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Bird How

Holmrook - Cumbria

Bird How

Holmrook - Cumbria

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"Live simply at this traditional, National Trust rural cottage that sits in a lesser known area of the Lake District, and a world away from anywhere and anyone else."

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2


  • A truly remote getaway.
  • A pretty cottage surrounded by stunning landscape.
  • Keep warm with an open fire in the living room.
  • Explore this lesser known area of the Lake District.
  • Your stay in this cottage helps the National Trust to look after the Lake District

  You should know...

  • You need to take your own sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and towels.
  • There is no television as reception is poor in the area.
  • 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.
  • Low slung and rear wheel drive vehicles may have problems when fully loaded.

The Details...

In the fellside above the River Esk, at the head of Eskdale, sits this very remote, south facing cottage that boasts plenty of rustic charm. Bird How is small, with accommodation all on one floor, and the old cow shippon, or cow shed, underneath. This makes the ideal base for those looking for simplicity and a true break from the modern world.

Inside you’ll find a cosy sitting/dining room with an original, local stone open fire, perfect for gathering around and spending cosy evenings in reading, talking and sipping hot toddies. There’s also a small kitchen and two bedrooms, one with a twin bedroom and another with a bunk bed. Electric wall heating is provided throughout.

Access to the house is via a rough farm track, and there is a parking space available outside of the gate leading to the cottage. A walled field surrounds the cottage, giving you plenty of space of your own, and the Lake District awaits outside your gate to explore.

Upper Eskdale is a haven of tranquility, ideal for climbers, walkers or for simply getting away from it all in a beautiful and lesser known part of the Lake District National Park. For hikers in search of a challenge there are a few worth trying on the doorstep. The cottage is situated near the bottom of the steepest road in England; a walk up to the Roman Fort close to the top is a good start to the day. If you want to avoid the crowds on Scafell Pike take the back way, so you pop out on to Mickledore, the ridge that links Scafell to Scafell Pike.

Cumbria also offers plenty of delicious local produce and makes an ideal place for foodies to explore, with plenty of local beers to try as well as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage and of course sticky toffee pudding. When you've eaten your fill why not take an inspiring trip to the birthplace of William Wordsworth, or perhaps the home Beatrix Potter (and Peter Rabbit) at Hill Top in the hamlet of Sawrey.


Essential Features
  • No Dogs
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Off road free parking

Bird How provides a very rustic and spartan experience - please read our website description very carefully. Images by NT/Mike Henton.


  • Bird watching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Walking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Wellbeing
  • Wildlife

A remote location ideal for walkers and climbers. Your stay at this cottage helps the National Trust to look after the Lake District.

Bird How

  Nearest Airport

2.5 hours drive time



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