Claife Station, Lake Windermere

Claife Station is a Grade II Listed Building owned by the National Trust.  The Station is built upon a rock which rises steeply from the west shore of Windermere lake in the Lake District, below Claife Heights and Red Brow.  The station building lies at SD 3884 9547, about a third of the length of the lake south of its northern, inlet, end.  Adjacent to the east between the rock and the water the B5285 road links Hawkshead with Bowness-on-Windermere via the Bowness Ferry. …. let us take a trip to the Ferry Hotel and “The Station.” The landing-place for passengers at the ferry is facing the hotel, where stands a row of tall plane-trees with their shadows reflected in the translucent lake. Beyond the avenue of trees, on the right hand, pass through the little gate into a private cart road; and a few steps further on is the high road; then turn to your right, and you will see a pair of gates on the left, which is the lodge-entrance to the Summer House Station. Take the footpath which goes winding away amid fir, wild-cherry, and large laurel trees, to the Summer House, an octagon building one storey high, with an embattled arch stretching away to the left, the property of Mr. Curwen, of Belle Isle, who kindly permits visitors to enter. On gaining the hall, and passing up a wide staircase on the left, we pass into a room with double glass windows which are coloured to represent the seasons, and looking out of these from this little fairy retreat we behold some of the most enchanting and illusive scenes of Summer, Spring, Autumn, and Winter presented to the eye. One masks the lake in the soft beauty of moonlight; another a dark storm difficult to describe; (Matthew 1866)