Things to do nearby Fairfield
Fairfield is situated in the village of Priest Hutton, and the location is as much Cumbrian as it is Lancastrian. The Lune Valley is incredibly pretty with stone built villages dotted here and there. The prominent Lakeland writer and philanthropist John Ruskin, commented when he first saw the Valley "I do not know in all my country, still less France or Italy, a place more naturally divine…”. Fairfield is 35 minutes from Windermere and the southern Lake District, whilst Kirby Lonsdale is just 9 miles away at the foot of the Howgills.
Ruskin's View - Kirby Lonsdale
The owners of Fairfield recommend Greenlands Farm as a worthwhile visit. The farm has something to offer for all ages, with an open farm, soft play and many interesting artisan shops. The soft play is perfect for a rainy day, catering for children up to 12 years of age and a separate babies and toddlers area. Kids will love the bumpy slide, rope bridges and scramble net whilst adults can enjoy a decent cup of tea and slice of something tasty on the sidelines.
The open farm allows contact with many of the animals, from a pat on the head to a helping hand at lambing time. Go-Karts and mini pedal tractors are available for youngsters to race around on. The artisan village has some excellent shops run by talented local craftsmen and women. The food shops are to die for with a traditional butchers, gourmet pantry and regional cheese counter - there is plenty here to stock up on and take home for a feast!
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Leighton Moss Nature Reserve is an RSPB centre with the largest reedbed in north-west England. Here you can see some rare and special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. An interesting nature trail takes you alongside coastal lagoons with offer the opportunity to see wading and water birds. You can also enjoy a home-made meal and a drink in the tea room.
There are some lovely walks directly from the cottage including a lovely 3 mile circular walk along the canal:
Kirby Lonsdale is an attractive market town nestled in the Lune Valley. The town sits on the banks of the river Lune and the lovely cobbled streets are a delight to explore. You will find 17th and 18th Century buildings lining the narrow streets housing some of the many quirky and unusual independent shops the area is known for. We recommend Churchmouse Cheeses which sells all manner of international cheese and specialises in the local offerings including Swaledale and Blacksticks Blue. As well as shops and services there are several visitor attractions. Why not try Station House Pottery workshop or the Sheepfolds sculpture project? Walking in the area is second to none and much quieter than the busy Lakeland fells.
The lovely cobbled streets and church of Kirby Lonsdale
Eating out near Fairfield
Longlands Inn and Restaurant is located just over a mile from Fairfield and serves pub classics with a twist. The location on the border of Cumbria and Lancashire means they are spoilt for choice when it comes to local specialties. The inn is full of character and is a typical old fashioned country pub with plenty of nooks and crannies, uneven floors and old beams.
Waters Edge Restaurant is just far enough away for you to build up an appetite on the walk there. The restaurant over looks a small lake and has its own charming little beach. Serving Mediterranean style food, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers a take away service.