I have a lovely double room and a twin room to share in an old farmhouse (some parts of the house date from the seventeenth century), set on the foothills of the Lake District in north England, with splendid views and immediate walking access to the fells. Enjoy real peace and quiet, tasty breakfasts and the homely company of cats and hens. You'll be far from the madding crowds, but you'll still have access to the modern world via wifi too!
It's most useful to come by car as there is no public transport in the vicinity, but I can happily pick you up from the nearest railway station, Foxfield - for a small fee - if necessary. Free supper to any guest who walks the distance!
I can accommodate from one to four guests, travelling together and happy to share, as there is just one bathroom (and you'll also be sharing with me). At popular times of the year I might (rarely) offer my second room to other guests, but with discretion, and after consultation with you. My fee is £35 per person per night (though micro persons (under 12 years) can stay for half price).
The Blacksmith Arms - an award-winning pub - is a lovely 25-minute walk down the hill (though depending how much you enjoy their wonderful real ale and yummy grub, it could take you a lot longer to get back up!) The closest village is 3 miles away and offers other pubs and cafes, post office, a tourist information centre, a pleasant village square and a village shop that sells some locally-sourced food.
The Lake District can be a wet and muddy place sometimes, so don't forget to pack some sturdy, waterproof walking boots or wellies, and a waterproof jacket. The track to my place is bumpy, narrow and steep in places but I think you'll find it worth the adventure!
If you fancy a sojourn in surroundings that inspired the great romantic poets, then do please come!
I hope that guests will make my home their's for the duration of their stay, enjoying the use of communal spaces - the kitchen, the fireside and sitting-room, and the garden and spaces beyond - as well as the privacy of their own rooms.
Interaction with Guests
The house is my home and I will be here and coming and going during your stay. I respect my guests' needs for privacy, and will give you as much space as I can. I would love to chat at some point, and get to know you a little, and to offer advice for your days spent here, but will leave you to enjoy yourselves in your own way.
I live in a beautiful, quiet part of the Lake District, with views to the Irish Sea and the hills on my doorstep. The house is part of a hill farm which I share with a farming family - I live in the house, they use the barns and fields but live away on another farm.
My home is on a remote farm and there is no public transport in the area. A car is essential if you want to go exploring the Lake District but if you come by train and I collect you from the station there are pleasant walks in the local area, and the nearest village is a 40 minute walk away.
We chose Kate's hillside cottage because as first time visitors to the Lakes we wanted something that might give us a flavour of what it's like to live in this beautiful area. Walking through the front door you get that good feeling of being welcome into a cosy,charming,lived in,working home. Kate,is a lovely host,makes you feel your staying at a friends house,but more attentive! Always helpful,and a mine of local knowledge and tips. We left happy,what more can you say?
We had a wonderful time at Kate's beautiful country retreat and would love to come back at some point - excellent views, exciting farm house and great atmosphere
We could not have wished for a lovelier experience. Kate was so welcoming and friendly, the house was very cosy with lots of carefully chosen pebbles, pictures and other objects, and the situation is perfect. We very much liked the fact that it is on the edge of the Lake District, and therefore not nearly so crowded as more popular areas.. Kate's directions were excellent (necessary because the approach is via quite a difficult and rough track). She left us alone when we wanted and was never intrusive, but always available for anything we needed And the breakfasts were delicious.We hope to return!
We had a wonderful stay at Kate's lovely home in the Lake District. It is as picturesque as we imagined it, maybe more so. There are plenty of quaint neighboring towns to visit and serene walks to take, but you really need not go further than out the door to admire scenic views of the area. Kate was the perfect hostess, she provided plenty of information on what to do nearby, and even various routes to take for a countryside walk. We had fantastic breakfasts provided and visited the Blacksmith's Arms for dinner and had one of the best meals while in the UK there. I would heartily recommend Kate's and I look forward to returning someday.
Absolutely perfect. We couldn't recommend this place more, for the room and setting, and also the impeccable hosting. Thanks again, Kate!
We had a really wonderful stay at Kate's. She is an excellent host and will really go the extra mile to make sure her guests have a nice time. Kate was really easy to communicate with before the trip and whilst we were there offered lots of information about the area and where to go. The house is stunning, with so many details in the decoration and a cosy sitting room with a log fire and piano. There were lots of options for breakfast which made for a good spread, a perfect start to a day walking in the Cumbrian hills. A visit to Hawes wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Blacksmith's arms nearby, the menu is really tasty and the local ales are great. Highly recommend this lovely cottage.
A lovely peaceful home that proved a very welcome cosy retreat in the depths of winter. Kate is a thoughtful, charming host who provided us with everything we needed for an enchanting weekend in a beautiful location. Heartily recommended and we hope to return sometime.
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I've lived in the Lake District for 25 years, thirteen of those in this wonderful old house. I work from home for book publishers, and take photographs in the between times. I'm fortunate to live in a place where simply walking out the door can be a sensuous adventure every time. I have watched my wonderful family grow up here and move on, and so there is space in my house for you, my guests.