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Halecat House

Witherslack, Lake District
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A sumptuous late Georgian property bursting with historic charm
  • Extensive grounds with lawns for kids to play on and an orchard for picturesque strolls
  • Enjoys views over Morecambe Bay Estuary
Property code: SZ229

Part of the Witherslack Estate, this unique property is perfect for families or groups looking for walks and wildlife in the Lake District, with Windermere and its surrounding fells nearby.

Situated at the head of an ancient valley, this elegant, late Georgian house has views to Arnside Knott and the estuary at Grange-over-Sands. This very special property is in the manor of Witherslack, which was made over to Thomas Stanley, the 1st Earl of Derby, in 1487. The Stanley family has owned the house ever since it was built in the mid-19th century and it has been lovingly looked after to preserve its unique charm.

The property can accommodate eight people in four bedrooms with the space to accommodate three more people if sharing the large, grand bedrooms. This makes the property an ideal location for family or group gatherings in a stunning location. The superb gardens include a fantastic lawn for kids to run around on or for an impromptu game of cricket. There are hidden areas, beautiful flowerbeds, an orchard, a listed gazebo/summer house and large patio. The recently installed biomass boiler keeps the house constantly warm so you can be sure of a cosy stay!

As part of the Witherslack Estate at the southern end of the Lake District, this is a very popular area for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. The pretty village has a shop and the Derby Arms public house serves excellent food. The shores of Lake Windermere are within a 20-minute drive and Coniston not much further away.

The house has an impressive entrance hallway that opens to the grand staircase with a well stocked library of books beneath it. Off the hallway is the kitchen which is a light and airy room with a large sash window. The kitchen is well-equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, and a dining table and chairs. There is a grand dining room with views to the garden, fells and bay beyond, and is kept warm by an open fire. The large sitting room also has an open fire and sofas surrounding a flatscreen Freeview TV and DVD. Bay windows with doors open to the garden and patio area.

The impressive staircase leads upstairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms. There is a laundry room with washer and ironing facilities. The family bathroom has a shower over the bath and a WC.

There is a a single bedroom with a large, 7ft-long and almost three-quarter-width bed. The large king-size bedroom is furnished with a sofa, double aspect windows and garden views. A further single bed can be provided. There is a further king bedroom with a sofa, dressing table, views of the garden, estuary bay and fells. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bath and WC. The twin bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a cast iron bath, WC and full-length Georgian window offering views to garden.

Outside there is a very large garden, lawn, damson orchard, herbaceous border, flower beds, summer house, full length patio with table and chairs. Please note that, thanks to the property's inclusion in Historic Houses, the gardens are occasionally open to the public. If you would like to make sure the gardens are closed for your whole stay, please get in touch with us before making your booking. There is plentiful parking on the gravelled area at front of the house for many cars. The garden is open to the public on selected dates during the summer.

  • 4 bedrooms - 2 king-size, 1 small double (7ft bed), 1 twin
  • 3 bathrooms - 2 ensuite bathrooms with bath and WC, 1 family bathroom with a shower over bath and WC
  • Oven,microwave, dsishwasher, fridge, freezer
  • Utility room with washing machine and iron
  • 2 open fires with fuel provided
  • Freeview TV, DVD player
  • Piano
  • Phone at the cottage for incoming calls only
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Large enclosed garden with lawn, orchard, gazebo and patio with garden furniture (The gardens are open to the public on a few days throughout the year, please enquire at time of booking if you wish to visit when the gardens are closed)
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Plenty of off road parking at front of house
  • Pub 1 mile, shop 1.5 miles
  • Extra children bringing their own beds welcome by prior arrangement
  • Please note: New Years bookings will be the 28th December 2022
  • Fireworks are only permitted on Bonfire Night, New Year and Diwali and must be finished by 11pm. Please be aware of livestock in the surrounding fields
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Ian 29th April 2022

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This is a wonderful property with room to spread out if you want and enough room to lounge together and certainly dine together. The view down the valley is wonderful and the gardens are immaculate. The bed we had was very comfortable, a great place for children to play hide & seek.

Reviewed by Denise 1st April 2022

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Great house, lots of space for the grandkids to play in on rainy days, the gardens are immaculate and beautiful.. loved Halecat so much.

Reviewed by Joanne 11th March 2022

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Beautiful period home with incredible history. Perfect for family/friends gatherings, gorgeous views and not far from a gorgeous walk, the local pub and grange over sands is a short drive away. The fires are super in the evening and the large dining room is amazing! Just incredible placewe loved it, and the dogs were in heaven with all that space oRead moreutside! Hide

Reviewed by Norma 28th January 2022

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Beautiful house and gardens. Location ideal for lakes and seafront. Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Suela 5th November 2021

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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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