With years of experience, the ever-evolving farm in the North Lakes hills has become an exciting, well-established family friendly holiday destination to visit. The farm, situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and lakes, was first bought back in 1936 by Arthur Lamb. With his wife Annie by his side, they started taking walkers who wanted to camp in their hay-barn for a night as they passed through the Lake District on their way to explore the local fells. This then gave them the idea to start a campsite, now one of the oldest working farm campsites in the Lake District. They started out by using one of the farm fields and built a small amenity block with a single toilet and cold water to shower- a far cry from what they offer today. After Arthur passed away the farm was handed down to his son John. John and his wife Linda continued to run and grow the farm and camping businesses for the next 40 years.
A farmer’s life is never easy and the harsh realities of modern-day farming life make it very difficult to keep a traditional farm surviving through the generations. As part of farm diversification, John and Linda obtained planning permission to increase the number of pitches on the site to take 32 caravans and to convert one of the barns on the farm into three holiday accommodation units.
In 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak devastated the farming community and the caravan site remained closed for months. The animals on Burns Farm did’t get the disease, but they were within close contact to farms that did. They watched as sheep and lambs were taken away to be killed. It happened right in the middle of lambing season, like so much about foot and mouth, it was heart-wrenching. After months of closure, the caravan site was reopened and the farm was restocked and normality eventually returned, but foot and mouth made farmers acutely aware of how fragile this way of life is. In 2002 and with the help of a government grant, John and Linda built a new shower block. In 2016 the farm invested in a sustainable Biomass Boiler to provide hot water and heating to the farm accommodation and the campsite amenities.
Due to Farm diversification over the past 40 years, we are now entering into the 4th generation of the Lamb Family at Burns Farm. After John and Linda retired in 2018, their son David, his wife Linda and their 4 children took on the running of the family businesses.
With the Lake District even more popular than ever and for a traditional farm campsite to survive and keep up with demand, David and Linda set out on a 5 year plan to invest heavily to improve all the fields by adding new drainage, planting native hedging and trees, building a new sustainable eco-friendly amenity block, provide more onsite services, like a shop, onsite reception and a laundry room. They are now erecting eco-friendly canvas bell tent accommodation with solar lighting. With the help of local tradesmen they designed their own pods and built them on the farm Farm, with a focus on supporting other local businesses.
During the winter of 2018 they made improvements to the caravan pitches by making them all hardstanding and fully serviced including WiFi.
During the winter/spring of 2019/20 they converted one of the agricultural buildings into an eco-friendly modern underfloor heated shower block with 2 Radar locked disabled wet-rooms and 5 private shower & bathrooms for the luxury canvas Bell Tents.
In 2021 the campsite received planning permission to add 20 holiday glamping pods to the business. The pods will offer a complete bespoke staycation experience; each has underfloor heating, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms and hot tubs as well as a few little extra luxuries. Every pod will look onto breathtakingly beautiful Lakeland scenery; some will have copper baths and rain-making showers, making it the ultimate, tranquil glamping retreat.
In the middle of all these improvements (COVID-19) hit hard and the site was forced to close once again. When they were allowed to reopen, the investments put in place, encouraged domestic tourism to the farm and once again the businesses recovered.
Burns Farm is the "perfect" caravan and camping site in the Lake District having been crowned the winners of the Channel 4 TV show - The Perfect Pitch in 2021.
Burns Farm Caravans, Camping & Glamping has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets – in the Loo of the Year Awards 2021.
Overall Grade Awarded: Diamond. “The highest grade” exciting times