The Hayloft is a superb example of a well thought out conversion sat within the small hamlet of Outgate, midway between the popular Lakeland villages of Ambleside and Hawkshead and is extremely handy for The Outgate Inn!

Take a romantic stroll with your loved one and your dog around beautiful Tarn Hows, Esthwaite Water or a tour of the house and grounds at Wray Castle followed by a cuppa in one of the quaint tea rooms that line the cobbled streets of nearby Hawkshead or at the famous Drunken Duck Inn. Walks and cycle routes are plentiful for all ages and abilities from The Hayloft but, if you’re looking to combine a few activities, head for Grizedale Forest where you’ll find superb trails for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities and for those real thrill seekers among you, you can literally swing through the forest at the Go Ape adventure!



The Hayloft has all the ingredients of a cosy country cottage; flagged floors, much use of solid oak throughout and even handmade shutters, all carefully created by local craftsmen under the guidance of the owner. The comfortable, open living space is flooded with light by way of floor to ceiling windows and comprises a cosy lounge area with snuggling sofa and leather chair and fully functional but neat kitchenette with breakfast bar dining facility.

The spacious double bedroom sits on the first floor having direct access to a modern shower room. Outside, take advantage of the finer weather and enjoy a cuppa or even something stronger on the private patio before heading into Ambleside for dinner; with so many great restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Ground Floor:

The property has oak floors throughout with electric panel heaters. It has floor to ceiling windows with handmade shutters.

  • Kitchen Area: Fully equipped  compact kitchen including induction hob, full size oven, toaster and fridge (with ice box).
  • Lounge: with comfortable double sofa and leather tub chair. TV/DVD, music system and a collection of DVDs.
  • Locally handmade staircase leading to first floor
  • Bedroom with Double bed and dressing table
  • Ensuite with modern shower enclosure, WC, basin and heated towel rail


  • All electric, bed linen and towels are included
  • Sorry no cot or highchair are available
  • WiFi available


  • Parking for 1 car outside the property
  • Private outside patio with BBQ to the rear of the property
  • Pets welcomed
  • Bike storage is available (please ask)


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Romance


  • Bike Storage
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Parking


  • Double Bed


  • Double Room


  • DVD Player
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi


  • Fridge

Children & Pets

  • Pet Friendly

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Remote


  • Shower

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(4.7 out of 5) - based on 29 reviews.

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  • Catriona says:

    Lovely little cosy cottage, very well appointed for two people. Fantastic location to access most parts of the Lakes easily. Walking from the door and no more than twenty metres to the nearest pub!

  • Chris says:

    Comfortable cottage in a good location, would stay again

  • Ben says:

    Great little place, perfect for a couples short stay. Location spot on. The team were great and easy to book with, will be back to this property very soon. Many thanks!

  • Michael says:

    Excellent place, clean, warm and modern interior, absolutely ideal for two and a dog. Very responsive host seemed more than happy to help with even the more trivial of our queries.

  • Bethany says:

    Lovely little place in a great location in between Ambleside and Hawkshead, easy to get to everywhere! Great pub a stones throw away that’s a must visit. Really cosy on a winters night and slept comfortably after long days of hiking.

  • Megan says:

    What an amazing place to stay. In the middle of nowhere but still accessible to local amenities. Lovely walks all around.

  • Ben says:

    Really nice, clean and cosy place to stay and explore the Lakes.

  • Brain says:

    Great cottage ideal for exploring the local area. Handy pub next door.

  • Tom says:

    We spent a fantastic week at the Hayloft. It’s a beautifully designed little apartment which we found suitable for the two of us and our 19mo old daughter. It has a lovely cosy character and remains light thanks to its large windows. Outgate is nicely located for a couple of walks, particularly to the beautiful Latterbarrow with views over Windermere, and the pub next door was lively and served very good evening meals; we also used the facilities to cater for ourselves. Getting there and getting in was simple thanks to great information. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Hayloft to others.

  • Stuart says:

    Our second time staying here. It’s in such a lovely quiet setting close to so many great walks and cycle routes

  • Stuart says:

    Stunning cottage in a beautiful location. Amazing walks and cycle routes right from your door. Would love to stay again!

  • Caroline says:

    A superbly comfortable and warm apartment in a pretty location. The facilities are modern, stylish and clean. The thoughtful extra touches really stand this property out from others.

  • Danielle says:

    We really loved the little hayloft, just perfect for our needs! It has been renovated(?) to a high standard and provided a warm, dry and comfy base for a couple exploring the Lakes. Pretty much everything was spot on, we especially loved the fact that the milkman delivers each morning 🙂 The property is minutes from the local pub which served good food and welcomed our dog. There are walks from the front door and many more within a short drive, along with cute villages and towns. You have your own parking spot and garden which although not directly accessed from the house (just behind through a gate) is well set up to enjoy some relaxation after exploring. We would quite happily return here for a quiet relaxing break!

  • Catherine says:

    Lovely cute cottage very close the the local pub and the Drunken Duck

  • Amelia says:

    The Hayloft was a wonderful place to stay and would highly recommend it to anyone. There are so many great walks right on your doorstep and in such a great location, because so peaceful and quiet but at the same time close driving and walking distance to the main towns i.e. Ambleside, Windermere etc. If you do visit the area, I would highly recommend driving up to Rydal if you can as the walks here and the walks from Rydal to Grasmere were among my favourite on our visit. All the facilities were great and the information that comes with the property on how to use everything (as well as information about the area and recommendations for walks and food) was very clear and useful. The Outgate Inn is literally next door to the Hayloft and the staff in there were so friendly. It was a lovely little palace, offering great food and drink. Overall, the Hayloft was wonderful and made our stay in the Lakes even more enjoyable.

  • Jordan says:

    Superb location. There are plenty of lovely walks from the accommodation, including Lake Windermere being about an hours trek away. The Hayloft was very spacious and well equipped for two people and we had an incredibly relaxed few days there – the prosecco helped too!

  • Jessica says:

    Lovely place to stay, in a great location for walking straight out of the door into the Lakes. Very clean and comfortable, and a nice pub along the street for lunch and dinner. We recommend the Latterbarrow, Wray Castle and Hawkshead walks. We also drove up to Keswick to do Catbells Ridge. We had beautiful weather throughout so were very lucky!

  • Juliet says:

    Great little place, location is fantastic

  • Jeremy says:

    Great location with lots to do in the area. Lovely property and very well equipped. One minor problem was fixed really quickly. We had a great week.

  • Wesley says:

    Great little place in a convenient central location for all the attractions of the Lakes

  • Dan says:

    Lovely place with plenty of footpaths on your doorstep, had a great time exploring the local area.

  • Laurence says:

    Really lovely accommodation, great base for exploring the lakes!

  • Laura says:

    A beautiful little place perfectly situated to explore the Lakes. Accessible parking right outside and a cozy spot in which to relax.

  • Simon says:

    Amazing venue, perfect for two, and ideally situated for plenty of great walks

  • Hannah says:

    We loved it – so cosy, everything was super clean and it was the perfect location for exploring the nearby lakes. We would highly recommend the Hayloft.

  • Sarah says:

    This small but perfectly finished house, is amazingly located if you want some beautiful walks straight from the door

  • Andrew says:

    Really lovely cottage we stayed in over Christmas. Kitchen well stocked and we cooked a full Christmas dinner with no problems! Excellent location close to Ambleside and to many amazing walks

  • Andrea says:

    Thanks Michelle for our wonderful Christmas stay. We had a lovely time in your great house. Great stay and we hope to be back one day!

  • Dot says:

    Fab place. We will hopefully return when we can. Thanks Dot/Phil

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