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Orchard Cottage

Outgate near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1064500)

Lakelovers rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


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1 Customer Review(s)

  • Aslan

    “Incredible property and setting let down by lack of household sundries/equipment.”

    The property itself has been recently refurbished to a very high level but a lot of the equipment just do not match the finish. All kitchen crockery/utensils/cookware are IKEA, which is often fine, but sometimes these are flimsy and feels like a corner has been cut here. ...

    The property itself has been recently refurbished to a very high level but a lot of the equipment just do not match the finish. All kitchen crockery/utensils/cookware are IKEA, which is often fine, but sometimes these are flimsy and feels like a corner has been cut here. Considering the level of rent and quality of property, many items were not provided/overlooked which made the stay not as relaxed as it should be: 1. No barbecue. The garden and patio are gorgeous so why not provide a barbecue for guests to use? 2. No hand soaps in any of the toilets/bathrooms and kitchen. 3. Lack of basic cleaning products like toilet cleaner etc. 4. Only one cutting board for a property that sleeps 8. I purchased an extra one and left it at the house to save the next occupants the stress of cooking for 8 using just one board. 5. Only one mixing bowl. etc. When I called up to talk through the points above I was told (a little rudely) that this was a self-catered property so these items would not be provided. Whilst I understand that Sykes mostly does self-catered holiday lets, the quality of this rental property does mean it is reasonable to expect it to come with these basics. Also, might be worthwhile going around and snagging the house as it seems a few pieces of refurbishment evidence are still around. Plastic wrapper left of fire alarm, the plastic film left or refrigerator corners etc. Also might be worthwhile to switch around the hinge of the refrigerator so it opens out into the kitchen rather than straight up against the wall. Perhaps just a couple of reclining lounge chairs and a parasol for the garden would also be ideal. I think most of the above is just some relatively minor teething issues and once these are sorted this really will be a dream holiday home!

    - Aslan, July 2022

    Thank you very much for your valuable feedback as our first guests and many apologies you found some teething issues. We’re making sure the consumables you mentioned are on hand for future guests at changeover, and we have added to the mixing bowl and chopping board quantities. Unfortunately it is not recommended to include BBQs to holiday accommodation and we don’t have a robust way to add sunshades outdoors given the changeable weather in the Lakes, although the gardens do have several shady and sunny spots to relax in. Once again, thank you so much for helping us to make sure this is the dream holiday home experience you kindly mention it should be! Property Owner


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite free-standing bath, walk-in shower, double basin, 2 x heated towel rail, and WC, 1 x super-king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Off road parking
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Pub nearby.
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range oven with gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, coffee machine, wine cooler
  • Smart OLED TV, fibre broadband and WLAN WiFi
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Private off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Rear multi-level garden with lawn, several patio areas, furniture, and large fenced pond
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.2 miles
  • pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times in the garden
  • Note: There are steps to the interior and exterior of the property
  • Note: Bedrooms 3 and 4 have sloped floors, due to the age of the property
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on lead due to nearby livestock
  • Note: The master bedroom and shower room are situated on the half-way landing

The property

Hawkshead 1.1 miles. Orchard Cottage is a large four-bedroom, luxury home in Outgate, Cumbria, not far from the village of Hawkshead. The cottage welcomes eight guests and two well-behaved dogs and is finished to an extraordinary degree, with contemporary appliances, fashionable furnishings, elegant bathrooms, and a sizable private garden, while keeping some of the home's original features and beamed ceilings, dating back to 1603. Surrounded by a semi-rural setting of land gifted by Beatrix Potter to the National Trust, Orchard Cottage offers a peaceful and tranquil setting with breath-taking fell and countryside views. Enjoy the outdoor area, which provides sweeping views across the rolling countryside and out towards Latterbarrow and the stunning Windermere Valley and features numerous patio spaces with welcoming furnishings. You can access a wealth of beautiful countryside walks right from your doorstep. Enter the house to relax in the suntrap conservatory, cook in the stylish kitchen, dine at the large table, and unwind in the living room with the backdrop of the woodburning stove. The main Victorian-style shower room and the super king-size master bedroom, with en-suite in tow, are located on the halfway landing. The additional three bedrooms are located on the first floor; one of them has an en-suite, while the others share a beautifully decorated bathroom. If you can tear yourself away from your home-from-home, visit Hawkshead, which boasts a wealth of amenities; Queens Head is a popular restaurant where you can dine out, and the neighbourhood Co-op is where you can get your "must haves" whilst The Honeypot Deli provides a lovely selection of "nice to haves." You will also find the traditional Outgate Inn a stone’s throw away, along with Hawkshead and the famous Drunken Duck Inn, both of which can be accessed by delightful country walks. Along with Claife Heights, nearby attractions include the breath-taking grounds of Wray Castle, Hill Top Beatrix Potter House, a National Trust site connected to the famous best-selling author. From the bus stop directly opposite, buses run approximately hourly on the route linking Hawkshead, Coniston, Ambleside, Wray Castle and Windermere, enabling endless walk permutations and arrival from anywhere in the country by public transport. Cycle paths link Orchard Cottage to Ambleside, Hawkshead, Wray Castle and beyond. A must-see for adventurers is Rydal Cave, a former slate quarry, along with Stock Ghyll Force, a magnificent 70-foot waterfall. For all types of visitors, The World of Beatrix Potter Experience is an interactive three-dimensional attraction. As you make your way into Windermere, take the opportunity to explore the 10.5-mile-long resident lake of the Lake District National Park, Lakes Aquarium, which is home to a variety of marine life, or consider climbing Scafell Pike, the tallest and most significant peak in England. All this and more awaits at Orchard Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 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