Birkett House

Troutbeck, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041772)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

  • View on map

Features

  • 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
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3 Customer Review(s)

  • Mrs Keen

    “This is a well appointed house, comfortable, spacious, good garden and very suitable for a young family.”

    Good location for walking and exploring

    Good location for walking and exploring

    - Mrs Keen,

The property

A beautiful 17th century property, in a little cluster of four hundred year old houses and barns, right in the centre of the Troutbeck. Generously proportioned accommodation with exposed beams, an open fire, oak flooring and a slate kitchen. Birkett House has been sympathetically restored and furnished to provide luxury accommodation while retaining a cottage feel in a rural setting. It is only five minutes drive from Lake Windermere and the towns of Windermere and Ambleside. Troutbeck is one of the oldest settlements in the Lake District and is a remarkably unspoilt conservation area. There are numerous old, listed buildings dating back hundreds of years. There is a lovely village shop and cafe at the end of the driveway (bread and cakes baked daily) and there is an excellent pub in the village. There is great walking in all directions from the door. == Accommodation in Detail On the ground floor there are two large, comfortably furnished sitting rooms with plenty of space for everyone to relax. The main sitting room has an open fire, exposed beams and a window seat, overlooking the pretty cottage garden. There are cupboards full of games, books and maps for cosy days in or active days out. A very well equipped kitchen opens into a vaulted dining room in what used to be the farm's laundry. Cars are parked at the rear of the property, where a large slate-roofed porch area leads to an entrance hall with hanging space for walking gear. There are 3 very comfortable bedrooms on the first floor. One has a stylish en-suite bathroom with a free-standing cast iron bath. Another has an en-suite toilet in what used to be a linen room. There is a smart family bathroom with a shower over the bath. The bathrooms and toilet have been refurbished to a high standard. There are new, luxurious beds with high quality Egyptian cotton linen to give you a wonderful night's sleep. Location Troutbeck village is a special place. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Lake Distirct and is a remarkably unspoilt conservation area. The lane through the village is the original packhorse route into the southern Lakes, which winds round the hillside along a series of fresh water springs which feed 'wells' (carved stone troughs) along the lane. The village's position on the hillside above the valley gives wonderful views of the Lakeland fells which surround it. Up the valley, above Troutbeck, the road climbs to the spectacular Kirkstone Pass (1489 feet), then drops down into the beautiful Ullswater valley. Troutbeck does not have any car parks, tourist shops or restaurants - just a village shop, cafe and an excellent pub. It is, therefore, a very quiet place despite being only five minutes drive from Windermere and Ambleside. Much of the traffic passing by is people on foot, with the occasional car. Birkett House is right in the 'centre' of Troutbeck - by the shop, cafe and village hall. Three hundred yards down the lane is the National Trust property 'Townend', which is a grand old farmhouse from the same period. The whole upper section of the Troutbeck Valley was bought by Beatrix Potter and remains unchanged under the care of the National Trust. Half a mile up the lane is the Mortal Man pub where you can drink Sally Birkett's (previous resident) Ale. There is great walking in all directions - over Wansfell to Ambleside; up the valley to Troutbeck Tongue; over the Garburn Pass to Kentmere, or along the high ridge of Ill Bell, Yoke and Froswick. Five minutes drive down the valley is Windermere, which has all the 'normal' shops you need, including two good butchers and the excellent Booths supermarket. Windermere has a station, where one of the waiting taxis will take you up to Troutbeck if you arrive by train. A mile further on from Windermere village, you reach Bowness-on-Windermere, on the shores of its eponymous lake. There are boat trips all over the lake and a car ferry across it. Alternatively, drive down Holbeck Lane, which turns north out of the Troutbeck valley to Ambleside. Ambleside, at the Northern end of Lake Windermere, is a lovely town, surrounded by hills, with a large number of outdoor shops, cafes and restaurants. On past Ambleside are Grassmere (Dove Cottage), The Langdales, Coniston and then, further on, the northern and western Lakes.

Summary

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

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About the location

TROUTBECK

Windermere 3 miles; Ambleside 4 miles.

The small Lakeland village of Troutbeck can be found between its more famous neighbours Windermere and Ambleside, close by the Kirkstone Pass. A mixture of houses, cottages and farms, the village is scattered along a narrow lane bordered by a drystone wall. Many of these buildings date back to the 17th Century with features such as mullioned windows and heavy cylindrical chimneys and the northern end boasts its own 17th century inn. Close by, the bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including the lakeside ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The ‘Windermere Steamboat Museum’ displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’ in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Troutbeck is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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