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The Summer House

Hawkshead, Lake District, 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, bedroom (twin) and another step down to bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric heating included.

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.

Parking: There is parking available for two cars near the bottom of the main path about 250 metres away, no vehicular access to the cottage.

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

Television/ Signal: A television & DVD player are provided but there is no television reception. Guests may wish to bring their own DVDs.

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

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Single storey
  • 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
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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Lorna Sutton
    • February 2015
    • North Yorkshire
    Wonderful location

    It was our first trip to a National Trust Cottage and already we're looking to book more trips away. Great price, incredibly clean, lovely and secluded and in a wonderful location. Felt like a much longer trip which was ace! The location and cleanliness of the cottage. Amazing!

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    First class

    The whole experience was first class

  • Mrs Patricia Sims
    • May 2013
    • Somerset
    Memorable Holiday

    I had a wonderful memorable holiday in this beautiful cottage we were only here for 5 days but it was so relaxing it felt much longer. My two daughters and granddaughter also fell in love with the breath taking scenery. We felt so happy to wake in the morning to be able to watch sheep and lambs skipping about through the window as we ate breakfast. I only wish I had visited the lakes in my younger days and then been able to do the lovely walks which are in this area.

  • Mr P Carson
    • February 2013
    • UK
    Stunning location

    A chance to relax in a lovely cottage in a stunning location.

  • The Williams Family
    • January 2013
    • Staffordshire
    A Great Cottage

    A great cottage in a quiet and secluded location and the children loved the location!

  • Nick and Tracey
    • February 2010
    Seriously secluded location

    We honeymooned here in February 2010. Great views of the Fairfield Horseshoe from a seriously secluded location. Lovely building, well placed for walking with Windermere a 5 minute walk away.

  • Lucie and Simon
    • December 2008
    The summer house is a cosy nest

    The summer house is a cosy nest ,a place of calm,where you can see" into the the life of things" ,the stillness and extreme silentless of pleasent emotions ,a tranquil restoration ,i cannot paint what then i saw ,their colours and their forms,the memory of that dwelling place will always give us tender joy ,,,and as wordworths said where shall we find so sweet a resting place? the summer house allowed us to explore the great outdoors and see the divine nature in all the aspects (" peter rabbit ")

  • Jill Watson
    • April 2008
    It was beautiful.

    We stayed before the leaves were fully on the trees - the views were exceptional. Lots of wildlife, bunnies in the garden, lambs and calves in the fields. It was beautiful.

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