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Summer Hill Country House

Hawkshead Hill, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0PP England
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#2 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Hawkshead
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Summer Hill Country House is situated between the popular and picturesque villages of Hawkshead and Coniston.The house dating back to the 1700's has been refurbished to a very high standard bringing together the traditional features of a large Lakeland residence with contemporary guest accommodation.The house overlooks the tiny hamlet of Hawkshead Hill and the south facing rooms look out on the surrounding fells. The renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows is within easy walking distance.Summer Hill is an excellent base from which to explore the outstanding natural beauty of the Lake District. You can leave your car in our car park if you wish, and after breakfast, served in in our dining room with its feature fireplace, set off to enjoy the area on foot.Return and relax in the guest lounge or enjoy a well-deserved soak in the four-poster spa bath.
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Mellissa M wrote a review Aug 2020
9 contributions
When we arrived we got a warm welcome from patsy, lovely lady and her dog. She explained the COVID rules and showed us to our room. The house and our room was beautiful set in the rolling hills of the Lake District. About a mile walk to Hawkshead, patsy new of a short cut over some fields and through some trees. Gorgeous little village. Plenty of nice pubs and nice food. The breakfast was beautiful looking out onto their lovely gardens. Highly recommend this idyllic house.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from , Owner at Summer Hill Country House
Responded Aug 18, 2020
So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you’ll be able to come back again sometime.
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Cycling B wrote a review Aug 2020
8 contributions2 helpful votes
Everything about our stay was lovely. This little Country B&B is perfect for a visit to the Lakes area. Mike & Patsy the owners are the perfect hosts. Visiting anywhere during the current Covid crisis can prove to be challenging & stressful, Mike & Patsy took all the stress away. Yes the Guest house was spotlessly clean & there were quite a few protocols to follow to keep everyone safe , but we never felt anything other than comfortable. The room was cosy & when it wasn’t raining had a lovely view from the window. The breakfast menu was great & flexible to meet most anyone’s tastes & appetite. The Lakes climate did leave us wet during our visit, this was no problem to our excellent hosts who offered to dry our wet clothes. I don’t think we could recommend Summer Hill enough. Thank you.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from , Owner at Summer Hill Country House
Responded Aug 18, 2020
Pleased you enjoyed your stay in spite of the wet weather. Hopefully the sun will shine on any return visit !
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Emilie T wrote a review Aug 2020
Newcastle, England, United Kingdom35 contributions10 helpful votes
I stayed at Summer Hill Country House for 3 nights. The house is ideally located for exploring the area and perfect if, like me, you are looking for peace and quiet. The gardens are beautiful and at the end of a long walk, I would recommend sitting in the summer garden for a well-deserved rest with a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a good book, watching over the fields and having the sheep for company. You can leave your car parked at the property and easily walk to the little village of Hawkhead for your evening meal. The room was lovely, cosy and so quiet! You will find a delicious homemade truffle waiting for you and I was very lucky to taste Patsy’s delicious and freshly made shortbread biscuits. Thank you again Patsy for sharing the recipe with me. If like me, you always look forward to breakfast, you will not be disappointed. You will have a lot of options to choose from that will definitely set you up for the day (muesli, fresh fruits, toasts, yoghurts, English breakfast...). I would recommend the scrambled eggs, which are delicious. Thank you Patsy for giving me your secret. From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel very welcome. Patsy and Mike are the perfect hosts and are very knowledgeable of the area. They will recommend walks that you can do and provide maps and directions. You can start your stay by walking from the house to the Tarn Hows. This is a lovely circular walk and you can stop at a café called Chesters by the river for coffee and cakes or scones or more. I would definitely recommend Summer Hill Country House. I hope to be able to go back soon.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from , Owner at Summer Hill Country House
Responded Aug 18, 2020
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and thanks for the recipe swaps!
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joanneh421 wrote a review Jul 2020
York, United Kingdom21 contributions13 helpful votes
My partner and I stayed here for two nights. We felt slightly nervous as this was our first trip since lockdown. The owners Mike and Patsy put us at ease straight away. They were obviously following strict Covid 19 hygiene rules. We had to sanitise our hands on entrance to the country house. The room was immaculate and had been deep cleaned. Even the mattress and pillow protectors had been replaced for our stay. The house is beautiful and there were lovely finishing touches. Patsy’s homemade chocolates and shortbread were delicious. We were made to feel very special and had a warm welcome and stay. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and enjoyed a glass of wine sat in the garden in the evenings. We will be returning and would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from MIKE DERRY, Owner at Summer Hill Country House
Responded Jul 24, 2020
Thank you so much for your positive review and for your understanding that we've had to adapt the way we run things due to Covid 19. We are pleased that this didn't have a negative impact on your stay. Looking forward to having you stay again.
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Steve C wrote a review Mar 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
As part of my spring break, I enjoyed 3 days of excellent hospitality based at Summer Hill Country House. After a delicious breakfast each morning, I was well placed to explore various parts of the neighbouring countryside such as Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest. And my cosy room helped to ensure a peaceful and relaxing sleep each night. Summer Hill proved to be the ideal spring time destination!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Hill Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Summer Hill Country House?
Nearby attractions include Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins (4.2 miles), Old Man of Coniston (4.0 miles), and Orrest Head (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Summer Hill Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Summer Hill Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Summer Hill Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Summer Hill Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dr Brews Coffee, Fresher's Cafe, and The Windermere Speakeasy.
Are there any historical sites close to Summer Hill Country House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Townend (4.8 miles), Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House (4.9 miles), and Rydal Mount & Gardens (4.8 miles).
Does Summer Hill Country House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Summer Hill Country House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.