The Cottage At Hill Top, Lakeside
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 4
This luxurious cottage, a sympathetically converted portion of historic Hill Top which was once the home of famous author Arthur Ransome, as featured in The Mail on Sunday and by the BBC...
This luxuriously eclectic 17th century Lakeland cottage occupies a sublime setting within gorgeous countryside close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere, set in outstanding gardens commanding simply gorgeous panoramic views as far as the eye can see to the magnificent Lakeland fells.
For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries. Also this property was owned by famous author of Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome and said to be his favourite home and we can easily see why. Step inside and take pleasure in the outstanding features echoed throughout, a secluded country Lake District atmosphere blends effortlessly with 21st century life but the views remain exactly the same - walk out through walls of glass, being the original barn door onto the terrace or admire from the true picture windows or landscaped gardens, here you can't help but fall in love with the setting, but take a breath as these far reaching views are simply to die for!
Leave aside the 'million dollar views and setting' for a moment and wander into the garden with landscaped patio and furniture, what a great place to unwind and enjoy al-fresco Lakeland life with access to the 'Pavilion', your very own games room with Verandah admiring the view too. This games room is a real indulgence with large snooker table, table tennis and even a kitchen and cloakroom facility, we are sure the competitive spirits will emerge in here...Whether you are celebrating a happy event or just spending time with your favourite people, The Cottage at Hill Top is a magical treat delivering sheer luxury and matching your high expectations. Enjoy the luxury chic bathrooms, sumptuous bedrooms, 21st century kitchen wrapped up in granite, a relaxing living room featuring a wall of glass gazing at the view, a perfect escape for young and old and all wrapped up in sophisticated technology, are but a few things to mention.
The sleepy hamlet of Lakeside complete with the shores of Lake Windermere are only a short distance away if you can tear yourselves away.
Accommodation in detail:
Pull up onto the driveway and park two cars right outside, wander through the garden and enter the cottage from the rear but stop and gaze at the view first; entrance hall with access to the living space and wall of glass also admiring the wonderful view, this is a great place to relax and spread out and the very well appointed kitchen is open to the living space making the perfect sociable space possible. On the ground level is a cloakroom which houses the washer / dryer. At this level is one of the sumptuous king size bedrooms with en-suite bathroom complete with monsoon shower cubicle and corner bath, a great place to soak away any walking aches of the day. Upstairs to the second king size bedroom also with en-suite luxury bathroom and with strategically places star gazing window. The gardens and landscaped patio are a true delight and many a day will be spent sitting here admiring the views and from here you enter the Pavilion, the games room complete with snooker table and table tennis.
In beautiful gardens with paddock and woodland to enjoy, circumscribed by blissful and simply breathtaking scenery you could easily describe the setting here as secluded, yet only a short distance and you are at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, in the small hamlet of Lakeside and another wonderfully peaceful setting with both the Lakeside and Swan Hotels serving tempting distractions together with superb leisure club facilities. Lush green countryside, scattered with pretty tarns and embracing all the elegance of the lake and river shores.
Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly from Lakeside Pier, ferrying passengers the full length of the lake with stops at Bowness and Ambleside - two popular Lake District holiday destinations that you'll love to explore during your stay. Each has a wide range of shops and attractions, so why not do your shopping trip by boat?
Lakeside is home to two fantastic Lake District attractions; the freshwater Lakes Aquarium and one end of the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway - take a short trip on a traditional steam train. Historic sites such as Scott Park Bobbin Mill, Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall and Holker Hall & Gardens are all within easy reach by car, with no need to navigate through busy tourist areas.
To your north west, you'll approach the landscapes that famously inspired the children's author Beatrix Potter via peaceful country lanes. Her former home can be visited at Hill Top, in the small village of Near Sawrey. Only a mile or so further, and you'll reach the enchanting village of Hawkshead - a wonderful place to while away a day, exploring quaint cobbled streets and a blissfully car-free village centre. For some of the best mountain biking territory you will find Grizedale Forrest a must.