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Herdwick Cottage

Grasmere, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A delightful slate-fronted cottage, beautifully and sensitively restored throughout
  • Character features throughout including a wood burner and exposed stone walls
  • Located in Grasmere, in the heart of the Lakes, with an abundance of walks straight from your door
Property code: SZ243

Exuding rustic charm and perfect for families or couples, return to this cottage to relax in front of the roaring wood burner after a day out on the fells.

Dating back to the 1800s, this delightful slate-fronted cottage has been beautifully and sensitively restored throughout using traditional materials and luxury fixtures and fittings. It oozes rustic charm, with slate flag floors, oak latch doors, sash windows and cast iron radiators. A real gem of a Lake District cottage! With a spacious open-plan living space, a gorgeous modern kitchen and two charming double bedrooms, both en-suite, the house is well suited to two couples. The comfy sofas with matching woollen throws and roaring wood burner will be just the tonic after a day out on the fells. The cottage has the added advantage of off-road parking for one car, which is a rarity in the centre of Grasmere.

Situated on a quiet lane right in the centre of the pretty village of Grasmere, it is superbly convenient to all local amenities. Grasmere is an idyllic 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 Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.

Nestled right in the heart of the Lake District it offers some fantastic walking opportunities. From the doorstep of the cottage 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. 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.

Entry via the front door leads into the charming open-plan lounge. There is useful coat storage at the front door for jackets and outdoor gear. A wood burner keeps the lounge warm and the comfy sofas, Smart TV and bluetooth speaker to use with your MP3 player or phone are all lovely touches to make it the prefect spot to relax after a long day on the fells. A selection of guidebooks, board games and jigsaw puzzles are available for use during your stay. The dining area has a wooden table and chairs for four people.

Off the dining area is the open plan galley-style kitchen, which is extremely well-equipped with an integrated fridge, gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, small counter-top freezer, washer/dryer and wine cooler. The beautiful kitchen is complemented with slate worktops. The skylight and bi-folding doors allow a stream of natural light. With a great selection of glassware, crockery and utensils you'll have everything you need for cosy meals in. Throughout the ground floor the slate flag floors, cast iron radiators and sash windows compliment the country cottage feel.

A stunning feature wooden staircase leads up from the dining area to the first floor bedrooms. Both bedrooms are beautifully decorated and continue the rustic cottage theme with solid wooden furniture, cast iron radiators, sash windows and oak latch doors. Luxury bed linen and chenille throws complete the look. Both bedrooms are equipped with touch base lamps, Smart TVs and hairdryers. One bedroom has views over the chapel courtyard and the other over the rooftops to Silver How mountain. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with gorgeous drench showers, WCs, and heated towel rails.

This cottage does not accept children aged under 12 years old.

  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms
  • Gas hob, electric oven, integrated fridge, dishwasher, small counter-top freezer, washer/dryer and wine cooler
  • Wood burner
  • Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker. Smart TVs in both bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Shop, pub and restaurant within 1 mile
  • Regret no children or babies under the age of 12 years old
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 6 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Stefanie 18th April 2022

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Reviewed by Margaret 25th March 2022

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Reviewed by Amanda 18th March 2022

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Reviewed by Julie 25th February 2022

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This is a lovely cottage in an ideal location. Very comfortable and well equipped. We will definitely be back in the future.

Reviewed by Lillian 14th January 2022

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We had a wonderful relaxing time at Herdwick cottage the location in the village was good plus parking space for are car was a bonus. The cottage was of a high standard well equipped and of good quality it was a lovely cozy cottage and would recommend anyone to visit

Reviewed by Stephen 12th November 2021

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We had a wonderful week at the cottage. We've stayed at many self-catering cottages and this was the best in terms of location. There were lovely shops and cafes a stone's throw from the cottage. The Herdy shop opposite is far too tempting! There are fantastic walks from the doorstep and many Wainwrights to do. The cottage felt high spec, very comfRead moreortable and homely. The log burner was a real treat after cold walks, particularly with the nights drawing in. We'll be back I'm sure! Hide

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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.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

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