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Elegant country bed & breafast in stunning Lake District setting.

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi


About the property

Green End House is an idyllic getaway for those seeking tranquility, calm and the beauty of the Lake District.

Ideally situated on the quieter, western side of Lake Windermere, Green End House is a Grade II listed property set in mature gardens and stunning countryside near to Hawkshead. Guest accommodation, bedroom, sitting room and breakfast room are all in the Georgian extension to the original 17th century building, are south facing, high ceilinged and feature views to Esthwaite Water.

Your pets are welcome too, as are up to 2 children, who I'm able to accommodate in an adjoining room to the main bedroom.

What to expect at the house

The guest bedroom is south facing and has views over open country to Esthwaite Water. The room is large (c4m x 3m), high ceilinged, with original feature cornicing, fireplace and door fittings. There are en suite facilities with a walk in shower. I have White Company bed linen and towels and complimentary toileteries.

TV is available through an easily downloadable Google Cast app.

There's an informal and relaxed style at the house, I'd like guests to feel like they're staying with friends!

I don't have a long set of rules - please don't smoke in the house pretty much covers it.

I'd prefer guests to check in between 4pm and 6pm and check out between 10.30am and midday, but am prepared to make exceptions if circumstances dictate.

There's room to park a vehicle at the front of the house.

If you've a particular preference for breakfast do let me know in advance, otherwise there's a choice of English or continental style breakfast available from 7.30am to 9.30am. I'll attempt to source the best of local products and will always feature bread from More? and coffee from Carvetii 2 multi award winning Cumbrian producers. Other local delights stocked include Grasmere Gingerbread Jamsmith Damson Cheese (made with damsons from our orchard), honey from Coniston and local free range eggs.

I'm only letting one, en suite room during 2016, (so 2 people maximum). However I do have an adjacent room suitable for 1 or 2 children. Contact me for further details.

Guests will have exclusive use of a sitting room with tv and woodburning stove as well as facilities in their room. Free wi-fi is also available.

I do have a pet dog Lola, who lives in the house, she's friendly with people and tolerates (!) other dogs, so you may bring your pet on holiday with you.

If you intend arriving by public transport please contact me in advance and I'll attempt to help you make arrangements to transport you fom Windermere, Ambleside or Hawkshead village.

Green End House

The current house dates from around 1695, with the frontage from c1820. The former farmhouse was extensively extended at that time with the addition of the rooms now offered to guests.

The Green End properties (House and Cottage) had a long association with weaving, hence the galleries to the rear of Green End Cottage. Green End House retains many Georgian, and earlier, features, notably the panelled staircase, cupboards, doors and fittings. It also benefits from mature trees in the gardens and orchard and a small stream running at the boundary of the property.

William Wordsworth lodged at Green End Cottage during his school days at Hawkshead and makes reference to orchard and stream in Prelude.

Things to do

There are many, comprehensive guides to the local area and the Lakes and specialist guides for activities and interests.

Cumbria Tourism's website is a good place to start.

My own favourite walks, events, activities and places include;

Walks - on Claife Heights, this wooded ridge between Hawkshead and Windermere offers good, quiet, unchallenging walking all year and is rewarde by views of Windermere and Ambleside, especially from the sunmmit of Latterbarrow.

In the woods above the house - these National Trust owned woods are gorgeous at any time of year, but in the spring are carpeted with bluebells. They are home to extensive wildlife, it's not uncommon to see deer, buzzards and jays and to hear cuckoos.

Esthwaite Water is a privately owned fishery but does welcome visitors on a lakeside walk and to take out small boats for fishing or viewing the birdlife. At the time of writing (2016) ospreys have nested, and reared chicks at Esthwaite for each of the past 5 years.

Tarn Hows is a pretty, tree fringed tarn, with National Trust carpark around 10 minutes drive from Green End.

The Langdales, Coniston, Ambleside, Rydal and Grasmere are all within 20 minutes drive from Hawkshead.

Grizedale Forest is a magnet for wildlife and art lovers and thrill seekers alike featuring red kites, sculpture trails, zip wire adventures and daredevil mountain biking routes.

Galleries and museums - the Beatrix Potter gallery is in Hawkshead village and her home, Hill Top is in nearby Sawrey. The National Trust manage both of these properties.

John Ruskin's home at Brantwood is sited on the shore of Coniston and William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage is at Grasmere.

Sports events and agricultural shows

Green End House is a great base if you're competing in (or spectating) at the host of sporting events held locally including the Great North Swim the Hawkshead trail run Brathay marathon and myriad cycle and triathlon races.

Hawkshead hosts it's own agricultural show in August the sports events at Grasmere and Ambleside are well worth attending too.

I love my food and drink and will happily point you in the direction of all sorts of treats from cafes and restaurants to pubs and breweries.

My current favourites are the Drunken Duck at Barngates (dining pub and brewey) Chesters by the River Lake Road Kitchen Old Stamp House The Samling Forest Side and on and on and on....Cumbria is wonderful for foodies!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ambleside in Hawkshead

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • Free Wifi
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Elegant country bed & breafast in stunning Lake District setting.
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had 2 nights staying in this B & B. Paul the host was very helpful and friendly. It is just a short walk to the lovely village of Hawkshead with some good pubs to eat at.

The accommodation was comfortable with beautiful views across the green hills. The house is very old and heritage listed so it is a bit quirky. We enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you Paul

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house full of character

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a beautiful location, surrounded by beautiful countryside and lots of fantastic places to eat. Paul and Lola made us so welcome - it was like a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful weekend!

  • 5 of 5

It was with some trepidation that we headed to the Lakes with our 10 month old greyhound. From the moment Paul and Lola greeted us on the front lawn, it was clear that we had nothing to worry about. All 3 of us were made to feel most welcome. It was a relaxing weekend full of laughter and comical events. What an excellent host Paul was, time and time again he surprised us with his thoughtfulness and kindness.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely relaxing stay at Green End House

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Green End House mid afternoon with two slightly grumpy children (aged 2 and 4) after a long car journey and were greeted with a very warm welcome from Paul, stunning views of the countryside and the beautiful house which is set in the heart of the picturesque Lake District. Paul made us feel immediately at home and our sons instantly adored Lola (Paul's dog) who was great with them during our stay. That afternoon we joined Paul and Lola on a walk around the woods near to the house which was beautiful and Paul gave us some great local info about where to eat/visit/bike during our stay which was really useful.

Inside the house is spacious, comfortable and clean and full of interesting art and collectables. We found the bedroom layout worked really well for us having children as they were close by to us but also far enough away that we could all enjoy a good night's sleep. Our room had beautiful views over the front garden and landscape beyond as did our sons room next door. Both rooms were spacious and our room had a good size en-suite and the comfiest bed I've ever slept in! Next door it was an ideal setup for our young sons with a single bed plus an extra pull out bed for the younger one. They both slept incredibly well. Paul provides towels and there's also tea and coffee facilities in the room. We found the TV worked well with Google Chromecast too.

Downstairs you have your own sitting room which was lovely and cosy (Paul lit the fire for us one rainy evening) and opposite that is the dining room where Paul provided a great breakfast every morning. This was also a good time to chat to Paul and find out anything you need to know about where to go or things to do. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and he always made us feel incredibly welcome. At no point did it feel like we were staying in someone else's home and we couldn't relax. If you're travelling alone, as a couple or with children then Green End House is ideal.

Nearby Hawkshead is only a 10 minute walk away and has all the essentials (3 decent pubs, a co-op, gift shops etc) and is a stunning little village. We found it very handy for evening meals with the children and a walk around before bedtime. (In particular the Star Inn was good for family meals and had an extensive gin menu which we enjoyed sampling!)

Overall we loved our stay at Green End House and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Paul was a fabulous host and we will hopefully be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Additional pricing information

These rates are for accommodation in a ensuite room, breakfast and use of a guest living room. Green End House is a family home, the owner lives in the property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.