History

The Graythwaite Estate is a thriving country estate in the heart of the Lake District, boasting views that inspired a generation of poets

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

The Graythwaite Estate Coat of Arms

The Graythwaite Estate; Then and Now…

The Sandys family have lived at the Graythwaite Estate for some 500 years, since 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 large numbers of people to work the Estate, and housing them, has long gone. Nowadays, the Estate operates as a Lake District holiday cottage business, sawmill and seasonal shoot. Starting with the Home Farm development in 1980, the Estate now has over 30 Lake District holiday cottages. Over the last 40 years the Sandys family haven’t stopped adding properties, and show no sign of stopping nay time soon.

The Estate provides residential accommodation for both individuals and families, from all over the world too. As for Graythwaite Sawmill, it is fully operational, and supplies wood to the Estate guests and residents as well as the public.

The present family have adopted a very much hands-on approach to the running of the Graythwaite Estate. As a result, they are always open to new projects. For more information please see our business opportunities.

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