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


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Great property!"

    ! Fantastic for our three families to get together. The welcome pack was a thoughtful touch. And all on-site staff were extremely helpful. Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2024

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Grubbings Cottage."

    . the welcome pack was a lovely touch.... the cottage is as listed , spacious, well decorated, clean and tidy. It is very well appointed with everything you need home from home . Kitchen is perfect , layout , size and again everything you may need... support was on the site , Matt from maintenance attended immediately to those requests that keep the cottage in excellent condition , thanks Matt, also supplying local knowledge of walks from the estates. Perfect weekend for me and my family for that special birthday treat . Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Dec 2023

  • "Excellent holiday home."

    Comfortable and well equipped. Would book again if in this area

    Reviewed by Geoffrey3.8Oct 2023

  • "We loved staying at Grubbings!"

    Such an amazing setting. Loved the peace and tranquility of the estate, especially when elsewhere in the Lake District was so busy (expected in August). Pool was fantastic and particularly great for the children. The property itself was really nice.A couple of small things which could be improved would be information about how to access the cutlery drawer (hidden inside another drawer) and how to switch on heated towel rails. Really hope to stay again in the future. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2023

  • "The tap water throughout is yellow!"

    ! If it’s meant to be it would have been helpful if there was a note saying so. We had to buy bottled water as we didn’t know if there was a problem and the shop was shut every day when we got back so no one to ask. Great accommodation and location though.

    Reviewed by Sian4.7Jul 2023

  • "Very spacious and well equipped."

    En-suite shower difficult to use as it had the tap sticking out on one side and a soap holder on the other side, impossible to use without banging your elbows. The other shower was great but it meant everyone ended up using the same shower. Swimming pool great. Outside space could be better arranged, having a communal bbq area directly outside our bedroom windows wasn’t great. Particularly for children trying to sleep.

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Jun 2023

  • "Grubbings was a lovely cottage, in need of abit of a refresh."

    Very comfortable and homely. One concern was the hob hood, 3 members of our family caught their head on the corner whilst at the hob. We had a lovely time in Grubbings and the swimming pool across the way. Definitely recommend. Thank you

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.4May 2023

  • "All 10 of us absolutely loved our stay at the Grubbings and we would definitely recommend it, as it is one of the nicest places we’ve had the pleasure of staying in."

    The staff on site were lovely and very helpful. The pool was an added bonus and we were able to book our time slots easily.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great location and the pool for the children was an absolute bonus given the rain."

    The wood burning stove made it really cosy. I believe the property is being refurbished soon, with a bigger kitchen which will be so much better as the existing one was a bit of a squeeze at times.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jan 2023

  • "We had the best time, we will definitely be booking again with you, Thankyou."

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a lovely weekend here celebrating my daughters 40th birthday we stayed in the Grubbling cottage this sleeps 10 and we had lots of space."

    We booked slots for the pool it said heated and I found it OK but some of our party found it cold. The little shop is great but a bit expensive have to say nothing is to much trouble for them. On a negative note we went Friday to Monday check in is 4.30pm and checkout is 9.30am so effectively you loose 2 days

    Reviewed by Sharon3.8Nov 2022

  • "All our properties were very comfortable, very well provided for and very clean."

    The swimming pool was a wonderful bonus which we all enjoyed. The properties are set in a large estate providing lovely walks and extensive views. Directions to get there were excellent.

    Reviewed by Patsy5.0Apr 2022

  • "We've all had a brilliant time staying at Grubbings cottage, everything was lovely, cottage is very spacious & got everything you need, lots of beautiful surrounding cottages too & everyone had a ball in the pool (which you can use more than once a day if not already booked) The grounds are stunning & the shop is well stocked & the Lady in the shop is especially helpful."

    We would all definitely go back The Mason Family

    Reviewed by Bev5.0Jan 2022

  • "A lovely, large cottage in a beautiful, quiet location, well equipped with excellent swimming pool and table tennis, just yards from our cottage, which we used daily."

    We were able to book the pool for our own use. It should be noted that logs for the fire are bought from the farm shop and are not complimentary. Unfortunately, 2 bedrooms on the north facing side had damp/mould on the walls. There was dust in some areas and the cooker is difficult to regulate. Despite this, we had a wonderful time at Grubbings.

    Reviewed by Diana4.1Oct 2021

  • "Disappointed in the cleanliness of the Grubbings lodge this year, kitchen/lounge area floors were dirty in fact the kitchen floor was filthy don't think it had been cleaned for several weeks."

    The cleaning team are only teenagers who obviously don't know how to wash floors etc This time there was no smell of any disinfected been used in the kitchen or bathrooms. Also not checking the glasses and crockery. The furnishings ware also getting rather shabby now think need to be changed or at least refurbished. No sitting area as previous years the rattan seating has gone!! which is essential we all would like somewhere to sit in a relaxing area after been out all day, or even someone like me at 71yrs who doesn't want to go walking or out all day and who goes to Graythwaite cottages for a relaxing break now there is no where to sit....think you need to have a rethink about the outside areas more comfortable rattan seating needed, spoke to most of the quests and all of the same Im guessing you will get quite a few bad feedbacks this year. A response to the above would be appreciated. Also why was the gym not open?

    Reviewed by Linda3.1Jul 2021

  • "The pool situation was joke, having so many cottages all trying to book their 45 minute slots is bad enough without the pool being closed for two afternoons in the week for private children’s swimming lessons!"

    ! This was outrageous! Not only was it unfair on paying guests it also brought traffic and destruction to our stay. We could not park near our cottage due to parents of local children who came for their swim lesson, the instructor and parents of the children were loud and inconsiderate to holiday makers, we were trying to have a bbq while sitting opposite a line of parents waiting for their children to finish their lessons. This felt entirely money grabbing of the estate! And not covid safe either! If the pool is only available for a maximum of 45 mins per day IF YOU ARE LUCKY then this should be advertised as such as we would not have booked it for our family holiday. Other than this the cottage was totally satisfactory however I agree with other online reviews there was no luxury touches what so ever. The photographs are misleading. The prices for this cottage in 2022 are outrageous and it would require serious improvement to warrant them. We took a break from our farm in Yorkshire to visit grubbings and due to the “private” swimming lessons felt like we had booked a week in Piccadilly. Incredibly unfair and disappointing.

    Reviewed by Benjamin3.1Jul 2021

  • "Great accommodation."

    Everything needed was provided, and top quality. The beds were more than comfy. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jun 2021

  • "Overall we were really pleased with the accommodation."

    However if being totally honest the place could have been cleaner. The bedding and towels were immaculate, however the bathrooms and specifically the carpets & sofa seemed dirty and grubby. The location of the accommodation is in the most amazing location! The staff at the shop and the ground workers where so helpful and friendly. We could come back again.

    Reviewed by Rochelle3.8May 2021

  • "Lovely holiday in the Grubbings cottage."

    Cottage was exactly as described and was warm and cosy. The cottage is in an excellent location and has some lovely walks you can do from the cottage. The on site swimming pool was a great added bonus and both members of staff we encountered in the shop were very friendly. Will be looking to rebook this in the future!

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Dec 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double, 3 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Biomass & electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Shared use of estate facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool and table tennis room (please bring your own racquets and balls)
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Logs can be purchased at the farm shop
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for for 10 cars
  • Shared courtyard with seating, picnic benches and barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop on-site, pub 3.5 miles
  • 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
  • Please Note: Minimum 3 night stay
  • Please Note: This property has a £600 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

Hawkeshead 5.8 miles.

This attractive and spacious, all-ground-floor property, forming part of a barn conversion, sits on the peaceful Graythwaite Estate, near Hawkshead.

Grubbings is a spacious, 5-bedroom property, ideal for a large group of family or friends wanting to take advantage of a host of on-site facilities and explore the stunning Lake District surroundings.

The property features a living/dining room, with dining seating for the whole group to enjoy meals together, as well as three plush sofas to relax on while enjoying watching the TV and enjoying the warmth from the woodburning stove that fills the room.

The kitchen is well-equipped for all your culinary needs, and includes a huge American-style fridge/freezer with water dispenser, dishwasher, oven and microwave.

There are five spacious bedrooms to choose from, boasting lovely views and ample storage space, including a king-size double with an en-suite shower room, a second king-size double and three twins, catering fr a variety of groups.

The bedrooms are served by two bathrooms, so you can choose whether you want to enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath or a quick refreshing shower to start your day.

Outside there is ample off-road parking, as well as a large shared courtyard with picnic benches, further seating and a barbecue, perfect for taking advantage of the good weather.

Explore your tranquil woodland surroundings, head to Windermere Lake, less than a mile away, for a pretty lakeside stroll, and venture to Hawkshead for a selection of shops, pubs and eateries.

The lakes of Windermere and Coniston Water are just a few miles away, as is the National Trust's Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse that was once home to author Beatrix Potter, while Grizedale Forest offers charming woodland walks and exhilarating tree top adventures.

Grubbings is a fantastic base for exploring the best of the Lake District National Park.

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 wood burners to snuggle beside after a busy day. The nearest Village is Hawkshead, situated 4 miles from the Estate. The nearest train station is Grange-over-sands and the nearest motorway is the M6 (J36). There are some wonderful on-site facilities to take advantage of, which include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room and 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. 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 or a gentle cycle along the lakeshore. Make the most of the estate by booking activities with the on-site events team Graythwaite Adventure. The extensive list of premium activities and excursions, designed to keep you entertained regardless of the weather, includes but is not limited to; 4X4 Off-roading, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, RIB tours, Sailing, Bubble Football, Guided Walks, Bush craft and more! All activities can be completely tailored to suit your needs and requirements to create the perfect activity schedule for you. Moreover, if there is an activity that tickles your fancy however is not listed please do not hesitate to contact the team. No request is too big or small, and they will endeavour to do their best to deliver. The on-site shop offers everything from milk to luxury local spirits and delicious welcome packs with succulent, locally-sourced food. Get in touch with the Estate to organise your pre-arrival order today. 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 86 people.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £600.

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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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Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £600 for this property

Note: Minimum 3 night stay.

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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas