On the outskirts of the small village of Troutbeck lies Townend, a white 17th Century Lakeland yeoman farmer’s house, with mullioned windows. The property has passed down through eleven generations of the Browne family. Since 1947, the house has been owned by the National Trust.
The farmhouse, with tall towering chimneys, which are characteristic of the local architecture of the time. The house was divided into two sections, one for living and one for work, and still retains much of its original oak furniture, carved woodwork, books, papers, and fascinating domestic implements largely accumulated by its former owners, the Browne family.