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Graythwaite near Hawkshead, The Lake District and Cumbria (Ref. 914053)

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Cottage features

  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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Graythwaite Cottages

Hawkshead 4 miles. Located on a beautiful, 5000-acre private country estate of diverse lake, forest, woodland and meadow landscapes, this charming courtyard of Victorian farm buildings, dating from 1890, sits in a superb central setting for a Lake District getaway to remember. Each of these delightful Lake District cottages has been thoughtfully refurbished and retain much original character, well balanced with modern furnishings and set just one mile from the shores of Lake Windermere. Each has been finished to a high standard, with most offering cosy open fires or woodburners to snuggle beside after a busy day. There’s a variety of holiday accommodation available, from cosy, romantic retreats to larger family-friendly properties. Many of these Lake District cottages share a pleasant patio garden and there are some wonderful on-site facilities to take advantage of, which include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness suite, table tennis room and a children’s play area. This magical estate offers an escape to another world with a 2.5-acre lake, just a 10-minute walk from the courtyard, which is well stocked with rainbow trout and boasts a serene setting for hazy afternoons spent fly fishing. During the spring and summer months, guests can roam Graythwaite Hall’s pretty gardens, which are open to the public, while all year round, the estate’s grounds provide a wonderland for all ages and offer plenty of places to stop for a picnic or enjoy a quiet stroll along the lakeshore or a gentle cycle along the traffic-free lanes that weave through the parkland countryside. Outdoor adventure awaits from the very doorstep with the estate able to provide comprehensive walking maps and guides as well as arranging canoe hire, climbing and guided hikes along with a plethora of other adrenaline-fueled activities. Chug through the vivid scenery with a trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway, just four miles away, which can only be outshined by a memorable cruise along the lake all the way to Bowness-on-Windermere, where a wealth of attractions and amenities await you. Graythwaite customers can also avail of a multitude of benefits for local services and attractions. Enjoy discounted rates for Go Ape, mountain bike hire at Grizedale as well as a local catering company and delicious welcome packs with succulent, locally-sourced food. Delivery of milk and provisions can also be arranged, and the nearby Lakeside Hotel also offer a discount exclusively for Graythwaite customers. This group of Lake District properties provides an unforgettable escape, and is an excellent destination for a special holiday spent relaxing and enjoying the tranquil setting and fantastic on-site facilities. Booked together, the properties can accommodate 82 people.

The property

This attractive, single-storey detached barn conversion offers charming, cosy and compact accommodation that’s perfect for two.

The open plan sitting area, with its warming woodburner set into a slate surround, provides a snug place to relax in at the end of each day.

A luxurious bathroom and a pretty bedroom, that’s comfortable and homely, add to the lovely accommodation, offering the ideal choice for a romantic break.


All ground floor. One double bedroom with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.


  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer on request, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, public phone in courtyard
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Kindling available £4/bag
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Designated sitting area along with shared patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared use of estate grounds and facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room, children's play area, fitness suite and 2.5-acre trout fishing lake
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4 miles, pubs 2 miles
  • Note: Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
  • Note: Fitness suite charged at £20/guest/week (£15 for short breaks), payable on site
  • Note: Pool open 8.45am – 7.30pm daily, with shower, 2 x WC and limited changing facilities
  • Note: Licence required for fishing, equipment can be hired locally, fishing FOC unless catch is made, then small fee applicable
  • Note: Limited mobile reception

As well as the wide range of activities on-site, The Graythwaite Estate are pleased to offer you the following services to make your stay even more special:

*Maps and recommendations for walks around the estate and surrounding area, along with a list of things to see and do, and the pick of the best local pubs and restaurants

*The arrangement of canoeing, bushcraft, climbing, guided walks and other activities - just let the estate know and they’ll take care of it

*Exclusive 15% discount at Go Ape and Grizedale Mountain Bike hire

*Exclusive 15% discount at Lakeside Hotel and Spa

*Milk and provisions from Town End Farm can be delivered to your doorstep during your stay

*Delicious welcome packs from The Honey Pot in Hawkshead, ordered for your arrival - with guests at Graythwaite entitled to a 10% discount

*Graythwaite have teamed up with The Lakes Catering Company so you can enjoy a delicious, seasonal home-cooked meal, delivered straight to your cottage

More information about these superb deals and activites can be obtained directly with the Estate once your booking is confirmed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Little cosy cottage”
    • tripadvisor rating
    • “Stayed in the Can Brow this week with my husband and our doggie, what a wonderful little cosy cottage. Rained a lot but didn't stop us doing anything i.e pub & walks etc. One bedroomed which is big enough for a couple and a dog. Very pleased with our stay.”

    SAMMYDOGBurton, BURTON, November 2015


    • “A lovely relaxed area, warm cosy cottage and swimming pool.”

    Ms Kay, CAERNARFON, March 2015

    • “Such a quiet and peaceful place. Just what we needed.”

    Miss Gal, Harrow, February 2015

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About the location


Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Cars are banned from the village, leaving visitors free to wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

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