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Sitting in an elevated position above Lake Windermere, Trees, was built in the late 1930s of log and stone and has recently been updated to create a very special holiday home. You really get a sense of being close to nature, especially in the dining room where standard windows have been replaced with folding doors that open out onto a new terrace that wraps around two sides of the cottage.

All the mod cons have been added and in the colder weather you can curl up in front of the log burner. After a day of activity relax on the terrace and look down through the trees to the lake, it is not unusual to see deer and other wildlife in the woods.

It is an ideal base to make the most of the Lake District activities such as walking, climbing, cycling and fishing. For restaurants and retail therapy the bustling town of Ambleside is a short drive away. It has excellent outdoor equipment shops and a cinema.

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
Sitting room with wood burner, kitchen, two bedrooms (twin and double), bathroom with lavatory and shower over bath, down two steps to a small utility area and dining room. Bi fold windows and doors lead from the dining room onto a large deck area with views towards Lake Windermere.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating.

Garden: There are decked areas with seating. While no garden Trees is set in woodland.

Parking: Parking for two cars 30 metres from the house.

Please note: There is a beck within 200 metres of the cottage so children should be supervised.

As the cottage is located in woodland the surrounding area is very uneven so care should be taken.

There is garage to store bikes and boats.

Utilities: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer and located in an external utility along with a second lavatory.

Freezer is located in the garage.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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
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
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
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

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
    • Unknown
    Perfect Christmas break

    Beautiful remote cottage. Perfect Christmas break. Can not recommend this cottage highly enough. Thanks for the Christmas tree

  • Angela Drane
    • January 2015
    • Lancashire
    What makes it special -

    Mainly the unique location

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Wonderful Time

    Had a wonderful time in a beautiful cottage in a wonderful spot. Such an unusual cottage

  • Mark Luddington
    • December 2014
    • Bedfordshire
    What made it special.... was...

    Well done Joy the caretaker, lovely welcoming touches - flowers, tea, coffee & biscuits. This place was a real treat !!! Location, views & remoteness

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • Unknown
    A Gem

    We loved the cabin, just what we needed. As soon as we arrived home I booked again for next year. The only problem was the slipperydecking. Tranquil location,sympathetically brought up to modern standards. Beautifully kept and presented. A gem, unfortunately quite a few people seem to know about it!

  • Christiane Banton
    • November 2014
    • Cambridgeshire
    Fantastic location

    The cottage was very nice. We love the welcome card, tea and coffee and flowers and the fact that the beds are made and the cottage is clean. There was a good supply of wood too for the woodburner which was really nice. The location of Trees was fantastic. There were plenty of walks for us to do without to have to take the car. There was a walking map which was very thoughtful and a booklet of walks too.

  • Adele Munday
    • October 2014
    • UK
    Truly special holiday cottage

    Trees' is a fabulous cottage, in a breathtaking and outstanding location and is clearly well looked after by your NT staff. Thank-you to all involved in making this property available as a holiday cottage. Outstanding location, property uniqueness, comfort and ambiance. 'Trees' is truly a very SPECIAL holiday cottage. We feel very privileged to have visited it twice.

  • M Dancer
    • August 2014
    • England
    Found it breathtaking

    The online photographs of the cottage did not do it justice both my husband and I found it breathtaking. I suppose the greatest compliment we could give is that it is national trust ! Nature, beauty and a cottage that snuggles into a hillside without intruding on the beauty of Windermere. " Far away from the madding crowd".

  • Dr Aird
    • March 2013
    • Surrey
    We can't wait to go back!

    A lovely unique property - clean & comfortable & very cosy. We can't wait to go back!! The building, the setting, the views, the peace & quiet, the walks & the local attractions & the great log stove all made this a special place for us.

  • The Coles
    • February 2013
    • Staffordshire
    Nostalgic feel

    There was a nice nostalgic feel to the cottage. The recent additions, (dining area and decking to the rear), were very nicely done, and in keeping with the original design.

  • Mr Holt
    • January 2013
    • Lancashire
    Out of this World!

    Fantastic location out of this world. Trees has been delightfully refurbished and was very welcoming.

  • Mrs S Hesnan
    • December 2012
    • England
    Amazing views and tranquility

    This was a special place due to its perfect isolated location, amazing views and tranquility. The cottage was perfectly equipped and so clean and tidy. Finishing touches such as the tray of refreshments was such a welcoming treat.

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What it will cost

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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