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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism

Bed & Breakfast with 1 room £120 prpnb

The Bothy

The Bothy

The Bothy


The Bothy dates from the late 1700s when the original house was constructed. We renovated the bothy, and the house, in 2016. It is situated next to Aira Beck with walks onto the fells, down to the beautiful Aira Force and Ullswater straight from your door. It's the perfect romantic weekend hideaway but just 3 minutes stroll to the local pub, The Royal.

The Bothy is not a self catering property but as you see below there are a number of treats waiting for you. Your breakfast (included in the price) will be taken at The Royal which also serves great lunches and dinners. Of course there are plenty of other dining options in the area just a short drive away. Inside The Bothy there is a lounge area with sofa, mini fridge, kettle, Nespresso and TV. The property is warmed with under floor heating and also has a log stove to add to the romantic mood!

Dockray is a small village in the heart of the North Lake District just a mile from Ullswater and 15 minutes drive from Penrith, a small market town with supermarkets, local shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. In Dockray there are a handful of houses and a pub, The Royal.

We have looked at all aspects of the running of The Bothy and identified, where possible, products which have a low environmental impact. As of March 2019 the operation of The Bothy is free from single-use plastics.

• d2W waste bin liners are compostable, they will biodegrade within 12-18 months, compared to normal plastics which take hundreds of years.

• The Tea Pig tea bags provided are plastic-free and after use are put in our compost heap which then is used on our garden. Normal tea bags contain microplastics which don’t degrade.

• The Nespresso coffee capsules are emptied by hand; the grounds go on the compost and the aluminium is recycled

• Crisp wrappers are taken to a local waste-free shop, Another Weigh in Penrith, for specialist recycling; compostable crisp packets have been developed, we are just waiting for them to appear on the shelves

• Who Gives a Crap loo paper and kitchen roll is derived from bamboo and comes in paper wrapping

• Bio-D/Ecover cleaning liquids are the most environmentally-friendly available and the containers are refilled at Another Weigh

• Detergent used to wash bed linen and towels is by Bio-D (the most environmentally-friendly currently available) and comes in paper packaging

• The milk provided is delivered by a good old-fashioned local milkman (more accurately, milkwoman) in glass bottles; we put it into the stainless steel flask to reduce spillage.

• We are also investigating the possibility of using the beck for a water-source heat pump which would allow The Bothy to be heated with minimal carbon output.

• Where possible and, without compromising quality, we use local suppliers. This gives you a taste of the region and also cuts down on food miles.

We only rent The Bothy out at weekends and for a minimum two night stay. At bank holidays and Easter we rent for a minimum three nights. Included in the photos is an image of the layout of the property which gives you a good idea of how The Bothy works.

Don't forget to bring your walking boots/wellies - generally it can be quite muddy out on our beautiful fells. The Bothy is dog friendly - one normal sized dog or two tiddlers would be enough!

Things you will find inside The Bothy:

King size bed with bedding
Two bath towels and two hand towels
Log stove and a supply of logs
Nespresso and pods
Tea bags
Mini fridge
Half bottle of champagne OR a 20cl bottle of The Lakes Distillery gin and some Fever Tree tonic
Pint of milk
Champagne, wine and water glasses
Side plate, cutlery and cloth napkins
Prince Charles' favourite fudge
Hair dryer
Iron and ironing board
Books, maps, games, magazines
DVD player and selection of DVDs
A bucket, brush and towel to wash down your dog before taking it back inside.


  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • Public house/InnPublic house/Inn
  • DVD playerDVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires


Rushgill House,
CA11 0JY


Rushgill House,
CA11 0JY

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