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One of the main attractions of working with Stepping Off is the location - Castle Court.

Castle Court is situated high on the fells above the villages of Crosby Ravensworth and Shap.  It commands an amazing position offering one of the finest views in Cumbria.  Although not far from the villages, it is remote, overlooking the Lakeland fells and mountains, the Eden Valley and the Pennines.  With views looking out over fields and fells with just a few farmhouses in the distance, Castle Court offers a tranquil and relaxing environment, allowing guests to unwind and get away from the stresses and strains of today's busy living.

From the moment you drive through the gate at Castle Court you will begin to unwind. The accommodation is spacious and comfortable. We will do all we can to make your stay as relaxing, informative, and enjoyable as possible. Once you have parked your car you will not need it again till you leave.

Castle Court is a large converted Westmorland Bank barn. It commands outstanding views of the Lakeland Fells from Shap Fell over Haweswater to Blencathra in the distance and to the Pennines in the East. The house is built on three levels and all the major rooms are extremely large.


Dining Hall

Dining Hall

The dining hall is the heart of the house where guests partake of coffee and tea. It has a baronial feel to it with the dining table seating 12.  It offers a wonderful setting for lunch and dinners.

Drawing Room

The drawing room is large and comfortable with an ambiance of tranquility enabling restful and reflective thought. It has cosy sofas and armchairs, wide screen TV, video and DVD, CD/radio all surrounding a large fire place.  A stone mullion window looks out over a wonderful view. Relax in front of the open log fire and dream about your future.

Up to 6 guests will be accommodated at Castle Court in comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities and all rooms have TV and DVD. There is further accommodation available in the two nearby villages.

There is full gas fired central heating and toiletries for each guest. Everything is done to make guests as comfortable as possible so that a relaxing getaway break can be enjoyed in the depths of rural Cumbria.



We have a no smoking policy and do not accept pets or children.

Free range hens
Troy the Peacock

Enjoy the setting, the views and the wildlife. There is a large area of grass for outdoor relaxation with views over the eastern Lakeland fells, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines. Enjoy the views and wild life. Buzzards, woodpeckers, oyster catchers, curlews, hares and red squirrels can all be seen, and you can meet the free range hens, and our resident peacock Meet Troy.

The house itself is situated between Crosby Ravensworth and Shap village.

View over to High Street and Haweswater

Enjoy good wholesome food, all locally produced – from local meat, bread, butter and cheeses to our own free range eggs. Vegetarians are well catered for.



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