Townend in Troutbeck
- Traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse
- Overlooking the peaceful Troutbeck Valley
- Intricately carved furniture
- Library including 45 books that are the only remaining copies in the world.
- Colourful cottage-style garden
At first sight Townend is simply a 400 year old farmhouse containing original furniture and fittings. The kind of place that is routinely preserved by the National Trust as a reminder of days gone by. But in reality Townend is much more than just a house. It is a 400 year old home, and as such tells the story of the people that lived and worked there.
The Browne family of Townend were a typical farming family, so their story is also the story of countless other farming families that have occupied the Lake District for the past 400 years. The characters may have been different, and in George Browne there is a unique character, but the tale of family life is the same, and it is brought back to life at Townend.
The inside of the house is retained much as it would have been over the centuries. A farmhouse kitchen with a real fire, a collection of practical domestic tools and the family cookbook, started in 1699 and containing recipes for not only foods, but also medicines.
However look beyond the day to day mundane routine and a world of cultural importance is revealed in the intricately hand carved furniture, some of it home made, and the family library, which contains the family’s well-used collection of books, including 45 that are the only remaining copies in the world.
Outside, the colourful cottage-style garden perfectly complements the peaceful surroundings of the Troutbeck Valley, a place where the newest house is all of 100 years old.
There are tours of the house at 11 am and 12 noon. They run on a first come first served basis and places are limited. They help add to the visitor experience.
Thursday afternoons are cooking afternoons are also popular, when the family cookbook is dusted down and old recipes revived.