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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

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
  • 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
Coniston and Little Langdale 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

  • 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.

  • Paula Martindale
    • December 2014
    • lancashire
    Special Cottage

    Everything about the cottage was special

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Wonderful location

    Wonderful, remote location. Peace and tranquility. We got snowed in the first day, but all was fine when we realised the pub is only a mile walk away!

  • Christina
    Plenty of beautiful circular walks

    "Uneven track" is almost an understatement - take note it is very bumpy indeed and narrow, but that's the joy of the place. Fill the freezer (which is quite big) on day one and then enjoy walks from the front door to local pubs and shops, plenty of beautiful circular walks - unfortunately the location is right on the edge of 06 & 07 of the OS orange maps so you have to buy both! Note to NT: couldn't you at least allow salt and pepper to be left in the kitchen

  • Sarah Harrison
    A great 'getting away from it' cottage

    A great 'getting away from it' cottage - very remote and the NT have done a very good job of keeping the cottage in a traditional style. Very cosy with fireplaces in both the lounge and bedroom. Ideal for those who enjoy walking. Take lots of food and drink, the cottage is quite a walk from the nearest pub!

  • Claire, Michael and Alice Boshier
    Wonderful cottage in Low Hallgarth in the Lakes

    We have just returned home from staying in your wonderful cottage in Low Hallgarth in the Lakes. We have had a wonderful weekend and although the weather hasn't been at its best you still could not ignore the fantastic setting. The cottage although in a remote location has everything you need for a comfortable stay and with the feel that you have completely gotten away from everything. Although no TV our 2 year old had a fab time. Who needs cbeebies when you have low hallgarth!!! Thanks for a great time. March 2004

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