Jul 1, 2014
We made a booking with Airbnb to stay at Hawes Farm close to Broughton-in-Furness. The farm is owned by the National Trust and Kate Kirkwood, a photographer and book publisher, has lived there for the past fifteen years. The house was quite remote but well worth finding. From Broughton-in-Furness we took a road towards Coniston and not far along the road turned off through a couple of farms and along the narrowest of lanes bordered by typical English hedgerows before finally getting to Hawes Farm at the top of a hill.
Kate made us so welcome when we arrived that we felt very much 'at home'. We hadn't eaten much during the day so we drove to the Blacksmith's Arms for a very pleasant evening meal at a typical English pub. The food was very good so we need to retract whatever we might have said about the dreadful state of English pub food in previous posts.
It's worth saying a few things about Hawes Farm. It was set on the side of a hill with views across a valley and a 300 year old sycamore tree. Cattle grazed close by and there were sheep in the fields above the farm. They still had their winter coats on which allowed them to withstand the harsh winters in the Lake District. There were six or seven chickens roaming around the garden and they were put to bed every night in their shed. As soon as a chicken started squawking it usually signified that it had just laid an egg, but finding the egg was another matter altogether. Kate was able to find them and we had them for breakfast.
The house was 'shabby chic' with a wonderful collection of books and plenty of videos for evenings by the fire. All in all it was a very welcoming place to be.