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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Hawkshead, Lake District your home away from home

Hawkshead is a scenic town just south of Ambleside. It comprises narrow traffic-free streets and alleyways lined with quaint whitewashed cottages. Its heyday was in the 18th century when it was an important market town for the local wool industry. William Wordsworth, a local resident, described the town in some of his poems. Above the old Grammar School where he was educated from 1778 to 1783 is the church of St Michael which dates from the 16th century. The other famous resident in the Hawkshead area was Beatrix Potter and her properties now belong to the National Trust.

Things to Do in Hawkshead, Lake District Outdoor Pursuits

Hill walking is by far the most popular activity in this lovely area but cycling, horse riding and climbing can also be enjoyed. The lakes and rivers provide the ideal location for fishing, canoeing, rafting, sailing and kayaking.

Visit the Church

The lovely Church of St Michael has an interesting 16th century altar tomb. It also has some unusual wall paintings dating back to the 17th century of psalms and other bible quotations.

Local Dining

The delightful pubs and inns in the area around your Hawkshead holiday home are the best place to relax in authentic surroundings and enjoy home-cooked food. There are also many cafés in the area which serve light snacks during the day.

Places to Visit Near Hawkshead, Lake District Hawkshead Hall

This National Trust property was built by the monks of Furness Abbey during the reign of Henry III. Most of the hall was destroyed during the Reformation but the remaining courthouse is the home of the interesting Museum of Rural Life. Ravenglass

The miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was opened in 1875 to transport iron ore from Eskdale to Ravenglass. Now restored, visitors can take a 7-mile journey on this miniature railway through some of the most unspoilt Lake District scenery. It is approximately 44 km (28 miles) from your Hawkshead holiday cottage.

Beatrix Potter's Home

Hill Top, one of Beatrix Potter's homes where she wrote delightful stories of wildlife characters, is now managed by the National Trust. It is exactly as it was when she lived there from 1905.

Weather in Hawkshead, Lake District

The Lake District is one of the dampest regions in the British Isles. It has cool winters with average daily highs around 44°F (7°C) and some snow. Summers reach 68°F (20°C) in August and may be cloudy with showers. Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit this scenic area.

Travel to Hawkshead, Lake District

The nearest airport to your holiday home in Hawkshead is Newcastle(NCL) Airport which is 143km (89 miles) away. The other option is the Leeds/Bradford (LBA) International Airport which is 132 km (82) miles away. It is an easy scenic drive from either of these airports to Hawkshead.

The Lake District is also very accessible by train from London’s Euston Station or Manchester to Oxenholm (Kendal), Penrith or Carlisle. You can pick up a hire car from the station, making the journey very pleasant and hassle free.

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                                                                                            Recent Reviews

                                                                                            A lovely well appointed, equipped & spacious holiday home.

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            Hawkeshead Hall is well located being 5 mins walk away from Hawkeshead and accessible by road to Ambleside and right by the Tarn Hows footpath. The house feels more like a family home than a holiday let. Each of the three first floor bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms complete with a power shower and lots of lovely hot water. The house was lovely and warm during our stay in chilly January. We stayed there with our two daughters & their husbands and our five month old Granddaughter who had previously managed to keep us all awake at night over Christmas when staying in our family home. Hawkeshead Hall is a lovely spacious & substantial home where we were all (with the exception of the baby's parents) managed to sleep in great comfort during our stay. I would highly recommend it for multi generational parties.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                            mrs essex

                                                                                            4 of 5
                                                                                            just wanted to say a big thank you, I had a lovely break and would recommend you to all my friends I especially enjoyed using the log fires.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                            Enjoyed our stay.

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            Enjoyed a 4 night stay at this lovely cottage. This is an ideal cottage for 2 people. It was clean and well equipped. The owners have made sure that everything is available for an enjoyable stay and it is one of the nicest we have stayed in. The availability of the parking place at the rear is a real bonus in Hawkshead with parking limited in this small village. The garden was lovely, even in January, with bird feeders and a small grassed area. All in all it was perfect for our short break and we thank the owners for making it available for use. The letting agents Hidaways provided a very efficient service and their information book at the cottage was full of valuable information. We would love to stay again when the time comes.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jan 2017