Hewthwaite Hall accommodation summary
Two reception rooms - one with open fire, the other with wood burner
Master bedroom suite with king-size four poster bed and en suite bathroom
Two twin bedrooms
Outbuilding with large games room
Utility/boot room with washing machine and drying facilities for clothes and outdoor gear
Formal tiered gardens and topiary
Outside dining area
Gated woodland area
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
WiFi access is available at the property
A single dog is welcome at an additional charge of £20.00
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
Initial supply of fuel for the open fire and wood burner will be provided
The house uses a filtered, spring-fed private water supply. This can sometimes be discoloured after heavy rainfall. The water is drinkable, but guests may want to bring bottled water to use.
Please note that pets must remain downstairs and are not allowed on the furniture.
There is a working farm next door to Hewthwaite Hall
Where does one begin to describe a place as magical as Hewthwaite Hall? The house is a stunning period property sleeping six people in three spacious and characterful bedrooms. Set in substantial grounds in a peaceful corner of the Lake District, the hall, parts of which date from the 16th century (or even earlier), is a wonderful world of historic detail such as deep sandstone window seats, panelled doors and stone floors while still being a welcoming home for a family or group to enjoy. The owners have made every corner a place of interest with an elegant mixture of local historical interest with well chosen modern pieces of art and textiles.
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 burning stove. 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 large flat screen 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, a bath and over-bath electric shower 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 Hewthwaite Hall 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.