Built around 1705 (and at one time mortgaged by Beatrix Potter's husband, William Heelis), Laurel Cottage is a traditional rural dwelling in the idyllic village of Grasmere. It sleeps up to four people across two bedrooms, both of which are ensuite. Guests may light the wood burning stove in the open plan living, dining and kitchen area on arrival in the cold, winter months, or throw open the doors to the pretty four-tiered garden during the summer. The cottage retains elements of the 18th century rural lifestyle: a refurbished three-seater composting toilet in the garden's out-house. For modern guests, two indoor WCs are available...!
Situated on a quiet lane en route to Wordworth's former home at Allan Bank in the pretty village of Grasmere, Laurel Cottage is convenient to local amenities and attractions. Grasmere is a most attractive 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. For a Michelin Star fine dining experience, try the Forestside Hotel.
Nestled right in the heart of the Lake District it offers fantastic walking opportunities. Helm Crag (1.5 hours to the summit), Silver Howe (1.5 hours to the summit) and Easedale Tarn (1 hour) are all very accessible walks that can be easily managed from Laurel Cottage's doorstep. 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. The cycle path leads you from Grasmere to Ambleside via Rydal. 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.
This cottage is not suitable for children aged under twelve-years-old.