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Firbank

Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Cosy up by the open fire in this welcoming Lakes cottage with fell views
  • Take a drink into the enclosed garden and let your dog stretch their legs
  • Whinlatter Forest Park is found on the fell behind the property and Skiddaw beyond Bassenthwaite, to the front
Property code: SZ194

Tucked between Whinlatter Forest Park and Skiddaw, stay warm and comfortable in this welcoming cottage whilst admiring fantastic views and spending time together.

Welcome to this delightful house sleeping up to six people in the charming village of Thornthwaite. Situated just outside Keswick and offering some of the Lake District's best walking right on the doorstep, it makes a perfect base from which to explore the area. It boasts lovely light decor, comfortable furnishings and wonderful panoramic mountain views to inspire your days out.

The cottage is situated in a veritable walking and cycling paradise with Whinlatter Forest Park on the fell behind you and majestic Skiddaw, England's fourth highest mountain, beyond Bassenthwaite to the front. Whinlatter makes a great place for families to visit with cycling tracks, a fantastic playground, the osprey project and, if you look hard, the odd Gruffalo! Keswick, one of the Lake District's best-loved towns is just 3 miles away, opening up a world of adventurous possibilities both on the fells and on picturesque Derwentwater. Thornthwaite village has its own art gallery and cafe just across the road from the cottage with a wide range of local art for sale and a delicious slice of cake or two for the less artistically inclined. While the neighbouring village of Braithwaite, just over a mile away, has three pubs and is on a very handy bus route back to Thornthwaite.

The cottage is also perfectly placed to make the most of the history and culture of the area with Cockermouth, the delightful Georgian town which was Wordsworth's birthplace just 15 minutes away. While Mirehouse, a beautiful stately home with an abundance of literary links and gorgeous gardens, lies just the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake. Keswick also offers many cultural delights with its own art deco cinema showing mainstream and independent films while the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake has a varied programme of drama, music and comedy throughout the year. Whether you choose to fill your visit with history, culture, outdoor pursuits or just relaxation in lovely surroundings then this cottage makes an ideal base.

On arrival at the house, guests enter via the rear door. Here there is a large porch with space for muddy boots. From here you progress through to the light, airy kitchen/diner with wonderful views of Skiddaw in the distance. It's well-equipped with double oven and ceramic hobs, a slimline dishwasher, microwave, and a built-in fridge/freezer. There's a wooden dining table for six and a Bose stereo for a spot of ambient dining music.

Through to the main hallway from which you access the bedrooms, bathroom and lovely living room. With a deep comfy sofa and armchairs arranged around the open fire with green slate fireplace and large curved screen TV with Freeview and DVD, it makes a gorgeous place to relax. What makes it extra special is the two large windows which, as well as drenching the room in light, also take in the sweeping grandeur of the mountain views.

The master bedroom on this floor has a king-size wooden bedframe, a triple wardrobe and dresser. It also benefits from that glorious view to the front of the house. The comfortable twin room looks out to the rear of the house and has a wardrobe and chest of drawers. The family bathroom is also on this floor with an electric shower over the bath. The cottage's third bedroom suite is a fantastic flexible space. Accessible either from the main hallway, via a stairgated hatch and steel ladder-style staircase (please note this may be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility), or from outside the house through its own French doors. It's an ideal space whether your party has teens who'd like their own space or grandparents who'd enjoy some peace and quiet. The spacious bedroom has a wooden king-size bedframe, built-in wardrobes, chest of drawers and yet more of those mountain views. Off the bedroom there's an en-suite shower room with mixer shower. The suite also benefits from a lovely downstairs snug, it has a comfy two seater sofa, a desk and a TV. The utility room is beyond the snug where there is tea and coffee making facilities as well as a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Moving outside, the cottage benefits from a delightful mature garden with lawns, outdoor seating and dining furniture. Absolutely perfect for making the most of sunny days and outdoor dining opportunities. There is parking for at least two cars on the gated driveway with space for a further car outside the gateway.

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

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 en-suite shower room with WC
  • Double oven and ceramic hobs, slimline dishwasher, microwave, built-in fridge/freezer
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Open fire
  • TV/DVD in lounge, TV in snug
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • There is off-road parking for 2 cars on the gated driveway with space for a further car outside
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Shops and pub within 1.5 miles
  • The lower-ground floor king-size bedroom is accessed either via a stair-gated hatch and steep, steel ladder-style staircase from within, alternative access is via French doors from outside

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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.

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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