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Dodd View

Underskiddaw, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautifully renovated, stone cottage, dating back to the 1700s
  • Set close to the quiet hamlet of Underskiddaw, 3 miles from Keswick
  • Sweeping vistas of scenic Bassenthwaite Lake and its undulating surroundings
Property code: SZ169

A traditional, three-bedroom, Lakeland cottage, in the foothills of Skiddaw, overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake and just 3 miles from the shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes of Keswick.

A very warm welcome to this 18th-century gem that has been lovingly modernised to create an elegant cottage for six. With three beautiful bedrooms, warm and welcoming socialising spaces, and an exceptionally picturesque situation, it really is a very special base for a Lakeland holiday. While retaining much of its period charm, the semi-detached cottage now boasts high-spec appliances, luxurious bathrooms and indulgent furnishings to appeal to our 21st-century sensibilities.

A satellite cottage of the charming hamlet of Underskiddaw, the cottage sits right at the base of the mighty Skiddaw massif just a few miles from the much-loved town of Keswick. It has incredible panoramic views of Bassenthwaite Lake and the fells to its western side. benefiting from all the available afternoon and evening sun, the raised garden terrace is a wonderful place for al fresco dining - you might even be treated to a view of an occasional osprey. There are plenty of walks nearby to make use of its fellside situation. You could take the winding paths through woodland onto Dodd Fell and then onward up to Skiddaw's summit, alternatively enjoy a scenic walk to Bassenthwaite's shore. Just across the road lies The Calvert Trust where there is an excellent accessible pool which you can use by prior arrangement. The cottage is also just a stone's throw from Mirehouse, a stately home with glorious gardens, multiple play areas and fascinating literary connections.

Easily accessible from major road links, the cottage sits along the road that runs between Keswick and Bassenthwaite. Keswick is well known as the adventure capital of the Lakes but there's plenty more to enjoy there too. You could make use of the great range of cafes, pubs and restaurants; independent and outdoor shops; the regular market or take in a play or concert at the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake. You could also get out and about on Derwentwater either under your own steam or aboard one of the stately launches. Why not bring bikes and explore the quiet, undulating roads in the area known as Back o' Skiddaw? However you choose to spend your stay, this cottage is a gorgeous base from which to enjoy this wonderful area.

On arrival at the cottage, guests are greeted by a charming arched porch entering the stone-floored main hallway. There's a cosy snug/playroom with a comfy two-seater sofa and two small children's chairs and a TV with Freeview. A perfect space for little ones or teens to commandeer. The beautiful main living room has two deep sofas and one tub armchair arranged around a wood burner set into a deep sandstone fireplace. It's a wonderfully cosy room with light elegant decor ideal for playing board games or discussing your Lakeland adventures. One of the traditional latched doors leads from here to the first of the two staircases, but more about the first floor later.

The kitchen/dining room is a gorgeous space with exposed beams and light modern units. It's well-equipped with a double fan oven, four ceramic hobs, a dishwasher, under-counter fridge, microwave and all the crockery and cookware you'll need. There's an under-stairs cupboard and a door to the second staircase. The large utility room has coat hooks and plenty of boot space for your outdoor gear, there's also a washer/dryer, an under-counter freezer and an entry to the downstairs WC. It also makes an ideal bedroom for your dog should you be bringing one along.

Moving up, one of the twin staircases will take you to the sleeping accommodation. Firstly to the sumptuous super-king-size room which has a wardrobe for storage, a decorative fireplace and a beautiful view of Barf and Sale Fells across the valley. The room can be made up as a twin should your party require it; please advise on booking of this is the case. Next, take a step down from the landing to the characterful king-size bedroom. It has been built in to the eaves giving it a delightful cosy feel and it looks out onto the flank of Dodd Fell from its window. There are drawers and a hanging stand for clothes storage. With its step down and exposed beams the twin room (which can be made into a super-king-size upon request) shares the cosy feel of the king-size room, there are drawers and hanging hooks for storage and the same lovely view to Dodd Fell.

Also on the first floor are the amazing family bathroom and a further shower room. Both have indulgent underfloor heating, modern suites and mixer showers with drencher heads in spacious enclosures. The bathroom also boasts a bath with shower attachment and a lovely view out to the garden and fells, what a wonderful place to soak away tired muscles.

Outside the house there is a parking area shared with the neighbouring cottages, a lockable storage shed for bikes or kayaks and a beautiful garden with mature shrubs and panoramic views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding fells. The raised terrace has a picnic table with attached benches (and there's also another separate bench) for outdoor dining and making the most of sunny evenings. Why not pour a glass of wine and soak up the glorious surroundings?

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 super-king-size, 1 twin (all three beds can be made into a super-king-size or divide into twins on request) and 1 king-size
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom and 1 shower room
  • Double fan oven, ceramic hobs, fridge, microwave and dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer and freezer
  • Wood burner
  • 2 TVs
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden
  • Parking for upto 3 cars
  • Two shared electric vehicle charging points available for no additional charge
  • Shared electric charging station
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Lockable storage for bikes and outdoor gear
  • Complex of properties
  • Can be booked alongside neighbouring cottages
  • Shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants 3 miles away
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Laura 29th April 2022

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Lovely stay here! Great dog friendly house.

Reviewed by Carol 15th April 2022

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A beautiful traditional stone-built cottage in a perfect setting, especially if you are walkers, with access to Dodd fell and Bassenthwaite Lake straight from the door. It was lovely sitting in the garden with views to the lake. We especially appreciated the boot room/utility both to house the dog crate and to put all our boots, coats etc. The 2 laRead morerge bathrooms were equally welcome after a day's walking on the fells. All in all a comfortable, well-equiped property. Hide

Reviewed by Margaret 1st April 2022

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A wonderful, comfortable cottage in a fantastic location. Amazing scenery from the garden. Lovely garden too especially in Spring and Summer. So relaxing. Easy to get to many parts of The Lake District and walks from the front door. Can't imagine why people go overseas when this scenery is on the doorstep. The cottage was well supplied with very coRead moremfy beds, clean towels and crockery etc. The boot room was handy too especially the washer/dryer. A great place to stay. We will return. Hide

Reviewed by Victoria 11th March 2022

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Reviewed by Ann 25th February 2022

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The cottage was beautiful, just like the photos. Everything was provided and at hand. There were instructions which were easy to follow and the place was immaculately clean. I would definitely recommend and visit again.

Reviewed by Joanna 18th February 2022

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Reviewed by Heather 10th December 2021

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Lovely quirky large cottage in fab location. Particularly loved having 2 staircases which made access into the kitchen super at night from upstairs. Very cosy & lots of space for 6 people..would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Stephen 3rd December 2021

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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.

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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