Accessibility Guide and Description


The Cottage at Hill Top is the converted barn-end of Hill Top, a former farmhouse (or “long house”) dating from around 1680, and standing in some nine acres of grounds. Guest accommodation comprises both the integral former barn-end of the house (around 1,100sf) and an external Pavilion Games Room (600sf), together with a courtyard garden, large lawns and access to beautiful private woodland. The Cottage offers unparalleled panoramic views across the Rusland Valley - from the Coniston Fells in the north-west to where the River Leven enters Morecambe Bay in the south-west near Greenodd. Hill Top was the last home (between 1960 and 1967) of Arthur Ransome, most famous as the author of the “Swallows & Amazons” series of books. His wife Evgenia was once the private secretary of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.


Bookings can be made directly with us on 01539 531452 or by emailing

The Cottage at Hill Top is in a rural location, but is relatively close to many amenities.

The nearest bus top is in Backbarrow, around a mile and a half away. The nearest railway station is in Ulverston, around seven and a half miles away.

Arrival and Car-Parking Facilities

There is dedicated private parking for two cars on the driveway directly outside The Cottage. (Further extensive parking is also available at the opposite end of the house.) This and other external access areas are illuminated automatically via sensors when dark. Other low level lighting is controlled via timers and light sensors.

Luggage can be unloaded here and then taken via a broad paved area to the main entrance at the rear of the Cottage.

Due to the nature of the site, there are various steps both up and down to this entrance. There is no handrail.

Regrettably, both the site and Cottage are unsuitable for wheelchair access.

Guests are kindly asked not to wear shoes in The Cottage and complimentary guest slippers are provided for their comfort.

Entrance Lobby

The floor here is of limestone and there are three wide steps down to the lounge and utility room. There is no handrail.

Integral Lounge/Dining Room/Kitchen

Through its French doors this room offers spectacular views across the Rusland Valley. With its oak floor throughout, there is a leather sofa and two matching easy chairs, and an oak dining table for four people. There are various small side-tables. On the wall is an HD LED flat-screen TV with Freeview together with a Blu-Ray player. In addition there is a hi-fi system including digital radio and CD player.

Guests are requested to exclusively use the rear entrance lobby for accessing the property and not to use the French doors for such.

The kitchen has a matt black granite work surface, and there is a large Neff fridge/freezer, electric under-mounted oven, electronic ceramic hob and dishwasher, as well as a microwave oven.

Utility Room

This is situated off the main entrance lobby and contains both a toilet and hand basin (on a matt black granite work top), under which is a large capacity Samsung Ecobubble washer/dryer.

The floor here is of limestone.

Outside, under a covered area, there is a retractable washing line.


There are two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms. Each bathroom has a corner bath and separate shower with electronic controls. The bathroom floors comprise relatively non-slip porcelain tiles. Each bathroom has both a radiator and a heated towel rail. The lower bedroom has an HD LED flat-screen TV with Freeview.

Please note that there are no handrails in the bathrooms.

The bedrooms have oak floors and, as everywhere else in the cottage, all woodwork is of oak.

Thirteen steps lead to the upper bedroom.

Pavilion Games Room

This large independent, purpose-built Pavilion offers guests various modern games facilities including a three-quarter size oak snooker table (there is also a set of pool balls), table tennis, darts and an exercise bike. The Pavilion has its own “kitchenette” and toilet (both with porcelain tiled floors). The games floor is of high-quality oak-effect laminate. It has its own independent heating, and outside there is a large verandah which overlooks the courtyard garden. There are four easy chairs in the Pavilion which may also be taken out onto the verandah. There are numerous steps to negotiation between the Cottage itself and the Pavilion, and likewise to the garden.

Guests are requested to wear only soft shoes with no black soles in the Pavilion.

For comfort and safety, guests are requested to ensure that children are supervised at all times. The facilities provided are unsuitable for smaller children and should only be used by adults and older children as parents may deem appropriate.


Guests have access to their own formal Courtyard Garden directly adjacent to the property and leading from the Pavilion. In addition to a large garden table and four chairs, there is also a purpose-built charcoal-fired barbecue. Under the nearby covered area, there is a further small garden table and two chairs.

Beyond the Courtyard Garden, which offers spectacular floral displays from spring through to the end of the autumn, there is a large well-tended lawn. These grounds extend over various levels, and are generally surrounded on three sides by dry-stone walls. The entrance to the drive is gated. Parts of the grounds are steep with some rocky outcrops, typical of Lake District terrain.

Ancient Woodland

At the opposite end of Hill Top’s grounds lies its beautiful ancient woodland which is accessible from the car park. Known as Backhouse Brow and extending to over seven and a half acres, guests are welcome to venture into this truly magical place though we would kindly ask that they first discuss this with us before doing so. The woodland is on a steep hillside, rising over 200ft and with wonderful precipitous rock outcrops. We have marked an easy trail for visitors to follow with an accompanying written guide. In view of its nature, children must not be allowed access without supervision.


A WiFi broadband connection is available for the use of guests.

Terms & Conditions

1.  Definitions

In these terms and conditions:

2.  Nature of the Agreement

This Holiday Let is granted by the Owners to You for the purpose of a holiday and is not intended to create the relationship of landlord and tenant between the parties. You shall not be entitled to a tenancy, or to any form of statutory security of tenure either now or when the Holiday Period ends.

3.  Licence to Occupy

4.  Payment

Unless otherwise agreed you must pay 10% of the Holiday Cost and any extras for each week or part week booked, when placing the booking with the Owners. The balance of the Holiday Cost and any extras is due six weeks before the Commencement Date. Where a Booking is made less than six weeks before the Commencement Date the Holiday Cost and any extras is payable in full when making the Booking.

5.  The Holiday Period

The Holiday Period will commence at 5:00 pm on the Commencement Date and You must have vacated the Holiday Property with Your Party and effects by 9:00 am on the departure date.

6.  Keys

7.   Outgoings

8.  Linen/Equipment

9.  Use

The Holiday Property must not be used except for the purposes of a holiday by You and Your Party during the Holiday Period and not for any other purpose or longer period.

10. Your Obligations

You and Your Party must:

11. Owners' Obligations

The Owners will, subject to these Terms & Conditions and except in an emergency, allow You and the Your Party enjoyment and use of the Holiday Property for the Holiday Period free of interruption.

12. Safety Regulations

The Owners confirm that:

13. Early Termination

This Holiday Let may be determined before the end of the Holiday Period by the Owners giving You notice only in the event of You or a member of Your Party being in material breach of the terms of these Terms and Conditions or by reason of fire or some other catastrophic event of the type covered in a comprehensive insurance policy. In the case of determination otherwise than by reason of your default or the default of a member of Your Party the Owners shall return to You the appropriate proportion of the Holiday Cost attributable to the unexpired remainder of the Holiday Period and the balance due of the Good Housekeeping Deposit.

14. Cancellation

The Owners reserve the right to cancel the Holiday Let where operational circumstances cause the Holiday Property to become unavailable during the Holiday Period including withdrawal of the property as a Holiday Property. In such circumstances the Owners will refund to You all monies paid.

15. Cancellation by You

16. Lost Property

The Owners will retain any items left at the Holiday Property for a period of 28 days from the Departure Date. Items will be returned to You if requested, at a cost to cover postage and packing. The Owners do not accept responsibility for the safe carriage of any items returned. Items of food and drink will not be returned.

17.  Pets

For the comfort of all guests no pets are permitted at the Holiday Property.

18. Compensation

The Owners cannot accept responsibility or pay any compensation where the Holiday Let is frustrated in circumstances amounting to force majeure, including events such as the destruction and damage of the Holiday Property through fire, flood, explosion, storm or weather damage or adverse weather conditions, neighbouring building works, burglary, criminal damage, riot or civil strife, industrial action, natural or nuclear disaster, war or threat of war, actual or threatened terrorist activity, non-availability of public transport, destruction/interruption of utility services, epidemic, temporary invasion by pests and/or similar situations beyond the control of the Owners, either before the Commencement Date or during the Holiday Period.

19.   Vehicles

Vehicles are parked and left at the Holiday Property entirely at your own risk.

20.   Amenities

Use of any amenities provided are offered entirely at your own risk and no responsibility can be accepted for injury, loss or damage to You or members of Your Party.

21.   Refuse Collection

You are required to put refuse/recycling in the appropriate place to await collection in accordance with the instructions left at the Holiday Property.

22.   Holiday Insurance

You are highly advised to ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover your ciircumstances and responsibilities including accidental damage.

23.   Visitors Book

Any comments written by you in the Visitors Book may be reproduced on the Owners’ website but with no identification in order to preserve your anonymity.


We regret we cannot accommodate dogs at Hill Top. However, we are pleased to recommend Lindeth Kennels which offers facilities very close by in Bouth for guests who wish to share their holiday enjoyment with their pets.

Lake District Green

Our Environmental Policy

The Lake District is a very special place and in 2017 was granted World Heritage Status. At Hill Top we are committed to sustainability, energy efficiency, recycling and all matters which may affect both the local environment and Lake District as a whole.

We believe that our aims, whilst comprising an integral part of the holiday experience, should be entirely unobtrusive to our guests.

Hill Top dates from 1680 and is a fine example of a “long house” - part farmhouse and part barn. It is an important building in the area both in view of its age, commanding position over the wonderful Rusland Valley and, in more recent times, its well-known former owners. We are determined to ensure the future of Hill Top, in all its aspects, in a manner which is entirely sympathetic to its environment.

Here, in brief, are some of the things which we consider are important:

Energy Efficiency

Waste, Recycling and Storage

Use of Local Resources and Sustainability

Local Community, History and Affinities