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 list of hostels who helped in the time of CoVid-19, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the walking festivals page, the Cumbria Way, the ideal for retreats page and the Hostels with Camping map.

It has availability at Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term, February Half Term, Autumn Half Term, Christmas and New Year.


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

Lake District’s Rookhow Bunkbarn is ‘Good to Go’!

July 3rd 2020

Lake District sole use isolated bunkbarn is ready to welcome guests from 2 households from 4th July

We’ve put the necessary procedures in place, including a Covid-19 risk assessment, 72 hours between bookings and additional cleaning to be awarded the ‘We’re good to go’ kitemark from the National Tourist Board of England. Contact us through the website to find out more & see photos of our stunning 12 acres of ancient oak woodland: which you get to yourselves!


Lake District isolated sole use bunkbarn open from 4th July for weekend bookings

June 25th 2020

Rookhow bunkbarn is re-opening on 4th July for weekend bookings for groups of people from 2 households. Total cost: £600 (Fri-Sun) or £750 for a long weekend (Fri-Mon). Includes 12 acres of woodland!

Set in its own magical woodland, with campfire, outdoor seating area and plenty space to play, Rookhow offers a welcome retreat in the beautiful Rusland valley. Near Lake Windermere and Coniston, surrounded by stunning countryside. A special place of simplicity and peace. The Quaker Meeting House next door is being renovated but will be empty at weekends. You’ll have the place to yourselves!

We’ll make sure 72 hours are left between stays and our cleaner will thoroughly clean ready for you coming. 3 sleeping areas (2, 6 and 8 beds, mainly bunks). Large communal area with well equipped kitchen. 4 showers. Bring own sleeping bags.

Find other accommodation re-opening here.


Rookhow Zoom Cafe during lockdown

May 29th 2020

Rookhow Bunkbarn have helping reduce social isolation in their local community with Zoom coffee afternoons and meditation sessions.

Rookhow’s in an isolated rural area of the Lake District and is closed at the moment but we wanted to keep in touch with the local community and help reduce social isolation. We’ve had some great chat, shared some funny videos, our favourite lockdown books and generally talked about how everyone’s coping.   We’ve also been supporting people who are unconfident with the internet to use Zoom.  One retired local person said, “I’ve really enjoyed joining you- it’s so social! I live on my own. It helps you to feel connected.”

We’ve also been offering a weekly Epilogue meditation session on Monday evenings for everyone and all ages.  These  Zoom Quaker socials which have been hilarious!   Find out more about it here.  or email Sue Nicholls, Development Manager on

Find out about what other hostels and bunkhouses are doing to help their local communities.  Community spirit during the Virus Lockdown.

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