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Nurses Cottage

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Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage and very well equipped."

    The double bed was a bit of a squeeze with the high bedside tables, which we both banged our heads and elbows on and the bed was very springy, which meant we woke each other up when we turned over in the night, beside those two minor things, we couldn't have asked for a nicer cottage for our stay. Lovely clean and warm and the WiFi was brilliant. The welcome gifts were a really nice touch.

    Reviewed by Gael4.7Mar 2024

  • "Our second stay at Nurses Cottage."

    Extremely well equipped and clean and warm.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage beautifully furnished and with all the facilities that we needed during our stay, including a perfect internet connection."

    It was such a joy to return to each day. The welcome gifts on arrival were gratefully received after a long journey. Our only suggestion for the cottage is that the bed side tables are a little too tall in the double bedroom. We moved them out of the bedroom to prevent any bumps to the head . Whilst we brought most provisions with us, the local Co Op was close by for additional items. Hawkshead is a lovely village with lots of walks right from the cottage door. We had a perfect week, despite the rain, and would highly recommend Nurses Cottage.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent! Character cottage, beautifully decorated, kitchen very well equipped and everything spotlessly clean."

    The cottage is conveniently situated for walks and village. Have stayed here 5 times and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Henk5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very happy with cottage !"

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0May 2023

  • "Very quirky, comfortable cottage in a great location with just a stroll into the centre of hawkshead."

    Well equipped with everything you could ask for to cook your own meals and lovely garden for eating out side. (Needs new can opener) . Parking was difficult, getting in and out of the garage is pretty tight, we parked in the car repair place next door which was great. Friendly staff.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Irene5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely old cottage in a great location near Hawkshead."

    We had a great time. Thanks

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Nurses Cottage. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was extremely cosy and comfortable, very well equipped and met all our expectations."

    My only criticism would be that the shower could be improved as it has a poor flow and the heat settings do not respond quickly or accurately but other than that we had a perfect stay. Thank you.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad that you found the cottage to be cosy and comfortable. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    The cottage is beautiful and very well kept, in fact it exceeded our expectations. It would have been nice, though, if more had been mentioned in the blurb about the very low ceilings, particularly the area between the kitchen and the corridor, and also the central ceiling beam in the lounge. We had quite a few bumped heads! So really the property is better suited to shorter people, ie no more than 5'5". But this is a quibble really. We loved it, despite the bumped heads! One thing we should mention; on the day of departure, we noticed some minor dripping from the low ceiling onto the floor at the junction/corner of the kitchen passageway and main entrance corridor. We couldn't work out where it was dripping from. Given the age of the property, it could be tracking from anywhere. Loose or missing rooftile? We couldn't see any corresponding dripping on first floor. There had been heavy rain the night before so maybe that was the cause. It should definitely be looked at/sorted out though. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Oct 2022

  • "This was our second visit to the Lake District from Australia staying in the Nurses cottage both times."

    We love the cottage as it is quaint and very well equipped. Thanks to the owner.

    Reviewed by George4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a fabulous time in Nurses Cottage - so thoughtfully renovated and very well equipped."

    Loved the private courtyard garden too. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

  • "Exquisite, tastefully decorated, clean cottage, Great attention to detail, kitchen very well equipped."

    Excellent location for exploring the lake district and within walking distance of village with pubs and shops. We rented the cottage for the fourth time and hopefully we will return.

    Reviewed by Henk5.0Oct 2021

  • "Been to the cottage numerous times before."

    Love the cottage, its location and the facilities.

    Reviewed by J5.0Oct 2021

  • "Sykes cottages were unaware of extra parking arranged by the cottage owner and the business next door"

    Reviewed by Elisa4.7Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely with lots of lovely crockery to use."

    The garden could use a little TLC as it is quite overgrown. The only thing we would mention is the cutlery nothing matched but that is only a minor thing. The light outside the front door needs the bulb changing which we didn't like to do ourselves. The garage was a bonus especially when it was wet.

    Reviewed by Judith4.1Jul 2021

  • "This is a lovely little cottage in a fabulous position."

    It is exactly what you would expect from a traditional Lakes cottage. My only suggestion would be the addition of a shower in the first bathroom but this is a minor issue. Fabulous!!

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2021

  • "It was a beautiful cottage and had everything we wanted."

    Unfortunately, there was a timer on the hot water which meant that often there wasn't enough hot water for my son's bath in the evenings.

    Reviewed by L3.8May 2021

  • "Our 2nd visit to this cottage and we were looking at booking again next May but a £300 increase in price for the same week in May 2022 is ridiculous!"

    !! So won’t be staying again

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "Nurses Cottage is a really delightful mixture of historical features and modern comfort in a great location."

    It would have been useful ( particularly given Covid) to have a general summary of practical information either the day before we arrived or as an information sheet when we arrived eg were towels supplied or not, how the heating system/ hot water settings worked, refuse arrangements (we missed the collection day as we didn’t know when/what time)

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2021

  • "This has been the BEST Christmas I have had for a very long time."

    This is the perfect holiday from the perfect booking team. PERFECT

    Mrs TillettDec 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    It was comfortable and had everything we needed during our week’s stay. In particular we really appreciated the pantry and back room where we could leave coats, boots etc. It’s position, a short walk from Hawkshead, was also brilliant.

    Mrs OwersDec 2019

  • "We were amazed just how beautiful the property was."

    It was just perfect!

    Mrs WosikaDec 2019

  • "Stunning property, I didn’t want to leave!"

    Mrs RyanDec 2019

  • "The property was of exceptional standard."

    Mrs TateDec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage,well situated in a beautiful village."

    The cottage was very well stocked with cutlery and chinaware .Would definitely return.

    Mr HowesDec 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely could not have asked for anymore brilliant stay"

    Mr WadeDec 2019

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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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and DVD player, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garage for two cars
  • Garden with patio
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: Sorry, no children under five
  • Please note the ceilings are

The property

This beautiful, early 18th century two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage was given its name by Beatrix Potter, in honour of the nurse who cared for her mother.

Dating back to 1702 this is a truly authentic cottage and the owners have lovingly and carefully refurbished the property, combining contemporary living with original features, like the original dated court cupboard.

The cottage is a five-minute walk from picturesque Hawkshead, and Beatrix Potter’s former home is just a five-minute drive.

Perfect for admirers and ideal for a family or group of couple Step into the entrance hall and marvel at the original Westmorland panelling and court cupboard, before discovering your beautiful dining room, with antiques and subdued lighting.

Walk into your sitting room and admire the 19th century antiques and spice cupboard, the attractive oak beams and the natural light flooding into the room.

This room oozes with charm and elegance.

The recently fitted breakfast kitchen has everything the home chef needs to create tasty meals for memorable family evenings.

From the kitchen walkout to see your delightful and spacious cottage garden with pretty patio.

You will also find a period walk-in larder and a utility area for drying, and storage of outdoor gear.

Climb the stairs to find a charming square landing and discover two beautifully presented bedrooms: a double bedroom and a twin bedroom.

You will also find two spacious bathrooms.

From your doorstep, you will have the choice of many superb paths and trails around the local area, as well as being in striking distance of some of the best hill walks in the National Park.

Drive four miles to Grizedale to enjoy forest walks or bike rides and to take on the Go Ape experience. For a relaxing day, drive five minutes to Hill Top Beatrix Potter’s former home or stroll to Hawkshead’s traffic free centre and visit the acclaimed Beatrix Potter Museum, run by the National trust.

Explore the historic and the beautiful, grade 1 listed village church before visiting Wordsworth’s old school.

After all that, relax with a drink in one of village’s excellent cafes or pubs.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter