Rose Lea is a pretty Grade 2 listed, white washed cottage, adorned with creeping roses to the front. It is thought to date from 1691 and is one of a row of similar cottages in the tiny hamlet of Outgate, sitting directly opposite a green which is often used for grazing sheep.
The cottage is a very short stroll from the Outgate Inn and just a mile from the world-famous Drunken Duck Inn. The picturesque village of Hawkshead is close by, home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery (a designated World Heritage Site) where Potter’s original sketches and water colours are on display.
Local footpaths from the door lead to the shores of Windermere, the stunning beauty spot Tarn Hows, and the popular village of Ambleside where you’ll find a selection of chic shops, two cinemas, tea rooms, and many highly rated restaurants.
The cottage has a wealth of history and character, and Rose Lea has been furnished sympathetically in keeping with the property’s historic past. From the front, enter into the cosy oak beamed living /dining room with a multi-fuel burner, perfect for gathering around in the winter months. There is wonderful Court Cupboard dating back to 1701 – be sure to take a look at the old newspaper cuttings inside the understairs cupboard on your way through to the well fitted kitchen with all the equipment you’ll need to properly self-cater during your stay and Iron grate feature, probably 19th century. Downstairs there is a panelled bathroom with bath, hand basin and WC and a separate shower room.
Steep winding slate stairs lead you up to two pretty bedrooms, both with exposed beams showing the original Cruck construction of the cottage. The double bedroom has a romantic king size four poster bed and built in wardrobe whilst the other is a twin with two single beds and a feature fireplace.
Rose Lea Cottage is blessed with a beautiful walled garden to the rear, a mix of lawn and manicured beds awash with colour and fragrance in the summer months and the perfect place to relax after a long day on the fells. Parking is available in the garage for one car (Subaru Outback Estate but no bigger) and there is also storage space for a couple of bikes and walking gear if required.
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A fantastic cottage in a marvellous location. The interior is wonderful and has to be seen to be believed. It is equipped with every conceivable item to make your stay memorable. The lovely walled garden is secure and great when the sun shines! Parking inside the garage is also a bonus. Without doubt this was the best holiday accommodation we have every stayed in.
We had a lovely stay at this cottage in Outgate. It was clean, cosy, comfortable, and spacious. The garden was lovely to sit in on the dry days that we had. There is everything you could want, including a smart TV. Would definitely recommend. Plenty of great places to drive to. We had a lovely walk down to Wray Castle and back and could have walked to Hawkshead among other places as well.
We had a wonderful stay at Rose Lea August 2022. The cottage is fabulous, very much home from home with a lovely enclosed garden suitable for doggos. Everything was clean and tidy with all essential kitchen utensils. No local shop, but a good pub across the road which served good food. Several nice walks on your doorstep. We will definitely be returning!
Quaint but well appointed 2 bedroom cottage in Outgate. Welcome pack of milk, bread, butter, jam and eggs provided which was a nice touch. Car parking in the garage attached which is extremely useful as the roads are extremely narrow. Lovely back garden with seating. No shop in the village but there is a pub, only a few hundred yards from the cottage, Outgate Inn which serves meals. Outgate is only a couple of miles walk to Hawkshead where there are 4 pubs, several tea rooms and a Co-Op. Communication with Michelle was excellent – would definitely recommend a stay here.
Lovely character cottage, in a perfect location. The welcome pack was a very thoughtful gesture. The size of the garage wasn’t the problem it was trying to get the right angle between garage and opposite wall to reverse the car in but I did it and I have a Citron C5 Aircross! The Outgate Inn was very nice and we were able to take my 87 year old father on a number of trips out including the national trust gondola on Coniston water.
The cottage is very nice, the furnishings are very tasteful, the kitchen is well equipped and the garden is very well maintained. However, people who are taller than 1.85 m often have to duck their heads. A welcome gift with bread, eggs and jam was very nice.
We had a fantastic stay at the cottage. The location was excellent, with nice walks towards Wray Castle and the west side of Windermere from the doorstep. There were also some well-trodden paths down to Hawkshead. The facilities in the cottage were excellent. We had no problem getting out Skoda Octavia to fit in the garage. Hopefully we’ll be back again in future!
Great place in a great area. Bought this as a Christmas present for the parents and they loved it. Only fault was that it was very dusty and a few bits uncleared. Apart from that very good!
Lovely location and sweet little house. We thoroughly recommend staying here as an access point for the central Lakes
1st time Lake District experience for my wife and me. Certainly won’t be the last. Cottage is beautiful and exactly as stated. Managed to reverse Astra Estate into the garage – so a bonus there too This location is neatly situated for those wishing to drive and explore the lakes. Managed Windermere, Bowness, Ullswater and Derwent Water all within 5 days a log burner to cosy up to each evening. Thanks very much.
The Rose Lea Cottage is situated in the very small village of Outgate, there is a lovely pub and easy access to walking routes. Hawkshead is walkable in 25 mins which has shops and other pubs. Tho cottage itself was beautiful with many original features and the garden was stunning! All the facilities were great and we had everything we needed. Really enjoyed the fireplace for the cooler evenings. Excellent communication from the host, would definitely stay again if back in the Lakes.
Cottage ideally placed for access to a wide range of walks and activities. The cottage was very clean, well equipped, cosy and comfortable. The Outgate Inn offers good food and is an ideal place for a drink after a long day of walking. Hawkshead is only a mile walk across the field. We are thinking of coming back next year as it was such a great location and a fab fab cottage.
We’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in the lakes staying at Rose Lea, a lovely spacious cottage accommodation, with everything you need for a wonderful relaxing & peaceful holiday. We had a lovely welcome pack which included fresh eggs, milk & Artisan bread & other lovely goodies. The cottage is in a relatively quiet, small hamlet with a pub & has beautiful views & walks to take advantage of. There was actually Netflix on the TV, which I don’t think were in the details online. We had everything we needed in the kitchen, including a crock pot which we used one day & had our dinner waiting for us on our return. There is a great pantry / cupboard where we found a stairgate to use to prevent our dogs from wondering upstairs & especially on the slate stairs. The garden is lovely & enclosed for the dogs to run around freely & securely & can be accessed from the back if the dogs are dirty. I did notice a gardener come in the garden one morning, he could have done with warning us, he was lucky our dogs were not outside as they can be territorial. We really found the downstairs shower useful, too, to wash our dirty dogs. We took our dogs on the Lake cruise & took advantage of a great breakfast at Urban Food House in Bowness & also The Copper Pot in Ambleside. There are lots of dog friendly place around. A lovely bonus, there is a house the other end of the lane with an honesty box outside, selling jams & cakes. We hope to visit Outgate again soon.
We’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in the lakes staying at Rose Lea, a lovely spacious cottage accommodation, with everything you need for a wonderful relaxing & peaceful holiday. We had a lovely welcome pack which included fresh eggs, milk & Artisan bread & other lovely goodies. The cottage is in a relatively quiet, small hamlet with a pub & has beautiful views & walks to take advantage of. There was actually Netflix on the TV, which I don’t think were in the details online. We had everything we needed in the kitchen, including a crockpot which we used one day & had our dinner waiting for us on our return. There is a great pantry / cupboard where we found a stairgate to use to prevent our dogs from wondering upstairs & especially on the slate stairs. The garden is lovely & enclosed for the dogs to run around freely & securely & can be accessed from the back if the dogs are dirty. . We really found the downstairs shower useful, too, to wash our dirty dogs. We took our dogs on the Lake cruise & took advantage of a great breakfast at Urban Food House in Bowness & also The Copper Pot in Ambleside. There are lots of dog friendly place around. We hope to visit again soon.
Great location for walking and cycling, easy access to Hawkshead (only a mile), ferry to Windermere and Ambleside and the village itself had the Outgate Inn, where the staff were lovely and welcoming and served great pub food. The cottage is spacious, kitchen well equipped and a lovely garden. We would definitely return.
We have just returned from a fabulous week at Rose Lea Cottage. The cottage itself is really well equipped, spotlessly clean and a lovely place to come home too after a day out exploring. The garden is so tranquil, and we had breakfast outside every morning. The weather was amazing, we were blessed with glorious blue skies everyday.
Parking is tricky unless your car fits the measurements provided in the description. We ended up parking in the lane opposite the pub car park. We asked if we could use the pub carpark but the landlord said they were too busy to give up a space to us. But in the end our car was fine parked in the lane.
We ate at the Outgate Inn, which was lovely, although you can’t book, so you have to keep your fingers crossed you get a table.
We bought marmalade and jams from the lovely house on the corner, the Orange marmalade is amazing.
We’ve packed lots in from Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop, SUP lessons on Coniston Water, Rock climbing at Honister, a walk from the cottage to Wray Castle, but the most memorable was the climb at Langdale Pike’s. We walked/climbed to Stickle Tarn….and my partner proposed!! So I came back down a Fiancé!! We then ate at Stickle Barn, which was really lovely and drank some fizz to celebrate!!
A holiday I will never forget!! We maybe back for the honeymoon!!
Wow Julie, Congratulations! Not just lucky with the weather. That sounds like a perfect stay.
Great communication from the outset. The cottage is like a home from home, very well equipped and situated next to the Outgate Inn which was lovely.
Idyllic cottage in a cute little hamlet! We had a great stay at Rose Lea and really enjoyed exploring the local area as well as the cottage garden. Would recommend a trip to the Outgate Inn as well as walking into Hawkshead to visit the pubs there. The cottage is well kitted out with everything you could want or need. Would definitely recommend!
Absolutely lovely cottage. Beautifully done out and plenty of nice touches. We were lucky enough to have some really good weather to make the most of the garden too.
Not sure whether the garden was supposed to be shared, but we had people move around the chairs and table when we were out for a walk.
Also someone opened the garage door and just left it open. Maybe our bad for not locking it in the middle nowhere.
Last complaint is that the washing machines did not turn on when we tried to do delicates.
Otherwise the cottage is absolutely great. Feels very remote but still every hike, pubs and shops were easy to get to with a car.
We had a perfect stay – the house was cosy & welcoming, the area was perfect, instructions clear. The perfect place to relax and escape to the Lakes. And so close to Ambleside!
A lovely property with excellent facilities. A splendid center from which to explore the Lakes.
Lovely stay here for the week with girlfriends. Super cosy cottage with a cute garden. Very comfortable, with everything you needed. Great to have the option of a bath! Very close to ambleside. Loved it, would recommend to all.
Lovely place, immaculately kept and with every possible amenity. The garden is especially lovely.