Ann Tyson's House

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Address: Wordsworth Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0PA, England

Star rating:

3.7

A museum-piece b&b for history buffs and Wordsworth pilgrims.

Let's be straight here: Ann Tyson's House needs an update. The rooms are tired, the smell of bacon in the dining room off-putting, but I'm includig it because history oozes from every one of its 17th-century oak beams.

If you want boutique chic, head elsewhere. If you feel inspired by the elegaic poetry of William Wordsworth, who lodged with Ann Tyson while attending the Hawkshead Grammar School in the 1780s, then you'll feel like you're walking in his footsteps.

The original Grade II-listed Lakeland cottage now sprawls across four adjoining cottages.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
3.8
90%
Public areas
3.9
90%

Location

Right at the heart of picture-postcard Hawkshead village, so ideal for local pubs, shops and attractions.

Bedrooms

Old fashioned. Seeen rooms, six en suite split across three in the main cottage and four in next-door cottages.

Overall the rooms have a musuem-like feel with oak beams, aged bedspreads and lots of antique furniture bought from local country houses over the years.

Avoid the small single unless you're on a tight budget; family rooms offer more space.

Public areas

The dining room continues the living-history feel with a traditional hearth, horse brasses and shelves of blue-and-white china.

 

Service

This is a samll, low-key and family run place. They're not pretending to be a trendy joint and not hotel-service trained. But the owners are friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable about Hawkshead's leagcy to the literary world. They are very used to dealing with international clients.

Who stays there

This is not everyone's cup of tea and the clientele reflects the target audience: Wordsworth pilgrims, Americans and Japanese. Walkers looking for a budget, central base also like it.

Price advice

There's limited free parking on the narrow, cobbled street outside the cottages but ask the owner for a free parking permit and you can leave the car in Hawkshead's main pay-and-display car park - just a 10-minute strol to the front door.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Shopping
  • No fuss
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • A piece of history
  • Dark rooms
  • Old fashioned for some tastes
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