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Written by John Walsh   
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

1.       wellington farm.png THE Walsh family has been customers at Wellington Farm since the café project opened in 2005.

My late father was particularly keen on his weekly visit for lunch as he had been a regular visitor to the farm over the years as travelling rep for West Cumberland Farmers.

Indeed for his 90th birthday in 2008 we were allowed to hold a celebration there, the one and only time I believe when the Wellington opened up at night time.

Dad died on New Year’s Day 2015 but we, as a family have continued to visit on a regular basis – a family that includes now new grand-children, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and friends.

It’s a bit like the Stamper family, who bought the farm in 1946 as it is the third generation of the family who run it. Leigh and Hodgson made the decision in 2003 to diversify – move with the times by buying a new herd of Jersey cows, produce their own special brand of Jersey ice cream and open a café.

After a refurbishment in 2013 they re-launched the cafe in April 2014, with Leigh and Gill’s daughter in law Debbie joining Hodgson and Susan and their daughter Ashton.

​Awards have followed - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award every year from 2016 while Wellington continues to grow and diversify.

A biomass system with MANCO energy has recently been installed which now supplies the heating for the cafe and the farm.glamping pods 1.png

No surprise then to hear of a new venture as well, Wellington Farm Glamping Breaks which the family is very excited about and have been working on behind the scene's for a while.

They are due to welcome their first guests into the luxury pods this weekend, after the initial launch was inevitably delayed by the coronavirus.

‘It feels like a great achievement to be at the stage where we can now welcome guests after years of planning and hard work’ says Leigh Stamper.

The pandemic, which brought a dip in foreign holidays has been a boom for the staycation trade and there has been a great deal of interest in the Glamping sector which continues to be a growing market.

The glamping pods were manufactured by another family business and local company Walker Brothers (Timber Frames) Ltd who in in 2017 expanded into manufacturing Glamping Pods which are built to the highest specification using qualified tradesmen and superior materials ensuring quality throughout.

They produce a range of pods from single rooms to the family sized pods; like the ones at Wellington Farm.

glamping pods 2.pngEach of Wellington Farm’s 6 luxury pods contain electrics, heating, lighting, kitchenette and ensuite bathroom as standard to ensure occupiers enjoy the comforts of luxury glamping. Tracey Walker of Walker Brothers said: “We are proud to have worked closely with Wellington Farm Glamping Breaks to manufacture the Pods to a high specification and wish them all the best with their glamping adventure.”

Wellington Farm have even gone the extra step in luxury glamping and have installed a 7ft hot tub at each pod which allows guests the opportunity to fully appreciate the panoramic views of the Western Fells.

“We’ve been inundated with enquiries since we announced our plans to open – which after months of uncertain times for the country feels very encouraging” said Leigh.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome guests to our pods and we hope they love them as much as we do,” he added.

To check availability and prices, simply visit for their online booking system.

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