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7 Nights  

  • £1920
    All year

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  • £320 p/night
    (2 night min all year)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    3 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    2 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    No Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Log Burner

About Rookhow

Rookhow provides the opportunity to escape away from the crowds and enjoy an abundance of peace and tranquility in the Lake District National Park. Ideally placed between Coniston and Lake Windermere, the house easily accommodates 16 in three bedrooms and there is plenty of space indoors and outside for relaxing (including a log burning stove for cosy nights in front of the fire). There are 12 acres of private woodland where children can climb trees, build dens, paddle in the brook, relax around a campfire, and enjoy the sort of carefree holiday that will fire up their energy and imagination in a way that modern-day schedules do not allow. The perfect base for an adventure break with mountain biking trails, lakes and hills nearby or a quiet base to rest up and recover. A yurt in the woods with woodburner is available to hire alongside bunkbarn and for larger groups booking, the historic Quaker Meeting House can also be rented allowing for more sleeping and extra space for meetings (this has two additional WC's and a shower).

The Lake District is one of Britain's most unspoiled landscapes. Not only is it England's biggest National Park, but it is also protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts the country's highest peak (Scafell Pike) and deepest lake (Wastwater). Every morning brings fresh opportunity to exceed yesterday's experience with excitement, adventure and breathtaking views. If you're searching for a place where you can switch off from the frantic pace of your daily life, you have found it at Rookhow.

Few visitors know about the Rusland Valley, which means the area around Rookhow is incredible peaceful even in the height of the summer holidays. Despite this, it's only half an hour from the M6 so you have easy access to the area's best sights and attractions. The region is famous for its fantastic footpaths leading through the fells, while Grizedale Forest is a favourite with mountain bikers. Go wild swimming at High Dam, see the megalithic Bronze Age round cairn on Bethecar Moor, walk or cycle around the Hay Bridge Nature Reserve, or take a picnic and spend the day beside Windermere at Fell Foot Park.

Within a 30-minute drive north from Rookhow are Hawkshead, Coniston, Windermere, and Beatrix Potter's beloved Hill Top, now managed by the National Trust. Head south for Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe Bay to enjoy a day at the seaside, or stay at Rookhow and spend delightful days getting back to nature in the private woodland.

Rookhow dates from 1725, having been built as a community meeting place for local and visiting Quakers. The owners follow the Quaker ethos of simplicity and sustainability, offering a peaceful place and a warm welcome for everyone. The Quaker Meeting House next door is still used for worship once a month and may be hired as an additional space for groups and workshops. Rookhow is also a member of the Independent Hostels Association (IHUK).

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Owner details:

Sue Nicholls (Development Manager) joined Independent Cottages in September 2020

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Log Burner
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Bike Storage
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Microwave
  • Shower
  • WiFi
  • Eco / Green
  • Off Grid / Remote

Location (The Lake District)

Accommodation Comprises:

Accommodation is in the former stables, now transformed into spacious self-catering accommodation over two levels. The style is functional and fuss-free while still being comfortable and welcoming.


  • A vaulted ceiling with original oak beams and skylights makes the living/dining room feel light and welcoming even on a gloomy winter day. There is ample seating and a very efficient wood-burner for cold weather. The dining table is perfect for playing board games as well as enjoying relaxed meals with your family and friends.
  • Self-catering is simple in this well-equipped kitchen which has two ovens, two fridges, ample cutlery and crockery, and all the pots, pans and utensils guests require.
  • Down a few stairs to a large bedroom with four bunk beds to accommodate up to eight people.


  • A second bedroom with 2 bunk beds and two single beds to accommodate six people. Two wooden steps take you up to an adjoining two-bed snug/sitting room which can double up as a third bedroom with two single beds.
  • Guests have four shower rooms and two separate toilets.

Outside: A seating area with long tables is perfect for lazy summer barbecues and picnics. There are 12 acres of woodland for adventures. Robins, buzzards and tawny owls are just a few of the different birds that live in the woods. Guests can bird watch during the day then grab a blanket and settle beside a campfire to stargaze at night. There is off-street parking for up to 10 cars, and undercover space to store bikes.

Additional Information: Utilities, logs and kindling for the log burner are provided as are essentials like bin bags and washing up liquid. Guests to bring their own sleeping bags/bedding and towels. A bottom sheet, pillow and pillow case will be provided and duvets are available on request for an additional charge. A torch is recommended for nights outdoors. Please note, there is no Wifi in the self catering accommodation at Rookhow but there is access to emergency Wifi and a landline telephone in the Quaker Meeting House next door. Mobile reception is limited, so bring books. Smoking is not permitted. There is a pub within a two mile walk. Arrival time is from 16:00 and departure is by 10:00.

Group Bookings: Rookhow bunkbarn sleeps 16. The yurt (sleeping four) may also be hired at an additional cost of £40 per night). There is also space to sleep on the floor in the historic Quaker Meeting House (accommodating up to ten guests at £60 extra per night) which includes a cosy Friends Room with woodburner for additional group space. There's a big lawn for camping too at the back of the bunkbarn. Limit of 30 people on site. If groups hire everything, they will have the sole use of the whole site (i.e. the bunkbarn, Quaker Meeting House, yurt and 12 acres of private woodland). Sorry but no hen or stag parties.

Rookhow Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 16 in 3 bedrooms (1 x 2 bed (singles), 1 x 6 bed (2 bunks + 2 singles), 1 x 8 bed (4 bunks)
Sorry, the owner does not accept pets
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Prices for 7 nights:
From £1920
To £1920
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Credit / Debit Card, Bank Transfer
Group Booking Details:
All male groups - Yes
All female groups - Yes
Catering available - No.
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
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Owner Area

Sue Nicholls (Development Manager)
Member Since September 2020

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Rookhow Noticeboard

Perfect for extended family get-togethers. Sole use of 16 bed bunkbarn, 12 acres of woodland, camping and yurt. Extending a warm welcome to guests to enjoy the peace and beauty of Rookhow. One of our guests recently wrote, "We were looking for a secluded location to enjoy nature and give the kids the freedom to explore. The private woodland was a plus since you don't need to leave the site to enjoy the local natural beauty."

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Rookhow 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 24th May 2022