Right at the heart of picture-postcard Hawkshead village, so ideal for local pubs, shops and attractions.
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.
The dining room continues the living-history feel with a traditional hearth, horse brasses and shelves of blue-and-white china.
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.
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- A piece of history
- Dark rooms
- Old fashioned for some tastes