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Restharrow

Restharrow and Tanner Brow from the lakeside field, Cumbria
The view from the lakeside field towards Restharrow, which is in the building on the right, behind the trees, Cumbria | © National Trust/Mike Henton
The door to Restharrow and its outdoor furniture, with stairs to Tanner Brow on the right, Cumbria
The views from Tanner Brow, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria

Restharrow

Rest in this comfortable cottage after days adventuring in the Lake District. It's in a quiet spot, just a field away from the shore of Lake Windermere.

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The door to Restharrow and its outdoor furniture, with stairs to Tanner Brow on the right, Cumbria
The views from Tanner Brow, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria
Restharrow and Tanner Brow from the lakeside field, Cumbria
The door to Restharrow has level access, Cumbria
The building which houses the shared laundry room and Tanner Brow. Behind this building is the parking area and Restharrow, Cumbria
Restharrow and Tanner Brow, Cumbria
Lake Windermere, near Restharrow, Cumbria
A view of the lake near Tanner Brow, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria
A view of the lake near Tanner Brow, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria
Boats on Lake Windermere, near Restharrow, Cumbria
The castle lit by dramatic autumn light with autumn trees in front of it and autumn leaves on the ground
Autumn at Wray Castle, Lake District, Cumbria
The boathouses in the winter sun at Fell Foot in the Lake District
View south down Windermere from the large window on the first floor, with coloured glass and Aeolian harp, Claife Viewing Station
A panoramic autumn view from the first floor platform in Claife Viewing Station across Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria
Early morning view across a lake surrounded by trees, with pink-tinged mountain peaks in the distance
View of a tarn at Holme Fell at Tarn Hows and Coniston, Cumbria

© National Trust

Rest in this comfortable cottage after days adventuring in the Lake District. It's in a quiet spot, just a field away from the shore of Lake Windermere.

At a glance

Guests
2
Bedrooms
1
Number of dogs welcome
2
Reference
009008
Acorn rating

About Restharrow

This welcoming apartment is fully accessible and a quiet base to return to after days out exploring the Lake District. Just 130 metres from the western shore of Lake Windermere, it's surrounded by countryside, but within walking or driving distance – or a short ferry ride – of popular attractions and towns. The sitting room and bedroom have views across fields toward the lake, which you might be able to spot through the trees.

Restharrow was once the laundry for the Belle Isle Estate, the private island in the middle of the lake, and is now a cosy ground-floor apartment that has been thoughtfully renovated with accessible and wheelchair-friendly features throughout.

It is the perfect place to stay for anyone looking to walk, cycle, fish, or get out on the lake, with activities nearby for all ability levels. It only takes a few minutes to walk to the shore, where you’ll find gentle, level trails. Many nearby places, such as Wray Castle and Tarn Hows, have all-terrain wheelchairs or mobility scooters available to borrow or hire. If you’re looking for adventures on the water, non-powered watercraft can be hired for use on Lake Windermere at Fell Foot, or you can take a cruise on the Historic Steam Yacht Gondola at Coniston Water, nine miles away.

The ferry to Bowness-on-Windermere is half a mile away and takes foot passengers, cyclists and cars. It's a 10-minute crossing to this bustling town full of cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops. Windermere, Ambleside and Kendal are all less than an hour's drive away.

Tanner Brow (sleeps four) is a holiday apartment above Restharrow. Low Strawberry Gardens (sleeps four) and High Strawberry Gardens (sleeps four) are also by the lakeshore, less than one mile north. Groups can book these cottages together.

Layout

Ground floor: Sitting and dining room. Kitchen with height-adjustable hob and sink, and a slide-and-hide oven. King-size bedroom (can be made into a twin on request). Wheelchair-friendly wet room.

Outside space

Outdoor table and chairs for two. There is no garden, but the cottage is surrounded by open countryside.

Features and facilities

  • Wi-Fi, not available
  • Garden, not available
  • EV charging, not available
  • Fridge, available
  • Freezer, available
  • Microwave, available
  • Open fire / wood burner, not available
  • Television, available
  • DVD, not available
  • Washing machine, available
  • Dishwasher, not available
  • Tumble dryer, available
  • BBQ, not available
  • Cot & high chair, not available

Location

Accessibility

Wheelchair friendly with level floors. Sockets, switches and thermostats at a lower height. Blinds controlled by remote. Height-adjustable hob and sink, and slide-and-hide oven. Wet room with rails and shower seat, and room for a wheelchair to complete a full 360 degree turn. King-size bedroom that can be made into a twin on request, with high-level cupboards that can be pulled down for lower access. Contrasting colours in each room to help guests navigate and recognise room changes. We are waiting for a full accessibility guide and internal photos for this cottage. Accessibility questions? Email holiday.enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 0344 800 2070.

More information

Photographs: We are waiting for photographs of Restharrow, which will be added here soon.

Parking and access: The parking area is shared with Tanner Brow. There is a designated parking space for guests staying at Restharrow on the right. The access road can be congested in summer. The road can flood after heavy rain, in which case the local team will provide information on an alternative route.

Heating: Electric heating. Everhot Electric Stove in sitting room.

Laundry room: There is a laundry room next door to Restharrow with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and room for storing bicycles. It is shared with Tanner Brow.

Please note: The lake view can be obscured by tree growth.

Generally the area around the cottage is quiet, but you may hear your neighbours in Tanner Brow and the other surrounding cottages. The RAF also flies overhead.

During warm weather, blue green algae blooms in the shallower water in Windermere, which is dangerous for dogs and people.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

You'll have free entrance to National Trust places throughout your stay. Cruises on the Historic Steam Yacht Gondola are not included in the free entry to National Trust places, but there is a 10% discount for National Trust members.

Book together...

Groups of up to 14 can stay along the shore of Lake Windermere within one mile of each other.

The building that is home to Tanner Brow, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria

Tanner Brow 

Sitting on the western shore of Lake Windermere this first floor apartment is a cosy retreat. Sleeps four.

Exterior of High and Low Strawberry Gardens, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria

High Strawberry Gardens 

A simple lakeside retreat for an uplugged holiday, with a jetty to launch your canoe or kayak in Windermere. Sleeps four.

The exterior of Low and High Strawberry Gardens, Cumbria

Low Strawberry Gardens 

A simple lakeside retreat for an uplugged holiday, with a jetty to launch your canoe or kayak in Windermere. Sleeps four.

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Accessible places nearby...

Enjoy accessible trails at National Trust places with powered mobility scooters or push all-terrain wheelchairs available to hire or borrow. Please check how to book before arriving.

A man on a Tramper talks to a woman beside him, on a tarmac path at Tarn Hows near Hawkshead, Cumbria. Also on the path are four other visitors and two dogs
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Borrow a Tramper at Tarn Hows 

Borrow a Tramper mobility vehicle, a free to use all-terrain scooter which makes Tarn Hows more accessible to those who are less physically able.

Outdoor Mobility all terrain tramper at Wray
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Article

Borrow a mobility scooter to explore the Wray estate 

Borrow a tramper mobility vehicle, an all-terrain scooter which makes Wray estate more accessible to those who are less physically able.

View of the Active Base and jetties from the lake, on an early morning in spring
Place
Place

Fell Foot 

Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views, Boathouse cafe, watersports hire and play area.

Windermere, Cumbria

Fully open today

Exploring the area...

View of boats on Derwent Water on a sunny day
Area
Area

Lake District 

Discover the fascinating history and dramatic landscapes of the Lake District – where Beatrix Potter made her home – on foot, by bike or by boat.

The exterior of Wray Castle  Cumbria
Place
Place

Wray 

Parkland and castle on the west shore of Windermere.

Ambleside, Cumbria

Fully open today
Looking up towards Claife Viewing Station, Lake District
Place
Place

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore 

Colourful Viewing Station with endless lake views and waterside paths

Hawkshead, Cumbria

Fully open today
A view of Hill Top Cumbria home of Beatrix Potter
Place
Place

Hill Top 

Beatrix Potter's farmhouse retreat: the inspiration for her little books.

Cumbria

Fully open today
The Steam Yacht Gondola full of passengers on Coniston Water in the Lake District, Cumbria
Place
Place

Historic Steam Yacht Gondola 

The unrivalled sailing experience in the Lake District

Coniston, Cumbria

Fully open today
The lake at Tarn Hows
Place
Place

Tarn Hows and Coniston 

Majestic views and peaceful walks in beautiful countryside

near Coniston, Cumbria

Fully open today