A charming 18th century 2-bedrooom stone cottage. Secluded rural location between Hawkshead and Coniston villages. Walking and Cycling from the door.
John & Judith Gunner
- english, french
About John & Judith Gunner
The owners live in the nearby farmhouse. They have personally managed Hatters Cottage and run the (very) small farm (no tractors!) for over 25 years.
John & Judith Gunner purchased this Cottage in 1985
Why John & Judith Gunner chose Hawkshead
Having watched our children grow up in this beautiful tranquil setting, we enjoy sharing it with others.
What makes this Cottage unique
We particularly like the combination of accessibility and seclusion that Hatters Cottage provides. It's in the middle of the Lake District National Park but you can sit listening to birdsong in the cottage garden and be totally unaware of this. Picturesque Hawkshead with its cobbled streets and mediaeval buildings is a 30-minute walk away. To reach Sawrey with Beatrix Potter's farmhouse, and Coniston with lake and mountains takes only a few minutes by car. Or one can leave the car behind and walk or cycle on quiet footpaths, forest tracks or mountain trails.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
We ask smokers to smoke only on the patio outside
Children not allowed
Children over 11 welcome
Minimum age of primary renter:11
The slates on the steps and patio can be slippery when wet. Please TAKE CARE, and use the handrail.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Sweet cottage in nice location
Hatter’s Cottage in Hawkshead Hill very well laid out with good facilities. Small problem with heating quickly resolved.
Friendly and helpful owners.
Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that I broke my arm while walking on Wasfell Pike so we had to leave early. Hardly John and Judith’s fault!
Hatter's cottage is in an idyllic position tucked away behind the farm with open fields beyond.
Well appointed with neat small kitchen with all requirements. Comfortable beds. We loved our stay here and found the position perfect. The walk to Hawkshead was a mile down the hill. Shops and pubs with good food and many other lovely walks right from the door. Bus to village from the end of the road if you don't fancy the walk! Super week's weather too!
Sweet LITTLE House
Had a great week around the lakes, Hatters Cottage is very sweet however a tad on the small side, especially for four adults sharing. The cottage is well equipped, beds are comfy however could do with more pillows..Bathroom is on the small side, especially the shower cubical, this is to be expected in a small cottage. As a base for the Lake District, this is the perfect location. The far reaching views are to die for. Hawks head village is a great place to go in the evenings for dinner, especially after 6pm as it is free to park! ( made very welcome in the Red Lion) overall a great uk break, John, Judith and not forgetting our fury friend Tethera, made us very welcome....
So glad you enjoyed your stay, Tracey. We'll certainly look into the quantity of pillows. [Thought there were spares in the cupboards but we'll check] As you say, the bathroom is on the small side, and it would be a squeeze to share the shower! We've never had a guest who couldn't fit in, though. Glad too that you made friends with Tethera (the teenage cat), who is proving a bit of a show-off.
best wishes John & Judith
Character cottage in a great location
Lovely, quiet and secluded cottage with everything we needed. Bedrooms were very comfortable and warm. Lots of maps and books on the Lake District. Surrounded by excellent walks and scenery.
Ideally situated - lovely walks from the cottage
The owners were very welcoming and available for any queries. The cottage was clean and comfortable (there were two of us) - good for walkers. The kitchen is small and basic but had all we needed. There were laundry facilities available but we did not need to use them as we had very good weather. The shower room is small but with a good hot and powerful shower.
It was in a very quiet and pretty location with beautiful walks without having to drive anywhere. Close to Hawkshead village - we particularly liked the Sun Cafe there for lunch or tea and cake. We also had a very nice evening meal in the Sun pub. Hill Top farm gets very busy early so be there before opening to get parked! Tarn Haws and the area around is lovely walking - we enjoyed walking up Conniston Old Man with stunning views at the top.
Authentic Lakeland retreat
The cottage is in a charming hamlet on Hawkshead Hill which offered us the peace and quiet we were looking for without being isolated. It was clean, warm and draught-free, comfortably furnished and sufficiently equipped for our needs. Our friendly hosts in the main house were always on hand to advise and the bookshelf provided us with enough information on walks etc. to keep us going for months! Wishing good morning to their hens and two cows became a morning ritual as the tensions of city life fell away. There was great food to be had in the pub restaurants of Hawkshead about a mile away but the brilliant deli and a grocery shop offered the normal supplies too. The setting makes Wifi connection rather intermittent which may appeal to some. We'd recommend this cottage to anyone looking to enjoy the tranquility of the Lakes.
Grange-over-Sands (coastal walks with views of Morecambe Bay) 16 miles
Barrow-in-Furness (Dock Museum, Vickers Shipbuilders, Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve) 26 miles
Morecambe (promenade with views of Morecambe Bay and Lake District mountains) 40 miles
Manchester Airport 96 miles (direct trains from Windermere or 2 hours drive)
Liverpool Airport 102 miles (2 hours drive)
Local buses serving Ambleside and Windermere (train station) stop within 150 metres of Hatters Cottage
Use of car recommended for those who prefer flexible arrangements
Hawkshead (food shop, delicatessen, post office, pharmacy, pubs serving meals, ATM) 1 mile
Sawrey (Beatrix Potter's farmhouse, views of Esthwaite Water) 3 miles
Coniston (lakeside walks, boat hire, trips on steam yacht Gondola) 2 miles
Ambleside (cinemas, library, food shops, numerous restaurants, charity shops) 5 miles
Windermere village (train station, supermarket, restaurants, shops, cinema) 8 miles
Grasmere (Wordsworth's cottage) 6 miles
Kendal (market town, Brewery Arts Centre, museum
Regular buses pass along the road through Hawkshead Hill to take you to Hawkshead or Coniston, and to Ambleside from where there are connections to buses in all directions.
The picturesque village of Hawkshead with post office, shops, and several pubs serving meals, is 1 mile away - a lovely walk over the fields with magnificent views of the mountains to the north. The Beatrix Potter Gallery, the 16th century grammar school where William Wordsworth was a pupil and the ancient church of St Michael and all Angels are all worth a visit. A short drive or walk will take you south to Sawrey (Beatrix Potter's farmhouse)
The former mining village of Coniston is 2 miles to the west, by road or footpath through pasture and woodland by way of the popular beauty spot Tarn Hows. Coniston has petrol station, bank, shops, post office, cafes and pubs. The lake of Coniston Water is a short distance away, where one can hire boats, or take a trip on the Steam Yacht Gondola. Coniston provides access to quiet lakeside footpaths, and to mountain trails in the nearby Coniston range of mountains where the Coniston Old Man - Swirl How - Wetherlam ridge walk provides a magnificent variety of views in fine weather.