If you’re looking to escape the pressures of daily life and immerse yourself in a beautiful location surrounded by uninterrupted mountain views, Owl Cottage (which sleeps up to four people) is the place to stay. According to recent guests, the cottage is not only full of “immense character and charm”, but is “good for the soul” too. With no more than a few dozen houses, Applethwaite is the most sought-after village around Keswick, and it isn’t hard to see why. The village is a sleepy little hamlet, more reminiscent of Madeira than England, with hens, ducks, goats and sheep wandering over the lane.
And the lane isn't going anywhere else; the main road by-passed Applethwaite long before bypasses were thought of, so the road remains very quiet other than the occassional car and walkers. Beside the lane riotous gardens bloom azalea, rhododendron, every kind of shrub hugging the hillside. Streams cascade down Skiddaw on their way to the River Derwent, and tumble merrily beside the road and farmsteads.
And yet, you're only a mile and a half from Keswick, with all it has to offer. You can walk there along the road, or on one of the many paths cutting through the village, on their way up to Skiddaw, Latrigg or into the woods around.