Cottage Inspiration after Life of a Mountain: Blencathra
Wow! How fabulous was Life of a Mountain: Blencathra on BBC 4 last night? The film, created by Terry Abraham and presented by Stuart Maconie, showcased one of the Lake District’s favourite fells.
It took me back to when I set up my ‘office in the clouds’ by taking a desk to the top of Blencathra. Although it wasn’t your usual mountain hike, it was an incredible experience to sit on the top of the world with a great team of people!
If, like me, you’re desperate to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery for yourself, I’ve put together some cottages that are just perfect for exploring this glorious mountain. I’ve also included a couple of walk suggestions to start you off on your own Blencathra adventure!
Where better to explore Blencathra from than a cottage named for the mountain? Blencathra is a gorgeous cottage that is not only ideally located for climbing the mountain, but that also has uninterrupted views of St John’s in the Vale. Located in the lovely village of Threlkeld, you can start a walk straight into the Glenderaterra Valley for gorgeous views of Blencathra. Sleeps 4, 1 pet.
This charming cottage has lovely original features including slate walls and exposed wooden beams. Add that to a well-equipped kitchen, high quality furnishings, and pretty views across St John’s in the Vale and Clough Head, and why wouldn’t you want a break here? Blencathra is easily accessed from the village of Threlkeld, and is just 4 miles from the popular market town of Keswick. After a day out in the countryside, warm yourself by Clough Head House’s lovely wood burner. Sleeps 2, 0 pets.
Wallthwaite Farmhouse is a characterful house in the little hamlet of Wallthwaite. Sleeping a large group of up to 12, as well as three of your furry friends, it is ideal for gatherings of families and friends. The Farmhouse offers an array of period features such as ornate open fireplaces, wood paneling, and even an ancient well (blocked off with reinforced glass for safety)! It has been brought into the 21st century with lots of modern amenities whilst retaining its personality and history. Sleeps 12, 3 pets.
Found up a rural lane in Mungrisdale, Artist’s Barn is an attractive cottage with whitewashed stone walls, stunning views, and the owner’s artwork hanging on the walls. Mungrisdale is a perfect setting for all levels of walkers to enjoy Blencathra; whether you take on a challenging hike up the mountain or prefer to admire the towering fell from easier low-level walls, the village has an option for you. Sleeps 4, 0 pets.
If you’re a true Blencathra fan, Swallow Barn could be the ideal choice for you, with its elevated sitting room that perfectly frames Blencathra. Whether it’s warm or cold, you can still enjoy the views from behind the French windows, or head onto the balcony for a cup of tea or glass of bubbly. This unique cottage has spacious living areas with exposed wooden beams, plush bedrooms, and underfloor heating. It’s the perfect place to return to after a day out on the fells. Sleeps 9, 0 pets.
Set in the bustling market town of Keswick, 15 Penrith Road is a beautiful house with high quality furnishings throughout. In this popular location you can be up Blencathra one day, shopping in Keswick’s independent and outdoor shops the next, and then out on the lake the day after that! Keswick is surrounded by fells so offers a range of walks to add to your Blencathra hike! Sleeps 4, 1 pet.
Inchmaholme is a luxurious cottage perched high above Keswick, meaning it benefits from incredible views. With spacious and bright rooms, a large garden, fell views, a modern garden room, and elegant communal areas, you may not want to leave the house! When you do venture out to explore all that Keswick and the surrounding area has to offer, you can get some inspiration from the collection of Wainwright fell guides provided. Sleeps 8, 2 pets.
Scots Pine is a thoroughly grown up haven set in the leafy outskirts of Keswick town. As part of a manor house, it oozes elegance and style and is surrounded by mature grounds. You also have your own private garden and patio area. The owners have filled the space with local artwork, thoughtful details, and lots of little luxuries extras. You can start your Blencathra hike directly from the cottage or take a short drive to another nearby starting point right at the foot of the mountain. Sleeps 4, 0 pets.
Derwent Dale is a traditional stone built cottage retaining original features such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams. Set right on the slopes of Blencathra, you couldn’t get any closer to the mountain. Derwent Dale is perfect families and even has a shared children’s play area. Sleeps 6, 1 pet.
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