The Cornthwaite family took over the tenancy of Ashness Farm in November 1989 and after a lot of hard work, tender loving care and refurbishment restored the farm and house to its former glory.
Following the closure of the campsite in 2003, the bed and breakfast was extended in 2005 to 5 en-suite rooms and it was decided to name each room after the fell you can see from the room. The farm is run by Anne and the children. The four youngest were born and brought up at Ashness and all the children have an interest or careers associated with agriculture.
As if we're not busy enough!
Ashness farm is 750 acres and extends from meadows on the edge of Derwentwater up to fell at High Seat. We farm Herdwick sheep, a hardy breed well suited to the high Lakeland fells. Belted Galloway cattle known affectionately as "belties", they are small black cattle with an unmistakeable white belt, they can survive outdoors all year round. They are better suited to the type of land we farm than larger continental type cattle and the National Trust have used them for conservation work in the woodlands, we are using them to try and reduce the amount of bracken we have on our allotment land. We also have our own poultry producing the free range eggs we serve for breakfast.
We farm in an environmentally sensitive way and have in recent years planted nearly 1000 meters of hedges to encourage and help wildlife in the area. In 2002 we opened a permissive conservation footpath through the farm, from it you can observe what is happening on the farm through the seasons. The National Trust are committed in supporting hill farming and financed a new midden for the farm in 2010 with help from the Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme. In 2014 we fitted a woodchip biomass which runs all the hot water and heating for the farmhouse.