Things to see and do at Townend

The Brownes were just an ordinary family of farmers, living in Troutbeck near Windermere, but their quirky home at Townend and their belongings bring to life over 400 years of extraordinary stories and characters

Explore the garden

The cottage style garden at Townend is a recreation of the garden of George Browne, the last Browne family member to live at Townend. It's a lovely place to while away some time wandering amongst the flowers.

Historic bank barn

The bank barn at Townend was built by George Browne in 1666, and extended in the 18th century. It is one of very few surviving bank barns in the area, and is still in use today.

Woodcarvings and cheeky cheating

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. Do you think you'll be able to spot his cheeky cheating?

Secluded charm in Troutbeck

Troutbeck is a peaceful, traditional Lakeland village. The Browne family were part of this small community for over 400 years and today there is still a strong sense of community. Why not explore the village and its surrounding fells on foot with one of our downloadable walking trails.

Fun for families

We have plenty to keep the kids entertained. Let them tackle the Townend quiz as you follow one of our guided tours and look out for interesting objects on the kids' trail as you explore the house. Outdoors they can play traditional games and have a go at the scavenger hunt around our cottage garden.

A taste of Townend

Head to the downhouse on Thursday afternoons to help us as we recreate recipes from Elizabeth Birkett's 17th- century hand-written recipe book.

Join a guided tour

Want to find out how you can 'burn a candle at both ends' and how the crafty chambermaid outwitted the rich merchant? Then join one of our tours, every open day at 11am and 12 noon.