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

Call Sue Nicholls on 07377 971783

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 woods. 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 or duvets), a kitchen/dining area, a cosy wood-burning stove and picnic tables outside. The recently renovated yurt in the woods with wood burner is also available to hire with the Bunkbarn. Space to camp. Plenty of private parking and an electric vehicle overnight charging point (bring your own cable).

Pub with food 2 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, youth groups and Forest Schools training. Many of our guests return year after year. It's also a special place for extended family celebrations, weddings and meet-ups of friends.

In addition to the Bunkbarn, you can also book the Yurt for an extra sleeping area and the Quaker Meeting House as an extra space/meeting room and space for 10 to sleep on floor. Maximum group size: 30 people.

Special offer for weeklong bookings: 7 nights for the price of 6. Mid week bookings (Sunday-Friday): 5 nights for the price of 4 and 4 nights for the price of 3.

Rookhow is a registered charity. We give 5% of our booking's income to subsidise stays for vulnerable groups.

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


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  • Beds & Rooms:

    Beds. 16: 1x2, 1x6, 1x8, plus yurt :4 and camping (with bunkbarn hire).
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    Bunkbarn £350 (min 2 nights). Yurt £45, Quaker Meeting House £65. Sole use of whole site £460.
  • 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
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2023


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


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News & Offers from Rookhow Bunkbarn

A simple, quiet New Year in the woods at Rookhow, Lake District

September 28th 2023

Simple ‘Quamping’ (Quaker version of glamping) in the 300 year old Grade II* listed Quaker Meeting House, with simple cooking, folding camp beds and 12 acres fo ancient oak woodland to yourselves, complete with heated yurt and campfire.

£200 per night, minimum 2 nights. Sole use of whole site. This is a special offer while the Bunkbarn is closed for refurbishment. See the new Quamping page on our website:

group sit around a campfire as dusck in the woods around rookhow hostel
Late Availability

Winter ‘Quamping’ at Rookhow, Lake District

September 4th 2023

A Quaker version of glamping! Stay in the historic 300 year old Grade II* listed Quaker Meeting House this Winter. While the Bunkbarn is closed for renovation work, we’re offering simple Quamping from the end of November til the end of March. £150 per night plus £50 for the yurt in the woods. Up to 12 people but would also suit a family. Minimum 2 nights. Simple cooking facilities and simple folding beds. Availability over Christmas and New Year.

“Rookhow is an oasis of calm. Simple, honest and truly magical. The wood is an amazing resource and the site is surrounded by many glorious walks and views.” (guest) One child wrote about the Meeting House, “I just like it’s big-ness!”

See the website for more details or contact Sue on 07377 971783.

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White centre building and stone building among the trees. Photo taken from the air

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