View towards the whitewashed cottage
Glimpses of Blelhelm Tarn beyond the cottage
A welcoming entrance with plenty of space for muddy boots and coats
The relaxing lounge with wood burner.
The perfect place to plan the days adventures
Enjoy the comfortable hideaway
Lots of personal touches make this a lovely home from home
The well-equipped kitchen/diner
The large farmhouse table for sharing time together
Enjoy a soak after a days walking
The king-size sleigh bed with en-suite shower room
A very pretty, relaxing room
The en-suite shower room
The king-size bedroom (which can be made up as a twin on request)
The pretty twin bedroom
A wonderful place to enjoy al fresco dining
The traditional lakeland porch
The cottage is surrounded by rolling countryside
The adjacent barns
1 / 20  View towards the whitewashed cottage
2 / 20  Glimpses of Blelhelm Tarn beyond the cottage
3 / 20  A welcoming entrance with plenty of space for muddy boots and coats
4 / 20  The relaxing lounge with wood burner.
5 / 20  The perfect place to plan the days adventures
6 / 20  Enjoy the comfortable hideaway
7 / 20  Lots of personal touches make this a lovely home from home
8 / 20  The well-equipped kitchen/diner
9 / 20  The large farmhouse table for sharing time together
10 / 20  Enjoy a soak after a days walking
11 / 20  The king-size sleigh bed with en-suite shower room
12 / 20  A very pretty, relaxing room
13 / 20  En-suite
14 / 20  The en-suite shower room
15 / 20  The king-size bedroom (which can be made up as a twin on request)
16 / 20  The pretty twin bedroom
17 / 20  A wonderful place to enjoy al fresco dining
18 / 20  The traditional lakeland porch
19 / 20  The cottage is surrounded by rolling countryside
20 / 20  The adjacent barns

Hole House,

Wray, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 2
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautiful detached 17th century cottage sleeping six guests
  • Quiet rural location for a comfortable family break
  • Set in a tranquil location with many walks from your doorstep
  • Patio area with stunning views of Blelham Tarn and mountains beyond
  • Short drive to the shores of Lake Windermere
  • Close to Wray Castle and its idyllic views
Property code: 59487

A charming 17th century Lakeland whitewashed cottage, set in rolling countryside, originally given to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter, who is reported to have stayed here on several occasions.

This pretty cottage nestles in the rolling countryside close to Wray which lies between Hawkshead and Ambleside which are only a short drive away. Both villages offer a wide range of shops and places to eat out. The shore of Lake Windermere is close by, with plentiful opportunities for boat trips, water sports, hikes and cycling routes. The cottage is surrounded by farmland and is reached by a short gravel lane. The only buildings nearby being farm storage buildings which are used infrequently. Guests can enjoy the network of footpaths offering lovely low level walks from the doorstep. 

The traditional Lakeland porch leads to the entrance hall with plenty of space for coats and boots. Off the hallway you will find yourself in the cosy lounge, where you can snuggle in front of the cosy wood burner on the large L-shaped sofa. With exposed beams, deep set window, TV/DVD and CD and Alexa, this is a perfect room to relax in at the end of a day fell walking. Across the hallway is the kitchen/ diner, where you will find everything you may need including an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine, as well as a large farmhouse table for enjoying family meals together. There is a traditional larder at the rear of the kitchen with tumble dryer and large fridge/freezer.  Heading up the traditional stone steps, you will find three lovely and cosy bedrooms, the master is a king-size with en-suite shower room with WC. The second bedroom offers the flexibility of a king-size zip-and-link bed (which can be made up as a 2’6” twin on request) and the third bedroom is a twin. The family bathroom has a shower over the bath and WC.

Heading outside guests can relax on the gravelled terrace with table, chairs and BBQ and enjoy unrivalled views across Blelham Tarn to the mountains beyond whilst soaking up the tranquillity of this very special location. There is off-road parking for up to four cars directly outside the cottage in the gravelled yard. Please note that the lane leading up to the property is steep and narrow in parts.

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

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 king-size zip-and-link (which can be made up as a 2’6” twin on request) and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom and 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Traditional larder with fridge/freezer and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner (logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Bike storage available
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub and restaurant 2 miles
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Please note that there is a private access lane to the cottage, whilst only short this lane is steep in parts and made up of loose gravel. The lane is passable by most cars with care except low suspension sports cars

This property joined our collection in 2018 and is managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 29 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Delenn, 6th March 2020

Overall great place to stay.The beds and furniture are very comfortable and the kitchen appliances are great-have everything that you'd need.You can get food delivered to your door too.The only down side to staying here was the fact the living rooms main heat source is a log burner which was difficult to keep going for someone inexperienced.If you'Read morere going with dogs just consider that the 'garden' isn't properly fenced off and leads straight onto a farmer's field which at times is full of sheep. Hide

Reviewed by Linda, 31st January 2020

Great location but challenging to find good value for money some enhancement required .

Reviewed by Phyllida, 19th January 2020

Hole House is charming and in a marvellous and location with great views from the side of the house and walks on the doorstep. A local firm can deliver milk and other basics and you can walk to Hawkshead so less need to use car. We were there at the end of January and it was cosy and comfortable.

Reviewed by Yin, 10th January 2020

The cottage was very comfortable, especially the sofas!! Good size property, had everything you need. The welcome pack with coffee, tea & jam was very much appreciated, as with the pint of milk. The wood burner couldve had some wood chips/coal to get it working, otherwise a very nice stay. Location was on point, though we didnt know we would have tRead moreo go down a very steep road to get to the property. Just a short drive to Hawkshead & Ambleside and has good walks from the door step. Hide

Reviewed by Sophie, 6th December 2019

Really lovely break away with two small children and 2 dogs. The cottage was very warm and had everything we needed.

Reviewed by Peter, 29th November 2019

Lovely characterful cottage in beautiful location and the Xmas tree provided was really appreciated. Some redecoration required but did not detract from our enjoyment. User manual and more crockery would have been nice. Generally very comfortable although we did find mattress in main bedroom did not suit us. Kitchen heater was not working but a temRead moreporary heater was quickly provided by cottage agency. Log burner and free logs a bonus. Would stay again. Hide

Reviewed by Kerry, 15th November 2019

Lovely cosy and comfortable cottage, great location with fantastic views. Many walks to do straight from the cottage or take a short drive to visit Beatrix Potters Hill Top, Hawkshead and Ambleside.

Reviewed by Fiona, 2nd November 2019

This was our 3rd visit to Hole House, the location and views are absolutely stunning. The cottage is very cosy, comfortable and welcoming. We love the peace and tranquility, and hope to return again soon.

Reviewed by Helen, 25th October 2019

Its a very cosy and comfy old cottage. Its got pretty much everything you could need, and the staff were able to pop out to help us with a small query. Great for walking out from and cycling on the quiet lanes.

Reviewed by Emily, 18th October 2019

If you want a character property and cosy cottage in the lakes this is ideal. Amazing scenery and views from this property. Simple connections to the main roads and areas. Comfortable lounge and kitchen area with a brilliant porch area to remove any walking gear and store it. Thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

Reviewed by Dianne, 4th October 2019

The cottage location is lovely. The view is perfect. The drive is steep but manageable. We stayed in October and it was a very, very wet week and rather chilly. The log burner and a good supply of logs was appreciated also the tumble dryer. The stairs to the upper floor are stone and it is easy to misjudge the bottom step when descending . Next timRead moree we will visit in summer. Hide

Reviewed by Paul, 23rd August 2019

Great well equipt old cottage in perfect rural location. Very close to lake Windermere with beautiful views and lovely walks from the doorstep.

Reviewed by Trevor, 2nd August 2019

What an amazing location ( if you're ok with the narrow and steep access drive). Views from the property are to die for. Outside area really a plus point. Lounge is perfect. Kitchen very good with dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer but needs some bigger cooking pans ! Upstairs is dated and in need of refurbishment and the showers were temRead moreperamental. Bare grotty floorboards in the bathroom. But these are small negatives. All in all it was great. And even Tesco online found us ! 4 /5 * Hide

Reviewed by David, 12th July 2019

The cottage is a lovely, beds comfy and everything clean. the views are amazing from the rear, looking over the sheep field and the delightful donkeys.

Reviewed by Heather, 15th June 2019

This cottage has one of the best views in the whole area. It's location is very private, but with instant access to many footpaths and close to Wray Castle and Hawkshead. This is the second time I have stayed in this cottage and would love to return. I have also recommended this cottage to other friends who enjoyed their stay as well.

Reviewed by Brett, 3rd May 2019


Reviewed by Hannah, 19th April 2019

Great cottage with spectacular views and a true hide away, cosy and clean.

Reviewed by Maxine, 30th March 2019

Comfortable cottage. Nice walks direct from cottage. Beautiful views at the back. Nice and private

Reviewed by Tina, 15th March 2019

This is our second visit to Hole House and wont be our last. It is about 5 to 10 mins drive from ambleside and well worth it. A hidden treasure. It is full of the wonderful charm of a very old cottage...just what we love! We were warm, cosy and very comfortable with everything we needed for a week. Meals outside were a must, weather permitting, witRead moreh a tarn and uninterrupted views of the mountains. An unbeatable view...just breath taking! Hide

Reviewed by Roger, 1st March 2019

Overall enjoyable stay.

Reviewed by James, 15th February 2019

Wonderful old traditional farm cottage hidden away down a precipitous drive with wonderful views of a lake and Ambleside. Both Ambleside and Hawkshead are close by. Cosy evenings in the snug living room with a wood burner.

Reviewed by Caroline, 8th February 2019

Spectacular location of the cottage was a big bonus. Several good walks direct from the doorstep and dog friendly pubs where we were made very welcome.

Reviewed by Julie, 14th September 2018

What a hidden gem. Very old property but only adds to the character. Cosy and very comfortable. Secluded location but still within good reach of all amenities. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Reviewed by Francesca, 6th July 2018

Lovely quaint cottage ,Idyllic location with THE most amazing view. Easy walk across fields to Wray castle & Windermere. Lovely welcome pack just what we needed after our 5 hour drive. Great for our dogs but not so great if your dog doesnt like livestock as they are very easily accessible!

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View towards the whitewashed cottage
Glimpses of Blelhelm Tarn beyond the cottage
A welcoming entrance with plenty of space for muddy boots and coats
The relaxing lounge with wood burner.
The perfect place to plan the days adventures
Enjoy the comfortable hideaway
Lots of personal touches make this a lovely home from home
The well-equipped kitchen/diner
The large farmhouse table for sharing time together
Enjoy a soak after a days walking
The king-size sleigh bed with en-suite shower room
Show 8 moreA very pretty, relaxing room


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