…...Spin, Weave and Stay where the Herdwicks like to play
The Wild Wool Barn, provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for families and groups of 6+ and a micro-campsite offers a rare opportunity to camp in isolation overlooking the stunning views of Ennerdale. The recently converted Lakeland barn with just one group/family room and rustic living space is loved by families and small groups who enjoy the authentic, isolation and a chance to relax in their own exclusive spot of undiscovered Lake District.
Routen Farm overlooks Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell in the shadow of Great Bourne, placing it at the heart of the Western Lake District fells. Isolated from the hustle and bustle of main roads, Ennerdale has a distinctive rugged tranquillity and is home to flocks of Herdwick Sheep and local folklore suggests that Beatrix Potter’s Herdwick sheep could have been related to the breeding stock from the valley.
Attached to the Wild Wool Barn is the Wild Wool Workshop where the owner Susan Denham-Smith creates bespoke products from the local Herdwick wool from the oldest flocks in the country using traditional Spinning and Weaving equipment. She holds regular craft classes and takes talks and crafting out into the community. Weekend and residential courses are available where you can learn to spin or weave the Herdwick wool in the atmospheric barn whilst surrounded by the stunning views and the sheep flocks of Ennerdale. Susan also takes commissions to create rugs and accessories and can be seen working in the studio/workshop most afternoons. Some of her creations and hand-spun wool can be seen in the Gallery and are available for sale in her Etsy Shop.
If you love traditional crafts, active holidays in the mountains or just want to get away from it all, Routen Farm and the Wild Wool are the perfect place for you to escape to. You can walk out of the door and directly onto the the Ennerdale Horseshoe. WIFI free and with no mobile signal you can leave the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with yourself and nature as you discover the "wild valley" of Ennerdale.
Routen Farm and Beatrix Potter
Routen Farm is rumoured to have been visited by Beatrix Potter in 1934 when she was the President of the Ennerdale Show. The show office was housed in the farmhouse (now the family bathroom!). It is also thought that Beatrix Potter’s flocks of Herdwick sheep could have been related to the flocks which still graze here. It is wool from these, the oldest flocks of Herdwick in the country, that Susan uses to create her products.