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Tanner Brow

Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria

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Set back just 130 metres from the shores of Lake Windermere Tanner Brow occupies the first floor of a rugged semi-detached stone cottage. Its elevated position ensures good views across the lake towards Bowness, particularly from the sitting room window seat.

This simple accommodation was once the laundry for the Belle Isle Estate, the private island visible from the shore. It is the perfect base for lovers of the outdoors. With England’s largest lake so close it is ideal for anyone wanting to do water sports or go fishing. There is easy access to excellent walking, whether it is the gentler lake side trails or the more demanding hikes over Claife and beyond.

For restaurants and retail therapy Bowness is just a short ferry ride across the lake and Ambleside, 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

First floor
kitchen/sitting room with open fire, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), dining room and bathroom with shower over the bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: Parking available next to the cottage.

Garden: There is no private garden but the cottage is surrounded by open countryside.

Access: The steps leading up to the front door are quite steep.

Mobile phone reception is good at the cottages.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • 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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  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Walking and visit
National Trust places to visit
Hill Top
Hill Top Delightful small 17th-century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories
Windermere and Troutbeck
Fine walking country around the shores of Windermere, including Bridge House and the Footprint Building
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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
    • Unknown
    It was made special -

    The great variety of walking on the doorstep and within easy distance to reach by car and lots of interesting places to visit plus that great Tower Bank pub

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Plenty of walks available

    The location of the cottage. Step outside the door and you had wonderful views. You didn't have to move the car. You had plenty of walks from your doorstep and the ferry straight into a little town.

  • Helen Wilkinson
    • January 2013
    • Lancashire
    Stunning Views

    From the initial contact to all the follow up details received, I was very impressed by the friendly professional staff and organised, easy to understand paperwork. The cottage had a high standard of furnishings and equipment and we felt extremely comfortable and well catered for. The location was amazing. Stunning views from the lounge window. Great to have an open fire- we loved getting it blazing every evening. It made the cottage very cosy.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2000
    Fantastic holiday

    An ideal setting. Thank you for a fantastic holiday.

  • Tina Cook
    One of our very favourite National Trust cottages

    One of our very favourite National Trust cottages and the one that we have revisited the most. It's location, so close to the shore of Windermere, is fantastic and there are breathtaking walks in all directions. It is also very conveniently located for visiting other parts of the Lake District by car or public transport, and the local village (with shop and pub) is only a short walk up the hill. The cottage itself is fairly basic, but there is a stunning view out over the lake from the window seat in the sitting room and bird-watchers wont be disappointed by the variety of birds that visit the feeders on both sides of the cottage. The new photos on the website do the cottage much more justice than the picture in the brochure (2009) and you can get a sense of just how nice this cottage really is. But the real testament to Tanner Brow is the number of repeat visitors as recorded in the cottage visitor book.

  • Arabella
    Lovely, lovely place

    Lovely, lovely place. A real treat to stay here for a few days and very beautiful in the winter.

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  • 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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