Hawes, from the road through the valley.Hawes in autumn
Lovely Lake District rural retreat
Hosted by Kate
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4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
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My place is on a small, Lakeland farm set up on a hillside with wonderful views down to the Duddon estuary. You could be woken by George the cockerel who wanders the yard with his bevy of hens; otherwise, it's a wonderfully quiet, peaceful spot – on a Bank Holiday two or three walkers might pass by! The hens and three cats hang out in the yard, various sheep breeds, four ponies, and a scattering of cows populate the fields, and beyond that a gate opens to the fells.

The space

I have one lovely double room and one twin room available in an old farmhouse (some parts of the house date from the seventeenth century), set on the southern 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. The track to the cottage is narrow, bumpy and steep in places, but delivery vans and my little Citroen C3 and plenty of other guests have managed it fine. You'll be far from the madding crowds, but you'll still have access to the modern world via wifi too! The house is my home; I have a room off the lounge where I work and sleep.

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.

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 £40 per person per night (though mini-persons – under 12 years – stay for half price, and micro-persons – under two – stay for free).

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, a post office, tourist information centre, a pleasant village square and a village grocer and butcher.

The Lake District can be a wet, muddy and cold place sometimes, so don't forget to pack some sturdy, waterproof walking boots or wellies, and a waterproof jacket.

If you fancy a sojourn in surroundings that inspired the great romantic poets, then do please come!

Guest access

Please do note that my place is fairly remote and the track to it is rough in places and not really suitable for low-slung sports cars. I hope that guests will make my home their own 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, if we have a chance, and get to know you a little, and to offer advice for your days spent here, but will mostly leave you to enjoy yourselves in your own way.

Other things to note

Please note that the track to my place is steep, narrow and bumpy in places and not really suitable for low-slung sports cars.

The farm is located in a quieter part of the Lake District, and it's a 40-minute (scenic) drive to more popular visitor sites like Beatrix Potter's house and Windermere. The closest lake is Coniston, which is where 'Swallows and Amazons' was set, and where Donald Campbell attempted the world land speed record.

Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) and other pet(s) live in the house


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Edith User Profile
October 2017
This is an amazing farm house set in incredible scenery in the southern Lake District. It is a well-worn, well-loved home--very old, and one of the National Trust properties. It's a one-of-a-kind place, made homey and comfortable by Kate's artistic eye and warm hospitality. Breakfasts are filling and delicious, including fresh eggs from the chickens. Wonderful hiking trails right out the front door, and a great pub nearby. We couldn't have asked for more.

Penny User Profile
September 2017
Kate's house is a national treasure. The public footpaths are spectacular. The local pub just down the hill is award winning and has some of the best food we've ever eaten. Kate's breakfasts are of high quality ingredients, fresh eggs, all served in a delightful kitchen.

Madeline User Profile
September 2017
Kate' s home was such a wonderful, relaxing place to stay! The driveway was definitely a challenge as we had a large SUV that just barely fit up the road, but it was well worth it! The views are picturesque and the food at the local pub was some of the best I have ever had. Kate made us feel right at home and also provided breakfast including delicious homemade bread that we couldn't get enough of!

Sharon User Profile
August 2017
Kate is an interesting and engaging host. The cottage is in a beautiful, fairly remote location with fantastic views over the valley below. The access road is a bit primitive and low slung cars do have to negotiate carefully! The location is great for visiting the lakes. Kate provides a very comprehensive breakfast with fresh eggs from her chickens and delicious hand made bread.

Nick User Profile
July 2017
Kate made me feel at home from the moment I arrived in this idyllic house perched on the side of the foothills to the Lakeland Fells. With dreamy views looking towards the Duddon Estuary this was the perfect spot to while away a couple of days exploring some of the lesser frequented areas of the Lakes including a spectacular visit to Wast Water. I wish I’d had longer though, for Kate’s very relaxed atmosphere, the gorgeous breakfasts including her lovely home made bread and the wonderful peacefulness and quiet (no I wasn’t woken by the hens) made it a real wrench to leave behind. Many thanks Kate.

Radha User Profile
July 2017
Kate's place is a bit difficult to get to if you're not used to driving those narrow rural roads through the hills. But..if you make the lovely journey, you will be rewarded with a wonderful experience in a magnificent setting with a beautiful host. You will take quiet walks in the hills, perhaps have a tasty lamb dinner in the local pub, wake up to rooster crowing, and stumble down 400 year old stairs to a breakfast served with....if you're lucky.....some of Kate's freshly made bread. The Lake District experience just doesn't get better than this if you're here for the experience and not just the glitz and the postcards home. You will relish the time you spent here long after you're gone.

Margaret User Profile
June 2017
Very warm and welcoming! A very unique location.

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I've lived in the Lake District for nearly 30 years, eighteen of those in this wonderful old house. I work for book publishers, and as a photographer, shooting weddings, real estate, documentary work and other things, and in my free time love tending my veggie garden or getting o…
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