My mom and I stayed here a few weeks ago, and it is quite possibly our favorite of all the places we stayed in England. We were not so sure that would be the case, when we arrived in Hawkshead by bus, far from the busling tourist towns of Windermere and Ambleside. Not sure exactly how to get to the B&B, we asked directions and ended up walking up a pretty but scarily narrow road with stone wall on either side. We were tired and hot when we saw the house, but how quickly Lisa brought us back to life with tea and the (not kidding) best cake I've ever had. And you absolutely cannot beat the view, especially if you are a Beatrix Potter fan-looks just like something out of her books. Charming old farmhouse, stone walls everywhere, bleating sheep, calves frolicking, rolling hills, and sparkling blue Esthwaite Waters. We were relieved to learn that there is a delightful footpath that goes right past the house, through pastures and gardens, and leads into the village. Taking that footpath over and over became one of our favorite memories from the whole trip. You feel like you are back in time, and on the way back it quickly felt like we were heading "home" as the little B&B became so comforting.
Hawkshead is darling, with plenty of Peter Rabbit stores, but does not feel crowded or too cheesy. While it is more limiting to be in the smaller place, buses are pretty frequent, and we didn't have any problems. Since we like it more quiet and remote, it was well worth it. We had delicous breakfasts every morning, and the one night we stayed and had dinner, we were blown away by how good it was. Lisa's cooking is fabulous. She is also very friendly and helpful, and the house is immaculately clean, which has to be a challenge on a farm. We loved our room, especially the dreamy window seat. We were sorry to leave after 3 days, and I am determined to go back someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Howe Farm is a traditional working farm in the heart of the Lake District near to the pretty village of Hawkshead.We offer comfortable rooms with amazing views and excellent food,a warm welcome awaits. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Howe Farm Bed & Breakfast Hawkshead, Lake District