Holme Wood Bothy

Cockermouth, Cumbria
The exterior of Holme Wood Bothy, Loweswater, The Lake District
The interior of Holme Wood Bunkhouse, Loweswater, The Lake District
The kitchen area at Holme Wood Bothy, Loweswater, The Lake District
Sunrise over Loweswater, Lake District
Mountains and woods reflected in a mirror-like lake
The exterior of Holme Wood Bothy, Loweswater, The Lake District The interior of Holme Wood Bunkhouse, Loweswater, The Lake District The kitchen area at Holme Wood Bothy, Loweswater, The Lake District Sunrise over Loweswater, Lake District Mountains and woods reflected in a mirror-like lake

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 1

About Holme Wood Bothy

A ‘stone tent’ warmed by a log-burner, set just metres from the shores of Loweswater.

Holme Wood Bothy offers basic accommodation in the most spectacular of locations, just a few metres from the shores of Loweswater. The six-sleeper bothy is effectively a stone tent with a few added comforts such as a wood-burning stove and a basic kitchen area. 

Its wild and remote location allows you to disconnect from modern life for a few days. Go hiking around the woods and lake in search of wildlife or watch the stars as night falls. Discover the secret waterfall of Holme Force, which hides amongst the woods or go further afield to the peaks of Lake District. 

Preferred changeover days are Fridays and Mondays with 3, 5 and 7 night stays available.

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Opening times

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 17:00pm

Features and facilities

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


  • Ground floor

    Small open plan kitchen/dining area with woodburning stove (initial wood supply provided) and table/benches. Gas ring cooker (gas provided). Sleeping is on wooden flooring in a separate room, split on two levels. Please be aware that sleeping areas are communal which may not be suitable for some mixed parties. Bring your own sleeping bags, mats, cooking equipment, torches etc. 

  • First floor

    Upper sleeping area accessed by wooden ladder.

Notes for guests

Heating: There is no electricity so no appliances.

Bedding/linen: No linen.

Parking: Parking for two cars a short distance away.

Hazards: Upper sleeping platform accessed by wooden ladder, may not be suitable for small children. NT advises against swimming in lake as harmful algae may be present. Canoes are permitted on the lake but customers must bring their own. Cold water tap is not drinking water - drinking water available outside ranger's workshop at Watergate Farm. 

No camping is allowed.

Please note there is no cleaner for this bothy - guests are expected to leave the bothy in a clean and tidy condition for the next guests

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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 through to 5 Acorns at the highest level. 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.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose, safe and clean. Running water and a WC are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities (details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage). Bedding, linen and towels are supplied (with a few exceptions, which is again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. Generally a 1 acorn cottage does not have wifi. Examples of a 1 acorn offer include Cartref, Wales and Rosedene, Worcestershire.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high sleeps to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 acorn cottages have wifi and, similar to a 1 Acorn cottage, the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic in their offer. All 2 (and higher) Acorn cottages supply bedding, linen and towels. Examples of a 2 acorn offer include Engine Cottage, Cornwall and High Hallgarth, Cumbria.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small sized kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage. Examples of a 3 acorn cottage include the Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk and Rose Cottage, Isle of Wight.

4 Acorn: these cottage have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally it is likely to have added comfort extras. The ratio of bathrooms to guests will be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers as opposed to over bath showers. Examples of a 4 Acorn offer include Portland House, Dorset and Stepper View, Cornwall.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage. This is the highest offer available. The furniture is of high standard, and has real comfort for modern living. Examples of a 5 Acorn cottage include The Old Rectory, South Wales and West Gate Lodge, Yorkshire.

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