Hagg End was in a great location for instant access to footpaths and great walks. The scenery is just stunning. The cottage itself was nice and obviously well restored but I didn't really feel relaxed while we were there due to quirks of the house. The lounge, although spacious is very dark on one side due to the layout of the room, feels like you need to have the lights on even when it's bright sunshine outside, it's just not the environment you want for chilling out when you get back from a walk. The kitchen is a lovely light room but there's only so long you can sit on hard wooden chairs. It's well stocked with all the equipment you need to cook big meals, though a lot of it needed washing before use, thank goodness there was a dishwasher!
From the descriptions on the website I thought there would be more of a confined grassy outside space for our little boy to expend some energy, but although there are wonderful walks on your doorstep there isn't really much of a garden to speak of, there is a gravelled area on one side of the house then a raised grass area, mostly taken up with the trampoline. He did love that trampoline though! Beds and pillows were comfy enough and bathrooms were fine, fab shower in the double ensuite with bath. Curtains are pretty light apart from the twin room at the top of the stairs, this is where the baby slept luckily.
There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance, the Wild Boar (very good but book on your way past!) and the Watermill in Ings. Last thing to mention, we only really got good WiFi signal in the kitchen, it was pretty much non-existent in the lounge, could do with a booster or something given there's no mobile signal.
Stayed at Hagg End for a week with family including an 18mth old baby and two dogs, the cottage is full of character but this included squeaky, floorboards and every door squeaked, not what you need when baby is sleeping!! This made for an unhappy stay for the family with the baby and they actually returned home early due to lack of sleep. The layout of the upstairs family room is very odd with the twin rooms having an en suite and no upstairs bathroom for the double room to access. Also the kitchen does not have a covered bin only a black dustbin which is very unhygienic. That said the cottage is well stocked with utensils and the washing machine and tumble dryer were very useful, the trampoline added a bit of fun. Lovely walks close by and the Watermill pub in Ings is excellent for meals and very friendly staff.
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I booked this for a group of friends in their 60s, for a long weekend. We found it warm, cosy and very characterful with lots of old panelling and other original features, combined with three en suite rooms and two which shared the house bathroom. The kitchen was a recent extension and was well fitted out with plenty of space and a huge table.
Helen and Petros, the owners, live in the converted barn next door and were very welcoming and helpful, but unobtrusive.
The nearest pub, the Watermill at Ings, is a two mile, hilly walk or drive, along a very quiet single track road. (Huge selection of beers, many brewed on the premises, and decent bar food. No booking, very popular, get there early!) Most of us walked it every evening, and enjoyed the lovely countryside, and long views to the fells.
The whole party loved Hagg End, and we would certainly recommend it to others.
Spent a week here in August it is like going back in time. Off the beaten track so it is a place to get away from the rat race although not far from Windermere. Would seriously think about visiting again. Plenty of walks for those that like country life.
I loved my stay at Hagg End Farm in April 2012.
It felt like quintessential England. The hosts Helen and Petros were warm with their welcome and kindly provided a wealth of information on what to see and do in the Lakes area. I stayed two nights and wanted more time. I was so comfortable in the historic oak lined downstairs rooms. The other past lives lived there (for 400 years) were palpable. I was treated to a tasty Shepherd's Pie when I dined-in and also an to an array of breakfast goodies to be taken at leisure when I awoke on the beautiful, calm, quiet mornings.
A flood of nostalgia recently urged me to look online again, and it was my pleasure to see that now farm stays are offered. Perfect! A solo traveller from Australia might not have this opportunity again but I wish that I could book my whole family in there for what I would consider a holiday to be treasured.