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Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent accommodation, beautiful location."

    Well maintained property and facilities. Highly rated Book now !

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Feb 2023

  • "A gem of a property, we had a fabulous stay - thank you Graythwaite."

    We made use of the Estates facilities including shop and swimming pool. The property details which Lakelovers have are not 100% correct, we had to call the Estate Office to check a couple of matters, the lady we spoke to at Graythwaite was very helpful.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jan 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    We were a group of wild swimmers and the location and facilitates were just perfect .what a fabulous location .the hot tub was amazing a word of caution one of our group stepped out and the steps upended and took a very nasty fall , if the steps have not been secured down or a wider set purchased please take a lot of care getting out ..two weeks later she still can’t sit down ! We also ran out of wood and didn’t read about getting it from the shop so make sure you take spare or buy it in AdVance Otherwise was fabulous highly recommend ,

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jan 2023

  • "Firstly this a beautiful cottage situated on the lakeside and we had a fabulous weekend stay with friends however as a premium listing with a premium price we expected more For 10 people there were just enough mugs , not enough wine / champagne glasses for everyone to enjoy a glass of fizz , only 4 dishwasher tablets provided for the whole weekend and no basic condiments which we have previously had in similar properties !"

    We also had to go out to buy pan scrubs , fire lighters ( only 4 provided ) and more toilet rolls It would have been nice to sit outside as the weather was very pleasant , however the garden furniture was dirty and unkept so this wasn’t possible The WiFi was unnecessarily complicated to access and there was no spare key for the property , which we reported to the Graythwaite estate on arrival via their helpline - unfortunately this issue wasn’t resolved before leaving By ensuring basic items were provided would have definitely made a noticeable difference to our weekend stay

    Reviewed by Jan3.1Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage right on the lake with fabulous views."

    The hot tub was a real winner….very quick to heat up and lovely and cosy on a September evening! All rooms were beautifully furnished and beds very comfortable. The only small problem was that the dishwasher did not always clean the plates properly but this wasn’t a huge issue and certainly didn’t spoil the wonderful few days we spent at the cottage

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "The house is beautifully located beside Lake Windermere, the rooms are nice and the decor and furniture etc are very pleasing."

    Couple of things that we found disappointing were the lack of supplies such as toilet paper, dishwasher tablets, tea towels, ordinary towels, even wine glasses, all were rationed, and it felt like the owners were skimping and providing the least possible. This was at odds with the premium price that was charged for the stay. We would have brought beach towels had we known that they would not be supplied, and there was strictly one towel each in the house. Separately the system for logging on to the wifi was complex and defeated most people in the group.

    Reviewed by Sheelagh4.1Sep 2022

  • "House was in need of refurb."

    Walls grubby, dishwasher didn’t work and had clearly not been checked, lights in kitchen didn’t work, sink leaked and a washing up bowl had been placed to catch the water under the sink. Owner slow to rectify and indeed couldn’t rectify the dishwasher. Incorrect information provided about non allergenic bedding. Grass on lawn uncut. On the plus side the location was fantastic Come on Graythwaite get your act together this was not a premium property and should be amended within the Sykes listing until this is brought up to standard

    Reviewed by Andrew2.2May 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Hammerhole, the position on the lake is idyllic and the cottage was clean and reasonably comfortable, although there was only six of us and whilst there are beds for 10 it would have been a bit cramped in the living area for 10."

    I would say the price for a weeks stay would warrant a little more on the amenities front such as canoe/kayak especially as it has its own jetty, but the hot tub and plentiful supply of wood was really good. Overall we would rate the stay as good although a little overpriced and the only real bug bear would be the check in and out which was far too late and far too early!!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful house in a stunning secluded location."

    Perfect for big family get togethers for families of all ages. The location was amazing - right on the lake with lovely views. Added perk of being able to use the swimming pool exclusively for a prebooked time slot. We hope to be back one day and would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2022

  • "It would be helpful if they’d let us know that the logs would be replenished FOC, we only found this out the day before we left and after buying our own logs, no big deal but handy to know if you rent Hammerhole."

    Overall we had a great stay in a beautiful setting and it snowed on Christmas Day!!

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.4Dec 2021

  • "Stunning house in a beautiful location"

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Aug 2021

  • "Cottage is one we have visited before."

    It has recently been renovated to a high standard. Beautiful location and lovely relaxing cottage.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great location, comfortable cottage with nice space and of course great access to the lake."

    We were very happy. That said there are some suggestions below; Lack of WiFi should be more obvious in the listing. Some board games and books and dvds would be good. Both map packs had maps missing. Bigger mugs would be great, all bar one mug were tiny! Great water pressure but so strong that the shower head moved of its own accord and soaked the ceiling. The water pressure also caused the pipes to bang loudly. Two of the toilets - the cisterns needed adjusting because they wouldn’t stop filling until the ball valves were adjusted. The swimming pool was unavailable for 2 days as it was being re-filled and £20 was quite a lot for the gym given it was pretty limited.

    Reviewed by Adrian4.4Jun 2019

  • "We have been to Hammerhole many times with our family and once again enjoyed our stay."

    However we had reason to change the bedding sheets on this occasion and frankly were very unhappy with the condition of the eiderdown blankets inside which were very dirty and in poor condition. We did complain at reception and received one replacement but quite honestly feel that these items should be checked/replaced regularly to overcome such problems. We have booked Hammerhole again next year but will require reassurance that action has been taken in this regard.

    Reviewed by Nick3.4May 2019

  • "The cottage , its position and facilities were wonderful and just as described."

    This was a three generation family holiday, and we all wanted to canoe, sail and walk. It fitted the bill perfectly. The support staff at the Greythwaite estate were lovely. When a leak happened from one of the toilet cisterns it was fixed immediately. We also had plenty of dried logs for the log burner and milk delivered to the door. Only one issue disappointed and this was beyond the control of the staff. We arrived in the dark and encountered some dog mess on getting out of the car. In the morning we saw that the whole of the garden and driveway was covered in it! We couldn't unload properly or rig boats and we had to restrain an excited grandchild from going outside until we had cleaned it up. It took 3 of us an hour to do, such was the extent of the mess. Not a pleasant start to the holiday. Later on a staff member told us the previous occupants had 4 dogs and had left the property in a horrible state. All credit to the team for deep cleaning the inside in time for our arrival. There were still some poo stains on the floor inside, and the living room carpet smelt a bit doggy, but otherwise the standard of cleanliness was high. We are all dog owners and feel this was incredibly irresponsible of the previous occupants. Not only was it unpleasant but a health hazard. We hope you do not let them rent from you again.

    Reviewed by Celia4.4Oct 2018

  • "Fantastic location."

    Loved the jetty and the large comfortable home. Everything we needed was provided. Magical experience for our family and dogs. Thank You!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is the perfect place on the lake."

    Quieter than Windermere and Ambleside swimming and boating is a delight. Our dog loved it and everyone wants to go back again.

    Reviewed by Raf5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great place, fantastic setting."

    Facilities very good, loved our second time at Hammerhole. Just one little mention about bathrooms. As it sleeps 10 would be much better if all four showers were available. Two are in the baths and only hand held. A screen and overhead bracket would make all the difference

    Reviewed by Pat4.7Jun 2018

  • "Beautiful location and scenery."

    Perfect for a family holiday in the Lakes, even in January there was plenty to do.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2018

  • "Location was wonderful."

    Photos didn't do it justice. Magical.

    Reviewed by Roger4.8Nov 2017

  • "Stunningly beautiful location - the pictures reflect the cottage exactly."

    Expensive but worth it for special occasions

    Reviewed by Karen4.8Apr 2017

  • "We were a group of 8 friends spending a few days in the Lakes relaxing."

    The location is stunning, lake shore literally right on the doorstep. Each morning was a different view, calm fog one day, brilliant sunshine another. Had a few issues with the waste tank, but the site estate managers did everything they could (including working by torchlight late in the evening and in the freezing rain) to remedy it. Didn't spoil our trip at all. The kitchen is well stocked with equipment for a large group, and there's an outhouse with a washing machine and second fridge/freezer. Plenty of hardstanding for cars, and fairly easy to find.

    Reviewed by Damien4.6Jan 2017

  • "The cottage owners should list the location of the fuse box in the cottage manual."

    We spent a few hours without lights because if this and saw another comment in the comment book mentioning the same problem.

    Reviewed by Kimberley4.0Dec 2016

  • "I booked this house based on a) it being able to accommodate 10 people & 2 dogs & b) its location."

    It did not disappoint.

    Reviewed by Helen4.0Aug 2016

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size bedroom with en-suite with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • 1 x king size bedroom with en-suite double shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x twin bedrooms with Jack and Jill en-suite with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • 1 x Ground floor king-size bedroom with en-suite bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • External utility
  • Sitting room with gas fire and patio doors leading to Lake Windermere.
  • Oil central heating with gas fire
  • Two electric ovens, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer in external utility, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • Wood fired hot tub
  • Shared use of estate grounds and facilities 10 mins drive away inc. indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room (please bring your own racquets and balls), children's play area, 2.5-acre trout fishing lake
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4.3 miles, pubs 3.8 miles
  • Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
  • To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking Graythwaite Adventure in advance
  • Graythwaite fishery is free for all guests and equipment can be hired locally, a small fee is applicable to keep your catch, rod fishing license required
  • Mobile phone signal may be limited due to the location of the property
  • Please Note: This property has a £500 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • The swimming pool can be booked for 45 minute private sessions, All guests can pre-book up to a maximum of 3 swimming slots ( or 2 slots for short stays 2 and 3 nights ) 7 days prior to arrival by contacting

The property

Hawkshead 4.3 miles.

A superb, detached cottage in a dream location, nestled on a secluded bay on the western shores of Lake Windermere, within the 5000-acre Graythwaite Estate, just four miles from Hawkshead.

Boasting its own private jetty and boat mooring, this Lake District cottage is something special and is perfect for a group of extended family or friends looking for a magical Lakeland break in an exclusive setting.

The accommodation in your Lake Windermere cottage is wonderfully spacious, finished to an exceptional standard with equal bedrooms and bathrooms so you and your guests are assured of a comfortable stay.

The attractive sitting room has incredible lake views, so in the cooler months you can enjoy the warmth of the house and still appreciate the tranquil waters.

In summer, throw open the patio doors and invigorate the senses with this fabulous lakeside setting and wood fired hot tub. .

From your Lake District cottage, it’s only a 10 minute drive to Graythwaite Estate’s central courtyard, where you can enjoy shared use of some fantastic leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, table tennis room and children’s play area.

Beautiful walks can also be enjoyed in the estate’s extensive forests and woodland and, in the summer months, you’re invited to explore the beautiful gardens.

Enjoy the many facilities on the estate, or take advantage of a number of exclusive discounts, including those at nearby Grizedale Forest where you can hire mountain bikes to tour its superb tracks or take to the treetops on a Go Ape adventure.

With welcome packs, everyday essentials and even home-cooked meals available to be delivered, you can enjoy a getaway of utter luxury.

Alternatively speak to the friendly on-site staff and book a canoeing or climbing adventure or explore the towns and villages of this fabulous region, including Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead and Grasmere, to name just a few, or take to the fells and enjoy some excellent walking amidst sublime scenery.

A perfect Lake District cottage for a truly memorable holiday.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


  • Ambleside 5.1 miles
  • Kendal 17.4 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. Visitors can 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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The swimming pool can be booked for 45 minute private sessions, All guests can pre-book up to a maximum of 3 swimming slots ( or 2 slots for short stays 2 and 3 nights ) 7 days prior to arrival by contacting

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

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

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
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