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Orchard Cottage

(Ref. 1064500)

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


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful property, in a fabulous location, with the most amazing garden & views!"

    Plenty of space for all. Could do with a mirror in each bedroom near sockets for drying hair.

    Thankyou for the nice review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic property."

    Amazing views and well equipped. Super place to base a family for a week in the lakes. We will return!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable holiday at Orchard Cottage. We hope to welcome you back. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dean4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is our second year in a row staying in the beautiful Orchard Cottage."

    We could not wish for a more peaceful and secluded spot to have our holiday. The views are spectacular, walking trails right from the doorstep and the house suits all of our needs with children and dog. We will definitely be back!

    Welcome back and glad you enjoyed your time at Orchard Cottage again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2023

  • "Orchard Cottage is a stunning, dog friendly holiday home."

    It's well cared for, well equipped and is very spacious. Although there was only four of us, and a dog, in our party, we like plenty of living room and this cottage certainly provided for this. We made good use of the dining, kitchen and conservatory to simply rest and enjoy the views. The garden is impressive and we were lucky that the gardener arrived during our stay and was willing to share his very extensive knowledge on the plants. A huge bonus is the cottage location, with plenty of walks from the door and brilliant views from the cottage itself. It would have been fascinating to have read something on the history of the house and who might have lived there; perhaps keen gardeners because some of the shrubs are at least one hundred years old. We've stayed in many Lake District cottages and this is our number one property.

    Delighted to hear this was your number one Lake District cottage. Regarding the history of the house, we think it's one of the earliest examples of vernacular in the valley, among the first surviving ordinary houses that were not grand residences. Hilltop (Beatrix Potter's home) also dates from the early 1600s and the layout of the core was exactly the same looking at their display on the history of that house. The gardens were only extended in the 1980s but the earlier portion could easily date much further back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2023

  • "A really wonderful house and garden!"

    We enjoyed the walks and views from the house. Very helpful to have a pub at the end of the drive! Thank you very much!

    That’s great that you enjoyed your stay at Orchard Cottage! Thanks for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation in a beautiful garden with stunning views around."

    Very high spec throughout the property. Very comfortable beds and lovely bathrooms. Real luxury! Ample parking in a safe and secluded private road.

    We're very glad you enjoyed your stay at Orchard Cottage, thank you for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0May 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend in Orchard Cottage."

    Such a peaceful location with fabulous views and great walks right on your doorstep. The cottage is tastefully furnished and well equipped with everything you need, although we did struggle a little with one hairdryer between 7 of us! The huge kitchen was very much the heart of the home for our stay (of which we were very envious) and the two dogs just adored playing in the garden. Definitely a 5 star property which we would highly recommend and hope to visit again.

    We are very glad you enjoyed the views, walks, kitchen, gardens and peaceful location. It looks like a hairdryer has gone walkabout so we have ordered another! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage for our family holiday in November, garden was perfect for the dog and grandchildren, it didnt matter it was wet."

    Views are beautiful and location convenient for Hawkeshead, Coniston, Tarn Hows, Ambleside.we did venture to Honister and Buttermere i love driving the winding roads. We usually stay outside keswick in Threlkeld or Grange , this was a welcome change and will definitely be returning.

    We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay and exploring a different part of the Lakes! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property more than met our expectations - it is a delightful holiday home in a fabulous location."

    The huge kitchen and it's outlook over the surrounding countryside was amazing and very much the hub of the home. The two large en-suite bedrooms were well proportioned and comfortable. The smaller double and twin rooms were perfectly adequate. My wife and I were fortunate to occupy the largest of the bedrooms and our en-suite bathroom was absolutely stunning. Even in mid-November, we enjoyed glorious weather and were able to sit outside and appreciate the well-designed and maintained garden. Finally, having the Outgate Inn at the end of our drive was very handy indeed. We would love to return, sometime!

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We do hope you do have the chance to return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely house with plenty of space for an extended family of 3 generations."

    In good condition with tasteful decoration, plenty of big windows to sit in, huge smart TV, and somewhere for everybody to be together or sit quietly alone. Quiet with walks from the door and easy access to Ambleside, Hawkshead and loads of brilliant lakeland walking locations.

    Thankyou for the feedback, it's great you enjoyed the house and the all the walking nearby! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Stunning cottage, beautifully situated and perfect for a family get together."

    An excellent combination of old and contemporary fittings. We loved the kitchen and dining area and we found everything that was needed. The local pub was good and so handy. The views and the garden were wonderful and only short drives to Ambleside/ Windermere etc We will be back! A microwave would have been useful to warm baby food etc

    We're so glad you enjoyed your family get together at Orchard Cottage. Thank you for your kind words. A microwave is on order now! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Sep 2022

  • "What a find!"

    Orchard Cottage is absolutely beautiful in a stunning setting. The house dates back to the 1600’s and has been recently sympathetically renovated and stylishly decorated. It’s set back from the road, down a gated drive so is totally private. We visited during a heatwave in August and were able to relax in the lovely gardens surrounding the cottage. The large pond is safely surrounded by fencing and there are lawns for children to play. Walking from the cottage to Hawkshead took around fifteen minutes along lovely country lanes, off road. Three generations of our family had a wonderful holiday and are already planning to return.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Orchard Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Aug 2022

  • "Such a wonderful week in Orchard Cottage!"

    The views from the kitchen are quite simply breathtaking and we loved that there were so many walks accessible…right from our doorstep. Having a lovely little pub so nearby was also very convenient. We loved the house so much and the gardens were just beautiful, loved by all, but especially by the children and the dog. We can’t wait to return!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Jul 2022

  • "Incredible property and setting let down by lack of household sundries/equipment."

    The property itself has been recently refurbished to a very high level but a lot of the equipment just do not match the finish. All kitchen crockery/utensils/cookware are IKEA, which is often fine, but sometimes these are flimsy and feels like a corner has been cut here. Considering the level of rent and quality of property, many items were not provided/overlooked which made the stay not as relaxed as it should be: 1. No barbecue. The garden and patio are gorgeous so why not provide a barbecue for guests to use? 2. No hand soaps in any of the toilets/bathrooms and kitchen. 3. Lack of basic cleaning products like toilet cleaner etc. 4. Only one cutting board for a property that sleeps 8. I purchased an extra one and left it at the house to save the next occupants the stress of cooking for 8 using just one board. 5. Only one mixing bowl. etc. When I called up to talk through the points above I was told (a little rudely) that this was a self-catered property so these items would not be provided. Whilst I understand that Sykes mostly does self-catered holiday lets, the quality of this rental property does mean it is reasonable to expect it to come with these basics. Also, might be worthwhile going around and snagging the house as it seems a few pieces of refurbishment evidence are still around. Plastic wrapper left of fire alarm, the plastic film left or refrigerator corners etc. Also might be worthwhile to switch around the hinge of the refrigerator so it opens out into the kitchen rather than straight up against the wall. Perhaps just a couple of reclining lounge chairs and a parasol for the garden would also be ideal. I think most of the above is just some relatively minor teething issues and once these are sorted this really will be a dream holiday home!

    Thank you very much for your valuable feedback as our first guests and many apologies you found some teething issues. We’re making sure the consumables you mentioned are on hand for future guests at changeover, and we have added to the mixing bowl and chopping board quantities. Unfortunately it is not recommended to include BBQs to holiday accommodation and we don’t have a robust way to add sunshades outdoors given the changeable weather in the Lakes, although the gardens do have several shady and sunny spots to relax in. Once again, thank you so much for helping us to make sure this is the dream holiday home experience you kindly mention it should be! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aslan4.1Jul 2022

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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.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite free-standing bath, walk-in shower, double basin, 2 x heated towel rail, and WC, 1 x super-king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Off road parking
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Pub nearby.
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range oven with gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Tassimo coffee machine, wine cooler
  • Smart OLED TV, fibre broadband and WLAN WiFi and extensive DVD library
  • Sonos music system, Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove (Oct-March) inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Private off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Rear multi-level garden with lawn, several patio areas, furniture, and large fenced pond
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.2 miles
  • pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times in the garden
  • Note: There are steps to the interior and exterior of the property
  • Note: Bedrooms 3 and 4 have sloped floors, due to the age of the property
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on lead due to nearby livestock
  • Note: The master bedroom and shower room are situated on the half-way landing

The property

Hawkshead 1.1 miles.

Situated in Outgate, near the village of Hawkshead in Cumbria, lies this grand, four-bedroom property, Orchard Cottage.

Completed to an exceptional standard, with state-of-the-art appliances, stylish interiors, sleek bathrooms, and a large private garden, whilst retaining some of the home’s original features and beamed ceilings, dating back to 1603, the cottage welcomes eight guests and two well-behaved dogs, perfect for a countryside retreat.

Orchard Cottage is also set amongst a semi-rural setting of land gifted by Beatrix Potter to the National Trust, offering both peace and tranquillity with stunning panoramic fell and country views.

The house and gardens have wonderful views across rolling countryside to Latterbarrow, which is a fabulous viewpiont itself and just a mile away and the Windermere valley.

Many enticing country walks start from the doorstep, whilst the high fells are only a short drive away.

Enjoy the outside space, offering rolling views across the manicured lawn and shrubs, where you'll find several patio areas with inviting furniture in tow.

Head inside to relax in the suntrap conservatory, prepare meals in the contemporary kitchen, dine around the grand table, and unwind in the sitting room, perched in front of the woodburning stove.

Heading to the halfway landing, be welcomed by the master super-king-size bedroom with an opulent en-suite, along with the main Victorian-style shower room.

On the first floor you'll find the additional bedrooms, one of which also homes an en-suite, whilst the remainder share the beautifully decorated bathroom opposite and the half-landing shower room.

If you can tear yourself away from your spectacular abode, visit Hawkshead and it’s an abundance of amenities; Queens Head is a popular eatery for a dine-out option, whilst your 'nice to haves' can be purchased from the local Co-op.

The traditional Outgate Inn is a stone's throw away, Hawkshead is a pleasant scenic walk across fields, and the famous Drunken Duck Inn, accessed via a walk along a quiet lane.

You can also easily make your way over to Wray Castle and the jetty for the boat to Brockhole and Ambleside.

From the stop directly opposite, buses run approximately hourly on the route linking Hawkshead, Coniston, Ambleside and Windermere, enabling endless walk permutations and arrival from anywhere in the country by public transport.

Cycle paths link Orchard Cottage to Ambleside, Hawkshead, Wray and beyond.

Rydal Cave is also a must-visit for explorers, a former slate quarry, along with Stock Ghyll Force, a stunning 70-foot waterfall, whilst The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is an immersive three-dimensional attraction, ideal for all types of visitors.

Travelling towards Windermere, take the chance to stroll around the resident lake within the Lake District National Park, set over 10.5 miles, visit Lakes Aquarium, home to diverse marine life, or plan to climb Scafell Pike, the highest and most eminent mountain in England.

Enjoy the Cumbrian countryside at Orchard Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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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