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Lowthwaite Cottage

St John's in the Vale, Lake District
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Historic cottage beautifully restored with contemporary décor and all the mod-cons to create an idyllic rural retreat
  • Occupies an excellent position with easy access to stunning lakes including Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Thirlmere and Ullswater
  • A wealth of walks from your doorstep, but if you’re looking for more of a challenge, the cottage is situated between Blencathra and Helvellyn and near to Skiddaw
Property code: SZ330

Families and couples will adore this beautiful country cottage nestled amongst the breathtaking landscape of the Lake District National Park, where you can immerse yourselves in the rural tranquillity or visit a nearby bustling town.

This cottage, set at the mouth of St John’s in the Vale, is a wonderful place for up to four people to enjoy a Lake District break in a traditional farmhouse cottage. It boasts a fantastically interesting history as it dates back to the late 1500s and was once on the old packhorse route between Keswick and Ambleside. This history is very evident in its thick walls, exposed beams, traditional windows stone floors while it’s been brought right up to date with cosy heating, comfortable furnishings, modern appliances and everything a 21st century holiday home could need - so much so the cottage has been awarded a four star GOLD rating by Visit Britain. Its delightful garden is the perfect spot to have an outdoor evening meal or just sit with a glass of wine taking in the majestic views.

St John’s in the Vale is a beautifully unspoilt valley where there are a wealth of opportunities for walking. This cottage sits almost equidistant between the mighty peaks of Blencathra and Helvellyn so if you are well prepared and feeling energetic you can wake up and decide which to wander up. Alternatively you might enjoy a more leisurely walk to the church at St Johns in the Vale where the snowdrops, when in season, are not to be missed. The beautiful and mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle is only a short drive away from the cottage, this is believed to predate even Stonehenge making it one of the oldest stone circles in Europe! Castlerigg’s spectacular position on top of a small hill between Keswick and Threlkeld has 360 degree views including Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra.

The mining museum at nearby Threlkeld Quarry has some fantastic big machines, gold panning and a steam railway, while Threlkeld village at the foot of Blencathra boasts two pubs and a cafe in the village hall with regular exhibitions of local artwork. Not only this, you are also just a short drive away from Keswick, a bustling market town with a theatre, cinema, restaurants and wealth of cafes and outdoor shops. It is an ideal base to enjoy everything the Lake District has to offer.

On entry you’ll find the warm bathroom which has an over bath shower and provides complimentary toiletries. Beyond this there is a well-equipped kitchen with built-in oven, halogen hobs, microwave, dishwasher and undercounter fridge. There is a utility room outside which houses a washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

The main room on the ground floor is the delightful living room with dining area which is a perfect farm cottage room. Boasting a wood burner, TV, DVD, CD/radio with i-pod dock, solid wood dresser and sideboard and comfy furnishings.

The staircase leads up from the kitchen to the first floor where you first encounter the delightful master bedroom which has a king-size bed, wardrobe and dresser. Through the charming traditional windows you have a glorious view across the valley to Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain. The twin room is similarly decorated, with lovely exposed joists and views over the garden.

Outside there is a large orchard-style garden with fruit trees with plenty of places to eat outside on sunny days as well as several quiet seating areas to sit and enjoy the majestic views and the sound of the tiny stream running through the garden.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Built-in oven, halogen hobs, microwave, dishwasher and under-counter fridge
  • Utility room – washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
  • Wood burner – initial basket of logs provided
  • TV, DVD, CD/radio with i-pod dock
  • Towels not included
  • Large orchard style garden, partially enclosed with various seating area and a small stream (children to be supervised at all times)
  • Please note that, due to the angle of the drive, a dog may be able to get under the driveway gate, so the garden is not fully secure for dogs
  • The water supply for this property comes from a spring on the fells that is filtered and checked on an annual basis
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Off road parking for 3 cars on driveway
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 32 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Imogen 22nd December 2023

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We loved our stay here. Lowthwaite Cottage is the perfect Lake District escape, with amazing views from the garden and great walks from the house. The cottage has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. We had both Christmas and my mum's 60th here in one week and we loved it.

Reviewed by Greg 4th November 2023

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1st time here but will return. Comfortable, cosy and well equipped. We slept really well. Great location as can walk from cottage straight onto the fells. Good sized garden which dogs enjoyed. Red squirrel visited a few times!

Reviewed by Roger 9th September 2023

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Lovely location and comfortable stay

Reviewed by Ben 5th August 2023

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A lovely cottage in a wonderful location at the feet of the Helvellyn range with High Rigg, Skiddaw & Blencathra visible from the garden. If you keep the bird feeders topped up then you will be visited by all kinds of birds and the occasional red squirrel. A large garden for kids and dogs to play in, but also great for sitting out in, on a sunny evRead moreening. A66 and A591 5 mins away for easy travel around the Lake District, Keswick approx 10 mins away for all the shops you need. Hide

Reviewed by Richard 29th July 2023

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Reviewed by Leanne 22nd July 2023

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The location is great for an active family but the house was a let down, it has so much potential but needs to be cleaned thoroughly as was musty and dusty which is not great for my asthmatic daughter so we cleaned everything. The gardens need to be maintained more so that children and dogs can enjoy it and you cannot control the heating which isntRead more good after a day hiking in the drizzle but the owner did respond well to my message to turn it on for us, log fire doesnt give off heat either. Hide

Reviewed by Irene 24th June 2023

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Reviewed by Valerie 20th May 2023

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An excellent traditional Cumbrian cottage. Very cosy and comfortable with all mod cons. Excellent!y equipped. Fantastic views all around. I will definitely be back. Thoroughly enjoyable week helped no doubt with the superb weather.

Reviewed by Jenny 13th May 2023

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Reviewed by Brendan 8th April 2023

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We had such an amazing time! We loved the cottage : so cozy and warm with beautiful views. The whole family enjoyed walks in the mornings and returning to our lovely cottage was part of the experience of the Lakes. Nothing was missing. Thank you for the Easter gifts waiting for us. Such a kind gesture. We are hoping to return.

Reviewed by Sharon 1st April 2023

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Reviewed by Barbara 18th March 2023

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Ideal location for a quiet break. Stunning scenery and the cottage was very warm and cosy, despite the awful weather. Would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed by Sarah 12th March 2023

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Reviewed by Angela 4th March 2023

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Lovely cosy and warm, well equipped Cottage in a great location. Would definitely come back

Reviewed by Linda 4th February 2023

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Loved this cottage so peaceful and really comfortable. Great location for exploring. Good garden area.

Reviewed by Irene 28th January 2023

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Great week staying in Lowthwaite Cottage. Very comfy cottage and great location. Very quiet so great nights sleep in a very comfy bed. So good we rebooked for the summer. We have been to the Lake District many times but never in winter it was just as beautiful and the cottage was lovely and warm. Thank you

Reviewed by Ruth 22nd October 2022

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Perfect cosy cottage in a wonderful location. Made our holiday a calm and relaxed break. Would definitely stay again. Excellent large garden for our dog to explore and run around, she was so happy there. The kitchen is really well equipped and the living room very warm and cosy. Really comfy sofa and chairs. Made good use of the log burner too. GooRead mored storage space in the bedrooms with beautiful views from the windows. We didnt want to leave and cant wait to come back again soon! Hide

Reviewed by Yzanne 15th October 2022

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Reviewed by Andrew 3rd September 2022

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The cottage is set in wonderful surroundings and provides privacy and quiet at all times. It is ideally located for exploring the many fells and lakes in this part of the Lake District. It provides excellent value for money. We would recommend this cottage.

Reviewed by TIM 20th August 2022

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Beautiful cottage in a stunning location. Sunsets are amazing, scenery wonderful great holiday. Garden is not quite small dog proof but as long as you keep an eye on them it's really big and great for the dogs. Cottage is what you would expect from a very old building, cool but pretty much perfect in every way!

Reviewed by Stuart 30th July 2022

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Reviewed by Alan 23rd July 2022

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Reviewed by Matthijs 9th July 2022

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This cottage was everything we had hoped for. Actually, we didnt find a place more beautiful in the Lake District than St. Johns in the Vale. We love the views from the garden and the walks that one can do just from the house. Also, a lot of places of interest are within easy reach from the house.

Reviewed by Barry 2nd July 2022

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Fabulous location, very quiet with large garden including Red Squirrels.

Reviewed by Simon 11th June 2022

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Fantastic little cottage with great charm, stunning views and in perfect location to explore the Lakes. We had a perfect week.

Reviewed by Helen 4th June 2022

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We were disgusted to find kitchen utensils with pasta and cheese left on in the cupboards, obviously had not been checked in the cleaning of the house. Dusty cobwebs around the house. Very lapse on cleaning between guests We were disappointed we could not walk safely from the cottage as you had to walk down a busy road quite some way with no path.

Reviewed by Pam 7th May 2022

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Comfortable cosy cottage, has everything you need. Loved the garden and saw an impressive array of wildlife. Excellent location for exploring surrounding areas. Would book again for sure.

Reviewed by Brian 30th April 2022

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Reviewed by Steven 23rd April 2022

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If we praise this property too much it will never be available for us to rent next time. Possibly the best all round cottage we have ever rented in the Lake District.

Reviewed by Sarah 16th April 2022

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Thr cottage was very clean and cosy. Well equipped in the kitchen but needed a few more firelighters and needs plasters in first aid box including possibly a tube of Savlon. We had a great week and found the location very central when exploring areas of interest. Will definitely return next year. Thank you .

Reviewed by Andrew 2nd April 2022

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We really enjoyed our week, despite some very wet and cold weather. That unfortunately limited our use of the beautiful garden. We brought our own bird feeders and food to ensure we attracted lots of birds. That paid off as there was no food in the feeders in the garden. The cottage was lovely and warm with heating on for long periods, which we werRead moree grateful for. Also lit the log burner a couple of nights. Picked up extra logs and firelighters at fuel station at Rheged. Would come back. Hide

Reviewed by Melanie 12th March 2022

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Lovely warm and cosy characterful cottage in superb situation. Beautiful garden full of wildlife.

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