Townend was a family home for over 400 years and is filled with a rich history for visitors to enjoy. The house is decorated with beautifully carved furniture. There is a library of books containing 45 that are the only remaining copies in the world! Visitors can admire sets of domestic tools in the cosy kitchen and examine (but not taste!) a range of recipes. Set in the idyllic Troutbeck Valley, visitors to Townend can enjoy the views onto Beatrix Potter’s favourite part of the Lake District.

Things to do and see:

  • The 400 year old home of the Brownes family, including exquisite furniture collected by George Browne.
  • Library of the family’s books including many rare editions found nowhere else.
  • One of the earliest Bank Barns in Cumbria still used for agricultural purposes to this day.
  • A daily guided tour around the whole property (requires advance booking).


There is a small car park, designated disabled parking and a drop-off point.

A toilet with baby changing facilities.

Access to the property requires use of uneven terrain and steps.

Food on display in the kitchen is not for consumption but does contain flour and nuts.

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To visit Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse, another conserved Lake District property, click here!

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