The surrounding scenery is some of the finest in the Lake District with Grizedale Forest to the south, Lake Windermere to the east and Lake Coniston to the west
Nestled in the Vale of Esthwaite deep in the heart of Beatrix Potter country lies the village ‘Hawkshead‘ situated 2 miles west of Lake Windermere and aptly named ‘the prettiest little village in the Lake District‘.
Visitors will find a wonderful mixture of the historic and picturesque; whitewashed walls contrast against narrow cobbled streets adorned with hanging baskets aglow with a profusion of colour.
The pubs are not only friendly but offer some tantalising fayre to whet the appetite. A tremendous community spirit can be found in Hawkshead one that will keep you coming back for more, time and time again.
The well known and much loved Tarn Hows is a lovely walk from Hawkshead, and is a great place for a picnic, with its scenic backdrop of Coniston Old Man, around to the Langdales and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Left to National Trust by Beatrix Potter there is a reasonably level circular path suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs with assistance.
Ambleside is an attractive small town of about 2500 people situated in the centre of the Lake District National Park, about 1 mile from the head of Lake Windermere. It is at the hub of the area's road system and all parts of the National Park are within 1 hour's drive. Many fine mountain and valley walks, both easy and strenuous, start from the town.
Ambleside's tourist facilities are highly developed. It has a vast choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs. It offers high quality shopping, particularly for art, gifts and outdoor wear. There is a first class cinema. In the summer and autumn, there are traditional events, sports, theatrical and live music productions.
High Wray Farm is situated a couple of miles south of the town of Ambleside down a quiet country lane and in the hamlet of High Wray. It is a traditional Lakeland stone built farmhouse of about 200 years (possibly more) standing and has connections with the author and artist Beatrix Potter . The house has been traditionally and beautifully furnished by the present owners and is homely and almost "quaint" (but in a good way). The room I stayed in was a double at the front of the house with en-suite shower and toilet. The bed was a mock-antique brass bedstead and the room furniture was dark oak. 2 good sized hand towels and a very large fluffy bath sheet were provided as were tea and coffee making facilities ( there were bottles of fresh milk in a fridge on the landing - hidden in an oak cabinet). Breakfast was traditional cereal ( a good choice) fresh fruit, fruit juices , tea, coffee, a full English fresh cooked (eggs to order) hot breakfast and toast and marmalade. You do not start your day feeling hungry if you stay here.
Next to the breakfast room is the large lounge with sofas and wide screen TV. There are no TVs in the rooms so you will not be disturbed in your bed. The hostess Sheila is very helpful and i was made welcome on my arrival with a pot of coffee and a slice of scrumptious home-made lemon drizzle cake.
In conclusion, if you want to put the rat race out of your mind, travel back to a simpler world and be treated with value and also get great value for your money i certainly can't think of any where better than High Wray farm. I will be going back!