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!

Sally Fielding on the top of BlencathraIf, 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!

Blencathra Cottage

Blencathra CottageWhere 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.

Clough Head View

Clough Head View in ThrelkeldThis 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

Wallthwaite Farmhouse near KeswickWallthwaite 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.

Artist’s Barn

Artist's Barn in MungrisdaleFound 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.

Swallow Barn

Swallow Barn near BlencathraIf 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.


Inchmaholme in KeswickInchmaholme 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.

Derwent Dale

Derwent Dale near BlencathraDerwent 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.

For even more holiday cottage inspiration, take a look at our other cottages around Keswick and in Threlkeld.

Blencathra has a huge range of walks available. Start with Blencathra: The easy way up! Or, for something a little more challenging, take a look at A Walk up Blencathra via Sharp Edge.

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