A History of Greenlands Farm Village

There has been habitation on this site since before the sixteenth century, with it sitting alongside what was the main road to Scotland long before the romans arrived.

Up until the early seventeen hundreds this was the site of a watermill taking its power from white beck stream.

The farm house was built in the early seventeen hundreds as a pub, which served the adjacent road to Scotland.

In 1751 a new toll road was constructed making this section of the road not used. However the pub still functioned beyond the 1850 census. The farm was originally developed as a stud farm providing work horses.

A History of Greenlands Farm Village

Greenlands Farm Background

In January 2012 the Mason family had farmed at Greenlands farm for 38 years.

Greenlands is the third farm that the family have farmed, the first being Far Audlands farm at Gatebeck , near Kendal and the second Cotestones farm, at Warton.

The movement from farm to farm has enabled the business to increase the number of livestock they farm, and improve the quality of land that was farmed.

At Greenlands we milked 130 Holstein cattle, reared 200 young stock and lambed over 600 sheep.

The business was a partnership of Mr C.L.Mason, his wife Anne and their son Roger until Mrs Mason passed away in 2005.

Due to ill health Mr Mason senior had not been actively involved in the running of the farm since 2002. This had meant that the labour force consisted of Roger and two fulltime members of staff.

Due to the declining profitability of the farm business, the cost of labour and the fact that Rogers family did not wish to follow him into an agricultural career, Roger took the decision in 2003 to look into the options for diversifying the farm business. This process culminated in planning permission being given in August 2005 for a café, farm shop and open farm attraction.

The concept being to provide a fun environment; where families could learn where their food came from, have a nice meal, and buy locally produced food as well as that grown on the farm. To the original planning application further changes of use were added a later to include a wine shop, plant centre and soft play activity barn so as to broaden the site’s appeal.

Conversion started at the end of 2006 and the site opened for business on the 28th of March 2009.

Meanwhile in regards to the conventional farming activities; milking ceased in February 2007 as was always anticipated and the farm has continued as a sheep farm, whilst letting some of its land off to neighboring farmers. Leasing land to other farmers enabled them to expand their activities, whilst at the same time reduced the acres Roger had to farm and manage.

Today

‘Greenlands Farm Village’ has since it opened, become a popular destination, both for ‘locals’ and for those ‘holidaying’ in the area, and because of the mixture of activities available it is visited  by people of all ages and with a wide range of interests. It has however stayed true to the original concept of ‘showcasing’ all things relating to farming and the countryside and the crafts involved.

Not only does it provide an important outlet for those producing food products and crafts but it also provides full and part-time employment for over 50 local people.

Due to the sites location, facilities and popularity the management at Greenlands were often approached by people who have either established businesses elsewhere or are looking to start a new business’ and would like to move to, or setup at the site. In the past the answer has always had to be that there was nowhere suitable nor was there planning permission for such use. Therefore Greenlands Country Barn was created, to house businesses such as Fawcetts, Northern Archery, Woodcock & Snipe etc.

Greenlands Farm Village is going from strength to strength, and has exceeded Roger’s original vision for the open farm. The rest as they say, is history!

Open Farm

Open Farm

This is a real hands-on experience, loved by children and adults alike (and don’t worry if it raining there’s lots undercover).

Open Farm

 
The Loft Tearoom

The Loft Tearoom

A quaint, vintage style setting, offering deluxe champagne afternoon teas, homemade food and delicious fresh homemade cakes.

The Loft Tearoom

 
The PlayBarn

The PlayBarn

A place where babies, toddlers and older children can happily and safely climb, clamber, slide, swing and explore – whatever the weather.

The PlayBarn

 
Farm Shop

Farm Shop

Our Farm Shop is a happy collaboration between us and the wonderful suppliers who arrive with delicious, locally made produce.

Farm Shop

 
Artisan Village

Retail Village

In our Retail Village you will find a delightful range of fabulous local businesses, including our recently opened country barn.

Retail Village

 
Wellies Cafe

Wellies Cafe

Wellies Café is all about you relaxing with friends and family, enjoying good, locally-sourced home cooked fayre, served by friendly people.

Wellies Café

 
Parties & Groups

Parties & Groups

We offer open farm birthday parties for children and also cater for school visits from primary age through to A Level.

Parties & Groups

 
School Visits

Educational Visits

From primary to A-level, our site can host a range of curriculum based visits to suit all needs, including tours, activities, fun and games.

Educational Visits

 
Conferencing

Conferencing

Our conference rooms are convenient and competitively priced, with fantastic views, home cooked food, cakes, speciality teas and coffees.

Conferencing

 
 

Upcoming Events & News

For details of all our upcoming events and news about Greenlands Farm Village, please see our events page...

Meet Our Animals

Meet Our Animals

Read about each of our animals to learn more about their habits and what they eat. Pick which ones you would like to meet on your visit.

Our Animals

 
Greenlands Opportunities

Greenlands Opportunities

Greenlands Farm are a passionate dedicated team, and with so much to do, we are always looking for like-minded people to join us.

Greenlands Opportunities

 
History of Greenlands

History of Greenlands

Find out about the history of Greenlands and see if you can spot any of the original features when you come to visit the farm.

History of Greenlands

 
 

Reviews

"We came as a family in May when we were at Haven Lakeland park. We spent the full day here feeding lambs and cuddling the rabbits. We now have 2 rabbits at home our daughter loved them that much! She loved the large slide in the barn. We also had lunch in the cafe that was brilliant.
My mum then took us last weekend (July) to see Paw Patrol and have breakfast, followed by a full day on the farm. Yet again we loved it again and my mum was able to get around on her mobility scooter. The beach and the paddle pool was a brilliant etc. My daughter loves water.
All round brilliant day out! Would definitely come back again. Just need to try the afternoon tea in The Loft Tea Room now."

Annabelle Jade Hartley, July 2017

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