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Craftsman Cottage

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1045999)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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8 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Saxton

    “The cottage was in a great location in Hawkshead, with nice views out of the lounge.”

    The facilities were ok for two people, and the parking permit was very handy in a number of car parks, not just Hawkshead. However, there were a couple of negatives: ...

    The facilities were ok for two people, and the parking permit was very handy in a number of car parks, not just Hawkshead. However, there were a couple of negatives: There is no mention in the description of the cottage about the very low doorways and beams. After a couple of days of walking bent over, and banging my head a few times, this became, quite literally, a pain. I am over 6 feet, but my wife, who is much smaller, also found this a problem. This is the main reason we would not go to Craftsman cottage again. The bins had not been emptied, which meant the black general waste bin smelt, and the recycling bin was overflowing. We took recycling to the bins in the public car park, and put the black bin out on our last day. The instructions in the cottage say to put the bins out on the collection day, but they are emptied very early and it would be better to ask people to put them out the night before.

    - Mr Saxton, May 2021

The property

Craftsman Cottage is the perfect self-catering cottage for couples, lovingly restored in a modern style yet retaining many of the original features, it’s the high standard of finish and attention to detail that makes this romantic 18th Century Lakeland cottage so unique. Formerly a barn, this delightful property is full of character with exposed beams, traditional flagged floors and floorboards yet modernised for comfortable and easy living. It has an outside spinning gallery under the eaves on the upper floor, accessed from the lounge/dining area. From the moment you open the original cottage door, you’ll feel instantly at home as you explore this cosy and inviting space. Exuding charm, the cottage features an open plan living/dining room with a cosy log burner, bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area. Accommodation Craftsman Cottage can be found tucked away in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. Open the original oak door to the hallway with ample coat hanging and boot storage where a feature staircase leads to the first floor living accommodation. The spacious open lounge/diner features original wooden floorboards, oak beams and a vaulted ceiling. Furnished with a TV, large comfy sofa and an armchair which are arranged around the log burner. Great for cooler evenings, this adds to the atmosphere, making this room cosy whatever the time of year. This is a great area to gather for a cosy night in to watch a film or indeed gather round the dining table to have a romantic dinner for two. Views from the lounge are to Grizedale Forest over the church yard. A door leads out onto the external spinning gallery a true feature of this property. Returning to the ground floor, the kitchen is finished to a high standard and very well equipped with everything you could need during your stay. There is an electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, washer/dryer and a dishwasher. Ideal for cooking that hearty breakfast to set you up for the day ahead. The bedroom has a king size bed with smart TV. En-suite of bath with shower over, basin and WC. It also has a dressing table to one end, with draws, mirror and seating. French doors lead from the bedroom out onto the patio, ideal for everything from enjoying the morning paper with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. A parking permit is provided for one vehicle for a nearby car park. Location This truly romantic self-catering property in Hawkshead village is an ideal choice for a special occasion or Lake District honeymoon, perfect for exploring Hawkshead village, Beatrix Potter country and Lake Windermere, or simply a luxurious bolt-hole where you'll experience a taste of laid back Lakeland life. To the west of Lake Windermere, Hakwshead's car-free village centre is cute and quaint, with cobbled streets and traditional Lakeland cottages mixed with tea rooms, cosy pubs and local shops. The village is surrounded by wonderful walking territory for all abilities. Manageable walks around Esthwaite Water and Tarn Hows provide quite unforgettable scenery, whereas the more energetic will be tempted by Latterbarrow, Claife Heights or perhaps the Langdale Pikes, which are also within driving distance in the Langdale Valley. Near Sawrey is a small hamlet only a short distance away between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere. The area is renowned for its connections with Beatrix Potter, whose home can be visit at Hill Top. For a wide range of sophisticated shops, acclaimed Lake District restaurants and memorable lake cruises from Waterhead Pier, head north a short distance to Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere. Also nearby is the excellent Drunken Duck Inn and Restaurant - highly recommended for a special occasion.To experience the hustle and bustle of Bowness, a popular Lake District holiday destination on the other side of Lake Windermere, you only need drive a short distance to the car ferry crossing.


  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Dressing area
  • Kitchen
  • Open plan sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Patio with furniture
  • Outside dog shower
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Permit parking for 1 car in nearby car park
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 1 min walk
  • Shop 2 min walk.

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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.

Babies welcome. No cot or highchair provided.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas