Bowderbeck cottage is situated in one of the UK's most enviable locations overlooking the beautiful Buttermere Valley and sleeps up to eight people. Just a short stroll down a bridleway and across the fields is Buttermere village with two pubs, a café and an ice cream parlour. The mountain scenery is unrivalled with Red Pike, High Stile and Mellbreak all clearly visible from the cottage, as are the sister lakes of Crummock Water and Buttermere. Bowderbeck is named after the stream that runs through the large garden which has a picnic table and a large wooden deck for relaxing and admiring the view. The shingled shores of Buttermere lake are just a few minute's walk from the cottage and the 4 mile circuit around the lake is a delightful child-friendly walk with at least two ice cream stops, a tunnel and two waterfalls en route; so much so that it regularly features in national newspapers' 'top ten walks in the UK'. The two pubs in the village, the Bridge Inn and the Fish Hotel, both serve good food and local ale and benefit from beer gardens with the finest outlook for miles!
Bowderbeck was originally built as a farm smallholding in 1787 and, until the 1950s, was owned by Oxford University along with much of the surrounding land (indeed, the rent collector used to live in the cottage). It was bought from the University in the 1950’s by the current owner’s grandfather and has been in the family ever since, albeit more recently with heating, electricity and WiFi!
It is possible to walk or cycle in just about every direction from Bowderbeck, and you can easily to spend a whole week without needing the car. There is a separate bike / outdoor gear store for storing equipment and a drying room for clothes.
However, for those in search of local and outdoor shops, cinema, theatre, restaurants and pubs, then the lakeland towns of Cockermouth and Keswick are a 20 minute drive away and are well worth a visit. In the valley adventures include the Honister Slate Mine with unique mine tours and a Via Ferrata which is just a few minutes' drive up the Honister Pass, and there are mountain biking trails and a ‘Go Ape’ High Wire Adventure at Whinlatter Forest Park which is 10 minutes drive in the other direction.