Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories


Things to see and do

Beatrix Potter illustration and modern day photo showing a scene in Hawkshead village

Where next? 

There's a new exhibition at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. The original artwork included in this year’s exhibition features scenes which have changed little since Beatrix Potter arrived on her first Lake District holiday in 1882.


What's on

Upcoming events

A Taste of Townend

Thu 29 Jun 2017
The Brownes' family recipe book is full of great recipes, from meaty mince pies and macaroons to medicines dating back to the 17th century. We'll be cooking all afternoon where we'll recreate some of the recipes.

Talk: Tackling the rot at Townend

Sat 01 Jul 2017
Last year we embarked upon an urgent project to save Townend after we found wet rot in two of the house's main structural beams, come and find out what we discovered along the way.

Our work

Townend in Troutbeck covered in scaffolding

Building Conservation at Townend 

We’re nearly done! Our major conservation project to remove and replace the two rotten main timbers in the oldest part of Townend is almost finished. We’re so excited to share what we discovered as we peeled away centuries of hidden history in this Grade I listed farmhouse.


Filming the rot at Townend

Alex Fowkes and Amon Shaw from Carlisle are in the second year of an Adventure Media course at the University of Cumbria and they have set up their own production company, Thrown Overboard Media Company. They have been filming our conservation project from start to finish and have produced this short edit of the project work.

A rotten beam at Townend

Rotten news: project updates 

Over the next ten months we plan to update our website every few weeks to share with you the challenges of tackling the rot at Townend and hopefully the wonderful things we will discover as we peel away centuries of hidden history. Here’s the fourth instalment.




Get involved

Volunteer at Townend in Cumbria

Volunteer at Townend 

Townend is full of quirky objects and fascinating stories, we’re looking for volunteers to help us bring these stories to life. If you are enthusiastic, enjoy meeting people and working as part of a team, then why not give it a try? We are looking for Room Guides.