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Birkett House

Troutbeck nr Windermere, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A beautifully restored period cottage in stunning surroundings
  • Set in the picturesque Lakeland village of Troutbeck
  • Cosy and relaxing accommodation for a family exploring Windermere
Property code: SZ074

Dating back to the 17th century and retaining plenty of original character and features, this adorable cottage sits at the northern end of Windermere and is perfect for exploring the Lake District.

This beautiful 17th-century cottage is in a cluster of 400-year-old houses and barns, right in the centre of Troutbeck. Sleeping six guests, it has been sympathetically restored and furnished to provide luxury accommodation while retaining a cottage feel in a rural setting. It provides generously proportioned accommodation with exposed beams, an open fire, oak flooring and a slate kitchen.

Troutbeck is a charming village enjoying an elevated position a couple of miles outside of Windermere. The village has a shop, cafe and two popular pubs, all of which are just a short stroll from the property. There are a wealth of footpaths and bridleways to explore straight from the front door and plenty of great fell walking opportunities too. Head up Wansfell Pike, a deservedly popular walk thanks to the stunning views on offer. Why not take a scenic drive up Kirkstone Pass, the Lake District's highest pass that's open to motor traffic? Enjoy the amazing vistas from Troutbeck all the way to the Ullswater Valley at the other side. If you prefer exploring on two wheels, the Kirkstone Pass Inn at the top of the climb will be a very welcome sight!

Head south from Troutbeck into Windermere for some retail therapy and a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. East from Troutbeck is charming Ambleside, a bustling village with plenty on offer. Continue on to Grasmere, once home to William Wordsworth. Visit his former home at Dove Cottage, a must for any poetry fans, before treating yourselves to a yummy afternoon tea at the aptly named Daffodil Hotel over the road. A day spent in the stunning Langdale Valley is never a day wasted; take a walk to picturesque Blea Tarn or head up Lingmoor Fell for panoramic views of The Lakes. Stop off at one of the traditional pubs on your way back for a hearty meal and refreshing drink.

Head inside and into the main living room. With original beams, built-in cupboards and wooden floorboards, this spacious room feels wonderfully cosy and welcoming. Relax in front of the open fire or perch on the window seat, the perfect place to catch up with a good book - if you don't get distracted by the view over the delightful garden that is! For entertainment there's a Smart TV, handily tucked away in one of the built in cupboards. A cosy second sitting room means there's plenty of space for everyone to relax. There's another Smart TV in here, or simply enjoy a quiet moment away from the stresses of everyday life.

At the back of the house is the well-equipped kitchen with an electric oven, modern induction hob, microwave, two larder fridges, a freezer and dishwasher. It's sure to be a hit with the cooks in the group!

The kitchen opens out into the dining room, once home to the farm's laundry. There's plenty of clues to the house's history in here, from the vaulted ceiling to the wooden beams and lintels. Now the perfect place for feasting, gather round the wooden dining table and compare notes on the day's adventures over a hearty home-cooked meal. A washer/dryer can also be found in the kitchen. There is a large covered porch area and entrance hall, ideal for storing muddy boots and wet coats. A high chair is kept in the dining room - the seat is in the sideboard and the legs are in the cupboard to the left of the sideboard.

Continue up to the first floor where you'll find the luxurious sleeping quarters. First up is the beautiful master bedroom. You'll feel instantly at home in here thanks to the fabulous king-size bed and pretty feature fireplace. For storage there's a wooden chest of drawers and wardrobe. This bedroom has its own fabulous en-suite bathroom: along with the WC and wash basin is a gorgeous free-standing cast iron bath, perfect for indulging in a long, luxurious soak. The other two bedrooms are just as lovely. The middle bedroom has a king-size bed, bedside drawers and a wardrobe (a travel cot and separate mattress are kept in this wardrobe). The third, a twin bedroom, also benefits from an en-suite WC and wash basin tucked away in what was once the linen cupboard. Should you need it, this bedroom can also be made up as a super-king upon request. The beautiful family bathroom can also be found on the first floor. In here there's a WC, wash basin and bath with shower over.

Outside there is private parking for two cars at the rear of the house. At the front a delightful enclosed cottage garden matches perfectly with the house: a special place to enjoy your beautiful surroundings. With outdoor furniture, you can choose to dine alfresco or sit and watch the comings and goings of the birds and wildlife who also love to visit this property.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 twin which can be made up as a super-king-size on request
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC, 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, plus 1 en-suite WC
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, two larder fridges, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Open fire
  • Smart TV in both lounges
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture
  • Private parking for 2 cars on the rear driveway
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub 0.5 miles, Windermere 2 miles
  • Short breaks available from a Friday or a Monday during November – March
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Martin 23rd April 2022

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Reviewed by Karen 26th March 2022

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The cottage is spacious and very well equipped. We lacked nothing! The fixtures and fittings were of a very high quality. The location is perfect for a quiet holiday and well placed for walks straight from the door. Ambleside and Windermere are only a short drive away. We had a wonderful holiday.

Reviewed by Joanne 19th February 2022

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An absolutely beautiful cottage with everything you need, and you can walk from the door so no need to use a car once you arrive, 10/10 from our family :-)

Reviewed by Lou 28th December 2021

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Reviewed by Andrea 3rd December 2021

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Thank you for a wonderful stay at a very picturesque cottage! Everything was perfect! :)

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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