About this listing
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.
Kate was very welcoming and kept us informed before we arrived of various things. The cottage which she rents from the National Trust is at the end of a longish steep narrow single track road and lane. You need to use first gear going up and down but it is fine after a couple of goes - just take your time.
The cottage is almost right onto national park property and absolutely beautifully located for walking etc.
We stayed 2 nights and on the first day went for a long hike with the maps Kate provided finishing up at the Blacksmith Arms recommended by Kate where the food and beer was just fantastic - definitely worth a visit. We then walked from the pub through farmyards and fields back up to Kate's cottage about 30 minutes using Kate's map.
Kate provided a full breakfast on a help yourself basis including a fry up if you want it - nice not to have to stick to a usual B&Bs getting up for breakfast timetable.
The bedrooms were clean and comfortable for 4 of us.
We used the living room to have a open fire on and sit round - the cottage is very old and has a charm of its own.
Kate has 4 chickens (hence fresh eggs in the morning) and a cat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were made to feel at home by Kate who is a great host.
Kate's home was our Lake District dream come true. Not only did she make us feel as if we were visiting an old friend or family member, the place itself is also wonderful. The house is spacious and ideal for four people for a quiet, relaxing holiday away in the countryside; We loved the fireplace and the spacious kitchen (Kate told us to help ourselves to everything we found in there when we arrived). The rooms are really lovely as well and make you feel right at home. The description is absolutely accurate and I would highly recommend staying here!
Kate was a fantastic host, sensitive to the need for personal space and totally unobtrusive whilst also hosting us very well. The DIY cooked breakfast with ingredients provided was ideal as it meant we could cook things to our liking. The room was fresh, clean and tastefully decorated and the settings were just totally idyllic. There is no doubt in my mind that I would stay here again. The warning about the driveway is not an over exaggeration, its certainly not for low slung cars!
I felt very lucky that we found Kate's place on airbnb. The village looks even better than on the photographs and Kate was a great hostess.
We miscalculated the driving distance so we arrived late at midnight. Usually people loss their patience after waiting so long. Kate however, warmly welcomed us. She stood outside her house when we got there and even helped us with our luggage. Thank you Kate!
Also, staying at Kate's place is a unique way to experience the English pastoral life. Everything around her house reminds me of the beautiful countryside illustrations in my old children's book.
My impression about Kate is that she is a independent and strong woman who has passion about what she does.
I really wish I could stay longer but sadly we don't have much time left for this trip.
(A little tip on how to easily find Kate's place: use google map or download the Google offline map. Then set Hawes Farm Bed and Breakfast as your destination.)
I had a lovely stay at Kate's National Trust cottage. The house was full of character and Kate was a lovely host. The views were stunning; the chickens welcoming (!) and my brief stay was full of charm and delight. I really felt able to make myself at home. Thanks Kate.
It was a bit of drive to Kate's place, about an hour from Windermere, but it was all worth it for the warm hospitality and the amazing view that the place provides! Kate is very friendly and introduced us to the neighborhood and suggested various walks that we can take around the estate. Breakfast was perfect, the fresh eggs were served (laid by the 5 chickens that she owns). Overall, its a very fresh experience and we enjoyed our stay.
Well this was our very first Airbnb booking and what a gem it turned out to be. It's a little tricky to find, but our wonderful host Kate provided detailed instructions and although we did pull up nearby and ask, we were heading in the right direction anyway, up the valley on a a very narrow track to Hawes. The location is spectacular and the views described do it justice as they are breathtaking, especially after our previous night in Birmingham.
Kate made my wife and I very welcome and from the moment we entered her quaint cottage, we were made to feel very much at home and she kindly stayed away whenever she felt we needed privacy. This really made us relax and feel as if we reserved the entire cottage.
The breakfast provided something for everyone with a huge choice of cereals, hams and pastries. A fry up is there if needed and I took full advantage as we had some long walks planned.
I highly recommend this stay and we could well be back with the kids next spring as there is ample room for a small family. Thanks to Kate the highlight of our tour of Blighty, an unforgettable experience.
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About the Host, Kate
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.