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A touch of class in the forest magic! JH | Copley
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About Us

History of Grizedale

Built in 1902, Grizedale Lodge is a former hunting lodge set in a beautiful, peaceful location overlooking Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead.

The history of Grizedale begins in the 9th century when Norsemen settled into ‘pig valley’ (or Grize-Dale).

It was then that large areas of forest were first cleared for agriculture, leaving only 1200 acres of forest between Windermere and Coniston water.

In 1936 the Forestry Commission acquired the Grizedale Estate from Harold Brocklebank, the Liverpool Cunard shipbuilder. Since then the forest has increased in size to over 6000 acres.

Wildlife includes badgers, red squirrels and both red and roe deer.

Grizedale Forest also has strong connections with the world of art and has over 60 sculptures scattered throughout, including works by Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Harris and David Kemp. Many of these date back to the 1970’s when the forest was made more accessible to the public, and there are plans to introduce more art work in the future.

Grizedale Forest is a fantastic place for outdoor activities, with a visitor centre that includes a café, an adventure playground, cycle shop (with cycle hire) and ‘Go Ape’. There really is something for everyone.

Privately owned by the Charley family

We moved from Norfolk in March 2011 to make our home in the Lake District, having been regular visitors to the area for many years.

The idea was not simply to create a home for us to enjoy as a family, but one to which we could invite guests who want an escape from day to day life. A place of peace and tranquillity, to truly relax and feel comfortable in, with a friendly and informal atmosphere. In short, a rural retreat you will want to return to again and again.

When we found Grizedale Lodge we knew immediately that it had the potential to give us exactly what we had imagined.

From the fresh white linens in rooms to the honesty bar in the lounge, the homemade bread and jams at breakfast to woodpecker-spotting on the balcony, we love the fact that we can offer our guests something a little different, including a smile.

We like to think that visitors to Grizedale arrive as guests and leave as friends - and that's what makes it all worthwhile.

We are proud to say we have gained the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award for five consecutive years now.