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HASSNESS COUNTRY HOUSE - THE BEST OF THE LAKE DISTRICT




Hassness Country House is beautifully located in its own extensive grounds alongside the waters of Buttermere. Located just over a mile from Buttermere village on the eastern shore of the lake, Sheep graze the grounds and red squirrels scurrying around just outside the door. This is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District, has been recognised as offering some of Britain's best views and is a perfect starting point for some truly remarkable days in the hills.

There’s no pollution, just fresh invigorating Lakeland air. It rains occasionally, but rarely sideways. The only flight path we’re on is that of the local birdlife heading for the feeders in our garden.

Hassness at any time of year is an ideal base for explorations of the English Lake District with some great opportunities for wonderful walks amongst some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes. The seasons bring a changing character to the valley; Buttermere needs as many words to describe the shades of green as the Inuit need to describe snow. And towards the Autumn the hillsides burst into flaming shades of gold as the bracken changes it’s colour in preparation for winter when the higher peaks are dusted with the brilliant white of fresh snow. The natural skyline is one of the most impressive in Britain; at night you’ll rarely see the stars looking as bright in a sky free of air and light pollution. The madding crowds don't come anywhere nearby, and the hills around here are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks.

Accommodation is in two doubles, six twins and three singles - sleeping 19 people in total. Please note two of the twin rooms can also be made into doubles. All bedrooms have been recently refurbished and are very comfortable, and all have a hand basin.  There are five high powered, recently refurbished modern shower rooms available just across the hall from each room.

A delicious cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal is provided every day by our resident chef (except Tuesday when there is a buffet breakfast and you can choose any one of the local pubs or restaurants to visit).

The English Lake District must be one of the most beautiful and dramatic walking areas in this country. A compact area of rugged mountainsides, high summits and open ridges, lakes and lakeside paths, it provides a great variety of wonderful walks for everyone, from the gentle ambler to high peak hiker.

We’ll visit some of the more famous mountains and others just as beautiful but less well known. Peaks with intriguing names can be reached from the house and can literally be the high points of the walking programme. We won’t run out of possible walks, magnificent views or panoramic skylines.

On some dates we organise leisurely walks at the easiest end of our holiday grade, on others some of the toughest in our programme. See below for the holiday departures with two leaders offering two grades of walk each day.

Every Thursday we have a presentation at the house from the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue about their work in the area.


Hassness Hospitality

Your hosts at Hassness Country house are Brian & Carole, ably assisted by Ruby. Brian creates fantastic meals to satisfy you after a day in the hills, whilst Ruby is famed for her cake-making! On guided walking holidays your tour leader will assure you of safe and enjoyable walking throughout your stay.

Hassness offers a home from home with hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere – it isn’t a hotel. And you'll love it!



Special Interest holidays at Hassness Country House

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At Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to peoples’ lives. By travelling with us on this holiday, you can directly help us support the destinations we visit through our staff-managed charitable project - Heart & Sole.






WALKING GRADES


Grade D+ walks will be full days, up to 6 hours, with up to 750m of ascent and descent, normally in more remote areas, there may be some steep and rough ground. Grade C walks are designed to be challenging with plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights are advisable. There will normally be between 800 - 1000m of ascent and descent in a day and you will be walking for up to 7 hours.


When we visit

Summer


Length of stay

4 nights


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  • Accommodation
    Hassness Country House

    Hassness Country House provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. All our bedrooms have stunning views of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water. Looking out across the lake on a still and sunny morning from your room is truly a special sight. At Hassness you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells.  It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Managers Carole & Brian will make you feel welcome. We know you’ll love it!

    The lounge at Hassness is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests.

    Accommodation is in very comfortable twin, double and single rooms, all of which have lakeside views. Bathroom facilities are shared but plentiful - there are five modern high powered shower rooms, which cater for a full house of people comfortably. Toiletries are provided together with hairdryers. Towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest. Or you could always take a bracing pre-breakfast dip in the lake!

    Hassness House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available. There’s no Wi-Fi in the bedrooms, but we do have a Wi-Fi router in the lounge, so if you can’t bear to be completely disconnected during your stay, you can fire up your iPad.

     

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    Please note that any local transportation costs to and from trailheads are not included. To reduce local costs in getting to and from the walks, we may ask those taking their cars to Hassness to assist in transportation and to offer their walking companions a lift to and from the trailheads.

    Nearest railway station: Penrith (40 miles)
    Nearest bus station: Keswick (9 miles)

  • What's Included
    • Breakfasts each day
    • Lunches on all walking days
    • Home cooked, locally sourced dinners*
    • Services of a dedicated tour leader
    • Reknowned Hassness House hospitality
    * except Tuesday - see accommodation section for more details



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    Holiday Types
    • 70087 Lakeland Landscapes (D+/C)
      The geology of the Western Lakes
      Departures are on 9 July (for 4 or 7 nights), 13 July (3 nights) 2016
      15 October (for 4 or 7 nights), 19 October (3 nights) 2016
    • 70057 Lakeland Explorer (E/SS)
      The English Lake District made easy (7 nights)
      Departures on 13 August & 1 October 2016
    • 70033 & 70034 Navigation & Hill Skills Courses (E/D or D)
      Brush up the skills to keep you safe in the hills

      70033 Bronze National Navigation Award course (E/D)
      Departures on 5 November 2015, 9 April, 11 May & 5 Nov 2016

      70034 Silver National Navigation Award course (D)
      Departures on 10 November 2015, 12 April & 12 Nov 2016
    • 70067 Great Lakeland Ridge Walks (C/C+)
      Hard walking on the ridges of Lakeland
      Departures on 28 May, 30 July & 24 September 2016



    Hassness Haven
    After a strenuous day walking or sightseeing, why not unwind and treat yourself to a well deserved, relaxing, massage or foot spa in the tranquility of Hassness Haven, our treatment room located within Hassness Country House.

    Ruby, our qualified masseuse, will revive those aching muscles and feet with relaxing Swedish massage techniques using locally produced oils so you can enjoy a great night’s sleep in preparation for another day discovering the local area.



    Late Availability at Hassness Country House
    Just call us to check the availability within two weeks of departure and we can book you in for just £35 per person bed and breakfast per night. Half Board from just £50 per person per night. Also you can elect to stay on at the house if there is room and pay locally. Please note that check out is by 10.30 am but we can look after your bags for the day if you want a last day out and about.



    Private Groups at Hassness Country House
    Located on the shores of Buttermere in the Lake District, with our own resident chef to prepare cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, afternoon cake and a three course sumptuous evening meal, the house is ideal for groups of up to 19 people. Spacious lounge with plenty of room for everyone and fantastic views from every room. Groups can have exclusive use of the house for groups of 16 or more. We will do all the hard work for you in collecting deposits and payments from your group.

    For more information on the support we can offer to Private Groups and Private Group organisers or to book please contact Dawn O'Farrell, our Private Groups Manager on 01707 386723 or by email at groups@ramblersholidays.co.uk





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When we visit

Summer


Length of stay

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Price from

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INDEPENDENT REVIEWS




Independent Review

Jun 2016

Hassness House was absolutely beautiful and meticulously maintained. Our leaders were obviously knowledgeable about both the history of the area and our hiking routes. They were also great fun to be around. My fellow hikers were also interesting and a joy to hike with.
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May 2016

The house was lean and welcoming. Food was excellent. Only minor quibble was the tea urn arrangement - too slow! Otherwise faultless.
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Hassness House was absolutely beautiful and meticulously maintained. Our leaders were obviously knowledgeable about both the history of the area and our hiking routes. They were also great fun to be around. My fellow hikers were also interesting and a joy to hike with.
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