Our charming 18th century detached farm cottage is tucked away down a private lane 150 metres from public roads in central Lakeland. In the countryside a mile from picturesque Hawkshead village, it's beside a stream surrounded by gardens and fields - the only rented property on our smallholding.
You can walk and cycle from the cottage door on quiet footpaths, lanes and forest tracks - no need to take the car. Mountain walking, watersports and many local attractions are within easy reach. Or you can just enjoy the peace of the garden.
Outside at the front is the sunny stone patio with table, chairs and barbecue (available on request) and leafy garden full of birdsong.
We try to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy the tranquillity of the place. We’ll meet you on arrival and check that you have all you need for your stay. Thereafter we’ll aim to leave you in peace. We live in the farmhouse next door so we are usually around to help if you need information or in case of problems.
Arrival is from 4pm and departure by 10am. Changeover day is usually a Friday. Minimum stay is 3 nights.
The cottage is an excellent base to explore the beautiful and varied local scenery, beloved by the poet William Wordsworth who went to school in Hawkshead. You can take a boat trip on nearby Coniston Water, visit Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse in Sawrey, or sample the pubs and quirky atmosphere of Hawkshead village with its medieval buildings, cobbled alleys and timbered cottages with projecting upper storeys - nestling round the church on a hill near the centre.
There are four pubs serving meals with real ale from local microbreweries, a well-stocked grocers, delicatessen, pharmacy, newsagent and post office as well as an outdoor clothes store, an art shop and a gallery of Beatrix Potter’s drawings housed in her lawyer husband's former office.
By road, take the M6 motorway to Junction 36 (from the south) or Junction 40 (from the north). Head for Ambleside and take the A593 road towards Coniston. In half a mile turn left on the B5286 road toward Hawkshead. A mile past the hamlet of Outgate turn right onto the B5285 which leads in a mile to the hamlet of Hawkshead Hill. We'll give you detailed directions when you book.
Most visitors regard a car as a necessity for a visit to the Lake District. However buses serving Coniston, Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal and Keswick stop within 200 metres of the cottage, so leaving the car behind for the day is definitely an option. If you are a walker or cyclist there is a vast network of footpaths, forest tracks and country lanes to explore from your cottage door.