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Ryan's Rest

Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 989072)


(14 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great time, staff and host so friendly."

    The hut has everything you need and the food in the Sol way bistro was great. Very close to lovely walks.. we took our dog and he was also accommodated Thanks for a lovely stay!!

    Reviewed by CarlaDec 2021

  • "Loved the hut."

    ..but would suggest a better refrigerator with a bigger freezer would be more suitable. All the staff and management did everything to make our stay a great one. Would recommend this stay to all.

    Reviewed by WayneJul 2021

  • "Our shepherd hut had everything what we needed , cosy and very comfortable ."

    The location and facilities was excellent . The owner Ian went the extra mile to ensure our stay was enjoyable, his staff worked very hard and a well drilled team .

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Every one was so nice and welcoming."

    Lovely walks.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2021

  • "Ian (the owner) and his staff were attentive and very helpful."

    Nothing is too much trouble. The food and drinks at the bistro were amazing. The retro games were great for the whole family. Chickens everywhere, and very funny to watch. The little shop has every bit of essentials you could require and a bit more... The gym is very well equipped, the hut was lovely and warm even with the little oil heater alone. The hut wasnt sold with WiFi but you could connect to the hub quite easily. Oven is more than capable of cooking for 3. Be aware building work is still ongoing, but never heard any disturbance. Scaffolding is currently over the paths so make sure walking boots are to hand. I look forward to returning. Thank you for a great week.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2020

  • "I think it would be helpful if there was more storage in the hut, maybe few shelves and also more plug sockets and a clock would be nice, think it lacks the feminine touch."

    Reviewed by RuthAug 2020

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday staying in Ryan’s rest shepherds hut."

    The hosts were fantastic and very welcoming. We enjoyed using the gym and feeding the chickens on site. It was a great base to explore the northern lakes. We will certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by MandyOct 2019

  • "Very Frendly ,Lovely walk 's"

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2019

  • "My husband and I enjoyed our week,the only thing I would say was the wicker chairs were not comfortable to sit on for any length of time, maybe Ian the owner could look into getting something else at some point."

    We found Ian very nice and helpful and staff also. Loved the cockerel and hens wandering about and the gym was so well fitted out. Will try and go back next year. Ruth &Ian Taylor

    Reviewed by RuthMar 2019

  • "The shepherds hut was so cosy."

    With a basket if logs waiting for our arrival along with the chilled bottle of cava in the fridge. So peaceful and quiet that we slept late every day. A great holiday to recharge your batteries.

    Reviewed by AlisonFeb 2019

  • "I couldn't have asked for a better stay."

    Cabin was more than comfortable and had everything you could need for a relaxing stay. More than enough space for family of 3 and a dog. Ian and his team went above and beyond to make our little girls third birthday very special. I was overwhelmed by their kindness and all round helpfulness and hospitality. Thank you so so much to you all. We will definitely be back and recommend to everyone.

    Reviewed by JasmineFeb 2019

  • "Perfect compact space for the 2 of us and dog."

    Wood burner very efficient and everything provided.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2018

  • "Was just how we expected what we expected lively setting very peaceful ."

    ....staff were very friendly and helpful ...will definitely go again

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2018

  • "Excellent:))))"

    Reviewed by CezaryAug 2018

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  • One bedroom: 1 x triple bunks
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with woodburning stove
  • Travel cot and highchair upon request.
  • Oil central heating
  • microwave and hob, fridge, TV with Freeview, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair upon request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Shared enclosed lawned area with picnic benches and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles and pub 2 mins walk
  • Breakfast and evening meals can also be requested from the owners, please contact them before arrival to arrange
  • Note: Fully equipped gym included
  • Note: There is The Solway Lounge bar and The Garrison Bistro on site
  • Contact details will be sent in your key collection details in case you would like to book prior to arrival
  • Note: Ceiling height restricted due to ceiling beams, and low doorways
  • Note: Steps lead up to the property entrance
  • Note: Xbox or PlayStation on request
  • Smart TV - guests can use their own Netflix account
  • Guests can request oven with 2 rings on top, or microwave
  • Note: Ongoing construction on site, there will be parking for guests and private access to the properties located behind the initial works
  • Please note this property accepts 1 well behaved dog of Labrador size or smaller.

The property

Situated on peaceful grounds of an ancient Roman Fort lies Ryan's Rest, a shepherds hut in an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to the coast and calming sands.

Steps lead up to the open-plan accommodation, a delightful set-up with a triple bunk bed, a seating area, and a neatly designed kitchen.

Whether you are enjoying refreshments at the fold-out dining table, or settling down for a peaceful night's sleep, enjoy the warmth from the woodburning stove, and the characterful exposed beams which grace the ceiling.

With your very own picnic bench waiting outside, why not continue an evening under the stars, appreciating the location at its finest.

Where these properties lie is on top of an old Roman Fort called ‘Fort Maia’ which was the second largest fought to be built on Hadrian’s Wall.

To the outside, there is an allocated parking space, access to a well-stocked gym and a tearoom with a shop.

Breakfast and evening meals can also be requested from the owners, please contact them before arrival to arrange.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 987886, 987893, 987894, together they can sleep up to 12 people.

Bowness House Farm

Four cosy shepherd's huts built on a Roman Fort at the end of Hadrian's Wall in the enticing village of Bowness-on-Solway. Part of the Solway Coast AONB and home to nationally and internationally important species, the destination is perfect for walking, cycling and bird watching with several nature reserves nearby, such as Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve, South Solway Mosses NNR, Finglandrigg Wood NNR and Drumburgh Moss. Whether you plan on touring the location or admiring it all from the comfort of the cottage, there are plenty of opportunities to be at one with natural surroundings. With each retreat providing its own enclosed grounds, picnic bench, and barbecue, you can relax outdoors at your own leisure, even come together with your loved ones for some quality time under the sun. An exceptional addition to this group of cottages is a shared gym, which includes a series of quality equipment for guests to make use of during their stay. For something different, why not spend an afternoon in the local pub 100 yards away. The entire location is appreciated for its closeness to the beach and coast, wading birds and beautiful dark skies, not forgetting the significant Lake District National Park just waiting to be explored.

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About the location


Wigton 10 miles; Carlisle 13 miles.

The village of Bowness-on-Solway lies within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to the west of the city of Carlisle. The village has a pub and a tea room and Hadrian’s Wall stretches from the village to Wallsend near Newcastle for some 73 miles, with the walk being defined as a ‘National Trail’. The surrounding area is rich in bird life visiting the sand dunes, salt marsh, shingle beds, and peat mosses, and there are many viewpoints and lay-bys, perfect for spotting the waders: oystercatchers, curlew, golden and grey plover, lapwing, knot, dunlin, bar-tailed and black-tailed godwit, redshank, and turnstone. In 1869 a rail line, the Solway Junction Railway, was opened between Bowness and Annan in Scotland, connecting to the Maryport and Carlisle railway. The 1 mile and 176 yard long iron girder viaduct across the water was damaged by an ice build-up in 1875, and again in 1881. It was repaired and continued as a passenger train until 1914 when it became a freight train until 1921, before finally being demolished in 1934. Nearby, the market town of Wigton and the city of Carlisle are popular centres for shopping, pubs and restaurants. Wigton also has a weekly market taking place every Friday and also boasts a theatre. The Victorian seaside resort of Silloth is 16 miles away, whilst Keswick and the heart of the Lake District are reached in 40 minutes' by car. A wonderful base for exploring Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

Region Information

Please note this property accepts 1 well behaved dog of Labrador size or smaller.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas