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.
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.
1 super king size (zip link-specify when booking)
2 king size
Oil central & underfloor heating
Bathroom with shower over bath
En-suite bathroom with roll top bath
En-suite 3rd WC & wash basin
Electric oven, Induction hob
2 Fridges with Freezer Compartments
Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer
Two private parking spaces
Enclosed garden with furniture
Fibre optic broadband