A beautifully placed 16th Century Lakeland country cottage

the perfect choice for a memorable, family holiday

Peacefully located along a private driveway just a few minutes walk from the historic village of Hawkshead, The Old Farmhouse is picture-postcard pretty and offers 16th century character and charm and great facilities for a Lakeland getaway, whatever time of year you choose to visit.

The village is awash with pretty cottages dotted along cobbled courtyards and alleyways which lead to the main square where you’ll find a great selection of pubs, cafes and interesting shops and galleries, ideal for picking up a special memento of your trip.

Many easy walks can be enjoyed right from the door; take a gentle stroll or cycle ride along to Esthwaite Water or around the beautiful Tarn Hows and for those more adventurous among you, visit Grizedale Forest and try your hand at ‘Go Ape’ and see the forest from a bird’s eye view.


gather family and friends together for an intimate dining experience

From the front of this attractive Lakeland farmhouse, enter straight into the beamed and panelled dining room with antique table comfortably seating the whole party for an intimate dinner. A delightful snug to the left has a colour TV, a quiet place to sit and read the morning papers.

The oak kitchen is wrapped in cool granite and has everything you’ll need to cook up a delicious family meal, the rear porch doubling as a boot room and leading to the rear. The main living room sits just off the dining room, with solid oak flooring, a 40’ SMART TV and comfy leather seating set around a large log burning stove (initial fuel supplied) and floor to ceiling windows allowing plenty of light to flood in.

A luxurious and spacious shower room has a walk in shower, WC and hand basin and also doubles as the laundry. Above the lounge sits Bedroom 4, a king size with skylight windows and some limited headroom.

The main first floor of the property is home to three comfortable bedrooms; a pretty twin with 2ft 6’ beds, a comfortable double and the master double with French antique bed 2 with en-suite shower, handbasin and WC. The house bathroom has a shower over the bath, handbasin and WC.

A private, fully enclosed cottage garden with lawn and patio areas sits at the front of the farmhouse, across the private drive, ideal for enjoying meals al fresco during the warmer months. The property has ample parking for 3 cars, that all important WiFi, and 2 dogs are most welcome to join in the fun.

Ground Floor:

The property has central heating throughout with carpet in the dining room and snug, tiles in the kitchen and wooden floors in the living room.

  • Dining Area: Large Antique table set up for 8 people with comfortable chairs, gas fire with surround
  • Snug: Perfect quiet snug with 26″ TV and antique reading chairs
  • Kitchen: Refurbished with Oak units, granite worktops, gas hob, electric oven, combi microwave, dishwasher, fridge
  • Rear Porch: Perfect for muddy boots and houses a freezer
  • Living Room: With oak flooring, comfortable leather seating around a large log burner with initial fuel provided. 40″ Smart TV with freeview.
  • Downstairs Shower Room: Luxurious shower room with walk in shower, WC and basin. There is also a washer/dryer in here.
  • Bedroom 4: Up an oak handmade staircase to a King size bed with partial restricted head room and large skylight window with oak built in furniture

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with large french antique bed with en-suite shower, hand basin and WC
  • Bedroom 2: Double bedroom
  • Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with 2ft 6 beds
  • Bathroom: Bath with shower, WC and basin


  • Electric, gas, bed linen and towels included
  • Coffee grinder and cafetière provided
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Initial supply of logs/coal are supplied for the fires


  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Private cottage garden with patio and grass area at the front of the property (track road between)
  • 2 dogs welcome


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower


  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bed Type

  • Double Bed
  • King Size Bed
  • Single Bed

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • Sky Package
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Remote


  • Saturday Changeover

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(4.9 out of 5) - based on 31 reviews.

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  • Barbara says:

    Lovely old farmhouse – great atmosphere lovely garden -log fire – walkable to village over field in 10 mins. Great spot .Lots to do nearby .

  • Sarah says:

    Wow!! What an amazing place to stay!! A true little gem in the Lake District!

  • Brian Hedley says:

    Great location , very comfortable and lovely facilities..we thoroughly enjoyed the walk over the fields to Hawkshead (about 5-10 mins) to the pubs and shops .
    Very handy location for Coniston , Tarn Hows, Windermere , Wray Castle , the Langdales etc ..lovely and quiet ..hope to be back soon .

  • Elle says:

    Hawkshead is a lovely village, and this property is well situated for getting around the lake district easily with a car. Spacious house in a quiet area.

  • Alistair says:

    The accommodation was great for the 6 of us. The house had plenty of space for eating and socialising. We used the 2 double rooms in the old part of the house and the double in the new extension. There was plenty of parking for our 3 cars (in fact there was space for a 4th car!). The village of Hawkshead is about a 10 minute walk away using the footpath on the right as you go out of the cottage main gate. There are a few places to eat there, we ate at the Red Lion pub and the Kittchen on quiz night – great fun if you like cats! On the whole, great house and great location to explore the Lake District.

  • Claire says:

    Great location for this lovely farmhouse. A great blend of old and modern giving a very cosy feeling. The house is very well equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday. Hawkshead village is just a short walk across the fields with the added bonus of stunning views across to the fells. Would recommend this as a great place for a family and friends holiday.

  • Ross says:

    Brilliant location and the house is full of character. We had an enjoyable week.

  • Matthew says:

    Great location.

  • Stuart says:

    Great cottage with bags of character. A short walk into Hawkshead. Nice lounge with log burner and a good dining area where we gathered as a family. Good communication from hosts.

  • Hannah says:

    Beautiful cottage, wonderful location, lovely log burner, well equipped and very clean. Definitely recommend, we had a lovely time even with no electricity for 48h because of Storm Arwen! Thank you!

  • Lucinda says:

    The property is ideally located to explore Hawkshead, Windermere and Coniston. The property is located in a quiet location, but within walking distance to Hawkshead.

  • Hugh says:

    Thank you all for a wonderful stay in the Old Farmhouse. Lovey cottage and very efficiently run by yourselves (Lakeland Retreats)

  • Joe says:

    We (6 adults, 1 2-year-old, 1 spaniel) had a lovely holiday here. The best equipped rental property I have ever stayed in. The location is secluded, but you only have a half-mile walk across fields to a traffic-free lane directly into the heart of the village.

  • Valerie Archibald says:

    After years of staying in holiday lets, I can honestly say this is the best we have ever stayed in. All modern amenities were there combined with a lovely location close to Hawkshead. Adults, children (and dogs) had all we could want.

  • Carissa says:

    This home is a perfect base for exploring everything the Lake District has to offer. Being able to walk to town every day was one of our favourite parts! We loved how history, charm, and modern convenience came together to make this one of the best Airbnbs we’ve stayed in yet!

  • Mike says:

    Charming cottage. Walking distance from Hawkshead. Stayed here with family for a long weekend of walking, sightseeing, eating drinking and board games. The cottage was a great space and location for all of these.

  • Hannah says:

    Lovely home, super cosy in a beautiful part of the country. Very fast communication. Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Linda says:

    It is a 5 min walk to the village the bathrooms have been renovated but 2 of the bedroom floors are very uneven.

  • Scott Comber says:

    We stayed w/s 8/8/20. Party of 6 (three adult couples).

    House is beautiful. Up a farm track and easy to find. Plenty of parking for three cars. House is semi-detached with a holiday rental next door. During our week it was very quiet and peaceful. Lovely treat so see the sheep herded up the road by the farmer and his two dogs (which are lovely as well).

    The Old Farmhouse had everything we needed. All modern appliances that worked pretty well. Enough space for us to all be there but not under each other’s feet. The double height sitting room is really nice to sit around and chat. Bedrooms pretty comfortable.

    Getting into Hawkshead is really easy. Either a walk across the fields or down the house’s road and into the village that way. There is no footpath, but traffic is light and people are expecting walkers. It’s only 100m or so, so not a problem.

    This is an old house so has a few quirks. The upstairs shower leaks into the dining room a bit. Kitchen is small. It’s hard to dry washing even with the dryer as the house stays a little damp. Plus there is nowhere to store any wet/outside gear. We had 4 bikes so this was a downside. One slight warning – if you are over 6’2” you cannot stretch out on the bed in the main bedroom because of the high footboard. But these are minor – overall the house is an absolute winner.

    If you are cycling, the route from the cottage, past Ambleside, around Rydal and Grasmere and then back home is just about the best I’ve ever done – and I’ve done a lot. there is a 25% climb so be warned. But it’s incredible.

    All in all a great week and highly recommended.

    • Brenda Mackey says:

      The house is now fully double glazed and no sign of any damp and we are fully centrally heated, plus the log burner. The shower was fixed when reported.

      Hanging rail for wet clothes in the downstairs wet room. Sorry we don’t have a shed for bikes, but they can be stored around the back of the cottage out of sight – but only the farmer goes past the house

      Pleased you enjoyed your stay

  • Catherine says:

    Lovely atmospheric farmhouse, our entire group had a great time

  • Carrie says:

    “Lovely cottage and easy walk into Hawkshead.”

  • Stephanie says:

    Lovely cottage, perfect for attending a wedding nearby. Even though the weather was cold my daughters loved running around the lovely gardens. Rural but walkable to pubs and amenities. Would return!

  • Maggy says:

    The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable. Plenty of space for us all. Booked to celebrate my husbands 70th and some of his family stayed in Hawkeshead itself. The 10 minute walk in to the village was easy for meeting up with them. We were able to collect the keys early when we called in to the office at 1:30 which was a bonus. I would thoroughly recommend the property for a stay in Hawkeshea

  • Nick says:

    “Fantastic house in a perfect location set in quiet countryside but only a 10 minute walk away from the village of Hawkshead. We had a wonderful stay

  • Tom says:

    This cottage is well located near beautiful walking paths and across the main road from grazing sheep. The garden, through a separate gate by a different property, has a Weber barbecue and beautiful patio furniture. Highly recommend this part of the Lake District.

  • Tom says:

    This is a lovely, characterful cottage in a very quiet location, set well back from the road, we didn’t see a soul other than the postman. That said, it’s only a 5 minute walk to Hawkshead along the road or over the fields, which is a very pretty little village with some great pubs. The cottage was well equipped, we enjoyed cosy evenings playing board games with the log burner going. Also some very scenic walks nearby. Overall a great choice for our party of 6 (and 1 dog), would highly recommend it.

  • Stephen says:

    Great cottage, great location for local walks. Pubs and shops within 5/10 minute walk which don’t require you to walk on roads. Lovely garden and outside area for bbq-ing.

  • Frances says:

    The cottage is well equipped and very clean. We loved the sitting room and having space. The setting is very pretty and it is a pleasant walk into Hawkshead across the fields. A great place in a lovely location. The milkman delivers daily, which is a real bonus

  • Sheryl says:

    Quirky cottage combining modern amenities with an old house – the bumpy floors were interesting! We had a super cosy weekend and loved the log fire, watching DVDs and playing games. Internet connection was surprisingly great too

  • Summer says:

    Perfect spot for families! Our young sons loved playing in the garden and exploring the fields and streams nearby. We loved having plenty of beds, an excellent kitchen and laundry, and a quick walk across the field to Hawkshead Village for any essentials. We were also perfectly situated for a hike to Tarn Hows. Beautiful home for a beautiful vacation.

  • Summer says:

    Our hearts are glowing with gratitude for a wonderful stay! The Old Farmhouse was everything we could have needed or wanted, and it was the perfect family vacation home.

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