These Bunkhouses, Camping Barns and Bothys 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 are often situated in the most scenic of locations.
Lake District Camping Barns - Bunkhouses - Bothys
The most basic of these facilities are really stone tents but they vary considerably in terms of what they offer so do check what is included. As a bare minimum, they all offer basic facilities but some are quite luxurious yet, they remain a cheap and eco-friendly self-catering alternative, usually in unrivalled scenery.
You may also be interested in our selection of Independent Hostels in Cumbria and lastly but not at all least Youth Hostels in Cumbria which still offer they same great accommodation as they always have, in fabulous locations, but now have less of the restrictions than in bygone eras.
Lumley Fee En-suite Bunk Barn - Brigsteer Nr. KendalThe old village school in this small southern Cumbrian village has had quite a makeover!
The accommodation is Dog friendly however you are asked not to leave dogs alone in the building. Each room of 4 is en-suite and lockable and you also get a key for the external door. The location is rural with lovely views toward the Lakeland fells and also south to the Arnside estuary.
There is ample parking and the building is centrally heated and a log burner is also available for guests use. There is a communal dining area and smart well equipped kitchen. A drying room with laundry facilities and a great place for muddy boots is also available. The lounge dining area is superbly furnished, oh there are so many good photos of Lumley Fee, sorry we could only choose a few to show here!
The Wheatsheaf Inn is just a short walk down into the village, however the return walk back may take a little longer as the road is very steep; there is an alternative path through the fields however, making the return journey much more manageable. If you don't fancy the walk or to take your own car then Lumley Fee are happy to organise transport for you, this could be particularly useful if a group of you fancied an evening over at The Masons Arms at Strawberry Banks.
Interested? Here is the website for
Lumley Fee where you can check availability plus see all the other lovely photos we couldn't fit in here.
Dodgson Wood BarnWrostler's Barn just a few strides from the south-eastern side of Coniston Water makes you feel as though you have walked into an Arthur Ransome story. You expect Nancy Beckett to jump out at any moment! Nestled as it is on the edge of Dodgson Wood, on this quieter side of Coniston. The whole focus is being 'off the grid' and environmentally aware.
The woods around Wrostler's Barn are of Special Scientific Interest in keeping with such no wood should be collected on site. Initial wood for the wood-burning stove and campfire circle are provided and more can be bought. The toilets are composting and it goes without saying that recycling is paramount!
If you are still reading, then you know you have found a little oasis many dream of as a holiday location. If you need running hot water and flushing loos then this may not be for you.
The Barn has two sleeping areas and can sleep up to 12
Mattresses/picnic tables&benches/cutlery and crockery provided
LED lighting/5 ring gas hob/steel BBQ/wood-burning stove
Cold running water and there is also hot tap water avail when the wood-burning stove is lit
Parking close by for 4 cars
The nearest shops and pubs are not within walking distance so you will need to be savvy about what you take with you. Breakfast and BBQ hampers can, however, be ordered and collected from the owners at their nearby farm and of course you can be assured of excellent quality from animals reared right on your doorstep. More information on these food hampers can be found here.
On the fell up above Wrostler's Barn is Parkamoor Cottage which sleeps 7 and close by is an off-the-grid camping spot which can be rented exclusively and would suit a party to a maximum of 25. You can read more about Camping in the Clearing, here.
If you want to take a little of this magical spot of Cumbria home with you then chat to John and Maria about purchasing some of their farm produced wool or beautiful
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 one camper-van, with hook-up, 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 wood-burning 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 additional 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's stable can be booked mid-weeks, weekend or whole weeks, with a minimum 2 night stay. Booking and further information 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 and even a selection of 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.
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 : please note - the barn is not suitable for rowdy groups as close proximity to self-catering cottage and owners own residence).
This former farmhouse has a wood-burning stove. 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. The shower is metered for the shower. There is a secluded garden with picnic area and dogs are allowed by prior arrangement.
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.
There are 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.
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.
To enquire about the Wallabarrow Wooden Bunk House and/or Camping Barn, please go to the Owner's website.
Mains Farm Bunkhouse - Eden ValleyIn 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.
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.
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.
Take the Virtual Tour of the Low Bridge Camping Barn to see its truly idyllic setting.
Greengill Bunk Barn - Morland - Nr Penrith, in the Eden Valley
Nestled up in the tranquility of the Eden Valley is a lovely modernised Bunk Barn which can sleep 16. Quite a facility - including sofas, soft lighting and a stereo, a pool and ping pong tables, a library and even free Wifi.
On the catering front, there is a five ringed electric cooker and a microwave along with a toaster and kettles. If you don't fancy cooking, within a five minute walk is the licensed Mill Yard Cafe which has pizza night on a Friday and candle-lit Bistro night on a Saturday, in addition to an imaginative cafe menu and proper loose leaf tea! (closed Tuesdays - check website for varying closing times and to book) The Crown Inn is opposite Greengill Bunk Barn and open every evening and serves food at the weekends.
The bunk-beds have personal reading lights and are behind sound deadening fire doors (they really have thought of everything, haven't they?). Last but by no means least the barn is heated with storage heaters and provides a cycle wash area with secure cycle storage.
All seem a little too good to be true? Well it isn't - check out for yourself and read the reviews here
White Horse Inn Bunkhouse - Threlkeld (Blencathra)A Bunkhouse attached to an Inn serving hot drinks, good beer and good food (Food served : 12 - and 6-9 weekdays and all day at weekends)and with an open fire and is open 11am - 11pm with Free Wifi. I can imagine this being a popular one!
Four of the former stables of the Inn have been converted into bunk bedrooms to give an 8 man room, a 4 man room and two 6 man rooms. Sleeping a total of 24 people and a communal dining area which can seat 16 - 20. There is also a basic kitchen providing an electric hob, fridge, microwave and a coin operated clothes dryer. The toilet block has male & female toilets plus basins and showers.
The Bunkhouse is at the foot of Blencathra and on the C2C route. Read more about the White Horse Inn Bunkhouse.
Sykeside Bunk HouseSituated adjacent to the Brothers Water Inn and one of the Lake Districts most scenic campsites, Sykeside Bunk House has nine bunk-rooms which are all carpeted, from twins to rooms sleeping six. All rooms have their own wash handbasin and loo and showers are available at the campsite. A mattress with a cover and pillow are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towels.
Dogs are allowed in the bunkhouse - owners note there is no secure storage for bikes and they are not permitted inside the bunkhouse.
Basic cooking facilities include two camping stoves a fridge and a sink. Alternatively The Brothers Water Inn serves breakfast from 8am until 9.30am, lunch 12 noon until 2pm, and dinner 6pm until 9pm (with the exception of Christmas day). You can double check their opening hours and see what is on their menu right And their menu here. During peak hours the Barn End Bar also opens on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Full details of the Sykeside Bunk House can be found on their website here.
Bradleys Riding Centre Bunk HouseSleeping up to 12 surrounded by this gorgeous 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.
For more information on staying at the Bunkhouse and for riding enquiries please go to the Bradley's Riding Centre website
Great Langdale BunkhouseIn the most idyllic Lakeland scenery the Great Langdale Bunkhouse has 5 dorms three of which are twin and then two larger rooms one sleeping 7 and the other 8 - all are equipped with bunk beds with one single mattress
The barn has gas central heating and provides separate Male / Female showers & toilets
A Drying room and Secure bike storage are available
Please note that there are no cooking facilities - Meals are available during the summer months at The National Trust's Sticklebarn Inn
Booking and more information from the Great Langdale Bunkhouse website here
Fell Dyke Bunkhouse - Lamplugh - West CumbriaThe bunkhouse is normally booked to a single group and can accommodate up to 23 with 2 or 3 of those spaces being suitable for disabled visitors with an adjacent disabled bathroom - this could also be used for separate teacher/leader accommodation. The upstairs area sleeps 20 and is divided into smaller units of 4 / 6 for privacy. All sleeping is in Bunk-beds and mattresses are provided. Luxury for a hostel are the four separate tower/shower rooms with hot water and a heated towel room.
In addition to the hot water and heated towel rails luxury comes in the form of a dishwasher and a drying cupboard with a dehumidifier! Other thoughtful inclusions are two fridges and a freezer and an 8 ring gas cooking range with two fan ovens and a generous range of crockery, cutlery and glassware. They've also provided comfy sofas and a DVD player and plans are afoot for an outdoor hot tub too!
Find out current prices and availability via their website
Gillside on Ullswater - BunkhousePart of a traditional working Lakeland Farm, the Bunkhouse is open all year round has two separate bunk rooms sleeping 7 and 13. Facilities include a modern electric kitchen and plenty of parking is available for both car and a minibus.
The owners anticipate that this accommodation would best suit climbers and youth groups on Lakeland expedition although single bookings can be taken.
Further details of the Bunkhouse and surrounding area can be found here
Bothy Bunkhouse at Kirkstone Pass Inn'Don't expect the Ritz but on a windy, rainy night when the tent is in tatters you will be sheltered' & right next door to the Famous Kirkstone Pass Inn - what could be more perfect? The bunk room sleeps up to 12 (hot showers incur additional nominal fee).
The Kirkstone Pass Inn can provide breakfasts in addition to its daytime menu. Read more about their facilities, tariffs and opening hours here
Piel Island Bunk HouseThe King of Piel Island welcomes you!
Piel Island is quite unique and there are two family bunk rooms which can be hired out in a converted bunk house. These rooms don't come with any other facilities - but food is available at the Ship Inn. Arrival and departure is via ferry and weather based.
It would be best to call them to check availability and precise details. Contact information is
Lowick School Bunkhouse - ConistonWe love the chalet feel to these bunk beds and the lounge with wood burner. This old primary school really has been well converted and a wide range of outdoor activities can be booked here in addition to booking the Bunkhouse itself.
Sleeping up to 20 in 3 rooms and accommodation can be booked per person, per room or as a sole booking. Toilets/Showers can be either male/female or opened for everyone if single sex booking. In addition to the Communal room with wood burning stove there is a kitchen/dining area. a ping pong table and an outdoor area with designated campfire spot. The kitchen is well equipped and has a range cooker along with toasters and kettles and fridge and freezer. Chairs & table are stackable/collapsable to utilise space as needed.
Lowick Bunkhouse is part of the River Deep Mountain High enterprise. More details of the activities they offer and for booking and tariff information head over to their website here.
Rookhow CentreIn the secluded Rusland Valley between Windermere and Coniston, Rookhow 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 sofa-beds in the lounge. A clean sheet and pillowcase are provided but please bring your own sleeping bag.
A large open plan room provides kitchen/dining facilities with seating around the wood-burning 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 Rookhow directly.
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 arrangement.
To check details of Maggs Howe Traditional Barn and for tariff and availability - please go to the Maggs Howe website.
National Trust Bothy's and Bunkhouses
High Wray BothayHigh Wray Bunkhouse Location 4 miles south of Ambleside, Cumbria Description Located in its own peaceful wooded grounds, on the side of Latterbarrow hill above Windermere Lake. From the track there are great views of the surrounding fells and it's a short walk to the shores of the lake. The bunkhouse itself consists of two separate accommodation blocks, the Longland and the Acland. Both blocks are simple single story cabin style constructions. The Longland is made up of three buildings with a large common room with a log burner, separate block with the bunk beds and another separate shower block. The Acland is a self contained single building. Large private grounds with a fire pit and barbecue areas. They also have a facebook page: www.facebook.com/NTHighWrayBasecamp
Holme Wood BothyHolme Wood belongs to the National Trust and is a converted fish hatchery. If you've been looking for a back to basics rural retreat, then you've found it! Holme Wood is very secluded, just a few metres from the shores of Loweswater, where the natural habitat will be your own company.
The Bothy has a 4 ring gas cooker, operated by Calor gas which is provided (not metered) and there is cold water tap (NB: not drinking water). It is recommended that you bring your own lighting, though wind up lanterns are available from the ranger. (We did mention it was basic, didn't we?). There is a wood burning stove and the initial supply of wood is provided free. There is also a shower in the Ranger's workshop which you can access between 5 - 8pm and a composting toilet - remember your loo paper and a torch!
A table with two benches is provided and there is also a separate room for sleeping up to 10 people, with wooden flooring on two levels (mixed parties, please note that sleeping arrangements are not fully segregated). There is parking for up to 3 cars.
More details about this interesting retreat and how to book can be found here.
Wast Water AnnexeThe Wasdale Annexe is a basic bunkhouse, which was formerly the servants quarters for Wasdale Hall. As with many National Trust owned properties, it is located in a beautiful setting. On the edge of Wastwater the Bothy is surrounded by woodland and features a barbecue/brick fire within the adjacent woodland.
The Bothy sleeps 12 with a minimum booking of 8. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, pillows and towels. Facilities include basic cooking facilities along with a fridge and freezer. There is also a shower and a lounge area and Parking is available.
Please check what is included in the Wasdale Annexe at the time of booking to ensure that you have everything you need for your stay.
Watendlath BothyThis National Trust is just by the tarn in the most picturesque of surroundings.
The National Trust recommend that you should treat this Bothy very much as a 'stone tent' with visitors bringing much the same equipment as they would for camping i.e. cutlery, plates, sleeping bags, mattresses and cushions/pillow and of course matches.
The facilities include a single shower and two loos with wash hand basins. There is an electric four burner hob and grill, fridge, drinking water and hot water. The bunks don't have mattresses so you will need to bring your own. There is a wood burning stove with the initial supply of wood being provided. Note electricity is metered.
Check out all the details and the stunning location of Watendlath Bothy.
Haggs Bank BunkhouseA really lovely find. Can be booked for sole use or per traveller. Right up in the North Eastern corner of beautiful Cumbria nestling into the Northern Pennines.
Facilities include a lounge, conservatory and dining hall as well as a fully equipped kitchen. Larger groups also have the option of pre-booking dinner via a local bistro. There is also a fire-pit which can be booked if you fancy dining under the stars.
An outdoor wash area is a great facility for cyclists and bikers and there is also secure storage area - ask for more details.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse sleeps 23 in 3 bunkrooms of 4, 9 and 10 (the ten bed dorm also has its own en-suite facilities). All bedding (mattresses, sheets, pillowcases and duvets) are included and towel hire can also be arranged at an additional cost.
Check availability and further details of Haggs Bank Bunkhouse.
Shepherd's Crook Bunkhouse - Noran Bank Farm - PatterdaleNamed after the owner's Grandfather, Fred, who was a master crook maker this Bunkhouse is kitted to a high standard and gets fabulous reviews.
Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen and seating area. A wet room with 2 showers and a WC on both levels. Sleeping in on the first floor and comprises 1 double bunk bed with an en-suite bathroom with shower; a 6 berth bunk room. Duvet Sheets, pillow cases and towels are provided. A DIY breakfast can be provided if required. Bedroom 2, sleeps 6, 3 double bunk beds with duvet sheet and pillow cases.
Shepherd's Crook is ideal for exploring Helvellyn, Roman Road along High Street, Fairfield, Dovedale and lots more or you can catch the Ullswater Steamers to Howtown and walk back
Contact / booking information can be found here
Slackhouse Farm Bunkhouse & Camping Barn
Choose between the camping loft with mattresses on the floor (10 - you will need your own sleeping bags and pillows) or in a 5 bed dorm, sleeping in beds (bedding provided); or a 3 bed family dorm with a cot child's bed, available on the ground floor at this working farm selling 'raw milk' and mainly organic produce. Slackhouse Farm is part of Horse Holidays in Cumbria and horses can be accommodated either in the field, if availability or stables. Please contact Slackhouse Farm to discuss horse accommodation and to discuss routes and accompanied rides.
The Farm has a fabulous reputation for its home-cooked and where possible, home produced, organic menu at The licenced Sycpen (pronounced shippen) Cafe (exception of Tuesdays and Wednesdays) but can also provide cooked breakfasts, farmhouse suppers and packed lunches - please request in advance. Please double check opening hours and serving times with Slackhouse Farm to avoid disappointment!
Taking its name from the nearby Roman Fort, Birdoswald Organic Cheese is produced at Slackhouse Farm- a short video here shows how this hand made cheese is prepared using raw milk and traditional methods.
Slackhouse Farm is right on the Cumbrian/Northumbrian border and ideal for exploring Hadrians Wall, the Scottish borders and of course the Northern Pennines and Eden Valley of Cumbria. Further details of this horse friendly organic bunk barn can be found on the
Slackhouse Farm 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 bunk-beds 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. Find out more about Barn Camping at Causeway Foot via the Causeway Foot Farm website.
Shackleton Lodge - AmblesideIn the grounds of the Brathay Hall Estate, at the northern end of Windermere, Shackleton Lodge sleeps up to 31 and is ideal for Duke of Edinburgh groups and school/association groups looking for for sole use bookings.
Recently refurbished to a high standard, there are two buildings The Bunkhouse and the Kitchen/Dining Block.
Sleeps up to 31 : Five of the dorms sleep 4, Two rooms sleep 2 and One room sleeps 6. There is also a further single bed room on the ground floor which could also be used as a breakfast/meeting room. All are new bunk beds with new mattresses - please provide your own sleeping bags/pillows/towels. There are segregated shower and toilet facilities with provision for disabled users. The bunkhouse is double glazed and has central heating. There is also a drying room.
The Kitchen/Dining block:
The property is let out as a sole unit with prices for 16, 24 or 31 people respectively - there is also a discount for multi-nights and low season. This is quite a facility and we recommend you check out their website to see exactly what is on offer here.
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 wood-burning stove and electric heaters is included in the price and the kitchen has adequate equipment 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.
High House - SeathwaiteVery popular Bunkhouse in the Borrowdale Valley. There are two dormitories which can be booked an 18 bed and an 8 bed. Both have loo and shower and a wash hand basin. (There is also a 3rd Dorm for Members only which may be used during your stay by Members only.) A drying room is also available.
The kitchen has recently been refurbished and includes a double oven with grill, electric 4 ring hob. Eight gas rings and two microwave ovens. There is also a fridge and toasters in addition to a full range of utensils, crockery and cutlery. A water heater is available for hot drinks.
Further details including tariff and booking procedure can be found 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 available 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/Swirral 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.
High Gillerthwaite Camping Barn is also available for hire, next door to the Ennerdale YHA
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
Recently refurbished to provide a purpose designed Bunk Barn for walkers and cyclists either groups or families to a maximum of 12-13 people. This former Georgian Farm Stable, is situated in Carlisle half-way between the Ravenglass and Wallsend Cycle route and The Hadrians Wall National Trail. Sleeping bags and towels can be hired if required.
The down stairs area has metered heating with a good kitchen and dining area | facilities here include a 2 ring gas stove, small 2 ring electric cooker, microwave plus cutlery and crockery. Upstairs is a bunked room with separate shower and toilet facility.
Hillside is a working farm and as long as you give a little notice you can indulge in a cooked breakfast over at the farm house with Hillside eggs and local produce.
Car parking is available and there is a cycle store with repair tools for cycles.
One of the great attractions is nearby Solway Marsh. This a great place to walk and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. During the bird Migration you could be treated to the sight f some 20,000 Barnacle and Pink Footed Geese taking to the air - quite a sight! The mudflats here are traditionally fished for salmon and sea trout using Haaf nets which is a very local type of fishing, permitted only on the Solway.
Full details including tarif can be found on 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 wood-burning 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
High Snab Farm Camping BarnSituated on a working farm that can also include working farm holidays High Snab has enviable views and sleeps 10 in bunks.
We hope to bring you further information regarding facilities at this barn shortly, but in the meantime do check their website here
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