Property Details


Once the smithy and ostlers house for The Swan Inn, this enchanting Grade 2 listed cottage retains an exquisite combination of traditional charm and 21st century comfort, offering adaptability and practicality in equal measure across two separate cottages. Spacious Fir Tree includes 2 reception rooms, 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, supplemented by quaint Dovecot, a romantic little 1 bedroomed detached cottage in the grounds.

Perfect as the two successful holiday lets which they are, this unique combination would equally suit as a permanent home with instantly lettable accommodation, or for those seeking a home office in beautiful surroundings.

  • 3 bed, 2 bath semi plus a 1 bed detached cottage.
  • Grade 2 listed building full of character.
  • Superb setting being quiet yet convenient.
  • Two highly popular holiday lets.

Location Leave Ambleside northwards on the A591 passing by both Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake and continuing north and straight on at the mini roundabout at Grasmere and take the right turning immediately after Our Lady of Wayside Catholic Church beside Benfield before reaching The Swan Inn. Follow the lane and after it bends to the left, the cottages are found on the right hand side behind a high hedge. There is car parking off the road to the left of the cottages, in front of the gate marked Swain Intake, taking care not to obstruct the access to the woodland beyond.

Description Previously known as Forest Side Cottage, this highly attractive Lakeland property was originally the smithy and ostler’s home associated with The Swan Hotel, which at that time was a horse-changing stage, and dates back to around 1704, judging by the beautiful bread or court cupboard in the hallway which carries that date and the entry in the listing by Historic England. Steeped in history and full of character, it is easy to let your imagination run away with thoughts of how life here must have been over three hundred years ago – a life which without doubt would not have stretched to relaxing in the lovely hot bath whilst gazing out at the view, but things move on. Today the main portion of this delightful property is known as Fir Tree Cottage, and is a highly popular holiday let, as is the former Dove Cot in the rear garden which has been converted to add a unique and really romantic 1 bedroomed detached cottage. This combination offers superbly adaptable accommodation, perfect for holiday letting the two portions independently (or to extended families), as the current owner does, ideal for those who might be seeking welcoming home with a ready made income, or for those who might wish to re-locate to this wonderful part of the world, it may be considered that the detached and very private Dove Cot would further adapt to become a splendid home office, independent from the family home.

Fir Tree Cottage is full of authentic Lakeland character, from the 1704 court cupboard in the hall, to the exposed beams and stone floors all combining to create a wonderfully welcoming ambience. The accommodation includes two lovely reception rooms, a breakfast kitchen, splendid pantry/store, three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. All stylishly presented in a manner entirely in keeping with a property of this distinction.

Dovecot is privately placed at the rear and incorporates the original dove cot gable peak as a delightful first floor window and offers a truly unique experience, perfect as a bolt hole, holiday let or even a home office with a living room and kitchen on the ground floor with a bedroom and bathroom above.

The views and the gardens are both delightful and you can stroll from the doorstep to The Swan Inn (as the ostler must have done in years gone by), down to the lake shore or up onto any of the many beautiful fells which surround this world famous village, renown for its connections with William Wordsworth and the romantic poets. Who knows, it is not inconceivable that Mr Wordsworth and his friends may even have supped ale with an ostler at The Swan Inn all those years ago!

Note Please note that in the title deeds the property is called Forest Side Cottage and Dovecote Cottage

Fir Tree Cottage

Porch A lovely stone and slate entrance porch flanked by recessed seating on either side and having a sensor operated light point.

Hallway A wonderfully welcoming entrance through a part glazed cottage style door and having a stone flagged floor and the fabulous 1704 court cupboard which is mentioned in the listing.

Sitting Room 13′ 10" x 12′ 5" (4.22m x 3.8m) A simply wonderful room with a stone flagged floor, original beams and a lovely fireplace flanked by built in cupboards and having a Wood Warm circular log burner set on a stone hearth. There is a TV point, Victorian style radiator and an Open Reach point.

Inner Hallway With a radiator.

Dining Room 16′ 0" x 8′ 2" (4.9m x 2.5m) With a vaulted ceiling with exposed roof truss and beams, a stone flagged floor, a now decorative fireplace with a hinged crane and brick inset, original corner boiler, built in slate seating, deep enamel sink and a doors to the garden.

Breakfast Kitchen 12′ 4" x 9′ 10" (3.76m x 3m) Offering plenty of room in which to both cook and dine this is another room full of character incorporating timber base units with tiled work surfaces including twin bowl sink unit with a mixer tap, a stone flagged floor, vertical radiator, door to garden with a slate canopy porch and a door to the second staircase.

Bathroom 1 A luxurious ground floor bathroom with a shaped bath with a Mira Sport Max shower and screen, stylish wash basin with a mixer tap, dual flush WC, tiled floor and walls, decorative fireplace, sash window, chrome ladder style radiator/heated towel rail, and downlighters.

Store 6′ 2" x 5′ 8" (1.9m x 1.74m) A very useful space which may originally have served as a larder retaining the cold slab and slate flagged floor and having a door to the garden and under-stairs storage space.

First Floor There are two staircases linking the ground and first floors, both leading to the same landing.

Landing With a skylight over the dog-leg to the main staircase this large landing area enjoys exposed roof trusses and timber flooring, an attractive radiator and the central heating control.

Bedroom 1 18′ 10" x 8′ 10" (5.75maxm x 2.7m) With a window overlooking the garden to the fells beyond and a skylight at the rear this attractive room includes a cast iron fireplace and exposed timber flooring.

Bathroom 2 Having a lovely shaped bath with a view, mixer tap and shower attachment, WC and wash basin, exposed timber flooring, heated towel rail and downlighters and an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder, Remeha central heating boiler and Siemans control.

Bedroom 2 12′ 7" x 10′ 2" (3.85m x 3.1m) With exposed timber flooring, window seat with pleasant views to Silver How and having a Victorian style radiator and a cupboard over the stairs.

Bedroom 3 12′ 7" x 8′ 5" (3.85m x 2.58m) With pleasant views, window seat, exposed timber flooring and Victorian style radiator.


Utility Room 11′ 5" x 4′ 9" (3.48m x 1.46m) Housed in a separate stone and slate built outbuilding this useful space includes twin Belfast style sinks, Bosch washing machine and Lavatherm dryer, stone flagged floors and power and light points.

Dove Cot Cottage A unique detached cottage at the rear of Fir Tree Cottage

Living Room 14′ 9" x 8′ 2" (4.5m x 2.5m) Entered via an attractive part glazed stable door this dual aspect room includes a stone flagged floor, a corner log burner on a slate hearth for cosy winters evenings, exposed timber, feature alcoves, 2 radiators, TV point, built in cupboard and a hatch to the kitchen.

Kitchen 8′ 2" x 5′ 1" (2.5m x 1.56m) A dual aspect room with a part glazed external door now closed off by the kitchen units which include a Smeg oven and hob, Liebherr fridge, Belfast style sink, tiled work surfaces and splashback, stone flagged floor, exposed timber ceiling and the Vaillant central heating boiler.

A steep fixed ladder style staircase leads to the first floor from the living room Take care when using the stairs, particularly on descent. The first floor accommodation has restricted head heights in part.

Landing Area With a beautiful glazed dove cot gable peak window, radiator and a built in dressing table.

Bedroom 7′ 10" x 6′ 3" (2.4m x 1.93m) With a part glazed door to external stone built steps and having windows on two elevations and timber panelled walls and ceiling.

Bathroom With a large shaped enamel bath with a mixer tap and shower attachment, Belfast style sink, WC, windows to the side and rear, tiled walls and flooring, radiator, timber panelled ceiling and an extractor fan.

Outside The wonderful gardens have been thoughtfully designed to offer privacy to both Fir Tree and Dovecot Cottages with a screen of small trees between the two creating distinct separate garden areas. The main garden for Fir Tree Cottage is in front, well screened from the road by a variety of hedgerows and trees including highly productive apple and pear trees. Dovecot Cottage has a sweet stone patio immediately in front offering excellent views of Silver How and Sergeant Man, and glimpses of the iconic "Lion and The Lamb" of Helm Crag can even be spied from the lawn.

There are two stone built outbuildings and the area between the two cottages has the potential for the creation of further car parking (subject to any necessary consents being obtained).

Car Parking The property enjoys the right to park two cars in tandem on the section of land immediately to the north before the gate marked Swain Intake, provided that access to the separately owned woodland beyond is not hindered.

Services Mains gas, water, drainage and electricity are understood to be connected.

Business Rates The property has a rateable value of £8,500 with the amount payable to South Lakeland District Council for 2020/21 being £4241.50
Small business Rate Relief may be available.

Tenure We understand the property to be Freehold.

Viewings Both cottages are extremely popular holiday lets with Heart of the Lakes so viewings may be limited to the Saturday change-over slots.

Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available on our website and also at any of our offices.

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Floor Plan

Floorplan Fir Tree Cottage and Dovecot Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9RL




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