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Here at Heart of the Lakes we offer you a fine selection of Lake District cottages sleeping from just two up to the largest sleeping ten. Whatever time of year you choose to stay you will find one of our self-catering cottages in the Lake District that fits the bill. Our Lake District cottages come in all shapes and sizes with a range of quality to suit every taste and pocket. Locations vary from village centre to remote and rural but all are in the most sought after parts of the National Park.

Many of our guests return year after year to their favourite cottages in the Lake District so, if this is your first visit to the Lake District, we hope you will enjoy exploring our website to maybe find your own favourite cottage in which to enjoy many delightful holidays.

The area abounds in places to visit, beautiful scenery, lakes and mountains, wonderful food, country pubs, pretty villages, lake cruises and boat hire. In fact there is so much to do that you may not have time to fit it all in... but make the most of your busy days out and return to your comfortable Lake District cottage to relax and plan your next activity.

Every holiday booked with Heart of the Lakes includes free Leisure Club membership in the price - a facility much enjoyed by our guests. Many of our Lake District cottages are pet friendly and most are family friendly. Don't miss our fine selection of luxury cottages in the Lake District for couples, perfect for that romantic break or just simply for a relaxing getaway at any time of the year.

If you have any queries please do contact us for individual attention. Our expert booking staff will be able to answer any questions to make sure that you choose the most perfect spot your holiday in one of our delightful Lake District cottages.



  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Facility Rating 5
  • Wi-Fi
  • Log Burner or Fire
  • Ground floor bed
  • Detached Property
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Rural
  • Quiet Location
  • Wordsworth Leisure Club

Where is Dunnabeck?

Higher White Moss, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SF

Information about Dunnabeck

Property ref: 7001

Dunnabeck is a charming detached Edwardian villa in a secluded position just outside Grasmere village with stunning views over Rydal Water and to Loughrigg and Wansfell beyond. The house was originally associated with the building of the Thirlmere pipeline and for many years belonged to Canon Rawnsley, co-founder of the National Trust. It was bought as a mountain retreat by the present owner's grandfather and retains its atmosphere as a family home with many personal touches and a comfortable relaxing feel. Guests are assured of a peaceful setting hard to come by in the heart of the National Park.

The setting is unique - there can be few properties in the whole of Lakeland which offer such delightful views whilst the two and a half acres of natural rocky woodland garden play host to many varieties of wildlife. Rhododendrons and azaleas create a riot of seasonal colour.

There are many walks from the door including the Fairfield Horseshoe, Alcock Tarn, Loughrigg and the Grasmere and Rydal Rounds. The old 'coffin road' path from Grasmere to Rydal passes the gate and links Wordsworth's homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.

Accommodation: Reached up its own private drive Dunnabeck has a front door entrance leading into the hallway - plenty of space for walking gear. The accommodation is all on one level, ideal for anyone who does not want the use of stairs. The large sitting room to the front of the house has a wide bay window with panoramic lake and fell views (Sky TV with movie and sports channels, BT Sports,video, DVD, hi-fi with ipod/iphone dock and open fire). A spacious dining room (TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) to the rear of the house leads directly through to the kitchen and back door to rear courtyard.

There are four bedrooms. Situated at the front of the house with views of Rydal Water are a large double (5' bed) with en-suite shower, basin and wc, a smaller twin, and a bunk room (adult size bunks). The fourth bedroom is a twin with en-suite shower, basin and wc, ( the twin room will be a king room from November 2014) and views of fields and fellside. Further bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and wc).

Dunnabeck is a spacious property with a relaxing feel of peace and quiet. Furnishings are comfortable and the owners wish you to enjoy being in 'their home' - there are some attractive antiques, many pictures and personal items, fitted carpets throughout and oil central heating.

Outside: Extensive terraced grounds of over two acres mostly of natural rocky woodland with grand shrubs, trees and hidden pathways. We feel that this would be a fine place for older children to enjoy although rather too adventurous for little ones to be let loose without supervision. Sheltered terrace and front lawn offer a beautiful setting for outdoor relaxation even on colder days - garden furniture supplied. Ample parking.

Sorry no pets * non-smokers please * duvets/beds made up for arrival * towels provided * electric cooker * fridge/freezer * auto washer/dryer * microwave * dishwasher * three bathrooms (two en-suite) * telephone * all fuel included * travel cot and high chair available - please order * free Wi-Fi broadband * free logs and kindling supplied for open fire * shops, pubs, restaurants and village services in Grasmere 1 mile approximately and Ambleside 2 and half miles *

note: owner occasionally brings a cat to the cottage.

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What our guests say

  • A beautiful cottage with everything for a lovely holiday.

    / Orchard Cottage
  • Many thanks for another very enjoyable visit.

    / Ecclerigg Old Farm
  • Thanks to Heart of the Lakes for a super cottage - very clean & great value for money too! Hope to return.

    / Thirlmere Cottage
  • Lovely comfortable cottage with all modern amenities. Fantastic location, quiet, beautiful views but easy access to everywhere. Brockhole great for children, especially early morning and evening.

    / Woodside
  • Lake District needs no words from us - everywhere is beautiful.

    / The Lookout
  • Loved the apartment. Riverside 6 is our favourite place to stay

    Mary in the Keswick office is lovely and helpful

    / Riverside Park 6
  • We have spent a lovely quiet week here to celebrate my 18th birthday. We enjoyed a night out in Bowness and a couple of long dinners at some good restaurants. Wouldn't hesitate to come again as Hillside Cottage is in a very good location. Thank you.

    / Hillside Cottage
  • Beautifully presented, very well appointed, a fabulous and very comfortable stay.

    / The Coach House
  • Second stay in this lovely cottage, just as good as the first, thank you.

    / Kent Cottage
  • Had a wonderful week in this lovely cosy cottage.

    / Daffodils
  • ...a wonderful time staying in Ambleside with you at High Borrans..We had a great week and loved the property which has now become one of our favourites. The views from the apartment were super and the upkeep and cleanliness were excellent.

    / High Borrans
  • The cottage itself was beyond our expectation . well equipped and comfortable making the evenings restful and enjoyable. Many thanks for a grand Cumbrian style stay.

    / Grisedale Cottage
  • The family enjoyed a wonderful week. The cottage very comfortable and well equipped.

    / Riversdale
  • We had a brilliant stay at Little Hallgarth. House was lovely especially brilliant for a young family, would recommend.  We will be staying  here again next year, thank you for a lovely stay.

    / Little Hallgarth
  • We loved our holiday at Babbling Brook. thanks for a great holiday in this excellent apartment.

    / Babbling Brook
  • Sad to be leaving our beloved Rawfell today. We have already booked our two week summer holiday at Rawfell.

    / Rawfell
  • Enjoyed a lovely week in this beautiful cottage. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Thank you.

    / Elterwater
  • Had a wonderful time here in the Lake District! Our first holiday away as a couple - really romantic and Christmassy! ...great cottage in a great place.

    / Beckside Studio
  • The standard of accommodation is excellent, very comfortable and ideally laid out for two couples.

    / Woodside
  • Fantastic cottage in an idyllic location. Lots of walks from the door....Newland Valley, Millbeck, Applethwaite, Skiddaw, Walna Crag..... Hope to return in the late summer.

    / Bog House
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