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Field Head House

Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 944119)

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    • “Virtually perfect”
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    • “We stayed at field head cottage/house during Easter. It is a beautiful house with all the furnishings and facilities spotless and of a very high quality. It is like having your own mini stately home ! It’s location is great as well with beautiful views across the estate from one of the lounges and bedrooms. Only fault can find with it is that it didn’t have a bottle opener or corkscrew which I’m sure will be rectified ! Worth every penny and can thoroughly recommend if you want a bit of luxury in the lakes”

    Alex C, London, United Kingdom, April 2018

    • “The cottage was lovely. We had a brilliant time at field head house. There was everything needed for a perfect stay.”

    Mr Mundy, Manchester, January 2019

    • “Hi Sykes Cottages Field Head House was a beautiful, comfortable, spacious cottage for our family winter break. Very importantly, it was lovely and warm. Just a couple of comments: Our arrival at Field Head House was memorable for all the wrong reasons. We had been told to expect a key safe by the front door, and had received the code for the safe. However, on arrival at the cottage, in the middle of Storm Deirdre, after a long and slightly anxious journey with dodgy weather and disappearing daylight, we could not find a key safe by the front door. With two less capable members of the party waiting anxiously in the car, my husband and I searched for the key safe, and braved the slippery steps to a lower level door - still no key safe. Frustrated and feeling less than welcome, we tried to phone the number given on the Sykes paperwork, but could not get a cellphone signal. After several very cold and unpleasant minutes my husband found a third door at the side of the property which did have a key safe. However, the code did not work, despite several attempts. Then we discovered the door was unlocked, and keys were available inside. This was most frustrating and totally unnecessary. It was obvious that the property owners/managers knew that the front door could not be opened from outside - there was a notice inside warning us of that - and it would appear that the key safe had been moved to a side door. Why, then, had the instructions for access not been updated? We were most frustrated and anxious at not being able to gain access on arrival, especially in the extremely cold and unpleasant weather. It could and should have been avoided! A further and much less significant comment: there is both an open fire and a woodburner in Field Head House; however before arrival we were unable to find out from the information provided whether wood etc was available in the cottage. It wasn't, so we bought some - but it would have been good to know beforehand so we could have taken some with us and had it available for the first, and as it turned out, coldest night. Without the above key/access issues, we would unhesitatingly give Field Head House full marks on all aspects of your survey. It is a beautiful, unique cottage, thoughtfully equipped and maintained.”

    Mr Mann, Picton, December 2018

    • “Field Head House was beautiful and full of the most lovely antiques. The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The only fault, and it is a very small one, is that there were no instructions on how to use the kitchen appliances. Otherwise a faultless stay. Will definitely return.”

    Mrs Habgood, September 2018

    • “We had another fantastic time in The Lake District. Field Head House is a beautiful, warm and comfy place to stay, set in a wonderful location. Also not too far from some great walks. Enjoyed using the swimming pool after a long day. Bed was extremely comfortable and shall be ordering the same mattress! Thank you x”

    Mrs Hutchings, Looe, September 2018

    • “This is a truly exquisite holiday let. Field head House is luxurious in every respect - large, airy, comfortable bedrooms, modern kitchen, loads of flexible living space, as well as a beautifully appointed siting room, with lovely views and a large open fire. The house is in an excellent location, with limitless stunning countryside, and things to do for all age groups. We had a richly memorable stay, and warmly recommend the house to others.”

    Prof Boxall, Brighton, August 2018

    • “Graythwaite is a truly stunning location; beautiful and so peaceful. We made good use of the swimming pool during our stay. Field Head House was lovely. It has been recently refurbished and to a very high standard. We would certainly return again.”

    Dr Hardy, Burford, July 2018

    • “The environment was spectacular and the house was very comfortable with some charming touches. The pool was a very enjoyable feature and a nice walk. A small welcome pack of essentials would have made the first afternoon more enjoyable.”

    Mrs Garrett, West Malling, June 2018

    • “Field Head Cottage is one of the best holiday lets I have stayed in. The house is spacious and luxurious, and the gardens and surrounding estate quite lovely. The directions were a little confusing, and we would have liked to have instructions for use of the kitchen hob. We were blessed with great weather and enjoyed walking / running in the grounds, also made use of the pool which is small but very nice. Drove over Wrynose Pass / Hardknott Pass which was quite frightening and I wouldn't want to do again! Would certainly stay in this accommodation or on this estate again.”

    Mrs Pimm, June 2018

    • “The only issue we had were that directions to the property could have been better. However the actual cottage was wonderful and very clean.”

    Mr Burke, Preston, March 2018

    • “Soyez plus précis pour localiser le cottage. Nous avons eu du mal a le trouver, en particulier de nuit. Ajouter des photos de l itinéraire et de l exterieur de la maison serait une bonne idée.”

    Mr Basile, Lille, February 2018

    • “The cottage was very clean, way bigger than expected and furnished to a really high standard. The beds were comfortable, the storage was ample and overall this is one of the better cottages we have ever stayed in. The location was fabulous if you like sheep and pheasants for neighbours and rolling meadows for views. The kids loved the swimming pool which is about a 10 minute walk or 2 minute car journey. Overall there was nothing about the cottage that needs improving, pretty impressive really.”

    Mr Booth, Ossett, February 2018

    • “Outstanding cottage, truly beautiful and the pictures don't show just how lovely and huge the place is! A few little niggles with a few light bulbs needing replacement (in rooms with multiple lights so didn't cause too much problem) and heating not quite as effective as it could be but just more excuse for real wood fires :) Great pool and stunning surroundings as well as being a great location for exploring the lakes. We loved it so much we've already booked to return next year.”

    Mrs Holding, Chorley, February 2018

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  • Off road parking
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  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
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The Property

Field Head House is a traditional cottage, resting on the Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District National Park. The former century barracks houses an enchanting atmosphere, with carefully selected furniture to make this a relaxing family getaway to the countryside. This floor homes a two sitting rooms, one boasting a cosy woodburning fire place, making this the ideal spot for unwinding of a winter’s evening. Following this is a well-equipped kitchen, complete with everything you will need for a family night in. Enjoy your lovingly prepared meal within the formal dining area, posing a striking, yet charming interior design. Completing this floor is a single and double bedroom, both featuring a contemporary style. Follow the stairs down to the lower ground floor, where you will discover a super-king size double bedroom and a single bedroom, oozing a sense of charm. In addition, you will also have access to a classical style bathroom. Outside, you can enjoy the summer months in the garden, featuring a patio area, a charming pond, whilst appreciating the stunning views. Nearby, is the breath-taking waters of Lake Windermere or the exciting adventure centre 'Go Ape', where guests can enjoy the discounted rates. Alternatively, visit the National Trust Hill Top, where you can walk in the steps of Beatrix Potter, her home contains her favourite things and each room boasts a reference to a picture in a 'tale'. All-in-all Field Head House is the perfect family base for a getaway to the Lake District National Park.


Four bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor super king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x single, 1 x lower ground floor single. Lower ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Shower room with shower and basin. Kitchen with breakfast table. Dining room. Sitting room with open fire. Second sitting room with woodburning stove.


  • Oil central heating with open fire and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, WIFI, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Lawned garden to the rear and side with a patio and a pond, gravelled area to the front
  • 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
  • Sorry, no pets and 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: Licence required for fishing, equipment can be hired locally, fishing FOC unless catch is made, then small fee applicable
  • Note: Limited mobile reception
  • Note: Children to be supervised around the garden area due to the drops from the garden to the path.

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
  • Last minute
  • Christmas