Welcome to Scales Plantation

Hello from Scales Plantation in the North Lakes, Cumbria. We are starting something new, we are passionate about where we live and want to welcome you to visit us. We will be opening our first Shepherds Hut camp in late 2010.

The Scales Plantation concept came about because of our desire to share the amazing part of the world that myself, my husband and our three boys are lucky enough to farm. Scales Farm is a working beef and sheep farm in the North Lake District. It is situated at roughly 1000 feet above sea level and has spectacular views over to Skiddaw, Bowscale Fell and Carrock. The farmland is surrounded by Greystoke Forest. We are North of the A66, conveneintly placed between Keswick and Penrith. (more information on activities in the surrounding areas can be found here). Life on an upland farm is not always easy, the work is hard and the hours are long but believe me when I say it is worth it. Our life is fantastic. We take it for granted that our young family have a 690 acre back garden and that each evening we can look out over the panoramic North Lake Fells. We can't remember what a Grey Squirrel looks like because of the abundance of Red Squirrels. We grumble when Roe Deer eat our trees. On our doorstep lies the best playground in the UK for hikers, sailors, kayakers, climbers, mountain bikers and lifes adventurers or anyone who wants to stand and gape at the landscape in total awe. These are the bits we want you to share with us….. not the long hours and the hard work. We have carefully created our camps in a 13 acre area of woodland surrounded by farmland and breathtaking views. By providing you Shepherds Huts and luxury Safari Tents we can tailor your private camps to suit your needs. So when we're up at 2am with a sheep who is having a difficult lambing, you will be tucked up in your cosy warm beds, sleeping on a full tummy after eating a meal cooked on your wood burning range.


"This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas"

EU Commission's Rural Development webpage here

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  1. Robert Paul’s avatar

    Hi Tab and Rob,
    I am a commercial property investor researching the possibility of a couple of somewhat speculative investments given the stagnating market. I am interested in building between 1 and 3 luxurious eco-friendly tree houses in idyllic wooded settings – suitable as quirky/ alternative family holidays. Not dissimilar in many ways from your Shepherds Huts.
    Whilst I would pay for their build and development, thereafter I am looking for an existing yurt/campsite/farm owner to manage the investment as they would with their exisiting accommodations. For this I would of course pay a management fee for which we would agree very fair terms.
    In this way you have an attractive accommodation to add to your portfolio to entice people to your plantation and an additional source of revenue. I of course benefit from a hands-off investment which hopefully benefits from your reputation to attract holiday-makers.
    I hope this makes sense. Please do get in touch if this is an opportunity that may interest you. I should emphasise that at this point my lines of enquiry are purely exploratory.
    Many thanks for taking the time to read this.
    Best wishes, Robert Paul

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