A basic, secluded, lake district bothy on the east side of Coniston Water. Sleeps up to 8 people at a cost from £400 per week for the building use, not per person. I walked past it today - looks a great place to stay.
A few faq's - Yes it can sleep 8 people but no, you can't drive right up to the bothy but it's only a 2 minute walk from the car park. Yes, it's very close to the lake.
Also it is available for weekends and not just full weeks.
For really serious outdoor experience, Wrostlers Barn offers extremely basic accommodation in the most spectacular secluded location just metres from the eastern shore of Coniston Water and all it offers.
The stone bothy was converted from an isolated field barn and has recently been given an extensive refit including some insulation for the building. Cooking facilities and a wood-burning stove have been added to make the barn suitable for families as well as outdoor enthusiasts. The barn stands within the fringe of the nationally important Dodgson Wood SSSi (site of special scientific interest) and for this reason no wood can be collected on the site. It is being run on a sustainable format with the use of locally coppiced wood, composting toilets and a strict recycling policy. At the barn information about the wood and other conservation work by the National Trust is available.
The barn offers storage for canoes, bikes and other equipment as there are extensive opportunities to partake in these activities with Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest on the doorstep. There are also countless stunning walks within striking distance including Coniston Old Man and the High Furness Fells.
For a touch of culture, Brantwood the former home of John Ruskin and its attractive gardens and café is within walking distance, Tarn Hows and Hill Top are no more than a few miles drive away. The steamboat Gondola that plies the lake from April till November can be boarded from the nearby pier by prior arrangement and will transport you to Coniston and back in total silence.
What to Bring
The bothy is effectively a five star stone tent and therefore you are advised to bring sleeping bags plus mats to ensure you have a comfortable night during your stay. Towels, loo rolls, washing up, and tea towels, the other essential is Drinking Water and the odd bottle of something nice may make the evenings even more pleasurable.
• Normal sized five-ring gas hob with a good selection of catering equipment.
• Two large gas lanterns provide basic lighting but an extra lantern or torch is advisable.
• Gas is provided
• Preparation table and two picnic benches, which can be taken outside in good weather.
• Wood Burning Stove with initial wood supply (more can be purchased)
• Cold water tap plus hot water when the wood-burner is lit.
• Cutlery and Crockery for 12 people.
• Composting Toilets with simple instructions.
• Raised sleeping platform.
• Parking space for up to three cars with-in close proximity.
• Steel barbecue
• Small campfires within fire site by agreement (wood supply provided)
• Occupants prior to departure must clean the Bothy.
• Arrivals are from early afternoon onwards, departures during the morning.
• Keys should be collected/deposited at Nibthwaite Grange Farm.
• Dogs are allowed, but owners are asked to keep them under close control.
• Steam Yacht Gondola can be booked by calling 015394 41288
• Any non-recyclable rubbish should be taken away with you and the bothy left as you found it.
Rates / Booking Information - per week / short break 3 days
End of November – end of Feb
March - October £400 / £250 midweek or weekend break
All charges VAT inclusive and a £50 deposit is required with every booking
Inventory for Wrostlers Barn:
1 bread knife
and 1 sharp knife
1 can opener,
1 large mixing bowl,
1 medium mixing bowls,
1 slot turner,
1 perforated spoon,
1 measuring jug
1 chopping board,
1 large pan with handle.
1 2lt pan
1 3lt pan,
1 5lt pan,
1 8lt pan,
1 extra large frying pan,
1 large frying pan,
1 large kettle,
1 medium teapot,
12 plastic tumblers,
6 large mugs,
6 medium mugs,
12 large plates,
12 small plates,
2 large jugs,
1 dustpan & brush
As an alternative/possible overflow, there is a group campsite nearby click the link for full details of Dodgson Wood Group Campsite