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Bird How


Holmrook, Lake District, Cumbria

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This very remote south facing cottage nestles on the fellside above the River Esk at the head of Eskdale. Bird how is small, with cosy rustic accommodation on one floor, and the old cow shippon underneath. This is not for the faint-hearted but our customers frequently tell us that they delight in its simplicity.

Upper Eskdale is a haven of tranquillity, 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.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

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

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.

Accessibility : 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.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
  • Unique
  • Tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages, campsites and bunkhouses are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Visit
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock climbing and visit
National Trust places to visit
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon Vast area of open country -- valleys, mountains, rivers and lake -- from wild Wasdale to the Duddon Estuary
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections
Steam Yacht Gondola Rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water
Coniston and Tarn Hows
Landscape of fell, meadow and woodland around Coniston Water
Hawkshead and Claife
Hawkshead and Claife Viewing Station Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes and picturesque buildings
Beatrix Potter Gallery
Beatrix Potter Gallery 17th-century solicitor's office, now home to the original watercolours and sketches of Beatrix Potter


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Evans
    • December 2016
    • Wales
    Exceptional position of cottage

    The position of Bird How is exceptional. It allows one complete escape from modern living. The peace and tranquility, lack of nighttime light pollution and simplicity of facilities are a tonic.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2016
    • Unknown
    Walks from the doorstep

    Made our stay enjoyable ...Views, walks from the doorstep, isolation, no TV or mobile reception.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2016
    • Unknown
    Outdoor shower highlight!

    Our stay was made enjoyable by the property's Remote location, isolation, mobile and wi-fi free - the novel outdoor shower was the highlight of the stay.

  • Miriam Cook
    • March 2016
    • London
    Perfect get away property!

    This was the perfect property to get away from it all. Our two young boys loved it and have really enjoyed sharing their experiences with their friends too.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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