Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories
Explore a quirky farmhouse with an even quirkier family at Townend. Potter around prize-winning plants in the cottage garden or follow our walking trails that lead to beautiful views of Lake Windermere.
The cottage style garden at Townend is a re-creation of the garden of the last Browne family member - George Browne - to live at Townend.
"There was always the company of gentle sheep, and wild flowers, and singing waters." This is what Beatrix Potter said about Troutbeck and she was spot on!
Townend library is made up of around 1,500 books which cover many diverse topics. Find out more about the physical evidence they contain, such as greasy finger marks and corners turned over.
George Browne spent many years decorating the old furniture at Townend. He created a very early 'fitted kitchen' and made a bookcase look 200 years older than it really was.
Townend boasts one of the earliest - and still in working order - bank barns in Cumbria. It's still used today by the farmer for lambing and keeping sheep.
Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Townend on the National Trust Collections website