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The Summer House


Ambleside, Cumbria

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This former summer house is situated in the old kitchen garden which is associated with Wray Castle on the western shore of Windermere. You can catch a glimpse of this mock gothic castle across the fields as you walk up the path towards the cottage. Surrounded by lush countryside the cottage offers some stunning views over much of the Lake District including Fairfield, the Langdale Pikes and the Central Fells.

From here you can explore the Lake District whether that is on foot, at a more leisurely pace by boat from Lake Windermere, or even to take in the scenery by bike. It is a great excuse to leave the car behind and discover this beautiful area. Alternatively simply relax in the garden whilst taking in the wonderful views.

Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston are all within a 20 minute drive from the cottage offering shops, lovely pubs and restaurants for when you need a change of pace from all of that activity.

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 adjoining National Trust campsite offer events and activities through out the season which you can get involved with. Just look in the Welcome Folder or pop down to reception for more info.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance into wood panelled sitting room, one double bedroom (with 5' bed) and kitchen. Step down leading to back hallway, twin bedroom and another step down to bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric heating included.

Parking: There is parking available for two cars near the bottom of the main path about 150 metres away, no vehicular access to the cottage.

Accessibility: Access to the cottage is through the entrance to the campsite via a steep path.

Garden: The garden is informal and full of wildlife and there is a patio to the front of the cottage with fantastic views across Lake Windermere.

Utilities/Electricals: Laundry facilities are available at the campsite during normal opening hours from Easter to end of October.

Television/ Signal: A television with FreeSat & DVD player are provided at the cottage.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Single storey
  • 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
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National Trust places to visit
Stagshaw Garden
Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs
Townend 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, former home of a wealthy farming family
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
Windermere and Troutbeck
Fine walking country around the shores of Windermere, including Bridge House and the Footprint Building
Hill Top
Hill Top Delightful small 17th-century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2017
    • Surrey
    Well-equipped kitchen

    My husband booked this property online for a friend and me who were looking for a writing-inspired getaway. I told him we'd like to stay near Beatrix Potter's Hilltop. The Summer House was just perfect. So perfect that we were not ready to leave and extended our stay for one more night. The weather was perfectly dreary and well-suited for a relaxing weekend of writing. We were even able to take some amazing pictures. We were glad we took our rain gear and did some wandering as the weather allowed. Hilltop was closed due to bad weather so that was a huge disappointment. While some might think the furnishings a bit dated, I found them perfectly suited to the home's ambiance and surrounding and they were all quite comfortable. The kitchen was well-equipped with all we needed to do our own cooking. We are already looking at dates for my husband and me to go back.

  • Anonymous
    • August 2016
    • Unknown
    Amazing location

    It is in an amazing location with great views. The beds and sofas are very comfortable. It was nice to be in our own little world amongst the trees, looking at the mountains and the bats!

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
    • Unknown
    Location was incredible

    The location was incredible, quiet with great views and easy access to some great walking trails. The kitchen was very well stocked and the facilities very comfortable and very well presented.

  • Jenaya Smith
    • November 2015
    • Northampton
    Beautiful cosy hideaway

    The location was fantastic - there was so much in easy walking distance including the castle and the lake. The cottage was a beautiful cosy hideaway with all mod cons.

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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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