Relaxing Getaways and Special Celebrations at Drybeck Farm
Since they opened Drybeck Farm campsite in 2011, Paula and Steve Roberts have worked hard to create a piece of paradise in the heart of the Eden Valley near Armathwaite.
Initially, the couple ran a smallholding alongside the camping but Storm Desmond forced them to examine how they used their land which is nestled right on the banks of the Eden River.
“The barn was flooded and dealing with livestock was a real problem,” said Steve. “We had to rethink and decided to focus solely on our eco-friendly glamping accommodation.”
Their efforts were recognised in Camping and Glamping Awards last year when Drybeck Farm was awarded top honours for the North West in the Glamping category.
It’s not hard to see why when you lay your eyes on the two wooden cabins, handmade yurt and shepherd’s wagon set in their stunning riverside location. All feature lavish interiors filled with vintage furniture and soft furnishings. Wood-burning stoves will chase away the evening chill and private wood-fired hot tubs add further luxury for people looking to get back to basics.
Drybeck Farm is less than half an hour drive from Carlisle so you don’t need to travel far for your rural retreat. Make time to slow down with countryside walks or wild swimming and spend your evenings soaking in the hot tub or lazing by a roaring fire listening to owls and the splash of fish jumping in the river.
This is a site for intrepid folk who like to get back to nature but don’t see why that means they shouldn’t be able to have a hot shower. Drybeck is also for the environmentally conscious too with quirky compost loos and shower water recycled for use in the gardens.
An exclusive campsite is available which also makes the most of the charming location, although the gypsy caravan, Evelyn, might suit people who don’t fancy a tent.
“We’re delighted with the glamping award,’” explained Steve. “But Drybeck Farm is always looking to improve and I’m really excited about the next phase which we launch this spring.
We have always organised live music events and we’ve been a favourite destination as a unique venue for festivals, special celebrations and events but this year we’re taking that a step further with renovations to our beautiful historic barns.”
The barns are open plan and suited for a large or small gathering, the quirky bar adds a real charm that will wow your guests and the upstairs lounge area is perfect for more intimate occasions. While a dance floor, outdoor seating area and large bonfire space will add to the rustic experience.
“We aren’t trying to disguise the fact that your memorable event will be in a converted barn,” said Steve. “But it will be packed with character, in a rural setting, you’ll never forget. Previous events have used marquees and this is still an option too. We can also help with everything from marquee hire, toilet facilities, catering and bar hire as well as securing Temporary Event Notices from the local council.”
Whether it is a small gathering for a few friends or booking the entire farm for over 300 people, Drybeck provides a setting for a truly memorable celebration, birthday, family gathering, music event or outdoor sporting event.
Relaxing country break or a lively gathering? What could be better than watching the sunset – or sunrise the next day – from your own private hot tub?
Upcoming Events at Drybeck Farm
12 April, Easter Sunday
Rock, Rhythm and Blues with a degree of reggae-fixation.
May 22nd – 25th
A stand-up paddleboarding festival about family, friends, camping, live music, adventure, race games and competitions.
Drove – T – Drink Rally
29th – 31st May
This farm bash rally is a classic and custom bike show.
Muma Moonshine Music and Arts Festival Festival
31 July – 3 August
A woman-led and centred festival who create a safe, family-friendly space for LGBTQI+ people and friends.