Stephenson Ground, Broughton-in-Furness

A Traditional Farmhouse Set In The Cumbrian Fells

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Stephenson Ground is a traditionally built 5-bedroom Cumbrian farmhouse. It’s set on a small plateau 800′ up in the tranquil fells of the Furness peninsula in a hidden corner of south west Lakeland.

The house has been in our family for 50 years and is very much a ‘home from home’.  With plenty of room for groups of friends or families, it’s also cosy enough for a couple or small family.  The decor is basic but welcoming – plain white walls and comfy furniture make it a place you can really relax, kick off your muddy boots after a long walk, cook a big meal and talk late into the night around the open fires.  The house is available to rent throughout the year and we especially recommend visiting during the late spring and early autumn when, apart from the local farmers, you may be lucky enough to have most of the valley to yourself.

Brief history of the farm: Built mainly between 1720 and 1810, the farm and the original cruck barn go back to 1509 when it was created from part of the Furness Abbey Estate. The house and barns sit either side of a quiet lane that loops around the steep Lickle Valley.   All the windows face south across fields and woodland to the Duddon Estuary and the Irish Sea. Directly behind are the Cumbrian fells and mountains of the Lake District. To the east there is an expanse of forestry commission land. The small but dramatic River Lickle runs down to Broughton Mills where it joins the much larger River Duddon. Local excavations show that the area has been occupied for some 4000 years.

Please Note: We’ve recently (summer 2018) had new radio wifi installed which is working very well so far.  However, since the house is remote and any repairs can take a few days we can’t guarantee broadband as part of your stay.   Mobile phone reception is generally OK so in the event of wifi malfunction, you won’t be entirely cut off and several of the cafes in Broughton-in-Furness have free wifi if you need to pick up urgent emails. Why not take the opportunity for a digital detox? There’s lots of board games & cards in the house plus table tennis and table football in the games barn. We can also highly recommend just staring out of the window at the birds on the bird table and this view ……..

 

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And relax ……..

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