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High Wray House

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041257)

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The property

High Wray House is a superb Grade 2 listed country house that was originally built in 1728 by the Wilson family, (a family who owned and farmed much of the land across the Hawkshead, Coniston and Langdale Valleys), and who built and extended this imposing house to reflect their status. The owners, who regard themselves as the current custodian of this historic property, have worked tirelessly to create a truly wonderful property that lets you escape the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world by relaxing in peaceful and comfortable surrounding and lets the house reveal nearly 300 years of life in the heart of the Lake District. The original property was extended and refurbished in the late nineteenth century and this defines the layout of the house. The ground floor rooms, to the west of the house, reflect the original building with slate floors, pretty windows, cosy fires and traditional country kitchen. The upper floor to the east reflects the Victorian extension with high ceilings and tall windows, perfectly framing the views from the elegant lounge and library. The three bedrooms are all beautifully finished and guests will easily be spoilt for choice. A roll top bath takes centre stage in front of the window in the main bathroom. A beautiful Kirkstone slate walk-in shower is the feature of the second bathroom. Extensive grounds wrap around the farmhouse and include an orchard, wildflower garden, a formal lawn, cottage garden and a summer house. Staying at High Wray House is simply not like any other holiday cottage in the Lakes, it is a whole experience that will form fond memories for years to come. Accommodation in detail The gravel path winds through the garden to the front door of High Wray House, where the date stone stands above the front door, a memorial to the proud Wilson family who built the house in 1728. Step inside to a large hallway with plenty of space for boots and jackets. The inner hallway links all the principal ground floor rooms; a cosy sitting room with leather sofas, pretty windows overlooking the garden and a cosy log burning stove, a family dining room with a feature fire place, again with a log burning stove, a large family dining table, around which to relax whilst taking in the views from the window seat looking out to the central fells. A small garden room makes a quiet retreat with a good book or the weekend papers. As the saying goes, “the kitchen is the heart of the home” and this is certainly the case as you step into the welcoming kitchen, with its traditional breakfast table, a cosy Aga, standing on slate flagged floors and benefitting from a large American Style fridge/freezer. From the kitchen there is a traditional country pantry and a laundry room with washer drier. Stairs from the hall way lead up to a half landing where a door opens to one of the house’s great secrets – the listed WC! Continue to the upper landing and as you reach the top of the stairs the tall landing window offers the first glimpse of Lake Windermere. An elegant lounge with high ceiling and tall windows is a beautiful place to gather in the evening around the fire to socialise or relax in front of the TV and during the day the views extend from the high central mountains and across the valley to the shores of Lake Windermere. Access the landing the library also enjoy views across the lawned garden to the lake and the hills beyond. Choose from any one of three welcoming bedrooms; two presented with kingsize beds and one with a double and all carefully presented to offer individuality and style and all with delightful views. The bedrooms are complemented by a bathroom and a shower room. The bathroom features an imposing roll top bath from where you can relax and peak out to the countryside beyond and includes a basin and WC. The shower room includes a large green slate walk in shower and basin. A winding staircase leads from the landing to the attic of the house where the history is revealed in the ancient stone work and oak beams. Please not this property is not suitable for children under 12 years old Extensive grounds wrap around three sides of the house. These ground run to include the orchard, wildflower garden, cottage garden, formal lawn and step lead onward to a small mount with summer house looking out to Lake Windermere. Parking on the driveway is available for up to three cars and the owners have made the garage available for the secure storage of bikes and outdoor gear. Location High Wray House is situated in the little hamlet of High Wray, near Hawkshead and Ambleside, close to the quieter western shore of Lake Windermere and neighbouring Wray Castle. Hawkshead is an adorable village of cobbled streets and traditional Grade II listed Lakeland cottages. You'll find a range of local shops here, including the Honeypot Delicatessen which offers a treasure-trove of Lakeland luxuries. Spend a lazy morning in one of Hawkshead's charming tea rooms or cafes. There are several TripAdvisor-rated traditional pubs in Hawkshead and we recommend the short drive to the acclaimed Drunken Duck Inn and Restaurant at Barngates. The house is the perfect base for walkers and cyclists, with routes right from the doorstep, to suit all levels. Ferry from the castle or a 4 mile walk to the car ferry across to Bowness. Take the stunning walk in Tarn Hows, stroll on the shores of Esthwaite Water, which also has an excellent trout fishery, or explore Grizedale Forest, a picturesque network of pathways, cycle tracks and sculpture trails. Why not take on Grizedale's Go-Ape, Latterbarrow, or Claife Heights, conquer the nearby Langdale Pikes or enjoy the watersports that nearby Coniston or Windermere have to offer. The surrounding landscape inspired the children's author Beatrix Potter. Her former home at Hill Top, Near Sawrey is now run by the National Trust and is open to the public. A truly magical experience for all! Directly behind Hill Top is Tower Bank Arms, a traditional pub with stone-flagged floors, Lakeland ales and a roaring fire. Ten minutes drive to the north of High Wray, the village of Ambleside sits right at the heart of the Lake District. Offering a great array of local restaurants, an excellent deli, shops of all kinds, award winning cinema and a popular destination all year round.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x first floor king-size doubles, 1 x first floor double
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC, Shower room with shower and basin
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove, second sitting room with woodburning stove and TV
  • Dining room with feature fireplace and woodburning stove
  • Garden room
  • Laundry room
  • Secure garage.
  • Oil central heating, with woodburning stoves and open fire
  • AGA, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Secure garage for mountain bike storage
  • Patio areas with bistro style furniture
  • Large garden
  • Two medium size dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are a short drive
  • Note: Property not suitable for under 12 years old.

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About the location


Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

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