Lovely Lake District rural retreat

House - Private room · Hawes Farm, Broughton Mills, Cumbria, LA20 6AT, United Kingdom
Your host, Kate
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The Space

I have a lovely double room, and/or, alternatively, 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!

The accommodation is most suitable for a couple, or two to four people/family/friends 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.

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!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $35 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $335 /week
Check In: 3:00 PM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Because of the nature of my stay, I get to leave two reviews. This makes me happy, because I get to talk more about how great this stay was. Standout experiences: Hiking around the gorgeous hills, spending time down at the local pubs talking to friendly natives, driving out to the coast at low tide and walking out on the sand flats... More wonderful moments than should be able to exist in such a short time frame. Also, Kate was very patient and flexible with my constantly changing plans!

    July 2014
  • I have done quite a bit of traveling, and this is easily one of the 10 best places I've ever stayed. The house itself is amazing, a real treasure. The area cannot be beat for peace and scenery and friendly locals. Kate is a wonderful host, attentive and intelligent and fascinating. My experience could not have been better, except that I wish it had been much longer.

    July 2014
  • We absolutely loved our holiday at Kate's idyllic National Trust cottage in what quickly became a wonderful second home for us in the Lake District. Kate was the perfect host - welcoming, friendly, thoughtful and great company. We woke to a delicious feast each morning, sampling several courses of breakfast delights with optimistic chickens and a fantastic view for company. It was clear from the postcards and pictures around the cottage that we were not the first guests to fall for its rustic charms. Perched in the wilder side of the Lake District, Kate's cottage was an ideal place from which to explore - plenty of walking, boating and cycling opportunities were close at hand, as was the excellent Blacksmiths pub where both the service and the food lived up to their reputation. We cannot wait to return - thanks Kate!

    July 2014
  • Hawes Farm is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed, and Kate is a lovely, caring, and wonderful host. I wanted a peaceful retreat where I could read, write, and walk, and Kate's place was ideal. There are tons of beautiful spots to curl up with a book (both indoor and, if its warm, outside). I did not come with a car, but did not feel the need for one at all during my stay. The walks right around Hawes are stunning, and the pub down the hill serves delicious food! I can't praise this place enough; don't pass up the opportunity to stay here and to meet Kate!

    June 2014
  • We had a lovely time staying at Kate's house in the Lake District. It is very rural and some way from a main road which we loved. It is possible to start lots of very beautiful walks from the house so apart from getting there, you could get by without a car. We ate in the nearest local pub that you reach by walking 20 minutes over fields and the tasty food (huge portions mind you!) and the friendly landlord made it very worthwhile. The walk back was quite an amusing adventure with the cows shadows spooking us and getting a little lost. Kate is a lovely, easy going host and made us feel really welcome. I'd like to think we will come back and spend a bit longer than 2 days.

    June 2014
  • Hawes Farm and our host, Kate, are both wonderful. Traveling through the Lake District to eventually arrive at Hawes Farm was like going back in history to a simpler, more beautiful time. The views from the property are stunning. I took one photo that looked liked I was standing on the hill of Bag End of the Shire looking over the countryside in the valley below. Kate is a gracious and kind host who took time to visit with us in the main room with a cozy fire. In the morning, we were greeted with a superb breakfast spread and table setting, the best of our other airbnb stays. Hawes Farm is definitely a rural accommodation, but we had everything we needed, and it was a nice retreat during our UK tour. There was also a very good pub within short distance. I would highly recommend this listing.

    June 2014
  • Kate was the most wonderful host. She was warm and friendly and looked after us very well indeed. Nothing was too much trouble and it was Kate who made our stay in the Lake District so special. Her house is a magical place in a most beautiful setting and the experience was far richer than we could have had in a hotel room. We returned at night to be greeted by Kate with a fire blazing and the possibility of watching a video from the huge selection or reading a book from her eclectic collection.

    June 2014
  • Kate was very polite and helped us be comfortable during stay. It was like home. In addition, all information we need can be got by materials in the room and personally by her. One weekness for me was its location. If you anticipate lake view from the house, this is not the place.

    June 2014
  • We had a gorgeous stay at Kate's wonderful farmhouse at the weekend, so much so we didn't want to leave. Set in an idyllic place, beautiful views and walks right on the doorstep.

    We adored Kate's home, and would love it to be our second home. We have booked again for our Summer holidays.

    Kate is the perfect host, warm and welcoming.

    Counting the days already, as we can't wait to return!!

    Thanks Kate

    June 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay at Hawes farm in the Lakes District. It was nice and relaxing and Kate is a wonderful host, making you feel right at home. A great breakfast with fresh eggs and milk is served each morning, and Kate has some good tips for exploring the area.

    June 2014
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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.
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