"An idyllic Lakeland setting in 4 acres of woodland on the western shores of Lake Windermere at the heart of the beautiful Lake District. . ."
Renovated 2008. The second cottage from the left in a row of four, Bibby Lot has a comfortable living room with open fire. Separate dining kitchen. Cloakroom/W.C. First floor: Three bedrooms; one double, one twin-bedded, one with full-size bunk beds. Modern bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower.
Graythwaite Cottages offer the opportunity for an exceptional holiday experience. The original buildings of this unique Victorian ‘model farmstead’ have been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard. They provide not only superb holiday accommodation, but also an outstanding range of facilities, including an indoor heated swimming-pool, table tennis and a fitness suite. The stunning location offers plenty of gloriously natural space to visitors and a one-mile walk (which crosses a road) leads to private frontage on the softly lapped shores of Windermere itself. A 2½-acre stocked lake provides free trout fishing and, at the hub of the estate, beautiful Graythwaite Hall’s lovely surrounding gardens are open to the public in the Spring.
The cottages form part of the Graythwaite Estate, which has been in the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remained intact as a large working estate throughout four centuries. The farm stead, from which the cottages have been formed, was built in 1890 and its position was chosen at a time when the popularity of the Lake District was just beginning to rise in wealthy Victorian circles. Thus the tranquillity and beauty which first captivated visitors to this area can still be enjoyed in heavenly surroundings where peace reigns supreme.
Visitors are well placed to explore the extraordinary and dramatic scenery for which the Lakes are so famous. Hilltop Farm at Near Sawrey, the cottage where Beatrix Potter’s imagination was stirred to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, is just 4 miles away. At Hawkshead (4 miles) there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Within 10 miles are Rydal Fell, Rydal Water, Grasmere and the cottage of the poet who made them famous and brought the Lake District to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway (4 miles) runs through the valley of the River Leven; its trains connect with a leisurely steamer going to the busy, cosmopolitan town of Bowness-on-Windermere. The steamer also wends its way further north to Waterhead, the stop for the pretty little town of Ambleside.
- Open fire – logs inc
- Full elec CH inc
- Elec and bed linen inc
- Towels avail for hire on req (provided for overseas visitors)
- H/chair by arr
- Digital TV
- Shared w/machine on req
- Shared heated drying room
- Shared payphone
- Shared patio with furniture
- Shared BBQ
- Shared 4-acre grounds
- Fly fishing foc
- Table tennis avail
- Shared indoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 5ft), open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
- Fitness suite with treadmill, bikes and multi-gym £20 pp pw (£15 per short break) poa
- Bicycle hire
- Natural purified lake water supply
- NB:Lakeside frontage (1 mile)
SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND:
- Indoor heated swimming pool with limited changing facilities, open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
- Four acres of shared woodland grounds
- Trout lake, 2½ acres with free fly fishing
- Fitness suite with aerobic and toning equipment £20 pp pw (£15 per short break) poa
- Private lake frontage
- Bicycle hire nearby
- Dedicated children’s play area