Town End Cottage, Hawkshead
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 4
Forming part of a 17th century listed building, this enchanting cottage takes a picturesque setting just a 10 minute stroll from Hill Top - Beatrix Potter's renowned former home in the sleepy village of Near Sawrey. With characterful wooden beams, homely furnishings and traditional stone-flagged floors, Town End Cottage feels like a step back in time. Yet the bathroom, kitchen and living room have all the modern conveniences you could hope for. Stroll in the surrounding countryside, pop into the local pub, watch the sunset in the courtyard and spend cosy evenings in front of the open fire. A wonderfully heart-warming home from home in one of the Lake District's most romantic settings.
Accommodation in detail:
Private parking for 1 car. Entrance hall with French doors leading into well-equipped kitchen/dining room, with large dining table, electric oven and hob, and fell views to enjoy while you wash up. Cosy sitting room with comfortable furnishings to sit in and admire the views, book-filled shelves and open fire. Upstairs are the two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), useful book room and bathroom with separate WC. Outside there is a lovely sitting-out spot for a few evening drinks.
Far Sawrey is a sleepy little hamlet on the west of Lake Windermere, with a stunning church and excellent local pub. A scattering of pretty, traditional, Lake District cottages and walking routes surround you in this spectacular area of countryside. Often you can begin walks from your doorstep without having to use the car. You're really at the heart of the Lakes and some of our most revered scenery.
From the village, travel north on the B5285 to Esthwaite Water then picture-postcard Hawkshead to stock up the kitchen. To your east, many more shops, supermarkets, attractions and entertainments are found in Bowness - which can be reached via the car ferry crossing over Lake Windermere. Close by to the west is Coniston Water, where boating activities await you along with the chance to visit the Brantwood historic house - you'll never forget the wonderful views across Coniston Water from Brantwood's Jumping Jenny Coffee House and Restaurant.
Nearby, Grizedale Forest provides scenic forest walks, sculpture trails and mountain biking tracks.
Near Sawrey village itself has an excellent local; The Tower Bank Arms, which is a wonderful traditional Lake District country pub. The pub stands just in front of Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top, which is open to the public.