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How Beck

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Hows Beck."

    Everything was perfect with all provided. The space is terrific with a lovely view out - all the better for the spring lambs in the field! The bedrooms and shower/bathrooms are wonderful. Comfy beds and tons of storage space. The kitchen has all you need. One quick thing, the vistors instructions with details on pubs and places to eat does need updating!

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely gorgeous lodge almost faultless besides the double bed mattress in main bedroom which needs replacing."

    It might be the reason we don’t go back and that would be such a shame. Otherwise the most lovely place to stay, despite the rain!! We loved it. Get a new firm mattress, maybe swop the bed for a kingsize and you have literally got the best place to stay in the Lakes. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Allan4.4Feb 2024

  • "The property was as described and had everything we needed for our stay."

    It was like a home from home and even had a dog bowl which was perfect as we had forgotten to take one! As our stay was over the New Year period, it was very dark in the evening and would benefit from better lighting around the property, however we did not venture out much due to the weather. How Beck is right next to a fast running stream but as it rained for our whole stay we did not have the pleasuring of sitting out on the decking, which was quite slippery in any event so you do need to be careful. We hope to stay again in the summer to have the full experience of the light nights and warmer weather. All in all a great stay.

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Dec 2023

  • "An amazing cabin, plenty of space, warm and welcoming and very comfortable beds."

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Nov 2023

  • "This was a perfect location and a beautiful lodge with everything you need."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "The 2 main living room doors out to the decking were a bit stiff so not easy to open but that was minor, we managed!"

    A fantastic Lodge, great location, comfort, facilities, space, kitchen supplies, views stunning....just perfect!

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great lodge in a lovely location with beautiful views."

    Very well equipped and dog friendly. 2 minutes drive to the lovely Boathouse cafe at Esthwaite Water Fishery. Wray Castle with lakeside access to Windermere and excellent vegan cafe only 15 minutes away and a good day out. We had a great time here and would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property was as advertised."

    It was comfortable and clean. We were really impressed and would definitely return. Happy to recommend.

    Reviewed by Trudi5.0Aug 2023

  • "We found the property very comfortable and a great location."

    However we were disappointed with some aspects of the cleanliness and facilities. Cleanliness: several windows (leading to the decking and the inside porch) were covered in greasy smears and the decking was covered in old bird poo. We appreciate the lovely location means there will be bird poo, but this stuff was very old and a brush/hose down wouldn’t have gone amiss. Facilities: the lid of the kitchen kettle was faulty and continually fell off when pouring

    Reviewed by Anthony3.1Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing property little bit upset the bed in the en-suite was only a ..."

    Absolutely amazing property little bit upset the bed in the en-suite was only a double size but it didn’t spoil the most amazing holiday at all was an awesome property in a fantastic position

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are pleased to hear that you had a great stay. We take all comments on board. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jun 2023

  • "How Beck is a lovely property in a great location surrounded by fields."

    There is lots of parking space. It is a 10 min walk into Hawkshead where there are restuarants and bars - you do have to walk on the road but this was not an issue for us. The kitchen is really well equipped with enough crockery and cutlery for 6 people which is great if you are self-catering. The only slight negative about this property is that the beds are really soft (I'd read this in other reviews and ignored but they are really soft so good to bear in mind if that is an issue).

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to see that you had an enjoyable stay. We do find that beds are down to personal preference, but we take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula4.1May 2023

  • "Very, very uncomfortable beds."

    Both double mattresses seemed of poor quality and well past their best. The cost paid merited a much higher standard to ensure quality sleep. Residual dog hairs meant 2 adults in our party had constant allergic reactions and needed to take tablets. Information file was many years out of date. Nevertheless, good location and well equipped. Would use again if beds improved and dog hairs removed.

    Thank you for your comments. We do find that beds and mattresses are down to personal preference. We will ask our Housekeeping team to pass on your comments regarding the issue that you experienced with dog hairs. We take all comments on board. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara2.8Apr 2023

  • "Our holiday property was of a high standard in cleanliness."

    It had a well stocked kitchen, which for us was important as we love cooking. The log fire was great. Attention to detail was perfect, such as the plug in torches. Scenery was amazing. We were sad to leave but will definately be back. Thank you for a well needed relaxer. Gary and Samantha

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you had a lovely holiday. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely warm space with comfortable beds and plenty of places for us all to sit, including a good sized table."

    Lots of kitchenware too. The road to the village is a bit dangerous to walk but it is possible if rather muddy to walk mainly off road. Nearby are many excellent attractions. Our grandchildren loved it. There are local walks suitable for young children. One small point, it would be easier to maintain cleaning if products were supplied.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning view , great place and comfort to relax and get your mind clear."

    Reviewed by Manuela4.7Dec 2022

  • "We loved our stay here."

    The view from the lodge was wonderful plus the lodge was well equipped and comfortable throughout. The design of the lodge was one of the best we have been to, spacious with plenty of storage and the really useful boot room entrance way. There was lots of kitchen equipment, ( often in self catering accommodation there is just the bare minimum). One suggestion would be the provision of side plates. It was a minor irritation to have to use big plates for a slice of toast.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2022

  • "6-13 Aug 2022 had the most amazing holiday in this lodge which is in ideal spot for glorious sunshine all day long."

    Lodge was immaculate. Really comfy beds with bedding and towels provided. Loved sitting out on decking watch sunrise and sunset. Absolute sun trap so would have been nice to provide sun loungers. Ideal position for visiting Coniston, Windermere and Grizdale Forest. Highly recommend staying here. We loved it and will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2022

  • "The lodge and the photos online bear no resemblence to the exterior of the property."

    The balcony seating area is badly in need of some cleaning. There was a pile of “dirt” on the outside table and the chairs were not usable until they had been cleaned and scrubbed by us. The bedding, towels etc were clean and fresh. However the overall cleanliness left a lot to be desired. The amount of dust, crumbs and cobwebs were not what we expected for the price that we paid. When we arrived the 1st thing my wife done was Joe down the full kitchen as there were crumbs etc and even some of the dishes still had food stuck to them. The dust in the glass on the extractor fan, I have left a message “dust me” on the top of it. This was supposed to be a break away for my wife, who is recovering from cancer and needs to ensure that everything is clean to avoid infections. The folding shower screen needs replaced as the seal at the bottom is torn away from the screen. This has resulted in “black” damp stains on the bath panel. There is a crack in the bottom of the toilet bowl in both toilets. The dust in the twin bedroom window, behind the curtain, beds and unit was really bad. The views from the lodge is fantastic and the cost of the lodge would easily be justified if the level of cleanliness was improved.

    Reviewed by Mark1.9Jul 2022

  • "What a GEM!"

    We booked this as a close enough get away to our home base and one where the family could relax with our little dog. The property was close enough to the village for a quick walk in - although it is a bit of a narrow road with some border line rally drivers at some parts - so just be careful (even the country walk gets you onto the road for a while). All in all, we loved the area, our kids loved the property and exploring, and we are already thinking about when our travels could bring us back to this magical part of the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2022

  • "Overall loved the lodge."

    How Beck was comfortable & well equipped. View across Esthwaite water were fantastic. Lounge, bedrooms & bathrooms were clean & welcoming. The kitchen area I felt was clean but items need to be moved & cleaned behind eg toaster, bread bin etc as crumbs were evident. I would definitely return, great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jun 2022

  • "Very good property and excellent location, with a pleasant 15 min walk to Hawkshead."

    Internal space was very good. We would definately stay again. A few things to point out - too few plates - a lot of the window latches need fixing as they are either broken or nearly broken - the deck was excellent, but quite a few of the upright pieces of wood on the 'fence' are either loose or coming loose. This was fine for us, but needs fixing before a risk is posed to children getting through

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Apr 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay - the lodge is in a beautiful area and the facilities were great"

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2022

  • "A truly fantastic place to stay."

    We will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Mar 2022

  • "Enjoyed a lovely week in How Beck Lodge."

    Beautiful views of Ethwaite Water in an ideal location just outside Hawkeshead. Some tea/coffee provisions would’ve been nice, would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Susanne5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic cabin in a great location."

    Really cosy and warm (wood burner was a plus during the 12 hour power cut due to Storm Corrie). Very comfortable living space. Well equipped kitchen. Ideal for dogs. Only downside was the bed: mattress too soft for us, footboard made it too small for tall man, and a king size would be much better (room would easily fit this). Overall highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jillian4.1Jan 2022

  • "We had read a number of negative reviews of this property but we were delighted with what we found."

    It was extremely comfortable and very well equipped. The beds as well as the living room sofa and chairs were very comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped. We would definitely come again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Dec 2021

  • "Stayed many times before but really noticed this time how much it needs a general makeover."

    Tv broken, cupboards looking messy skirting boards dirty so desperate for renovation. Cupboard fronts were dirty with stains on. There was a hole in the quilt cover on the main bed and cobwebs over the main bedroom ceiling. Excellent location but time to move on and try elsewhere now as no way 4 or 5 star accommodation.

    Thank you for providing additional feedback following your stay. Since receiving your feedback, a full refurbishment has taken place, with a new kitchen installed and decoration throughout and replacement bedding. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the new and improved How Beck in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by A2.8Oct 2021

  • "You have already sent one of these forms which I sent to you about Sept 19th."

    There were various points I was unhappy with so I am disappointed that you don't appear to have received it.

    Reviewed by H2.2Sep 2021

  • "We had an incredibly disappointing stay in this property, relating to its poor maintenance and appalling standards of cleanliness."

    The property is not the 5 star comfort described. By way of brief example, Kitchen cupboards are peeling, bath panel is water damaged, wooden floor terribly water stained. Of greater concern in these Covid times, the overall standards of cleanliness were simply unacceptable. By way of brief example, walls and doors were tea/coffee stained, windows smeared, crumbs on dining table, thick dust on windows sills, kitchen and hall cupboard shelves dirty. The property is well sited with beautiful views and with some much needed TLC and deep cleaning, it could be lovely. We spent the first 90 minutes of our holiday cleaning and eventually terminated out holiday early, desperate to be back to a beautiful, clean home. Its so disappointing to see similar concerns being raised as far back as April with what seems to be little or no action taken to respond to feedback. The description of this property and the accuracy of the listing, in my opinion, urgently needs review.

    Thank you for providing additional feedback following your stay. Since receiving your feedback, a full refurbishment has taken place, with a new kitchen installed and decoration throughout and replacement bedding. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the new and improved How Beck in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa2.2Sep 2021

  • "A nice lodge in a fantastic location."

    Really peaceful. Decking in great condition (it wont look like what it does in the photos as wood ages) with wonderful views across fields to Esthwaite. The lovely village of Hawkshead just a short walk away - either walk down the road or try the footpath across the fields behind the lodge that brings you out by the church in Hawkshead. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Aug 2021

  • "The Lodge was beautifully positioned and very comfortable but the fridge milk shelf in the door was broken which meant that we could not use it - this meant that the milk had to be placed in the main fridge shelf which was awkward and inconvenient."

    Also there was mould in the main bedroom en suite shower which wasn’t pleasant. This problem is easily remedied with regrouting or mould removal so I can’t understand why it wasn’t done is a purported 5 Star lodge . Overall it was a very comfortable stay but room for improvement!!

    Reviewed by Romilly3.8Jul 2021

  • "The lodge location was ideal for us."

    Just a short walk to the village was fine and Conniston Lake wasn’t too far at all. We enjoyed the walk from Hawkshead to Wray Castle amd lots of other activities. The lodge wasn’t that clean and we only discovered on the last day that one of the patio doors didn’t actually lock. The kitchen facilities were fair and the sofa was relatively comfortable. I think the way the lodge is described isn’t in line with what you actually get. I do think the property needs to be upgraded and freshened up a bit. An enjoyable holiday overall for us

    Reviewed by Rona3.1Jul 2021

  • "How Beck lodge is in a fantastic position and is beautifully designed but is let down by lack of proper maintenance."

    The shelves in the fridge door were broken making it hard to fit in everything needed for a family of five. We couldn’t take advantage of the local milk delivery as there was no room. The laminate on the cupboards by the hob/ kettle was heat damaged and warped. The modular sofa is past its best especially the end block which wasn’t suitable as a seat as it sinks down in the middle. There was only one functional bedside light in the master bedroom. There are brambles growing up through the decking. None of this really spoiled our holiday but I was disappointed that these issues hadn’t been resolved during/after the lockdown when the lodge would have been empty. It just didn’t meet the “Luxury” description in your advertising.

    Reviewed by Graham3.8Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous location and views, but the property was showing signs of its age with several of the kitchen units in a poor state, the wood floor not cleaned and the wood surface on the island bench stained and faded."

    The double and king size mattresses were also too soft from use or? Most items raised in my letter to Heart of the Lakes could easily have been fixed before letting out...and at the price future punters are going to pay, they should be done asap. The views and peaceful location do make this a splendid placevto stay...but work is needed to claim it's quoted '5* luxury'.

    Reviewed by Simon2.5May 2021

  • "The lodge was in a fantastic location with amazing views"

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Apr 2021

  • "How Beck is in a wonderful location which is peaceful and tranquil with lovely views."

    However, the photographs on the Heart of the Lakes website were obviously taken when the property was brand new, which is very misleading as the property is far from brand new. The fixtures, fittings and furniture, particularly in the kitchen/living area are getting very tired and the property was advertised as "Five Star Comfort" which again is very misleading. We had a wonderful holiday as the location and weather was fantastic but we were a little disappointed with the property for the reasons stated above.

    Reviewed by Paul2.2Apr 2021

  • "The location was very peaceful and the views were stunning."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Apr 2021

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2/3 cars next to lodge
  • Decked veranda with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Logs available to purchase locally

The property

Set in an exclusive development of eleven luxury lodges is this wonderful ground-floor lodge, How Beck, offering six guests beautiful accommodation only a stone’s throw from Hawkshead in the heart of the Lake District.

Within reach of all the popular Lakes attractions, How Beck presents a contemporary and quality interior perfectly suited for a relaxing holiday in the Lakes.

Make use of the handy boot room entrance to kick off your muddy boots after an invigorating trek, hang up your coat and head into the beautiful open-plan living space to light up the woodburning stove.

As the flames begin to grow, sit back and relax on the large corner sofa or easy chair, with a TV for entertainment, you can enjoy quality time with your loved ones in this social space.

Perch at the breakfast bar with a glass of wine while the chef of the group takes to the fabulous fitted kitchen complete with all you need for some delicious culinary creations, serving up a feast at the dining table, with the large windows presenting the perfect backdrop.

Soak up the uninterrupted lake views from your decked veranda, taking in the morning air with a cup of tea, and finishing the day with drinks as the last of the evening sun departs.

Retire to one of the elegant bedrooms, all complete with quality furnishings and decorated with neutral colours, with the master double bedroom featuring a stunning en-suite shower room with a walk-in rain shower, and a further double and a twin bedroom completing the layout, along with the excellent tiled family bathroom.

Hawkshead itself is a delightful village boasting character and charm with several local pubs, shops and takeaways, as well as being home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Discover a host of activities and places to visit in the wondrous Lake District, starting with some exciting mountain biking through Grizedale Forest, with lots of walking trails too for a more leisurely option, whilst avid walkers can embark on a journey up Old Man of Coniston, one of the higher fells in the Lake District and reaching over 2,500 feet high, you’ll experience stunning views from the top!

Make sure to visit the beautiful home of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top, resting near the southern end of Esthwaite Water where you can try a day of trout fishing!

Head to Coniston Water and hire a Canadian canoe, kayaks or even paddle-boards for some aquatic adventures, with the option of motor boats too, enjoying the gorgeous scenery from the water.

As well as the towns of Windermere, Ambleside and Lakeside all presenting more attractions, including the Lakes Aquarium, the World of Beatrix Potter Experience and lots of independent shops and boutiques to browse, there is something for everyone!

For a memorable stay in the Lakes, enjoy a stay at How Beck.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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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