Bird How

Holmrook, Cumbria

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Preferred changeover day Saturday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 1 What's this?
  • Reference 009005

About Bird How

A remote cottage in the Eskdale valley offering a peaceful retreat in the Lake District.

For a stay truly off the beaten track, you’ll find it here at Bird How. Quite literally too; the dolls-house-like cottage is found nestling on a fellside via a rough farm track. Its remoteness may not be for everyone, but if you’re in need of a week away from everyday distractions, Bird How can offer a peaceful retreat in the heart of the Lake District. With no phone or TV signal, you’ll be able to really appreciate the simplicity of this former cow barn. If you’re still not convinced, how does a snuggle around its open fire after a days’ hiking sound? 

Its location in the Eskdale valley makes it an ideal base for serious walkers and hikers, with many challenging routes from the doorstep to explore in this less known part of the Lake District National Park. Start the morning with a walk up the steepest road in England, Hardknott Pass, and explore the Roman Fort close to the top. If Scafell Pike is on your bucket-list, its base is less than an hours’ drive.

Elsewhere in the National Park, the northern shores of Lake Windermere are a 40 minutes’ drive from the cottage. Head to Derwent Water where you can hire a boat or canoe and paddle along the serene waters, where towering mountains provide the backdrop. 

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


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  • Ground floor

    Sitting/dining room with local stone open fire, small kitchen and two bedrooms (1 twin and 1 with a bunk bed)

Notes for guests

Access: The access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos please those images in the main website page.

Heating: Electric wall heating included. 

Parking: A parking space is available outside of the gate leading to the cottage.

Garden: A walled field surrounds the cottage.

Access : The approach is along a rough farm track. Low slung and rear wheel drive vehicles may have problems when fully loaded. 

Linen: Please note - linen is not available at this cottage. Duvets and pillows will be on the beds but you will need to take your own sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and towels.

Television/Signal: There is no television as reception is poor in the area.

Please note: The cottage does not have a bathroom. The kitchen is used for washing. An Elsan lavatory is underneath the cottage in the shippon. 

Due to the remoteness of this cottage, care taking is difficult. Visitors are asked to leave the cottage clean and tidy on departure.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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