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15 The Plosh

Keswick, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Soak up the warmth from the open fire after adventurous days exploring the Lakes
  • Just a few minutes walk from the centre of Keswick, a bustling market town
  • Bring your four legged friends on holiday and explore the likes of Derwentwater, Borrowdale Valley and Whinlatter Forest
Property code: SZ010

Fabulously stylish with an open-plan living space which is perfect for sociable getaways, enjoy time in the Adventure Capital of England before getting cosy back at this bolthole.

This is a charming cottage with a cosy and homey feel, full of character and original features, sleeping up to four people and two dogs. Just up the road from the legendary George Fisher outdoor equipment shop, the cottage is perfectly located for enjoying all the Keswick amenities whilst being tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, with the rarity of having its own private parking and lockable shed/bike storage.

A two-minute walk from the cottage is Keswick town centre. Keswick is a jewel in the northern Lake District's crown situated on the shores of the incredibly picturesque Derwentwater. It's a vibrant market town with a wonderful atmosphere where you can indulge your wild side with any number of adventurous outdoor activities or pamper your taste buds with a huge range of eateries offering great local food and Cumbrian real ales. The walking and cycling on offer here is second to none with paths and tracks to suit those in search of gentle picturesque strolls or Lake District giants such as Skiddaw to climb if you're feeling more energetic.

Derwent Water, Castle Crag and Walla Crag are all within walking distance of the property. You can catch a bus (or walk) into the Borrowdale Valley just by turning right out of the front door. The renowned Theatre by the Lake has a varied programme throughout the year and the Alhambra Cinema shows mainstream and alternative cinema throughout the week.

The delightful little refurbished cottage is situated at the end of a terrace of similarly charming houses on The Plosh, a moderately quiet road leading from Keswick into the Borrowdale Valley.

The cottage is accessed from the side via a stable door (useful for containing the dog in the summer), which leads directly into a small but well-planned kitchen, in which an electric oven and ceramic hob, mircowave, under-counter fridge/freezer and washing machine are situated. The kitchen looks out onto the enclosed yard with seating for four people and an ideal place to relax after a long day on the fells. A lockable cupboard is located just around the corner where muddy boots and walking gear can be stored

The kitchen leads into a small and cosy open plan dining and living area, which features a welcoming open fireplace. A corner settee seats three to four people and there is a comfy armchair from which to view the FreeSat TV, which also has a built in DVD player. The owner has thoughtfully provided some DVDs, books and board games should you require additional evening entertainment. A shower room with basin and WC are also to be found on the ground floor.

In addition to the orginal oak beams, the spiral staircase is one of many characteristic features of this lovely cottage. It may not be suitable for young children or adults who struggle with their balance, but it certainly turns the ascent onto the next floor into a bit of a mini adventure...!* Fear not night time stumblings to the bathroom, however, as there is another shower room with basin and WC situated on the first floor.

In keeping with the rest of the cottage, the bedrooms are bijoux, full of character and have lovely soft furnishings. The double bedroom contains a double bed and a double wardrobe; the two singles in the twin room can be pushed together and made into a king-size bed upon request. It also includes a chest of drawers and a small hanging rail with wooden hangers.

Outside is a small enclosed yard with seating for four people and easily accessible private parking for one car. Whilst enclosed, we can't guarantee that this will be 'escape-proof' for the more determined and agile dogs but two well behaved dogs are permitted.

* The spiral staircase may not be to everyone's liking, but there is an brick staircase outside (just two steps from the side door) that leads from the yard to the double bedroom on the first floor. It is quite an unusual arrangement, but may be appreciated by those for whom the spiral staircase doesn't appeal.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin which can be made up as a king-size on request
  • 2 shower rooms
  • Electric oven with ceramic hob, microwave, under-counter fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • Open fire - logs not included
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed yard but this may not be completely secure for more agile/determined dogs
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Bike storage available
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs within 1 mile
  • Internal spiral staircase to first floor (may not be suitable for children or some adults) Additional external concrete staircase outside the front door leads to double bedroom
  • Travel cot available on request - provide own linen. Please note bedrooms are small so there is limited space for the cot
  • Arrival: 17:00 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
  • Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Janet 6th May 2022

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Reviewed by Tony 22nd April 2022

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Reviewed by Katie 15th April 2022

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Avoid. We checked out a day early due to all of the issues. We did email the company to let them know but nearly 4 days on and no response. Total waste of money. Dirty, uncomfortable and unsafe stairs not to mention it claims to be dog friendly and really isn't!

Reviewed by Melvyn 19th February 2022

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Reviewed by Philip 4th February 2022

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15 The Plosh is in a fantastic location and we anticipated from the description that it would be clean and maintained to a good standard. Sadly this was not the case. The cottage was dirty, two items of the furniture were rickety and the fact that 4 light bulbs were not working when we arrived indicated to us a lack of care and maintenance. 5 starsRead more for location, 1 star for presentation. Hide

Reviewed by Hugh 29th December 2021

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This is a quirky cottage well suited to no more than 3 adults, as the living room is compact. Central for Keswick, it was great to have a parking space and the outside hose for washing off muddy boots and dogs. Although small, it was well equipped. We appreciated the dog bowl (water bowl) and the New Year welcome pack was a lovely touch.

Reviewed by Samantha 21st December 2021

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Perfectly positioned for an amazing break in the Lakes. Compact but super comfortable, and very dog friendly. We loved it, and would book again.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

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