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!