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Owl's Roost

Bassenthwaite, Lake District
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Soak up sensational views through wide windows towards the fells of Skiddaw and Binsey
  • Stay entertained in the games room, complete with a table-tennis table
  • Bask in the sunshine in the attractive garden, which is dotted with feeders to attract local birdlife
Property code: SZ381

Wonderfully located for walking and birdwatching, this home sits in a quaint hamlet of Dubwath, near Bassenthwaite Lake. The view from the living/dining room is breathtaking – bring your binoculars!

This is a beautiful place from which to enjoy a northern Lake District break. This spacious comfortable cottage, sleeping up to four people, is ideally placed to make the most of this stunning area. Nestled in a hamlet at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake, this impressive holiday home is a warm and welcoming cottage for up to four people with absolutely stunning views. Incredibly well named, this place offers a perch that would delight any bird of prey with its wide panorama of fields, fells and water. In fact, you might struggle to tear yourself away from the breakfast table as you enjoy the ever changing view! If you're more of a night owl, you can stand in the front drive when the moon is but a sliver in the sky, and the dark night reveals countless stars and sometimes even the Milky Way.

 

The walking in the area is second to none with a wealth of walks from high peaks such as Skiddaw and Grisedale to smaller but no less rewarding rambles such as Sale Fell all within easy reach. You’re also only 25 minutes away from spectacular Crummock Water and Buttermere in Borrowdale, and the rewilded valley of Ennerdale Water with its beautiful woodland walks. At this cottage, you are very close to the edge of Whinlatter Forest, a real mountain forest park with adventures aplenty on offer including a multitude of cycle trails, an excellent children’s play area, a high ropes course and excellent cafe. If something gentle is to your taste, you could enjoy a stately turn around the grounds of nearby Mirehouse, a beautiful historic house with literary connections whose gardens stretch from Dodd Wood to Bassenthwaite Lake. Bassenthwaite has become famous in recent years for their successful osprey programme. It has resulted in the first pair of wild ospreys to breed in the Lake District for over 150 years; you might be lucky enough to see one of these majestic birds from the living room of the property as they hunt in the lake nearby.

 

The property lies in an enviable position between Cockermouth and Keswick, with the village of Lorton and the Jaws of Borrowdale a short distance away. Only a walk away are The Lakes Distillery with its tours and fine dining bistro, and the local pub which is a traditional Lakeland pub and restaurant with rooms. Cockermouth is an attractive Georgian town with a wide range of independent shops, a thriving art and folk music scene and excellent places to eat and drink. Why not take a look around Wordsworth’s childhood home or enjoy a tour and tasting at Jennings Brewery? Nearby Keswick has so much to offer from shops, museums and eateries to sight-seeing, adventure centres and festivals. The shores of Derwentwater and the Theatre by the Lake are just a 5-minute walk from the centre of the town. Why not check what's on at the recently restored art deco Alhambra Cinema? Whatever you enjoy, this property is perfectly placed to enjoy all the delights of the northern Lake District.

 

On arrival at the cottage, you have an entrance hall from which there is a drying room with plenty of room for coats and muddy boots, and a laundry with washer and dryer. There's also a handy downstairs loo off the hall. The staircase then leads up to the light modern kitchen. This room has an airy gallery feel about it as it has stylish lighting and several windows looking out on to the garden and surrounding woods. It's very well equipped with dishwasher, microwave, fan oven and induction hob.

 

The light, spacious living/dining room is a delight. This room is blessed with a huge window opening up a stunning panorama over the lovely garden towards the fells of Skiddaw and Binsey, as well as beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake. For bird-watchers, winter bird feeders bring a wide variety of native birds and seasonal migrants into the garden. In the summer at dusk, when the swallows and swifts have taken up roosts at the farm, bats can be seen in high-speed aerobatics over the garden. Whatever the weather, this magnificent view has something to offer. The room has fresh, thoughtful decor with local artwork, a large oak dining table, a comfy sofa with two armchairs and a cosy wood burner with a supply of well-seasoned hardwood fuel. There is a large television with Freeview along with a DVD and VHS player. The owner has thoughtfully left a selection of holiday reading, discs and tapes as well as board games to while away evenings. That said, you might be perfectly well entertained with the stunning view; it's certainly hard to tear yourself away! Even at night there is plenty to see, with the dark night yielding amazing views of the stars.

 

Off this room are the two beautifully furnished bedrooms. The main bedroom has a king-size bed and the second has a super-king bed which can be made up as twins if that's preferable. The calm, light colour scheme continues through both rooms with some lovely examples of local artwork on the walls and both rooms look out on to the trees around the driveway. The owner has put up nest boxes and of course an owl box here and the visiting bird and bat life is varied.

 

Outside, the enclosed garden is a lovely spot for outdoor dining. Catching the morning sun, it has mature trees and shrubs and once again is blessed with many birds visiting. It, of course, has that majestic view over to Skiddaw which makes it a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine as the sunset light lands on the mountains.

 

Fancy a game of table tennis? A games room is set up in one of the garages outside your front door. There are benches with cushions, and log tables for your drinks. To add to the atmosphere, old snow and sports equipment are lit up by fairy lights around the walls. The remote is hanging up inside the hallway, so it's easy to open up. Have fun!

  • 2 bedrooms: 1 king-size, 1 twin (can be made up as a super-king-size if requested at time of booking)
  • 1 bathroom with bath and walk-in shower, 1 WC
  • Dishwasher, microwave, fan oven and induction hob
  • Utility room with washer/dryer
  • Wood burner- initial supply of logs and firelighter provided. Additional logs and kindling can be bought from the owner
  • TV, DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden with seating
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars in front of a garage, plus space to park on the road
  • There is an external 13 amp socket which can be used for car charging, payment to be made directly to the owner for this
  • Table-tennis in garage
  • Shop within 6 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Although infants are welcome, neither of the bedrooms are large enough for a travel cot and no cots or highchairs are provided - a Moses basket or similar will fit
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • 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.

Kylie Harmon-Twidle

This property is personally managed by Kylie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Alan 1st September 2023

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Really well provisioned accommodation, great location - isolated but very close to towns and tourist areas. Very comfortable beds and amazing views throughout the living areas. Friendly host with very easy check in/check out - car parking on site. Nearby bus stops for travel to into Keswick.

Reviewed by Charlotte 4th August 2023

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Lovely place to stay. Warm, cozy and well loved home. Great to have washing/drying facilities and lovely kitchen.

Reviewed by Rachel 21st July 2023

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A really nice, comfortable home and beautiful surroundings, lots to do!

Reviewed by Patrick 23rd June 2023

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Reviewed by Irene 2nd June 2023

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- Great location for visiting all areas of the Lakes as well as the coast. - Lovely light-filled flat and garden with beautiful views from the living room window. -Good facilities especially for walkers e.g. washing machine, drier etc. -Lots to do and see in the local area and a few eating places within a short walk. - Bedroom storage would be an iRead moressue for 4 people staying for more than a few days. -We hope to spend another holiday here in the near future. Hide

Reviewed by John 12th May 2023

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Reviewed by Brian 21st April 2023

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Our second visit to Owl's Roost and we were not disappointed. Clean and cosy and a wonderful view from the window. Close to Pheasant Inn ,Lake Railway and Lake Distillery. Would recommend.

Reviewed by Theresa 7th April 2023

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We really enjoyed our stay at Owls Roost and hope to return. A great location out of the tourist traps. Although we didn't use it, public transport links seem great if you don't have a car. Great wildlife in the area too.

Reviewed by Matthew 22nd December 2022

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Really lovey cottage, nice and warm for a Winter stay with fantastic central heating to warm you up after a freezing day on the fells and a drying/boiler room to get your wet kit dried off for next day. And if you need even more extreme heat the log burner is amazing. Lovely soft bed and a great shower. The big TV and movies were also much appreciaRead moreted for some cosy evenings in. Would definitely stay again. Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 21st October 2022

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Wonderful place, warm, welcoming, a lovely home from home. Bonus having use of table tennis when kids need to unwind after a long hike. Highly recommend staying here.

Reviewed by David 30th September 2022

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Reviewed by Kirsty 24th September 2022

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Lovely cottage, warm and welcoming. lovely walks all around. Beautiful views and a few good pubs close by.

Reviewed by Alan 9th September 2022

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Reviewed by Jackie 12th August 2022

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This cottage is more of an apartment and not as spacious as the photos make out. The views are great if you look one way but not so nice when looking out to the left as this is an unused farm. It is in a great area for access to Cockermouth and Keswick and is also on a bus route. You can hear the A66 with the windows open but this didnt spoil our hRead moreoliday. All in all it wasnt right for us as a family but may suit a couple without children. Hide

Reviewed by Vipin 1st July 2022

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Excellent location for those who want quiet holiday but not far from pubs/restaurant. You can't fault the cottage for comfort. The lounge/dining room is spacious. The kitchen is well equipped. Very pleased.

Reviewed by Patrick 24th June 2022

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Reviewed by Jonathan 17th June 2022

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An absolutely stunning location on the western edge of the lakes. The view from the living room window is fabulous. Cottage as a whole is lovely, everything you need is there. The location is absolutely perfect, away from the tourist traps with some lovely areas eg Borrowdale close by. We cant recommend this place enough

Reviewed by Mark 10th June 2022

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Beautiful cottage, very well equipped and owner is really friendly and helpful. The cottage has been well maintained and has good facilities in the rear to be able to enjoy some time in the sun. Owner is very friendly and helpful - thank you! Also nicely located on a reliable bus route to Keswick, Cockermouth and further afield which certainly helpRead mores in the current climate and gives the driver a rest! Hide

Reviewed by Brian 20th May 2022

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We had a nice week,comfortable apartment with beautiful views.Good location for walks and easy access to the A66.Would recommend this property.

Reviewed by Margaret 6th May 2022

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Very comfortable accommodation with very tasteful decor. A high standard throughout with thought given to comfort of guests.The use of a lovely garden was a bonus. Owner very warm, welcoming and helpful with suggestions for places to visit and to eat. Thoroughly recommend Owl's Roost.

Reviewed by Becky 15th April 2022

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Reviewed by Sarah 8th April 2022

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We had a wonderful time at Owls' Roost. The cottage was a great location for accessing the Northern and Western Lakes. It was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. We really appreciated the owner's generosity with firewood and the use of her garden. We would definitely return and recommend to others!

Reviewed by Lesley 18th March 2022

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Cottage well equipped , clean and cosy. Very nice garden ideal to relax after a day out walking. Location well suited for access to the North lakes. The view behind Skiddaw is stunning however the property is next to a working farm which gives you a different view depending on which way you look out of the main window. As the property is above the Read moreowners then careful consideration is needed to avoid unnecessary noice. A great place to stay the owner of the property was brilliant Hide

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