Lake District self catering accommodation in the Eskdale Valley

The Byres

Luxury Glamping Lodges

Now Fully Open!

The Byres were once an old agricultural barn and cow byres built in the 1960’s, the building have been tastefully transformed providing three eco-friendly, cosy and warm studios. Although two of the studios comprise of bunk beds, they are far from the basic bunk house accommodation we origianally had planned. The studios are perfect for families, couples and small groups as a base for a short break or longer!

The Byres occupy a stunning location in Boot, part of the picturesque valley of Eskdale which nestles in the heart of the English Lake District.

With views of the Western Fells, the accommodation looks accross the valley, capturing the sun throughout the day and into the evening.

The three studios, Kepple, Harter & Birker are named after Kepple Crag, Harter Fell & Birker Water Falls, all of which you get superb views of from the accommodation. They have been renovated to a high standard, Kepple has a double bed and a single bed with a small single avialable for an extra child, so it can sleep up to four people. Harter and Birker ca sleep p to six in beautiful built in bunks, with two doubles on the bottom and two singles over the top.

There is Wi-fi access, but please be aware, it is no means great, we are desperately awaiting on fibre to be installed.....

We are taking every possible opportunity to make the studios eco-friendly. They are extremely well insulated and will be fitted with low energy lighting, they will have their own water supply which flows from the fells (through a water treatment system of course) and will be fully heated all year round from our biomass boiler which will also heat the water, so even in the wintertime they are to be cosy & warm. We also have a waste treatment system and recycling facilities!

The Byres are a step up from your run of the mill glamping, they are simular to a studio or Lodge, they are certainly a unique space!
Each have the luxury of an en-suite shower room with toilet & sink, a sofa inside, kitchen unit with a kettle and some mugs & tea spoons, and an under counter fridge.

The double patio doors will mean you can still take in the view when inside, curtains are fitted for that little bit of privacy! Open up the patio doors onto the large covered decked area to breath in the fresh country air where you have outdoor seating a small cooking space for a stove and there is a sink area with drainer and hot and cold water. There is also the use of the lawn with picnic tables at the front.

We welcome one large or two small friendly and well behaved dogs by prior arrangement in each lodge, we may be flexible on this so please call to enquire. To cover extra cleaning costs there is a charge of £2.50 per dog per night, please bring your pets bedding as we ask for them to not be on the furniture. Dogs must be kept on a lead on site as there may be stray livestock amongst an array of wildlife. There are plenty of walks directly from the site and all of the pubs welcome dogs in the bar areas.

We are located right next door to The Woolpack Inn which serve homemade pizza’s freshly prepared baked in the wood fired pizza ovens, which you can eat in or take back to enjoy in the comfort of your accommodation.

Also within walking distance is Boot Village, where you will find two more great eateries, The Boot Inn is a cosy traditional pub serving great pub food & real ale & the Brook House Inn is a hotel & bar which has a fantastic reputation for its food (The Sirloin Steak is fab)!

A little further down the valley we have the King George IV pub (worth keeping an eye on what events they have on over the year) and the Bower House Inn, another traditional pub serving nice Sunday Roasts and David's Sunday quiz is always a challenge.


Please be aware that although we do accept single sex group bookings, we do have strict Terms & Conditions.
If you are planning a stag, hen or birthday party, then please do call to discuss.

Accommodation Details:

  • En-suite shower room
  • Two studios have built in bunk beds, each sleeping up to 6, both with 2 doubles & 2 single beds. One studio has a double bed and a day bed with a pull out bed, sleeping up to 4 people.
  • Kettle - mugs & tea spoons included, but no other cutlery!
  • Small Fridge.
  • Wi-Fi available (not the best).
  • Sofa.
  • Underbed Storage.
  • Covered outside living area.
  • Outside Dining set on the covered decked area.
  • Outside sink with small work space for cooking with a stove.
  • Gardens and grounds with picnic tables and fire pit.
  • Next door to the pub and within a mile of two others (five in the valley).
  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement at a cost of £2.50 per dog per night (max numbers apply).
  • Accommodation and grounds have a no smoking policy (including e-cigs).

What to Bring

Bedding and linen is provided.

Things you will need to bring or consider bringing:
  • Towels.
  • Clothes.
  • Wash kit.
  • Outdoor Clothing including waterproofs (you are visiting the Lake District after all).
  • Food if you plan to cook yourself.
  • Camping Stove and Gas - Campingaz party grill 200 (small gas griddle) available for hire.
  • Pans, plates, cutlery and washing up provisioans
  • Portable or disposable BBQ.
  • Matches or Lighter.
  • Sun cream (it’s always worth packing just in case).
  • Midge repellent.
  • Torches.
  • Camera.

Additional Services

  • Campingaz Party Grill 200 (small gas griddle) £5 per day hire, gas included.
  • Towel Set (bath and hand) £2.50 per set.
  • Bike Hire - Guest rates:  £20 per adult bike and £15 per child bike (under 12's).
  • Private walking Guide: £200 per day for up to 2 people, £50 per person there after. (Subject to availability, max 6 people per guide).
  • Outdoor Activities with West Lakes Adventure, including ghyll scrambling, canoeing, kayaing, (stand up) paddle boarding, rock climbing, abseilling, archery and more! (subject to availability, minimum numbers may apply). Please click here for more info on booking
  • Breakfast at the Woolpack Inn next door by prior arrangement, either before arrival or night before 019467 23230
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Mountain Bike Hire

Bike Hire is available on site through West Lakes Adventure, booking is not necessary but we do recommend doing so in busier periods.

Daily Rates:
Adult Bikes - £25.00
Child Bike (6 – 12 years old) - £15.00
Tag-along - £10
Trailer - £10 (for road use only – not suitable for our bridleways)
Multi-day discounts available.

Our adult mountain bikes are great entry level bikes manufactured by Cube suitable for riding on the bridleways around & about, a great way to explore the valley.

A great day out on your bike!

There is a great trail ‘The Eskdale Trail’ which takes you the 8 miles to the coast at Ravenglass, you can then ride back after refreshments in one of the cafes or pubs or get the miniature steam train ‘The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway’ back (prior booking necessary).
Call in at the ‘Muncaster Castle’ on route and catch one of the Wild Bird displays, have a glance round the grounds or the Castle itself & watch them feed the dozens of wild Herons.

Click Here for details of The Eskdale Trail
Click Here for details of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway timetable
Click Here for details of Muncaster Castle

Your own bikes are most welcome but if you do bring them with you, please make sure you bring means of securing them when not in use, as we have very limited storage for any additional bikes in our shed.
For enquiries please call us on 019467 23753

Woolpack Farm Cottage
Eskdale, Cumbria, CA19 1TH

Tel: 019467 23753

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