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Bell Crags

Borrowdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • A beautifully updated holiday cottage in the heart of Borrowdale
  • Relax in front of the open fire while admiring the glorious views across the valley
  • Within easy reach of Buttermere, Thirlmere and Derwentwater
Property code: SZ068

A traditional former miner’s cottage in the picturesque hamlet of Seatoller, this is a lovely property for a couples or family enjoying the woodlands, fells and stunning vistas of the Lake District.

This traditional former miner's cottage is situated in the hamlet of Seatoller at the foot of Honister Pass. The serene location in Borrowdale is perfect for those seeking a comfortable and homey base from which to enjoy all the valley has to offer.

The cottage has a peaceful outlook across the valley and takes its name from an east-facing crag on nearby Watendlath Fell. Four people can be comfortably accommodated in this two-bedroom property, which benefits from a cosy sitting room with open fire, a well-equipped kitchen and dining room, and a patio for sitting out. Hause Gill flows past the end of the lawned garden.

Walking in Borrowdale is second to none with both the lofty heights of Scafell Pike and the family friendly Catbells right on the doorstep. The valley floor offers gentle bike rides, whilst thrill seekers can take on the fearsome passes of Honister and Whinlatter. After a refreshing day out, a hotel, which is only 500 metres away from the cottage, serves excellent coffee and snacks. Guests can also enjoy dinner there when booked in advance.

Keswick is a 20-minute drive away and offers two supermarkets and many pubs, cafes and shops. The valley is well served by the Borrowdale Rambler (all year round) and the Honister Rambler (seasonal) allowing you to explore the valley without needing a car.

Inside, on the ground floor is a comfortable sitting room with an open fire, surrounded by a slate fireplace. Leather sofas provide seating around the TV with DVD player. A doorway leads into the dining room which is tastefully furnished with a pine table and chairs.

A further door leads into the kitchen which is equipped with an electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.

Upstairs there is a king bedroom and a twin bedroom. The bathroom has a bath with shower over it, WC and wash basin. In addition, you will also find a little 'secret room' at the top of the stairs.

The garden to the rear has a patio for sitting out, lawns, and a gate to Hause Gill, which flows past the end of the garden. Please supervise children.

Bell Crags has on-street parking only between 31st October and Easter. Between Easter and 31st October, guests must use the National Trust pay and display car park which is 100 metres away (National Trust members park free). Bell Crags is easily reached by public transport, being a minute's walk from the bus stop to Keswick.

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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave
  • Open fire with coal supplied
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Enclosed garden with patio, outdoor furniture and lawn
  • On-street parking between 31st October and Easter. Between Easter and October 31st, guests must use the National Trust pay-and-display car park (100 metres away)
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Pub 1 mile, Buttermere and Derwentwater both 4 miles
  • A gate at the bottom of the garden leads to the Hause Gill stream – children should be supervised


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