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Hollens Farmhouse

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972232)

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    • “Ideally located cottage to introduce my family to the Lake District”
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    • “This 17th century farmhouse in the centre of the Lake District was an ideal base to introduce my family to the area that I visited many times as a youth over 50 years ago while growing up in Lancashire. The 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom 'cottage' provided ideal accommodation for four adults and three children. The children really enjoyed playing in the small garden, walking through the fields to the village for Grasmere gingerbread and hiking to Alcock Tarn above the cottage. The only downside was the lack of provision of towels - a significant discouragement for promotion to overseas visitors.”

    Neil T, July 2015

    • “Top Grasmere cottage”
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    • “We are a group of people who make an annual visit to the Lake District, hiring cottages to stay and base our walks from. I can say without fear of contradiction from the rest of the group that this was the best cottage we have stayed in so far. Located just a few minutes walk from Grasmere it is ideally situated for forays into the heart of the Lakes. The cottage itself is beautifully and tastefully furnished throughout. It resembles a home as opposed to an occasional letting. All the bedrooms are en-suite and the living areas are spacious and comfortable. Although lacking an open real fire the property is well insulated and warm throughout the day due to the gas central heating system. The large kitchen is well equipped with a central dining table. There is parking for 2 vehicles and outdoor access if the weather permits. All in all a very pleasant stay and highly recommended.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Southport, November 2013

    • “5 star performance”
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    • “excellent rental facility,excellent location,what more do you want.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bidford On Avon, August 2013

    • “A truly comfortable stay.”
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    • “The web site describing the property was accurate and easy to follow. We did receive the details re directions and the key safe but, as these were not attached to the original confirmation, we had to make a 2nd request which was promtly dealt with. The house is well appointed in every way. There is plenty of crockery, cutlery, and cooking equipment. The shower facilities were very impressive. The beds were very comfortable with good pillows and linen. However it did seem a bit odd that no towels are provided. It was good to have the use of a washing machine but strange that there appeared to be no washing line!! We had wonderful weather every day,( how lucky were we )? Therefore, the availability of an umbrella over the table in the garden would have been welcome (I can quite understand that generally this is necessary, or indeed a requirement, just nice to have had available! The location of Hollens Farm house was excellent with easy access into Grasmere. The views from the house were lovely. The position of this property was much appreciated as this enabled us to undertake a variety of walks without driving. If we return to Grasmere, I think that we all would be very happy to stay here again.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Esher, August 2013

    • “Lovely accomodation in the perfect setting”
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    • “Grasmere is a great base for exploring the Lake District and Hollens Farmhouse offered everything we needed to be able to enjoy our stay. Very comfortable and ample of space too.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Winsford, June 2013

    • “Excellent all round”
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    • “Booking was simple. Directions to the property were clear. The house was very comfortable and warm on a snowy weekend. It is spacious and having all bedrooms en-suite was great. It is within easy walking distance of Grasmere village and you could walk up the Langdales from the door. Don't assume basics will be found in the cupboards! Take everything you need.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Ashbourne, April 2013

    • “Home from home”
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    • “Lovely accommodation, clean and we'll equipped. Easy location for Grasmere in a lovely setting.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Basingstoke, March 2013

    • “First class accomodation, warm welcoming and luxurious.”
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    • “We had a fabulous stay in Hollens Farmhouse, Grasmere, in December 2012. We were celebrating a friends 50th Birthday, the weather was kind to us, we had some amazing walks and fabulous accomodation to return to at the end of each day. The farmhouse was Wonderful, we liked it so much we wanted to make the most of it, so ate in every night and enjoyed lovely relaxing evenings in the gorgeous lounge. The soft furnishings and attention to detail throughout were Wonderful.”

    Karen Bell, Cumbria., January 2013

    • “Great base for lots of great experiences in the Lakes”
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    • “Very comfortable house for a large group. En suite facility across the four bedrooms is great. No hassle arrival and departure as keys kept in safe box so no need to pick up or return keys anywhere. Location excellent with superb views. Parking for 4 cars would be better, there is a part of garden that could accommodate this, dig it up and pebble it.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leeds, November 2012

    • “Amazing”
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    • “the farmhouse was absolutely stunning, so comfortable and homely and the location couldnt have been better, a gentle 10 min stroll along the river to Grasmere. Everything about the holiday was perfect. Hopefully we will beable to return one day.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Staffordshire, November 2012

    • “Wonderful place”
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    • “Hollens farmhouse was a perfect place to stay. Quality of the house is perfect, a mix of old world charm but short of nothing in terms of amenities. The location is ideal to explore Grasmere, but away from the crowds. The accommodation was extremely comfortable in every respect. Car parking was only suitable for two cars however and care was required in parking the second vehicle to avoid grounding on the steep driveway. A very nice place indeed.”

    Davidmstephenson, Preston, United Kingdom, July 2012

    • “Great house, pity about the weather!”
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    • “We loved the house. I chose it because it had 4 good sized bedrooms and we were 4 adult couples so it was ideal. The sitting room was a good size for 8 adults as well. Kitchen-diner were well stocked with everything we could need. Sadly we were never in a position to appreciate the charming garden because it rained nearly all the time but we appreciated how warm the house was.If I have to make any criticism some facility for drying clothes would have been appreciated. The house was well located for Grasmere with that short walk across the fields. The service was good - we struggled with the key box at first and the washing machine wasn't working on our arrival. But communications were good and help was on hand.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Brighton, July 2012

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    • “I think this was the 5th time we had used Hollens Farmhouse. It is so convenient and in such a lovely position and hopefully we will be able to come again.”

    Mrs Beaty, Market Harborough, October 2018

    • “The property is well equipped and although it sleeps 8 everyone has their own space. The lounge and dining area easily accommodated everyone together and Grasmere was in easy reach. Very enjoyable break”

    Ms Holden, Nottingham, September 2018

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The Property

A tastefully furnished 17th century farmhouse located only a short stroll from the centre of Grasmere, this luxury Lake District cottage still retains many original features. Hollens Farmhouse has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, sleeping eight it is great for large groups or families wishing to explore the Lake District together. Outside there is a sunny patio with furniture, where better to relax with a glass of wine after a day exploring the area.
Grasmere is internationally acclaimed not only for its Wordsworth connections but also as it sits at the northern tip of the lake with the fells towering above in the most stunning scenery imaginable. It is a walkers haven with low and high walks available in all directions.
A wide selection of tea rooms, restaurants and traditional village inns and a range of local shops including the world famous gingerbread shop and Heaton Cooper Art Gallery help to make this a popular destination at any time of the year.
Location, location, location; Hollens Farmhouse has it all. Nestled into the lower slopes of Rydal Fell, above the idyllic village of Grasmere, the property enjoys superb views towards Helm Crag (The Lion and The Lamb) and Silver Howe. The tastefully refurbished, 17th Century farmhouse is situated almost mid-way between Keswick and Ambleside with an abundance of outdoor pursuits available from the door. Hollens Farmhouse has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard with much attention to detail that has made this a much sort after addition to our range of properties. All four bedrooms have en-suite facilities and the cottage retains many traditional features with a wealth of exposed oak beams and an oak cupboard dating from 1687.
The gas centrally heated accommodation comprises:

Double bedroom with characterful features including an antique French bed and en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin, WC and washer/dryer.

First floor: Lounge with views down the Grasmere valley and to Grasmere lake, woodburning stove, 46" Smart TV, video and CD/hi-fi.
Dining/kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, large American style fridge/freezer and bar stools to kitchen island.
The dining area with TV and views to the nearby fells and patio doors leading to the garden.
Double bedroom with views down the valley and en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC. Wi-Fi available.

All gas, electric and bed linen and towels included.
Cot and highchair available.
Lawned garden with patio and superb panoramic views over Grasmere to the nearby fells
Decking area with seating in the evening sun looking to Helm Crag.
Private parking for 2/3 cars.
£100 refundable Good Housekeeping Bond payable.


Spread over two floors. Two bedrooms are downstairs: 1 x double antique French bed with en-suite bathroom, shower room, hand basin, WC and 1 x twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, hand basin, WC and washer/dryer. Two further bedrooms on first floor: 1 x double with views and en-suite shower room, shower cubicle, hand basin and WC plus 1 x twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, hand basin and WC. First floor kitchen/dining area. First floor sitting room with woodburning stove.


  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, kitchen island
  • Smart TV, Log Burner, video, CD/hi-fi
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Private parking for 2/3 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio, decking and seating
  • Village shops and pubs just a short walk away. Please Note: £100 refundable Good Housekeeping Bond payable.

Regional Information

GRASMERE Ambleside 5 miles; Windermere 9 miles; Keswick 13 miles. Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park is the lovely village of Grasmere, probably best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found". Any visit to Grasmere needs to include The Grasmere Gingerbread shop, where the Wilson family have been making gingerbread for over 60 years. Also in the village are a number of shops, pubs, a church which dates back to the 13th century and Grasmere Lake, plus Grasmere Sports takes place every August, where you can watch participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling. Just five miles away is the town of Ambleside and Lake Winderemere where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and the 17th century Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. Cruises, boat trips and watersports can all be enjoyed on Lake Windermere and the towns of Windermere and Keswick are also within driving distance. Grasmere is a wonderful base for your Lake District retreat.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.