About the house

Pout Howe is a rustic and much-loved family home. The cottage has space to sleep eight people, with an oil-fired AGA, spectacular views and access to a wealth of walks and trails directly from the house.

  • Sleeps eight plus a baby, including use of a sofa bed in one of the sitting rooms and a travel cot
  • Two sitting rooms
  • Spacious bathroom
  • Oil burning AGA
  • Wood-burning stove
  • Front and back gardens

Approach to the house

The last 100 metres of the approach to the house is down a rough, unsurfaced track. Past Pout Howe’s gate, a driveway leads to a traditional porch. The house is surrounded by front and back gardens which boast a small orchard, a stream and a tree swing.

Ground floor

The front door opens into a cosy living/dining room with a wood burning stove, two sofas and a table that seats eight. A highchair also also available. The family keeps a wide range of books throughout the house. There is a telephone on which UK-only calls may be made. Please put £1 per 10 minutes in the honesty box.

The rustic kitchen has an oil fired AGA – a fantastic cooking machine which also helps to warm the house and provides a place to dry your wet walking gear. An AGA cookbook is supplied! There is also an electric cooker, a fridge and a microwave. An original large stone larder provides further cold storage, and in this part of the cottage you will also find a washing machine and a downstairs toilet.

A second sitting room leads off the kitchen. The extension was added to the house in 1970 and has magnificent panoramic views of the valley. There is a wood block floor, a piano, a single sofa bed and a smaller dining table.

First floor

Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. One bedroom has twin beds, one has a double bed and one is a ‘family’ room, with a double bed and a single bed. There is also a travel cot. Including the sofa bed in the second sitting room (which the family call the ‘new’ room) the house sleeps eight plus a baby. Bear in mind, though, that there is only one bathroom.

More details

Heating is by night storage heaters, the woodburing stove and, of course, the AGA. Water is heated on off-peak electricity. There is always hot water in the mornings and there is a boost switch on the immersion heater which can be activated whenever you like, but we do ask for £2 in the honesty box for every hour of boost. AGA fuel, logs and electricity are all included in the rent. All bedding and towels are also provided.

Pout Howe is a non-profit making business and all rents are used to maintain the house and road, pay for electricity, oil, logs, insurance and so on. There is a cleaner, however we do need you to leave the house as you would wish to find it. We replenish cleaning materials from time to time but you may need to add to these.


The house is located in Kentmere Valley. Kentmere village is 20 minutes walk from the house and the nearest shop and pub are 15 minutes drive away in Staveley, at the foot of the valley. The Cumbrian towns of Windermere and Kendal can be reached by car in half an hour.