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Home Farmhouse

Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914066)

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    • “Overall had a lovely week break at home farm house. Swimming pool was so handy and beautiful new park and shop was so close. Cooker was abit small for cooking for 10 people and one broken window in living room. Postcode doesn’t take you to the right place so is quite hard to find. And only two TVs in house, four bedrooms without isn’t good for 2019. Would definitely use Skye’s cottages again for another holiday”

    Mrs Fallows, Rochdale, December 2018

    • “The farmhouse was lovely and the only site staff friendly and helpful. However, the situation of the farmhouse was exceptional, rural enough to feel secluded but within easy driving distance of so many wonderful places.”

    Mrs Purdie, Maybole, July 2018

    • “Holiday excellent yet again. And they put in a desk and chair for my daughter to study. Love this cottage.”

    Mrs Scothern, Glasgow, March 2018

    • “I had originally booked another cottage to stay in. Unfortunately the description of this cottage was only released when all the money to pay for this particular cottage was taken out of my account. On closer inspection it proved that the description for this cottage had been completely misleading and was not of the standard required. After several days of me ringing Sykes Cottages to discuss the possibility of rearranging or refunding the cottage I was still unable to get to a conclusion. On several occasions I was promised a phone call back but unfortunately this never took place. After 5 days of constant phoning Sykes to resolve the issue I was finally able to speak with the duty manager who was both very professional and helpful. He was able to assist me in arranging another cottage which was slightly more than our budget and resolved the problem within 24 hours. However, please can it be noted that until having spoken with the manager the standard and professionalism of the staff I spoke to was wholly inadequate, given the fact I had already made the total payment for the cottage in question. Whilst the cottage we stayed in was suitable for our trip. There were some concerns that for a party of more than 6 people one shower and one upstairs toilet in the cottage wouldn't be sufficient. Whilst the annex did have an additional toilet, I wouldn't expect for the price of approximately £1600 for the 4 days there to be such a limit to these facilities, especially as the property is advertised for up to 10 people to stay. In addition the level of information provided in the welcome pack was very limited. There were little instructions to how to use the various appliances in the cottage as well as local amenities such as taxi firms, local shops, restaurants and pubs etc. Again for the money paid for the cottage further information could have been provided to enhance the stay in the cottage.”

    Mr Clifton, Manchester, March 2018

    • “We have stayed at this property previously and others within the Graythwaite group but the cleanliness has gone down hill. There were no mattress protectors in 2 of the bedrooms (the downstairs twin and the double ensuite at the top of the stairs) which is not acceptable. There were cobwebs in most corners of each room and the annex is so damp and becomes so cold it is almost inhabitable and the person who stayed in there left after 2 nights as they couldn't tolerate a third night in those conditions.”

    Mrs Murphy, Wigan, November 2017

    • “A very comfortable property! Great for our family of 9. Idyllic location and central to many great family activities.”

    Mr Pollock, Epping, May 2017

    • “Great place to meet up with family groups.”

    Ms Davis, STOCKPORT, February 2017

    • “Lovely property, but narrow roads in this part of the Lakes and not that easy to travel northwards.”

    Mr Taylor, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, February 2017

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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

Resting within the beautiful Graythwaite Estate, near the charming village of Hawkshead, is Home Farmhouse. Surrounded by woodland, with peaceful lakes and rambling hills beyond, this well-appointed cottage is ideal for families, friends and large groups. The lounge invites you to relax and share stories with your loved ones on the large, sumptuous sofa. A woodburning stove rests within the alcove of the room, taking the chill off a cold winter's evening. There is a modern-style kitchen with fitted units and wooden flooring leading through to the dining area. Cook up a delicious meal and crack open a bottle of wine after an adventure in Grizedale Forest. The first floor plays host to three bedrooms, with a twin bedroom resting on ground level. There are two doubles with en-suite facilities, whilst the twin rooms share the modern family bathroom. To the outside is an annexe building housing a double bed with an en-suite shower room, ideal for couples. Make the most of the lawned garden and patio area and enjoy the on-site facilities at your own level. There is an indoor swimming pool, a table tennis room, children's play area, fitness suite and a 2.5-acre trout fishing lake. There is walking and cycling in abundance, with many more outdoor activities for the whole family. Hawkshead is a lovely town oozing character, with pubs, tea rooms and shops. Previously home to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, it attracts tourists from all over. Newby Bridge is also nearby with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Fell Foot Park and Gummer's How. You also have Lake Windermere, Coniston Water and Rydal water near Grasmere. An ideal location and wonderful base to choose for your next break.


Main house: Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin. Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Utility. Sitting room with woodburner. Ground Floor annexe: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC.


  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs 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
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • 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 and 2 x WC (no 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.

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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