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Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories
The Brownes of Townend in the Troutbeck Valley were just an ordinary farming family: but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories. As you approach Townend - a traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, you'll understand why Beatrix Potter described Troutbeck Valley as her favourite.
Once inside, you are welcomed into the farmhouse kitchen with a real fire - burning most afternoons - and a quirky collection of domestic tools. Exploring further, you can marvel at the intricately carved furniture and discover why the collection of books belonging to this farming family is of international importance.
Imagine what it feels like to press against a 400 year old solid oak beam and feel it crumble beneath your fingers. That was just what we were faced with at Townend when we scraped away the top layer of render to check the condition of the beams and found wet rot had taken hold.
Meet the family
The Brownes of Townend were just an ordinary family of Lake District farmers, but their quirky home and their belongings bring to life over 400 years of extraordinary stories and characters.
Explore the house
Wandering through the Brownes’ family home you’ll find a quirky object around every corner, a stunning family library and intriguing intricately carved furniture.
Although it's only a short distance from Windermere and Ambleside, the peace and tranquility of Troutbeck would lead you to believe you’re miles away from anywhere.