The Small House

Guests - FROM £1032
(5 out of 5) based on 23 reviews
Layout & Access
Availability & Reviews


By no means small, this perfectly formed residence sits to the rear of The Big House and oozes character, charm and quality. The rear entrance from the cobbled courtyard leads into an attractive hallway come utility area with handy bench seating and plenty of space for hanging outdoor gear.

The glorious open-plan living space flows through the ground floor, comprising a well-fitted kitchen with a central island, dining area and cosy lounge space with deep cushioned corner sofas and French doors leading to the outside terrace. There’s a handy cloakroom with a hand basin and WC off the hallway.

Three bedrooms with views across the open countryside towards the fells beyond are all uniquely presented with an individual theme, sumptuous furnishings and exquisite décor to ensure a restful sleep, each room blessed with a fully tiled en-suite shower or bathroom.

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Property Includes


  • Laundry Facilities
  • Vehicle Charge Point
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Parking

Retreats For

  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Adventure


  • En-Suite
  • Shower


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker


  • Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV

Local Area

  • Remote

Children & Pets

  • Travel Cot
  • High Chair
Sorry no dogs allowed
Layout & Access


  • Entrance porch leading to inner hallway and utility with sink, washer/dryer and ample storage.
  • Cloakroom with hand basin and WC.
  • Open plan living space comprising quality kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave and central island with bar stools.
  • Dining area and living space with corner seating, colour TV and French doors leading to the terrace.


  • Bedroom 3 (Midnight Sky): Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower, hand basin and WC.
  • Bedroom 2 (Lakes & Fells): Superking bedroom with seating area and Juliette balcony. Steps up to the en-suite, shower with hand basin and WC.


  • Bedroom 1 (Moss): Superking zip and link bedroom with steps up to the en-suite shower, hand basin and WC.


  • All gas, electric, bed linen, towels, dressing gowns and slippers provided
  • WiFi available


  • Ample parking for 3 cars
  • Nespresso coffee machine with initial supply of coffee pods
  • Garden and terraces with seating provided
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
Location & Nearby


The Heaning Estate is located just a short distance from the bustling town of Windermere here in the beautiful Lake District, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Set along a private lane off the A591 and just over a mile south of the village, the site is accessed along a sweeping, tree-lined drive and enjoys a commanding presence on the landscape with superb views towards the majestic Howgills, Windermere village and the High Borrans range resulting in a picture-postcard backdrop to this unique estate.

A two-year labour of love has seen the estate owners draw on their own family holiday experiences to ensure they provide their guests with just a little bit more than you’d expect from a self-catering break – a bit more space, a lot more quality, somewhere special to enable everyone to relax, unwind and to share precious family time together.

Along with experienced, local craftsmen and renowned interior designers, the extensive renovation works have involved centuries-old working practices to totally transform the original, imposing Victorian gentleman’s residence and adjacent sixteenth century barn cottages, groaning with history, into their present day, pristine condition.

Authentic Lakeland Exteriors And Grounds

The authentic Lakeland exteriors and grounds have been painstakingly rejuvenated and beautifully married with an eclectic interior palate of contemporary living, fashionable dining and distinctive sleeping spaces, all thoughtfully designed with the sole purpose of your assured comfort and enjoyment in mind.

To Suit Your Individual Requirements

The estate comprises no less than five glorious one-bedroomed barn cottages, a stunning three-bedroomed home and an exquisite seven-bedroomed Victorian dwelling which can be booked individually, all together or in any combination to suit your individual requirements.

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Guest feedback for The Small House
(5 out of 5) based on 23 Reviews
On Sunday, 31 Dec 2023
This was our second stay at the Small House over recent months. What an absolute joy. Beautiful house in a truly beautiful location.
On Sunday, 10 Sep 2023
We made our booking through Lakeland retreats which was so easy. Nearer to the time the correspondence was fantastic. I had lost my original email and started panicking and the staff sent it all straight. They also sent through fantastic directions and lots of things to do whilst we were there. The property was off the scale, we were blown away by how amazing it was and even had a bottle of prosecco waiting when we arrived. The attention to detail in the property was incredible, the bedrooms were massive the beds were so comfy I would have taken them home. The bathrooms were luxurious and the fixtures and fittings reflected this. There was a lovely lady at the Lakeland retreats office I'm so sorry can't remember her name. We arrived early and had our 3 and a half year old grandson with us. We phoned up to see if we could get into the property early, and they managed to get us in early and can't thank them enough for this. The setting of the property is perfect on an estate no noise and breathtaking views out of all the windows. They were renovating a new building whilst there and even the builders were amazing and so professional. We absolutely loved it here and we will be returning to the Heaning estate because it is beautiful and has been renovated with care, consideration and passion. Thank you to all involved who made our stay 5* see you next year.
On Monday, 12 Jun 2023
We’ve spent a wonderful week in the Small House. Not only was it fitted out superbly but the location was great , only a 20 minute walk into Windermere. It’s rare to find such a special place and this is one of them. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
On Friday, 07 Apr 2023
We’ve just been to The Small House (an ironic name indeed as it is anything but small!) for five days. The location, surroundings and outside terrace were sublime allowing us to completely relax. The house itself and its facilities, furnishings, beautiful comfy beds and attention to detail in all the rooms were fantastic and we are already looking at dates for our return. A fantastic stay, thank you!
Brenda Speight
On Saturday, 08 Oct 2022
We had a wonderful stay in the small house, although not so small. The views were amazing even from our bathroom window. It was so nice to come back after a day out to such a warm cosy cottage. It is a very stylish well thought out property, spotlessly clean. The beds were so comfy and it is so quiet and peaceful. Nice touch a couple of bottles of wine we’re waiting on our arrival. Wish we could have stayed longer. Even if the weather is bad it is so nice to sit and relax and enjoy the views. Many thanks to the owner allowing us to change our booking at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Look forward to our next visit in the future.
On Friday, 09 Sep 2022
One of the best stays we’ve ever had! The accommodation was tastefully decorated throughout, with a lovely open plan living area & beautiful spacious bedrooms. The location was absolutely idyllic, with the most stunning views. Communication with the host was superb & the check in was a smooth process. We wouldn’t hesitate in staying here again or in recommending to others; thanks so much!
Lakeland Retreats
On Wednesday, 10 Aug 2022
That's great to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Small House!
On Tuesday, 09 Aug 2022
We loved The Small House, which was anything but small! It's incredibly comfortable and has a real boutique hotel feel to it. It's in a fab location too. I would highly recommend this property.
On Saturday, 25 Jun 2022
We had the most incredible stay in the Small House. The interior was fantastic - beautifully furnished with all the appliances/ utensils you might need. The service from booking right through to the actual stay was excellent. When we had an issue with a blind, it was sorted out within an couple of hours. The views were incredible. The location was really quiet, but really close to Windermere and other local walking spots. I didn’t want to leave, and I will be back.
On Tuesday, 19 Apr 2022
Lovely place!
On Wednesday, 05 Jan 2022
Top quality accommodation, excellent standard, beautiful location
On Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021
Lovely clean home which was a pleasure to stay in. Fabulously comfy and well equipped.
On Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021
Superb location. You could walk into Windermere easily and also find some good walks straight from the door. Fabulous views The decor and facilities are excellent and tastefully done. Beds extremely comfy. Loved the toiletries so much we went & found Pure Lakes in Staveley to buy some Good response from maintenance team to fix minor problem. Parking plentiful plus electric car charging point was areal bonus. 100% recommend The Small House
Rachel Parsons
On Saturday, 04 Sep 2021
We had a fabulous family holiday in The Small House. As a family of 6 with 4 older children (15, 15, 17 and 22), the space suited us perfectly. Two siblings shared a twin room, two sisters had a double room and my partner and I had a fabulous large double room with stunning views of the surrounding countryside - even from our bathroom. All rooms are ensuite so everyone had enough privacy and their own space.Being slightly disorganised I left booking restaurants to the last minute which was somewhat of a mistake given we arrived at the start of a very sunny and busy week and popular restaurants had limited availability. As a consequence we ended up staying in and cooking most nights which I hadn't intended to do, but the kitchen was very well equipped (I particularly loved the fact the oven was the same as mine at home so I didn't have to read the guide book!) and the spacious open plan living space was perfect for cooking and socialising with everyone.In fact the living space was so lovely we actually really enjoyed staying in. I arranged a supermarket delivery and there was plenty of space across the two fridges and cupboards to store everything we needed for the week. We did take advantage of a couple of the recommended takeaway/delivery places - the Chinese and Fish and Chips restaurants were great.Each bedroom and ensuite was furnished and decorated to the standard of a 5* hotel. Powerful showers, hot enough water (I can't bear lukewarm) and heated towel rails. Everyone commented on how comfortable the beds and pillows were and how well they slept and all of the bedlinen and towels were fantastic quality. All the bathrooms were stocked with hand wash and hand lotion, and shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in the shower, and the fluffy bathrobes and slippers were a lovely touch. My step-daughter loved the (local Lakeland ) brand of bathroom products so much she went out and bought some to take home.The views are honestly indescribable - you really need to stay there and see for yourself. Even the hard to please teenagers thought the place was "SO instagrammable" - the ultimate teen compliment...The outside garden space is fantastic and I really enjoyed having a morning coffee in the sunshine before the children woke up.The property sits within 5 acres of gardens and it's lovely to have a wander around after dinner. Picnic spots are dotted around the gardens if you want to stay home during the day and venture away from the house. The Big House next door was clearly occupied and we exchanged pleasantries with our neighbours a couple of times but we heard no noise whatsoever during our stay - other than sheep in the morning which was fabulous!I hadn't really researched where the property was before booking (disorganisation again!) but it was less than 10 mins in the car to Windermere which we walked to one day in less than half an hour. It really is fabulously located to explore all of the Lake District whilst being a beautiful little oasis of calm and quiet and stunning views.The house was stocked with board games (lovely wooden chess and backgammon sets) and we particularly enjoyed playing The Lake District version of monopoly and Cluedo after dinner. The house has everything you could possibly need. I hate washing on holiday but my stepson had a favourite hoodie that had to be washed so the washing machine and tumble dryer came in handy. My perfectionist partner enjoyed using the hoover every night after dinner (who does that?!) to keep the place neat and tidy and there was an ironing board and iron if domesticity on holiday is your thing!The owners have honestly thought of everything. You can see that renovating these properties have really been a labour of love. The property was stocked with all the information you need - from recommended walks, recommended high end dining through to takeaways. They also have recommendations for local chefs if you want to have a special dinner at home.We will definitely be back - probably minus kids so that we can enjoy more walking. The team at Lakeland Retreats were super helpful - they phoned ahead of us arriving a couple of times and were very responsive to all questions when we booked.
On Friday, 06 Aug 2021
A really well appointed and extremely clean and comfortable place to stay, ideally situated for the Lake District and Windermere and surrounds in particular. Fabulous!
On Monday, 21 Jun 2021
We loved the small house! Firstly the Heaning estate is conveniently located just outside of Windermere amongst some other properties which had a village like feel. The views are just beautiful. The property itself was incredibly stylish, spotlessly clean & superbly appointed. Everything was of top quality! Michelle and her team were on hand to answer any query promptly & professionally yet in a friendly manner! I will definitely be back to the Small House & Lakeland Retreats in the future. We couldn’t have wished for a better stay!
On Friday, 16 Oct 2020
Michelle’s place was perfect in every way. Quick response to questions and helped with a slightly early check in. The location of the property was excellent. Close to stunning walks. Would highly recommend this place.
On Sunday, 11 Oct 2020
Beautiful accommodation. Stunning views. Furnishings & appliances are high quality . Extremely clean. Highly recommend
On Sunday, 04 Oct 2020
Spent a fabulous week here with friends. The estate and grounds are simply beautiful and the house itself is done to a very high standard. The open plan ground floor is modern yet cosy and we felt at home instantly. The bedrooms and bathrooms are luxurious. Views from every window are stunning. A perfect relaxing retreat with walks on the doorstep and Windermere a short drive away. I can't recommend this place enough
On Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020
Lovely service and absolutely beautiful holiday cottage. We got the address and lock box code well in advance and just had an all round fabulous week! Thankyou.
On Monday, 10 Aug 2020
Stayed as a group of 6 and it was absolutely heavenly. The photo's don't do the interior or exterior justice. Everything is new and very stylish. There's also a large garden area with a great wooden table and the view is incredible. Short drive or £10 to Windermere, great location for some peace and quiet while having the town close enough for quick trips. We will be returning!
On Friday, 07 Aug 2020
We had a great time. The place is pretty much as described and it looks like it's all new inside.
On Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020
Fabulous house in an ideal setting, the photos do not do justice to how nice the estate is. The house was spotlessly clean. We would definitely return.
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On Thursday, 12 Mar 2020
Amazing location, Lakeland Retreats provided fantastic service, there is nothing else like this in the Lakes!
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