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Hilltop At Hawkshead Hill

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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing property with everything we needed and more."

    Better equipped than many full time homes! Fantastic location and so much to do around that part of the Lake District. We had multi generations staying with us and we all loved it. We had a brilliant weeks holiday and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. The only downside was that we booked through Sykes and a week before our stay we requested 2 of the bedrooms be set up as twins which was confirmed. Unfortunately this wasn’t done. After contacting them they sent someone the following day to change the bed configurations.

    So glad you enjoyed your visit and sorry from us that the house wasn't set up as requested from the start. Couldn't agree more that the location is great as not only is there loads to do locally but it is very central and the whole of the Lakes can easily be reached from Hilltop. Hope you return again soon! Gary and Alison. Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the error with the bed make-up and our housekeeping team will review their procedures. We are glad to see that all party members enjoyed their stay and all the area has to offer. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Oct 2023

  • "The house was lovely and in such a fantastic location with amazing views."

    The property had everything we could possibly need, we felt very at home there. Our only frustration was the scissors, that we all seemed to struggle to use, but that’s just a very minor point, everything else was perfect.

    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and it really makes us happy that you felt at home. And the scissors have been replaced! Come back soon and try the new ones Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a beautiful house with everything that you could possibly need for a holiday home."

    The information folder had quizzes and walk that kept us busy all week. Every bedroom and bathroom were comfortable and well appointed. Thank you for a super holiday.

    Great to hear you had a super break and that you found our guest information useful! Hope you return soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Aug 2023

  • "Hilltop is a beautifully styled and comfortable holiday home, set in stunning countryside."

    We were spoilt for space and amenities and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A fabulous base for any family group to explore the Lakes from, with easy access to National Trust properties, Lake Windermere and Ambleside.

    Really glad you enjoyed your stay and that you got to enjoy the fab views from Hilltop. Hope you return soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2023

  • "The property was the best we have ever stayed in and we have been visiting the Lake District for many years."

    Beautiful area and good bus service nearby if needed.

    What wonderful comments which make us so happy! It’s great to leave the car at home sometimes and take the bus and the service in South Lakeland is excellent! Hope you return to Hilltop soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "This was our third visit to Hilltop and it was as wonderful as ever."

    Superbly well-equipped and furnished, real luxury! The view from the balcony is unbeatable and we're already planning our return next year.

    Thanks for the lovely feedback and for visiting Hilltop three times. Hopefully you will be back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bruce4.7May 2023

  • "It was a magical break with family, everything we needed - and more- a home from home with extra."

    We would definitely book again and great location too.

    Glad you had a wonderful break and that you felt at home while on holiday. Hope you visit again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Feb 2023

  • "Amazing property."

    Quality fittings and furnishings. Large, warm and very clean and comfortable. Great location for walks and only a 15 min walk into the village and the pub.

    Glad you had a lovely time. And we are so lucky to have a choice of pubs to walk to! Hope you return soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Feb 2023

  • "Undoubtedly one of the very best cottages we have stayed in."

    A superb setting with stunning views, Hilltop is very comfortable and cosy, and has everything you could possibly need. Added to this the beds are so comfortable that we had to investigate the mattresses to see who the manufacturer was. Given this was November we particularly enjoyed the Arga which meant that the kitchen was always warm to come back to after a day out. We will definitely be returning.

    We agree that a good night's sleep is really important. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope the house is even better when you return as we have some more improvements planned in January 2023! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2022

  • "A beautiful house with immaculate fixtures and furnishings ."

    Our family loved staying there . The situation of the property enabled us to visit most parts of the Southern Lakes

    Thanks for you lovely comments. There’s so much to see in the South Lakes and hope you return soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely house, very well-equipped, comfortable and stylish and in a wonderful situation."

    We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the garden (the view from the seat on the 'mound' was a favourite) and great walks from the house - to Tarn Hows and to Latterbarrow (highly recommended on a clear day as there are 360` views) and more challenging walks only a short drive away. We (four siblings plus husbands/wives, age 60-73) all loved it and thought it just about perfect (though we never quite worked out the light switches in the kitchen!).

    Thanks for your feedback. Really glad you enjoyed your stay. We love sitting on that bench too! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Sep 2022

  • "The house is beautiful and well equipped."

    The setting is idyllic

    Thanks! We have to say we agree with you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a beautiful property and has everything that you could possibly wish for."

    We really enjoyed our stay. We would very much like to stay again next year.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the lovely feedback. Hope you book again for next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful house with high quality fixtures and fittings."

    Absolutely stunning views towards the Fairfield horseshoe. Drawbacks remarkably few, save Wi-Fi reliability in some rooms, challenging blinds in two bedrooms and a weak shower in one room, although it also had a bath so less of an issue. We had expected a parking issue but with care we were able to park all 4 cars on site.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely well equipped house, designed for walkers who come in with wet boots and jackets, with generous amounts of lovely shower gel, hand soaps, loo rolls, dishwasher tablets, herbs and spices and fuel for the log burner, which we haven’t experienced elsewhere before."

    The owners have done an excellent job and are to be congratulated e.g. in separating the shower water feeds between the hot tank, the combiboiler and an electric shower, but the electric shower in room 3 was the weakest and not really functional. However, Lakelovers, post the Sykes takeover, you have disappointed us again: you changed the code to the key safe without telling us, so we stood in the pouring rain after a 4 hour drive failing to get in. Only when we phoned did you tell us the correct code, with no hint of an apology, and a vague thought that maybe you had told us. It is simply not good enough. You even forgot to tell the cleaner a week later.

    Hi Andrew, Thank you for your lovely comments and we are so glad you had a lovely stay. Sorry to hear about the issue with Lakelovers. We have raised it with the team. Additionally we have just scheduled a revamp to bathroom 3 over the quiet winter period so you'll need to come back and let us know what you think! Alison and Gary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2022

  • "We were seeking a suitably large property with en suite bedrooms for a "house party" for a 70th birthday for a week."

    Without doubt we were lucky to fin Hilltop. It met all our requirements and more! Catering for 8 can be fun at home but away in a different kitchen can prove tricky for menu planning and serving - especially when doing 4 courses most nights with all the accoutrements. Everything went well and over the course of the week, we managed to make use of pretty well all the kitchen dishes etc! All of which were spotlessly clean. Great to once again cook with an Aga as well. It was all very evident that the owners had not only put a lot of thought into the set up of the property but also in the provision of equipment etc right down to the selection of the loo rolls! The welcome pack was another point of thoughtfulness and careful choices. We note that the owners in their notes on the cottage made the point that they would welcome any suggestions for improvements and thus we have one or two ideas for their consideration. We were confused as to waste disposal in that the guidance said the local council would separate materials from collection. For simple folk like s, it might help to say that all waste goes in the black bag [what was the white bag for?] and materials that are recycled here [state which - glass, paper but what of plastic can be just loosely placed in the big bin . That is if that is the correct procedure. We took the papers home and dropped off most of the bottles at a recycling point. I mention this not in anyway to suggest it was a problem but only because the owners clearly support best practice etc. As regards serving dishes - the one item we really missed was a sauceboat. I hasten to add, we managed Ok without one by making good use of the large greenish jug! The one other comment, which is probably more a reflection of our age is the lack of cups and saucers and wonder if perhaps a set of 4 would not go amiss - for those like us who prefer such. Speaking of which, we were surprised to see a set of 8 demi-tasse cups and would have used them for coffee but could not find their saucers! We were the hosts for the week and can say all our guests thought the house was super though some found the lounge a bit cold in mid/late afternoon - they could have light the fire! We could not understand why those using bedrooms 2 and 3 found them a bit on the cold side - especially given what we think were temperature controls in a panel for both those rooms. I am sure they probably could not work out how to use them effectively! Albeit noting that very small point, I would reiterate how very highly everyone thought of the cottage and that they all enjoyed their stay, which obviously had a lot to do with "Hilltop". It would also be remiss of me, not t mention about car parking and how clever of the owners to know of the space up the road to park a fourth car. - A very nice walk back to the cottage! Overall, super!

    Hi David, Thanks for the lovely comments and glad you and your guests had a good stay. We'll take onboard your comments, make the instructions for disposal of waste clearer and look to get some saucers! The heating is on a timer and when it' is cold can be extended or set to continuous to make sure the house stays warm all the time. I'll check the instructions to make sure this is clear for everyone too. You can let us know what you think next time you come! Alison and Gary Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely house in beautiful setting."

    Spacious enough for all the family including 3 grandchildren who had a lovely time playing in the house and garden. Perfect stay for a family birthday celebration. Thanks to Alison and Gary

    Hi Keith, Thanks for taking time to review your stay. Really glad you had a great time. Alison and Gary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2021

  • "Wonderfully spacious, really well equipped throughout, comfortable and warm - we appreciated the heated boot room and the car charging point."

    All in all, a fantastic holiday cottage - excellent for 4 couples As aknowledged, the water pressure upstairs was a bit low at times - I understand that the owner is sorting this and the wi-fi was a bit flakey - there was none from Tuesday onwards

    Hi Orla, Thanks for taking time to review your stay. Glad you found the boot room useful. We’ve found it to be very handy after wet walks and cycles. Thankfully the water pressure was fixed a couple of weeks ago. There was a leak in a field somewhere! The WiFi was back up when we were there. Hopefully you may stay another time! Alison and Gary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Orla5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful house with great facilities."

    Kitchen well kitted out, lots of room for eight people to enjoy a comfortable stay. I would only suggest owner provide enough dishwasher tablets (with eight guests eating breakfast and dinner two washes a day) and loo paper. I think for the price we paid that can be expected. Other than these minor points a lovely house, kitchen facilities fantastic and well equipped, loved the aga. Everything done to a high standard. Generous welcome pack. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

    Hi Joanna, Thanks for your great review and glad you enjoyed your stay. We’ve taken your view onboard about the dishwasher tablets and toilet rolls and increased the number we leave. Kind regards Alison and Gary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Oct 2021

  • "The quality of the property and all the little touches by hosts made it feel special."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2021

  • "Accommodation was fantastic."

    Great location, easy access to local facilities and hot spots. Lovely, spacious, clean, well equipped family house. Will definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "Hilltop is an amazing property in a fantastic location."

    Every thought has been given to guests’ comfort. We would really recommend it.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 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.


  • Highly Commended for a Five Star property
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super king size bed with TV, balcony and ensuite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king size bed with ensuite walk-in shower, separate bath, basin and WC, 1 x super king size bed (can be set up as twin beds on request) with TV and ensuite walk-in shower, separate bath, basin and WC, 1 x super king size bed (can be set up as twin beds on request) with ensuite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Boot room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Snug
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric AGA, electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, 2 x dishwasher, Nespresso compatible coffee machine, washer/dryer, large Smart TV, 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • Sonos sound system servicing the whole ground floor and bedroom 1
  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial supply of logs for wood burner provided
  • Highchair and cot provided
  • Off-road parking for three cars, with a type 2 electric car charging point
  • Secure bike storage for eight bikes
  • Enclosed rear garden which includes a patio area with table, chairs and a raised lawn area
  • Open and informal front garden with mature trees and benches
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop and pub 0.7 miles

The property

Hilltop At Hawkshead Hill is an exceptional holiday home, enjoying an idyllic central location in the Lake District National Park, within walking distance of Hawkshead village and close to the busier towns of Ambleside, Coniston and Windemere. Enjoying an elevated position with extensive views across the fells, the former coach house to Highfield House, where Beatrix Potter's husband grew up, is now a wonderful place for families or friends to call home as they enjoy a holiday to the Lakes. With 4 bedrooms all with ensuite facilities, spacious living areas and lovely outside spaces, this well equipped house is the perfect base for a holiday with friends and family. Accommodation in detail The living room of this Victorian house is where the coach used to be housed.

It has high ceilings, large windows with great views and spacious accommodation where guests can gather to relax in front of the wood burning stove, while listening to music or watching the large Smart TV. The extensively equipped kitchen has a traditional Aga complemented by high quality appliances including hob, oven, microwave and dishwasher.

There is a choice of places to eat: within the kitchen, where table and chairs are positioned to enjoy the view of the countryside beyond, in the more formal dining room, outside on the secluded patio or even informally on the balcony attached to bedroom one. Just off the dining room you will discover a snug, which is perfect for a quiet escape.

There is also a large boot room for storing and drying outdoor gear and a utility room with a washer/dryer, an additional dishwasher and fridge. On the first floor there are four delightful bedrooms, each one boasting large comfortable beds, ensuite facilities and designed to ensure that sleep comes easy after an action-packed day. Choose between bedroom one with a super king size bed, a spacious balcony with seating for 8 and stunning views, bedroom two with super king size bed and views to the fells, or bedroom three and four, both of which can be set up with a super king sized bed or two singles depending on the needs of your group. To the exterior, you will find a pretty, secluded garden where the paved patio area houses table and chairs for enjoying a spot of alfresco dining during the summer months.

At the front there is an informal lawned area where you can sit and enjoy the view across the Cumbrian countryside. The nearby characterful village of Hawkshead which is a short walk away, has a number of pubs, teashops and a range of shops to pick up gifts or supplies.

The larger town of Ambleside is a short drive away and is home to further amenities.

Bowness or Windemere can be easily accessed via the ferry at Far Sawrey which crosses Lake Windemere on a picturesque journey. Those feeling active will be spoilt for choice by the selection of walks and cycle rides available, including walks from the house up to Tarn Hows, Black Crag or Latterbarrow, the easily accessible peaks from Coniston or the Langdale valleys, mountain biking in Grizedale or a varietyof road and gravel rides.

Lake Windemere, Coniston Water and Esthwaite Water are all just a short distance away making this a fabulous location for exploring all the Lake District has to offer. With five pubs within walking distance, the Drunken Duck a short distance away and the Michelin starred restaurants of Cartmel, Ambleside, Grasmere and Windemere a car ride away, this is a perfect base for food lovers too! Hilltop at Hawkshead Hill promises to be a wonderful getaway, at any time of the year.

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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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