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Barn Cottage

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A unique cottage bursting with original features
  • Situated in the quintessential Cumbrian village of Bassenthwaite, with a good pub around the corner
  • Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with views of Skiddaw and plenty of walking routes from your door
Property code: SZ057

This charming cottage is full of character and enjoys uninterrupted countryside views. It's an ideal retreat for families looking to explore a less frequented part of the popular Lake District National Park.

This cottage is a wonderful place full of quirky nooks and crannies and interesting knick-knacks. Look out for the little bear and her friend in the secret hiding place in the beams; feel inspired by the big picture window that looks out onto the open countryside and farmland; settle down with a nice cup of tea by the wood burner.

Bassenthwaite is a lovely village, full of warmth and openness. There are little alleys to explore, a ‘proper’ village green and fantastic walks right from the front door. It’s a place to go back to time and time Again.

Bassenthwaite Lake is a 20-minute walk away and is famous for being the Lake District’s only ‘proper’ lake – the rest being ‘meres’ or ‘waters’. It’s the perfect place for a picnic.

Nearby is the town of Keswick with a theatre, cinema, climbing wall, shops, various eating establishments and Derwentwater where you can hire boats or take a trip on the launch.

Cockermouth is 15 minutes in the opposite direction and is a place of real character and colour with its independent shops, good restaurants and the Kirkgate Centre (for theatre, film, music and comedy). It is also the home to Jennings beer – one of Cumbria’s most popular ales

Inside, the hallway leads to the main open plan downstairs room. This is a cosy and comfortable room full of interesting knick-knacks and antiques. The lounge area has sofa and two chairs, TV with DVD player, radio/CD player and plenty of books and games. There is further seating by the large picture window. The beams in this room came from a ship.

The kitchen area is equipped with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle. The dining table easily seats four. There is a washing machine situated under the stairs in the hallway, with a small freezer above it.

Upstairs is a double bedroom, a twin and a bathroom which has bath, separate shower, WC and sink. The views of open countryside from the bedrooms are lovely. The bedrooms are quirky with all sorts of interesting decoration.

Outside there is parking for one car with further parking round the corner on the road. There is a bench to sit on and enjoy a morning coffee or perhaps a glass of wine in the evening.

The owners, 'the allotment' which is more of a garden than an allotment which you are welcome to use. It is a haven of peace with fantastic views towards Skiddaw and comes complete with summer house, bench, garden seats, a willow arbour and three or four hens. To reach 'the allotment', you need to cross the stream and follow the little path - it's only a minute or so from the cottage.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom – separate bath and shower
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine
  • Wood burner
  • TV with DVD player, radio/CD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden and use of the ''allotment,' which is accessed over a stream and along a little path - care must be taken with children
  • Parking for 1 car, roadside parking nearby
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub within 500 metres
  • Short breaks available from a Friday or a Monday during November – March


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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.

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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