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Derwent Cottage Mews

Portinscale, Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Apartment
Towels included
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At a glance

  • An appealing, one-bedroom apartment, in a former stable block, near Derwentwater
  • Perfect for hill-walking through the fells, as well as climbing and water activities
  • Just a 1 mile walk from the lively market town of Keswick, with its shops and eateries
Property code: SZ165

An attractive, first-floor apartment for two, perfectly placed for a romantic, Lakeland break, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity and close to colourful Keswick.

This delightful first-floor apartment for two is nestled down a quiet lane in the much-loved village of Portinscale. It's a spacious and well thought through property making an ideal jumping-off point for anyone looking to explore this wonderful area. Forming part of the former stables of an adjoining Victorian house, the cottage has bags of comfort and character as well as access to stunning shared grounds with magnificent views of the surrounding fells. While it is just a short potter to the centre of the village and all its amenities you feel a world away from any hustle and bustle in its tranquil grounds.

A paradise for walkers, cyclists and water lovers alike, Portinscale offers access to some of the Lake District's best fell walking right from the door. The iconic ridge of Catbells is nearby or for the well-prepared and experienced walker, why not tackle the mighty Coledale Horseshoe? If you'd be happier just taking a gentle potter around the village then it's also ideal as the cafes, pubs and marinas are also within easy reach. There's a landing stage for the Derwentwater Launch at nearby Nichol End Marina where you could hop on board one of its stately vessels. It's a delightfully relaxing way to enjoy the scenery. If you're feeling energetic you could take the launch into the jaws of picturesque Borrowdale and walk back along the side of the lake to the village, rewarding yourself with a scone along the way of course!

Guests at the apartment are also ideally placed to explore nearby Keswick. It's a vibrant and bustling Lakeland town with a wealth of attractions including an art deco cinema, award-winning museums and the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake. Aside from these, visitors can also enjoy the great range of shops and eateries on offer in the town. It's just a 1-mile walk or a 5-minute drive from the apartment. For the history buffs among you, discover Castelrigg Stone Circle or literary lovers should head to nearby Mirehouse. The apartment really does make an ideal base to explore this lovely area as well as a tranquil setting to enjoy its own immediate surroundings.

On arrival at the house, guests enter directly from the designated parking area. The front door leads to a light, airy entrance hall with plenty of space for coats and muddy boots. The staircase to all of the accommodation leads up from here.

The open-plan living area has a lovely comfortable feel about it with its exposed beams, large window and door, sociable layout and electric flame-effect fire for chilly evenings. There is a sofa and armchair, TV with Freeview and DVD, and stereo. The owners have thoughtfully provided a selection of disks, books and maps for guests to enjoy during their stay. The kitchen and dining areas are well-equipped with dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, raised double oven and halogen hobs. From this room, guests can access the staircase leading down to the lovely shared gardens.

Moving through to the bedroom, guests will find a delightful light space with a super-king-size bed which can be made up as twin beds should you prefer. There is a wardrobe, dressing table and drawers for storage and glorious elevated views of the grounds and surrounding fells from the window. The en-suite bathroom is spacious and has a shower over the bath.

Going down the external stone staircase to the shared grounds, guests will find wonderful mature gardens with thoughtful planting for year-round colour and some delightful places to sit and take in the views with an evening glass of wine.

  • 1 bedroom – super-king-size (which can be made into twins on request)
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over plus WC
  • Integrated double oven, plus halogen hobs, a microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Freeview TV or DVD player, Electric flame effect stove
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Shared garden
  • Designated parking space outside the property for one car
  • Regret no pets
  • Pubs and cafes within 300m; shops, pubs, supermarkets 1 mile on foot or 2 miles by car
  • Short breaks available from Friday and Monday on selected dates - please call to book

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Location

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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.

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