Lake District Bunkhouse, Camping Barns and Walking Hostels
Lake District Camping Barns provide rustic eco-friendly cheap self catering accommodation.
Cumbria Barns - Bunkhouses - HostelsWhat better way could there possibly be of experiencing the real Cumbria and be eco-friendly but don't want the bother of carrying your own canvas then these converted barns and stables might be just the ticket.
Practially stone tents Bunkhouses, Camping Barns and Independent Walking Hostels are proving a popular facility for those who want to explore and enjoy Cumbria, away from the crowds.
Due to the very fact that many of them are on working farms, they can be situated in the most scenic of locations. The facilities they offer vary considerably, so do check what is included, but all offer basic facilities along with a cheap and eco-friendly self-catering alternative, usually in unrivalled scenery.
Dacre's Stable Camping Barn
At the south of the Eden Valley on the edge of the Lake District National Park is a lovely corner of Cumbria. A twitchers paradise with quiet lanes for cycling and walking, dreaming and reading.
Dacre's Stable Camping Barn is non-smoking and sleeps up to 8 (2 downstairs with disable access) and has been designed as a flexible space for families or groups of friends. There is also space for 2 small tents and two camper-van hook-ups, by special arrangement.
The ground floor, which is accessible for those who are disabled, sleeps two in a screened off area in a double bed. Also on the ground floor is the sitting area which has a woodburning stove (1st basket of logs provided free) linked to the hot water system, table, kitchen space with double hob, microwave, small oven and fridge.
Via an outside access is the upper floor which is one large room with two sets of bunk beds, a single bed and additioanl mattresses.
Crockery, jugs, pots and pans etc are provided for eight people.
The big barn south of Dacre's Stable can provide storage for bicycles and even play space for children on bad weather days (do these really exist?!). The barn can also be made available as workshop space for groups, by prior arrangement.
This camping barn is in a rural location. There are a good number of Pubs and restaurants within eight miles, though the nearest is six; Morrisons is the nearest supermarket, just north of Kendal.
If you are walking or cycling to Dacre's Stable, are able to buy in food supplies for you if you let them know in advance.
Please note, it is also really important that you shut the gates on the lane, as the neighbouring farmers depend on these for the security of their livestock. For this reason, visiting dogs other than Guide dogs, are only allowed by special arrangement - sorry !
Dacre Stable Camping Barn can be booked by the night, mid weeks, weekend or whole weeks. Their price is very competitive see for yourself here
Abbot Park Camping Barn - Nr. Ulverston & ConistonIn beautiful southern Cumbria about halfway between Ulverston and Coniston, Abbot Park, has a new Camping Barn providing a tranquil farm location, to get away from it all.
Two barns are available, each of these comprise six made up beds and the luxury of a wood burning stove. Hot water, electricity, shower and toilet are additional bonuses in these stone tents. Cooking facilities include crockery & cutlery along with a cooker microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge., The thoughtful owners have also provided a few board games.
Emphasis at Abbot Park is on enjoying its idyllic rural location and in accordance there are a few site rules which you should read before you book.
Thorney How Independent Hostel - GrasmereThorney How opened as an Independent family owned Hostel in Easter 2011. This former YHA hostel can be found in what I always consider the most romantic village of the English Lake District, Grasmere. Built around 350 years ago in traditional Lakeland stone, Thorney How is quite historical as it was in fact the first Hostel ever bought by the YHA. Orignally built as a farmnhouse and possibly later a rather grander Victorian Gentleman's residence. Another claim to fame is that the diarist Dorothy Wordsworth is thought to have used the grounds here.
Now newly refurbished it is ready for your visit and provides clean, comfortable licencedback packing style accommodation. There are 51 beds divided over 10 rooms with room sizes ranging from 2 to 10 bunk style beds per room.
Kendal Independent HostelThis Georgian building is situated right on Kendal's high street, making for easy exploration of the English Lake District by public transport. In fact, going one better, why not join one of The Blue Badge tours? Blue Badge is an association of registered tour guides who are local and have first class knowledge of the area. Jan Moffat owner of the Kendal Hostel is a Blue Badge tour guide. She has first class knowledge of the local area and can tailor the tour to suit you and your group. Jan is also very eco-aware. In addition to the secure bike shed for those who arrive under their own steam, the Hostel rents out electric bikes.
Sleeping 49 in a mix of singles and dorms the Kendal Hostel can be booked by independent travellers, and also for sole occupancy for workshops, team buildings and families groups.
The Kendal Brewery Arts Centre is an excellent place to unwind and there are also plenty of independent and chain cafes, pubs and restaurants along the high street for those who prefer not to cook. More information including how to book and current prices can be found on the Kendal Hostel Website here
Wallabarrow Camping Barn and Bunkhouse - Duddon Valley
Wallabarrow Camping BarnRestored by the National Trust Wallabarrow dates back to the 17th century and sleeps 10 (see Bunkhouse below for additional accommodation). The barn can be booked for sole occupancy (under 16's must be accompanied by a responsible adult and if travelling with under 5's then sole occupancy should be booked :not suitable for rowdy groups as close proximity to self-catering cottage and owners own residence).
This former farmhouse has a woodburning stove (bring your own wood or a large basket available for £12 ). The kitchen is well equipped with pots and pans, kettle, toaster, fridge and a four ring electric cooker.Sleeping area is communal with 10 mattresses+covers provided. Recently refurbished shower and toilet facilities are in a separate building. Water is treated but not on mains please use carefully and use eco-products where possible - £1 meter for the shower. There is a secluded garden with picinic area.
Free range eggs, Galloway Beef and Herdwick Lamb are normally available for purchase at the farmhouse as is home produced BBQ charcoal - enquire directly for the price list.
Two pubs nearby. The New Inn which is a 15 minute walk through Wallabarrow Woods - serving cask ales until 11pm and good food (booking for larger groups is recommended), or 4 miles away with excellent food and good beer, is the Blacksmiths Arms at Broughton Mills.
Prices The cost per person is £10.00 pppn and sole use £100 per night. Dogs by arrangment £1.50 per night
See more photographs and read more details of Wallabarrow Camping Barn
Wallabarrow Wooden BunkhouseThe Wooden Bunkhouse is often booked in conjunction with Wallabarrow Camping Barn but may be available separately. It sleeps up to four on a single sleeping platform. The Bunkhouse has basic cooking facilities, fridge and cold water supply, electricity is by meter and takes £1 coins. The cost is £8.50 pppn.
To enquire about the Wallabarrow Wooden Bunk House and/or Camping Barn, please go to the Owner's website.
Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club Site - Camping BarnThe Eskdale self catering Barn will tempt even the most reluctant camper. It sleeps 8 and boasts comfy beds (you need to bring your own pillows and sleeping bag), winter heat and a fully fitted modern kitchen. A BBQ is provided for those beautiful summer evenings and a wood burning stove provides comfort during Cumbria's cooler months.
If you are caught in one of Cumbria's rain showers you can also make use of the free drying room for your boots. Also on the site are hot showers and a shop which stocks local and organic products, not to mention a play area and adventure trail for those who are travelling as families.
Read more about this luxury stone Barn at Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club site here.
To book the Eskdale Camping Barn, please call the site directly on: 01946 723253.
Bluebell Camping Barn
Situated on the ede of Hadrians Wall Nature Trail, in the grounds of an 18th Century Georgian Country House, Bluebell Barn has been sympathetically restored.
Sleeping up to 16, Bluebell Barn has its own access and is ideal for walkers and cyclists to the area. The camping barn has a dining area and can provide packed lunches on request. There is an outdoor patio area and spectacular views across rural Cumbria.
Sleeping is on bunk and singled beds with mattress provided. Sleeping bags can also be provided on request. There are two fully fitted kitchens with fridge, cooker, microwave and kettle and two Bathrooms.
Tarif: £13 per person per night.
Read more about Bluebell Camping Barn.
Low Bridge End Camping BarnLow Bridge End Farm occupies one of Cumbria's idyllic, peaceful settings. Overlooking St. John's Beck, with stunning views towards Blencathra, Helvellyn and Castle Rock this is surely Cumbria at its best?
The Camping Barn can sleep 8 and is basically a stone tent - mattresses are provided, but you will need to bring sleeping bags and your own cooker and cooking utensils. There is a cooking area within the barn and outside BBQ area with seating and a shower and bath room. Delicious home cooked cakes are available in the Tea Garden with walks from the door. A solid fuel stove is a great focus for the evening and wood/coal can be purchased from the farm. Parking is available for two cars.
Tarif : £8.50 per person per night plus extra for hot showers, wood and coal. Take the Virtual Tour of the Low Bridge Camnping Barn to see its truly idyllic setting.
Grasmere Independent HostelGraded 4* by the English Tourism Council, this new independent Hostel, sleeping up to 24, is surrounded by fabulous countryside that will have you reaching for your camera and inspiring you onto the fells.
There are two well equipped kitchens which include free tea and coffee.
Just when you think it couldn't get any better you discover the Nordic Sauna (for up to 4 people - coin operated).
The village pub is just 400 m down the road serving good food and English breakfasts. Grasmere is about one mile away and if you are self catering then you can borrow a bike to whizz into the village for your groceries.
Tarif : £20.50 per head.
Read more details about the deluxe Grasmere Independent Hostel.
Bradleys Riding Centre Bunk HouseSleeping up to 12 surrounded by this goregeous scenery on Wainwright's coast to coast walk is the Bunk House at Bradley's Riding Centre. The Bunk House is ideal for backpackers and cyclists and has cooking and shower facilities. Breakfast can be taken at the Farmhouse if wished.
Tarif : £22 with breakfast or £17 without breakfast
For more information on staying at the Bunkhouse and for riding enquiries please go to the Bradley's Riding Centre website
Rook How CentreIn the secluded Rusland Valley between Windermere and Coniston, Rook How Centre enjoys 12 acres of mature woodland and is situated in the grounds of the Friends Meeting House dating back to 1725.
These former stables now provide accommodation for up to 20 people, with central heating throughout. There are 8 bunks downstairs, 9 bunks upstairs and sleeping for 3 on sofabeds in the lounge. A clean sheet and pillowcase are provided but please bring your own sleeping bag.
A large open plan room povides kitchen/dining facilities with seating around the woodburning stove. The kitchen has an electric range double oven, microwave and fridge freezer. You are guaranteed to get away from it all and unwind as the Centre does not have a TV, radio, telephone or internet connection. 4 showers, 2 WC's and 5 washbasins means that no-one is queuing for long.
An orienteering course and bonfire pit can be found in the Quakers' Wood and are available for use, at your own risk. A Yurt and the Friends Meeting House are also available for hire - please contact Rook How directly.
Tarif guide : £14 adult per night; £7 junior per night (2-16 yrs); Minimum charge for sole use/group hire: £160 per night; Hire of duvet if required: £5 per person
Maggs Howe Camping Barn - Kentmere Valley
A ramblers paradise - perfect for the Kentmere Horseshoe or just soaking up unspoilt rural Cumbria. This traditional barn, really a stone tent, is ideal for walkers and cyclists.
Maggs Howe Camping Barn can sleep up to 12. You need to bring your own sleeping bag. Mattresses, blankets and pillows are provided. There are two showers and two loos and a kitchen with a cooker. There is also a bike rack and drying facilities.
Breakfasts and Dinners can be taken at Maggs Howe Farmhouse by prior arrangment.
Tarif : £10 per person per night - Sole Booking : £100 - Weekend bookings min 2 nights or £50 surcharge.
To check details of Maggs Howe Traditional Barn and for availability - please go to the Maggs Howe website.
Barn Camping at Causeway Foot FarmStay on a small family run sheep and dairy farm in the magnificent Naddle Valley, just outside Keswick off the A591.
The Causeway Foot Camping barn is available for groups only and facilities include:
Upper floor - Accommodates 16 people in bunkbeds with mattresses & pillows,2 electric heaters and power points. The toilet block is 50 metres from the barn and has separate ladies and gents toilets, wash basins and showers. Prices from £60 per night. To find out more about Barn Camping at Causeway Foot and to book contact Greg Nicholson on 017687 72290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go directly to the Causeway Foot Farm website.
Denton House Independent Hostel - KeswickWith funky artwork and just a five minute walk from the centre of Keswick, Denton House is a purpose built Outward Bound facility. This Independent Hostel is also approved by the British Canoe Union Centre. In additon to offering affordable accommodation to individuals, families and groups, they can provide qualified canoe instructors and tailor walking/canoeing days to your groups' requirements.
Sleeping a maximum of 58 - bunkrooms sizes are from 4 to 14 beds - you can book by the bed or by the room and choose single sex or mixed rooms. Duvets and pillows are provided. There is central heating throughout - which also means permanent hot water!
An indoor bike shed and Kayak store is available. Dogs are welcome - providing no-one else in your room objects. Washer and Dryer - 24hr free tea and coffee and a commercial kitchen ideal for both small and large group dining. Meals (breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals) can be provided for an additional cost, if requested in advance.
Tarif : midweek £14:00 / weekends £15:00 per night
To appreciate all the facilities both of Denton House and the Outdoor Facility possibilities - please go to the Denton House website.
Low Luckens Organic Resource CentreThe Organic Resource Centre at Low Luckens Organic provides simple, clean low budget self catering accommodation for up to 12.
Ideal for groups wanting to enjoy the natural countryside or who are interested in wildlife conservation or organic farming and sustainability in farming and renewable energy. The centre is also ideal for cyclists as close to the Reivers Cycle route.
Residential visitors can use the Centre as a base to both enjoy and learn from the farm's 220 acres of organically managed farmland, ancient woodland and river habitats.
A large resource room with woodburning stove and electric heaters is included in the price and the kitchen has adequate equiptment to cater for 12. Organic produce can be ordered in advance if desired. Bed linen is supplied free of charge; beds are available for 9 - with one single disabled room/ four singles in an en-suite / four singles with shared toilet and shower / 3 temporary beds can also be made available. A cot is also available. Pets may be allowed - by prior arrangement.
A ping pong table is available in the barn. Pub about 15 minute drive. Plenty of parking. There is no TV but there are DVD and Video players. A large hay-bale seating area can be available for workshops.
Find out more about the Low Luckens Farm Resource Centre and check for availability.
Eden Valley BunkhouseIn this pretty, undiscovered corner of Cumbria, ideal for walking and cycling is the Eden Valley Bunkhouse
Originally a sandstone farm building dating back to round 1710, it has now been sympathetically restored, retaining original features such as the rustic old beams. Accommodation is in three spacious bedrooms each with two bunk beds, (four people per room). An extra camp bed can be added if necessary.
The old dairy has been converted to a kitchen and is equipped with kettle, microwave, stove, fridge, toaster, utensils and worktop/breakfast bar. There is also a clothes drying area. The shower and toilet facilities are of an equal high standard, the ladies having been completed in 2010.
In addition to the lovely scenic walks this is an ideal venue for cyclists with the C2C route being just half a mile away. The village of Lazonby is one and a half mile walk/cycle away with a heated outdoor swimming pool and supermarket.
More information about the Eden Valley Bunkhouse here.
Quite often the sleeping arrangements are communal sleeping, but this vary between barns, so please do check each barn for exact details.
Larger groups can sometimes be accommodated by 'over-spill' camping if sole-occupancy is of the barn is booked.
As a minimum there will be a flush-loo and cold water...but some are a little more luxurious with a wood burning stove and metered hot-showers....read on and find which barn best suits your group...however remember that you will need to pack sleeping bags & that not all barns provide mattresses.
Basically you'll need to pack everything you would need for camping, apart from the tent!
Lakeland Camping Barn Locations
Kirby Stephen - Bents Camping BarnFormerly a shepherds cottage dating back to 1600s - Ideal for walking Howgill Fells also accessible from 'coast to coast' route and 5 miles from the Settle to Carlisle railway at Kirkby Stephen
See photographs of sleeping area and kitchen at Bents Camping Barn.
CatbellsSituated on the slopes of Catbells just 4 miles from Keswick and on the Cumberland Way
More information on sole booking and further photographs of Catbells Camping Barn.
Cragg House Farm - ButtermereThis barn is one of the traditional buildings on a typical Lakeland Herdwick hill farm, in one of the quietest and most idyllic valleys in the Lake District, between Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Cragg Barn is full of rustic charm, idyllically located between Buttermere and Crummock Water, however it is very basic you will need to bring everything apart from the tent!
See more photographs of Cragg Barn.
Dinah Hoggus Camping Barn - 5 miles from Keswick in Rosthwaite - Borrowdale ValleyGood for coast to coast walk
Check information and see more photographs of Dinah Hoggus Camping Barn.
Fell End Camping Barn - 6 miles from Coniston / Duddon ValleyExperience the silence of the Fells and if the skies are clear the stars will be fantastic too
More information and further photographs of this 18th century Camping Barn near Coniston.
Hudscales Camping Barn - Cumbria Way and Reivers Cycle RoutesIf you are thinking of exploring the Northern Fells or wanting accommodation on the Cumbria Way or Reivers Cycle Route then read more about this stone tent
See further photographs and read more information of this walking and bike barn at Hudscales
Murt Nether WasdaleHow much more blissful could your holiday be? Staying in a traditional Lakeland hayloft and byre that dates back to 1728 in the Wasdale valley, with a pub serving good food within walking distance!
Full information and further photos of Murt Camping Barn.
St Johns in the Vale - 6 miles south of KeswickNot only does this converted stable/hayloft overlook St. John's beck and have views of Blencahtra and Helvellyn but there is also a tea garden at the farm too!
Some sole occupancy restrictions - read all details of St John's in the Vale Camping Barn
Swallow Barn - CockermouthThere are 4 units available at Swallow Barn which date back 1670 providing 4 independent booking / separate sleeping areas: 3 Barns sleep 3 and 1 Barn sleeps 9
Permits are availble from the farm if you fancy hiring a boat or going fishing and Scafell is just waiting to be climbed. Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere are in exploring distance and home brewed beer and excellent food is served just a mile away at the local Pub.
See more photographs and check all details of these 4 units at Swallow Barn.
SwirralThe fabulous location of this converted old miners building means that you can walk Striding/Swirrel Edge and the in fact the whole Helvellyn range right from the door.
More information and further photographs of Swirral Camping Barn.
Tarn Flatt - 1 mile from Sandwith near St. Bees/ WhitehavenOverlooking the Solway Firth this working farm barn is ideal for exploring the Western fells of Cumbria, St. Bees lighthouse, the RSPB reserve and historic port of Whitehaven. This basic camping barn is ideal for those looking for accommodation on the Coast to Coast Walk and the Cumbria Coastal Way.
Full details and more photos of Tarn Flatt Sandstone Barn here.
Wythmoor Farm Camping Barn - 4.5 miles from Kendal - 10 mins J37 of M647 miles from the start of the New Walney to Wear coast to coast Cycle route and also only a few hundred metres from the Dales Way long distance footpath.central Lakes. Better still Wythmoor is less than 10 mins from J37 of the M6 - about 4.5 miles from Kendal and has wonderful views of the Howgills and distant Lakeland Fells is disable friendly, eco-friendly AND has underfloor heating....read on!
Wythmoor provides thoughtful eco-friendly and disable friendly accommodation within easy access of the M6. Read more here.
Hillside Farm Bunk Barn
Converted from a form Georgian Farm Stable the Hillside Farm Bunk House situated in Carlisle half-way between the Ravenglass and Wallsend Cycle route. Car parking is available and there is a cycle store with repair tools for cycles. The barn is currently being refreshed to provide more seating and a bigger kitchen downstairs - which includes a two ring stove and crockery and cutlery and in the former loft upstairs sleeping 12 + (refurbishments expected to be completed by April 2011). Sleeping bags and towels can be hired for an additional fee.
Nearby Solway marsh is a great place to walk and take in the delights of the beautiful sunsets. During the bird Migration it is an awesome sight as flocks of some 20,000 Barnacle and Pink Footed Geese take to the air. You may also see fishermen out in shallow waters of the Solway Sands and mudflats traditionally fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout with their Haaf Nets. This type of fishing is permitted only on the Solway.
Tarif : Bunk Beds £10.00 ppn. Fried breakfast from £3.50. Sleeping bags and Towels if required, £1.00 each. The shower s meter opperated, tokens are £1.00 each.
For more information please go to the Hillside Bunk Barn website.
Ennerdale YHA Camping BarnFive miles from the nearest shop, but close to the Ennerdale Youth Hostel, this YHA Barn can sleep 14 and is perfect for group bookings. Read more about Ennerdale Camping Barn here.
Fisher Gill Camping BarnFisher Gill Camping Barn is situated in the Thirlmere valley, just 5 miles from Keswick. The barn can sleep up to 10 and can be booked for sole occupancy. Rates are around £10 per person per night, which includes duvets and a woodburning stove. For further information contact Fisher Gill camping barn directly.
Tarn Outdoor BarnSurrounded by Cumbrian Fells and accommodating up to 24 guests the Tarn Outdoor Barn offers excellent resources including handmade wooden oak tables and benches, drying room and even a 32" Flat Screen Tv!
Read more about Tarn Outdoor Barn
New Ing Lodge - Dorm RoomsOn the Westmoreland Way in Shap, just a day's walk from Patterdale or 3 miles from the M6 is a refreshing Hostel providing, B & B, Mixed Dorms and even camping pitches if weather permits
There are two mixed Dorms (sleeping 8 and 6)and a Single Dorm. The kitchen can hold up to 4 at once and provides all the necessaries such as a microwave and kettle and two ring hob. Ideal for those walking the coast to coast and carrying heavy backpacks a Full English or Cereal and Toast Breakfast can be provided - as can an evening meal.
Tariff :Single dorm - £15 pppn : Bed with bedding - £17 pppn
See photographs and read more about New Ings Lodge.
Ambleside BackpackersJust 8 minutes walk from Lake Windermere and 4 from Ambleside Town Centre, Ambleside Backpackers Hostel can accommodate up to 60 in dorm style rooms. The rooms can either be booked as mixed or single sex dorms (no hen /stag nights) in combinations of 2; 4; 6; 10 and 12 beds all with wash basins. There are male and female shower rooms and clothes washing/drying facilities. All bedding is provided, but please take your own towels.
Ambleside Backpackers Hostel provides free internet and wifi access and tea and coffee facilities. The dorms are secure, lockable and centrally heated. There is a comfortable lounge with piano, fire and TV lots of dining room space and board games too! The kitchen has hobs a microwave and fridge and is open daily between Note that this is primarily an adult facility. Under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult and under 14's are not allowed on top bunks and must be supervised and share a room with an adult.
Read more about this great Backpackers Lodge in the heart of Ambleside.
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