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Barrow Gate

Borrowdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Pub nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

A beautiful 17th-century property set on the shores of Derwentwater This cosy and inviting property enjoys stunning views of the Lake District The cottage is a wonderful base for keen walkers discovering the Borrowdale Valley

Property code: SZ061

Sitting just a few steps away from the banks of a magnificent lake, this fantastic single-level cottage is perfect for a family or friends seeking an idyllic holiday retreat with spellbinding views.

This property is enviably positioned just steps from the shores of beautiful Derwentwater. Dating from the 17th century, it now provides welcoming accommodation for up to five people and two lucky dogs. It offers, all on one level, a well equipped kitchen, separate dining room, and overlooking the lake, a living room with open fire, as well as three lovely bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside is parking for two cars. Three gentle steps lead up to the lawned garden and stone flagged verandah. With stunning views immediately onto the lake and fells beyond, this property is certainly not one to be missed.

Nestled in the Borrowdale Valley and with Derwentwater on your doorstep, you’re perfectly placed for spending a day at, in, or on the water. Sit and simply enjoy the ever-changing moods of the lake or use it as a base for walks of all levels. Pack a picnic and try the scenic 10-mile walk around the lake, wild swim, hire a rowing boat or enjoy a trip around the lake or into Keswick on one of the popular launches. Head south from the cottage into the heart of the Borrowdale Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of the Lakes. There are fantastic walking opportunities for all abilities whether you prefer a day on the fell tops or a lower level ramble; serious hikers can tackle Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, or why not seek out the beautiful Surprise View, with its dreaming views of Derwent Water.

The town of Keswick, with its regular markets, is just 2.5 miles away and is easily accessible by car or on foot along the shores of the lake. There's a handy bus stop outside the cottage too. Indulge in some retail therapy, or treat yourselves to an evening out and take in a film at the local cinema or a show at the renowned Theatre by the Lake. Families will love walking through the town’s cobbled streets, or head to the Lake District Wildlife Park at nearby Bassenthwaite for a fun day out. Whatever you decide to do during your stay, this property will be a welcome home-away-from-home retreat.

With wonderful lake and fell views, an open coal fire and charming original features from the red sandstone windows and original shutters to enormously thick stone walls, this property is sure to delight. The living room has a fantastic open coal fire, perfect for relaxing evenings, and beautiful arched windows with extensive views of the lake and fells. The TV has limited reception due to the remote and mountainous location, so why not embrace a break from technology and catch up with a good book? The kitchen has all the essentials for a self-catering holiday including an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine; a useful store room also contains a Swedish drying cabinet that's ideal for drying either laundry or wet coats and boots after a day’s walking. The separate dining room is the perfect place for comparing notes on the day's events over a delicious home-cooked meal. Or spread out your maps and guidebooks on the farmhouse-style table and plan tomorrow's adventures.

There are also three lovely bedrooms. The first, a double room, is off the sitting room. It's a lovely bright room thanks to the large dual aspect windows, making it the perfect place to indulge in a long lie in with your morning tea - you are on holiday after all! Next up is the delightful twin room. The two single beds are arranged in an L-shape and there's a handy chest of drawers. Last but by no means least, we have the single bedroom; a lovely cosy room which also has a useful wardrobe and chest of drawers with a dressing table-style mirror. Both the twin bedroom and single room are off the dining room and have those wonderful views of the lake, on a clear day glistening in the sun, to really help you relax and unwind.

The family bathroom has a WC, wash basin and a shower above the bath so you can choose to have a long soak or a refreshing shower.

As well as parking for one to two cars beside the cottage, the property also has a lovely garden. There's a charming feature verandah with wooden benches. Sit out here and take in those stunning lake views; equally suited to morning coffee or to a drink as the sun goes down. As well as the verandah, there are also lawns to the side and rear of the cottage.

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

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Open fire
  • TV  - please note there is limited reception due to the remote and mountainous location  
  • Electric heating included
  • Regret no Wi-Fi
  • Garden with veranda, lawn and outdoor furniture
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Keswick 2.5 miles


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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.

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