Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories
The Brownes of Townend in the Troutbeck Valley were just an ordinary farming family: but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories. As you approach Townend – a traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, you’ll understand why Beatrix Potter described Troutbeck Valley as her favourite.
Once inside, you are welcomed into the farmhouse kitchen with a real fire – burning most afternoons – and a quirky collection of domestic tools. Throughout the house, intricately carved furniture provides a window into the personality of George Browne. The library contains the family’s well-used collection of books, including 45 that are the only remaining copies in the world. Outside, the colourful cottage-style garden is a lovely place to while away some time among the flowers.
House open Wednesday – Thursday until 29 October 1pm – 5pm. Guided tours at 11am and 12noon, places limited. Open Bank Holiday Mondays. May close early due to poor light.
Signposted from both A591 or A592 at Troutbeck, nr Windermere.
Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB
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