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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 Brownes were just an ordinary family of 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’ 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.
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.