Pretty 17th century cottage with roses around the door

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 .


Steeped in history, Rose Lea has bags of character

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.

Ground floor

  • Entrance from the front into lounge dining room with flagged floors and rugs and multi fuel stove, TV, DVD, dining table and chairs
  • Under stairs cupboard and hallway
  • One step up to the kitchen with feature range, fridge, oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine
  • One step up from the kitchen to the rear garden
  • Two steps up from the hallway to the shower room with shower and heated towel rail
  • Bathroom with bath, handbasin WC and heated towel rail

1st Floor

Reached via the original steep, stone staircase to a landing leading to:

  • Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom with feature fireplace and exposed trusses
  • Bedroom 2: Kingsize four poster with exposed beams


  • Garage parking for one car – dimensions of car should not exceed 160cm high, 480cm long, 215cm wide
  • Pretty rear cottage garden with lawn and planted borders and table and chairs provided


  • 1 well behaved pet welcome
  • Modern electric storage heating
  • All electricity, bed linen and towels provided
  • Fireguard and stairgate available
  • Travel cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats on Request
  • WiFi
  • Payphone


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Bike Storage
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge


  • Double Bed
  • King Size Bed


  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • High Chair Available
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot Available

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Remote

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(4.9 out of 5) - based on 8 reviews.

Respond to Rose Lea Cottage

  • Lucy says:

    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.

  • Jennifer says:

    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!

  • Matt says:

    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.

  • Phuong Dao says:

    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.

  • Hannah says:

    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!

  • Bruce says:

    A lovely property with excellent facilities. A splendid center from which to explore the Lakes.

  • Bella says:

    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.

  • Jane says:

    Lovely place, immaculately kept and with every possible amenity. The garden is especially lovely.

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