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Aquarius

Braithwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
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At a glance

  • Charming country cottage with a beautiful private garden and far-reaching fell views
  • Set off from your doorstep for some of the area’s most awe-inspiring hiking and cycling routes
  • Just  a short walk to the much-loved gastropubs in the village of Braithewaite
Property code: SZ045

Contemporary family home just a short walk from the village of Braithewaite and the bustling Keswick, a delightful base for exploring the very best that the Lake District has to offer.

This is a fantastically situated cottage for five in the popular village of Braithwaite. Blessed with a large private garden and a host of amenities on the doorstep, it makes an ideal cottage for a family or friends to get together in this beautiful part of the world. The interior is bright, fresh and well equipped boasting three comfortable bedrooms with delightful fell views, a modern kitchen and a cosy living room with open fire. The gorgeous raised patio to the back over looking the long sloping lawn is the ideal place to enjoy an evening meal or morning cuppa while enjoying the peace and quiet.

Braithwaite is a sought-after destination lying at the foot of the Newlands Valley, on the edge of Whinlatter Forest Park and close to the shores of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. Added to this, it's just a short hop to the northern Lake District gem that is Keswick. The cottage is perfectly situated for making the most of the fell walking in the area, indeed you can walk up Barrow, Causey Pike or Grisedale Pike straight from the cottage. There is also a wealth of easier strolling to be done. Not least a charming bridleway along Newlands Beck, perfect for picnic and paddling days. For the foodies among you a highly-acclaimed restaurant is just up the road. The village itself boasts three pubs and a restaurant serving good food and local real ales, it also has a much-loved shop which is a hub for village life. All of this within easy waking distance of the cottage. Whinlatter Forest is an absolute must for visitors with miles of cycling and walking tracks, an excellent cafe, imaginative play park and a 'Go-Ape' high ropes course where you can test your balance and head for heights on a series of exhilarating obstacles high up in the forest canopy.

If you would like to explore the wider area then Keswick lies just 2 miles away. It's a vibrant market town with independent shops, good pubs, restaurants and cafes. Keswick has its own art deco cinema and the award-winning Theatre by the Lake not to mention a huge choice of outdoor shops and adventure companies ready to take you out and test your wilder side! Why not explore picturesque Derwentwater either by stately launch or under your own steam in a kayak or rowing boat? To explore a quieter side of the lakes you could head over Newlands Pass to beautiful Buttermere and Crummock beyond. Tranquil and stunning, these crystal-clear lakes are a heaven for wild swimmers surrounded by yet more staggering mountain landscapes. Alternatively you could explore some of the rich history of the area in the forms of Mirehouse, a delightful stately home along the shores of Bassenthwaite with literary connections, or the more ancient and mysterious kind at Castlerigg Stone Circle nearby. Whatever you choose to do then this cottage makes an ideal base.

This charming 1930s detached house has fresh light decor and modern furnishings, making it an ideal holiday base for a family or friends to make the most of this lovely area.

On arrival at the property guests enter through the front door. Inside there is a shoe rack, coat hooks and plenty of under-stairs space for all the bits and bobs you're likely to accumulate on your Lake District days out. The living/dining room is to your left. It has lovely modern seating arranged around the gorgeous slate fireplace where guests can enjoy a roaring open fire on chilly evenings. There's a TV with DVD player, a dining table and chairs and plenty of books of local interest thoughtfully left by the owner.

Through to the kitchen which has bright modern units, a breakfast table and a lovely outlook to the garden and fell tops. It is well equipped with slimline dishwasher, under-counter fridge (with small freezer compartment), washing machine, microwave, fan oven and ceramic hobs. The bathroom is also downstairs and features a high pressure shower.

The fresh light colour scheme continues upstairs. Firstly to the master bedroom. This has a double bed, a wooden dresser and two built-in cupboards with shelf and hanging space. The views from here are superb, you can see the summits of Latrigg and mighty Skiddaw in the distance. The twin room shares this gorgeous outlook to the rear of the house and has a decorative fireplace and a chest of drawers for storage. The single room looks out to the front of the house and takes in the imposing peak of Grisedale Pike and the edge of Whinlatter Forest. Perfect to inspire you to get out and about with that view as you open your curtains in the morning.

Moving outside there is a lovely garden to the rear. There are gates to both sides of the house so the garden is enclosed however there are some small gaps in the fencing so it's not entirely escape-proof. It boasts a lovely long sloping lawn bordered by flower beds with mature trees, shrubs and hedges around. There are even some blackberries about if you are lucky enough to be visiting when they ripen. The raised patio which stretches out from the back door at the kitchen makes a wonderful spot for outdoor dining, especially for breakfast on a sunny morning.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single
  • 1 bathroom – WC and shower
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, washing machine
  • Open fire (Please note the fire guard should remain in place when fire is lit)
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Private garden with furniture
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Please note there are gates to both sides of the house so the garden is enclosed however there are some small gaps in the fencing
  • Covered bike storage
  • Private off road parking for up to 3 cars
  • Shops and pub within walking distance
  • Please note that although this property sleeps 5 guests, the downstairs living space could prove compact for five adults

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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.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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