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.

What else is nearby?

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre
Armitt Museum & Library
Holehird Gardens

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB
015394 32628


Opening times and facilities may be different to anything published here due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirm details on the members own website.


Signposted from both A591 or A592 at Troutbeck, nr Windermere.


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