History

A thriving country estate in the heart of the Lake District, boasting views that inspired a generation of poets

Graythwaite is a family-run country estate spanning 5,000 acres of the English Lake District. It is rich in history, heritage and literary connections.  It continues to support a thriving community down to this day.

The Sandys family have lived at Graythwaite for some 500 years, when the first Graythwaite Hall was built.

The family founded and continue to govern the nearby Hawkshead Grammar School where the young William Wordsworth attended.

Beatrix Potter described the estate as ‘theatrical’ and made Esthwaite Hall home to her character Jeremy Fisher, the gentleman frog.  Esthwaite Hall still sits within the family estate.

The days of employing and housing large numbers of people to work the estate has long gone but still offers residential accommodation for many. It has its own sawmill, which supplies wood to the estate as well as the public. The Home Farm was developed into a holiday business in 1980 and other properties were added later.

The present family have adopted a very much hands-on approach to the running of the estate and are always open to new projects.