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Hewthwaite Hall

Cockermouth, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Four Poster
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • 16th-century manor farmhouse with lots of character and steeped in history
  • Situated in a peaceful location and close to the spectacular Solway coast
  • 2 miles from the historic town of Cockermouth with its shops, restaurants and cafes
Property code: SZ245

Both outside and in, this stunning period property is a wonderful destination for families and friends with a games room, two reception rooms and fantastic outdoor spaces.

For anyone looking to spend a Lake District break in a spacious, elegant and welcoming home steeped in history and simply oozing character, then this property is sure to fit the bill. Nestled in a quiet corner of the Lake District between Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite Lake, this graceful 16th-century manor farmhouse sleeps up to six people in three distinctive bedrooms. It's a magical world of deep sandstone window seats, undulating floorboards, exposed beams, fireplaces and nooks for visitors to discover. It boasts stunning formal gardens as well as large lawns and its own private copse which will be a magical playground for little ones to explore. All this as well as glorious fell views, a huge indoor games room with table tennis table and so much historical detail to enjoy while also having the comforting feeling of a welcoming family home. The owners have made the most of this historical detail while gracing the property with comfortable furnishings, thoughtfully chosen modern artwork, ceramics and textiles.

Setmurthy is a picturesque settlement placed between Cockermouth and Keswick, two much loved Cumbrian towns with a world of opportunities to explore. Cockermouth, just over 2 miles away, is a delightful Georgian town boasting many independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is also notable for being Wordsworth's birthplace, in fact you can still visit his childhood home in the town. Keswick is well known as the Lake District's adventure capital where you can indulge your wilder side with any number of the outdoor activities on offer, both on the fells and on the water. Alternatively if you are keen to see a different side will be welcomed by a bustling market town boasting its own art deco cinema, a vast choice of eateries and even its own beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake.

While there is a huge amount of interesting activities in the local towns, you might be just as happy exploring the immediate surroundings on foot or by pedal power. Mighty Skiddaw, England's fourth highest peak, is just a few miles away, while Sale Fell, a very rewarding smaller fell with views as far as southern Scotland, is nearer still. Cyclists are no less well served with a fantastic array of off-road opportunities for mountain bikers and some of the most iconic road cycling in the country on your doorstep. Or perhaps you'd rather just escape the bustle of the 21st century and be enveloped by the history and comfort of this magnificent building and its magical grounds.

You will arrive via a curved driveway to the parking area and enter the house from a stone terrace through the imposing wooden front door. The coat of arms above the door which has been repainted in the correct armorial colours should provide interest for history buffs.

From the stone-flagged hallway you first reach the two delightful reception rooms. The first has a charming window seat with a view to the fells nestled into the corner of the room, perfect for young bookworms to curl up in. Other guests might enjoy the comfortable sofa and armchairs surrounding a beautiful wood burner. A gorgeous peaceful room to read and enjoy a spot of quiet time or conversation. Across the hall lies the larger of the two reception rooms. As its focal point is a huge open fire set into a deep fireplace. Just glorious for curling up and watching the TV with Freeview or enjoying some music on the stereo while perusing the large selection of maps and books.

Moving to the back of the house you reach the cosy dining room, in here you really get a sense of the history of the house with its wooden ceiling beams, antique furniture and tiny window framing a lovely view set into a thick original wall. Returning to the 21st century as you head through to the lovely bright kitchen. This definitely has the feeling of a warm and welcoming family room with light units, a lovely breakfast table, two windows with beautiful garden and fell views. The kitchen has a huge handsome blue Aga, a large built-in fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all the kitchen equipment you'd look for in a traditional family kitchen. In the hallway leading to the back door there's plenty of space for coats, also here on the ground floor you'll find an extra WC and cloakroom. There is also a utility room which has a washing machine and drying facilities in the outhouse. It is a good place to leave muddy boots.

Moving up the wide corner staircase take a moment to pause and look at the view through the triple arched sandstone landing window and think about how many people have taken in this view over the last four hundred years or so! From the upper landing you reach the magnificent master bedroom suite. This is a romantic paradise of a room with a king-size four-poster bed, decorative fireplace, large wardrobe, two chests drawers, two elegant armchairs and two window seats overlooking the tiered formal gardens and grassy fell side across the way. Tucked away down two steps in the corner of the room is the door to your own sizeable en-suite bathroom. This feels like a secret hideaway where you can soak those well-used fell walking muscles while taking in the uninterrupted views of the fells from the bath (there is no shower in this room).

The first twin room is also off this landing, yet another beautiful room looking out on the formal gardens to the front with a large wardrobe and two chests of drawers. This room is really the one for the history buffs to enjoy as it not only has a staggering selection of Waverley Novels but also a veritable library of Cumberland and Westmorland antiquarian society periodicals with a wealth of local interest. The second twin room is a light airy space with built-in wardrobes, two chests of drawers, windows looking out to the courtyard to the side of the house and another picture window out to the fells.

The family bathroom is another lovely space with ornate tiles, electric shower over the bath, and like the en-suite in the master bedroom, an antique commode chair!

The grounds are no less diverse and interesting than the house with a choice of places to explore and benefit from the sunshine at all times of the day. The front of the house has a beautiful tiered formal garden with plentiful lavender, mature shrubs and beautifully manicured topiary revealing secret lawn areas through leafy archways. To the rear and sides of the house there are large lawn areas, a raised sandstone terrace with dining furniture with a low box hedge and a higher Portuguese laurel hedge surrounding it, and benefiting from glorious views of the Caldbeck fells. For families with children a gate to the rear leads through to an enclosed copse to explore. Sheer heaven for the little wood sprites in your party.

There's even bags of space under cover for rainy days as guests can make themselves comfy in the outbuilding's huge games room with its table tennis table and large indoor/outdoor beanbags. It's the perfect place for the younger members of the party to commandeer as their own as it has power points for their, all important, gaming and music equipment. The outbuilding also has its own utility room and plenty of storage space for bikes should you wish to bring them along.

Both outside and in the property really is a wonderful destination for a family or friends to explore. Once discovered you'll want to return again and again whether to uncover more of its historical secrets, soak up its wonderful atmosphere or just relax outside with a glass of wine taking in the panoramic views.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 2 twins
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom with bath, 1 bathroom with shower over the bath
  • AGA, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Utility room in the outhouse with washing machine and drying facilities
  • Wood burner and open fire (initial logs provided)
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Formal tiered gardens and topiary with outside dining area and a gated woodland area
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Off-road parking for up to 4 cars
  • Storage for bikes in outbuilding
  • Games room with table tennis table and large indoor/outdoor beanbags
  • Private water supply - The filtered water supply  is from a private borehole.  The water has been tested and is drinkable, but guests may wish to bring bottled water if they would prefer. 
  • Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles, beach 14 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog 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

Holly Popham

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Robert 6th May 2022

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Lovely find! The house was amazing and we felt so relaxed. The gardens were huge and delightful.Wi fi wasnt very reliable but for us that wasnt a problem . We would highly recommend

Reviewed by Sally 22nd April 2022

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Beautiful property in a fabulous location. Excellent if you have dogs or children as totally enclosed. The stairs are not ideal for someone unstable on their feet with mobility issues, but they are typical of an old property. Everything we needed was there.

Reviewed by Sarah 29th January 2022

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Lovely comfortable house with plenty of space for 3 couples and dog. Kitchen well equipped though if you're not used to an aga have a think about this when planning meals! House was lovely and warm and plenty of hot water. Table tennis great but bring balls! Great location with good access to Keswick, Cockermouth and lots of beautiful walking. Oh aRead morend the wifi managed a video conference... Hide

Reviewed by David 28th December 2021

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Reviewed by Heidi 21st December 2021

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We had a wonderful stay at Hewthwaite Hall and will be back. The owners have clearly lovingly restored this beautiful building back to a grand yet cosy house. Great customer service from Sallys & Holiday Cottages also.

Reviewed by Sophia 10th December 2021

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Fantastic stay at this beautiful house! We will certainly be re-booking for next year. So special. If you are booking I would recommend the following. 1- Bring lots of bottled water, the drinking water if safe but we didn't like the taste due to it being a water tank type situation 2- Bring blankets and throws, the evenings do get cold even with thRead moree fire. x 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.

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