Diversification of sixth-generation farm introduces Luxury glamping pods
Set in an elevated position in a scenic area, just a few miles away from the historic market town of Ulverston, High Haume Farm enjoys panoramic views of the Duddon Estuary and the southern Lakeland hills.
High Haume Farm is a traditional family-run livestock farm and has been owned by the Slater family for generations, extending to 150 acres of grassland. Despite farming 200 sheep and over 100 beef cattle, Phil Slater and his wife Sarah knew they would need to diversify in order to survive as modern farmers.
With their land boasting stunning views set elevated on the hills, the opportunity to branch out into the tourism industry was a no-brainer. The Slaters have therefore had six camping pods shipped over from a manufacturer in Carnforth, and have now opened up the glamping units to tourists while continuing to run the family farm.
The farm will benefit from being located near the tourist attraction, South Lakes Safari Zoo. Mr. Slater said, "People come from all over to visit the zoo, and it's really close to us, so we can offer people the chance to stay, at a really reasonable price, near to the zoo and in a more 'close to nature' environment”.
On the diversification venture, Mr. Slater said, "My dad retired from farming three years ago and it's difficult times for farming, so we thought we would do something a little different”. He added, "We've been talking about it for years because we knew we'd take over the farm eventually."
The fully insulated and heated pods are available to rent for £30 for a snug pod, £45 for a family pod and £60 for a luxury pod. The snug pods are the most basic, with visitors needing to bring everything apart from their tent, and share toilet and shower facilities with the family pods, which have a kitchen, beds and dining table.
The luxury pods have their own toilet and shower and all pods can sleep up to five people in each.
"We've got a really large site, with plenty of space for children to play, and groups of families could hire out all six pods exclusively if they wanted," Mr. Slater said.
"It has the most breath-taking views and we think it's the perfect place for a short break or family holiday."
Source: The Mail