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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 nearby 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 wood burning/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). A door leads out from the triple room onto the verandah.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: Available adjacent to the cottages.

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

Utilities/ Electricals: There are no electric sockets in this cottage. Please do not use the socket for the 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: Due to the severe weather conditions the jetty outside of the cottages is unusable due to flood damage. Anyone wishing to launch a boat can still do so from the new jetty at Strawberry Gardens caravan park, 100m from the cottages, which you pass on the approach to the cottages.

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


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

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, campsites and bunkhouses 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
  • Walking and visit
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


Comments from past visitors

  • Philip Hollywood
    • June 2016
    • Essex
    Beautiful location

    Strawberry Gardens is in a unique and beautiful location, ideally-suited for activity on the lake. On this occasion the weather let us down; it rained on eleven of our fourteen days, so we weren't as active, on and in the water, as usual.

  • Kirsten Holman
    • February 2016
    • West Yorkshire
    Made enjoyable....

    Wonderful location, comfortable cottage, well provisioned kitchen. To be able to walk straight out to the lakeside, or into the woodland is a joy.

  • Lydia
    • September 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    The location of High Strawberry Gardens was amazing. The kids were literally on Windermere before breakfast in kayaks, they want to live there and I wouldn't mind at all. There's no telly or plug but a lake outside the front door...the views from bed are astonishing too, great with a good book and a cup of tea. The dog could not have been happier chasing ducks. we had great next door neighbours as well so all went swimmingly and though its a bit far to go out for dinner the kitchen was really well equipped.

  • 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.

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