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Hassness House

Our country house in the Lake District

Our Country House in the Lake District

Open March to December | 11 rooms | Full Board | Free on-site parking | Wi-Fi available | Boot room & drying room | Honesty bar | Lounge | Garden | Walkers, outdoor enthusiasts & groups welcome | Unbeatable scenery

Tucked away on the shores of Buttermere with expansive views of the lake and the craggy fells beyond, stands Hassness House, our private country house in the Lake District, specifically tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. We've operated Lake District walking holidays in this unique property for more than 65 years and it remains a perennial favourite with our guests for guided walking holidays and independent, self-guided walking breaks around Buttermere and the Western Fells.

Although within easy reach of Keswick, this is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District, where local Herdwick sheep dot the hillsides and red squirrels can be seen in the woods. Wildflowers and seasonal blooms of bluebells provide pops of colour among the greens and browns of the hills and fells. And it is this landscape that you’re here for. This was the favourite Lakeland location of legendary fellwalker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright, and you’re in the perfect position to immerse yourself in the beauty of Buttermere and the Lake District. The madding crowds don’t come anywhere nearby, and the surrounding hills, including Red Pike and High Stile, Dale Head, High Spy and Haystacks, are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks.

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A beautifully located Lake District country house in its own grounds on the shores of Buttermere among the western fells, Hassness Country House is the perfect base for guided and self-guided walking holidays in the Lake District. Step inside...

Walking Holidays around Buttermere in the Lake District

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Guided Walking at Hassness House

Hassness House caters for walkers of all abilities – the gentle rambler seeking beautiful days out as well as the adventurous peak bagger. Choose from 3 or 4-night short breaks and 7-night stays throughout the year. On a guided walking holiday, let an experienced walk leader take care of all the logistics. Enjoy leisurely strolls around Buttermere. Seek out Surprise View and the ancient stonework of Ashness Bridge on the way to Derwentwater or explore the Borrowdale Valley. More challenging days out take on the summits and ridges of the Western Fells, including Haystacks from Honister Pass or the airy scramble from Red Pike to High Stile and High Crag on a classic ridge traverse. 

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Self-Guided Walking at Hassness

On a self-guided walking holiday in the Lake District you have the flexibility and freedom to explore independently but with the back up of our well-equipped country house and experienced team to take care of everything upon your return. Choose from 3 or 4-night short breaks to 7-night stays throughout the year. Take advantage of our expertly designed and graded itineraries to explore at your own pace. Laminated maps and guidebooks are also available to borrow from the house. Gentler rambles include circumnavigating Buttermere or exploring Borrowdale. Longer walks climb Cat Bells to look out over Derwentwater while challenging climbs include Haystacks and High Stile. The choice is yours. 

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Featured walking holidays based at Hassness

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Guided Walking

Wide variety of guided walks for people of all abilities, with an experienced leader

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Self-Guided Walking

Hassle-free adventures led by you; leisurely strolls to classic Lakeland ridge walks

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Lakeland Explorer

Discover the majestic fells and tranquil waters with a relaxed pace with ample sightseeing opportunities

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Great Ridge Walks

A challenging hiking holiday conquering the major peaks and high ridges in the Lake District

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Restore, Reflect & Recharge

Escape to the Lakes, replenish your diminished energy and give yourself some time to reflect

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Yoga & Walking

Moderate walks and yoga sessions with a qualified local instructor, suitable for all levels

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Women's Activity Week

A multi-activity, female only week featuring hill walking, nordic walking, erobics and circuit training

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Navigation & Hill Skills

Master hill safety skills, learn expert navigation techniques and earn your National Navigation Award Scheme certificate.

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Hire Hassness for your private group

Hassness is available to hire as a whole house, on a catered basis, for 3, 4 or 7 nights at various times throughout the year.  We have welcomed a wide range of groups to the house , from families, groups of friends and local clubs to even hosting weddings on the property grounds. If you are interested in a fully catered, private hire stay on the shores of Buttermere, on an exclusive use basis for your group, please contact to discuss availability and prices.

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Your stay at Hassness House

Rooms

Accommodation at the house is in comfortable twin, double or single rooms. In total the house sleeps just 19 people, across 11 bedrooms. Seven of these have en-suite facilities, while the others share high-powered modern shower rooms and toilets, which are located across the hall from the bedrooms. Toiletries and towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest. All bedrooms are lakeside with many overlooking the tranquil lake and the imposing fells beyond. The remaining rooms have a peaceful garden view.

Facilities

Hassness Country House offers a retreat from today’s always-connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the bedrooms, and very little mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley. If you do need to contact the outside world beyond the fells, Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and there’s a payphone available. There is a cosy lounge complete with leather sofas and a large picture window looking out over Buttermere. Comfortable and welcoming, it is a great place to curl up with a book in front of the fire after an exhilarating day exploring the many, easily accessible trails, or swap stories with your fellow guests about trails tramped and summits bagged. There is a large garden to the front of the house and a terrace at the rear that is a great spot to watch for birds and red squirrels.

Food & Drink

Hassness Country House has a strong culinary reputation. The kitchen serves delicious home-cooked meals sourced from the very best of local ingredients and showcases regional specialties, such as slow cooked Herdwick lamb, Cumberland sausage and Damson fruit tart. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well, and dietary requirements can be accommodated. Guests can indulge in a hearty cooked breakfast with tasty homemade preserves, a substantial packed lunch on the hills and the promise of freshly baked cakes with coffee or tea upon return. Dinner is a hearty three-course meal. There’s also a small honesty bar that offers a selection of red and white wines, bottled beers and an assortment of spirits with which to toast your day in the hills. Despite the remote location, the nearest village is just two miles away. Buttermere village might be a tiny traditional hamlet but it has two pubs where you can drop in for a pint of local ale, and a cafe offering traditional cream tea or a homemade ice-cream. And on the one day a week that the kitchen is closed at Hassness House (Wednesday), head here for a cracking pub meal.

Things to do around Buttermere

You can easily fill your entire time at Hassness Country House exploring the fells and surrounding slopes, looking out for roe deer and red squirrels. Other draws include Buttermere itself, which is regarded as one of the best round-the-lake walks in the Lake District and a wonderful spot for a wild swim. There are lovely beach-side views from the edge of Crummock Water elsewhere in the valley too. On the west side of Crummock, look out for Scale Force, the tallest single drop waterfall in the Lake District, plunging 170ft through a narrow gorge. Find Sourmilk Gill too, which thunders down nearly 400m of steep fellside from Bleaberry Tarn to Buttermere - when it is in spate this cascade is particularly impressive.

Alternatively, seek out the 'secret valley' of Rannerdale, which is filled with bluebells between April and May. Or step back in time and explore the region's industrial past at Honister Slate Mine at the head of the infamous Honister Pass - the last working slate mine in England is renowned for quarrying beautiful Westmorland green slate and you can delve deep into the mines, or take on their adventure activities from crossing the longest infinity bridge in Europe to abseiling and climbing their fixed via ferrata routes.

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