Hartsop Hall Cottages

Hartsop Hall Cottages

Two historic Listed holiday cottages for walkers in a spectacular Lake District setting.

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About Hartsop Hall Farm

Hartsop Hall is a 16 th Century Grade I listed building of great historical significance, owned by the National Trust. It is an important valley-head farm. The house itself contains many fascinating features, such as priest holes – and if you speak very nicely to the farmer, he’ll be pleased to show you! There are various outlying barns on the estate, all examples of vernacular Lake District constructions of the 16 th and 17 th centuries, featuring cruck frames, bank barns, etc, as well as our two farm holiday cottages.

Hartsop Hall is a working farm of some 3000 acres, with a flock of 800 predominantly Swaledale sheep, and a herd of 30 Aberdeen Angus beef suckler cows and their followers.

This is a traditional Lakeland hill farm (most of the land is over 1000 feet above sea level), and will offer you a unique opportunity to see a way of life which is fast disappearing. It is farmed by Jimmy Hodgson, whose three brothers also farm at Rydal, at High Borrans and at Glencoyne on Ullswater.

There are many well-marked footpaths criss-crossing the land, leading up to the fells in all directions, and for more level terrain, an old bridlepath past the Hall to Brotherswater.

Hartsop Hall is very much a working farm, and Jimmy is always pleased if guests staying at our holiday cottages take an interest, but do remember it is a workplace, and keep your children/dogs under control. Jimmy will be less than pleased if they climb on his silage bales or chase his sheep! Lambing time is late: mid-April to late May, and is always a very stressful time for the farmers, so do respect this situation if you come at this time of year.

About the Cottages

The two holiday cottages, Caudale Beck Holiday Cottage and Dovedale Cottage, are both idyllically situated on this Patterdale farm near Ullswater in the Lake District, offering a truly “off the beaten track” living experience. They are both approached by farm tracks (recently concreted in parts); there is no passing traffic.

If walking is your pleasure, there are so many options of Lake District walks from the door, you may never bother to use your car during your stay. However, despite the seclusion of the location, it is only six miles to Ambleside (outdoor clothing shops, restaurants, cinema), thus very central for exploring more of the Lake District by car if you choose.

Caudale Beck

Built in 1699, this Grade II listed traditional Lakeland farmhouse nestles in seclusion at the end of its own driveway, about 300 yards from the Kirkstone Pass road.  It offers self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people between Ambleside and Ullswater/Patterdale in the Lake District.

Caudale Beck has vast stone walls, lots of beams and interesting features, including a spice cupboard by the fireplace in the lounge.  It is a very spacious property, where the provision of modern creature comforts has not been allowed to interfere with its traditional features and character appeal.


Dovedale Holiday Cottage is a wing of the 16 th C. Hartsop Hall, tucked under the fellside of Hartsop Above How, and with magnificent views across the meadows to Caudale Moor, rising above. It offers self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people between Ambleside and Ullswater/Patterdale in the Lake District. The accommodation is at the end of a quarter-mile farm drive.

The path from the house to Brotherswater has been resurfaced, allowing access for wheelchair users to the lakeshore.

Telephone Number

01229 860 206


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Cot and High Chair

Available free of charge

Suitable for Wheelchair Users



Within a short walk

Secure Cycle Storage



Within a 10 minute drive

Scenic Walks

Direct from the door

Real Fire

Open Fire