LAKE DISTRICT group accommodation & woodland


When you come to stay at Rookhow, you have sole use of 12 acres ancient oak woodland: a wonderful Lake District wilderness. Spend your family holiday building campfires, climbing trees, making dens and playing hide and seek. There's even a bubbling beck to wander by. 12 acres of space to explore and you get it all to yourselves! Our yurt has just been renovated and is available for guests to stay in. Please ask to find out more.

The buildings at Rookhow are home to 3 species of bats and deer are often spotted in the Rusland Valley. If you stay in the yurt you'll go to sleep with the sound of owls and wake to an arousing dawn chorus!


Rookhow's ancient oak woodland is an example of a North Atlantic rainforest, rich in lichens and mosses. This special habitat is incredibly rare and provides a bio-diverse habitat for many creatures. In fact, it's thought to be more threatened than tropical rainforest. Its lush conditions are perfect for scarce plants, lichens and fungi, as well as a number of unusual animals.

“Spectacular ancient woodlands” (Plant Life)

"I like the forest & the walks. There are no cars, just lots of birds. Rookhow makes me feel calm, happy and safe." (G, aged 12)

"It's a place where our children can roam free and spend valuable time in nature." (mum)
"The woodland is truly magical with features such as a yurt, rowing boat etc! It was my son’s favourite place we visited over half term. A truly special place." (workshop participant)
“Space, peace, rich biodiversity, different spaces.” (Forest Schools)
"We were looking for a secluded location where we can enjoy the nature and give the kids the freedom to explore. The private woodland was a plus since you don’t need to leave the site to enjoy the local natural beauty." (Family group)

"Rookhow is an oasis of calm. Simple, honest and truly magical. Quakers' wood is an amazing resource and the site is surrounded by many glorious walks and views." (Bunkbarn guest)

"Still amazed from walking down to the forest the first time and being blown away by the beauty and size." (Bunkbarn guest)

"The ancient beauty, tranquility and magic of the woods are something that I will never forget." (a participant on a Forest Therapy session)


The newly renovated yurt in the middle of the woods can be hired along with the Bunkbarn (not separately). It has a wooden floor and a woodburner. Sleeps 4-6.

Bring your own mats, pillows and sleeping bags.