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Townend

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Troutbeck LA23 1LB, England
+44 15394 32628
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Excellent

A real piece of social history that now stands still in time. Fascinating to be able to experience... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
RosyredD
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Very Interesting Old Farmhouse kept in perfect shape

We visited here on a trip to Windermere and just noticed a sign for it so decided to have a look... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil570
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories The Brownes of Townend in the Troutbeck Valley were just an ordinary farming family: but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories. As you approach Townend - a traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, you'll understand why Beatrix Potter described Troutbeck Valley as her favourite. Once inside, you are welcomed into the farmhouse kitchen with a real fire - burning most afternoons - and a quirky collection of domestic tools. Throughout the house, intricately carved furniture provides a window into the personality of George Browne. The library contains the family’s well-used collection of books, including 45 that are the only remaining copies in the world. Outside, the colourful cottage-style garden is a lovely place to while away some time among the flowers.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guided tour” (32 reviews)
“national trust” (36 reviews)
“farm house” (7 reviews)
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Troutbeck LA23 1LB, England
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+44 15394 32628
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"national trust"
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"farm house"
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"nt property"
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"wood carvings"
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"old post office"
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"car park"
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"room guides"
in 8 reviews
"lake district"
in 19 reviews
"informative staff"
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"amazing house"
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"family history"
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"small garden"
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"excellent visit"
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"step back in time"
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"fascinating history"
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"original furniture"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A real piece of social history that now stands still in time. Fascinating to be able to experience something so old yet so tangible. Definitely worth a visit, I’d return for the free flow now that we’ve had the tour.

Thank RosyredD
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here on a trip to Windermere and just noticed a sign for it so decided to have a look . A good decision as it is like going back in time , owned by the Browne family for over 400 years and some...More

Thank Phil570
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As National Trust members, I can't understand how we haven't visited here before. What a truly lovely find - tucked away in the Troutbeck Valley. The guides here are excellent - really know their stuff ( we were too late for the guided tour, but...More

1  Thank SwindonMoomin
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is another of the National Trusts small houses but boy is it worth a visit - make sure you check opening times as it is only open for 5 afternoons a week. It’s absolutely amazing that this place got frozen in time the way...More

1  Thank Diana W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small NT site neat Windermere, Historic and genuine insight into farming family of the Lakes lives and times. Guides here are especially good in providing information and anecdotes. Consists of a farm house extended as the family grew in stature. Handed to NT in 1943...More

1  Thank travell_a_lot
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well kept farm house that belonged to a pillar of the historic lake District community. Visit very informative with good NT guides answering our questions.

Thank 222rjr2016
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the smaller trust sites but absolutely fantastic. The 17 century barn still in use is right next door although you can't go in but you can get right up. The house itself is very quirky with the "stairs to nowhere" and lots of...More

1  Thank ZBH88
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A remarkably well-preserved and historic house. Certainly not grand like some other NT properties, but you get a real sense of how a well-off family lived in this part of Cumbria in the 17th Century. We managed to get in the house this time having...More

Thank BackinBracknell
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Get swept away back in time with this almost perfect example of live centuries ago. Townend has been perfectly preserved and boasts the very first fitted kitchen! Great for kids as they have an activity that they can do to engage them.

Thank JJ F
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this yeoman farmers family home. Everything is just as it was when the family lived there. The wood carvings in the house done by the previous owner are amazing. The room guides were very informative and their enthusiasm for...More

Thank Hilary L
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m18nph
6 November 2017|
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Response from mikeandros | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that they allow dogs, you can enquire
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Michael w
22 June 2017|
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Response from George B | Reviewed this property |
Not necessary. Ring ahead just to confirm they are goping to be open and then turn up
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