Sleeps 4 | Saturday Changeover | No Pets | VE 5 Star
Short Breaks Not Available
Moss Beck lies at Outgate, a small hamlet about a mile north of Hawkshead. It is one of a row of traditional Lake District cottages; each set around a small triangular green used for grazing sheep, and offers a quiet central location, with amenities in easy reach.
From the moment you open the front door and step into the elegant hall, you know that you are in a special cottage, where the quality of décor and furnishings have been recognized by Visit England awarding the property a 5 Star rating.
From the front door you step into a large reception hall where light floods in through deep-set windows onto a flag stoned floor, setting up a warm glow in the dark wood paneled wall and beams overhead.
The sitting room is all crisp white walls, pale-carpeted floor, with a wonderful arrangement of armchairs, sofas and soft lighting, enhanced by the glow of an open fire to fit your every mood.
The kitchen is a good blend of contemporary style and solid old world charm with all mod cons, adding up to a room in which cooking and eating is a pleasure.
From the hall the stone flag stairway takes you to the two bedrooms. The main double bedroom has huge oak beams set into the wall, forming a dramatic sculptural canopy effect. The second bedroom is small and cosy with the option of a double bed or unzipping to offer 2 small singles. The bathroom has a large bath with chrome overhead shower stand, basin and WC. There is a further WC downstairs.
The garden is well laid out with a cool patio near the kitchen, and a flagstone path leading to a sunny paved area at the centre of the garden, looking onto a meadow.
Moss Beck is very much a cottage for adults as well as families with children, where it will offer you a most special and memorable time in the Lakes.
Moss Beck lies in the very heart of the Lake District where on all point of the compass lie some the best attractions, landscapes and amenities.
At Outgate you have the Outgate Inn a few strides from your doorstep.
North lies Ambleside and its surrounding fells. One of our most popular towns it set right at the heart of central Lake District. There are plenty of shops for day-to-day needs, along with a few galleries and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Sheila's Cottage on The Slack is very good for the evening as is either Lucy's Wine Bar or restaurant. A must is the Apple Pie Eating House for either lunch or tea, where you can munch your way through a host of delightful sweet confections.
For entertainment and recreation you have the boats at Waterhead, where you can board a steamer for a trip on the lake, or hire rowing, sailing and low-powered motorboats and, at risk of knotting me metaphors, set sail under your own steam. Last, but not least, you can take in a movie at Zefferelli's cinema followed by great pizza at their own restaurant.
There are many nearby walks around Ambleside. The Fairfield Horseshoe is a much-loved and classic walk across stunning fells and begins on your doorstep, taking in the high-level circuit around the tops of the Fairfield group, the height granting wonderful views of the other mountains and lake.
Loughrigg fell is the beginning of a great day’s walk that takes in Rydal Water and Grasmere. This is one of my favourite days out, easy for all and where along the way you will find perfect photo opportunities.
A mile or so south of Outgate is the village of Hawkshead, famous for having the grammar school attended by Wordsworth. It is a popular village set around two squares with narrow streets; timber framed buildings, and cobbled nooks with the earliest buildings dating from around the 16th century. There are four good pubs the best for me being the Queens Head and the Kings Arms, this along with a number of shops and cafes.
A few miles from Hawkshead lie the hamlets of Near and Far Sawrey. Near Sawrey is most famous for Hill Top, the 17th-century farmhouse home of Beatrix Potter. The National Trust owns Today Hill Top where, full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix has just stepped out for a walk. Outside the lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. The house is popular and as such queues are likely.
Also famous is the Tower Bank Arms, as popular for its literary connections as it is its cellar and food offerings, and of which the queues are less and a close and full inspection is recommended.
Lake Windermere lies about a mile along the road where you can board the car ferry across to Bowness.
Esthwaite Water lies south of Hawkhead, where at the Hawkshead Fishery you can hire fishing rods and boats for a days fishing.
Over the fell are Coniston Water and the village sheltered in the lea of the Coniston mountain range. Radiating from the stone bridge, spanning Church Beck, the four main streets are a bustling community with a fine church, shops, a post office, cafes, a local brewery and four good pubs.
Coniston is a village with much to do, the location perfect for outdoor pursuits: climbing, walking, cycling and water sport holidays. On all points of the compass there are trails, leafy forest paths, tracks and lake shores to explore, and you need travel very little to find a new and exciting landscape.
Coniston Water is one the most people friendly lakes, with much of the shore and the whole lake open to the public. Widely known as the backdrop and inspiration for Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons and Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell's world speed attempts, its wooded and grassy banks, along with the craggy coves and the deep clear water offer a habitat to a rich variety of flora and fauna. At the boating center you can hire rowing boats, sailing dinghies, kayaks and canoes or my favorite, the small motorboats, perfect for a day out exploring the hidden bays and wooded coves. The Center also hires mountain bikes and electric bikes to help get you around the lanes and up onto the fells.
Still at the Boating Center, you can hop aboard one of the Coniston Launches with regular trips down the lake, stopping at various landing points including Brantwood, home of John Ruskin where, along with the Jumping Jenny restaurant, it makes for a good day out discovering the culture and work of the Pre Raphaelites and the Art Crafts Movement.
For romantic trip on the water you can board the Steam yacht ‘Gondola’. A beautiful rebuilt steam powered craft that will transport you back to an era of greater peace and tranquility. Finally, the lake offers more simple pursuits: fishing, swimming or simply finding a nice spot for a picnic and enjoying a magnificent view.
For walking, climbing and mountain biking the choice is huge, with the whole of the mountain range to explore. The Old Man of Coniston stands at 2635 feet and is very popular, offering various well-marked paths to the summit. If you only go part way the view will be spectacular, the pint in the pub on your return all the more delicious.
South of Hawkshead, on the east side of Coniston water lies the Gizedale Forest. A massive working woodland, it is crisscrossed with paths and tracks for walking and mountain biking. The Forest is big into arts, commissioning fabulous statues and installations throughout. It is well worth driving, via Hawkshead, around to the visitor center for a forest map and information to get the best from your day out.
Last but not least is Tarn Hows, a short drive away. A picture perfect little water, the National Trust have made huge efforts with the path around the water making easy for most people to enjoy.
The cottage of our dreams, the little touches are wonderful.
Alison & Michael
Our second stay at Moss Beck. We are regular visitors to the lakes, we have stayed in many cottages most of which have been nice, but there are some that you take to your heart - Moss Beck is one."
Mr & Mrs F - Billericay Essex
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