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

Call Sue Nicholls on 07557 919879


Off the beaten track, Roohow 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 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 historic 300 year old Quaker Meeting House next door which is available for training events, workshops and as an extra sleeping area (BYO mats and bedding). There are three sleeping areas in the bunkbarn (Sleeping bags are needed, duvets to hire on request), 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. Pub 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:

    6-16 bed
  • Open:

    Open: from 12th April (1 household), 17th May (2 households), 21st June (fully open)
  • Price per night:

    Sole use: £150 per night (min 2 nights)/ £900 per week (Friday-Friday) from 12th April. £200 per night/£1,200 per week from 17th May; £300 per night/ £1,800 per week from 21st June. Weeklong only bookings in Summer holidays. Extra space in the Quaker Meeting House: £50 extra per night. Please bring own sleeping bags & towels. Duvets to hire on request.
  • 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 Cumbria Way
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available May Day Bank Holiday 2021 Available for Christmas 2021 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 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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News & Offers from Rookhow Bunkbarn

We’re reopening on 12th April. 12 acres of woodland to yourselves!

April 10th 2021

Rookhow, Lake District open to one household half price from 12th April

Get away from it all with 12 acres of woodland with campfire and outdoor seating area. A quiet, secluded part of the Lake District

Special Offer

Half price 1 household breaks in a secluded corner of the Lake District (from 12th April)

February 24th 2021

A warm welcome to Rookhow bunkbarn. Sole use with 12 acres oak woodland, campfire and outdoor seating. Half price rate for one household of £150 per night/ £900 per week from 12th April-16th May

Here’s what some of our guests said: “We were looking for a secluded location where we can enjoy the nature and give the kids the freedom to explore. The private woodland was a plus since you don’t need to leave the site to enjoy the local natural beauty.” (Family group, September 2020)
“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)

Special Offer

Extended family Summer holiday in the Lake District

February 4th 2021

Staycation at Rookhow in the heart of the Lake District. Sole use of bunkbarn, extra space in the 300 yr old Grade II* listed Quaker Meeting House and 12 acres of ancient oak woodland to explore.

Weeklong bookings in the Summer holidays. Going fast! 100% refund for Covid cancellations. We and guests will follow governmental guidelines in place at that time.

Rookhow Centre and quaker meeting house in south lakedistrict

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