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The Abbots Reading Cottages

Near Lakeside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042126)

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  • Ms Stephens

    “A wonderful family break away.”

    Great location, comfortable cottages and the added bonus of seeing beautiful hot air balloon displays from the cottage window.

    Great location, comfortable cottages and the added bonus of seeing beautiful hot air balloon displays from the cottage window.

    - Ms Stephens, August 2021


The property

An adorable group of four Lakeland properties that are all set within a pretty courtyard amongst two acres of grounds, including a natural woodland and ponds in this picturesque and sleepy setting between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere, circumscribed by glorious open countryside. There are many public footpaths from the door including to the White Hart pub in Bouth and the the Motor Museum/Cafe Ambio at Backbarrow. Steeped in history this once cobbled courtyard row of cottages, has links to a nearby monastery. The secluded setting and tranquillity is immediately apparent on arrival. Scenic walks are in abundance straight from your doorstep, for the more adventurous is nearby Grizedale Forest, set in the heart of the lakes and a must for all mountain bikers! Wildlife frequent the grounds of Abbots Reading and the beautiful deer are almost becoming tame. A host of great pubs and eateries are close by serving great food and real ales to temp you out. The group is made up of four individual properties (The Cottage, Mews 1, Mews 2 and The Suite). They offer great accommodation that is ideal if you are travelling to the Lake District with friends or extended family but you are still looking for your own space and privacy. The properties are spacious, quirky and all renovated to a high standard and offer contemporary accommodation throughout whilst retain some period features == Accommodation in detail: The Abbots Reading Cottages are laid out as follows: The Cottage: Enter into the spacious vaulted kitchen / dining room, which is a lovely room with pretty outlook. A few steps leads up to the living room, again with vaulted ceiling and old oak beams. On this level is the third bathroom facility complete with designer free-standing bath. A staircase leads down to the two bedrooms one of which has a 5'2" wide bed which can be separated into two (2'6") single beds (ideal for children) should you require - so please state when booking. Each bedroom with glazed door to the courtyard and each with en-suite power shower room. Mews 1: Entrance at the top floor and into the living space; what a relaxing space with vaulted ceiling and original oak beams, leather sofas and views over the courtyard to the countryside beyond. Separate kitchen / dining area also enjoying the beautiful outlook. Downstairs to the two bedrooms and glazed entrance porch leading to the courtyard. One double with en-suite power shower room and one bedroom with a 5'2" wide bed which can be separated into two (2'6") single beds (ideal for children) should you require - so please state when booking. This room also boasts an en-suite power shower room. Mews 2: Entrance at the top floor and into the living space; with vaulted ceiling and original oak beams, leather sofa and views over the courtyard to the countryside beyond. The kitchen is open plan to the living / dining area and has all you may need. Downstairs there is a romantic double bedroom with glazed door to the courtyard and en-suite power shower over bath. The Suite: Wander through the courtyard to Abbots Reading Suite with private seating area right outside. Entrance into the living space complete with open plan neat kitchen and seating combining the dining facility. There is the separate double bedroom and power shower room. Includes it's own enclosed yard with patio table for 2. Within the courtyard there is parking for up to seven cars. Wifi is available in all the properties except The Suite. There is seating for outdoor eating, socialising & relaxing on the gable end of Mews 2 & another picnic bench on the smaller raised lawn above this at the back of Mews 1&2 and the Cottage. The owner has recently built a 'Woodland Walk Dog Pen' for your furry friends to use whilst at the property and is fully enclosed and 100sqm. Location In over an acre of grounds surrounded by blissful scenery you could easily describe the setting here as secluded, yet only a few miles and you are at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, close to 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.


  • 2 x bedrooms on lower level: 1 x king size (can be made up as twins for children) with en-suite shower room, 1 x double with en-suite shower room
  • On upper level: family bathroom with free-standing bath Kitchen/dining room Sitting room. Oil central heating Electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, TVs in sitting room and bedrooms, DVD, WiFi Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Private parking for 2 cars Two acres of grounds with gardens and patios Garden furniture Sorry, no smoking Dogs welcome

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Newby Bridge 1.2 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 8.7 miles.

Set on the southern shores of Lake Windermere, the small, sleepy hamlet of Lakeside offers a peaceful getaway location, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the Lake District’s popular attractions, but still within easy reach of them. Whether you decide to discover the area in the car, by foot, bike, boat or steam, there’s plenty to see nearby to keep the whole family content. The ferry dock offers the chance to travel by boat to Waterhead or Bowness, or take a shorter trip to the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park, across the water, which offers pretty grounds set alongside the very tip of the lake, providing plenty of places for picnics, paddling, games and gentle strolls on sunny afternoons. Situated alongside the Lakeside Station is the long-standing Lakeside and Haverwaithe Railway, home to Britain’s oldest standard gauge steam engine, on which you can travel back in time along this well-loved Heritage line, and where little ones will delight in meeting Thomas and his friends. Visit the Lakes Aquarium to uncover the often-secretive world of life below water, where you’ll chance upon hundreds of captivating creatures that feature in the surrounding rivers, lakes and sea. There are wonderful, well-signed walks to be enjoyed in the immediate area, including the 5-mile route to Finsthwaite’s High Dam, which trails from Lakeside through pleasant woodlands and meadows. Lakeside offers an exclusive holiday location with all of the Lake District’s delights at your fingertips.

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