The Hayloft

Guests - FROM £470
(4.8 out of 5) based on 59 reviews
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The Hayloft has all the ingredients of a cosy country cottage; solid oak flooring throughout and even handmade shutters, all carefully created by local craftsmen under the guidance of the owner. The comfortable, open living space is flooded with light by way of floor to ceiling windows and comprises a cosy lounge area with snuggling sofa and leather chair and fully functional but neat kitchenette with breakfast bar dining facility.

The spacious king size bedroom sits on the first floor having direct access to a modern shower room. Outside, take advantage of the finer weather and enjoy a cuppa or even something stronger on the private patio before heading into Ambleside for dinner; with so many great restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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Property Includes

Retreats For

  • Adventure
  • Romance


  • En-Suite
  • Shower


  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Parking
  • Bike Storage


  • Fridge
  • Coffee Maker


  • Wi-Fi

Local Area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Remote

Children & Pets

  • Dog Friendly
    Up to 2 dogs welcome
Layout & Access


The property has oak floors throughout with electric panel heaters. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with handmade shutters.

  • Kitchen Area: Fully equipped  compact kitchen including induction hob, full size oven, toaster and fridge (with ice box), Nespresso coffee machine
  • Lounge: with comfortable double sofa and leather tub chair. TV/DVD, music system and a collection of DVDs
  • Locally handmade staircase leading to first floor
  • Bedroom with King size bed and dressing table
  • Ensuite with modern shower enclosure, WC, basin and heated towel rail


  • All electric, bed linen and towels are included
  • Sorry no cot or highchair available
  • WiFi available


  • Parking for 1 car outside the property
  • Private outside patio with BBQ to the rear of the property
  • Two well behaved Pets welcomed
  • Bike storage is available (please ask)
  • This is a non smoking property
  • An access statement is available from Lakeland Retreats for those guests with disabilities; please contact us before booking
Location & Nearby


The Hayloft is a superb example of a well thought out conversion sat within the small hamlet of Outgate, midway between the popular Lakeland villages of Ambleside and Hawkshead and is extremely handy for The Outgate Inn!

Take a romantic stroll with your loved one and your dog around beautiful Tarn Hows, Esthwaite Water or a tour of the house and grounds at Wray Castle followed by a cuppa in one of the quaint tea rooms that line the cobbled streets of nearby Hawkshead or at the famous Drunken Duck Inn. Walks and cycle routes are plentiful for all ages and abilities from The Hayloft but, if you’re looking to combine a few activities, head for Grizedale Forest where you’ll find superb trails for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities and for those real thrill-seekers among you, you can literally swing through the forest at the Go Ape adventure!

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Note: Main bedroom is a double bed with space for a cot
Maximum number of adults and children is 2
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Guest feedback for The Hayloft
(4.8 out of 5) based on 59 Reviews
On Friday, 07 Jun 2024
Really enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was small but very cosy. The bed was unbelievably comfortable. Good location to get to other areas of interest.
On Friday, 17 May 2024
Great location for walking. Could get away without using the car if you want to as Hawkshead and Ambleside within walking distance and bus stop nearby. We stayed for a week with our Gordon Setter and although upstairs fine apart from being really hot, we found downstairs to be a bit cramped. Kitchen is a bit small and agree that the sofa ,being a sofa bed is not very comfortable after a while. Good to have a garden but strange having to walk through next door to get to it. Property was not as clean as it could have been and certain items missing but this was soon rectified after getting in touch with Lakeland Retreats. Nice touch leaving a bottle of Prosecco . Would stay in Outgate but not at this property as just too small downstairs for us .
On Monday, 06 May 2024
Thanks for a lovely stay!
On Tuesday, 26 Mar 2024
We had a great 4 days staying at the Hayloft. The surroundings are very picturesque and the accommodation was just the perfect size for the two of us and our whippet. The bed was super comfy and the decor was nice and modern. We loved the proximity to Ambleside and the amenities on offer there. The Hayloft was a great base to explore the south lakes and we did lots of fantastic walks, including walking to Wray castle and back from the cottage.
On Friday, 22 Mar 2024
We had a great time at the Hayloft and it was very central in the lakes to visit a range of locations. Everything was well maintained and comfortable. Would have been nice if the pub in the village hadn’t been closed!
On Saturday, 16 Mar 2024
Great location easy to get to lots of places. Throughly enjoy our stay and would go back again.
On Saturday, 17 Feb 2024
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Hayloft with lovely walks on the doorstep close to Beatrix Potter’s house and Wray Castle. The place was perfect for the two of us and our dog. We did have an issue with the hot water supply which was quickly looked into by the owner. However, we realised if you want a warm shower in the morning then hold off washing up beforehand. Overall, we definitely recommend the Hayloft!
On Wednesday, 10 Jan 2024
Lovely conversion for two people. Finished to a good standard and has everything you need. Easy check in and process no issues. The area is lovely and quiet with fabulous walks with the dog on the doorstep. If you looking for a peaceful and beautiful place to relax and walk the Hayloft hits all the boxes.
On Saturday, 28 Oct 2023
Lovely stay at cosy cottage. Situated in quite village with great walks around. On arrival a bottle of Prosecco had been left for us, which was a nice touch. Very comfy bed and all amenities could need.
On Saturday, 14 Oct 2023
This is such an amazing cottage - had everything we needed for a perfect walking holiday in the Lake District. We didn't use the car for 3 days as the walks from the cottage were ideal. The walk to either Wray Castle and Hawkshead starts on a path down the side of the Outgate Inn (next door) - we didn't find the path the first time we went and went a bit out of our way. The bus stops right outside the cottage and is only a 15 min ride to Ambleside or half an hour to Coniston - and at only £2 for a single journey was great. The run approx every hour Overall the whole experience at Hayloft was perfect - listening to the owls at night was lovely Thank you
On Friday, 22 Sep 2023
Had a lovely stay at this beautiful little cottage, for us the location was perfect. Had everything you needed in the kitchen, lovely special touch arriving to a bottle of Prosecco. Thank you! I read many previous reviews mention of the TV needing upgrading & the oven/hob. The TV looks brand new so problems there, the hob took a little figuring out but I don't think I read the instructions properly haha! Overall a great stay, beautiful location & all the homely needs you could possibly want. The only two comments I would have is the sofa is what seemed to be a pull out bed, it wasn't that comfortable to sit on after a long day of hiking often found the back cushions sinking in & a hard metal bar in your back. Also the toilet button flush stuck in a couple of times, so constantly filled with water. But did not affect our stay at all they aren't negative comments just minor things I found as a downside I guess. Would definitely re-book when back in the lakes. Thank you!!
On Friday, 15 Sep 2023
Lovely cottage to stay in, walks on the doorstep. The village pub was shut during our stay so sadly didn’t get to try that but think it was just a temporary closure. Everything was about 10 mins drive maximum. Cottage was clean and just perfect for myself, partner and our little dog.
On Friday, 08 Sep 2023
Beautiful little cottage, ideal size for two plus dog. Furnished really nicely and had everything we needed. Beautiful bedroom space. Only issue was it was roasting! Hawkshead an easy walk away across the fields but def need a car to get anywhere else. The cottage is next to a reasonably busy road too. Short drive away from Ambleside for eating out. Thank you for the welcome gift, it was very much appreciated.
On Friday, 04 Aug 2023
Great little cottage - clean, well designed and furnished, and homely. Shared garden useful if you have dogs. Great location for exploring the lakes and local walks.
On Sunday, 28 May 2023
Location was ideal, along with facilities in the cottage
On Wednesday, 12 Apr 2023
Brilliant stay. Perfect base for a lovely weekend in the Lake District!
On Saturday, 01 Oct 2022
Great location, nice and cosy
On Saturday, 18 Jun 2022
Lovely, clean, compact accommodation. All essentials there but no microwave as not enough space in the kitchen. Nice bottle of Prosecco waiting for us. Good paths very close by and easy walks to Hawkeshead and Wray Castle. The parking space at the front is quite small - our car just about fitted. Pub very close is very friendly and has good reasonably priced food.
On Friday, 22 Apr 2022
What a wonderful place to stay. It was all we hoped for. Perfect location and felt homely. It was so clean and we would definitely recommend it to others . We hope to visit again.
On Monday, 18 Apr 2022
We had a lovely time. The cottage was very clean and comfortable.
On Friday, 15 Apr 2022
Wonderful stay in a wonderful place. Great location with walks on the doorstep. The hayloft is beautifully set up with everything one needs. It’s warm, cosy and quickly felt like a home away from home. Highly recommended.
On Tuesday, 22 Mar 2022
Amazing place, in an amazing location. Very clean and cozy, everything there you might need. Highly recommended and definitely will come back.
On Tuesday, 08 Mar 2022
Lovely place to stay and great location for visiting lots of different places!
On Saturday, 19 Feb 2022
Clean, cosy, and nothing was too much trouble. Perfect stay in the lakes, great location for lots of walks just a short drive away
On Monday, 24 Jan 2022
Lovely, clean, warm and beautifully presented chocolate box cottage in a perfect area. The Christmas tree and Prosecco on arrival was a really welcomed thoughtful touch. thank you for a lovely week
On Friday, 26 Nov 2021
A fantastic little dog friendly cottage with everything you need with amazing walks through the hills towards Wray Castle and Hawkhead. The Prosecco waiting for us on check in was a really nice touch. The Outgate Inn next door is a must with nice home cooked food and an amazing Sunday Roast. Our little Jack Russell (Jess) loved it that much she didn’t want to come home. We will definitely love to stay again.
Liesje 'Lee-Sha'
On Thursday, 14 Oct 2021
A lovely charming cottage, well equipped with great walks on the doorstep and the pub next door has tasty pizzas However, worth noting that the parking space is quite small and tricky to park in and garden is accessed through another property. Oh and take some DVDs to watch as TV could do with an upgrade!
On Saturday, 09 Oct 2021
Lovely stay at the Hayloft. Good location for walks and nice to have a pub next door.
On Friday, 24 Sep 2021
Would highly recommend the Ginger Bread nook. It’s a nicely presented very clean apartment in a great location. Grasmere has everything you need - pubs, shops, restaurants etc, without being as chaotic and touristy as Windermere/Ambleside. Great public transport links for those not wishing to take a car. The apartment was beautiful and perfect for two. It is really good value for money, especially considering the price of hotels and cottages in the area. Would definitely stay again!
On Friday, 24 Sep 2021
Really lovely place near loads of walks and right next to a good pub.
On Saturday, 31 Jul 2021
A fantastic place to stay with plenty of walks right from the door and wonderfully dog friendly area. We have loved our week.
On Saturday, 24 Jul 2021
The Hayloft was a great base for exploring the lakes. The property was lovely and had everything you need for a short break. The garden, which can be found around the back, was a great bonus when staying with a dog. The pub next door has a good beer garden - would recommend the steak pie! There’s also an easy walk to Hawkshead following public footpaths. Thank you!
On Saturday, 24 Jul 2021
The Hayloft is in a fantastic location to explore the lakes, the house itself was great for the two of us and our pooches! It is located a very short walk from the Outgate Inn and is worth a visit. Michelle is a great host, and it was a lovely touch leaving us a bottle of prosecco.
Sophie Daniels
On Saturday, 10 Jul 2021
We’ve just returned from a four night stay at the Hayloft. Beautiful, character cottage in a chocolate box village with a pub a few steps away. Was a perfect location for getting around the lakes. Bottle of Prosecco to welcome us and spotless inside with really nice wooden features throughout.We loved it, thank you.
On Monday, 21 Jun 2021
First time to Lake District Great place to stay , lovely little village and 40yds from the local pub , oh happy days Can’t fault Hayloft , clean and lovely , great welcome package of essentials and a bottle of Prosecco Easy drive to most areas , but the narrow roads are challenge , will be back . Lovely walks locally and dog loved them , apart from the sheep poo , which he took a liking to Recommend to anyone wanting a chilled break and a pub on your door step . Oh fish and chips in pub one of the best Richard and Katie and buddy the dog
On Friday, 02 Oct 2020
Lovely little cosy cottage, very well appointed for two people. Fantastic location to access most parts of the Lakes easily. Walking from the door and no more than twenty metres to the nearest pub!
On Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020
Comfortable cottage in a good location, would stay again
On Friday, 10 Jan 2020
Great little place, perfect for a couples short stay. Location spot on. The team were great and easy to book with, will be back to this property very soon. Many thanks!
On Friday, 03 Jan 2020
Excellent place, clean, warm and modern interior, absolutely ideal for two and a dog. Very responsive host seemed more than happy to help with even the more trivial of our queries.
On Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019
Lovely little place in a great location in between Ambleside and Hawkshead, easy to get to everywhere! Great pub a stones throw away that’s a must visit. Really cosy on a winters night and slept comfortably after long days of hiking.
On Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019
What an amazing place to stay. In the middle of nowhere but still accessible to local amenities. Lovely walks all around.
On Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019
Really nice, clean and cosy place to stay and explore the Lakes.
On Saturday, 10 Aug 2019
We spent a fantastic week at the Hayloft. It’s a beautifully designed little apartment which we found suitable for the two of us and our 19mo old daughter. It has a lovely cosy character and remains light thanks to its large windows. Outgate is nicely located for a couple of walks, particularly to the beautiful Latterbarrow with views over Windermere, and the pub next door was lively and served very good evening meals; we also used the facilities to cater for ourselves. Getting there and getting in was simple thanks to great information. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Hayloft to others.
On Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019
Our second time staying here. It’s in such a lovely quiet setting close to so many great walks and cycle routes
On Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Stunning cottage in a beautiful location. Amazing walks and cycle routes right from your door. Would love to stay again!
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
A superbly comfortable and warm apartment in a pretty location. The facilities are modern, stylish and clean. The thoughtful extra touches really stand this property out from others.
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
We really loved the little hayloft, just perfect for our needs! It has been renovated(?) to a high standard and provided a warm, dry and comfy base for a couple exploring the Lakes. Pretty much everything was spot on, we especially loved the fact that the milkman delivers each morning :-) The property is minutes from the local pub which served good food and welcomed our dog. There are walks from the front door and many more within a short drive, along with cute villages and towns. You have your own parking spot and garden which although not directly accessed from the house (just behind through a gate) is well set up to enjoy some relaxation after exploring. We would quite happily return here for a quiet relaxing break!
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Lovely cute cottage very close the the local pub and the Drunken Duck
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
The Hayloft was a wonderful place to stay and would highly recommend it to anyone. There are so many great walks right on your doorstep and in such a great location, because so peaceful and quiet but at the same time close driving and walking distance to the main towns i.e. Ambleside, Windermere etc. If you do visit the area, I would highly recommend driving up to Rydal if you can as the walks here and the walks from Rydal to Grasmere were among my favourite on our visit. All the facilities were great and the information that comes with the property on how to use everything (as well as information about the area and recommendations for walks and food) was very clear and useful. The Outgate Inn is literally next door to the Hayloft and the staff in there were so friendly. It was a lovely little palace, offering great food and drink. Overall, the Hayloft was wonderful and made our stay in the Lakes even more enjoyable.
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Superb location. There are plenty of lovely walks from the accommodation, including Lake Windermere being about an hours trek away. The Hayloft was very spacious and well equipped for two people and we had an incredibly relaxed few days there - the prosecco helped too!
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Lovely place to stay, in a great location for walking straight out of the door into the Lakes. Very clean and comfortable, and a nice pub along the street for lunch and dinner. We recommend the Latterbarrow, Wray Castle and Hawkshead walks. We also drove up to Keswick to do Catbells Ridge. We had beautiful weather throughout so were very lucky!
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Great location with lots to do in the area. Lovely property and very well equipped. One minor problem was fixed really quickly. We had a great week.
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Lovely place with plenty of footpaths on your doorstep, had a great time exploring the local area.
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Really lovely accommodation, great base for exploring the lakes!
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
A beautiful little place perfectly situated to explore the Lakes. Accessible parking right outside and a cozy spot in which to relax.
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
We loved it - so cosy, everything was super clean and it was the perfect location for exploring the nearby lakes. We would highly recommend the Hayloft.
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
This small but perfectly finished house, is amazingly located if you want some beautiful walks straight from the door
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Really lovely cottage we stayed in over Christmas. Kitchen well stocked and we cooked a full Christmas dinner with no problems! Excellent location close to Ambleside and to many amazing walks
On Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Thanks Michelle for our wonderful Christmas stay. We had a lovely time in your great house. Great stay and we hope to be back one day!
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