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These three holiday cottages nestle in an area, which could very well be referred to as a walker’s paradise, due to the number of footpaths that are available. In the centre of the village of Troutbeck, overlooking the valley, the holiday cottages all adjoin to form Birkhead, a stone-built country house. There is also free membership (2 cards per cottage) to Low Wood Leisure Club, 3 miles, whose facilities include a 50ft swimming pool, spa bath, gymnasium, sauna and plunge pool (squash courts, beauty clinic and restaurants at cost). A greater choice of amenities can be found 3 miles away at either Ambleside or Windermere. The longest lake in England, Lake Windermere enjoys a dramatic backdrop of wooded slopes and bare fells. Popular for watersports, particularly towards the southern tip, the less energetic can still enjoy all the scenery on offer from the waters via a boat cruise (from Bowness). Visit the 18th-century dome shaped villa on Belle Isle, the largest of the 14 islands, which can be reached by ferry. Nearby attractions also include a Steamboat Museum and visitors centre at Brockhole. Across the waters at Far Sawrey lies Beatrix Potter’s former home Hill Top (NT), a must for anyone who has ever enjoyed the tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Hawkshead, whose grammar school was attended by Wordsworth and Brantwood (on the east shores of Coniston Water), which was home to John Ruskin, are also worth visiting. Walking, climbing, biking and horse riding to historic sites, NT properties, beautiful gardens and great natural scenery abound. PO/shop and pub serving food within ½ mile. Free membership of Low Wood Leisure Club, near Ambleside, limited to 2 cards per cottage only._All properties: Elec by £1 meter. NSH, panel heaters and bed linen inc. DVD. Elec cooker. M/wave. W/machine. F/freezer. Small shared garden and furniture. Parking._Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.
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