Towards the cottage
Lounge with wood burner
A place to relax and unwind
Open plan lounge/diner
Enjoy a home cooked meal
Plenty of room for everyone
Games den with Xbox
Space for everyone
cook up a storm
Shower room
Freshen up after a nice walk
Utility room
Pretty king size bedroom
Elegant decoration
Twin bedroom
Fresh and modern family bathroom
2nd double bedroom
A restful night sleep
Attic bedroom
Sloping ceiling
Relax in style
En-suite to double
Enjoy a drink outside
Patio with BBQ
The front garden
The lane and view next to the cottage
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2 / 27  Lounge with wood burner
3 / 27  A place to relax and unwind
4 / 27  Open plan lounge/diner
5 / 27  Enjoy a home cooked meal
6 / 27  Plenty of room for everyone
7 / 27  Games den with Xbox
8 / 27  Space for everyone
9 / 27  Kitchen
10 / 27  cook up a storm
11 / 27  Shower room
12 / 27  Freshen up after a nice walk
13 / 27  Utility room
14 / 27  Pretty king size bedroom
15 / 27  Elegant decoration
16 / 27  Twin bedroom
17 / 27  Fresh and modern family bathroom
18 / 27  2nd double bedroom
19 / 27  A restful night sleep
20 / 27  Attic bedroom
21 / 27  Sloping ceiling
22 / 27  Relax in style
23 / 27  En-suite to double
24 / 27  Enjoy a drink outside
25 / 27  Patio with BBQ
26 / 27  The front garden
27 / 27  The lane and view next to the cottage


Sawrey (Nr Hawkshead), Lake District
Visit England Gold Award
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC33


Meadowcroft lies at the heart of the Lake District in the popular village of Near Sawrey, famous as home of author Beatrix Potter. Fans will be able to visit her house, Hill Top, and will see many of the buildings that featured in her books, including Meadowcroft itself. Once a shop in the village, Meadowcroft appears as the setting for Beatrix Potter's Tale of Ginger and Pickles. You will find the house very different now, but you will also see many visitors passing by to inspect all of the featured properties so close at hand.

The Living Spaces

From a small patio garden overlooking meadows, you enter into the shaker style fitted kitchen. Very well equipped you will be able to rustle up some fine meals.

From the kitchen a small hall leads off to a games den with sofa and chair to enjoy the facilities of TV, DVD and XBox 360. Off this is the utility room with laundry and drying facilities, and finally a shower room with WC and basin.

The sitting room is large, with two deep bays allowing light to flood in. To one-end sofas and armchair sit around a roaring log burning stove, and with the large flat screen TV with Sky Q, Blu-ray and surround sound, perfect to tuck up and relax. To the other end of the room, set in the bay is a large table for dining along with another comfy armchair.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Stairs lead up to the first floor where you will find three bedrooms and a bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, hand basin and WC. The bedrooms are all very comfortably furnished and offering village views, one a king size, one a double and finally a twin.

A further flight of stairs take you up to the attic bedroom, with a low door, pitched roof and double bed - mind your head. Opposite this is an attic bathroom with bath, hand held shower, basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

To the rear of the property is the parking area along with a small low walled patio space, with a garden picnic table. The pastoral view is across the meadow to the Tower Bank Arms.

For me, Meadowcroft is the perfect Lake District holiday home. Set in the heart of the lake district where you are surrounded by history, plenty of local walks, a pretty village and a super pub only a stones throw, all combine for the perfect setting for a Lakeland holiday for family and friends.

Out & About

The hamlets of Near and Far Sawrey lie to the west of Lake Windermere, close to the smaller lake of Esthwaite Water. Near Sawrey is most famous for Hill Top, the 17th-century farmhouse home of Beatrix Potter. Today Hill Top is owned by the National Trust 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, a stones throw from Meadowcroft, is the Tower Bank Arms, as popular for its literary connections as 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. From the property you are only a short walk or drive to some of the very best walks and rambles. A little lane by the house leads up to Moss Eccles Tarn, perfect for a picnic and you can carry on up onto Claife Heights for woodland walks and views of Windermere.

Esthwaite Water is very close where at the Hawkshead Fishery you can hire fishing rods and boats for a day's fishing.

A mile or so west is Hawkshead. A popular village set around two squares it has narrow streets, timber framed buildings, and cobbled nooks with the earliest buildings dating from around the 16th century. There are four good pubs, a grocer, post office and chemist, bookshop and cafes, along with walking gear outlets and some good arts and crafts shops.

Carry on from Hawkshead over the fell to 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.

South of Hawkshead, on the east side of Coniston water lies 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 Centre 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 it easy for most people to enjoy.

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

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 4 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 2 doubles and 1 twin
  • Main bathroom - bath, shower, and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with WC
  • En-suite shower room with WC to the attic bedroom
  • TV with Sky channels, Blu-ray player, Xbox 360 and DVD player.
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner - logs provided, kindling not provided but can be purchased locally
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, cafetiere, washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • 2 dogs welcome - safe outdoor space on lead
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • BBQ available (charcoal not provided)
  • Shop 2 miles, pub within walking distance
  • £200 refundable security deposit payable prior to arrival

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Alison 27th September 2019

This is a large cottage in an idyllic place. It is ideal for multi generation gatherings of family or friends. There is plenty of room for eight yet the property retains a cosy feel. The wood burner is superb. Its location on the west of Windermere suits those looking for a less commercialised Lakes experience. The nearby restaurants of Forest BankRead more and Cuckoo Nest are excellent ( booking essential - yes really). A restorative experience which I would highly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Julie 30th August 2019

Wonderful property in a really quiet location. The open plan layout meant even on wet days there was plenty of space for every one to do their thing, whilst still being together as a group. We stayed as a group of six, four of which were in their mid 20's and we all loved it. Very well equipped, nice modern bathrooms although people much over six fRead moreeet will struggle on the top floor. With a pub across the road and short walks from the property, a winner all the way. Hide

Reviewed by Rachael 26th July 2019

We had an amazing week at Meadowcroft, we would definitely go back again. The house is just across the road from Hill Top and in a good location to explore Hawkeshead, Bowness and Ambleside. The cottage was very well equipped and had lots of added extras that you dont always get in a holiday cottage, lots of board games, DVDs, etc. There is a dailyRead more milk delivery (optional) which was really handy and meant we didnt need to top up during our break. I cannot recommend this cottage enough! Hide

Reviewed by Valerie 28th June 2019

A very well situated holiday cottage. Well equipped, spacious and comfortable. A lovely village which would suit everyone, especially anyone with an interest in Beatrix Potter, given the history of the cottage and the local pub and their connections with the writer. We all felt we had a lovely, relaxed holiday.

Reviewed by Carolyn 7th June 2019

Spacious, comfortable & well- maintained house close to lovely pub. 3 bath/shower rooms. Limited parking space so it's handy if you are NT member & can use their car park overnight. Meadowcroft features as the shop in Ginger & Pickles- so expect to have people staring into the front windows everyday!

Reviewed by T 31st May 2019

This is a great cottage for families or adults. It is situated in a lovely quiet village. The facilities included with the cottage were excellent and it was within easy distance of lots of days out. The closeness of Hawkshead is definitely a good selling point.

Reviewed by Mick 10th May 2019

Lovely position and cottage ample facilities for eight people, but has cleaning issues.

Reviewed by Fiona 3rd May 2019

All round a fabulous choice for families with different age groups and needs. It is in a pretty and convenient location near Hilltop with a lovely pub right opposite. Plenty of good rambles from the doorstep and you can use the Mountain Goat mini-bus service to take you to Hawkshead and the ferry to Bowness.

Reviewed by Clare 19th April 2019

The cottage is delightful and the current owners have made great improvements over the years to return the cottage to its deserved character. The beds are comfy and the cottage is well stocked to provide you with the comfort you require after a long days walking. Theres games and books to keep every age Happy. The village is a gem, the TowerBank arRead morems is the best village pub, always a warm welcome and fab food. Hide

Reviewed by Claire 5th April 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Meadowcroft. A beautiful property in a beautiful peaceful location. We hired it for my husband's 60th birthday and it proved a hit with my family and their partners.We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed lovely walks and countryside on the doorstep.

Reviewed by David 15th March 2019

Everything about meadowcroft cottage is first class,from the first minute you walk through the door to going home it's lovely,walks pub on doorstep just all you want for chill out time

Reviewed by Emma 15th February 2019

Meadowcroft is a super cottage. Comfortable, spacious and spotlessly clean. We had a lovely time here despite having issues with heating/hot water for 3 days (the owner was very helpful and the issues was resolved as soon as possible). The area is a fab location to base yourself for walks all over the Lakes. We would recommend and would definitely Read moreuse Meadowcroft again. Hide

Reviewed by Kim 4th February 2019

A fabulous cottage, perfect for a family of 6 adult couples and 2 little ones. Well equipped with everything we needed and a great supply of games for all ages. One of our favourite locations. Spotlessly clean and cosy.

Reviewed by Geraint Edwards February 2018

We had a most enjoyable stay at Meadowcroft over the February half term. The house is so comfortable, with everything needed to keep our families fed and entertained. The location was ideal for us, especially with Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm being a stone's throw across the road. Indeed, we didn't realise that the house itself is featured one heRead morer stories, which most impressed the youngsters in the house.Many thanks to the owner Ian, and Lakeland Cottage Company for their trouble-free rental process. Hide

Reviewed by Joanne January 2018

Just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Meadowcroft in Near Sawrey over the New Year period. We travelled with our children (aged 12 and 14) and with our parents (70+) and the cottage was fantastic for all of us. It was warm, comfortable and had everything we needed. We will certainly be recommending you!

Reviewed by Allison November 2017

Thank you so much for a great few days stopping at Meadowcroft, the house was lovely and had everything you could ask for. On Sunday morning we woke up with no heating, but the service we received was excellent. Somebody came out but was unfortunately unable to mend the boiler. He made a few phone calls and an engineer was out successfully repairinRead moreg the boiler within the hour.We had a really enjoyable stay and would definitely return.Thanks Hide

Reviewed by John Mitchell October 2017

This was our fifth time at Meadowcroft. We call it our happy place! Absolutely love coming to Near Sawrey. We can park the car and not entertain it all week if need be. Walks to Latterbarrow via Wray castle, to Bowness on Windermere, Hawkshead and Grizedale, provide family fun and a lovely healthy feeling.Once again Tower Bank Arms provided great fRead moreood and drink. Hide

Reviewed by Fiona July 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Meadowcroft. The cottage location was perfect for us for both walking/cycling from the door and touring. The cottage itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed. We will definitely stay here again. We particularly enjoyed the patio and breakfasting in the sunshine.

Reviewed by Graeme

We have had a great time at Meadowcroft in Sawrey, a beautiful cottage in a fantastic location.

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Towards the cottage
Lounge with wood burner
A place to relax and unwind
Open plan lounge/diner
Enjoy a home cooked meal
Plenty of room for everyone
Games den with Xbox
Space for everyone
cook up a storm
Shower room
Show 15 moreFreshen up after a nice walk


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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