Hawes, from the road through the valley.Hawes in autumn
Lovely Lake District rural retreat
Lovely Lake District rural retreat

Private room

4 guests

1 bedroom

3 beds

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About this listing

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.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: 54 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

377 Reviews

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Sally User Profile
July 2017
Kates cottage is warm, welcoming, cosy, relaxing & in a fab location (although a little drive from the lakes) with spectacular views surrounding it. The cottage is just lovely! The lounge with the incredible fire was cosy & the kitchen had everything we needed - fab breakfast too. Both bedrooms were airy & fresh yet cosy & with very comfortable beds! We would most definitely like to return for another stay but for longer! Kate made us feel very welcome & not at all in her way or like we had to tread on our tip toes! A thoroughly enjoyable stay.

Joan User Profile
July 2017
Kate's place isn't easy to find, but it is worth the challenge. It is set up a hill in the middle of fields of sheep, with beautiful views and a path going past the door giving access to the walks around. The beds were comfortable with lovely sheets, and breakfast was delicious with everything you could possibly want including eggs freshly laid and a vase of flowers from the fields and garden. The old cottage is on National Trust land and has original features, like the big cooking range. It is quirky and cosy.And Kate is lovely.

Jasper User Profile
July 2017
Tranquility itself!

John User Profile
July 2017
We were hosted by Kate in her unique cottage for three days in July and enjoyed a wonderful stay. Kate is a gracious, considerate and helpful host who maintains a most extensive, not to mention interesting, library. Our accommodation was spacious with a beautiful view across the valley and there is easy access to some of the lesser known Lakeland walks in the Broughton and Duddon valleys. Kate provides a hearty veggie breakfast with freshly laid eggs from the resident chicken ( if you are a carnivore you are welcome to cook your own bacon etc but it was a nice change for me ). As you eat you are joined for breakfast by a host of birds pecking at the bird seed outside the kitchen window. For those who like film Kate keeps a large video collection and you can also watch TV in the lounge on a comfy sofa in front of a huge iron range. The internet connection is tip top - Kate will provide the access code on request. This is a stay in a home not an anonymous B&B; you will remember it for many reasons not least for the host but also for the distinctive character of the house and its scenic rural setting . If you enjoy your stay as much as we did you will be a happy bunny !

Doug User Profile
July 2017
Kate's place was the perfect place to stay for our hiking excursions on Scafell Pike. She was a lovely host. We had great breakfasts each morning with fresh eggs right from her hen on the property. The house was charming and in the perfect location with excellent hiking right from the door and close proximity to much more. High recommendation for anyone looking to have a real English countryside experience. Thank you Kate!

Christopher User Profile
June 2017

Mark User Profile
June 2017
My only criticism of this place is that I did not book to stay longer,a wonderful place, I'd happily recommend the Blacksmiths Arms (the Lamb is superb!) and a nice walk too. The view over the surrounding landscape was intoxicating and the highlight must have been discovering the chocolate hobnobs in the room!

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England, United KingdomJoined in November 2011
Kate User ProfileKate is a superhost.

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 out on personal photographic projects. I'm fortunate to live in a place where simply walking out the door can be a sensuous adventure. I've watched my wonderful family grow up here and move on, and so there is space in my home to share with you, my guests.

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