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Fair Rigg

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041802)

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  • “Brilliant property with fantastic facilities and fabulous views.”

    Only issue was the AGA, couldn’t cook on the first night as it took so long to heat up. The smaller electric cooker was just too small for a house sleeping 12.

    Only issue was the AGA, couldn’t cook on the first night as it took so long to heat up. The smaller electric cooker was just too small for a house sleeping 12.

    - Mrs Teste, October 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to provide additional feedback following your stay. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the fabulous views the cottage has to offer and the facilities. We would like to offer our apologies as the Aga should have been ready for use on arrival. I have spoke to our cleaners about this error and will ensure there if no repeat of this for future guests. We do hope you had a wonderful time exploring the Lake District and hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Property Owner


The property

We are delighted to welcome Fair Rigg back to the rental market following significant upgrades to the décor, furnishings and layout of the property both inside and out. Fair Rigg is an outstanding detached Gold Star Lakeland residence with breath-taking views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding area. The shores of Lake Windermere are but a few minutes stroll away, with direct access to the water, perfect for canoeing or a host of waterborne activities. There is vehicular access to the edge of the lake too, with free parking on the road running along the lakeshore below the property. This charismatic property provides a unique retreat no matter how active, relaxed or sophisticated your gathering. The five scenic bedroom suites are so special they're individually named: Bowness, Windermere, Claife, Sawrey and Beckside. You only need stock up the kitchen (Tesco offer the best delivery options for the area) and you'll enjoy endless quality time right here in the house; cook up a storm on the Aga and relax by the log burner, unwind in the snug with open fire, chill in the living room admiring the view through the bay window or catching up on the latest sporting events or films on the large screen TV with full Sky package, or escape to the gorgeous furnished gardens. Plan your days from the property, yet don't forget how close Lake Windermere is. == Accommodation in detail Fair Rigg is arranged over three floors. Stained glass decorates the entry to the hall, with a boot room and ample storage for walking boots and outdoor wear, with a separate cloakroom. Superb living room with bay window with unrivalled views of the lake, comfortable furnishings, large screen TV. The ‘Snug' is a second quieter living room with comfortable chairs and tables to work or play games, there’s an open fire and further views of lake Windermere and access to the extensive furnished patio, with relaxing lake views. The new kitchen/living room has a state of the art, 5 oven total Control electric AGA with 2 traditional AGA hotplates and additional easy control electric hob, there’s a large dining table, log burner and comfortable seating area with TV, patio doors lead out to the patio area to the side of the property. The bedrooms are found on the lower ground and first floors of the property. Downstairs you will find ‘Bowness’, a super king bedroom with en-suite shower room and ‘Sawrey’, a new king size bedroom, with en-suite wet room, this room has patio doors leading out to the gardens at the front of the property. Both downstairs rooms have amazing views over the lake below. Upstairs you will find 'Windermere' a super king bedroom with an en-suite containing both a bath and walk-in shower, unsurprisingly this room enjoys the best views of Lake Windermere. 'Claife' is a king size bedroom with en-suite shower room and views of both the lake and Claife Heights where deer can often be seen grazing in the fields. 'Beckside' is an ideal family suite with an en-suite bathroom containing both a bath and walk-in shower, the main room is super king with an adjoining twin room annex (the single beds are a standard 2 foot 6, ideal for children. Had these been 3 foot,the property would have easily achieved a Visit England 5* Gold rating) . There is ample parking on the gated drive for a number of vehicles and external storage for bikes, dinghies, canoes etc. Please note there is an open access to a very shallow stream from the outside seating area, please take care with young children. Location A luxury Lake District holiday home won't always be found in such a fabulous location. This large property with views overlooking Lake Windermere, and only a short walk down the lane, to the shores of Lake Windermere or the passenger and car ferry taking you across to the more lively side of the lake, 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. (Please check the times of return ferries). The Cuckoo Brow is the nearest country pub offering great food and can be reached by taking the footpath just above the house. It’s advisable to book, as all food is homemade and produced to order. There’s a friendly milkman, Kevin, who leaves a bottle of semi-skimmed milk and an extensive list of the items he delivers. He can be called on 015394 42357 to deliver coal and logs but he needs 24 hrs notice. The ferry (both car and passenger ferries – please check timetables) is a short stroll away and it’s worth paying a visit to the Claife viewing station en route which offers breath-taking views along the lake. There are lovely walks along the lakeshore in both directions. Wray Castle is a popular destination. 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'. Moss Eccles tarn was another of her favourite places and it’s a lovely walk over Claife Heights. 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.


  • Set over three floors
  • Six bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room with basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size bedroom with en-suite wet room with shower, basin and WC (and patio doors to garden), 1 x first floor super king-size bedroom with en-suite with bath, seperate shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room with basin and WC, 1 x super king-size bed (with en-suite bathroom with bath, seperate shower, basin and WC with adjoining 1 x twin room
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area for 6 people and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Formal sitting room
  • Seperate snug sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating to kitchen and all en-suite bathrooms, and woodburning stove and open fire
  • Electric 5 oven AGA with two hotplates, combination microwave/oven, 2 x fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, ice maker, Smart TVs with basic Sky package, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Secure storage
  • Extensive lawned garden with patios, sun terrace and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 12 mins walk
  • Shop 3.5 miles.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Hawkshead 2 miles.

The village of Sawrey is situated two miles from Hawkshead down the eastern side of Esthwaite Water, overlooked by the woods and tarns of Claife Heights. Sawrey consists of two separate hamlets - Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey - both with a cluster of picturesque cottages, tea rooms and pubs. Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote her acclaimed children's stories. Now a museum, owned and run by the National Trust, Hill Top is one of the most visited houses in the Lake District. Far Sawrey is the hamlet furthest away from Hawkshead and the nearest to the ferry point on Windermere. It offers a church and pub/restaurant with a beer garden. There are good walks in the area, including those to Claife Heights and in Grizedale Forest. It's also a great base for enjoying a wide variety of typical Lakeland pursuits - with watersports close at hand on Lake Windermere, fishing on nearby Esthwaite Water and, of course, fell walking.

Please note there is an open access to a very shallow stream from the outside seating area, please take care with young children.

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