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A central Lake District hideaway with private garden away from public roads

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

A charming 18th century 2-bedrooom stone cottage. Secluded rural location between Hawkshead and Coniston villages. Walking and Cycling from the door.

Hatters Cottage is an 18th century detached stone farm cottage sleeping 4 in a secluded location near the centre of the southern English Lake District. Situated at the end of a private lane 150 metres from public roads, on a very small farm (no tractors!) near a hilltop between Coniston and Windermere lakes, it is the only rented property on the farm.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead with post office, shops, and several pubs serving meals is 1 mile away. Coniston village (2 miles) has access to beautiful Coniston Lake. Guests can walk or cycle from the cottage door in all directions on footpaths, quiet lanes and forest tracks. Mountain walking, pony trekking and rock climbing are available nearby.

Used for hat-making in the 18th century, Hatters Cottage is beside a small stream, surrounded by gardens, fields, orchard and woodland, with mountain views. The interior has been fully renovated retaining the wooden beams and stone hearth (but not the open fire, sorry) with gas central heating. Children over 11 welcome. Sorry no pets. Reduced prices for 2 people available in many weeks. Please enquire.


The front door leads straight into the sitting room with two comfy sofas, an easy chair, TV, DVD player and Wifi. Next door is the kitchen/dining room, fully remodelled this year. In the dining area the antique oak furniture – table and welsh dresser - retain the old-world atmosphere. Kitchen equipment includes:

• gas cooker

• microwave

• dishwasher

• washing machine

…..plus a full set of pots, pans, crockery and utensils


• Bedroom 1 with a 5-foot double bed

• Bedroom 2 with twin beds

• Shower room with wash-basin, WC and heated towel rail

…. with views of gardens, fields and mountains.

The windows look out onto the cottage's private garden, and at the back to gardens, fields and woodland, with mountains beyond.

The stone walls, two feet thick in places, combined with the gas central heating and double-glazing keep the cottage warm in winter. Distinctive features are small alcoves in the walls - used in the manufacture of woollen hats. Three centuries ago the Hawkshead district had a thriving trade in wool from the local sheep, reflected in street names in the village and at nearby Tenter Hill – a tenter was a frame for drying cloth.

Guest access

Guests have sole access to the cottage, the garden and patio in front, complete with chairs and table (barbecue available on request). The nearby barn has a large rack for drying wet clothes and ample space for storing bikes.

Interaction with guests

We try to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy the tranquillity of the place. We’ll meet you on arrival and check that you have all you need for your stay. Thereafter we’ll aim to leave you in peace. We live in the farmhouse next door so we are usually around to help if you need information or in case of problems.

The neighbourhood

The cottage is an excellent base to explore the beautiful and varied local scenery, beloved by the poet William Wordsworth who went to school in Hawkshead. You can take a boat trip on nearby Coniston Water, visit Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse in Sawrey, sample the pubs and quirky atmosphere of Hawkshead village with its mediaeval buildings, or just put your feet up and enjoy the peace of the cottage garden, the clucking of hens in the wood and the chuckling of the stream nearby.

Until the 16th century the district was owned and managed by the monks of Furness Abbey, and it was the wool-trade that they fostered that made Hawkshead the local market. Later it was home to Beatrix Potter, and briefly to William Wordsworth who was a pupil at the old grammar school – you can see his initials carved in one of the desks.

Hawkshead village retains an old-world charm: cobbled alleys and timbered cottages with projecting upper storeys - nestling round the church on a hill near the centre. There are four pubs serving meals with real ale from local microbreweries, a well-stocked grocers, delicatessen, pharmacy, newsagent and post office as well as an outdoor clothes store and an art shop. The National Trust gallery has an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s famous drawings – in the building which housed her solicitor husband’s office.

Getting around

Most visitors regard a car as a necessity for a visit to the Lake District. However buses serving Coniston, Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal and Keswick stop within 200 metres of the cottage, so leaving the car behind for the day is definitely an option. And if you are a walker or cyclist there is a vast network of footpaths and country lanes to explore.

Manchester is the nearest airport - 2 hours journey by road.

Other things to note

Bedlinen, towels, duvets, pillows and blankets are all provided. There is parking for two cars at the farm gate, 50 metres from the cottage and 100 metres from the road.

WiFi is supplied to the cottage living room via an aerial on the adjacent barn. The connection is generally reliable but in this relatively remote spot it is occasionally temperamental; we cannot guarantee it 24/7. Mobile phone coverage varies. At present (2017) O2 and Vodafone have good signals, though the thick cottage walls may mean that you will need to use the phone near a window or on the patio.

The weather can be wet sometimes, so remember to bring walking boots or wellies, and a waterproof jacket.

7 nights is the normal minimum stay; but we're flexible out of season and at short notice, so it’s worth enquiring – just send us a message and we’ll see if we can arrange something.

IMPORTANT: HEATING CHARGES. We keep the rent down by not including heating costs. Instead we read the meters at the beginning and end of your stay and charge you for fuel used at the cost to us. This way you can economise if you wish to, or have the temperature tropical if that's what you prefer. And if you come in summer your rent won’t be subsidising winter visitors.

More Details

John & Judith Gunner
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About John & Judith Gunner

The owners live in the nearby farmhouse and have personally managed Hatters Cottage and run the (very) small farm (no tractors!) for over 25 years.

John & Judith Gunner purchased this cottage in 1985

Why John & Judith Gunner chose England

Having watched our children grow up in this beautiful tranquil setting, we like the opportunity to share it with others.

What makes this cottage unique

We particularly like the combination of accessibility and seclusion that Hatters Cottage provides. Hawkshead and Sawrey villages, with their associations with Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and Coniston water are only a few minutes drive away. Or one can leave the car behind and walk or cycle on quiet footpaths, forest tracks or mountain trails.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


A lovely relaxing week in homely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Hatters Cottage; it's tucked away in a peaceful location on the owners farm with it's own private garden and patio area. It's really comfortable with a relaxing homely feel, and was well equipped with everything we needed during our stay. We were made to feel really welcome by the owners, who hit the perfect balance; they were on hand and very helpful if we needed anything, but otherwise left us to enjoy our week undisturbed. We used the cottage as a base to explore the area and my husband took the opportunity to enjoy the hilly lake district cycling, whilst I had wonderful lazy mornings enjoying the cottage with a good book. I would unreservedly recommend this lovely cottage to anyone wanting a relaxing break in the Lake District and hope to stay here again myself in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A charming cottage in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and had everything that we needed. There were lots of leaflets and maps and it is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful lakes. John and Judith were helpful but not intrusive. Would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Walks from the door no need for car

  • 4 of 5

We spent a fantastic week at Hatters Cottage during the Easter Holiday 2016. The cottage is in a lovey quiet location. It was immaculately clean and had everything that we needed for our holiday including an effective heating system, comfortable beds and a decent shower. Our two teenage children spent the week with us and also had a fantastic time – they keep on asking to go back!

The owners John & Judith were welcoming and helpful. They were quick to answer any queries via email before our stay, were there to greet us on arrival and were discretely available throughout our holiday.

There are lots of wonderful walks straight from the door. We especially enjoyed wandering down to Coniston water via Tarn Hows, catching the Gondola from the head of the lake to Brantwood (the Jumping Jenny serves fantastic cakes and coffee!) and then walking back to Hatters Cottage through Grizedale Forest. A round walk over to Windermere via Latterbarrow and Wray Castle also provided us with memorable views. We all appreciated the easy walk across the fields into Hawkshead for the shops, pubs and cafes.

We will definitely be staying again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful location

  • 4 of 5

A simple and comfortable cottage in a secluded location, with a wide range of lovely walks from the doorstep. Cycling is good too with rides to Coniston and beyond and trails in the nearby Grisedale Forest,

A pretty cross country walk to Hawkshead for provisions and pubs. Ambleside is a short drive for excellent restaurant food.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideally situated - lovely walks from the cottage

  • 4 of 5

The owners were very welcoming and available for any queries. The cottage was clean and comfortable (there were two of us) - good for walkers. The kitchen is small and basic but had all we needed. There were laundry facilities available but we did not need to use them as we had very good weather. The shower room is small but with a good hot and powerful shower.

It was in a very quiet and pretty location with beautiful walks without having to drive anywhere. Close to Hawkshead village - we particularly liked the Sun Cafe there for lunch or tea and cake. We also had a very nice evening meal in the Sun pub. Hill Top farm gets very busy early so be there before opening to get parked! Tarn Haws and the area around is lovely walking - we enjoyed walking up Conniston Old Man with stunning views at the top.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem

  • 4 of 5

Follow the instructions closely, and you will find this delightful cottage tucked away behind the main buildings, and feel a million miles from nowhere, although in fact not far from the main road. Wonderfully situated for walking across the fields, either down hill to Hawkshead or up hill to the Tarn. Very comfy cottage, providing a taste of rural living but with excellent WiFi connection. Great local information and maps provided. We loved our week here and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who fancies 'getting away from it all' while still maintaining some electronic connection to the world.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Bank Hol
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn half term
13 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas-New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
\\rent quoted id for 3 or 4 people. For most weeks there is a discount for just two people.To make a reservation for Hatter's Cottage please complete a booking form (available to download from www.hatterscottage.co.uk) Please send this with a deposit of £75 per week of the reservation to the address at the bottom of the form. Balance of rent payable 2 months before arrival date please. Payment can be made by cheque, Bank Transfer or PayPal. Gas and electricity (at cost by meter reading) are payable by cash or cheque on departure day.

Changeover Day:
Arrival day is normally Friday after 4pm. Departure day Friday before 10am.

Notes on prices:
For most weeks in the year the price for 1-2 people is less than that for 3-4 people; please see our website or enquire by email for the price for 1-2 people. Bank holiday weeks, half term holidays and July/August weeks have one price for up to four people.

The price includes bed linen, towels and bathmat.

Gas and electric meters are read on the arrival and departure days and guests pay for fuel used during their stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hawkshead, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The shower room contains shower, washbasin and WC - no bath
  • Bathroom with shower, wash-basin, WC and heated towel rail. Shower only, no bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5-foot wide double bed. Bedroom 2 with 3-foot wide twin beds wardrobe and antique chest of drawers. Both bedrooms have views across our fields and woodland to the mountains above Ambleside and the Kirkstone Pass.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please see www.hatterscottage.co.uk Hatters Cottage comfortably accommodates four people but it is also cosy for a couple (often at lower price) The front door opens onto the peaceful stone patio & private garden where you can enjoy an evening barbeque or sunny lunch at the garden table. Formerly used for making hats for the local wool trade, the cottage has been renovated throughout, retaining the low ceilings, wooden beams, stone hearth & the small alcoves used in the hat manufacturing process. Outside: Hatters Cottage is peacefully situated beside a small stream, and is surrounded by gardens, fields, orchard and woodland, with mountain views. The cottage is the only let property on the farm and the front door opens onto a private patio and small garden for the sole use of guests. A garden table and four chairs are provided for outdoor meals and a barbecue stove is available on request. Utility Room: Freezer and overhead drying rack for wet or muddy outdoor gear. Storage for up to 4 bikes Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Bath towels and linen are included and changed weekly. The cottage is cleaned and thoroughly prepared before each arrival. The dining room has a beamed ceiling with table & chairs to seat four people and antique oak welsh dresser. One door leads directly into the kitchen and another into the sitting room. Windows look out over pasture to the mountains above Ambleside

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