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Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914063)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Mrs Rooney

    “We would not rate this property as a 4 star, we have stayed in 2 star properties with other companies that were of a far superior quality.”

    It definitely was not worth the £1237 we paid for the week. ...

    It definitely was not worth the £1237 we paid for the week. The property had single glazed windows throughout which, consequently were covered with water on the inside each morning. It was musty and damp with mould on the walls in the bedrooms, which we tried to clean this off as best we could. It was totally unacceptable to advertise this property as a 4 star rating and disingenuous if you were aware of the true presentation of the internal condition of this property. The window sills were dirty and had not been cleaned. The toilet seat in the first bathroom was loose and we tried to sort that out without success. The water in the second bathroom ran a dirty yellow colour. The top drawer in the kitchen was broken. We did draw these to the attention of the lady in the shop and all she said was they were looking for new cleaners, which was not helpful to us. You also stated that there was a welcome pack, there wasn't one on arrival. We asked the lady in the on site shop about it, she did then give us bread, coffee and teabags but we had already made a trip to a different shop to get the essentials. There were no bin bags either which we have always been provided in every cottage we have booked. We would recommend that you visit the property and inspect it without giving notice, you may then want to consider what star rating it should really have - we would suggest no more than a 2 (and that is being generous) On the plus side the kitchen was well equipped, the bedding was clean and the pool was the saving grace of the property. There are also plenty of good walks close by. We would be grateful if you could contact us directly to discuss a refund.

Graythwaite Cottages

Hawkshead 4 miles. Located on a beautiful, 5000-acre private country estate of diverse lake, forest, woodland and meadow landscapes, this charming courtyard of Victorian farm buildings, dating from 1890, sits in a superb central setting for a Lake District getaway to remember. Each of these delightful Lake District cottages has been thoughtfully refurbished and retain much original character, well balanced with modern furnishings and set just one mile from the shores of Lake Windermere. Each has been finished to a high standard, with most offering cosy open fires or wood burners to snuggle beside after a busy day. The nearest Village is Hawkshead, situated 4 miles from the Estate. The nearest train station is Grange-over-sands and the nearest motorway is the M6 (J36). There are some wonderful on-site facilities to take advantage of, which include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness suite, table tennis room and a children’s play area. This magical estate offers an escape to another world with a 2.5-acre lake, just a 10-minute walk from the courtyard, which is well stocked with rainbow trout and boasts a serene setting for hazy afternoons spent fly fishing. The estate’s grounds provide a wonderland for all ages and offer plenty of places to stop for a picnic or enjoy a quiet stroll or a gentle cycle along the lakeshore. Make the most of the estate by booking activities with the on-site events team Graythwaite Adventure. The extensive list of premium activities and excursions, designed to keep you entertained regardless of the weather, includes but is not limited to; 4X4 Off-roading, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, RIB tours, Sailing, Bubble Football, Guided Walks, Bush craft and more! All activities can be completely tailored to suit your needs and requirements to create the perfect activity schedule for you. Moreover, if there is an activity that tickles your fancy however is not listed please do not hesitate to contact the team. No request is too big or small, and they will endeavour to do their best to deliver. Graythwaite customers can also avail of a multitude of benefits for local services and attractions. Enjoy discounted rates for Go Ape, mountain bike hire and meals at the nearby Lakeside Hotel. The on-site shop offers everything from milk to luxury local spirits and delicious welcome packs with succulent, locally-sourced food. Get in touch with the Estate to organise your pre-arrival order today. This group of Lake District properties provides an unforgettable escape and is an excellent destination for a special holiday spent relaxing and enjoying the tranquil setting and fantastic on-site facilities. Booked together, the properties can accommodate 82 people.

The property

Holme Well is a barn conversion located near Hawkshead, Cumbria.

The property is located on the wonderful 5,000-acre private estate of Graythwaite Cottages and is host to a number of Victorian farm buildings, which date back from 1890.

Step into the lounge, with its modern interior and three plush sofas.

It has been decorated with muted tones, and an added splash of colour with the quirky red curtain design, giving the room a wealth of warmth.

You can settle down in front of the TV to watch your favourite shows or films and enjoy the benefits of the cosy woodburning stove which is encased in an attractive stone chimney breast.

The kitchen has been fitted with contemporary fixtures and fittings, all to suit your cooking needs.

There is a large dining area adjacent to the living room with seating for up to eight people, and is a great space for socialising over a home cooked meal.

All rooms are located on the ground floor, with four spacious bedrooms.

It has two double and two twin beds, with a separate family bathroom with a choice of a bath or shower.

All bedrooms have a minimal decor, with a range of high-quality wooden furniture and lovely exposed beams showing the individuality of this property.

There is ample off-road parking available.

Guests will have shared use of the estate's facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool and a children's play area.

The estate itself also provides walking maps, guides, as well as canoe hire and a multitude of other activities.

While you stay at Holme Well, why not visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery?

It is run by the National trust, with exhibitions of original illustrations by Beatrix Potter herself and is displayed in a 17th century house.

Holme Well is the ultimate holiday destination for friends and families.


  • All ground floor
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen leading to dining area in hall
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, shared use of tumble dryer in table tennis room, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, public phone in courtyard
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Kindling available at £4/bag
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared use of estate grounds and facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room, children's play area, fitness suite and 2.5-acre trout fishing lake
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4 miles, pubs 2 miles
  • Note: Property is located below Ref
  • 914062
  • Graythwaite Adventure X - CBA Events Booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment
  • From the 17th May 2019 this property charges a Good Housekeeping Bond of £500

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 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.

As well as the wide range of activities on-site, The Graythwaite Estate are pleased to offer you the following services to make your stay even more special:

*Maps and recommendations for walks around the estate and surrounding area, along with a list of things to see and do, and the pick of the best local pubs and restaurants

*The arrangement of canoeing, bushcraft, climbing, guided walks and other activities - just let the estate know and they’ll take care of it

*Exclusive 15% discount at Go Ape and Grizedale

*Milk and provisions from Town End Farm can be delivered to your doorstep during your stay

*Delicious welcome packs from The Honey Pot in Hawkshead, ordered for your arrival - with guests at Graythwaite entitled to a 10% discount

*Graythwaite have teamed up with The Lakes Catering Company so you can enjoy a delicious, seasonal home-cooked meal, delivered straight to your cottage

More information about these superb deals and activites can be obtained directly with the Estate once your booking is confirmed.

Note: Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake.
Note: Mobile phone reception is limited.
Note: Fitness suite charged at £20/guest/week (£15 for short breaks), payable on site.
Note: Mobile phone reception is limited.
Note: Pool open 8.45am - 7.30pm daily, with shower and 2 x WC and limited changing facilities. Note: Licence required for fishing, equipment can be hired locally, fishing FOC unless catch is made, then small fee applicable.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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