THE GARDENER'S BOTHY

Sleeps: 2 | From £650 / 7 nights | Changeover day: Friday (or Monday for short breaks

A HISTORICAL SECLUDED RETREAT FOR TWO

The Gardener’s Bothy was built in 1870 by Laura Henrietta Hudleston. With its handy location beside the Estate’s walled garden, the bothy was originally used as living quarters for the gardening team. Laura Henrietta developed the walled garden as a market garden and sold the produce at Keswick market, which still runs every Saturday and is well worth a visit. The romantic sacre-coeur (sacred heart) window matches those built into the hall that Laura Henrietta added to the main house in 1867.

The traditional stone building has now been modernised and extended with a cedar-clad extension to provide spacious accommodation for two adults. With views across the Estate’s woodland and gardens, you can see a range of wildlife including our resident red squirrels – squirrel food is provided!

The light and airy interiors are combined with rich, heritage touches including golden yellow, greens and reds. Although it is the cosiest of our cottages, it provides ample space for two with a large living room complete with a log-burning stove, dining space and traditional cottage kitchen.

The spacious king-sized bedroom leads out onto a private balcony overlooking the woods and makes for the perfect space to enjoy a morning coffee.

The bothy leads out onto the walled garden and comes with a patio area for alfresco dining and a wood-fired hot tub.

One spacious king-sized bedroom:
With built-in wardrobes and a private balcony.

Two shower rooms:
1x modern shower room with WC on the first floor.
1x wet room on the ground floor with a handy seat inside and WC. 

Spacious living room with Smart TV, log burning stove and views onto the surrounding woodland. Steps down to this room.

Separate study, perfect for remote working. 

Dining area with table and chairs.

Fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, dishwasher, oven, hob, fridge freezer and washing machine. Be aware- open tread staircase and low beam at top of stairs. 

Private patio area with outdoor seating, shared garden and wood-fired hot tub, starter pack of wood provided.

Woodland and walled garden views from every room and wildlife on the doorstep including red squirrels.

Pet-friendly – one dog is very welcome

Private parking available for two cars

Free WiFi

BREAKS AT THE GARDENER’S BOTHY: One week, in peak season, with short breaks from Friday until Monday also available..

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The finishing touches

We like to provide our guests with that little bit more than traditional Cumbrian holiday cottages, so we’ve compiled some little extras to make your stay extra special.

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HOME FARM HOUSE

Sleeps: 6

Home Farm House was built in 1849 by Andrew Fleming Hudleston as the gatehouse to the Estate and was part of a working farm. Restored and refurbished in 2017, the house sits in its own grounds with plenty of space to sit and take in the wonderful views of Little Mell Fell and beyond. Walk into Hutton and over the little stone bridge and you’ll find some footpaths and bridleways.

HIGHGATE

Sleeps: 10

Highgate was built in 1770 by Andrew “the Counsellor” Hudleston. A very spacious house, now fully modernised, it is perfect for families and larger groups. The house stands on the edge of a small working farm combining Cumbrian life with easy access to Penrith and Keswick. Feel free to walk in the fields in front of the house and over to Brow Wood or take the footpath to Dacre.

Lacet Cottage

Sleeps: 4

Originally built as two cottages, the 19th-century Lacet Cottage has been lovingly restored and refurbished to create spacious, open-plan, living spaces whilst retaining the abiding character of the Lakeland vernacular. The tranquil spot is just minutes from Ullswater by car and has a whole host of walks right from the front door.

Highgate Cabins are a quiet retreat away from the main Lake District haunts, with easy access from the M6. Enjoy luxury cabins in the Lake District, surrounded by nature. 

Most recently, our cabin collection has grown with our fourth and final Herdwick Cabin, and our secluded shepherd’s lodge, Gardener’s Retreat, set within the Estate’s walled garden. Both additions are brand new for 2024.