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This grand five bedroom house, dating from the early 1900s was built by Amy Sharp, a suffragist. It stands in an elevated position in the Langdale valley offering spectacular views. Silverthwaite was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and much of the decoration and fireplaces reflect this period.

This spacious, welcoming, house is ideal for family holidays. You have the setting for adventures right on your doorstep as the house sits in substantial woodland, rich in flora, with inter-linking paths to explore.

For longer low level walks there are the nearby Tarn Hows or take to the high fells of the Coniston or Langdale Valley if in search of a greater challenge. The area also offers good cycling routes.

As it sits at the heart of the Lake District it is an excellent base for sightseeing. Coniston, Hawkshead and Ambleside with their shops, cafes and restaurants are within easy reach. You can recharge your batteries, sightseeing at a leisurely pace with a cruise on the elegant Steam Yacht Gondola while in Coniston, or by visiting the Sticklebarn, our own pub, situated further down the Langdale valley.

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
Entrance hall, large sitting room opening out to the garden with an open fire and breakfast area, dining room with open fire, snug with wood-burning stove and kitchen. There is an additional outside lavatory.
First floor
Five bedrooms (two doubles with en-suite shower rooms, 1 double, 2 singles) and bathroom with roll top bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Parking: Space is available for four cars.

Accessibility: The house is situated at the top of a fairly steep drive with a tight bend. This may cause access problems in severe weather.

Garden: Large gardens, mainly woodland surrounding a smaller informal lawn area. The extensive grounds are enclosed by boundary walls and fences but there are streams so children should be supervised.

Television: FreeSat is provided at the cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • 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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  • Cycling
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  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock climbing
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National Trust places to visit
Stagshaw Garden
Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections
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
Coniston and Tarn Hows
Landscape of fell, meadow and woodland around Coniston Water
Townend 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, former home of a wealthy farming family


Comments from past visitors

  • Gill Davidson
    • June 2016
    • UK
    Great location

    Made our stay enjoyable....Location and great access to walks from the property. Brilliant weather (not supplied by NT!) and use of private garden area.

  • Jones
    • September 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    Ambience, location, quality, cleanliness of property and furnishings.

  • Linda Pearce
    • May 2015
    • Devon
    Perfect accommodation

    Silverthwaite was even better than we expected. The accommodation was perfect for our family birthday celebrations and provided ample space for all. The welcome pack was most welcome as we love a cup of tea on arrival! The amazing attention to detail regards maintaining the 'Arts & Crafts' details of the property even down to the door handles! The location was absolutely ideal as walking is our family passion. We also love being able to go out for food and the local hostelries and Ambleside provided ample scope for indulgence! If we won the lottery we's like to make the National Trust an offer they couldn't refuse for this wonderful place!

  • Valerie Burch
    • April 2015
    • County Tyrone
    Spotlessly clean

    The house was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Comfortable beds and lots of lovely fluffy towels were also much appreciated. Your Caretaker should be complimented on the presentation of the property. The house was wonderfully welcoming with and very user friendly. All the family from the youngest to the eldest felt at home! We would love to return one day.

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