Superb 16th Century, Grade II Listed Retreat Offering Charming Facilities For A Larger Gathering

Roger Ground House is a fine example of a quintessential Lakeland Country House retreat located in the heart of Beatrix Potter territory just outside the pretty village of Hawkshead. Sympathetically extended and refurbished in recent times from the original, 16th century Tudor cottage, Roger Ground House provides superb, modern-day facilities beautifully presented and married with a wealth of original features deemed worthy of its Grade II listing to include oak staircase, flooring and panelling, stone flags, mullioned windows, beamed ceilings and a glorious Georgian spice cupboard. Roger, by the way, was a local priest in the Parish of Hawkshead who lived here at the house in the 1600s and it’s said that the hamlet is named after him.

Roger Ground House, while perfect for a large family or friend group, can be let in conjunction with her sister property, Hawkshead Hideaway to accommodate up to 12 guests.

Less than a ten-minute stroll along a country path from the house brings you into this tiny, much-loved village, it’s cobbled square and ginnels lined with whitewashed cottages, interesting galleries and tea rooms and a number of traditional inns. The local Co-op supermarket is well stocked for your day to day supplies and a larger selection of shopping can be found in nearby Ambleside, just 5 miles away.

Hawkshead is the perfect base for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities; pull on your boots and explore from the door the stunning scenery of Tarn Hows, Latterbarrow and the extensive cycle tracks, sculpture trails and thrill of Go Ape at nearby Grizedale Forest. For a more sedate pace, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of Esthwaite Water, try your hand at trout fishing or take a trip back in time at Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter at Near Sawrey, now owned by The National Trust.


Quintessential Lakeland Retreat With Modern Day Facilities And Olde World Charm

Enter Roger Ground House through the rose-clad porch at the front and into a flagged hallway. A glorious Georgian sitting room sits off here with a painted inglenook fireplace housing a woodburning stove and magnificent spice cupboard, the window seat providing views out over the front cottage garden. A spacious, beamed dining room beyond is ideal for a formal family dinner and steps down lead to the beautiful Tudor sitting room with further wood burning stove, TV and DVD. A pretty twin bedroom with en-suite sits off here, perfect for those with limited mobility and with lovely views of the garden. Along the corridor is a useful cloakroom with WC and at the far end sits the hub of the house, the farmhouse kitchen, well fitted with a good range of facilities including a large range cooker.

On the half landing, you’ll find a wonderful family bathroom with a statement roll-top bath, perfect for a long soak after a day walking or cycling and a further shower room with a shower, basin and WC. There are two spacious and delightfully presented bedrooms on this floor, one kingsize and one super king – please ask at the time of booking if you require twin beds.

On the first floor are two more beautiful bedrooms, a super king with garden views (please ask at the time of booking if you require twin beds) and the master super king, a beautiful suite with its own shower room and views out over the garden.

Outside, Roger Ground House has great curb appeal from the front where there’s a well-tended, pretty cottage garden, awash with colour throughout the year. Steps lead up to a stone-walled garden behind which leads to a large orchard from where you can take in wonderful views towards Claife Heights. The main garden area provides large areas of manicured lawns fringed with established shrubs and ample furniture is provided for you to enjoy meals al fresco when our typical Lakeland weather will allow!

Ground Floor:

  • Traditional rose-clad entrance porch into hallway
  • Georgian lounge with wood burner, TV, DVD and garden views
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Second Tudor Lounge with wood burner, TV and DVD
  • Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with WC
  • Kitchen with range cooker, Nespresso machine with initial coffee pods, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, two fridges and freezer and direct access to the orchard garden.

Half Landing Level:

  • Family bathroom with roll-top bath and large shower, basin and WC
  • Bedroom 2: Kingsize bedroom
  • Bedroom 3: Super king bedroom made up as a double – please ask for singles
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC

First Floor

  • Bedroom 4: Super king bedroom with views out over the front garden and en-suite shower room, basin and WC.
  • Bedroom 5: Super king bedroom made up as a double (please ask for singles) with a view over the front garden.


  • 16th century quintessentially Lakeland Country House where Grade II listed character can be expected
  • Gas fired central heating
  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • Initial supply of logs for both wood burners provided
  • WiFi
  • Travel cot and high chair available on request
  • Ample off road parking for 3 cars
  • Patios, lawns and orchard gardens with furniture provided
  • Two well behaved pet welcome
  • Friday changeover
  • No Smoking


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower


  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Traditional


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Children & Pets

  • Dog Crate
  • High Chair
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot

Bed Type

  • Double Bed
  • King Size Bed
  • Single Bed
  • Superking Bed

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Remote


  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 19 reviews.

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  • Michelle says:

    Lovely house, perfect size for a group of 10. Warm, spacious and perfectly located for a weekend of walking and biking. property was clean, comfortable and had everything needed for a lovely stay.

  • Paige says:

    A really beautiful countryside home in an amazing location, we couldn’t have asked for more!

  • Simon says:

    Great location, lovely spacious house. The welcome basket was much appreciated. Really can’t fault the entire experience. Great value for money.

  • Julie says:

    I booked Roger Ground House for a surprise get together for my partners 60th and 8 of his friends joined us. The house was lovely and clean and had everything we needed for a wonderful break. Only warning is the ceilings in some places are low and we had a couple of tall men! Once they got used to bobbing they were fine. I’d definitely go back our friends are even taking g about making it an annual event.

  • Julie says:

    I booked Roger Ground House for a surprise get together for my partners 60th and 8 of his friends joined us. The house was lovely and clean and had everything we needed for a wonderful break. Only warning is give are the ceilings in some places are low and we had a couple of tall men! Once they got used to bobbing they were fine. I’d definitely go back our friends are even taking about making it an annual event.

  • Michelle says:

    Great place to stay near Hawkshead, perfect for a large family. We had a lovely time staying here

  • Julie says:

    We had a wonderful time at Roger Ground House. Everything that we could have wanted or needed was included in the house,The house is a great size allowing for 10 of us to enjoy a great family time, playing board games at the huge dining table .The garden was perfect to play with the dogs and enjoy a bbq and the location superb. It was a really short walk into beautiful Hawkshead too .
    We will definitely be back again .

  • Helen says:

    Thank you so much for letting us stay at your lovely home. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The beds were very comfortable, and we loved the amount of space available. The garden is very private, and is in such a quite location. The kitchen is well equipped also. The location to Hawkshead is very convenient too. We will be back.

  • Rachel says:

    This is an amazing house in a fantastic location. Often big houses are in the middle of nowhere but this one is a beautiful off road easy walk into the heart of Hawkshead. There’s a beautiful dining room that sits 10 perfectly, two reception rooms and bathrooms a plenty!! The house is really well stocked, kitchen and also lots of lovely books, games, maps, guide books etc. We had everything we needed for a family group of 10 ranging from 5 years to 80 years!!

  • Angie says:

    Roger Ground House was exactly what we needed for an extended family of ten. All descriptions were accurate. It was warm, clean and spacious with lots of homely touches. The kitchen was very well stocked and we were very appreciative of the generous welcome basket. Communications before and during our stay were excellent. It was about a ten minute walk into Hawkshead. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and felt it was very good value for money.

  • Olivia says:

    Great sized house with lots of character. More than enough space for 2 families and within walking distance to the village with its pubs and shops. Thanks for a great break!

  • Pauline says:

    An amazing stay. Thoroughly enjoyed it with our family.

  • Sam says:

    Beautiful, historic, cosy house. Lovely to be in heart of countryside, with walking access to trails and path leading to Ambleside. Great for families as large with two living rooms and space between bedrooms (good for hide & seek!). Extremely efficient communication. Well stocked with amenities. Ambleside itself is very nice, and close to some beautiful parts of the Lakes including Grizedale Forest, Windemere Jetty, Coniston. Recommend!

  • Margaret says:

    Excellent place for a large group who want peace and privacy in the lakes. Lots of space and bathrooms!! Everything you would need is thought of. We even had a Xmas tree which really added to our holiday not to mention the lovely treats waiting for us!

  • Siobhan Thompson says:

    This was our second stay at RGH. We found the house much improved since our last visit. The house is well equipped, warm and very comfortable. We appreciated the welcome treats too. Having been let down on the start day of our holiday by another company we were impressed by how quickly and efficiently Lakeland Retreats handled this very last minute booking. Thank you – we appreciated your help and had a lovely holiday.

  • John says:

    Fantastic house in a great location. Walks literally out the back door. Hawkshead village is only a five minute walk away with its shops, bars and cafes. Really great location only surpassed by the house itself which is beautifully furnished and very comfortable with everything you might possibly need. Lots of space for our large family to spread out with two great living spaces each with a log burner and a very nice formal dining room which was great for breakfast. The WiFi at the house is very good, better than I expected but it had no problem dealing with a couple of kids on iPads whilst the adult streamed Netflix on the TV. a wonderful house and one that we intend to visit again in the future. Michelle as a host was great, communications were very fast, the house was spotlessly clean and she left us a very nice welcome pack of biscuits, mint cake, coffee, bread, wine etc on arrival.

  • Jenna says:

    Brilliant house, comfy and cosy in a great location, everything you need is provided including some lovely extra touches on arrival! Thank you for a brilliant weekend!

  • David says:

    A great house in a wonderful location. Perfect for a large family gathering!

  • Gemma says:

    Absolutely stunning place to stay, well equipped for large groups including lots of serve ware and plenty of cutlery etc – we made use of most of this for a cheese and wine evening! The area is beautifully peaceful. We were pleased to find there was space to park 3-4 cars. The short walk into Hawkshead is lovely! Bedrooms were all of a good size and very comfortable and the bath is amazing! Thanks for a fantastic stay!

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