family friendly accommodation

Rookhow  is a member of the Independent Hostels Association (IHUK). Converted from the former stables, Rookhow has a large communal area with group kitchen & cosy sitting room with wood burner.

There are 3 sleeping areas: upstairs a 2 bed 'snug' bed/sitting room (singles) & adjoining 4 bed room; downstairs another 4 bed room.  

The kitchen is well equipped with 2 ovens, 2 fridges and plenty of pots, pans, cutlery, utensils and crockery. 

There are 2 toilets and 4 showers. Outdoor seating area with long tables and benches.  

Special rate til end Feb 2021 (excl. Xmas): £150 per night plus a £100 refundable breakage deposit. 2 night minimum at weekend. Usual rate £300 per night.

Future bookings: £50 extra per night for the Quaker Meeting House (group space) 

£100 deposit to secure the booking.

"The log burner is great for winter evenings. Rookhow was really clean and warm. It is very well equipped and has a great communal space." (walking group, Nov 2019) 

"It was spacious, the living room and kitchen was a good size for a big group and the well-stocked kitchen was brilliant. The children loved the room upstairs with the little attached playroom. The woods surrounding Rookhow are wonderful and it was great to have a fire pit." (yoga group, Sept 2019)

"Baby robins were adorable! A tawny owl sat on a bench one night and did big poops. Buzzards were very squeaky." (family, August 2020)

"Secluded, idyllic and spacious. It provided plenty of space for our group and is located in a really lovely area." (friends, August 2020)

2 bed snug


4-6 beds upstairs

4-8 beds downstairs

sitting room


showers & toilets


Things you need to BRING

Sleeping bags (pillow, pillow case & undersheet provided)

Bath towel, hand towel, toiletries & shampoo

Tea towels (washing up liquid provided)

Food, including oil, salt & pepper

Wellies, waterproofs & a torch

Marshmallows for the campfire!

we provide

Logs, matches, kindling for the woodburners

Wood for the campfire (to be collected in the wood)

Toilet rolls, washing up liquid, soap & bin bags 


Mobile signal at Rookhow is poor and there's no wifi in the bunkbarn (only emergency wifi & landline in the Quaker Meeting House). There's no TV, no dishwasher and no washing machine. Many people enjoy the chance to get away from technology & enjoy a simpler life (at least for a short time!)

Due to the historic nature of Rookhow, it is not fully accessible for disabled people. There are steps in the accommodation and the toilet's not big! This is something we are looking at for the future.

Car parking: space for about 10 cars outside the bunkbarn.

Bike storage: bikes can be stored undercover in the gig barn. There is an outside tap and hose for washing bikes.

The nearest pub The Manor House is 2 miles away in Oxen Park.

Parties are fine but we ask you to respect the historic buildings and our beautiful woodland. Please leave Rookhow as you found it. 

Quakers' Wood is an important natural habitat, being an ancient Atlantic oak woodland. The biodiversity reflects the amazing air quality. We ask you to tread lightly and 'leave no trace'.

The Quaker Meeting House is still used as a place of worship so please respect the space.

Safeguarding: groups are responsible for their own safeguarding procedures. We may ask to see a copy of your Safeguarding Policy.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we're asking guests to bring their own hand towels & teatowels, to strip beds, empty rubbish & recycling to the bin outside, giving our cleaner more time to thoroughly clean for the next group. 


A flat, level, grassy space at the back of the bunkbarn for camping.

Space for about 8 tents: £10 (adults) & £5 (children) per night when hired with Bunkbarn.


In 3 words

Peaceful, replenishing, communal (yoga retreat, Sept 2019)

Beautiful, tranquil, nature (yoga retreat, Nov 2019)

Welcoming, cosy, comfortable (walking group, Nov 2019)


"I like the big kitchen and big communal feel to the dining/chill out area. The fire in the Meeting House is fab! Eco hand wash/washing up liquid a nice touch. And great there is now recycling (and a herb garden!!!) Also the great communication and flexibility to our needs was really appreciated :-)" (Yoga retreat, Sept 2019)

"Great venue for a bunch of 50s-something university friends who fancy a weekend mountain biking. I thought I’d show a bunch of southerners what they’re missing up north!” (friends group, Oct 2019)

"There really isn't anything like this in the rest of Cumbria. The woods, the meeting room and the bunkbarn all being so close together."  (Forest Schools course trainer)


£100 deposit to secure the booking.

Balance due 4 weeks before arrival.

To keep costs down, we ask guests to leave Rookhow as they find it, strip beds, hoover through, sort recycling and leave it mud-free ready for a quick clean before the next guests. An amount for any unreasonable cleaning will be taken off the breakage deposit.


Cancellations due to Covid-19: 100% refund.

Other cancellations: up to 6 weeks before arrival- full refund to the guest of their deposit & balance (if paid).

4-6 weeks before arrival: booking deposit retained by Rookhow. Balance (if already paid) will be refunded to the guest.

Less than 4 weeks before arrival: 50% of total cost is refunded to the guest. The rest will be retained by Rookhow.

Less than a week: full amount retained by Rookhow, unless there are exceptional circumstances, eg inability to travel due to extreme weather conditions or Covid-19. 

In the event of a new booking being made for a cancelled date, Rookhow will return the balance to the guest and retain half the booking deposit amount as an administrative fee.