LAKE DISTRICT group accommodation & woodland
Rookhow is a member of the Independent Hostels Association (IHUK) & and Independent Cottages. Converted from the former stables, Rookhow Bunkbarn has a large communal area with group kitchen & spacious sitting room with wood burner and 3 bedrooms (6 bed + adjoining 2 bed upstairs; and 8 bed downstairs). Sleeps 16.
The kitchen is well equipped with 2 ovens, 2 fridges, a microwave and plenty of pots, pans, cutlery, utensils and crockery.
Optional extra: yurt (sleeps 4-6) & historic Quaker Meeting House (big white house- group space and sleeping on floor). Space to camp.
Can accomodate up to 30 on site.
"The woods surrounding Rookhow are wonderful and it was great to have a fire pit."
Baby robins were adorable! A tawny owl sat on a bench one night and did big poops. Buzzards were very squeaky."
"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."
"Secluded, idyllic and spacious. It provided plenty of space for our group and is located in a really lovely area."
2 bed snug upstairs
6 beds upstairs
(2 bunks & 2 singles)
8 beds downstairs
showers & toilets
THINGS YOU NEED TO BRING
Sleeping bags (pillow, pillow case & undersheet provided)
Bath towel, hand towel, toiletries
Inside shoes (to keep the bunkbarn from getting too muddy!)
Tea towels (washing up liquid provided)
Food, including oil, salt & pepper
Wellies, waterproofs & a torch
Marshmallows for the campfire!
A torch (there's no street lighting for miles!)
Kiln dried logs and dry kindling for the yurt woodburner
Logs, matches, fire lighters, newspapers and kindling for the Bunkbarn & Meeting House woodburners
Wood for the campfire
Toilet rolls, washing up liquid, soap & bin bags
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
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!)
Car parking: space for about 12 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.
Nearest pubs: The Manor House is 2 miles away in Oxen Park & Then Eagles Head is 2 miles in the other direction in Satterthwaite.
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 historic Quaker Meeting House is still used as a place of worship so please respect the space.
No illegal or recreational drugs are permitted on site. No alcohol in the Meeting House.
Safeguarding: groups are responsible for their own safeguarding procedures. We may ask to see a copy of your Safeguarding Policy.
No dogs, sorry.
Please note the Bunkbarn will be closed from 27th November 2023- 28th March 2024 for improvements to the toilets and showers, installation of underfloor heating and an air source heat pump (subject to funding and planning permission).
need extra space?
A flat, level, grassy space at the back of the bunkbarn for camping. Space for about 8 tents.
Due to the historic listing of the Bunkbarn, the property is not wheelchair accessible. For full details of our accessibility, please see our Visit Britain accessibility guide below.
£100 deposit to secure the booking (payable within a week of making the request, otherwise the date is released).
Balance due 6 weeks before arrival.
To keep costs down, we ask guests to leave Rookhow as they find it, strip beds, hoover through, empty the bins 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.
No illegal or recreational drugs are permitted on site and no alcohol in the Meeting House.
Up to 6 weeks before arrival- full refund to the guest excluding the £100 deposit.
4-6 weeks before arrival: 50% refund, minus the £100 booking deposit.
Less than 4 weeks before arrival: no refund; full amount retained by Rookhow, unless cancelled by Rookhow or due to governmental restrictions. We are not able to give a refund if guests cancel due to being asked to self-isolate or because they have contracted Covid.
In the event of a new booking being made by a different person for a cancelled date, Rookhow will return the balance to the original guest and retain the booking deposit plus £100 as an administrative fee.
Postponed bookings: guests can change their booking to another date up to 6 weeks before for no extra cost. After that, the postponement will be treated like a cancelled booking.