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Troutbeck LA23 1LB, England
+44 15394 32628
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Small but well worth a visit

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this yeoman farmers family home. Everything is just as it was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hilary L
A hidden yeoman's farmhouse worth adetour

This is one of the most hidden and special NT properties I have visited this year. The collection... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Troutbeck LA23 1LB, England
+44 15394 32628
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this yeoman farmers family home. Everything is just as it was when the family lived there. The wood carvings in the house done by the previous owner are amazing. The room guides were very informative and their enthusiasm for...More

Thank Hilary L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most hidden and special NT properties I have visited this year. The collection of carved furniture, the 400 year history of the house and the collection of rare books, makes it worth the trip. It is well presented and informative,...More

1  Thank marg826
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Well where do we start with this NT Property? OK Well its certainly not the Biggest or the Grandest with manicured gardens But ,If you do call make sure you take advantage of the guided tour . Because this what makes this place one of...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

This is a unique property, in single ownership for 600 years, giving it an extraordinary unity of design. Idiosyncratic owners have developed it over centuries, adding often weird, self-aggrandising touches which fascinate. The room guides are just the best; enthusiastic, knowledgeable and responsive. Outstanding. You...More

Thank ozzertjie
Reviewed 12 October 2017

A 400-yr old farmhouse retaining most of the features acquired during its long occupation by the same family, this is one of the most interesting NT properties we've seen - it's nearly up there with Cragside as my favourite, which is saying something. The signage...More

1  Thank Norman M
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We decided to visit this place. We took a peg off the string outside for guided tour, which we would strongly recommend. The tour guide was really engaging and knew more or less everything about this place. We loved it there, such an amazing house,

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 9 October 2017

It may be a relatively small house by NT standards but it's full of down to earth history and fascinating artifacts of bygone eras. A woodcarvers paradise, unique library, very helpful and knowledgeable guides, quirky rooms. We missed the morning guided tours which must have...More

Thank mikeandros
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Far more interesting than any of the stately homes we visited. Beautifully preserved house that showed how real people lived back then. Very intimate, and it was clear the tour guides loved the place. Truly wonderful and absorbing.

Thank 243roger
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

If you really want to experience a previous way of life this will give you a very good opportunity. Take your time

Thank MLVI
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Although this is not the sort of stately home which is usually associated with the National Trust, what it does provide is an insight into the life of a reasonably wealthy farming family in the 17th century.

Thank Ultron-8
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Response from Michael N | Reviewed this property |
no idea, do not like dogs so cannot advise
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23 June 2017|
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Response from George B | Reviewed this property |
Not necessary. Ring ahead just to confirm they are goping to be open and then turn up