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Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914054)

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    • “Wonderful stay”
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    • “Four of us and three dogs stayed at the Briar Cottage for a week and were delighted with everything. The cottage is cosy, well equipped, in beautiful surroundings and gorgeous soft bedding. The group of cottages is very remote, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but we loved it. The swimming pool is an extra bonus and was used every day. The owners are so friendly, our Tesco delivery came two hours early, and by the time we arrived, food was sorted into fridge and freezer. Amazing service. Highly recommended!”

    Michaela W, Burton Upon Trent, United Kingdom, March 2015

    • “Clean and comfortable holiday cottage”
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    • “The pre-arrival instructions and directions were excellent. We didn't take up the offer of deliveries from supermarkets nor the local companies - it was a shortstay so we took our own food. The kitchen has modern facilities including a cafetiere (essential if you are a coffee lover). Bed's comfortable and the double bedroom has ensuite including a bath. Some logs and kindling are provided to get you going but the logs were a little on the damp side. THe only downside is that the lounge suffers from a very cold draught via the single glazed windows and under the lounge door - some draught excluders and draught proofing would easily make this a very cosy cottage. It can be difficult to heat up and you really have to know how storage heaters work and can be controlled to ensure you have heat in the evening. The grounds that the cottage are in are peaceful, clean and there is an indoor swimming pool at a very comfortable temperature. Good base to explore a lot of local towns and villages.”

    E3photographer, Lancaster, United Kingdom, November 2017

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    • “Print out the code to the key safe there is no mobile reception where the cottages are.”

    Mrs Wagler, London, May 2018

    • “Briar cottage is listed as a 4 star accommodation which it is not. It is tired and needs an update, there were cobwebs in various rooms, chipped wood work on doors and skirting, peeling wall paper in a number of rooms, storage heating units looked dirty. Problems with the front door keys when opening the door. Living room carpet stained. As we have been before we knew what to expect but we plan not to return to Briar, but we do love Graythwaite as a location.”

    Mr Whalley, Manchester, February 2018

    • “We were informed that a set of keys would be inside the cottage - but there was not. We had to use the key from the key safe througout the holiday. Briar Cottage is very difficult to get warm and keep warm. The lounge is very draughty and needs a big thick draught excluder for the lounge door and some draught excluding material around the single glazed window. Everything else was fine.”

    Mr Eden, Morecambe, November 2017

    • “Lovely cottage, warm and cosy, well equiped. So peaceful, not a sound at night. Swimming pool enjoyed by our son.”

    Mrs Hawes, Ipswich, October 2017

    • “As our annual family holiday with 2 six year old twins we were looking forward to a week in the Lake District and in Bray Cottage. However the cottage and swimming pool both failed to live up to expectations. The cottage was very run down, wall paper peeling off walls in the sitting room and en suite bathroom, my wife had to clean the family bathroom as it was obviously dirty, neither sofa had been hoovered under, the dishwasher was broken (top shelf) and virtually useless. Both my wife and I found the sofas very uncomfortable, as with the double bed. The floor standing lamp in the sitting room would flicker and turn off after a few minutes of use. The swimming pool and surrounding areas were absolutely filthy and never cleaned in the time we were there, there was green mold on most of the grouting within the pool and black residue in the splash off areas around the pool. It really was the filthiest pool we had ever come across, my wife refused to get in! During the 7 days we never saw any one from the estate / owners to ask about our stay, making it very impersonal and ‘cold’.”

    Mr Sheldon, Morpeth, July 2018

    • “The cottage is in need of a lot of refurbishment to bring it up to 4 star standard as advertised. There was wallpaper hanging off in certain rooms, cobwebs all over the place, chipped paint work, night storage heaters in need of repair some can’t be altered so it’s hot all the time. Very tired looking in need of a thorough clean. Don’t like the idea of having to pay for milk when we haven’t asked for it, should be offered as an optional purchase. Having said all that the estate is lovely, just a shame about the cottage having paid so much.”

    Mrs Ward, York, March 2018

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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The Property

Positioned within the central courtyard of the Graythwaite Estate, near the attractive village of Hawkshead, is this cosy, terraced cottage. With beautiful woodland views and access to fabulous walks and cycling routes, Briar is a superb choice for relaxing and exploring with family and friends. Get together around the open fire in the lounge and enjoy your favourite TV programme or grab a book off the shelf and take yourself off for a quiet read. The kitchen offers a warm, country feel, with wooden flooring and modern fixtures integrated with a breakfast bar. There is also a lovely dining area inviting you to share a meal over a bottle of wine. The first floor plays host to three bedrooms; there is a double and two singles, as well as a shower room. To the exterior, you have the option to dine alfresco and light the barbecue, whilst enjoying the serene surroundings. The estate offers many on-site facilities including, a heated indoor swimming pool, a children's play area, a 2.5 acre fishing lake and woodland walks. The nearest amenities are in the picturesque village of Hawkshead, where Wordsworth once went to school. You can pay a visit to the Old Grammar School and see where the famous poet scratched his name into the desk. Then browse the quaint gift shops and enjoy a refreshing pint at one of the local pubs. Explore Bowness Bay, Lake Windermere, Rydal Water and many other breath-taking locations in the nearby area. You have shopping opportunities at Kendal and the kids with love The World of Beatrix Potter. This is a splendid escape in the heart of Cumbria.


Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x single. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen/diner. Sitting room with open fire.


  • Electric central heating with open fire
  • 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 fire inc. in rent
  • Kindling available £4/bag, coal available £8/bag
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Private 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: Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
  • Note: Fitness suite charged at £20/guest/week (£15 for short breaks), payable on site
  • Note: Pool open 8.45am - 7.30pm daily with shower, 2 x WC and limited changing facilities
  • Note: License required for fishing, equipment can be hired locally, fishing FOC unless catch is made, then small fee applicable
  • Note: Limited mobile reception.

Regional Information

HAWKSHEAD 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.

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