View towards the property
Lounge with cosy woodburner
Dining area
Twin bedroom
Relax in the lawned garden
Alfresco dining with beautiful views
View towards the property
1 / 10  View towards the property
2 / 10  Lounge with cosy woodburner
3 / 10  Kitchen/diner
4 / 10  Dining area
5 / 10  Twin bedroom
6 / 10  Bedroom
7 / 10  Bathroom
8 / 10  Relax in the lawned garden
9 / 10  Alfresco dining with beautiful views
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Ben Fold

Outgate and Tarn Hows, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stunning accommodation with details by local craftsmen
  • 17th century Grade-II listed country cottage property
  • Eco-friendly facilities like ground source heat pump and solar panels
  • Quiet rural location close to Tarn Hows and the lakes
  • Views across the spectacular Esthwaite Valley
  • Woodburning Stove with fuel provided
  • Pretty south facing garden with patio areas
Property code: LLH10

Charming eco-friendly cottage enjoying a tranquil location with stunning countryside views, located close to the village of Hawkshead.

This charming 400 year old Grade II-listed cottage is set in a quiet rural location close to Tarn Hows and enjoys lovely views across the Esthwaite Valley. Close by is Esthwaite Water, a fantastic fishing lake, while the cottage is also ideally situated between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere. Just two miles away is Hawkshead, a pretty village home to tea rooms, gift shops, pubs and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere and Grizedale Forest are also nearby, while you can also take the ferry across Lake Windermere to Windermere and Bowness.

On entering this lovely cottage you will find yourself in the stylish and elegant open-plan kitchen/diner. The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need including an electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and TV. The bright and airy dining area looks out onto the garden and is ideal whether you’re enjoying a special meal or grabbing a quick snack. Adjacent to the kitchen/dining room is a utility room containing a washing machine, tumble dryer and WC. Next to the kitchen you will find the traditional and welcoming lounge which contains a cosy wood burner, TV, beautiful exposed beams and a great deal of old world charm. Heading upstairs you will find three comfy and traditional bedrooms, all with exposed beams. The two double bedrooms have a TV with DVD and an en-suite shower and WC. There is a cosy twin room with sloping ceiling, and a separate bathroom which has a shower over the bath and WC.

As you step outside you will find a useful separate room with facilities for changing in/out of all walking gear. There is a delightful south-facing garden with a choice of patios and lawns. The property also owns an extended area beyond the cottage with trees and shrubs. The owners have also installed several nature cameras which can be viewed on one of the televisions installed in the cottage. A footpath from the garden provides an easy walk into Hawkshead. Off-road parking is available for two cars.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms: 2 doubles and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC, 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC, plus ground-floor WC
  • Oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV/DVD in the lounge and both double bedrooms, plus TV in kitchen
  • Eco-friendly including heat pump system and solar panels
  • Wi-Fi available
  • External drying room
  • Wood burner with fuel supplied
  • Electricity and heating included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Shops, restaurant, and pubs 1.5 miles
  • 2 dogs welcome

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Dave 16th November 2019

We have used Ben Fold for a number of years, even before the new extension was built and always enjoyed our stay and will continue to do so in the future.

Reviewed by Helen 2nd November 2019

Great holiday and location, lovely cosy cottage. Our 2nd visit.

Reviewed by Jacqueline 26th October 2019

On the quiet side of Lake Windermere- close to the Langdales - a beautiful cottage!!

Reviewed by Hana 29th September 2019

The cottage was perfect for our week-long break with our dog, and walks to Ambleside, Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge, Coniston via Tarn Hows. It was comfortable, clean, bright, fully equipped with all the necessities and additional home comforts that made it feel like a home from home rather than a rental property. There were only two of us so we had Read morea lot of space for ourselves, but all 3 bedrooms were equally nice, the lounge was spacious with big sofas, and the dining table comfortably sits six. Hide

Reviewed by Janet 22nd September 2019

Lovely cottage in a quiet location within walking distance to Hawkshead.

Reviewed by Steve 14th September 2019

Very nice cottage in quiet area of Lake District, couldn't use the footpath to take us into Hawkshead as Bull/Cattle was in field that we would have had to walk through with dogs, so didn't try that route! Well fitted out cottage, lovely kitchen area, small but ample garden. The drying room was a god-send and used to keep boots & jackets out of cotRead moretage. External lights didn't all work (reported to office when returned keys at end of holiday) however didn't stop us enjoying the garden in evening! Hide

Reviewed by Elizabeth 7th September 2019

Quite a large property with a cottage feel. Wonderful location, near village with pubs and shops but in a quiet secluded spot with many walks from the cottage.

Reviewed by Alan 31st August 2019

Really beautiful historic cottage in idyllic location, in hamlet surrounded by fields yet near Hawkshead. Everything you need whether staying in or going out. Ample room and facilities for a family. Daily deliveries of wide range of goods available if needed. We didn't want to come home! You'll love it.

Reviewed by Heather 17th August 2019

Lovely cottage, beautifully decorated and comfortable. Beautiful cottage garden. It is rural with single track roads to access, so take care to go slowly when driving. There are a number of beautiful villages to explore, you need to drive but they are not that far away.

Reviewed by Carolyn 13th July 2019

Beautiful character cottage in a superb location for getting the most from the lakes. Added bonus the weather was beautiful during our stay. An easy walk to Hawkshead across the field for shopping, pubs and coffee shops

Reviewed by Elizabeth 18th May 2019

Beautiful cottage with private garden in an excellent location. Hawkshead is within short and easy walking distance and there are many walks from the cottage to places like Tarn Hows, Brantwood, Wray Castle. Would not hesitate to recommend the cottage.

Reviewed by Jacqueline 27th April 2019

Lovely cottage - at which we have stayed an number of time - we love the area - the fact that its a bit off the beaten track and the care taken to keep the cottage and property maintained and up to date!

Reviewed by Ros 13th April 2019

This is a beautiful little cottage in a quiet lane within walking distance of Hawkshead village. It is very well set up and is more or less a home from home, nearly everything has been thought of to make your stay comfortable. The scope for walking from this property is huge, we did a 12 mile walk to Grizedale and Tarn Hows easily on Good Friday wiRead morethout having to drive, and there is a pub in Outgate which is a 5 min walk, and pubs in Hawkshead which are a 10 min walk across the fields. Hide

Reviewed by Tracey 2nd March 2019

We all loved this cottage, humans and dogs alike. The kitchen was bright and very well equipped, having the utility with downstairs toilet was a great bonus. You could not wish for a more cosy lounge, but still plenty of room and seating. The sofas which recline where such a wonderful surprise. Rainy evenings spent in front of the wood burner with Read morea good book were a real de-stress time. The 3 bedrooms are a good size and 3 lovely bathrooms. Brilliant drying room & garden with views Hide

Reviewed by C Coates 1st December 2016

Had a lovely stay at Ben fold, property has a lovely mix of tradional and modern and was very clean. Facilities at the cottage were great especially the drying room which thankfully we didn't have much use of as we were lucky with the weather. Great base of you want to leave the car in situ and do lots of walking, lots of great local places in walkRead moreing distance. Hide

Reviewed by F Clayton 1st December 2016

Last minute decision to spend 3 nights in the lake district before Christmas. Having stayed at Ben Fold before this was our first choice of accommodation. Very cosy on three foggy nights. No doubt will return.

Reviewed by P Bramhall 1st November 2016

Highly recommend this lovely cottage in a tranquil rural spot. Stunning views on a clear frosty morning. The house was all lit up with the heating on for our arrival. We had 2 lovely 30 minute walks across the fields to Hawkshead and a warm welcome at the local pub in Outgate..great food and roaring fire. Cosy at home in front of the wood burner aRead morend breakfast in the bright sunny kitchen diner. 2 couples..we will definitely return Hide

Reviewed by A Barnes 1st August 2016

We visited Ben Fold with my son and his family who were on holiday from Palermo in Sicily. It was his wife's first visit to the lake district - she loved it. As a family we have visited the Ambleside area many times over the years. Hawkshead was absolutely lovely, less crowded than Ambleside. The cottage was perfect with excellent facilities, incluRead moreding a drying room. I would definitely stay in the area again and would recommend Lakeland Hideaways to friends and relatives. Hide

Reviewed by R Blackboro 1st August 2016

Benfold is the perfect holiday rental, from stunning views to a warm log burner for those cooler evenings. Comfortable bedrooms with enough bathroom facilities for privacy with teenage children. Within a reasonable walk of Hawkshead or a short drive of the larger town of Ambleside/Coniston It is one of the best equipped holiday rentals we have eveRead morer used and the drying room was a huge plus given the rain the Lakes are used to. Would recommend to families with children and pets or older couples meeting friends for a holiday! So good that we have already booked again for next year! Hide

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