Lake District Camping / Glamping Barn


Thorny Crag

A camping barn converted from a traditional Cumbrian longhouse which has been divided into 2 dwellings, each side accommodating 6 guests. Only accessible by foot, ¼ mile walk.


Take a trip back in time to experience the rustic, raw luxury, of staying in one of the rare surviving traditional Cumbrian longhouses, untouched by modern society.

Thorny Crag has been restored into 2 self catering dwellings, low beams being one of its original features.

Located on the Dash farmland which is a designated county wildlife site, Thorny Crag is secluded with spectacular views onto Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite lake.

A Cumbrian Longhouse...

Longhouses were rectangular single storey medieval farmhouses which usually sheltered both humans and livestock under one roof. The simplest longhouse layout consisted of 2 approximately square rooms, one for the farming family and one for the sheep and cattle in wintertime.

So many of these longhouses have been restored and modernised, we felt that we wanted to keep Thorny Crag as close to its original condition as possible (just without the livestock inside!) great care has been taken to do this. The roof is parged, no felt, lime mortar has been used and no cement, there are no extra windows.

Dogs are Welcome

We would love you to be able to bring your pet, but please be aware that you are on a working farm and surrounded by livestock. There is £10 charge for each dog.


Safe parking available 1/4 of a mile walk away from Thorny Crag.

Summary of accomodation

Thorny Crag - sleeps 6


  • Kitchen, woodburner, cooker and cooking facities
  • Shower room / toilet


  • Lounge area
  • 2 double box beds, and
  • a single bunk box beds

Cost of accommodation includes
  • heating and water
  • electricity
  • fuel for fires
Not included
  • bed linen - sleeping bag required
  • towels - please bring your own

No smoking in the properties, thank you


No fireworks, thank you