Crackpot Hamlet

The hamlet of Crackpot

About Us

Crackpot is a peaceful rural hamlet nestled in amongst rolling hillsides, with stunning views whichever way you look.

Our cottage dates from 1722 and is one of 3 cottages and a dairy farm, which is the last dairy farm in Swaledale.

We moved here 3 years ago to escape the hustle and bustle of life in the South for a place in paradise!

Our dream was always to work the land and share our experience with other people. Hence the B&B and glamping!

We are a family-run smallholding. We grow our own fruit and vegetables and our hens provide us with fresh eggs daily.

We also sell our eggs and homemade food.

The chickens at Crackpot Cottage

Crackpot Cottage Hens

We have 12 hens and a cockerel and raise our own chickens.

Our lovely girls honour us each day with fresh eggs.

They are all a really friendly bunch, who love to be stroked and will come running towards you, clucking for some fresh grass.

Their favourite treats are spaghetti, melon and grapes.

We use our fresh eggs for our guests breakfast, for baking and to sell.

Our fruit & veg

Here at Crackpot Cottage we grow a variety of fruit trees, plus gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb. We make our own apple juice and have started experimenting with jams!

Our vegetable patch provides us with seasonal produce for the table.

We also have a substantial production of chilli peppers and herbs, which we use to create our own range of sauces, relishes and pizzas.

The vegetable garden at Crackpot cottage
Crackpot Cottage Apple Trees