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Laurel Cottage

Grasmere, Lake District
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Exquisite stone cottage for four, set in the historic village of Grasmere
  • Dating back to the early 1800s and with connections to Beatrix Potter
  • Well positioned for shops and dining out, as well as walking, climbing and cycling
Property code: SZ305

Beautiful, traditional cottage in the Lakeland village of Grasmere, with its independent shops and eateries, perfect for walks by the lake, hiring boats and days out in Ambleside.

Built around 1705 (and at one time mortgaged by Beatrix Potter's husband, William Heelis), this cottage is a traditional rural dwelling in the idyllic village of Grasmere. It sleeps up to four people across two bedrooms, both of which are en-suite. Guests may light the wood burner in the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area on arrival in the cold, winter months, or throw open the doors to the pretty four-tiered garden during the summer. The cottage retains elements of the 18th century rural lifestyle: a refurbished three-seater composting WC in the garden's out-house. For modern guests, two indoor WCs are available...!

Situated on a quiet lane en route to Wordworth's former home at Allan Bank in the pretty village of Grasmere, this cottage is convenient to local amenities and attractions. Grasmere is a most attractive Lake District village with a stunning mountain backdrop and lots to explore. There are a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants and lots of charming little gift shops, interesting art galleries and the world famous gingerbread shop in Grasmere.

Nestled right in the heart of the Lake District it offers fantastic walking opportunities. Helm Crag (1.5 hours to the summit), Silver Howe (1.5 hours to the summit) and Easedale Tarn (1 hour) are all very accessible walks that can be easily managed from the cottage's doorstep. There is plenty to offer the casual walker, whilst also keeping the more serious hiker fully entertained. From strolls along the Coffin Route to Ambleside to full-day hikes around the Fairfield Horseshoe, there is something for everyone. The cycle path leads you from Grasmere to Ambleside via Rydal. A short meander out of the village brings you to Faeryland on the shores of Grasmere where you can hire rowing boats or simply sit back and drink in the views whilst sampling their tea and cakes.

This cottage is not suitable for children aged under 12 years old.

In this traditional rural 18th-century cottage, a family would once have lived upstairs while their livestock remained in the safe confines of the ground floor area. Today, the cottage makes for a cozy hideaway from wintery weather or a carefree retreat from which to throw open the doors to the garden in the heat of summer.

The door to the cottage opens directly into the open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area which features the original low ceiling beams, so mind your head! The living room has a warm and homely feel, with a four-seater settee and club armchair surrounding the wood burner, for which one bag of logs is provided by the owner. A Smart TV including a DVD player provides alternative viewing to the sheep grazing in the pasture across the lane.

The kitchen has been refurbished using natural material, such as a heavy slate worktop and oak cupboards and the original 18th century large slate flagstones on the floor. The kitchen features an electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher and a tall fridge/freezer. For all the modern refurbishment, the buckled oak beams and feature sections of bare stone wall remind guests of the history of the cottage and add a sense of character and charm.

A microwave and washer/dryer are available for use in the utility room, where there is also space to store muddy boots and jackets.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a king-size bed, storage and a TV, as well as an en-suite bathroom containing a luxury rainfall shower over the freestanding bath, towel rail and WC. Views from the bedroom look towards Loughrigg Fell past the pasture and the inn at Grasmere, as well as over the cottage's garden; a view also available to bathers in the en-suite.

The second bedroom plays host to twin single beds, wardrobe and TV with views towards Loughrigg Fell. Its en-suite contains a walk-in rainfall shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin.

Outside, is a well thought-out garden spread across four tiers, some of which are lawned and others paved with slate. An iron garden table and six chairs offer views of the surrounding mountainscape, as well as the many varieties of tits, nuthatches and red squirrels that eat from the bird feeders. A curious point of interest of the cottage is that the original three-seater WC has been restored as a composting toilet, to show how it would have looked. Please note, it is not suitable for use.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom with bath over shower, 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Utility with washer/dryer and microwave
  • Wood burner
  • Smart TV, DVD, TVs in bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden with seating
  • Large shared parking area with amble space
  • Shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes within 0.25 miles
  • Please note, due to the age of the building there are some low ceiling beams
  • Regret no children or babies under the age of 12 years old
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Kylie Harmon-Twidle

This property is personally managed by Kylie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by David 10th May 2024

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Lovely cottage in a great location. Just watch out for the low beams and the door frame for the utility room!

Reviewed by Michael 19th April 2024

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We love Laurel Cottage and have stayed there several times. It oozes character, is perfectly located in the heart of Grasmere and has an idyllic garden with awesome views of the surrounding fells. The cottage is well equipped and perfectly situated, whats not to love?

Reviewed by Helen 12th April 2024

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Reviewed by Stephen 15th March 2024

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Reviewed by John 5th January 2024

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Having self catered in the Lakes for nearly 30 years. This has to rate as one of the best we have stayed in. Full of character, ideal location, central for anywhere in the Lakes. The best equipped, very comfortable, warm & cosy, beautiful garden, lots of wildlife, parking ideal, right in front of the cottage. Lots of walks from the door, we only usRead moreed the car a couple of times. What more could we ask for. It is idyllic. Looking forward to returning soon. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 6th October 2023

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We have stayed in this property for the last 5-6 years, excellent layout, clean and great location.

Reviewed by Jane 15th September 2023

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Reviewed by Ian 8th September 2023

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Reviewed by Stuart 1st September 2023

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As I said last year superb & well maintained property. The heights f the 3 beams in the downstairs area is the only big issue. Last year I cracked my head several times (I'm 5ft 10), this year I had 3 glancing blows. If you are just 5ft 6 then you are good to go, if you are taller than 6 ft bring a bike helmet!!

Reviewed by David 7th July 2023

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Its just perfect place to stay in Grasmere, very comfortable Cottage very clean,we would come back to this cottage again ,Grasmere fantastic place

Reviewed by Clare 30th June 2023

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Great cottage (despite the low beams) and superb location.

Reviewed by Jane 16th June 2023

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Lovely little cottage in a beautiful area few minutes walk from Grasmere village which has a good bus service. No need to keep taking the car. Lots of good local restaurants, pubs and shops. A little welcome pack would have been nice after a long journey just bread and milk. Great to have own bathroom so good for couples. Beds comfy though heavy duRead morevets not really suitable for summer months. Well equipped kitchen but a second bin bag would be useful. Hide

Reviewed by Codie 9th June 2023

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Laurel Cottage is one of the best places weve ever stayed. Its equipped with everything you could possibly need and the quality of the items in the cottage is second to none. We really appreciated the abundance of games and DVDs which were available too, and you can tell the owners really take care of the place. Not only is the cottage stunning, buRead moret its situated in a gorgeous location with an amazing garden seating area too which we loved! Thank you so much. Well be back!!!! Hide

Reviewed by David 19th May 2023

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Reviewed by Malcolm 28th April 2023

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This is a beautiful cottage in central Grasmere with ideal parking, comfy beds, constant hot water , a beautiful garden and well equipped. But there are low beams in the large single downstairs room and while these are a feature of a period cottage, if you are over 5'8 they are a menace and unavoidable. I thought I could adapt to them, but failed mRead moreiserably. Hide

Reviewed by Nicholas 21st April 2023

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Reviewed by Helen 14th April 2023

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Fantastic cottage, weve been many times & will go back

Reviewed by Greta 20th January 2023

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Reviewed by PETER 9th September 2022

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Lovely Property,Couldn't Have Been In A Better location. Parking Right Outside,Very Quiet, Beautiful Garden. Very Comfortable Beds,High Quality Fixtures And Fittings Throughout. We Stayed For Two Weeks,Would Have Loved Three. Mind Your Head.

Reviewed by Stuart 2nd September 2022

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Superb property in an ideal location within Grasmere. Beautiful cottage & garden. All necessary equipment bar dishwasher tabs & dish cloth/sponge were provided. Very comfy double bed in Bedroom 1 & great shower in Bedroom 2 (though drain needed cleaning out). If you are under 5 foot 5 inches tall you won't run the risk of cracking your head on downRead morestair's beams, I'm 5 inches taller, I did crack mine, but still loved the place. So much so we've booked for 2023. Hide

Reviewed by Joyce 24th June 2022

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Quality fittings and furnishings. Well stocked kitchen to enable cooking from home. Superb location.

Reviewed by Helen 17th June 2022

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Fabulous cottage in quiet but central location. Beautiful secluded garden. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by john 20th May 2022

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A lovely cottage in a perfect location. Would definitely stay again.

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