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Holme Well

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

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    • “Lovely cottage in a beautiful location, with plenty of walks around and about. Cottage suited our group down to the ground as a family holiday location. There is a pool and gym, but you have to pay for the use of gym (I missed that on the website and 20 quid is slightly steep IMO). Good sized kitchen to use for evening meals. Only a couple of minor points that the heaters in some of the rooms were not working, but the estate team sorted out a replacement very quickly (we understood a programme of renewal is pending).”

    Mrs Stanley, Rotherham, September 2018

    • “We were told Milk would be bough fresh from the farm shop 3 times a week on a Monday Wednesday and Friday. Having arrives on the Tuesday afternoon we didn't go and get milk as though this was a lovely idea and would have fresh milk in the morning - this never came nor was it delivered on the Friday. So when everyone wanted their coffee and breakfast Wednesday we had to do a 30 min round trip to start the day - very disappointing. There was also not enough serving equipment in the property. I have rented many houses like this in the lakes and else where and for a place that sleeps 8 there was no service plates / bowls and dishes for dinner. The whole point of hiring the house was so we didn't have to go out for dinner and this didn't make it easy. Also anywhere I have rented has always had the basic condiments in either built up from people before or supplied by the owners, again this was not included making the basics difficult - stuff like ketchup / herbs / Welcome pack. Other then the above the place is lovely, the water didn't work for a while but this was fixed quickly, it is a very sociable property but yet we all felt we had our own room and space.”

    Mrs O'Connell, Rotherham, June 2018

    • “The roads are too narrow if you have buggies, there are no footpaths! About 1.5 hour walk to the nearest pub. Comfortable accomodation, wi-fi good in sitting room(we took firestick, worked well), bbq's available (we took our own tongs etc) great walks around estate, kids loved the pool, fantastic weather beautiful surroundings.”

    Mr Mustarde, Durham, May 2018

    • “The property was not ready at the stated time. A temporary repair had been made to a heated towel rail which then failed during the week and left wires showing, although I reported it twice nothing was done. This was a concern as we had a small child with us. I have since e- mailed the cottages and have been assured the repairs has since been done therefore this is reflected in my scores”

    Mrs Armstrong, Stockton-on-Tees, April 2018

    • “We were generally very pleased with the property and any issues were very quickly resolved. A few snagging issues...the toilet seats are loose, one of the hobs doesn’t work and the dishwasher door catches when you close it. Also, there appears to be a damp issue in the first double room where mould progressively appeared during our stay. We wouldn’t re-book this property but not due to the above snagging issues. Unfortunately a very noisy family was staying above us. Throughout their stay the children were allowed to run and thump through your property from just after 6am every morning which wasn’t very relaxing! They were also allowing their children to jump on and off your furniture from 6am in the morning so hopefully no damage was incurred due to this. This noise alone would stop us from re-booking this property.”

    Mrs Fulcher, Campbeltown, February 2018

    • “This is a fantastic cottage, well presented, clean and in an ideal location. You feel your in the heart of the country but there is lots to do close by. The only negatives are the early check out, (it's a rush for 10am when you've been so relaxed) and the hot water, if you dont keep on top of those boosts you run out fast. They would not stop me coming back though, the pool and table tennis is a brilliant bonus, logs and kindling on site, free laundry......great grounds......i could go on. We will definitely be back. (May get a detached next time as there was a little noise from above....)”

    Mr Wilson, Leeds, December 2017

    • “Lovely few days spent with family and extended family, Cottage was big and as described, would recommend and hopefully return x”

    Rose, Liverpool, February 2017

    • “We arrived late Saturday they was no listed of how to work anything in the barn, no ironing board not enough kitchen utensils etc, we shared the outside with serval other families and for the money we paid I expected more, the barn had stained carpets which we had to take pictures of so we were not blame for it, the hot water was a nightmare too not enough for 8 people to take a shower. However the walks and area was just breathtaking.”

    Mrs Jones, Rhyl, July 2018

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

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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.

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:

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