A self catering holiday cottage for up to 4 people in secluded surroundings at the heart of the English Lake District on Hawkshead Hill.
Hatter's Cottage is an 18th century detached stone cottage in a secluded location near the centre of the southern Lake District. It's situated 150 metres from public roads, near the hilltop between Coniston and Windermere lakes, on our small quiet farm (no tractors). The picturesque village of Hawkshead, 1 mile away, has a small supermarket, a post office and several pubs serving meals.
The front door leads straight into the sitting room with two comfy sofas, an easy chair, TV, DVD player and Wifi. Next door is the kitchen/dining room, fully remodelled this year. In the dining area the antique furniture – beech chairs, oak table and welsh dresser - retain the old-world atmosphere. Kitchen equipment includes:
• gas cooker
• washing machine
…..plus a full set of pots, pans, crockery and utensils
• Bedroom 1 with a 5-foot double bed
• Bedroom 2 with twin beds
• Shower room with wash-basin, WC and heated towel rail
…. with views of gardens, fields and mountains.
Used for hat-making in the 18th century the cottage has been renovated throughout, retaining the wooden beams and stone hearth [sorry no longer an open fire]. The windows look out onto the cottage's private garden, and at the back to gardens, fields and woodland, with mountains beyond.
The stone walls, two feet thick in places, combined with the gas central heating and double-glazing keep the cottage warm in winter. Distinctive features are small alcoves in the walls - used in the manufacture of woollen hats. When the cottage was built the Hawkshead district had a thriving trade in wool from the local sheep, reflected in street names in the village and at nearby Tenter Hill – a tenter was a frame for drying cloth.
Guests have sole access to the cottage, the garden and patio in front, complete with chairs and table (barbecue available on request). The nearby barn has a large rack for drying wet clothes and ample space for storing bikes.
Interaction with guests
We try to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy the tranquillity of the place. We’ll meet you on arrival and check that you have all you need for your stay. Thereafter we’ll aim to leave you in peace. We live in the farmhouse next door so we are usually around to help if you need information or in case of problems.
WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE SAID:
• A lovely relaxing week in homely cottage. We were made to feel really welcome by the owners, who hit the perfect balance; they were on hand and very helpful if we needed anything, but otherwise left us to enjoy our week undisturbed.
• A charming cottage in a beautiful location. There were lots of leaflets and maps and it is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful lakes. John and Judith were helpful but not intrusive. Would definitely visit again.
• Walks from the door no need for car. We spent a fantastic week at Hatters Cottage. The cottage is in a lovely quiet location. It was immaculately clean and had everything that we needed for our holiday including an effective heating system, comfortable beds and a decent shower. Our two teenage children spent the week with us and also had a fantastic time – they keep on asking to go back!
• A wonderful location. A simple and comfortable cottage in a secluded location, with a wide range of lovely walks from the doorstep. Cycling is good too with rides to Coniston and beyond and trails in the nearby Grisedale Forest.
• Hidden Gem. Follow the instructions closely, and you will find this delightful cottage tucked away behind the main buildings, and feel a million miles from nowhere, although in fact not far from the main road. Wonderfully situated for walking across the fields, either down hill to Hawkshead or up hill to the Tarn.
Other things to note
Bedlinen, towels, duvets, pillows and blankets are all provided. There is parking for two cars at the farm gate, 50 metres from the cottage and 100 metres from the road.
WiFi is supplied to the cottage living room via an aerial on the adjacent barn. The connection is generally reliable but in this relatively remote spot it is occasionally temperamental; we cannot guarantee it 24/7. Mobile phone coverage varies. At present (2017) O2 and Vodafone have good signals, though the thick cottage walls may mean that you will need to use the phone near a window or on the patio.
The weather can be wet sometimes, so remember to bring walking boots or wellies, and a waterproof jacket.
7 nights is the normal minimum stay; but we're flexible out of season and at short notice, so it’s worth enquiring – just send us a message and we’ll see if we can arrange something.
We'll show you how the cottage systems work when you arrive, and there's a file which explains things in detail. No need for you to come with any prior information.
The cottage has lots of large-scale maps, walking guide books and leaflets on local attractions to help you plan your visit.
IMPORTANT: HEATING CHARGES. We keep the rent down by not including heating costs. Instead we read the meters at the beginning and end of your stay and charge you for fuel used at the cost to us. This way you can economise if you wish to, or have the temperature tropical if that's what you prefer. And if you come in summer your rent won’t be subsidising winter visitors.
4 guests is the absolute maximum
The cottage is an excellent base to explore the beautiful and varied local scenery, beloved by the poet William Wordsworth who went to school in Hawkshead. You can take a boat trip on nearby Coniston Water, visit Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse in Sawrey, sample the pubs and quirky atmosphere of Hawkshead village with its mediaeval buildings, or just put your feet up and enjoy the peace of the cottage garden, the clucking of hens in the wood and the chuckling of the stream nearby.
Until the 16th century the district was owned and managed by the monks of Furness Abbey, and it was the wool-trade that they fostered that made Hawkshead the local market. Later it was home to Beatrix Potter, and briefly to William Wordsworth who was a pupil at the old grammar school – you can see his initials carved in one of the desks.
Hawkshead village retains an old-world charm: cobbled alleys and timbered cottages with projecting upper storeys - nestling round the church on a hill near the centre. There are four pubs serving meals with real ale from local microbreweries, a well-stocked grocers, delicatessen, pharmacy, newsagent and post office as well as an outdoor clothes store and an art shop. The National Trust gallery has an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s famous drawings – in the building which housed her solicitor husband’s office.
Most visitors regard a car as a necessity for a visit to the Lake District. However buses serving Coniston, Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal and Keswick stop within 200 metres of the cottage, so leaving the car behind for the day is definitely an option. And if you are a walker or cyclist there is a vast network of footpaths and country lanes to explore.
Manchester is the nearest airport - 2 hours journey by road.