Cute buildings in the Lake District

The Lake District National Park is, like most everywhere else in Britain, home to some very pretty buildings. Most of these are old, with centuries of history to make them extra special. Today, I want to share photos of some wee buildings that bring both charm and character to the towns, villages and open spaces they inhabit.

One of my favourite places to visit is Dove Cottage. William Wordsworth rented this old inn 1799 and lived very happily there with his family and visiting friends. The location of the house, its characterful garden (which he landscaped and planted) and the views from the arbour at its top, provided much inspiration for his literary works.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Lake District

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Lake District

Perhaps the most recognisable building in Grasmere is the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. This tiny building is tucked away next to the churchyard and ever so cute!

grasmere gingerbread shop, grasmere, lake district

Grasmere Gingerbread is a well known biscuit snack that is made in the Lake District. Here is a photo by Dave Willis of the little shop.

At Ullswater, one of the most photographed buildings is a boathouse! Built on the bank of this lovely stretch of lake at Pooley Bridge, this little building is known as the Duke of Portland Boathouse and looks absolutely charming!

The Ullswater boathouse at Pooley Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Dave Willis.)

The Ullswater boathouse at Pooley Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Dave Willis.)

Perhaps the best known and most loved small building in the Lake District is Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top farm. The authoress’ pretty former home ranks as the most visited attraction in the Lake District, and is known by international visitors far and wide. Beatrix Potter based some of her stories around the structure of her cottage, and, according to the National Trust, some of her characters ‘lived’ at Hill Top farm.

Which Beatrix Potter characters lived at Hill Top?

  • Tom Kitten and his family
  • Jemima Puddle-Duck
  • Samuel and Anna Maria Whiskers

and Pigling Bland and his brother Alexander set off to market from Hill Top farm.


Hill Top, Near Sawrey, was Beatrix Potter's home and remains very much like it was when she lived there. Hiromi had expressed a desire to visit Hill Top, so we arranged for a bus tour that included Hill Top in its itinerary to pick her up and drop her back at Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of

Hill Top, Near Sawrey, was Beatrix Potter’s home and remains very much like it was when she lived there. (Photo courtesy of

The Lake District is full of wonderful buildings to visit, both small and large. Many exude great character retained from when they were first built. Why not come and explore these amazing homes and structures? Most also have interesting gardens where one can wander at will. If you like historical buildings and gardens, then do come and enjoy these treasures with us.

Blenheim Lodge is located centrally for visiting all these places. Come and take advantage of our special offers and take your leisure in the larger garden that is the Lake District National Park.

The Dales Way, Brantfell, Lake District

The ‘larger’ garden beyond our guest house, Blenheim Lodge. It is our hedge that you can see here, separating our backyard from Brantfell, through which meanders The Dales Way footpath.

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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3 Responses to Cute buildings in the Lake District

  1. BeWithUs says:

    Awww…love them! Thank you for sharing! Cheers~ 😀

  2. blodge1 says:

    You are welcome!

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