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Holeslack Farmhouse

Kendal, Cumbria

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Built in the sixteenth century, Holeslack Farmhouse is a Grade II listed building retaining many original and unique features including a spiral staircase and seventeenth-century oak cupboards. It is a spacious and welcoming house with a large garden which makes it ideal for family groups. There are distant views of Sizergh Castle and across the surrounding countryside.

The farmhouse is on the Sizergh Castle estate that stands at the gateway to the Lake District and is set in 1600 acres of limestone countryside. You can explore the numerous walks across the estate, many with panoramic views across Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland fells. On your ‘to do list’ should be the popular local walk along Scout Scar, a spectacular limestone pavement.

This an excellent location, just 15 minutes drive from Windermere and 10 minutes from the market town of Kendal, when in need of cafes, restaurants and shops. It offers easy access to the Winster and Lyth valleys, beautiful areas for walking and cycling.

The National Trust has events and activities at Sizergh Castle to appeal to all ages. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, activities and garden highlights when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
large farmhouse kitchen with wood burning stove, dining room, sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
First floor
four bedrooms (2 doubles and 2 twins), 2 bathrooms with showers over bath.
Visitor notes

************* the cottage shower room has been completely refurbished and is now a bathroom with a shower over the bath. A wood burning stove replaces the Rayburn in the kitchen. ***********************

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Garden: A large enclosed garden to the front and side of the house.

Parking: Parking for up to three cars at the end of the track leading to the house.

The final approach track is quite steep so arrival in daylight is recommended.

Please note: The washing machine is situated in the adjoining outhouse.

Water pressure in the cottage can vary at certain times of the year.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


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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  • Cycling
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  • Pony Trekking
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National Trust places to visit
Sizergh Castle and Garden
Sizergh Beautiful medieval house, extended in Elizabethan times, surrounded by rich gardens and estate in Cumbria's special limestone country
Fell Foot Park
Fell Foot Park Country park beside Lake Windermere
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
Cartmel Priory Gatehouse
14th-century gatehouse of medieval priory
Townend 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, former home of a wealthy farming family

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Hannah Rampley
    • January 2015
    • England
    Enjoyable stay

    We really enjoyed our stay in Holeslack. The cottage was beautiful, nice and warm, so cosy and the beds were so comfortable! There was barely anything I felt like we needed. However, I felt like there could have been more information in the welcome pack on walks in the area as we were new to that area and had no idea where to go and walk which was a shame. Also it was a little disappointing that there was no salt, pepper and oil in the cottage as the last thing you want to do is go and buy a big bottle of oil and salt and pepper for cooking. However, everything else in the kitchen was amazing including the amount of crockery etc. We had a lovely stay. What made it special - The authentic furniture pieces, the views from the windows and the cosy living room.

  • Gaynor Simpson
    • December 2014
    • East Dunbartonshire
    Would Highly Recommend

    Beautiful, unique property, full of quirky features. Well appointed and maintained and in a great location. Have stayed here twice and would highly recommend.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • Unknown

    The location and historic value were both incredible. We were blown away!

  • Jane Manfredi
    • November 2014
    • Lancashire
    Major treat

    We felt very privileged to be able to stay in such a beautiful building, in a jaw dropping setting. Farmhouse was warm, spotless and inviting on arrival. It was a major treat for all of us. Thank you . Also thank you very much to the farm caretakers for preparing everything. It was remembrance weekend and we attended Helsington church for the Remberence service. We were told that an owner of Holeslack farmhouse had built the church that we were worshipping in. This made the experience very special. The history of the farmhouse and the area was fascinating. Incidentally the congregation invited us to return in February. We all felt a sense of peace and wellbeing during our stay, cocooned in a beautiful house in idyllic countryside. A treat for the soul. Thank you very much National Trust

  • John and Mia
    • April 2012
    • Jersey, Channel Islands
    Memorable time

    Thank you National Trust for giving our family the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful property. It is spacious, cosy and interesting. Located in a fabulous location with beautiful walks from the door. We were blessed with lambs, bluebells and clear days (ok maybe a few showers!). The farm shop at Lower Sizeburgh is an amazing source of local produce and the Strickland Arms was a warm and welcoming local. We had the most memorable time at Holeslack Farm and we were all very sad to leave.

  • Veronica Piekosz
    • December 2006
    This was a real treat

    Had a surprise few days here due to mixup over dates. This was a real treat, and so handy for walking down to the farm shop at Sizergh with its yummy food. Loved the huge kitchen, though we were too mardy to use the Rayburn for cooking. Sitting room was very cosy with the fire lit and TV reception was fine (though personally I could do without it). A very friendly feel to the place despite spooky cupboards and spiral staircase

  • Steve Mason
    Gorgeous house

    Had a brilliant week here with the Family, gorgeous house, very historic yet kept spotlessly clean and warm with all mod cons you could need and bags of room even for 8 of us. Views out of windows were lovely and just a 3 minute walk away provided some of the best views of the lakes, yet quiet and traffic free and opened up to mile after mile of accessible countryside. A perfect quiet and realxing place, thank you so much.

  • Petra Brigden
    This is my most favourite National Trust holiday cottage

    Just returned from our second visit to Holeslack and it's still as wonderful! This is my most favourite National Trust holiday cottage. Views from the house are amazing, even on cloudy days in November! Although the Farmhouse is very private and idyllically isolated, it's great that Kendal is only a 10 minute drive away for your essentials and luxuries! Many excellent cafes & restaurants open throughout the season. Missing it already...hope I can visit again soon

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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