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Low Hallgarth

nr Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria

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Low Hallgarth, once owned by Beatrix Potter, is a delightful 17th-century fell cottage at the end of a remote row of three properties. Entering this simple cottage is like stepping back in time with the traditional cottage range in the lounge. It offers fine views towards Little Langdale Tarn and up the valley to Wrynose Pass.

It is superb location for walking and climbing. Enjoy the low level walks around Tarn Hows or take to the high fells of Coniston or Langdale Valley. After an active day reward yourself with a visit to the nearby National Trust pub, Stickle Barn. The remote setting and lack of light pollution make the cottage the ideal spot for star gazing.

Restaurants, pubs, tea-rooms and shops can be found at Coniston, Hawkshead and Ambleside, just a short drive away, when you need a break from the great outdoors. A cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola from nearby Coniston pier offers breathtaking views at a gentle pace.

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
Sitting/dining room with old cottage range, kitchen, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 with a bunk bed) and shower room with lavatory.
First floor
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating included.

Garden: there is a small area behind the cottage for sitting out. There is a stream running behind the cottage so young children will need to be supervised.

Parking/Approach: space is available for a car to the side of the cottages.

Please be aware that the approach to the cottage is along a narrow and very uneven track. Low slung vehicles may have difficulty in travelling along this track, especially after rain fall. Responsibility for the upkeep of this track falls with the local council and NOT the National Trust.

Utilities/Electricals: water is supplied from the fell and may be in short supply at certain times of the year. Although the water is treated and regularly checked to meet required standards you may prefer to boil the water before use.

Please note: The adjoining property is rented by Yorkshire Ramblers. There may be some late night or early morning noise due to arrivals/departures.

Television/Signal: There is no television as reception is poor in the area.

Accessibility: the bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Cottage ref
Acorn rating What's this?
  • Open fire / stove
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


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 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
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock climbing
  • Walking and visit
National Trust places to visit
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections
Coniston and Tarn Hows
Landscape of fell, meadow and woodland around Coniston Water
Steam Yacht Gondola Rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water
Hawkshead and Claife
Hawkshead and Claife Viewing Station Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes and picturesque buildings
Beatrix Potter Gallery
Beatrix Potter Gallery 17th-century solicitor's office, now home to the original watercolours and sketches of Beatrix Potter
Stagshaw Garden
Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Christine Montgomery
    • July 2015
    • ------
    Beautifully situated

    The cottage was situated in a really beautiful place. We really enjoyed the isolation and it was great not having a television or Wi Fi. We visited NT places of interest on our holiday and also walked in countryside that was owed and maintained by the NT. . We were very surprised how much land, farms and houses were owed by the NT and are very thankful to the N.T for conserving all the places we enjoyed while we were in the Lake District. All the staff we met at Hill Tops,Townend,Stickle Barn and in the car parks we used were excellent. They were all friendly, helpful and informative All the staff at the holiday contact centre were very friendly,pleasant and extremely helpful. In fact when the e-mail directions to the cottage were sent to us and weren't readable Charlotte Bather went out of her way to make sure we received a paper copy of the directions, plus sent us the directions by e-mail in another format.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Well equipped cottage

    The cottage was really well equipped and everything was there for a really comfortable stay. The special touches like having milk in the fridge and tea, coffee and biscuits are a real welcome when you have travelled a long way to get there. The road to the cottage was pretty stressful to negotiate when we arrived but the location was fantastic as a result of this. I really felt I had a special experience being located right in the middle of the landscape with isolation and stunning views just a short walk away. Being able to go back to the cottage for lunch before going off to explore again felt like a continuation of really experiencing the location and what it was to be a part of it.

  • Angela Drane
    • April 2015
    • Lancashire
    Made special by:

    Mainly the idyllic location, but the cottage too My only minor comment was there were no chairs to sit out in the lovely weather that we had, but we will bring our own next time so not a big problem.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    Fantastic location and well presented. Remote location.

  • Helle Houlby
    • March 2015
    • Denmark
    Made special by:

    The remote situation, the scenery taking me back generations, the cosiness Very warm welcome - fire laid out, teatray and flowers + handwritten welcome card

  • Rebecca Taylor
    • January 2015
    • Tyne and Wear (originally from Cumbria)
    Amazing and unique property

    It was a stunning location and love the fact that the cottage was just so beautiful and 'untouched'. The fire is lovely too. Breathtaking scenery and landscape - just a very special place to be. Cottage was lovely, like stepping back in time, it was so nice finding somewhere that hadn't lost it's character, even though there were mod cons such as shower, microwave etc. We loved the location and had read that it was a tricky road, hadn't quite realised how rough the road would be and realised that if we were stay again we would have to bring a different vehicle as ours was too low slung and scraped across the ground in quite a few places. Perhaps more should be made of this in the info on the website. Saying that, we had a lovely stay in an amazing and unique property and feel lucky to have experienced it.

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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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