We are currently closed for guests in line with government restrictions but do talk to us about your future bookings if you have any concerns
Countryside accommodation for retreats and reunions, with space for activities and live in hosts to make your stay bespoke to you
Are you struggling to find a place big enough for everyone to be together?
You end up staying at opposite ends of a hotel, with only a reception area and a cramped, soulless breakfast room where you can be together. Plus poor Bengy is in kennels because dogs aren’t welcome.
Are you bored of the self catering cottage with zero style, or facilities?
Not enough bathrooms, or parking, a terrible selection of films and a kitchen with the bare basics of equipment.
Your home from home for groups
Our home is your home. We love dogs and have a big garden for everyone to stretch out in and our dining room is made for partying. As live in hosts we can even show you where to grab the best coffee and cake in town, or take you on a walk through the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy our character-filled house in the stunning landscape of Cumbria & the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where you can self-cater, or we can put you in touch with excellent local caterers, or chefs.
Relax and be yourself
There’s no need to always be on your best behaviour. Feel free to wander about in your jim-jams and put you feet up on our comfy sofas. This is your home while you are here.
Read what others felt about staying with us
Such a beautiful house, tastefully decorated & with every kind of extra touch you could want or need. Lovely hosts, very welcoming but equally astute at judging how much to interact with guests & gave us all our own space. Would definitely recommend!
Enjoyed every minute of being here. Thank you for looking after us so well. We look forward to returning each year.
What a great place to relax on our travels around the UK. Thanks Damian and Joanne for your awesome hospitality and taking us for a hike to the top of the waterfalls.
Stay at St Marks
A relaxing venue with ample studio space to set up in. The location of the Howgills Fells, means quiet spaces indoor and outdoor for meditation and contemplation. A large garden for outdoor activities and walking from the doorstep.
Self catering, or fully catered options available with our list of local chefs and caterers.
Rooms can be twin, or double beds arrangements and all are ensuite. Local therapist and beauty treatment contacts that can be scheduled in our rooms here so you don’t even need to leave the house.
How to plan the perfect retreat
A home from home for casual, or special get-togethers, in a place that is designed for sharing and making memories. Self-catering, with access to the equipped kitchen, or the option to link with local caterers for something more special.
A fire-pit in the garden for summer BBQs and starry night S’mores.
Bluetooth speaker, dvds, books and board games all available for your stay.
The question is, are you a Pictionary person, or a Cards Against Humanity kind of group?
So do you want to develop new creative skills in our studio, fulfil your passion for being an adrenalin junkie, or simply want to create some awesome memories together doing something beyond the boredom of 9 to 5?
Situated between the two National Parks of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, there are endless activities to tick off the list. Email us and we can send you pdfs on things to do, or take a read of our blog section on activities to start getting inspired to push that comfort zone.
Adventure Activities in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
Sedbergh and Howgills Walking Guide
It’s all about the journey not the destination
Read our blog posts to learn more about St Marks Stays, things to do in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District and the retreats that take place here.
The thing we have had more time to do over the weekends recently, is some firepit cooking using our Kadai Firebowl. The most common use by guests, for what we call the 'Firepit' is simply having a fire. Not even many barbecues have taken place over on that grill. So...
Yet again we took the opportunity to visit the Kendal Mountain Festival this year and as always came away so very inspired. We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep, so to speak, as it is only a 20 minute drive away and the atmosphere is so good. There is...
We are always up for a Mini Adventure and feel that is what keeps that 'holiday feeling' alive when you are back in day to day working life. So we were thrilled to see a list put together recently by the National Trust of "50 things to do before you're 11 3/4". We...
Having lived in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for 2 years 5 months now, we felt it was finally time to take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. Having had several groups stay at St Marks Stays doing this particular challenge and often for charity, we get asked...
One of the common questions from guests is about what walks are there to do in the area and with St Marks Stays being located in the Howgill Fells, we are pretty spoiled for choice here. Being a walker himself, Damian has maps of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake...
So you get a house booking for a group that includes a friend and think "yay" and then the friend mentions she is going to be doing a via ferrata and would love it if you could join in and you think "eeeeekkk!" Put it this way, if you are scared of heights -...
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St Marks Stays
SatNav postcode LA10 5LZ
We are 3 miles from Sedbergh and 11 miles from Kirkby Stephen on the A683. We are actually on the main road and diagonally opposite the church of St Mark’s. Do not turn up the farm track!
Please ensure everyone in your group has these directions to avoid SatNav misdirection. Email us for full directions.
The nearest train station is Oxenholme which is a 20 minute drive away.
We can send a list if taxi companies as you will need to book.
We do have space for secure, indoor cycle storage.