Cragg Camping Barn, Cragg House Farm, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA

Call John and Vicki Temple on Camping Barn 01768 774301 Farm and Cottage 01768 770204


Cragg Barn Camping Barn is a traditional stone-built barn with stunning views of Buttermere fells. It has a kitchen and seating area with electric heater and socket on a meter, a sink and cold running water. There is a hot shower on a meter, a toilet and washbasin with hot and cold water. The sleeping area has 8 mattresses, bring your own sleeping bag. You need a stove and eating utensils if you wish to self-cater. Under-5's and well behaved dogs welcome - sole occupancy only. Cragg Barn is a great base for walkers of all abilities. It is also ideal for climbing, mountain biking (bike storage in barn), fishing and wildlife/bird-watching. There are many local tourist attractions within a short drive. Guided farm and wildlife walks available. Cragg House Farm also has a holiday cottage sleeping two, enquire for details.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    8: 1 x 8
  • Open:

    All year. Arrival from 4pm, late arrivals by arrangement.
  • Price per night:

    £12 per person.
  • Booking:

    Booking essential at least 24 hrs in advance. Book online.
  • Directions:

    GPS 54.542813, -3.279011. GR NY173171. From Keswick follow signs to Borrowdale, continue through Rosthwaite, Seatoller and over Honister Pass. Continue past Buttermere lake into Buttermere village. Keep on main road. Cragg House Farm is on the left on the brow of the hill before you get to NT car park. In icy conditions approach from Cockermouth town centre and continue through Lorton. Turn left to Buttermere following road signs. Cragg Farm is 1st on the right past the Buttermere village sign.
  • Public Transport:

    Train stations at Penrith / Workington. Bus links from Penrith station and Workington town centre to Keswick. Bus runs seasonally from Keswick.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page and the camping barn map.


aMixed dormitories
fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
oMeals available locally
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
vWithin 5 miles of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
5Very basic accommodation


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Well they do say you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow….

August 3rd 2019

So Cragg Camping Barn must be a pot of gold!

The camping barns of the Lake district offer a great way to get back to nature in stunning surroundings, without having to carry a tent.

Cragg House Farm, with its stunning views over Buttermere, has an 8 bed camping barn and a cottage for two, for those who require more comfort. Camping Barns were originally created to provide accommodation in remote spots for walkers and cyclists; often on farms, these simple barns were always independently owned.



Stay on a traditional Lakeland fell farm in Buttermere

May 25th 2018

Cragg House Farm has a holiday cottage for 2 people and a camping barn sleeping up to 8.

Cragg House Farm is a traditional Lakeland Fell farm which runs a flock of Herdwick, and Cheviot sheep.  The farmhouse is a grade II listed traditional property dating from the 17th century and lies in the untouched village of Buttermere.  On the farm is a holiday cottage sleeping two people and a camping barn sleeping up to eight people.

cragg house Farm

Cragg Camping Barn

September 21st 2017

Remote and peaceful.

Cragg Barn, in cumbria,  is a traditional camping barn. Its camping – but indoors. That means its warm and clean and dry. You need to bring camping stuff for cooking and sleeping but obviously not a tent! 

The camping barns network was set up by the YHA as accommodation in remote spots for walkers and cyclists. Although no longer part of the YHA, they still exist as part of the Independent Hostels network and they still maintain that function.  In fact, the ‘remote spot’ detail is precisely why they’re valuable. That ‘indoor camping’ tag will put some people off, but maybe they’re the sort of people we want to take a break from by getting ourselves to distant corners of the British Isles!

Let’s take Cragg Barn for example. Its sits on a small isthmus between Buttermere and Crummock Water  There are sharp purple mountains on all four sides. You can walk, from the door, high into the Buttermere fells. Tough lakeland sheep tug at the grasses right outside. Think of the clear, unspoilt night skies; the dewy mornings; the quiet, quiet, quiet. 




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