Fell Foot Farm is a 17th century, Grade II listed, National Trust property with a fascinating history and a tradition for hospitality that dates back centuries.

The farmhouse was formerly a coaching inn (the country road was diverted past the front of the farm to assist travellers) and was reputedly used as a smugglers’ den for contraband ferried secretly over the high fells to the west.

Beatrix Potter was very instrumental in the farm welcoming guests. During the 1930s, when farming was going through a depression, she worked for the National Trust as a land agent, encouraging Lake District farms to take in visitors to supplement their income. She furnished Fell Foot Farm for the comfort of guests and we still have a beautiful antique box settle that she bought.

Our other connection with Beatrix Potter is through our flock of prize-winning Herdwick sheep, which we breed and show. She was President of the Herdwick Breeders’ Association (the first woman to hold the position) and was important in helping to save the breed from extinction.

Going much back further in time, the Little Langdale valley was home to early settlers and at the rear of the farm is a Thingmoot - an ancient Norse meeting place - and the National Trust is currently researching its intriguing origins.