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.
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!
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!
We had a wonderful few days in the most idyllic little hut, surrounded by stunning views across the Lake. Alan & Cheryl made us feel very welcomed and were always on hand if needed. The shepherd's hut was cosy & warm with some lovely touched. There are some great local walks, of which our host provided route maps & local knowledge. We are sure to visit this beautiful place again, for a longer stay next time.
Alan and his family were very welcoming from the second we arrived. The little hut is well equipped, very cute and cozy with amazing views! Me and my partner felt very comfortable. The facilities were fantastic and the hot tub an absolute treat! The walk they recommended was fantastic and we enjoyed some beautiful sceneries around Derwentwater. The area is fairly easy to get to if you don't have a car. We were extremely happy with our stay and I do hope to come back someday!
Gorgeous little wooden hut with some really quaint touches - super toasty with the little wood-burning stove too.
Alan and Cheryl were very helpful and thoughtful giving us some lovely local ideas for our weekend trip! Would definitely recommend it, and will hopefully be back :)
Brilliant hosts, very friendly, very approachable. Stunning views both from the shepherd's hut and the hot tub. Hut is cosy and easy to keep warm with the wood burner in the corner. A fantastic place to retreat to, well away from the hassle of every day life. A definite must!!!
Really gorgeous, atmospheric little shepherd's hut in idyllic setting. Alan and Cheryl were perfect hosts; helpful, informative yet unobtrusive. We had a great stay, albeit too short. Would definitely recommend.
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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!