About This Listing
Great value accommodation in the heart of the Lake District National Park, with access to incredible mountain trekking, world class rock climbing and extensive bridleways.
The Langdale Valley is a hidden gem of the Lake District, a beautiful valley with an array of incredible mountains to climb. There is a footpath you can take from behind our bunkhouse which goes straight up to Stickle Tarn - a tranquil little lake where all the water for our bunkhouse and the cottage comes from - piped down the valley it is then filtered by UV light and tastes fantastic!
Walking up past the tarn you can see the well known Climber's dream - Pavey Ark, it is the largest cliff in the Langdales and a spectacular view. From here the choices are bountiful and if your legs are willing you can cross the moor over to Rossett Pike, Bowfell and on to Sca Fell and Scafell Pike.
Our bunkhouse is not luxurious, it is basic accommodation in the form of bunk beds (but these are full sized adult beds) we keep the bunkhouse very clean and as comfortable as possible. There are only 21 beds in the bunkhouse so its not like a large hostel. There are 3 twin rooms - which have only one bunkbed in each designed for 2 people to share - this is what is offered here on Airbnb.
The bunkhouse allows visitors on a budget to come and explore the wonderful Langdale Valley. There is the National Trust run Stickle Barn pub opposite where good food is served and the usual beverages. Alternatively, the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel also provides excellent food and a hearty breakfast.
Interaction with Guests
We do not interact with our guests - we provide key codes so that you can access the bunkhouse at any time, this allows maximum flexibility for your arrival and departure. If you need anything during your stay or want to have a chat about where you should go we are more than happy to help. We live in the cottage next door.
We live in a wonderful community, beautiful landscapes, friendly people - it is very safe.
There is so much to do here for the outdoor enthusiast - rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, walking, trekking, running, cycling, kayaking, enjoying good food at country pubs.
Luckily for us there is a local bus that comes straight to our shared drive with the Stickle Barn Pub. From Ambleside its the 516 and the stop required is the New Dungeon Ghyll, its a lovely scenic route into the valley.
From London or the North you can get the train into Windermere (via Oxenholme) from Windermere there are several buses to Ambleside.
Other Things to Note
The accommodation is basic - the twin rooms have a bunked and one chair in and thats all. The toilet and shower facilities are shared with the whole bunkhouse but separate for men and women. The bunkhouse is centrally heated and there is a drying room which runs on the central heating (in summer this is not on all day long) but for an hour or so in the evening and the morning.
Our aim is to provide dry, warm, comfortable and clean accommodation for the budget traveller - our mattresses are comfortable and are larger than the local hostels.
We want to provide accommodation for outdoor and not alcohol enthusiasts! We will not tolerate excessive drinking and loud behaviour in our bunkhouse, we want all our guests to have a tranquil night's sleep. We allow well behaved dogs but please let us know before you book that you intend to bring one with you. We do not allow smoking anywhere in the bunkhouse.
The room was small, as we expected, but clean and warm, so it made for a good night's sleep. Having read other reviews and expecting nothing more than a matterss and bed linen, the duvet and pillows were a pleasant surprise and a very welcome addition. It would have been nice to have some ladders to use for the bunk beds though. Sabrina was really helpful as she took the time to talk to us and advise on the best routes to take to get to Scafell Pike. All in all, we enjoyed the time we spent there and we'd recommend this place for those wishing to spend a weekend or for backpackers in general.
Very simplistic accommodation, lovely valley in a remote location. As it turns out bedding was provided contrary to popular believe. More hostel than airbnb- don't plan to spend any time in the rooms, beats camping in rough weather though...
Arrangement for access to the bunkhouse were via a text message with the code for the key safe which allowed keyed acess to my bunk room, with adjacent bathroom facilities. The room was perfectly adequate to give me a good me nights sleep, clean, warm and quiet. It is situated bext to a warm and comfortable pub serving good beer and food. No communal kitchen or lounge though as one finds in backpacker accomodation in NZ. Ben and Sabrina kindly messaged me the key code which had faile to reach me previously, so it worked out fine.
Good firm comfy beds, warm room. For those not used to bunk barns don't forget your own sleeping bag/duvet. Limited parking bays for the barn itself, we parked in pub car park next door (not sure if this is generally allowed it not)
Yes no problem at all to use the pub car park. We technically have 6 car parking spaces in front of the bunkhouse but the pub staff like to park in front of the staff house which makes it sometimes difficult to access the bunkhouse parking so we have an agreement to use the little car park too.
- Hot shower with a good water pressure.
- Comfortable temperature in the room even when it's cold outside (temperatures below 0 degrees).
- Sleep-only room: there is a bunk bed and only one chair. Unfortunately, it's impossible to sit on the bunk bed because the upper bed is too low.
- No towels provided.
- There is a strange (not very strong) smell everywhere in the building.
- To access the house you need to get keys from a small locker near the front door. The locker number is your room number. Enter your 4-digit code, press down the black button and pull the grey part of the locker while holding the button. The keys are inside.
- There is a good pub nearby - in the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.
- There is current schedule of the bus 516 in this pub.
Ben was a great host and very hospitable. Unfortunately, the bunkhouse had flooded the night before we arrived however Ben was quick to put us up in his cottage next door at no expense which we greatly appreciated. The location is fabulous with two pubs close by and some great walks. Only a 15 drive to Ambleside. Otherwise the bunkhouse looked clean and with good facilities. It was just unfortunate that a broken gutter prevented us from staying there (although it is now fixed :-)) A great location and a friendly, hospitable host. We'd visit again and recommend it.
My and my friend Hania really enjoyed bunkhouse in Great Langdale.
The room is simple but we had all what we expected.
The location is amazing, close to the pubs with very nice food and service.
We had great walk there and I am looking forward to go back.
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