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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.

Rotten news

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. 

Raising the range

The sweet smells of baking will at last rise through the historic range in our kitchen.

Thanks to funds generated through our raffle last year, we have now completed the careful work to restore the range to its original working state.

A taste of Townend

Every Thursday afternoon we will be bringing Elizabeth Browne's hand-written 17th century recipe book to life with live cookery demonstrations in the downhouse.

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.

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