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 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 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.
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
70007 Lakeland Landscapes (D+/C)
Get a feel for what's under your feet when up in the fells.
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Departures on 25 & 29 July and 17 & 21 October 2015.
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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
70007 Lakeland Landscapes - the geology of the Western Lakes (D+/C)
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 25 & 29 July, 17 & 21 October 2015.
The English Lake District made easy
Departures on 11 April & 15 August 2014
79404 Nordic Walking in the Lake District
Try Nordic Walking in Lakeland
Departures on 16 May 2015
Navigation & Hill Skills Course
Brush up the skills to keep you safe in the hills
70033 Bronze National Navigation Award course (D/D+)
Departures on 21 Mar, 20 May & 7 Nov 2015
70034 Silver National Navigation Award course (D+)
Departures on 24 Mar & 10 Nov 2015
70067 Great Lakeland Ridge Walks (C/C+)
Hard walking on the ridges of Lakeland
70077 Women's Activity Week (D/D+)
Into the hills with you!
Departures on 4 Jul 2015
76814 Mindfulness in the Mountains (D/D+)
De-stress, enjoy your surroundings and live in the momnent
Departures on 23 May 2015
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 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.
- 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 sourced dinners*
- Services of a dedicated tour leader
- Reknowned Hassness House hospitality
Hassness Country House bedrooms provide a lovely welcoming and peaceful atmosphere. All our bedrooms have stunning views across the lake to the imposing hillsides on the other side, the view from your room across the lake first thing on a still and sunny morning is unbeatable. At Hassness you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells. It’s far enough away enough from the main tourist gateways of Keswick and Windermere; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery.
The lounge at Hassness is a delight to spend time in. It is oval in shape and has a wonderful character with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests.
There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and mobile reception in this less populated valley of West Cumbria is dire. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a available. There’s no Wifi in the bedrooms, but we do have a WiFi router in the lounge, so if you can’t bear to be completely disconnected during your stay, you can fire up your iPad. Otherwise, you’ll just have to talk to your fellow house guests, quietly read a book, enjoy the quiet convivial atmosphere of the house, or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic but tranquil vantage points in the world! It’s a wonderful retreat; you’ll feel quite at home.
Bathroom facilities are shared but plentiful - there are 5 modern high powered shower rooms which cater for a full house of people comfortably. All these facilities are maintained scrupulously clean and toiletries are provided in the showers for your use if desired, 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; perhaps not for the feint hearted, but you wouldn’t be the first!
Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cakes…
You’ll start your day at Hassness with a hearty traditional English breakfast or choose from any of the fresh fruit, yoghurt, porridge or cereals which are available too. There’s a substantial 'walkers' packed lunch to keep you going on your forays into the fells during the day.
On your return to the house you have facilities to make yourself a refreshing cup of tea, accompanied by a slice of one of Ruby's renowned home-made cakes. On some days this is even possible in the sunshine on the terrace outside!
Finally, a delicious three course meal is served with Brian's speciality bread, baked daily. All the food is freshly prepared by Brian and locally-sourced wherever possible. Brian has created a number of delicious recipes including his fabulous "Lamb Henry"; made with local lamb it is a treat not to be missed. His flapjack is pretty impressive too.
Cumbria produces a variety of such amazing foods, from handmade Eden Chieftain Cheddar from Appleby Creamery (which we use in the sandwiches for your packed lunches) to Hardwick Lamb which is, in our opinion, the best lamb in the world - you might even see some of it strolling across the lawn…
Even the water at Hassness is fresh - our water supply comes straight from the Buttermere Fells behind the house; the water is soft and is piped no distance at all before being filtered and coming out of the taps!
Please also feel free to bring along your own wine or beer as Hassness is not licensed. There’s a guests’ kitchen with tea and coffee making and a large guest fridge for storage – all complimentary.
There is no evening meal provided on Tuesdays (Brian gets a well-deserved break one day a week). However there are two pubs in Buttermere village, The Bridge and The Fish, both providing meals close by on these evenings.
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 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)
Holiday: Excellent web site - well done!
Holiday: Superb staff and delightful accommodation.
Holiday: The house was lovely and serene, with plenty of bathrooms for everyone. The food was great and all guest rooms have amazing views of Lake Buttermere.
Holiday: the overall rating would be very good but that box is not available
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