2 (all year)
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 6-16 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.
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).
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.
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. Well behaved dogs are allowed on request as long as Rookhow is left as it was found. 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 sleeps 6-16 with additional group space in the Quaker Meeting House (£50 extra per night). Camping is permitted when booked with the self catering accommodation. Please enquire with the owner. Sorry but no hen or stag parties.
|Season||Weekly Rate||Short Breaks|
Mon, 21st Jun 2021 - Fri, 31st Dec 2021
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 2
Short break prices:
2 nights: £600 | 3 nights: £900 | 4 nights: £1,200 | 5 nights: £1,500 | 6 nights: £1,800
Additional Notes: Fully open. Quaker Meeting House can also be hired for an extra £50 per night.
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Perfect for extended family get-togethers. Sole use of 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."
| Mon, 13 Dec 2021 for 4 nights, £1200
Mid week Winter break
| Fri, 17 Dec 2021 for 2 nights, £600
| Mon, 20 Dec 2021 for 2 nights, £600
| Fri, 24 Dec 2021 for 7 nights, £1800
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