Most people think of mountains and lakes when they think of Lake District cottages but Cumbria is also blessed with some outstanding houses and castles, many of which are open to the public.
On the western shore of Windermere stands a Victorian folly built in 1840. Wray Castle was built by a Liverpool surgeon in 1840 and is surrounded by acres of beautiful woodland.
The original owners never lived in the castle but it did play host to several illustrious visitors including Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. The castle has extensive views over Windermere, making it easy to see how these early visitors were influenced by the surroundings here.
There have been recent works to reinstate a Victorian viewing terrace of Windermere and a shoreline walk. Using donations from visitors to the site, the National Trust is working to recreate the original walled gardens to include a restored sundial and an extensive programme of tree planting.
The location of Wray Castle is close to popular touring destinations in this area of Lakeland. Latterbarrow is an attractive mini fell overlooking the area of High and Low Wray and the beautiful vista over Windermere. Hawkshead, a pretty pedestrianised village is close by and is linked to Beatrix Potter's main residence, Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey. Also close by is the renowned gastropub, the Drunken Duck Inn, located at the Barngates crossroads. Their beer is brewed on site and named after pets of the pub, past and present!
We let a cottage lucky enough to be situated in the grounds of Wray Castle, and we also have several others in the area that are just a mere boat ride away from the estate. You can view details of Dower House Cottage and our Southern Lake District Cottages by clicking on the links.