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Bull Pen

Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914064)

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    • “We had a wonderful stay over Christmas 2018. We had 9 adults including my elderly grandparents, a baby of 7 months and a dog. We was particularly impressed with how well equipped the kitchen was given we had to prepare Christmas dinner. Nice touches included milk deliveries and the open fire - with a small shop with essentials available. The pool area was very clean and we used it regularly. We saw some comments regarding hot water shortages but had none of these problems ourselves. Our only point, nothing to do with Graythwaite estates or Sykes Cottages is that there isnt a pub within walking distance for those that would like that! But that was our own poor research!”

    Mrs Ibbotson, Banbury, December 2018

    • “Need to clean pots and pans properly, oven filthy at top. Bathroom was covered in dust and cobwebs. Bullpen was really cosy/comfy and location is fantastic!”

    Mr Doubleday, Warrington, November 2018

    • “A fabulous cottage on an amazingly beautiful estate to wander, walk and play in. We particularly loved being able to walk to the pebbly shore of Lake Windermere to enjoy a paddle with the grandchildren. Having the swimming pool so close to Bull Pen was great and we swam most days. The cottage only lacked enough tea towels and hot water on arrival. After the first evening, there was always ample hot water. Bull Pen is spacious and well-equipped with really comfortable beds and a lovely wood-burning stove. We'd love to go again.”

    Mrs Edginton, Southwell, May 2018

    • “Bull Pen needs some attention, especially the heating, but we were told that that is on the list of improvements to be made. Lighting over the dining table is non existent, so could do with something doing there too. Hot water is still a problem in the upstairs shower room, even with the booster, - the tank just isn't big enough for more than one shower soon after another. The other two bathrooms are fine, different tank. Good to see a new cooker and toaster since our last stay though.Our 4 young grandchildren (aged 2-7) had a great time in the pool and didn't mind any of the above! Overall, Bull Pen is great for a family holiday, just needs a few improvements.”

    Mrs Truswell, Preston, March 2018

    • “Beautiful place and loved the scenery. We had an issue with hot water in one of the bathrooms through the day, but it was hot again by morning.”

    Mrs Hunter, Bradford, February 2018

    • “Beautiful countryside and comfortable cottage. To improve to make it stand out..... Limited equipment in kitchen. Upstairs shower door was broken. Absolutely nothing there apart from salt and pepper not even milk for a coffee and certainly no cooking oil tea bags or coffee. Decor was safe and bland so a lovely cottage lacked that special feeling as it was devoid of character. Having said all that the main room was ideal for our group size with large kitchen diner sitting room and a good wood burner.”

    Mr Hatch, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2018

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  • Swimming pool
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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The Property

Bull Pen is a wonderful stone cottage located near Hawkshead, Cumbria. It is set on a 5,000 acre estate, with plenty of grounds for your dogs to run around and play. Step into the spacious open-plan interior and relax on the plush sofas and armchair with their quirky tartan cushions to keep you extra comfortable. There is an original stone chimney breast housing a cosy woodburning stove, guaranteed to keep you warm during those chilly winter months. The kitchen has a convenient breakfast bar, with a set of fitted wooden units and many modern appliances to suit your needs. Gather around the dining table, with seating for up to ten people and enjoy the benefits of this social space. There are five bedrooms: one ground floor double with a lovely en-suite shower room. The remaining first floor bedrooms consist of one double and three twin, ideal for accommodating families or a group of friends. The bedrooms have a range of furniture, with matching bedside tables and lamps, perfect for some late night reading. The property has one shower room and one bathroom, both with high-quality and modern fixtures and fittings. Outside, the on-site facilities include a luxury indoor heated pool, a tennis court and a children's play area. Off-road parking is available. Hawkshead is ideally located for many attractions. Bridge House is a lovely stone, architectural building, with magnificent views across the local town and is perched over a narrow stream. Bull Pen is the perfect getaway for friends and families.


Five bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 3 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 3), dining area and sitting area with woodburner.


  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • 2 x electric ovens, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, shared use of tumble dryer in table tennis room, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Kindling available £4/bag
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio with furniture and shared use of courtyard 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

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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