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Columbine Cottage

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1040867)

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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “I was almost put off by a few iffy reviews but a great holiday overall.”

    Firstly as a location Hawkshead is perfect, quiet, right in the middle of the lakes and yet with 3 pubs and grisdale forrest on the doorstep.

    Firstly as a location Hawkshead is perfect, quiet, right in the middle of the lakes and yet with 3 pubs and grisdale forrest on the doorstep. The cottage is pretty dated as seen in the pictures but plenty spacious with all the facilities you would want. Can't go wrong if happy with a little old decor.

    - Mr Morrison, September 2021


The property

Hawkshead is famous for its charming whitewashed cottages, and this one fits right into the picture! Columbine Cottage is nestled in a courtyard with a cluster of similar properties, with enviable private parking on the fringe of Hawkshead's picturesque car-free centre, yet only 2 minutes walk from the village shops, pubs and cafes. The lovingly-prepared accommodation provides a superb base for families or groups, with two double bedrooms and one twin - Wake up in the morning to a beautiful view of Latterbarrow and sometimes the call of the curlew, all without getting out of bed! Sit back in comfort in a relaxed living room with ample dining space for 6. The characterful shops and tempting eateries of Hawkshead are within very easy reach, and a well stocked supermarket makes self catering an easy option. World-renowned walks begin on the doorstep. You may not even need to use your car, and, if you prefer to cycle, you'll be reassured by secure storage space in the garage. == Accommodation in detailGarage parking for one small car, with space for bikes, and additional parking space externally. Entrance hall, with downstairs toilet, leads to the cosy living / dining room with sinking sofas and character beams. A small cupboard for walking gear etc is situated at back of the dining area. The traditional kitchen is well-equipped with a convenient layout. Upstairs to the three bedrooms; two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. House bathroom with toilet and shower over bath.== Location This fantastic holiday cottage in Hawkshead places you right at the heart of one of the Lake District's prettiest villages. Hawkshead is located to the west of Lake Windermere in stunning surroundings. Nearby is tranquil Esthwaite Water, popular for fishing and famous as the fictional home of Beatrix Potter's 'Jeremy Fisher'. Beatrix Potter's former home, Hill Top, is open to the public in the nearby village of Near Sawrey, nestled between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere. Hawkshead is an excellent base for walking in the Lake District, with easy and challenging routes in every direction. A manageable walk to or just around Tarn Hows provides quite unforgettable scenery, whereas the more energetic will be tempted by Latterbarrow, Claife Heights, or perhaps the Langdale Pikes and Coniston Fells which are both within a short scenic drive. A 3 mile walk to the National Trust owned lakeshore Wray Castle (and caf?) is another delight. Grizedale Forest, which is a 5 minute drive, is famous for its sculpture trails and cycling tracks and is popular with locals and visitors of all ages. Whilst Hawkshead village has a wide range of tempting tea rooms and tasty eateries, you'll find several acclaimed Lake District country pubs in the surrounding area. The Drunken Duck Inn is a particular example, perfect for a special occasion. You'll also find extensive facilities and a wider range of shops and restaurants in Ambleside - only a short drive away and providing access to the north shore and lake cruises on Lake Windermere.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Electric storage heaters with electric feature fire
  • Electric cooker with 2 ovens and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Small outdoor area
  • Off road parking for 2 cars (outside space and parking in garage for one small car)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Pub 3 min walk
  • Shop 4 min walk.

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

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas