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.
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Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB
015394 32628 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend
Signposted from both A591 or A592 at Troutbeck, nr Windermere.