The Old Cafe Bunkroom, Rydal Lodge Country House B&B, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9LR

Call Helena & Mark Tendall on 015394 33208

Comfortable bunkhouse in Rydal in the Lake District

A bijou 2 person bunkroom in the magnificent setting of Rydal Country House B&B in the heart of the Lake District. Situated in the sleepy hamlet of Rydal the bunkroom is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and great walking, while the bustling town of Ambleside is a stroll away.

Created from the old cafe, the bunkroom is beautifully appointed. There's a small kitchen unit with microwave, toaster, fridge & kettle, one set of bunks, a dining table for 2 and a small en suite shower room. All linen & towels are provided, guests are asked to make and strip their own beds. Up to 2 dogs are welcome too. You are welcome to use the facilities of the main house which has an honesty bar, lounges, a mass of local information, maps, local routes, board games and a small library. Outside there are extensive grounds leading down to the River Rothay, perfect for a relaxing evening after a busy day exploring the lakes.

The Old Café Bunkroom is a walker’s paradise. A 5 minute walk away is scenic Rydal Water amidst spectacular mountain scenery – why not take a dip or spend a day fishing? A 20 minute walk away are the atmospheric Rydal Caves. The Fairfield Horseshoe and Loughrigg are on our doorstep and the slopes of Helvellyn are just a 5 minute bus ride away.
Wordsworth’s Home – Rydal Mount – is well worth a visit and is only a 3 minute stroll from the doorstep.

The main house has 7 double B&B rooms for extra guests in your group. Breakfast can be provided to the bunkroom if required.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    2 + B&B in the main house
  • Open:

    All year
  • Price per night:

    From £50 sole use. Dogs £8 per stay (max 2).
  • Directions:

    From Ambleside: enter the village of Rydal then look for the brown sign on the left for Rydal Mount and turn left shortly after at the bus stop layby. Park in our car park, go through the blue gate and follow the fairy lights to Rydal Lodge B&B’s blue front door. From Grasmere: enter the village of Rydal then go past the Badger Bar and past the small road up to Rydal Mount and turn right shortly after at the bus stop layby. Then follow the directions above.
  • Public Transport :

    We are 6 miles from Windermere Station. From Windermere Station get the 599 or the 555 and ask for Rydal Church. Once you alight at Rydal Church walk a few yards to Rydal Lodge B&B’s street door.
  • Walks :

    Mountain Bike Coast to Coast Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk
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cPrivate rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
ZDogs by arrangement


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Cosy accommodation on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk.

July 6th 2021

The Old Café Bunkroom in Rydal, Ambleside, is the perfect place to stop for a break whilst on your Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk.  Treat yourself 2 nights in our cosy, comfy micro hostel to give yourselves a day or two to reinvigorate and re-energise. 

The Old Café Bunkroom is part of historic Rydal Lodge Country House B&B with extensive riverside grounds so you can enjoy country house facilities at hostel prices!  Put your feet up, enjoy our beautiful garden with the river running through and relax.  Enjoy a jug of Pimm’s and Lemonade or grab a cold beer from our Honesty Bar? …And breathe…

Raining?  Cosy up in front of our wood-burning stove in the ‘Snug’ and maybe read a book or play a game borrowed from our well stocked library.

And all from £50 per night for 1 or 2 guests!

As part of your rest and recuperation why not visit Rydal Mount – former home of William Wordsworth just a 3 minute walk from our door.  Do some wild water swimming in Rydal Water (we can provide extra towels on request) or saunter down to Waterhead Pier in Ambleside (2 miles) and take a cruise on Lake Windermere.

Need additional sustenance for the next leg of the journey?  You can order a delicious full English breakfast as an optional extra delivered to your room (or, on a sunny day, enjoy in our garden).

We look forward to welcoming you to The Old Café Bunkroom at Rydal Lodge.


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New micro hostel just opened in Rydal in the Lake District

June 24th 2021

Perfect for couples looking for simple, budget, self-catering accommodation in stunning surroundings. Part of historic Rydal Lodge Country House B&B with extensive riverside grounds, you can enjoy country house facilities at hostel prices! All this just down the road from from where Wordsworth used to live. What more could you ask for?

Have a look at this fab virtual tour and meet owner Helena.  Click here

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