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The Rockery Suite

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1043132)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • Robert

    “The owner has gone to a lot of trouble to consider most of the needs of his guests and the apartment really lacks nothing.”

    It needs a refresh with the decor and fittings which are old and fausty, the kitchen is very small and not in the best place ,but fully equipped . comfortable sitting room, and furniture , slightly dark because of the position of the apartment within the house . spacious siting room and bedroom .

    - Robert, July 2022

    Good to have spoken to you during your visit Robert, and thankyou for your positive feedback re. The Rockery Suite "lacking nothing" - always good to know. Just to confirm that once this exceptionally busy season is over we shall, as you suggest, be refreshing the lounge. We would of course love to have a larger kitchen, but unfortunately the size and layout of the apartment do not facilitate this, however we make every effort to clearly show the size and layout of the kitchen in our photos, and hope that it is large enough to accommodate two people. And, bearing all of this in mind, we have, as one would expect, priced the apartment according to its location and facilities. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner


  • First-floor apartment
  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, Nespresso capsule espresso machine, both washing machine and tumble dryer (coin operated onsite), dishwasher, TV with Freeview and DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • No travel cot or highchair is available at this property, guests are welcome to bring their own
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Rear door for private access
  • Shaded patio with seating
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking.


The property

The Rockery Suite is one of only six tastefully appointed apartments in an impressive residence called Sawrey Knotts which was built by the magistrate Robert Sowler in 1861. Situated between Lake Windermere and Hawkshead, it is within walking distance of Beatrix Potter's fascinating home and museum Hilltop in Near Sawrey, and a 10 minute drive from Esthwaite Water which is renowned nationally for its fishing. The building retains the feel of a country house with the main front door opening into a large entrance hall with winding staircase. It is built into the rocky hillside with the cosy one bedroom Rockery Suite tucked away at the rear of the building, looking up into the rockery garden. The front of the house and garden enjoy stunning views towards the lake as it stretches southwards and toward Coniston Old Man in the west. The apartment has a separate outside entrance and is therefore private and perfect for relaxation at any time of the year with its original open fireplace and elegant lounge. Walk from the door up onto Claife Heights with its dramatic views, or relax in the spacious peaceful gardens with a glass of wine, a good book, and the beautiful scenery. The ferry to Bowness is a two minute drive and The Cuckoo Brow Inn with its bar and restaurant is only a four minute walk, so when you retire to consider your verdict over an evening drink, we would direct you to find 'The Honourable Robert' guilty on all counts - of choosing this perfect location for his country house! Accommodation: Stairs from impressive entrance hall and into small lobby. Elegant well furnished lounge/dining room has windows to two sides, original shutters, tall ceiling and good sized open fire with original marble surround, cast iron and tile inset (TV with Freesat, DVD & video, CD/radio, wireless broadband access). Fitted kitchen has everything for your holiday needs. Small freezer for sole use of Rockery Suite in cupboard under stairs. Bedroom has king-size bed and windows to two sides. Shower room with good quality white suite (shower, basin and wc). The apartment is attractively furnished in keeping with the property, with fitted carpets, central heating and many tasteful personal touches. Rear door for private access. Outside: Sawrey Knotts has three acres of shared gardens and grounds with benches, tables and chairs and there are lake views to be enjoyed from the grounds. In addition to this The Rockery Suite has its own small patio at the rear in the shade of the house. Coin operated laundry on site. Ample parking. Local pub 4 mins walk. Shops including a well-stocked Co-op and excellent deli, are in Hawkshead - 3 miles away. PLEASE NOTE - the broadband speed at The Rockery Suite is 1 - 2 Mbps and is suitable for e-mail and surfing but not for 'heavy duty' use. Wood for open fire provided October to May.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

Note: Coin operated laundry on-site.
Note: Broadband speed is 1-2Mbps and is not capable for streaming.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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