The wood is home to nesting owls, squirrels, and lots of birds - you are free to explore!The bed folds up to reveal a sofa

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1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

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1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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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.

The space

Please note, we can usually only offer arrivals on Fridays and Mondays. If you wish to arrive on a day other than Monday or Friday please get in touch and we can check if we can help you.

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.

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.

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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price: $107 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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 no smoking (both inside and in the gardens/grounds) 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!



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149 Reviews

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Nick User Profile
May 2017
What a way to experience the Lake District for the first time. Alan and Cheryl's hut was all you need for a relaxing break away to escape everyday life. Very helpful, happy to share local knowledge about walks and other local amenities. Would absolutely recommended a stay here, Derwent Water has some beautiful walks around its shoreline and nearby fells. Will definitely be returning!

Emily User Profile
May 2017
Thanks for being such great hosts! We were pleased with the location, it was so close to CatBells and Keswick isn't far to drive by car. We loved our little hut, very cosy. The hot tub is a must, we used it for one night and it was a memorable experience. Alan was very communicative from the start, and showed us where to go and where to eat. He was friendly and approachable. We fell in love with the Lake District, in awe of the beauty there. We will be back!

Jessica User Profile
May 2017
We had a long weekend in the shepherds hut and it was perfect! Very easily accessible from Penrith train station and Keswick. Alan showed us round on arrival and was very helpful explaining everything we needed. The walks from the door are useful and there is a booklet telling you all the basic information. The scenery is beautiful and the hot tub is a must, very private and peaceful!! Would definitely reccomend to a friend it was brilliant!

Zee User Profile
May 2017
Awesome place especially for a couple. Out the way in a peaceful part of the country. However easily accessible. Pretty central for most things. Keswick town is about 5miles. Able to hike and mountain bike , with kayaks just a short walk away at derwentwater. Loads of information from hosts which was good. Worth a visit

James User Profile
May 2017
Amazing little hut, everything you need inside, brilliantly comfy. The setting is just beautiful, with plenty of privacy, the wood is lovely in spring. Alan & Cheryl are super nice and run things perfectly. The hot tub is a must! To cook, there is a BBQ or microwave, we mainly used the BBQ which wood is supplied for, the wood really adds to the flavour of the food. We had a magical stay, would go back in a heartbeat.

Emma User Profile
April 2017
An incredible stay! The shepherds hut is peaceful and perfect for walkers and adventurers. The hot tub is a must!

Cara User Profile
April 2017
The Tommy Bit cabin is gorgeous. Well situated in the beautiful village of Grange, brilliant walks straight from the doorstep. Cabin is clean, cosy and super warm with the woodburner on. Such a unique way to spend a week. Bathroom is warm, clean and shower lovely.

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Borrowdale, nr Keswick, The English Lake District in Cumbria · Joined in July 2013
Alan & Cheryl User ProfileAlan & Cheryl is a superhost.

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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