Hassness Country House


  1. How hard is the walking around Buttermere?  The fell-walking around Buttermere can be very challenging but there are easier options available - for example there is a footpath all around the lake. Our guided walking holidays are all graded and you can see our grade descriptions here. Our guided walking weeks vary in grade from week to week so you can choose the week that's right for you - check this carefully before you book.
  2. How do I get to Hassness? See details of how to get here on our Location page.
  3. When can I check in? Normally check in is 3pm; if you have a different requirement then contact Carole on 01768 770227 to see what can be arranged.
  4. Can I stay for extra nights before or after my guided walking stay?  This may be possible but you would need to arrange it direct with Carole (01768 770227) either before you go or whilst you're there.
  5. What's provided in my room that I don't need to bring?  Most things are provided as you would expect from a guest house - hand & bath towels, soap.  Check out the rooms page for more information.
  6. What are the shared facilities like? These are modern facilities with a very good number of them in proportion to guests.  There are 4 toilets and 5 power-showers, scrupulously cleaned each day and provided with complimentary toiletries for your use if desired.
  7. What's for breakfast? A cooked and varied breakfast is available each day (sorry, no cooked breakfast on Tuesdays), together with fresh fruit, porridge, muesli, cereal, yoghurt, toast etc.
  8. What are the drinks facilities? We are not licensed to sell alcohol but are a BYOB establishment - Bring Your Own Beer!  You very welcome to bring your own supplies of wine and beer to consume during your stay (and most of or guests do!).  Tea & coffee making facilities are available from the guest kitchen area.
  9. What about lunch?  On our guided walking holidays a packed lunch is provided for each walking day.  The same lunch is an option available if you're only staying on a B&B basis.
  10. What about dinner?  Please see our dining page for more information about evening meals. Note we do not provide evening meals on Tuesdays.
  11. Is there a mobile phone signal?  There is no mobile phone signal at the house but one can be obtained on the top of most of the local peaks!  For modern communications we have a payphone in the house for outgoing calls only and there is a complimentary WiFi service which is available in the lounge (but not guaranteed throughout the house).
  12. Is there a TV? No!
  13. Can I fish in Buttermere? Yes, it is possible to fish from the lake shore.
  14. Are there any boats for hire? Boating is possible on Buttermere but there are none available for hire.
  15. Can I bring my dog? We do not permit guests' dogs at Hassness.  There are two friendly canine residents belonging to staff - Alfie & Dylan - but it is unlikely that you would see them much.
  16. What facilities are there locally? There are few local facilities. Butteremere village has a pub (The Fish) and a small hotel (The Bridge) where you can obtain meals.  Additionally there is a cafe and a farm shop with its own homemade ice cream.
  17. Is there any local transport?  There is a local bus service which serves Borrowdale, Buttermere and Newlands Valley.  Route 77 or 77A from Keswick, known as the Honister Rambler, is a cricular route which operates several times a day in both directions.  There is a bus stop directly ouside the Hassness gate.