Rookhow Bunkbarn, Rookhow, Rusland, nr Grizedale, Ulverston, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA12 8LA

Call Sue Nicholls on 07557 919879

Lake District woodland- historic bunkbarn & yurt

Off the beaten track, Rookhow is a hidden gem, situated in the Rusland Valley, close to the heart of the Lake District. This small beautiful self-catering accommodation has its own glorious 12 acres of ancient oak woodland where you can have a campfire or explore the woodland walks. Close to Coniston and Windermere and on the edge of the Grizedale Forest Park with its trails and sculptures, Rookhow is the perfect base for walking, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing and all outdoor activities as well as quiet retreat, relaxation, study and artistic pursuits. Converted from the stables of the historic 300 year old Quaker Meeting House next door which is available for training events, workshops and as an extra sleeping area. There are three sleeping areas in the bunkbarn (bring your own sleeping bags, duvets to hire on request), a kitchen/dining area, a cosy wood-burning stove and picnic tables outside. Plenty of private parking. Pub with food 2/3 miles. Nearest supermarket 20 mins. Electric heating and logs for the wood burner in the lounge/kitchen included. Current groups include yoga and mindfulness retreats, mountain bikers and Forest Schools training. Many of our guests return year after year. It's also a special place for extended family celebrations and meet-ups of friends.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    Beds. 16: 1x2, 1x6, 1x8, plus space for 4 in the yurt and space to camp (when hired with bunkbarn)
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    Bunkbarn £320 (min 2 nights). Yurt £40 extra when hired with bunkbarn. Quaker Meeting House (extra group space/meeting room and space for 10 to sleep on floor) £60 extra when hired with bunkbarn. Sole use of whole site (including 12 acres private woodland) £420 per night. Maximum group size: 30 people. Weeklong bookings (Summer and some school holidays): 7 nights for the price of 6.
  • Booking:

    Please book online.
  • Directions:

    Post code - LA12 8LA. Grid Ref - SD 332 895. From M6: Follow A590, signs for Barrow. Leave A590 at Greenodd (A5092) junction and follow sign for Workington for ½ mile. Take minor road to right signed Colton / Oxen Park. Continue (through Oxen Park) for 2 miles. Rookhow is on the left (big white building).
  • Public Transport :

    Trains at Grange-over-Sands, Cark and Ulverston.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Trans Euro Trail Cumbria Way
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2022 Available New Year 2022 / 2023 Available February Half Term 2023 Available Easter 2023 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2023


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
wGroups Only


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Weeklong Lake District woodland Summer holiday- 1 week left: 5th-12th August

March 24th 2022

A recent guest wrote why they chose Rookhow: “For the peace and tranquility. Secluded, idyllic and spacious. It provided plenty of space for our group and is located in a really lovely area. The energy is so beautiful. It had everything we needed!” A 10 year old wrote, “I just like its bigness!”

Spread out in 12 acres of ancient oak woodland with 16 bed bunkbarn, historic Quaker Meeting House (group space and sleep on floor), renovated yurt with a woodburner, space to camp, campfires, outdoor seating. Whole week (Friday 5th-Friday 12th August): £2,520 whole site to yourselves up to 30 people but would suit a smaller group. Only one week left, so contact us soon if you’re interested. Perfect for a group of families or an extended family.
Rookhow is in a quiet corner of the Lakes so you’ll avoid the queues into central Lakes but still be close to Windermere and Consiton.

Late Availability

13 acres of undisturbed woodland with campfire to yourselves.

January 24th 2022

Rookhow Bunkbarn in the Lake District  has its own ‘Quaker Wood’, a hidden gem, brimming with wildlife. A haven to explore and play or just ‘be’. What better reason do you need to stay?

There’s a woodland trail, a climbing tree,  a hidden yurt (not usable at the moment) and an upturned boat. You are free to use the woods. Many groups use the woods for workshops such as mindfulness, foraging and forest schools’ training. Families and friends enjoy it as an undisturbed place to spend time together.

Woodland party of camping lots of people sat around the campfire in the forest

New Year in a magical Lake District woodland

January 6th 2022

Enjoy Rookhow Bunkbarn, a historic 300 year old Quaker Meeting House and 12 acres of woodland with campfire all to yourselves for a whole week’s New Year break! Friday 30th December 2022-Friday 6th January 2023. 7 nights for the price of 6

Book now before it’s snapped up!

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