Listed farmhouse given new life

White front of the farmhouse surounded by trees
Published : 06 Oct 2016 Last update : 21 Oct 2016

Our estates team have recently completed a two year project to restore a culturally significant farmhouse, near Coniston.

Hoathwaite Farmhouse is a Grade II* listed property originally dating from around 1600, which belongs to the early “yeoman” or “statesman” farmhouses of Cumbria. Sitting near the shore of Coniston Water the house is packed full of history. The National Trust estate team were keen to undertake the extensive restoration work to preserve this unique property and put heart back into the home.

Important features

Grade II* buildings only apply to the top 5.5% of England’s listed buildings and are restricted to those considered to be ‘particularly important’. Hoathwaite farmhouse is of special interest primarily because of its interior - particularly the 17th and 18th century joinery, closed well staircase and spice cupboards. 

Detail of the wooden cupboard, a place to store valuable spices
Spice cupboard detail from Hoathwaite farmhouse

The comprehensive restoration incorporates many of the house’s original features, such as a ‘bed cupboard’ with much of the bed frame and some old hemp rope still in evidence.  

Brought back to life

Project Officer for the National Trust, Chris Tuckey commented, “This has been a brilliant project to be involved in, watching how the house has been brought back to life whilst conserving its valuable assets. We have kept the original layout of the house and added modern services but in a sympathetic way, to maintain the original history and highlight the period features.” 

Renting helps us look after special places 

This characterful house is now somebody's home, as the 4 bedroom house has recently been let. The income from the homes we rent out plays a vital part in funding not only the repair and maintenance of these often quirky and sensitive properties, but also our duty to look after special places and to provide wonderful experiences for millions of people each year.