It’s a new year, it’s a new season, it’s a new start at Crake Trees – and we’re feeling good! 2021 was a real rollercoaster of a year for us, with plenty of ups and downs. In this blog, we’ll be sharing our highlights of the 2021 season and talking about our exciting plans for 2022 that we have been dying to share with you! Keep reading…

 

Looking Back on 2021: Our Highlights

  • Pop-Up Pizza Café

Last summer, we opened our very own pop-up pizza café on site. Chef Lee served fresh pizzas cooked on our Morso wood fired pizza oven, as well as flatbreads, cake, and drinks for 5 nights per week during August and September 2021. All choices were served picnic style to takeaway or eat around the pond and farmhouse. With magnificent views of the sun setting over the valley, the café was a great way for families, friends, couples, and single travellers to enjoy a tasty night out. Overall, the venture was a great success and there was a real buzz around the pizza café as campers, glampers, self-caterers and B&B guests tucked into their delicious homemade pizzas.

We hope to open our pizza café again in late spring of 2022 and expand our menu choices … keep an eye out on our social media for further updates!

 

  • The Opening of Tyan

During 2021, we opened our second shepherd’s hut, Tyan. Hand-crafted on the farm by Mike and Colin, Tyan sits in a secluded spot next to the wildflower meadow, offering wonderful views of the farm and Pennines beyond. Tyan features electric heating and low voltage lights, as well as a luxury wood fired hot tub and outdoor fire pit – ideal for relaxing after a busy day exploring the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales!

Tyan joined our other shepherd’s hut, Yan; offering a more luxurious and comfortable glamping experience. There may even be another shepherd’s hut on the way too…

 

  • The Opening of the Stable Bunkhouse

Our final highlight of 2021 was the opening of the Stable Bunkhouse. We converted an old, forgotten Stable Tack Room into a cosy and comfortable space, providing the perfect option for walkers, cyclists, and explorers on a budget. After a long day’s hike, guests can settle down on the two single sleeping benches with comfy mattresses and electric heating and lights. They can choose to bring their own bedding or hire a pack from us for £6 each.

We also created a warm and welcoming shower block with individual wet rooms, and a stable kitchen with a sink, fridge, microwave, and kettle. The response to The Stable Bunkhouse has been so positive, and we are looking forward to welcoming even more guests this year.

 

Our Exciting Plans for 2022

  • A Third Shepherd’s Hut!

Due to high demand, we have decided to add a third shepherd’s hut to our collection! Tethera will be ready to book by Easter, allowing couples to relax and unwind in the most spectacular setting. Like Tyan, Tethera will feature electric heating, low voltage lights and a wood fired hot tub. We can’t wait to show Tethera off to you all!

 

  • A New B&B Room

We will also be expanding our bed and breakfast rooms to include a third addition, Maud. This lovely double room will have a full wall of glass, allowing guests to look right over the farm to the Pennines in the distance. Maud will feature a double sized bed, ensuite shower and toilet, comfy sofa, TV, dining area, fridge and tea making facilities. The shared courtyard will provide the ideal setting to watch evening sunsets over the fells. What more could you possibly need?!

Guests staying in Maud will be able to enjoy our speciality breakfast tray each morning, all sourced from local farmers. We’re counting down the days until Maud is open…

 

  • Ongoing Wetland Management Project

Working in partnership with the Eden River Trust and The Yorkshire Dales Protected Landscape Project, we have recently embarked on a major flood mitigation, wildlife, and wetlands scheme. This ambitious and exciting programme will benefit both people and wildlife – a cause that is close to our hearts.

By the time the project is completed, we will have created nine wetland areas and 11 ponds, planted around 500 trees, restored around 600m of the Micklebank Syke and Howe Beck and reconnected the channel with the floodplain in some key areas. Throughout this process, we are able to create a huge range of habitats for a really diverse array of wildlife, including wading birds, newts, toads, otters, bats and more.

We’re so excited to continue working on this ambitious project during 2022 and can’t wait to share the results with you!

 

Stunning Staycations at Crake Trees Manor

Crake Trees Manor is situated in the wonderful Westmorland Dales, providing the ideal staycation destination for families, friends, couples, and single travellers. Our incredible collection of self-catering cottages, bed and breakfast rooms, shepherd’s huts, glamping pods, camping pitches and the stable bunkhouse offer something for everyone!

Click here to book your break at Crake Trees Manor today.

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