Tilly's Cottage, Grasmere
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 4
With a fine view from nearly every window, this treasure of a topsy turvy Grasmere cottage is full of character and unexpected charm. Tucked away down private drive and peaceful lane, sheep graze valley pastures in the foreground, while breathtaking fells create an inspiring backdrop. A short distance from Grasmere village, this is true Wordsworth country. The magic will draw you back again and again. Walks abound in every direction, and you'll find Tilly's Cottage a treat to return to at the end of a day. You'll dine by the window, relax by the fire, with a good night's sleep guaranteed in this serene setting. Light pours in through an array of picture windows - what a place to wake up!
Accommodation in detail
Private parking for 2 cars.
Entry into pleasant hall. Both king-size bedroom (with washbasin) and pretty twin bedroom are found on the ground floor, as is the bathroom with separate bath and shower. Upstairs to first floor landing and the wonderful L-shaped open-plan living area, taking the whole first floor. There are beautiful views from every window, a stone fireplace with 'living flame' gas fire and a window-side dining table. A large, light and well fitted kitchen adjoins the living room with electric oven & hob, and dishwasher.
Grasmere is a historic village at the very heart of the Lakes, west of Ambleside and north of Coniston and Hawkshead. The village centre has a number of useful shops and is well-served for self-catering. You'll find a lovely selection of tea rooms and a selection of very good restaurants - including the Jumble Room which has been listed in the BBC Good Food Guide.
The famous poet William Wordsworth lived in Grasmere while writing some of his most famous poetry. His former home can be visited at Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum, and his family grave is one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. Although hugely popular with tourists and walkers, Grasmere is quieter than other Lake District holiday spots like Windermere or Bowness, and the surrounding landscapes are unique.
In the village you can explore the legacy of artists who've been inspired by the landscapes around the village. Of particular note is the Heaton Cooper Studio, which shows the watercolours of Alfred Heaton Cooper and his later generations. A holiday cottage in Grasmere provides easy access to no end of fabulous Lake District walks. Try the route up to Easedale Tarn in the fells above the village, visit the shores of nearby Rydal Water, or take on Fairfield, Silver How or Loughrigg to name but a few!