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

Call Sue Nicholls on 07557 919879


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.
  • Open:

    Open all year round
  • Price per night:

    2021 prices: £300 (min 2 nights)/ £1,800 per week (Fri-Fri). Plus £50 for Quaker Meeting House. Sole use only. 2022 prices: Bunkbarn £320 (min 2 nights). Yurt £40 when hired with bunkbarn. Quaker Meeting House (extra group space) £60. Sole use of whole site (including 12 acres private woodland) £420 per night.
  • 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 August Bank Holiday 2022


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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Toasting marshmallows in the woods at Rookhow

October 5th 2021

Bring your marshmallows, head torches and a sense of adventure to Lake District’s Rookhow bunkbarn where you’ll have 2 campfires & 12 acres woodland to yourselves.

“Spectacular ancient woodlands” (Plant Life)
“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)

When you come to stay at Rookhow, you have access to Quakers’ Wood: a wonderful Lake District wilderness in the Rusland Valley. Spend your family holiday building campfires, climbing trees, making dens and playing hide and seek. There’s even a bubbling beck to wander by. 12 acres of space to explore and you get it all to yourselves! Our yurt has just been renovated and is available for guests to stay in. Please ask to find out more.

Our ancient Atlantic oak woodland is rich in lichens and mosses, Quakers’ Wood provides a bio-diverse habitat for many creatures. The buildings at Rookhow are home to 3 species of bats and deer are often spotted in the Rusland Valley.

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Christmas woodland wonderland week in the Lake District

September 21st 2021

Spend the Christmas week (24th-31st Dec) with family and friends. Sole use of 12 acres of woodland and 16 bed bunkbarn with wood burner.

A very special, cosy place to get away from it all and spend time in nature.
“Rookhow is an oasis of calm. Simple, honest and truly magical. Quaker woods are an amazing resource and the site is surrounded by many glorious walks and views.”

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Weeklong New Year holiday from 31st December in the Lake District

September 20th 2021

Log burner in a cosy bunkbarn, campfire in the woods, get away from it all, hibernate and recover. 7 nights for the price of 6 at Rookhow bunkbarn.

“The pure simplicity of Rookhow was a delight, as was the no internet signal. In a climate of busy lives, technology, screen time, it was wonderful to be in the knowledge that our stay would be technology free. Family time was wonderful with no distractions and the children found nature was all they needed to keep themselves entertained. Rookhow is an opportunity to meet with friends and welcome first timers – the atmosphere was wonderful and a chance to talk and have some fun!” (bunkbarn guest)

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