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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: Electric wall heating included.

Parking: Parking available next to the cottage.

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

Accessibility: 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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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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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  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • N Harverson
    • August 2016
    • Gloucestershire
    Superb location

    The location was superb with wonderful views of the lake. The local facilities and attractions were great and the cottage had good guides on where to go to spend your days as well as a visitor book that had some brilliant ideas for different family/sized groups. Well worth the read to get ideas. The logs were a really nice touch and we were able to use a few on our last wet and cooler night which felt really comforting and I did like the tea tray set out with biscuits and the flowers when we arrived too.

  • Barbara Chapman
    • March 2016
    • Nottinghamshire
    Views across Lake Windermere

    Made enjoyable: The location of the cottage... the views across lake Windermere. The access to the ferry and going across on foot to do the shopping .Being able to leave the car and do lots of walks from the cottage.

  • Joanne Linwood
    • August 2015
    • Leicestershire
    Walks on the doorstep

    Made enjoyable: We were able to bring our dog, the location of the cottage, walks on our doorstep. The peace and tranquility. We would have loved to have had a barbecue but this was not available at the cottage.

  • James Stewart
    • May 2015
    • N Ireland
    Well presented cottage

    Cottage was very well presented on arrival. The peacefulness along with the secluded location and access to walks and other attractions made this cottage feel special.

  • Barry Nickels
    • April 2015
    • North Yorkshire
    Outstanding location

    Outstanding location, and very warm! Perhaps the brochure should make clear that the cottage is one of a group of five (the others tenanted), so is perhaps not as isolated as it appears. Also, the heating is advertised as night storage, which could put people off, as old night storage heaters were not very efficient. In fact, the cottage has new electric heaters which are very efficient - it is the warmest cottage we have stayed in!

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