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Hilltop At Hawkshead Hill

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1064472)

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  • Icon/Feature/EVChargePoint Electric car charging
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • 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
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • Mr Leslie

    “We were seeking a suitably large property with en suite bedrooms for a "house party" for a 70th birthday for a week.”

    Without doubt we were lucky to fin Hilltop. It met all our requirements and more! Catering for 8 can be fun at home but away in a different kitchen can prove tricky for menu planning and serving - especially when doing 4 courses most nights with all the accoutrements. Everything went well and over the course of the week, we managed to make use of pretty well all the kitchen dishes etc! All of which were spotlessly clean. Great to once again cook with an Aga as well. ...

    Without doubt we were lucky to fin Hilltop. It met all our requirements and more! Catering for 8 can be fun at home but away in a different kitchen can prove tricky for menu planning and serving - especially when doing 4 courses most nights with all the accoutrements. Everything went well and over the course of the week, we managed to make use of pretty well all the kitchen dishes etc! All of which were spotlessly clean. Great to once again cook with an Aga as well. It was all very evident that the owners had not only put a lot of thought into the set up of the property but also in the provision of equipment etc right down to the selection of the loo rolls! The welcome pack was another point of thoughtfulness and careful choices. We note that the owners in their notes on the cottage made the point that they would welcome any suggestions for improvements and thus we have one or two ideas for their consideration. We were confused as to waste disposal in that the guidance said the local council would separate materials from collection. For simple folk like s, it might help to say that all waste goes in the black bag [what was the white bag for?] and materials that are recycled here [state which - glass, paper but what of plastic can be just loosely placed in the big bin . That is if that is the correct procedure. We took the papers home and dropped off most of the bottles at a recycling point. I mention this not in anyway to suggest it was a problem but only because the owners clearly support best practice etc. As regards serving dishes - the one item we really missed was a sauceboat. I hasten to add, we managed Ok without one by making good use of the large greenish jug! The one other comment, which is probably more a reflection of our age is the lack of cups and saucers and wonder if perhaps a set of 4 would not go amiss - for those like us who prefer such. Speaking of which, we were surprised to see a set of 8 demi-tasse cups and would have used them for coffee but could not find their saucers! We were the hosts for the week and can say all our guests thought the house was super though some found the lounge a bit cold in mid/late afternoon - they could have light the fire! We could not understand why those using bedrooms 2 and 3 found them a bit on the cold side - especially given what we think were temperature controls in a panel for both those rooms. I am sure they probably could not work out how to use them effectively! Albeit noting that very small point, I would reiterate how very highly everyone thought of the cottage and that they all enjoyed their stay, which obviously had a lot to do with "Hilltop". It would also be remiss of me, not t mention about car parking and how clever of the owners to know of the space up the road to park a fourth car. - A very nice walk back to the cottage! Overall, super!

    - Mr Leslie, November 2021

    Hi David, Thanks for the lovely comments and glad you and your guests had a good stay. We'll take onboard your comments, make the instructions for disposal of waste clearer and look to get some saucers! The heating is on a timer and when it' is cold can be extended or set to continuous to make sure the house stays warm all the time. I'll check the instructions to make sure this is clear for everyone too. You can let us know what you think next time you come! Alison and Gary Property Owner

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The property

Hilltop At Hawkshead Hill is an exceptional holiday home, enjoying an idyllic location within the Lake District National Park, being just moments away from Hawkshead, Ambleside and Windermere. Enjoying an elevated position with views across the fells, the former coach house to Highfield House, where Beatrix Potter's husband grew up, is now a wonderful place for families or friends to temporarily call home as they enjoy a holiday to the Lakes. Step into the entrance hallway and step over the beautiful red and black quarry tiles, which serve as quiet reminders of the history of this Victorian house before making your way into the sitting room. The high ceilings coupled with two large windows offer a spacious spot to gather to unwind, admire the countryside views or catch up on the latest box set on the Smart TV, with the woodburning stove setting the cosy ambiance. Return to the hallway and make your way into the kitchen, which with the high quality modern appliances including hob, oven, microwave and dishwasher are certain to encourage a spot of home cooking, although it is the AGA that is the focal point. Choose to dine within the kitchen, where table and chairs are positioned to enjoy a connection with the countryside beyond or host evening meals within the more formal dining room with seating for eight people. From here, you will discover a snug, which is perfect for escaping the excitement of the group, a boot room for storing outdoor gear and a utility boasting a washer/dryer and an additional dishwasher and fridge. From the snug, stairs take you to the first floor, where four delightful bedrooms await, each one boasting a neutral colour palette, and en-suite and have been designed to ensure that sleep will come easy after an action-packed day. Choose between the master suite with a super-king-size bed, a spacious balcony and plenty of seating, bedroom two with super-king-size bed and wonderful views, or bedroom three and four, both of which boast zip/link beds so that you can alter the sleeping arrangement to suit the needs of your group. To the exterior, you will find a pretty terrace garden, where the paved patio area houses table and chairs for enjoying a spot of alfresco dining during the summer months. Look forward to venturing out to the nearby village of Hawkshead, meander around the higgledy-piggledy houses and archways, and discover a superb collection of delightful pubs, teashops, gift shops and shops for picking up the essentials. Whilst here, take a moment to uncover the area's history, by paying a visit to National Trust owned property of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's quaint, rural farmhouse with displays of the writer's furnishings or you could discover the Neo-gothic 1800s Wray Castle, also owned by the National Trust. Ambleside is also within close reach and is home to further amenities, as well as opportunities to get on the waters and to explore the impressive Stock Ghyll Force, a scenic 70-ft waterfall. Those feeling active, will be spoilt for choice by the selection of walks available, including treks up to the mountain fells of The Old Man of Coniston and Claife Heights awaiting to be explored. Hilltop At Hawkshead Hill promises to be a wonderful getaway, at any time of the year.

Summary

  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size bed with TV, balcony and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size bed with en-suite walk-in shower, separate bath, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size bed (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, separate bath, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size bed (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Boot room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Snug
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric AGA, electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, 2 x dishwasher, washer/dryer, Smart TV, 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • Sonos sound system servicing the whole ground floor and bedroom 1
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars, with an electric car charging point
  • Secure bike storage
  • Enclosed rear garden which includes a patio area with table, chairs & a raised lawn area
  • Open and informal front garden with mature trees and a bench
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop and pub 0.8 miles

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About the location

HAWKSHEAD

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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