Cute Lake District Shepherd's Hut

Hut - Entire home/apt · Keswick, England CA12, United Kingdom

Tommy Bit is our shepherd's hut for 2 in Borrowdale, the heart of the Lake District. Enjoy fantastic views, cook up a meal on the campfire or curl up on the sofa in front of the wood burning stove. Fabulous walks from the hut to the lake and fells.

The Space

Tommy Bit is our cosy, traditionally styled shepherd's hut in Borrowdale, the English Lake District, which is nestled at the foot of the fells with wonderful valley and woodland views. Shower and toilet facilities are in our barn about 40m away. Glamping at its best!

Keep snug in the winter with Tommy Bit's wood burning stove, or cook outside in the summer on the fire pit. Relax after a day exploring the Lakes in our wood fired outdoor hot tub (£25 for exclusive use for a day, please book in advance).

We provide tea & coffee and Tommy Bit has a kettle, toaster, microwave and fridge inside and a fire pit outside for you to cook up an outdoor storm! Or you can try one of the local hotels for dinner.

Tommy Bit has a fold down small double bed (4ft wide instead of 4ft 6), which folds away, fully made up, into a sofa in the day. There is a folding table with stools inside as well as outdoor table and chairs. In case of rain, a tarpaulin can be suspended from wires above the outdoor area.

There is a shared room nearby with washer, drier, lots of tourist information and puzzles and games that you can take back to the hut. We also provide all our guests with our 'walks from the door' which we have written ourselves: 12 walks of varying lengths that you can enjoy straight out of the gate.

Guest Access

Guests have their own parking space and exclusive use of the hut and outside area, with table and chairs. They are welcome to explore our small wooded fell side behind the studio. They nearly always have exclusive use of the nearby shower room (it is very occasionally shared). They have access to a shared utility room with washer, drier, extra tourist information, games, puzzles, books and portable bbq.

Interaction with Guests

Our family have lived at Manesty, a traditional Lakeland farmstead in Borrowdale, for nearly 200 years and have a long history of welcoming visitors to share our beautiful part of the world. We live in the house near the original farmstead built by Alan's father and grandfather and let the original farmhouse and converted barns as holiday cottages. Tommy Bit is nestled in at the bottom of our wood half way between our house and cottages. We're here to help you get the best out of your stay if you want and are always happy to offer advice.

The Neighborhood

Manesty is less than a mile from the Derwentwater lakeshore and about the same distance from the pretty village of Grange, with its teashops and double hump-backed bridge over the River Derwent. The 'Honister Ramber' bus takes you the 5 miles into Keswick (which has the nearest shops) from the doorstep between Easter and November, or the launch runs all-year round, as does a bus from Grange.

We're in a perfect location for walks, water sports, touring the villages, or just sitting back to relax! We're at the foot of Catbells, which is well known as the Lake's favourite beginner's fellwalk, but there are also challenging day hikes up Scafell (the highest mountain in England) or relaxing rambles by the lake or in the woods.

Getting around

From Easter to October a bus (77 and 77A, the 'Honister (website hidden)') goes from Manesty's front gate to Keswick. All year round the 78 goes to Keswick from Grange, less than a mile away and there is also a boat, the 'Keswick Launch' which picks up from High Brandlehow and Lodore landing stages, both less than a mile from Manesty.
From Keswick, there is a bus to our nearest railway station Penrith which is well served by high speed trains (less than 3 hours to London).

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $726 /week
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Had a fabulous stay at Tommy Bit this weekend - Alice, Alan and Cheryl were all lovely and so helpful - particularly Alice who helped us get organised with a taxi into town! The Shepherd's hut is so adorable - perfect for a long weekend break and super cosy! The Hot Tub is a must - worth every minute refilling with fire wood.

    We took a stroll out along Catbells Terrace and round to the Swinside Inn using some of the suggested walks provided by Alan & family - the pub is well worth the leisurely walk - roaring open fire and home cooked meals!

    We also did a brewery tour at the Keswick Brewing Co in town - it was a nice activity for anyone interested in the brewing process or craft ale in general.

    April 2014
  • We spent a fantastic 3 nights at the Shepherd's hut. We were greeted on arrival by Alice, who was extremely welcoming & full of helpful information. The hut itself is really cosy, clean & equipped with everything we needed for our stay, including information/maps for various walks. I thought the '12 walks from the door' put together by the hosts were fantastic. Each walk gives a duration, terrain type & difficulty rating + a map. We managed to do 3 of these during our time at the lakes. We also hired the hot tub for 2 nights of our stay. This was a perfect way to relax after a long day of hiking. It was lovely sitting in the tub amongst the trees listening to the owls hooting above!
    Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay & completely fell in love with the Lake District. We have already discussed planning another visit soon!

    April 2014
  • Amazing little gem. Simple living at its best and great hiking nearby.

    March 2014
  • We had a great stay in the Shepherds Hut!
    Alan & Cheryl were great hosts and left us to it (which was what we wanted), but were there if needed.
    The hut was equipped with everything we needed and everything had been thought of- even a place for our dirty shoes!
    I always feel the cold, but the hut was well insulated and the bed linen was lovely and warm.
    The area itself was beautiful with lots of outdoor activities and places to eat.
    Will hopefully be back soon as it was perfect to escape the stresses of work and the city- just what we needed!

    March 2014
  • What a lovely couple of nights we had in this cosy little hut.

    Firstly, we could not have had a nicer welcome. Upon arrival we were shown around by Alan and introduced to Alice, who had kindly warned us of some roadworks a couple of miles away a few days earlier which we would have encountered on our journey. Alan was a great host and explained how everything worked in the hut, presented us with loads of local information (inc. bus information, nearest pubs, restaurants, walks from the door) and showed us the facilities.

    We then began to unpack. My car read "3c Risk of Ice", what have we left ourselves in for staying a little hut in February? But our fears quickly disappeared. The hut is so cosy with its wood burning stove and at night the very comfortable bed.

    Using one of the walking guides provided we decided to go on a little adventure, and what an adventure. The area is spectacular and has a true Lake District landscape of rolling hills and valleys with views for miles (we did the Maiden Moor and High Spy walk via the abandoned slate mines).

    That evening we went for a lovely pub tea at the Royal Oak Hotel in nearby Borrowdale (2/3 miles down the road) where with excellent food, a great atmosphere and an open fire, it was a great way to relax after our walk.

    We have a fantastic trip in our little hut. Since we got (and everyone had seen our (website hidden) photos) we've been asked by several friends where we had stayed and I cannot recommend the hut enough.

    We definitely hope to book again in the summer and have another (warmer/drier) adventure.

    February 2014
  • We stayed 5 days/4 nights in the lovely cute shepherd’s hut in the beautiful lake district during february and had a really wonderful experience there, despite sometimes challenging and changing weather. Especially after a long day of walking and exploring the nature it was very nice when we could come back to a warm and cozy home. Even during a harsh storm and heavy rain - the hut was very quickly warmed up and offered us everthing we needed to rest and relax. The 20 metres walk to the bathroom was sometimes a bit challenging during a stormy night.

    The hosts were very welcoming, friendly and always ready to help out. Their instructions were clear and the maps and information they provided about suggested walks and the surrounding area was very helpful to plan our days. We also had a chance to enjoy the outdoor hot bath tub - we were warm and could relax well even while it was raining heavily.

    Overall, we had a lovely and unforgettable holiday in the lake district which was also thanks to our cute, comfortable and special accomodation. Thank you!

    February 2014
  • Brilliant, a lovely warm reception. The hut was awesome and comfortable. And the duvet to die for.
    Definitely going to book again in the summer months.
    Book the tub, it's great!

    February 2014
  • The stay at Tommys bit was absolutely wonderful , it's the perfect place for a few days peace and quiet. We would highly recommend staying here

    January 2014
  • Our 3 nights stay in the Manesty hut was a pleasant and cosy experience. A lovely and unique way of welcoming in the New Year.
    There is a small fire oven which heats the hut up well however, in Winter months ensure you take warm bed socks as it still remains cold lower down on the floor. Having said that, there is also an electric heater for additional warmth.

    The bed is very comfortable and the duvet was perfect for keeping us warm throughout the night. A small but intimate hut with all the necessary appliances to make it a comfortable stay. The washing facilities are a short walk from the hut offering a shower and toilet.

    The location is perfect if you're looking for a peaceful break. One surrounded and immersed in nature! The fells are a short walking distance and Alan kindly explained the walking tour routes, places to eat and where to see the fireworks for the New Year.

    We were unable to use the hot tub as other guests had booked it so be aware to book in advance before your stay as there is only one hot tub. Alan kept us informed of any changes and offered us access to it the morning we were leaving.

    Overall, our stay will be a memorable and enjoyable experience. I would definitely stay here again, rain or shine.

    January 2014
  • We stayed at this amazing Shepherds Hut for my boyfriend's birthday weekend and had an incredible stay. The hut was clean, tidy and so cosy, and had everything we needed for a comfortable visit. We can certainly vouch for the hut's weatherproofing as our stay coincided with quite a long storm, but the hut coped with the ordeal admirably (as did we)!
    This will definitely not be our last visit to Manesty Farm and cannot recommend this experience highly enough.
    Emily & Gareth

    December 2013
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Alan's family has lived at Manesty, in Borrowdale, for nearly 200 years. Our children (now grown up) are the sixth generation to have lived here. Our family has a long history of welcoming visitors to this magical part of Borrowdale and we are proud to continue the tradition of sharing our beautiful little corner of England. If you want, we're able to provide you with a wealth of local information and tips. Our 'walks from the door' is just one way that we try to make sure you get the most from your Lake District holiday. We live next door so we're always on hand to answer questions, help you book activities and recommend things to do but far enough away though that you don't need to see us if you don't want to. We're really proud of our cottages and glamping accommodation and love our area. We hope to welcome you soon!
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