Hassness Country House - the best of the Lake DistrictWalking in the footsteps of the great Alfred Wainwright.
Hassness Country House is beautifully located in its own extensive grounds on Lake Buttermere, you can find sheep grazing and red squirrels scurrying aroud just outside the door. It 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.
Accommodation is in one double, seven twins and three singles - sleeping 19 people in total. Please note two of the twin rooms can be made into a double. 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 Wednesday we have a presentation at the house from the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue about their work in the area.
New 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 tranquillity 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.
Prices from £12 for a foot massage, up to £40 for a body massage.
For more information, take a closer look at Hassness Haven.
Bookings are made on arrival at the house and are subject to availability.
Late Availability at Hassness 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 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. Contact us for details and to book.
Special Interest holidays at Hassness Country House
• NEW 70057 (E/SS)
The English Lake District made easy
• NEW 70067 Ale & Amble in the Lake District (D/D+)
Walks based around Lakeland pubs
• 79404 Nordic Walking in the Lake District
Try Nordic Walking in Lakeland
• 70033 Navigation & Hill Skills Course
Brush up the skills to keep you safe in the hills
Bronze National Navigation Award course (D/D+)
NEW Silver National Navigation Award course (D+)
• 70067 Reach for the Sky (C/C+)
Hard walking on the ridges of Lakeland
• NEW 70077 Women's Activity Week (D/D+)
Into the hills with you!
• Lakeland Landscapes (D+/C)
Get a feel for what's under your feet when up in the fells.
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Departures on 26 & 30 July and 18 & 22 October 2014.
Continuous Walk holidays at Hassness Country House
• 76007 Cumberland Way (D)
Walk across Lakeland from West to East
• 76107 Cumbria Way (D)
Walk across Lakeland from South to North
• 76207 The Wainwright Memorial Walk (C/C+)
One of the most famous and challenging walks in Britain
Lakeland Landscapes - the geology of the Western Lakes. Hundreds of millions of years of geological activity have created the unique scenery of the Buttermere area. These departures are not intended as a geological field course but an opportunity to explore this landscape by combining fell walking with visits to interesting sites followed by short evening discussions. In the past this area has been: a deep ocean with highly active volcanoes, a zone of violent mountain building at it collided with North America and covered by thick ice sheets, glaciers and windswept tundra. Hopefully you will leave Buttermere inspired by its beauty and with a deeper understanding of the landscape.Departures are on 26 & 30 July, 18 & 22 October 2014.
• More walks than you can shake a trekking pole at!
• Discover the less visited Western Lakes
• Some of Britain's best views
Look out for holidays of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 nights duration at Hassness Country House.
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• Breakfasts each day
• Lunches on all walking days
• Home cooked, locally sources dinners*
• Services of a dedicated tour leader
• Reknowned Hassness House hospitality
* except Tuesday - see accommodation section for more details
Hassness Country House, Buttermere. Hassness is beautifully located in its own extensive Western Lake District grounds. Hassness House sits in a clearing in some woodland; there aren't any real fences around so you can find sheep grazing the grounds and red squirrels scurrying around the place. It 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.
You can walk the mile into Buttermere village (a tiny hamlet) for a drink or something to eat at one of the two pubs, but otherwise you can just get away from it all.
There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and mobile reception is dire. You have to talk to one another, read a book, or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic vantage points in the world. The madding crowds don't come anywhere nearby, and the hills around here are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks. And the food's great.
Cooked breakfast, freshly baked cakes in the afternoon and a sumptuous three course evening meal, using local produce where possible, are provided every day (excluding Tuesdays when there is a buffet breakfast and dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs or further afield in other villages where there are some highly recommended pubs and restaurants). Picnic lunches are included on days including a guided walk.
We use local produce as much as possible, the milk and ice cream come from the Ayrshire cows that you will see around Buttermere, we use a local butcher and a local fishmonger - the fish you eat may have been swimming that morning!
Complimentary tea and coffee is available at all times to enjoy in the spacious and comfortable lounge looking over the lake and homemade cakes await your return each day!. Please also feel free to bring your own wine or beer as the guesthouse is not licensed. There’s a guests' kitchen with a large guest fridge for storage.
Managers Carole & Brian, will make you feel welcome. You'll love it! Accommodation is in twin and single rooms with hot and cold water and the showers are just across the hall.Keep up with what's going on at Hassness Country House
• on our new Hassness House website www.hassness.co.uk
• on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HassnessHouse
• or on Facebook's Hassness Country House page
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).
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