About this listing
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.
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. Bed linen, towels, crockery, cutlery and appropriate cooking things are provided.
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.
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.
We have one outdoor wood fired hot tub in our little wood, which can be booked for a day at a time for an additional cost by guests staying in any of our accommodation. Please book in advance and check availability before you book accommodation if this is an integral part of your holiday plans.
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.
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.
From Easter to October a bus (77 and 77A, the 'Honister Rambler') 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).
Please do not exceed the maximum occupancy of 2 guests. When you book we will ask for the names and addresses of the guests staying - we are happy for you to change these, but just let us know!
The price includes bed linen, towels, electricity and wood for the stove and fire pit. We don't provide charcoal - if you prefer to bbq on charcoal please bring your own.
Our accommodation is non smoking and pet free.
We don't include any cleaning fees in our prices, instead we ask you to leave your accommodation clean and tidy at the end of your stay. On your arrival we ask for a small returnable deposit (£20) which we hold while you are with us. At the end of your stay we return this after a quick check. We would like to do this deposit through airbnb but their minimum deposit is £70 which we think is too much! If you would prefer to pay a cleaning fee instead, please let us know and we can arrange this.
We have one outdoor wood fired hot tub, which can be booked for a day at a time by guests staying in any of our accommodation. Please book in advance and check availability before you book accommodation if this is an integral part of your holiday plans.
Finally, please let us know of any anything you need or any problems you might have while you are here. We want you to have a great stay with us and letting us know of any issues as soon as they arise means we can sort them out as soon as possible instead of their dragging on through your holiday. Feel free to ask us about great places to walk and visit while you are here - our family has been at Manesty for six generations so we should be able to point you in the right direction!
Fantastic little hut fully equipped with all the utilities needed for glamping. Alan and his daughter Alice was very friendly and helpful through out the stay.
The property is in an ideal location, and only a 10 minute walk from Grange was has a couple of good cafes. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to visit the lakes district.
Had a tremendous stay here, fantastic facilities is a beautiful environment. Well thought out accommodation, exactly as described.
We had a wonderful stay at Alan and Cheryl's shepherds hut. The setting is beautiful, the hut is gorgeous, and we spent a lovely evening in the Rustic Tub watching out for shooting stars. Thank you to our great hosts
Brilliant, had a lovely stay, lovely hosts and everything we could have asked for our weekend in the lakes.
Would love to come back and explore further.
Our visit at the Shepherd's Hut was absolutely fantastic. We had the pleasure of being hosted by Alice, Alan and Cheryl's daughter, who was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. If you are not a keen camper, the hut has all the amenities you need.
The hut has spectacular views of Derwent Water and is best enjoyed in the hot tub. Excellent location too!
Stayed at Tommy's Bit for a weekend in July with my partner. We had a superb time and found Alan, Cheryl and their daughter Alice to be very helpful but not intrusive. Tommy's Bit was in a beautiful condition and was a lovely place to stay in and especially to wake up in, looking out the doors to a stunning view across the valley. We used the hot tub one evening and found it to be a really great experience, although you have to make sure you put aside time for it, as suggested. Overall, I would highly recommend Tommy's Bit and Manesty generally.
We stayed at the Manesty shepard's hut for our 'minimoon' after our wedding last week. it was totally perfect for a short stay in the Lakes. Alan was really helpful and his 'walks from the door' pamplets were very handy! We did a lovely walk up Catbells, lunch at the Swinside Inn and then back for a dip in the hot tub! Perfect day. We also did some canoeing round Derwentwater which is beautiful. And we did a bit of shopping in Keswick. The Hut is well thought out and you have everything you need. The bed was big enough even for my new husband who is 6"4!
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About the Host, Alan & Cheryl
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!