Broadrake Bunkbarn is situated at the foot of Whernside in the heart of Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks and is part of the scattered hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale. It is in a quiet location about ¾ mile off the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes road with views in front to Ribblehead Viaduct, Park Fell and Ingleborough and Whernside to the rear. The surrounding land is farmed by our neighbours at Bruntscar with the field in front grown for hay through spring and early summer, then grazed by sheep once it has been cut. We own the field behind which has two sections of new native woodland planted in December 2012, separated by a central area being developed as an upland wildflower meadow. There is also a wildlife pond created in 2015 to help increase biodiversity further; the areas immediately behind the buildings have remnants of limestone scar with large rock outcrops hosting diverse plant life.
The surrounding area is ideal for walkers, mountain bikers and cavers and even paragliders. It is fascinating for both geologists and naturalists with the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve just across the valley.
The Bunkbarn itself is an old agricultural building attached to the main farmhouse. It has been renovated to form group accommodation sleeping 20 in 5 rooms all on the ground floor and communal space on the first floor, ideal for family groups, walking clubs etc.
From the entrance hall a wide, glazed staircase leads up to a large open plan room complete with the original exposed beams. There is a kitchen area with two ovens, two induction hobs, two sinks, a tall larder fridge and an under worktop fridge with small freezing compartment and a dishwasher. There are plenty of plates, cups, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans for up to 20 people and a good sized dining area to seat everyone. The other half of the room is a lounge area with comfy sofas. There is a small snug off this room with a sofa and bookcase; there is also an upstairs toilet.
Downstairs is a large 8 bed dormitory with 3 bunks and 2 single beds; two 4 bedded rooms, one with 2 bunks, the other with 1 bunk, 1 single with a mid-height cabin bed partially over it. The last two rooms both have twin beds. There is a unisex shower / toilet block with 2 separate showers, 2 separate toilets and one combined shower / toilet. Also on the ground floor is a separate drying room with heating and dehumidifier.
Underfloor heating is provided throughout the building powered by a wood pellet biomass boiler; free wifi provided by B4RN (the world's fastest rural broadband) and a small selection of books, local maps and board games are also available.
For weekends and bank holidays we prefer to let the whole barn to one group for sole use, though we will accept small groups close to the time if there is availability. Mid-week we are happy to take small groups and individuals including for single night bookings.
Ribblehead Station on the famous Settle Carlisle line is about 2 (flat) miles away on foot so why not come by train. There are regular passenger services from Leeds and Carlisle. By arrangement we may be able to pick you up from the station, please enquire.