Hatter's Cottage is a self-catering holiday cottage for up to 4 people in secluded surroundings at the heart of the English Lake District on Hawkshead Hill, Cumbria.
Tucked away at the end of a private lane 150 yards from public roads near the top of the hill between Coniston and Windermere lakes, Hatters Cottage offers Lake District self-catering holidays for 2-4 guests throughout the year.
A traditional stone-built 200-year old Cumbrian cottage, it lies nicely off the beaten track on a (very) small hilltop farm (no tractors!) about a mile outside the Lake District village of Hawkshead. It’s an easy walk across fields to the village where you will also find a small supermarket, shops, pubs, a newsagent and a pharmacy. Beatrix Potter’s house, ‘Hilltop’ now owned by the National Trust and open to the public is a short drive away.
For walkers, cyclists, climbers and riders, Hatters Cottage is an excellent base for walks, rides and climbs in the Southern Lake District - with a wide choice of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths right from the front door.
The cottage is surrounded by the owners' mature gardens containing a stream, an orchard and beyond that woodland, fields and beautiful mountain views. It's the only let property on the very small farm (no tractors!).
Hatter’s Cottage is kept snug and warm either side of the summer season thanks to its double-glazed windows and gas central heating, making it suitable for spring autumn and winter breaks in the great outdoors. The ground floor comprises a living room and newly refurbished kitchen-dining room. All have views across the over fields, woodland towards the mountains above Ambleside. The sitting room contains two comfortable sofas plus an easy chair and TV with a DVD Player.
The kitchen is equipped with a full-size gas cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and microwave, plus a full set of crockery, cutlery and utensils.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double and a twin each offering views of fields, woodland and mountains, and a shower-room with wash-basin and WC.
It’s a short walk to Tarn Hows, felt by many to offer one of the most inspiring views in the Lake District –and pretty much on the doorstep.
With Coniston Water so close by it’s easy to give your feet a rest by taking to the water, either in the authentic 19th Century steam yacht Gondola which plies its way up and down the lake, or by rented sailing dinghy or kayak. Other lakes large and small are nearby and even the Cumbrian coast is within an easy day-trip range.
So, with a cosy base and the Lake District National Park waiting to be discovered, Hatter’s Cottage is well placed and equipped to provide a base for a memorable long or short self-catering holiday.
Walks From The Door No Need For Car by Mark H. on April 30th 2017
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
Character Cottage in a Great Location by Richard P. on February 13th 2017
Lovely, quiet and secluded cottage with everything we needed. Bedrooms were very comfortable and warm. Lots of maps and books on the Lake District. Surrounded by excellent walks and scenery.
A Wonderful Location by K & J Saunderson, Suffolk, April, 2016 on December 12th 2016
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 from the door leads to Hawkshead for provisions and pubs. Ambleside is a short drive for excellent restaurant food.
A Truly Authentic Lakeland Retreat by A & P Douglas, London, Aug, 2016 on December 12th 2016
The cottage is in a charming hamlet on Hawkshead Hill which offered us the peace and quiet we were looking for without being isolated. It was clean, warm and draught-free, comfortably furnished and sufficiently equipped for our needs. Our friendly hosts house were on hand to advise and the bookshelf provided us with enough information on walks etc. to keep us going for months! Wishing good morning to their hens and two cows became a morning ritual as the tensions of city life fell away. There was great food to be had in the pub restaurants of Hawkshead about a mile away but the brilliant deli and a grocery shop offered the normal supplies too. The setting makes Wifi connection rather intermittent which may appeal to some. We'd recommend this cottage to anyone looking to enjoy the tranquillity of the Lakes.
Walks From the Door, No Need For a Car by M & A Hampton, Exeter, March, 2016 on December 12th 2016
We spent a fantastic week at Hatters Cottage during the Easter Holiday 2016. The cottage is in a lovely 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 were welcoming and helpful; were quick to answer any queries before our stay; were there to greet us on arrival; and were discreetly 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 (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 aprovided 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. M & A Hampton, Exeter, March, 2016
Ideally Situated - Lovely Walks From The Cottage by Sara-Jane D. on September 30th 2016
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.
Hidden Gem by Carolyn G. on August 19th 2016
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.
Authentic Lakeland Retreat by Anthea and Paul D. on August 19th 2016
The cottage is in a charming hamlet on Hawkshead Hill which offered us the peace and quiet we were looking for without being isolated. It was clean, warm and draught-free, comfortably furnished and sufficiently equipped for our needs. Our friendly hosts in the main house were always on hand to advise and the bookshelf provided us with enough information on walks etc. to keep us going for months! Wishing good morning to their hens and two cows became a morning ritual as the tensions of city life fell away. There was great food to be had in the pub restaurants of Hawkshead about a mile away but the brilliant deli and a grocery shop offered the normal supplies too. The setting makes Wifi connection rather intermittent which may appeal to some. We'd recommend this cottage to anyone looking to enjoy the tranquility of the Lakes.
A Charming Cottage In A Beautiful Location by David W. on August 12th 2016
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.
A Lovely Relaxing Week In Homely Cottage by Nancy J. on June 24th 2016
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.
A Stay At Hawkshead Hill by Guyneb on December 21st 2014
Our stay at Hatter's Cottage was a moment of English charm. From the moment we first contacted the owners we felt good about our choice, they readily conversed with us via email, answering our questions and suggesting local pubs and amenities. Upon arriving we were greeted by them and introduced to the cottage and all its rural charm. The cottage is well furnished with every thing you need and if you happen to forget anything, we had forgotten flash lights for night walks and a rain jacket, the owners are more than helpful. We spent a week in one of England's most magical areas. The cottage is stocked with many little books on the walks around which are clearly indicated and once upon them, if you take the time to look around , have some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen. One of our favorite walks was to the village of Hawkshead, about a half hour, where you can find pretty much anything you need. Bring your boots and rain gear, it can get a bit muddy but if you keep your mind open about walking rain or shine the area is picturesque, breath taking and an absolute charm to discover. At the end of the day when you are well worn by the kilometers of trekking the welcome of Hatter's Cottage is perfectly warm, quiet and relaxing.
A REAL GEM by Hector on June 27th 2014
Lovely holiday quiet country lanes views to die for. The cottage has every thing you need including a private garden.The location its self is perfect walks and a lovely village right on your door step with a few pubs which were all very nice. The owners were very helpful. I would highly recommend this cottage already planning our next trip. If you want a lovely cottage in a perfect location this is the place for you .
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