Perfect for families, groups of walkers and four-legged friends, this stylish cottage offers welcoming accommodation in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
This is a slate-clad Victorian cottage just 5 minutes' walk from Keswick's bustling town centre. But don't let the traditional exterior fool you; the interior of the cottage has been refurbished in a tasteful, modern town house style, with white metropolitan tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms, glossy kitchen units and stylish leather sofas. There are three bedrooms: one double, one super-king (can be made up as a twin on request) and one twin (can be made up as a super-king on request) . So, whether you're an extended family with grandparents or just a group of friends looking for comfortable accommodation with easy access to Lake District town life, this property will most likely tick all of those boxes for you.
Keswick itself is a busy, vibrant, friendly town with plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as more outdoor shops than you can shake a stick at and other interesting independent shops. There are a couple of museums, pitch and putt golf, radio-controlled boating, a climbing wall, a cinema and a theatre. Derwentwater is a 10-minute walk from the cottage and here you can hire rowing boats, take a trip on the launch or explore the paths around the lakeshore. The mountains surrounding Keswick are within easy reach – Catbells, the Coledale Horseshoe and Blencathra are all a great day’s walk, as well as Skiddaw and Latrigg (the latter can be seen from one of the bedroom windows).
The Lake District is not only a Unesco World Hertitage Site, it also has a reputation as the ‘Adventure Capital of England’. Keswick is well-placed for a variety of activities and hosts a variety of events and festivals – there is the Film Festival in February, Words by the Water in March, the Jazz festival in May and the Beer Festival in June to name but a few. Local attractions include the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle (within walking distance), Keswick Spa Leisure Centre and Whinlatter mountain bike trails, amongst many others.
The cottage has two entrances; one via the front of the cottage and a side entrance which leads into the kitchen. After a day on the fells, guests can use the back door which leads to a small drying area at the end of the kitchen. In keeping with the rest of the cottage, the kitchen has been tastefully refurbished in a modern townhouse style, with white metropolitan tiles setting off the high gloss kitchen units. A good use of space is made in the kitchen, which comprises of an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, freestanding fridge/freezer and an oak dining table that seats up to six people. High ceilings make the kitchen feel light and airy and it still retains the privacy of its guests despite the bustling street life on its doorstep.
Like the kitchen, the living room has a clean, modern feel to it, with a two-seater and three-seater sofas and armchair, all in black leather, seating up to six people. A large flatscreen TV (with BluRay player and HDMI input for games consoles) sits above the gas faux wood burner and the tall Victorian sash windows flood the room with natural daylight.
The stairway leading up to the first and second floors is quirky. Whilst safe, the winding staircase has a handrail but is narrow and small children would need to be closely supervised on the stairs.
There are two WCs located on the first floor. The main bathroom has a WC, luxury walk-in shower (with drench and handheld shower heads) and a heated towel rail. The second WC is contained in a utility area with a washing machine and wash basin.
There is one bedroom on the first floor which boasts a super-king bed, its large windows overlook the street below and its row of Victorian slate-clad houses. Two more bedrooms are located on the second floor. The bedroom to the rear of the cottage has zip-and-link beds which are made up as into twin beds as standard (please let us know if you would like these to be super-king). The final bedroom features a double bed. This room enjoys views over the rooftops and Skiddaw beyond. Each bedroom contains a full-length wardrobe, chest of drawers, mirror and bedside cabinets.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.