The Summer House
Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria+ Add to favourites
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This former summer house is situated in the old kitchen garden which is associated with Wray Castle on the western shore of Windermere. You can catch a glimpse of this mock gothic castle across the fields as you walk up the path towards the cottage. Surrounded by lush countryside the cottage offers some stunning views over much of the Lake District including Fairfield, the Langdale Pikes and the Central Fells.
From here you can explore the Lake District whether that is on foot, at a more leisurely pace by boat from Lake Windermere, or even to take in the scenery by bike. It is a great excuse to leave the car behind and discover this beautiful area. Alternatively simply relax in the garden whilst taking in the wonderful views.
Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston are all within a 20 minute drive from the cottage offering shops, lovely pubs and restaurants for when you need a change of pace from all of that activity.
The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday. The adjoining National Trust campsite offer events and activities through out the season which you can get involved with. Just look in the Welcome Folder or pop down to reception for more info.
The cottage's layout
- Ground floor
- entrance into wood panelled sitting room, one double bedroom (with 5' bed) and kitchen. Step down leading to back hallway, bedroom (twin) and another step down to bathroom with shower over bath.
- First floor
Heating: Electric heating included.
Garden: The garden is informal and full of wildlife and there is a patio to the front of the cottage with fantastic views across Lake Windermere.
Parking: There is parking available for two cars near the bottom of the main path about 250 metres away, no vehicular access to the cottage.
Utilities/Electricals: Laundry facilities are available at the campsite during normal opening hours from Easter to end of October.
Television/ Signal: A television & DVD player are provided but there is no television reception. Guests may wish to bring their own DVDs.
Accessibility: Access to the cottage is through the entrance to the campsite via a steep path.
- Let starts
- Min stay
- Dogs allowed
- Cottage ref
- Acorn rating What's this?
- Single storey
- Double bed
- Accessible for ambulant disabled people
- If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 335 1287
Things to see and do nearby
- North West England
The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.
- Lake District
The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.
- Current cottage
- Holiday cottage
place to visit
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- Visit www.gocumbria.co.uk
- Pony Trekking
- Walking and visit www.ntlakesoutdoors.org.uk
National Trust places to visit
- Stagshaw Garden
- Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs
- 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, former home of a wealthy farming family
- Hawkshead and Claife
- Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes and picturesque buildings
- Beatrix Potter Gallery
- 17th-century solicitor's office, now home to the original watercolours and sketches of Beatrix Potter
- Windermere and Troutbeck
- Fine walking country around the shores of Windermere, including Bridge House and the Footprint Building
- Hill Top
- Delightful small 17th-century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories
Comments from past visitors
Mrs Patricia Sims
- May 2013
Mr P Carson
- February 2013
The Williams Family
- January 2013
Nick and Tracey
- February 2010
Lucie and Simon
- December 2008
- April 2008
What it will cost
- VAT at the current rate
- Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
(not included in the price table above)
- A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
- Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
- As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.