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!
I can't recommend this place enough! Alan and Cheryl were away when we visited, but we were left in the capable hands of their son and daughter who walked us through everything from the wood stove to the hot tub.
The shepherds hut is small but has everything you need including suggestions for walks around the beautiful hills and lakes surrounding Tommy Bit.
This place is a bit magical.
Wonderful experience from beginning to end. We received detailed, timely and friendly information from the hosts from the moment we made the booking. Friendly welcome and the host, Alan, is very knowledgeable about the local area, offering lots of advice and information about things to do. Tommy Bit is a lovely place to stay - a truly wonderful experience and we only wish we could have stayed for longer. Hot tub under the stars, hearing the resident tawny owls, the birds, flowers - everything was more than we could have hoped for. Very clean washroom facilities just a stone's throw from Tommy Bit - and a very comfy bed! We hope very much to return later in the year as this truly is a magical place to stay.
We had a great time staying in the shepherds hut. Although it was small it has everything you need. There was also lots of information provided on things to do in the area, which was really helpful.
I recently stayed here and had a great time, it's a lovely location and the owners are very friendly and helpful . The hut is small but pretty well equiped, comes with woodburner stove (very much required) and small fridge, sink and microwave. One thing people should be aware of is that there are not really any shops nearby so you need to bring your groceries with you.
Would definitely recommend anyone looking to get away from it all.
On missing the gate to their property, Alan chased us down the country lane to help us find our way back to their delightful Shepherd's Hut. That felt like a pretty good welcome. From there he gave us the property tour and informed us of local amenities. He and Cheryl's knowledge of the area helped us get exactly what we needed from our short stay in Manesty - our first evening walk to the Swinside Inn for home made Steak and Theakston's pie was pretty special. We found Cheryl and Alan's web listing to be accurate and the hut seemed well equipped for all weather - we were certainly toasty enough through the cold and wet. We booked the Hot Tub for our second day and followed Alan's suggestion to return from our walk at least three hours before we wanted to take to the tub. Perfect timing! We soaked for another three hours through the sunset into the night overlooking the most picture-postcard, perfect view- truly a most memorable and breathtaking experience.
Had a great couple of days, Alan and Cheryl were very helpful and welcoming. The hut and hot tub were perfect and will definitely be booking a return trip soon!
Me and my partner had an amazing 2 nights staying in the Shephards hut and visiting the Lake District. Alan was very informative upon our arrival and provided us with all the information to get the most out of our stay. Its close to many great walks and reasturants and can deffinatly recommend the hot tub! The hut is well equipped for its size and provides everything you need to stay comfortable and warm.
Will be staying here again when we next visit the Lake District. Thanks for a brilliant stay!
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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!