COVID-19 Government guidelines from 4th July currently only allow 2 households or bubbles to stay in our property. We anticipate this restriction to be relaxed at some point, but as yet do not know when. Whilst we also live in the property we do not classify ourselves as one of the 2 allowable households as we will be socially distancing from groups whilst here. If you have any concerns please get in touch.
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.
In celebration of Damian's 50th birthday this month, we have created a list of 50 mini ways to be happy. Please do enjoy and share with anyone you think may find a few things to do on here. 1 Live in the moment 2 Get outdoors 3 Blast out some music 4 Treat yourself to...
If you are looking for something to watch whilst staying at home and patiently waiting to properly get back out to the wider outdoor world, we have rounded up our recommendations on films and documentaries relating to the natural world. We both watch a lot of films...
I would honestly say that Damian and I never really thought about our Green Impact on the world until our expedition with Raleigh International. Yes we recycled, but consciously choosing how to shop, or run the household was not a priority. We are still not totally...
When a couple of our friends told us that cyclists love a bit of cake, we thought what a great idea it would be to show you a cycling cake circuit in Yorkshire! This is more our level to be honest. The Yorkshire Dales is often known as the home of cycling after the...
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...
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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.