Smithy Cottage enjoys a most enviable location in the very heart of stunning Hawkshead where you’ll find to this day the same higgledy piggledy collection of white washed cottages and archways lining the cobbled streets as loved by William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

With parking right outside the door, you have the option to simply park up for the week and enjoy the wonders of this beautiful corner of Lake District under your own steam; enjoy cycling in Grizedale Forest, experience the thrill of being above the trees at Go Ape or take a leisurely amble around Esthwaite Water, Tarn Hows or a gentle stroll to Wray Castle.

If you’re looking for a little more activity then take the car ferry over to bustling Bowness and Windermere, sample the cosmopolitan cafes and bars and interesting shops and galleries, before retreating back to the more gentle pace of Hawkshead and all the home comforts here at Smithy Cottage.



Smithy Cottage is a true home from home, very comfortable for a special gathering of family or friends. Park directly outside the door and enter into a traditional farmhouse style kitchen with super facilities including a large dining table, perfect for leisurely breakfasts and special celebration dinners.

The lounge is just the spot for relaxing while enjoying your favourite TV show or movie or simply kicking back after a hard day sight seeing.

Two bedrooms on the first floor, both doubles, share in a modern shower room whilst a further twin on the top floor has access to the house bathroom.

There’s an enclosed courtyard garden to the front, just the spot to sit on a Sunday morning with a cuppa and the morning paper.

Ground Floor:

The property has gas central heating throughout with slate floors throughout

  • Kitchen: With Oven, hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, washer and dryer
  • Lounge: With TV/DVD, deep sofas around a gas burning stove

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1: Double bedroom
  • Bedroom 2: Double bedroom
  • Bathroom:  Shower room, hand basin and WC

second floor:

  • Twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with Bath, WC and basin


  • Cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Parking for 1 car
  • Private garden with patio at the front of the cottage
  • Pets welcome


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi


  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Children & Pets

  • High Chair Available
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot Available


  • King Size Bed
  • Single Bed

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(4.8 out of 5) - based on 21 reviews.

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  • Kirsteen says:

    The USP for this lovely property is its location. Right in the heart of beautiful Hawkshead, this property was ideal for three generations of our family. The younger ones were able to escape to the nearby Grizedale and enjoy all the thrills available in the forest and the more mature, were able to enjoy the delights on the doorstep within the village. The house is perfect for furry family members, with multiple walks immediately outside the property. The terrace garden allowed us to enjoy a glass of wine and game of cards in the evening sunshine.

  • Scarsdale Queen says:

    We’ve had a fabulous week in Smithy cottage which is in a great location minutes from the village. We really enjoyed the terrace which is a real sun trap. There were some maintenance issues that disappointed us some of which could have been dealt with before we arrived. We did so many beautiful walks, swam in the lakes and had picnics surrounded by beautiful scenery. There were many people in the lakes but we found if you park early and get off the beaten track, it was very quiet and peaceful. There is a parking space with the cottage. Additional cars have to be parked in the village car park for £8/day, alternatively the local school charge £5 but the car can’t be left overnight.

  • Nathan says:

    Wonderful location! Steps from several pubs. Well-equipped and clean. A great stay. Highly recommend!

  • Joanne Lee says:

    Our family loved Smithy cottage. It is cosy and comfortable and a great location, right in the heart of the village. There is a local pub almost next door and other lovely shops and cafes in the village. There is so much to do close by without having to drive far and this part of the Lakes was peaceful and tranquil, away from some of the busier resorts. The cottage was very clean and we were thrilled to enjoy a glass of Prosecco kindly left for us on our arrival.

  • Jack says:

    Tidy, cosy, and surprisingly spacious! Lovely and warm too, helpful after a long day on the fells. Hawkshead is also well placed, giving you ready access to the center of the Lakes. Got more than one car? You’ll need to park at the local car park, but ignore Google reviews – it’s now owned by the local authority.

  • Clea says:

    A great week, the house is well located, has everything you need and was spotlessly clean. Any questions or queries were dealt with in good time – will be back

  • Claire says:

    This is a beautiful and comfortable cottage and great for dogs with the slate flooring. It is very clean and the location is superb. There was everything in the property that was needed for cooking at home and the bottle of prosecco was gratefully received. The double beds were very comfortable with firm mattresses. We didn’t use the single beds so can’t comment on those. All in all we had a thoroughly enjoyable week and would recommend it to others and definitely use it again.

  • Emma says:

    “Lovely place. Clean and cosy. Hawkshead is a great spot.

  • Anne says:

    Great location, right in the centre of Hawkshead. Very easy to walk everywhere. The house was lovely and comfortable. Had a really enjoyable stay.

  • Gerry says:

    Lovely place, very well located and spotless

  • Alan says:

    This is a lovely, well appointed cottage, in a fantastic location in Hawkshead village, close to village shops, pubs, and restaurants and at the start of many wonderful walks. I would certainly recommend it to others.

  • Nicola says:

    Super, comfortable cottage in a perfect location for easy walking access to good pub restaurants and walking trails. Our dog was very welcome, as he was in pubs, cafes, lake boats and local buses. (Dog’s dream holiday) We all enjoyed curling up in front of the sitting room fire after a day of walking and sampling the treats that our host left for us in the kitchen. A perfect stay.

  • Nick says:

    The location is excellent, the house was immaculate, there was a great welcome basket with bread, fruit cake and jam. All the amenities (washing machine, dishwasher, etc) were new and worked well.

  • Jeanette says:

    Lovely place to stay with the family. The pictures do not do the cottage justice as it quite large and beautifully and fully equipped. There was a washing machine and dishwasher. Will definitely be looking to book and come back in the future. Location too could not have been better bang in the centre of Hawkshead so food shops (co-op plus local delicacies ) loads of pubs – Queen Head our fav for food) and teashops too.

  • Eliott says:

    Nice place. Close to the pubs, shops and activities the lakes have to offer

  • Diana says:

    We absolutely loved our stay in Smithy Cottage! We were welcomed with a lovely basket of local goodies, which really warmed our hearts. It is an adorable, very clean, cheerful cottage that looks even nicer than the photos. It appears to be very recently renovated. Beds were very comfortable. It is very well furnished with newer appliances and appointed with sweet Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter sketches or other animal prints appropriate with the Hawkshead area. We managed to snap the shower head when we got there and found it replaced within a couple of hours of reporting it while we were out on a hike – amazing service! In short, Smithy Cottage has everything a family would need to vacation comfortably and even enjoy outdoor dining in the front garden area. I would highly recommend staying there and would definitely stay again. The house is located at the end of a quiet road just off the main street of the village and only footsteps away from everything including the grocery store, a pub, a tea shop, cat cafe, a major hiking trail head, post office and other lovely shops. I would highly recommend staying there and would definitely stay again!

  • Helen says:

    Lovely Lakeland cottage. Well equipped and good position. Well equipped and thought out. Would be happy to come again

  • Laura says:

    Lovely little cottage in Hawkshead. Had everything you need. Comfy beds. Lovely local area. Warm. Nice suntrap patio area. Really good communication and hospitality. Thanks xX

  • Melisa says:

    Smithy Cottage was just perfect! Everything you need and a wonderful host. Hawkshead was a great jumping off point for our short stay and we would definitely come again!

  • Ben says:

    A well presented cottage in an excellent location

  • Yvonne says:

    Very comfortable cottage in great location in Hawkshead

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