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High Strawberry Gardens

Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria

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Sitting within metres of the water's edge on the west shore of Windermere this charming white cottage offers an opportunity to escape the trappings of modern life and make the most of this special lakeside setting. The cottage comes with use of a jetty to moor your boat or to fish from. What more could you need from a holiday? After long active days cosy up and relax in front of the wood burner.

Along with adjoining Low Strawberry Gardens in the early 1800’s the cottages were the home of the Belle Isle estate’s seeds man, Mr. J. Hubbart. Later the walled garden was turned in to a market garden by a Mr. Batson. Strawberries became one of the main crops and soon tourists rowed across the lake for Batson Strawberry Teas, hence the new name!

There is easy access to excellent walking within the area, whether it is the gentler lake side trails or the more demanding hikes over Claife and beyond. Why not explore the lakeshore path to Wray Castle, which is less than 4 miles from the cottage.

For restaurants and retail therapy Bowness is just a short ferry ride across the lake and Ambleside, situated at the top of Lake Windermere, is a twenty minute drive.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen/dining room, sitting room with multi fuel stove and shower room with lavatory.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 triple room with 3 single beds).
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Garden: There is a grassed area at the back of the cottage.

Parking: Available adjacent to the cottages.

Utilities/ Electricals: There are no electric sockets in this cottage. Please do not use the socket for fridge due to shortage of electric supply.

The water for this cottage is from a private supply and may be in short supply at certain times of year. There is a caravan site which stands behind High and Low Strawberry Garden

Television/ Signal: There is no television, radio/CD or microwave available at this cottage.

Phone: Shared use of a telephone at caravan site.

Please Note: Use of shared jetty with High Strawberry Gardens - this of course can get slippery so care must be taken!

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Cot
  • Shared telephone
  • Double bed


Things to see and do nearby

North West England
A view over Derwentwater in autumn, Lake District, Cumbria © Paul Harris

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
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National Trust places to visit
Windermere and Troutbeck
Fine walking country around the shores of Windermere, including Bridge House and the Footprint Building
Hill Top
Hill Top Delightful small 17th-century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories
Beatrix Potter Gallery
Beatrix Potter Gallery 17th-century solicitor's office, now home to the original watercolours and sketches of Beatrix Potter
Hawkshead and Claife
Hawkshead and Claife Viewing Station Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes and picturesque buildings
Townend 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, former home of a wealthy farming family
Stagshaw Garden
Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Elaine Henry
    • January 2015
    • UK
    Remote and Peaceful

    Great location right on the edge of the lake. Very remote and peaceful location. Great location for walkers, relatively easy access to Bowness-on-Windermere via ferry.

  • Garry Roberts
    • November 2014
    • Cheshire
    Please don't change a thing!

    Stunning cottage, please don't change a thing. We will be booking this one again and again

  • The Warns Family
    • December 2012
    • England
    Great view and remote location

    We have a family history of staying here for nearly 50 years, its traditional with us. Open fires, remote location, great view, quirky interior al add to the charm. The welcome message, tea, wine etc made us feel very welcome. The bedrooms were beautifully prepared.

  • John
    • January 2005
    We spent a relaxing short break here

    We spent a relaxing short break here 21/1/05, three of us crammed into an unusual lake-side lodge designed for six. There is a cosy bedroom for two, and a roomy dormitory for four in the wooden annex. On the first night the central heating packed up in freezing conditions, which was character building! On the second night the heating worked faultlessly which was a shame as we had piled the beds high with extra bedclothes and we were too hot! We spent the weekend Green Laning on classic motor bikes despite the National Parks authority claim that all rights of ways were closed due to fallen trees. Much better than Low Hall Garth as the Yorkshire Ramblers spoilt our stay there last time. High and Low Strawberry Gardens are a path width from the West shore of Lake Windermere,tranquil, excellent, highly recommended.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2000

    Simplicity, grandeur, peace and waves gently lapping at the shingle. Paradise.

  • Ian
    We have spent two idyllic weekends

    We have spent two idyllic weekends at High Strawberry. If you want to get away from it all, without being cut off this is the place to go. The morning sun through the window across the lake really takes some beating

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