Gold award pods

Luxury Glamping Pods within easy access to the Lake District
Tel: 01228 319028

  • Thornfield glamping / camping pods, Lake District, north Cumbria, UK
  • Holiday accommodation in glamping / camping pods nr. the Lake District, north lakes
  • Thornfield camping cabins, glamping and camping pods near Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria
  • Luxury glamping camping cabins in Dalston, nr. the Lake District and Carlisle
  • Luxury glamping in Cumbria outside Dalston, UK
  • Camping cabins and luxury glamping pods in nr. the north Lakes, Cumbria, UK

Thornfield Luxury en-suite Camping Cabins


"Get lower prices for longer stays"

A new pricing structure is in place so please refer carefully to the rates and availability page and also the hot tub hire page. 

Our standard check in days are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.  One night stays are only possible in (Stable Pod - en-suite).

Why choose Thornfield for your glamping break?

  • First class glamping accommodation - Visit England Gold Award Site. 

  • Trip Advisor - Over 500 Five Star Reviews!

  • SME News 2023 - "Best Glamping Site - Cumbria" Hospitality Client Service Award.

The advantages of staying at Thornfield

Beautiful picturesque rural location. (Amazing area in itself without having to explore far and wide). Beautiful walks direct from the site and from the village centre. Just arrive, chill and relax taking in the peace and tranquillity around you!

Easy access to a host of village amenities to fully service all your needs - 2 miles to its centre from the site. An excellent pub The Bridge End Inn which is only 1 mile away. (Advance booking advised). The Co-op, Dalston Fryer Fish n chip shop, Carrock Meats Butchers & The Country Kitchen Café which is also highly recommended.

Should you choose to leave the car at home. You can get the train into our village from either Carlisle City station or from the West Coast line. We can offer to collect you from Dalston village station and drop you off again for your return journey.

We look forward to providing you with a warm and friendly personalised welcome!

Happy holidays everyone!

About us

Thornfield Camping Cabins is set in a picturesque landscape and rural setting between the border city of Carlisle and Caldbeck on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Karen and Andrew have welcomed clients since July 2016 and along with their team, they aim to provide you with a warm welcome and a pleasant stay; and if you wish you may bring your well-behaved four legged friends too! Providing high quality, affordable and warm year-round self catering accommodation with home from home comforts, in a tranquil rural setting, a real back to nature holiday experience surrounded by woodlands, walks, a range of wildlife and extensive rural views.

Our Promise to You!

  • A passion to create an outdoor haven; sympathetic to the natural environment for our guests to enjoy while staying in quality, quirky, affordable accomodation with home-from-home comforts.
  • Provide a fantastic place to stay, with stunning views; bringing peace and relaxation.
  • Think of the little things for our guests; a warm welcome to everyone enabling our guests to feel they are with friends.


There are 6 Luxury en-suite Glamping PODS:

Fox & Badger (Family Pods) - Pet Friendly

With the option to add on a hot tub (Fox has a 6 seater and Badger has a 4 seater hot tub)

  • Sleeping a maximum of 2 adults or (2 adults and 3 x under 16's - One kingsize bed and one double bed settee) 
  • Bale of towels for two persons (NOT for hot tub use)
  • Full bathroom-separate shower cubicle, toilet and sink. 
  • Underfloor heating, a country style kitchen with a belfast sink.
  • Small table and chairs.
  • Fridge / Microwave / Kettle / Toaster 
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Retro Mk11 DAB+/FM/Apple Lightening Dock/Bluetooth radio.
  • Portable induction hob with pans - available on request subject to availability.

Pheasant & Owl (Family Pods) - Pet free

With the option to add on a 4 seater hot tub - These pods were new in January 2023

Up to date photo's of ALL pods can be found on our facebook page - under Photo's / Albums. (Please go to fb for Pheasant & Owl photo's)

  • Sleeping a maximum of 2 adults or (2 adults and 3 x under 16's - One kingsize bed and one double bed settee) 
  • Bale of towels for two persons (NOT for hot tub use)
  • Full bathroom-separate shower cubicle, toilet and sink. 
  • Underfloor heating, a larger modern kitchen area with additional supplies cupboard.
  • Large table and four chairs.
  • Fridge / Microwave / Kettle / Toaster 
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Retro Mk11 DAB+/FM/Apple Lightening Dock/Bluetooth radio.
  • Portable induction hob with pans - available on request subject to availability.
  • No dogs accepted. Please read our terms and conditions regarding breach of the pet free rule

Deer and Squirrel (Couples pods) - Pet Friendly

With the option to add on a 4 seater hot tub.

(The photo fly through below is actually an example of Deer and Squirrel pods.  Owl was upgraded in 2023)

  • Sleeping a maximum of 2 Adults (double bed and settee) 
  • Bale of towels for two persons (NOT for hot tub use)
  • En-suite compact wet room (Includes, shower, toilet & sink)
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Fridge / Microwave / Kettle / Toaster
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Retro Mini DAB+/FM/Bluetooth radio.
  • Portable induction hob with pans - available on request subject to availability

Stable (Couples pod) - Pet Free - No open view - Not on the main site 

(Bookable between April & September)

One night stays allowed in this pod only 

This cabin is the same specification as Deer & Squirrel on the main site but it does NOT benefit from the beautiful views of the main site. It is located to the left of our Stable-Garage-Utility room and behind our bungalow. As one night stays are accepted in this cabin bedding is not included in the price. It is preferred that you provide you own – sleeping bags but if you are travelling light then you can choose to add on a bedding pack. Breakfast can be arranged on request.

The perfect solution for short stay restrictions in your plans possibly due to walking the Cumbria Way, Cycling Lands’ End to John O’Groats or a midway overnight stop en-route North or South.  

However, it is just as suitable for longer stays too should you wish to use the pod as a warm and comfortable bed for the night and head off out to explore the wider area each day! 

(Due to the proximity of a gas tank in this area there is no option to add on a fire pit and gas BBQ's are the only BBQ's allowed).

Meg's Room - Utility / Shower Room

A fantastic addition to our onsite facilities.  All our guests have access to additional fridge and freezer storage space, washing machine and tumble dryer facilities and also a sink for washing off the muddy boots.  All our tourist information leaflets are displayed here too.

To the rear of the utility room we have a shower room and toilet which is for the use of the occasional tent camper and staff only!

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

We have installed Rolec EV charging points in the car park.  Must be booked and paid for in advance.  No apps required.

20.03.24 - Starlink Satelite Wifi

We have now installed Starlink Satellite wifi which should provide everyone with adequate wifi provision. The downside is that it has been installed at a significant cost to us; therefore we have no alternative but to charge for the service.  It is a flat rate of £5.00 per stay.  You can choose to have the service or have a peaceful technology free break!  It is entirely up to you!  (The cost is less than a takeaway coffee per day) and less for longer durations than the minimum stay of 2 nights.

General Information

  • Car parking is free for the duration of your stay. (Parking bays 1, 2 & 3 are for smaller vehicles and 4, 5 & 6 for larger vehicles).  Stable pod parking is next to the cabin in the car park area. (Strictly one vehicle per cabin during July & August). Additional vehicles by arrangement only and chargeable.
  • Comprehensive information folder in each cabin detailing ALL site and health & safety information; details of the local amenities in Dalston village and the surrounding area along with information on walking and cycling.
  • All tourist information leaflets are found in "Meg's Room" our utility room and these will enable you to plan your day.
  • Various games are available - Outdoor games from April - September subject to weather conditions. (Indoor games are found in the bed settees).

For the Children

To introduce the childen to our animals please click here.  You will also find information on the range of games and activities available to both children and adults.


Please click on the attched link for our site accessibility guide enabling you to make a thorough informed choice on the suitability of our site for your needs. accessibility guide.

Dogs - Important Information!

As dog lovers ourselves we welcome well behaved dogs. A maximum of 2 x small to medium dogs per cabin. (If in doubt please enquire before booking).  Pheasant, Owl and Stable are pet free cabins.  It is crucial that ALL dogs are kept off the bed and bed settee.  We are experiencing an increasing number of incidents where we are having to deal with laundry that cannot be cleaned (muddy stains cannot be removed by the laundry) incurring a high replacement cost to us.  Sadly if this persists then we may have no alternative but to reduce the number of cabins that accept our four legged friends. Your dog is provided with a water bowl, tie out rope and a towel to dry them.  Should they need to be hosed down due to excess mud you can use the hose pipe next to the hot tubs.

The basic rules are as follows; if you cannot abide by them then please do not bring your dog!
  • Dogs must be kept off the furniture (please bring a couple of large throws if you are concerned)
  • All dogs must be kept on a lead and under control at all times when on site for the safety of other site users and due to the fact we have free range poultry on site too!
  • No dogs to be left unattended in the cabins at any time.
  • Dog waste is disposed of in the large green general waste bin.

Group Bookings - MUST seek prior approval

A maximum of 3 cabins with no over occupancy

If you wish to make a group booking of 2 PODS or more please can you email us with your requirements in order for us to assess the suitablility of your group to our site.  The following factors have to be taken into account: Other guests on site - noise levels and the impact that the group could have on the enjoyment of others staying on site. Adequate parking spaces (we only have 1 space available per cabin).  Hot tub requirements - refer to the hot tub page. We do not accept stag / hen parties or wedding groups. (We only allow group bookings from those who agree to our strict criteria and protocol for the site, such as cabin occupancy numbers, adequate hot tub requirements and is also dependant on the nature of the visit).  

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available and perfect for any occasion. Treat a loved one to an alternative gift even those who say they "don't do camping".  The response we get is fantastic and we usually find they will certainly repeat the experience!



Example: Fox & Badger pod interior

Example: Fox & Badger Kitchen area

Example: Fox & Badger en-suite shower room

Example: Deer, Squirrel & Stable interior

Example: Deer, Squirrel & Stable Interior

Example: Deer, Squirrel & Stable En-suite wet room

Gift Vouchers available


Click the graphic below for an interactive map showing the location of Thornfield Camping Cabins near Dalston, Cumbria close to the Lake District.

Glamping location, Dalston


To check prices and availability, see our availability page.

To make an enquiry, please use our enquiry form, email or telephone.

Tel: 01228 319028


Follow Us

Follow our Dalston glamping on Facebook

Dalston glamping reviews Travellers Choice award

© 2016 Thornfield Camping Cabins, Hawksdale, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7BX - luxury glamping / camping pods with easy access to the Lake District, north Lakes, north Cumbria, UK

Terms & Conditions - Privacy & Cookie Policy

To top