Fair Rigg, Hawkshead
Arrival day: Friday | Sleeps: 10
Nestled in Beatrix Potter country with fabulous views over Windermere, Fair Rigg stands only a stroll away from the lake shore.
This charismatic property provides a unique retreat no matter how active, relaxed or sophisticated your gathering. The four scenic bedroom suites are so special they're individually named: Bowness, Windermere, Claife and Beckside. 'Bowness' has its own separate lounge with additional sofa bed and sun terrace. 'Beckside' incorporates an adjoining twin room for family use.
You only need stock up the kitchen and you'll enjoy endless quality time right here in the house; cook up a storm on the Aga, celebrate a special occasion in the dining room with open fire, relax in the living room admiring the view through the bay window... or escape to the gorgeous furnished gardens.
Accommodation in detail
Stained glass decorates the entry to the hall, with extra shower room/cloakroom off. Superb living room with splayed bay window. Dining room with large table, open fire and access to scenic decking area. Breakfast kitchen with Aga. Downstairs to the en-suite 'Bowness Room' and the additional lounge with French doors to the sun terrace. Upstairs to the en-suite 'Windermere' and 'Claife' suites, both with lake views, and the 'Beckside' family en-suite with king-size double room and twin room. In addition to ample parking outside, there is a garage for bike storage.
A luxury Lake District holiday home won't always be found in such a fabulous location. This large self-catering property with lake views overlooks Windermere and stands only a stroll from the shore, with the car ferry nearby providing access to shops, restaurants, hire boats and Lake District family attractions in Bowness - including the Royalty Cinema, Old Laundry Theatre and the famous World of Beatrix Potter attraction.
But Beatrix Potter's footsteps can be traced right from the doorstep of Fair Rigg, in this prime location for walking and exploring. The close-by hamlet of Near Sawrey was the author's home, and her traditional Lakeland cottage can be visited at Hill Top. Esthwaite Water is a must-see during your stay; declared by Beatrix Potter as 'the most beautiful of lakes'. Near Sawrey's Tower Bank Arms is a renowned Lake District country pub, and featured in Beatrix Potter's books.
Hawkshead village is also only a short drive away. With its car-free cobbled streets, local shops, tea rooms and tempting delicatessens you'll find a leisurely day is well spent. Drive a little further and you'll reach Ambleside; a cosmopolitan Lake District village with sophisticated shops, cafes and acclaimed Lake District restaurants such as The Glass House. From Ambleside you can also stroll to Waterhead Pier to take a cruise on Lake Windermere, or follow the A591 to Rydal Water and historic Grasmere.