Cartref is a slate-clad Victorian cottage just five minutes' walk from Keswick's bustling town centre. But don't let the traditional exterior fool you; the interior of the cottage has been refurbished in a tasteful, modern town house style, with white metropolitan tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms, glossy kitchen units and stylish leather sofas. There are three bedrooms: one double plus an adult-size cot bed and two kingsize bedrooms that can be converted into four adult singles if required. So, whether you're a large family unit, an extended family with grandparents or just a group of friends looking for comfortable accommodation with easy access to Lake District town life, Cartref will most likely tick all of those boxes for you.
Keswick itself is a busy, vibrant, friendly town with plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as more outdoor shops than you can shake a stick at and other interesting independent shops. There are a couple of museums, pitch and putt golf, radio-controlled boating, a climbing wall, a cinema and a theatre. Derwentwater is a ten minute walk from the cottage and here you can hire rowing boats, take a trip on the launch or explore the paths around the lakeshore. The mountains surrounding Keswick are within easy reach – Catbells, the Coledale Horseshoe and Blencathra are all a great day’s walk, as well as Skiddaw and Latrigg (the latter can be seen from one of the bedroom windows).
The Lake District is not only a Unesco World Hertitage Site, it also has a reputation as the ‘Adventure Capital of England’. Keswick is well-placed for a variety of activities and hosts a variety of events and festivals – there is the Film Festival in February, Words by the Water in March, the Jazz festival in May and the Beer Festival in June to name but a few. Local attractions include the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle (within walking distance), Keswick Spa Leisure Centre and Whinlatter mountain bike trails, amongst many others.