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3 Tarn Cottages, Grasmere

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How can we describe this cottage – charming, rural, peaceful and tranquil? It’s all of these and so much more! 3 Tarn Cottages is a little gem and our visitors love it. The cottage is situated between Grasmere and Rydal Mount, next to a small tarn where Wordsworth reputedly skated.

3 Tarn Cottages Ariel View

Grasmere is a short walk from the cottage (10 to 15 minutes at the most). There are a good selection of shops, pubs and tea rooms in the village and the Church, Garden Centre and Heaton Cooper Studio are all well worth a visit.

If you feel like a little gentle exercise why not hire a rowing boat at Fearyland and go for a row on the lake. It’s a real joy to listen to the sound of water as you row, marvelling at the beauty of the surrounding scenery. 

There are a great choice of walks from the cottage – low level around Grasmere and Rydal Water and to Ambleside via the Coffin Route. On route to Rydal Mount, the historic home of William Worsdworth, there is a very good tea room.

Alcock Tarn and Easedale Tarn are a little more demanding but not difficult. If you are looking for a bit of a challenge Fairfield (above Alcock Tarn) beckons as do a number of other high level walks in the area.

If it’s visitor attractions you enjoy there is a lot of choice. Get out your guide books and plan your outings around your interests. You will not be disappointed.


The cottage is all electric. There are night storage heaters in the two bedrooms, the sitting room and the kitchen. There are additional heating appliances in the cottage in case you need them.

Sitting room with an Aga Rembrandt open fire, TV/DVD and Broadband WiFi.

3 Tarn Cottages Lounge

Front bedroom with double bed with rural views across the garden and woodland.

3 Tarn Cottages Master Bedroom

Second bedroom with two single beds with rural views across the garden and woodland.

The kitchen/diner was fully refurbished in December 2020 with new kitchen units and freezer compartment in Bosch fridge.

Bathroom with shower over bath, heated towel rail and wall heater. 

We have a lot of satisfied visitors some of whom stay with us regularly and we are very confident you will enjoy your stay if you decide to book.


The cottage faces South East and has a pleasant, sunny aspect. There is a garden and decked area at the front of the cottage for sitting out and the views towards Loughrigg Fell, which looks over Grasmere and Rydal Water are delightful. There is an outhouse at the back of the cottage which is suitable for bicycle storage and there is a small off lane parking area outside the gate by the tarn.


We allow pets by arrangement. Since the cottage is surrounded by low fell pasture for sheep dog owners must be able to control their pets at all times and adhere to restrictions during lambing time.


Children are very welcome but parents with very young children (less than 3 years old) should be aware that the cottage is located next to a Duck Pond which is not fenced. Visitors are fully responsible for the safety of their young children.

Booking Procedure

To provisionally book a stay you can call 015394 41680, email cottagescumbria@gmail.com or complete an online booking form for your selected cottage. If you prefer you can download and print a PDF booking form which you can send to us.

If the cottage is available it will be provisionally reserved for you.

We will require a deposit which is one third of the total price of your stay. If it’s one month or less before the start of your stay we require full payment. Payment can be made by Bank transfer (BACS), cheque or PayPal.

On receipt of your booking form and deposit we will confirm your reservation by email or post.

If you’re sending a printed booking form and a cheque (payable to Mr J.A. Batho) our address is Mr J.A. Batho, High Hollin Bank, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AG.

If you’re paying by Bank transfer or PayPal we’ll be in touch with the necessary details.

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