge and we loved it.

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District- great walks right out of the tent, very low key and really friendly.

Spacious pitches, no daft rules, fire pits for every pitch.

If you want a peaceful old fashioned campsite this site is perfect. 
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Date of Visit: June 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Gibsoneerja 16 reviews from this member

 In a beautiful location and very close to the Northern Fells if you are looking to bag some Wainwrights.

The site is remote - just over a mile from Bassenthwaite village, the last half mile of which is along an unmade road so make sure your tyres are in good nick before you arrive!

Service is excellent; the owners are always around and willing to offer help and advice. Some nice touches - all pitches have firepits and many also have a large rubber mat to lay in front of your tent to reduce mud, grass etc. From trailing in on your boots.

They have tried really hard to make the place Covid-secure with lots of hand sanitiser and a booking system for the bathroom spaces. There is an honesty shop selling basics - water, cold drinks, sweets, bacon, milk, eggs from the campsite hens - a very helpful service.

Nearest supermarkets are Sainsburys / Aldi in Cockermouth and Booths in Keswick, both about 15 minutes drive. We found Cockermouth easier to navigate and the traffic slightly quieter than in Keswick.

The Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite does good beer and also decent food in the evening but you need to book at least 1 day in advance as it can get very busy.

There are a lot of footpath routes directly from the campsite - check out the "Walking" section of the website (which is generally excellent and well worth spending some time on before you arrive). Would highly recommend "Skiddaw from Your Tent" and "Keswick via Skiddaw House".

Overall a lovely campsite which we would definitely use again. 

Date of Visit: June 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tubby2 64 reviews from this member

 Stayed here for one night walking Cumbria way. As all sites we should have booked as covid restrictions seem to have removed some campsites backing-packing walk in acceptable method. However we were fitted in.

This nice campsite just of Cumbria way but would say have to book prior as very nearly had to walk on. Grass nice flat and soft.

Toilet block exceptional clean and fresh.

Due to restrictions in place it was actually quite pleasant as only two of us showered etc in family unit. Small honesty shop.

Pub about 20min walk. 
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