Lake District self catering accommodation in the Eskdale Valley

The Byres

Unique studio style accommodation, a step up from glamping!

Available from Easter 2018...

The Byres were once an old agricultural barn and cow byres built in the 1960’s, the building is nearing compition of being tastefully transformed providing three eco-friendly, cosy and warm studios which are due to be ready by Easter 2018!  Although two of the studios comprise of bunk beds, they are far from the Bunk House style accommodation we origianally had planned.  The studios are perfect for families 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), are in the process of been renovated, Kepple will comprise of a double bed and a day bed, sleeping up to 4 people, and Harter and Birker will comprise of two bunks (double on the bottom with single over the top) to sleep up to 6 at full capacity, each with Wi-fi access.

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 great step up from slumming it in a tent - lets call it glamping..?  They are certainly unique! 
Each will have the luxury of an en-suite shower room with toilet & sink, a cosy seating area inside, small kitchen unit with just a kettle and some mugs & tea spoons, and the provision of a small under counter fridge.

The double patio doors will mean you can still take in the view when inside, blinds 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 a sink. There is also the use of the lawn with picnic tables at the front.

We welcome 1 large or 2 small friendly and well behaved dogs by prior arrangement in both units, we may be flexible on this so please call to enquire. To cover extra cleaning costs there is a charge of £10 per dog per stay, 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.

Currently under renovation, the accommodation will comprise of...

  • En-suite shower room
  • Two studios have built in bunk beds, each sleeping up to 6 at full capacity, 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 at full capacity.
  • Kettle - mugs & tea spoons included, but no other cutlery!
  • Small Fridge
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Seating area
  • Storage
  • Outside living area
  • Outside table & chairs
  • Outside sink area with small work space for cooking with a stove
  • Gardens and grounds with picnic tables
  • Next door to the pub
  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement at a cost of £10 per dog per stay (max numbers apply)
  • Accommodation and grounds have a no smoking policy

What to Bring

We provide the bedding.

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
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Sun cream (it’s always worth packing just in case)
  • Midge repellent
  • Torches
  • Camera

Additional Services

  • Outdoor activities – 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

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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