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

Call Sue Nicholls on 07557 919879


Of the beaten track, Roohow Bunkbarn is a hidden gem, situated in the Rusland Valley, close to the heart of the Lake District. This small beautiful hostel has its own glorious 12 acres of woods where you can have a bonfire 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 nearby historic Quaker Meeting House which is available for conferences, seminars, workshops and as an extra sleeping area (BYO mats and bedding). There are three sleeping areas in the bunkbarn, a kitchen/dining area, a cosy wood stove and picnic tables outside. Groups requiring extra meeting/sleeping space can hire the the Meeting House for an additional £50 per night. Plenty of private parking. Inn with food 2/3 miles. Nearest supermarket 20mins. Electric heating and 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:

    16: in 3 rooms + camping.
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    £300 (min 2nights). Plus £50 per night for Quaker Meeting House. Camping extra: £10 adult, £5 child.
  • 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. (11 miles, approx £25 by taxi).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available only to groups, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the walking festivals page, the Cumbria Way, the ideal for retreats page, the Hostels with Camping map and the Holidays in Isolation page.

It has availability at February Half Term, Autumn Half Term, Christmas, New Year and February Half Term.


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


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News & Offers from Rookhow Bunkbarn

Something to look forward to? Plan your Christmas & New Year in the Lake District

March 30th 2020

Taking bookings now for Christmas & New Year at cosy 16 bed sole use Rookhow Bunkbarn & Quaker Meeting House

Cosy woodburners with big group space, magical 12 acres of woodland, campfires, beautiful surrounding area.

“The log burner is great for winter evenings. The Bunkbarn was really clean and warm. It is very well equipped and has a great communal space.”
“It was spacious, the living room and kitchen was a good size for a big group and the well-stocked kitchen was brilliant. The children loved the little snug room upstairs. The woods surrounding Rookhow are wonderful and it was great to have a fire pit.”


Rookhow is closed for now but open for future bookings

March 24th 2020

Lake District’s Rookhow Quaker Meeting House & Bunkbarn is taking bookings for later in the year & 2021

Come and recover later in the year, with log fires, campfire & 12 acres of ancient woodland.

“I like the forest & the walks. There are no cars, just lots of birds. Rookhow makes me feel calm, happy and safe.” (G, aged 12)
“It’s a place where our children can roam free and spend valuable time in nature.” (mum)
“Rookhow is an oasis of calm. Simple, honest and truly magical. Quakers’ wood is an amazing resource and the site is surrounded by many glorious walks and views.” (Bunkbarn guest)


Lake District 300yr old Quaker Meeting House & Bunkbarn

March 17th 2020

Come and stay in the converted stables (16 beds) at Rookhow Grade II* listed 300 year old Quaker Meeting House. A favourite for yoga and mindfulness retreats with 12 acres of its own ancient woodland

Steeped in history, with huge wooden doors, old wooden benches, 1725 spice cupboard and a key the size of a trowel. Quakers have been meeting her for 300 years. We welcome people of any faith or none to Rookhow to share in this very special place.

Here’s what our guests say:
“The energy there is very magical, holding and beautiful” (Home schools group).
“Each time, I have come away enriched, calmed, energised and with a renewed sense of my place and purpose in the world.” (teacher).
“I love Rookhow. There are no phones and there’s a big wood, yummy food and nice people. There is tarpaulin where you can make dens. I love the big meeting house, I just like its bigness.” (L, aged 10)

Rookhow Centre and quaker meeting house in south lakedistrict

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