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Orrest Head House ref: 127235

Windermere, Windermere, Staveley and Troutbeck Bridge
5 Stars
  • Sleeps 1212
ParkingAmple over 10 carsGardenlarge private gardens
2 person discountNoFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessYes


Orrest Head House was built in 1672 and was one of the first houses in Birthwaite, (as Windermere was known before it was renamed when the railway arrived in the 1850's). Orrest Head House stands at the head of Windermere village and shares over 2 acres of stunning private grounds with Orrest Head Cottage (which can also be rented through Cumbrian Cottages CC127230). As you'd expect the house is packed full of eclectic features, which have evolved in over 400 years of history. After a recent renovation the house features a state-of-the-art kitchen with an adjacent TV snug room, lounge with huge sumptuous Chesterfield sofas seating 16 people, formal dining room with a grand square table again seating 16. And perhaps the most outstanding feature is Josiah Brown's bar, your own pub within in a house, perfect for a party! Upstairs there are 5 large bedrooms all en suite including 2 with in bedroom baths overlooking the garden. Outside there's a large patio area with barbecue and seating for all of your party. Parking for at least 10 cars. Plus direct access on the path to Orrest Head one of the finest short walks in The Lake District.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property has gas central heating with commercial grade hot water system and comprises:
Entrance Hall leading to:-
Dining Room: With seating for 16
TV Snug: With large flat screen TV and seating for 4 people
Large Designer Kitchen: With under floor heating, twin fan oven, 7 ring burner, range cooker, 2 large fridge freezers, wine cooler, microwave and dishwasher. Contemporary units with separate prep sink in central island unit and washing up area, large kitchen table with bench seating for 12 people.
Lounge: With seating for 16 people, open fire, flat screen TV and patio doors, which open onto a raised patio area.
Wellie Room: (posh utility room), with separate entrance for muddy boots, washer, dryer, huge stone sink plus central heating boilers.
Josiah Brown's Bar: Named after the houses owner from 1670's who enjoyed his fair share of entertaining, this historic room certainly would have made him proud. Perfect for a party.

First floor

Bedroom 1: Large room with garden views, furnished in mahogany including a super king size sleigh bed. En suite bathroom with Victorian style bath, overlooking rear garden, large shower cubicle with watering can shower head plus toilet and sink.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed plus bath in bedroom with views overlooking the garden. En suite shower room with large shower cubicle, sink and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With king size bed plus bath in bedroom with views overlooking the garden.En suite shower room with large shower cubicle, sink and toilet
Bedroom 4: With triple single beds with lake view. En suite shower room with toilet and sink
Bedroom 5: With triple single beds with lake view. En suite shower room with toilet and sink


All fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for open fire provided (more available locally). Travel cot and high chair available.


Ample parking for over 10 cars. Large private gardens (shared with Orrest Head Cottage). Patio with furniture and barbecue. Wi-fi Internet available A refundable damage deposit of £200 is payable one week prior to arrival

Nearest townShops
Nearest railway stationPub
DistanceLake1.5 miles

About the local area

Lake Windermere is perhaps the best know area in the Lake District and Windermere village itself is about 1km from the lake. The lake stretches from Waterhead, near Ambleside, to Lakeside at its narrow southern end, over 10 miles in length and the largest lake in England. Wooded slopes dotted with cottages and houses line its shores, while the water itself is usually busy with ferries and yachts.

Windermere is not as busy as it’s near neighbour, Bowness-on-Windermere, but has its own charms and attractions. It has excellent amenities and a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars all within easy reach. The village has good public transport links with its own train station and bus routes.

Troutbeck Bridge lies to the north in between Windermere and Ambleside; handy for both but located just off the beaten track. Troutbeck Bridge has its own local amenities which include The Sun Inn and nearby petrol station with a well stocked Spa Shop. Between Troutbeck Bridge and the Low Wood Hotel lies Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre. This has an adventure playground, exhibitions, café, shop and extensive grounds down to the lake and jetty.

Situated between Kendal and Windermere is the lovely village of Staveley which is often referred to as the Gateway to the Lakes. It mainly comprises of grey slate buildings which are nestled between the Rivers Kent and Gowan. It is ideally placed for exploring the rest of the Lake District and is only a few minutes away from the beautiful Kentmere valley.

Things to do nearby

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What our customers say about Orrest Head House

Mrs  Berry -

Fabulous, luxurious house great for a big party. Want to stay again.

Mrs  Warrender -

Would highly recommend this to anyone. Very friendly and efficient service too.

Mr  Sampson -

Wonderful setting for our holiday with our large family.

Mrs -  warrender -

Would definitely come back. Everyone delighted with the quality and location of the accommodation.

Karen Margis -

A lovely house. Cosy with good facilities

C W Sherrington -

Beautiful house in beautiful gardens,very well furnished, en suite facilities enjoyed by everyone.

C Nicholson -

Fantastic weekend in a truly amazing house! Thank you!

Mr   hindman -


Mr   sherrington -

A spacious and comfortable house. Nice outside space including garden and patio.

A Abbott -

Fantastic property, can't wait to return

E Brook -

Liz Watson was extremely helpful and took trouble to make arrangements both before and during our holiday. She provided an excellent service and made us feel very welcome.

Susan Worsley -


S Naylor -

Would recommend

H Patterson -

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Orrest Head House - a truly stunning property. The house was immaculate on our arrival and we had everything that we needed throughout our stay. Bedrooms and bathrooms are superb! We are planning our next visit already...!

Paul Herridge -

Orrest Head house was an amazing location and it was perfect for our Christmas break! The whole family from age 7 to 75 had a relaxed and enjoyable Christmas

L Page -

The house was fantastic and even though it was such a luxurious property, it felt so family, children and dog friendly! I would definitely go back there again for our next family holiday. Perfect get away destination, none of us wanted to leave!!

Mr K Whiskin -

Very good quality and originality of accommodation.

J Yuill -

The acommodation was everything we had hoped for and more. We had my sister's hen weekend there and the house enabled us to have a fantastic time without even leaving the property!

Mr W Hindman -

Loved this property, will most definitely be back!

L Tatum -

Beautiful, dream home, we didn't want to leave. The owner was lovely.

Walking between Grasmere and Langdale

Starting at Grasmere, you can take a wonderful nine mile walk up on to the fells between Grasmere and Great Langdale; this is a great part of the country to walk in.

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Grizedale Forest

The popular woodland of Grizedale Forest measures over 24km squared and is full of activities and attractions to enjoy during your holiday.

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Zeffirellis is one of the main attractions in Ambleside with many things to offer such as a Cinema, Live Music, a Restaurant and Cafe.

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Ambleside Roman Fort

Located on the outskirts of Ambleside you can find the Ambleside Roman Fort which dates back to the 2nd century. These remains are well marked and were probably built during Roman times as a watch out. It is now managed and protected by the National Trust.

Cookhouse Galleries

Cookhouse galleries are a family run business which was first set up back in 1981 and is well known for its wide variety of artwork and photography from many different artists from the Lake District area.

Hobbs Gallery

Ambleside is full of charming galleries showcasing the talent of the local artists and photographers and Hobbs Gallery is definitely one of them, full of the artwork of Phil Hobbs. He has a large selection of amazing water coloured paintings with many inspired by the surrounding Lake District.

Stagshaw Gardens

Over eight acres of beautiful gardens can be found overlooking the lake of Windermere, just south of Ambleside. Spring is the best time to visit this amazing location when the flora is at their best with the bluebells covering lots of the area.

Stockghyll Force

The water of Stockghyll tumbles down beautifully over the rocks before pleasantly running further along through the town of Ambleside. To reach the waterfall you take the picturesque footpath through the Stock Ghyll Woods which in early spring is beautiful with all the colourful daffodils.

The Apple Pie

A very well known café and bakery in the centre of Ambleside is ‘The Apple Pie’, famous for its delicious freshly baked treats, particularly the apple pies!

The Glass House Restaurant

Located in the heart of Ambleside is this wonderful restaurant known as The Glass House with its suberb glass front, allowing you to soak up in the amazing lighting over the amazing architecture and artefacts whilst enjoying your food made from local produce.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

A gallery of Beatrix Potter’s illustrations and drawings can be found in the 17th Century building which was once the office to her solicitor husband, William Heelis. The gallery has a ever changing exhibition of her work with a room styled as her husband once had it as an office.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest

If rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires sound like your thing, Go Ape is the place to go during your holiday. This challenging course is up high in the tree tops and is an exhilarating adventure for all ages.

Hill Top

Hill Top was once home to the well known and amazing Beatrix Potter and is open to go and visit. It is the perfect place to go and learn about the lovely author who brought the wonderful tales of the animals in the lakes to life!

Bridge House

This tiny but iconic building has 400 years of fascinating history: from an apple store to a family home. Tel: 01539 432617


The Brownes of Townend were just an ordinary farming family, but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories.

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Low Wood Watersports & Activity Centre

Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre is located on Lake Windermere and is the place to go if you want to experience the thrill great activities on the water.

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Loughrigg Fell Walk

You can walk up Loughrigg Fell easily from Ambleside resulting in a great view at the top of the surrounding lakes and rivers.

Loughrigg Terrace Walk

For a low level circular walk from Ambleside, go for a stroll along the Loughrigg Terrace, providing you with spectacular views of the surrounding central Lakeland fells.

White Platts Recreational Ground

Ambleside has two parks where you can go and relax and enjoy the space. White Platts Recreational Ground is one of these and is full of activities to do such as tennis, pitch and putt as well as crazy golf which is fun for all the family!

Lake Windermere

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Lake District.

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Help & Advice

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What our customers say

Mrs  Berry - February 2015

Fabulous, luxurious house great for a big party. Want to stay again.

Mrs  Warrender - November 2014

Would highly recommend this to anyone. Very friendly and efficient service too.

Mr  Sampson - July 2014

Wonderful setting for our holiday with our large family.

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