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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.

Meet the family

The last George Browne receives his guests in the Firehouse at Townend © National Trust / CvH

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

Studying the carvings at Townend © National Trust

Wandering through the Brownes’ family home you’ll find a quirky object around every corner, a stunning family library and intriguing intricately carved furniture.
 

Discover Troutbeck

Troutbeck nestling in the valley © National Trust / CvH

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.

A taste of Townend

 A little taste of life in the past

A little taste of life in the past

The Brownes’ family recipe book is full of great recipes dating back to the 17th century. Pop in for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll recreate some of the recipes.

Our treasures

The library at Townend is a fascinating family collection

You can find out more about our fantastic collection online, or discover it in person by visiting the house and chatting to our welcoming Room Guides.

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