Grasmere, Cumbria - Sleeps 8

About the property

This good, unaltered house shares the same views across Grasmere as Dove Cottage, the poet William Wordsworth’s home in the Lake District where he was inspired to write some of his finest poetry.

Dog Beds 2 Twin, 2 Double

  • Sleeps8
  • 4 nights from£488
  • equivalent to £15.25 per person per night

Facilities & features

From this perch above Dove Cottage you look out upon some of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes, waiting for your own exploration from its doorstep.

  • Cot
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Logs available
  • Parking Available
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‘Spectacular views, spectacular house. What more could one (or seven people) ask?’

From the logbook

Facilities & features

From this perch above Dove Cottage you look out upon some of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes, waiting for your own exploration from its doorstep.

  • 2 Twin, 2 Double
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Cot
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Logs available
  • Parking Available
  • Bath
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Shower
  • Washing Machine

Overlooking a cherished part of Britain’s literary heritage

The land on which Howthwaite stands is immediately behind and above Dove Cottage. Wordsworth used to walk and sit here composing his poems, as his sister Dorothy records in her diary. Today, Dove Cottage has become a cherished part of our literary heritage. For that reason, when Howthwaite was offered for sale, the Trustees of Dove Cottage were anxious that it should fall into friendly hands and asked if we would join with them in buying it. This was in the days when Landmark was still backed by our founder John Smith’s trust fund and could contemplate such things; we were happy to help.

A good, unaltered example of the solid houses of the cultivated, well-to-do people who were first attracted to the Lake District

The house was built in 1926 by Miss Jessie Macdougall, of the family of millers, who bought the land from the widow of the famous Warden Spooner of New College. It seemed to us a good unaltered example of the solid houses put up by those cultivated, well-to-do people who were attracted to the Lake District; the kind of people who, among other things, had prompted the foundation of the National Trust.

A quiet valley where the centuries fall away

From Howthwaite’s light airy rooms you can appreciate the everchanging light and weather as they sweep across fells. The fine outlook and surroundings will give pleasure to many, particularly those who enjoy Wordsworth and the landscape that inspired him; whether to walk in, to paint, to write, to converse, or simply to gaze upon.

‘We saw a red squirrel and two young deer. The children thought the garden was wonderful for exploring.’

From the logbook

Floor plans

Map & local info

Howthwaite sits in deep woodland close to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. It commands wonderful views over Grasmere and has the beauty of the Lake District all around.

You are of course located in the outstandingly beautiful  Lake District, with walks, villages and intersting places to visit in abundance. 

Dove Cottage is right on your doorstep at Howthwaite, and well worth a visit for lovers of Wordsworth, or those who are simply curious. 

Lake Windermere is under 30 minutes drive from Howthwaite.  Boat Hire is available, or simply relax and enjoy one of the many organised cruises. 

Hill Top was the home of Beatrix Potter. It is beautifully preserved, as if she has stepped out for a walk, and ideal for families with children. 

The Jumble Room in Ambelside comes recommened, where you can find lovely local food and frequent live music nights. The Drunken Duck Inn is also a must.

Don't miss the fabulous Zeffirellis, either during the day for coffee, or in the evening for amazing pizzas and cinema. 

For more information and ideas of things to see and do during your stay at Howthwaite, please see our Pinterest Map.

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Grasmere, Cumbria - Sleeps 8
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‘We saw a red squirrel and two young deer. The children thought the garden was wonderful for exploring.’

From the logbook

Your questions answered

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a driveway from the main road. 
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Windermere – 8 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    Yes – there are two parking spaces adjacent to the gates at the top of the drive. During winter it may be necessary to park at the top of the driveway and walk down to the property. The driveway is steep and there is a flight of steps down to the property. 
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There is gas central heating and an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Logs may be purchased and delivered under a private arrangement. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also a gas cooker, a dishwasher and a microwave.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There are three bathrooms, two with free-standing shower units and one with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    The stairs are steep.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is a large open garden. There are steps in the garden.

    Booking and Payment

  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will advise you as to whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to carry out the changeover then we consider that it is open and available. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, which may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking.

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Is it true there are no televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).

Select a changeover day to start your booking...

QuestionWhat's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.