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Forge Cottage - Keswick

Keswick, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A Grade II listed cottage that was once a smelting house and a chapel
  • Impressive riverside setting with patio and seating overlooking the water
  • Stylish retreat north of Derwentwater and near Castleirgg Stone Circle
Property code: SZ201

Rich in history, this cottage has retained many traditional features with a sought-after location right on the river and just a mile from the vibrant heart of Keswick.

Sleeping up to four people, this Grade II-listed building is bursting with historical character. It has been refurbished to a high standard, but retains references to the fact it was once an 18th-century smelting house and, later, a chapel in the early 20th century. A westerly-facing riverside patio to the rear of the cottage makes the most fantastic evening sun trap next to the River Greta. Wildlife in the woodland on the other side of the river includes red squirrels (one even visits the front yard), deer, woodpeckers, herons and owls.

Keswick is a jewel in the northern Lake District's crown, situated on the shores of the incredibly picturesque Derwentwater. It's a vibrant market town with a wonderful atmosphere where you can indulge your wild side with any number of adventurous outdoor activities or pamper your taste buds with a huge range of eateries offering great local food and Cumbrian real ales. Why not take in a play or concert at the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake during your stay? Alternatively make the most of the shopping as there is a vast range of outdoor shops and a wonderful choice of independent shops too. The award-winning Keswick Museum is just a short stroll down the railway path from the cottage, you could enjoy a visit followed by lunch at its on-site cafe overlooking the park.

The walking and cycling on offer here is second to none with paths and tracks to suit those in search of gentle picturesque strolls or Lake District giants such as Skiddaw to climb if you're feeling more energetic. Ancient and mysterious, Castlerigg Stone Circle sits less than a mile up the hill from the cottage. Dating from around 3,000 BC and occupying an elevated plateau, it is one of the most beautifully situated stone circles you will find with stunning views in all directions, well worth a wander out.

There are two front doors so each floor has their own entrance: a door that goes directly into the ground floor - perfect for bringing suitcases straight to the bedrooms. The main access, however, is via a set of slate steps climbing up to the open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room. Upon entering via the old chapel's stable door, the character of the cottage becomes apparent. Elements of this cottage date back to the 1400s, although most of what is seen now is from an 18th-century smelting house and, later, an early 20th-century chapel. Although completely refurbished, there is still evidence of the cottage's rich history.

The living room boasts a large wood burner, a five-seater corner settee and armchair. There is a Freesat TV, with separate DVD and Apple TV Box, and Wi-Fi access (please note, the Wi-Fi access is provided by a fast, fibre optic connection). Comfort is a priority here and the open-plan design makes for a relaxed social space.The kitchen is modern and well stocked. It includes an electric oven, gas hob integrated into an 'island' worktop, microwave, diswasher, intergrated fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. The oak diing table seats up to six guests and catches the afternoon sun from behind the cottage.

As the main living area is situated on the first floor, it is down a spiral staircase where the bedrooms and bathroom lie. The super-king-size bed is a zip-and-link, which means that it can be separated into two large single twin beds. Oak furniture includes a double wardrobe, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and dresser. The soft furnishings are tastefully clad in pretty fabrics and a tiny feature window has been created from the 18th-century smelting chimney. The room has a double aspect view to front and the river at the rear. There is an external door leading to the front patio. The king-size bedroom contains an en-suite WC and has a view of the River Greta. Again, furnished in oak (double wardrobe and bedside cabinets) and lovely fabrics. The slate-tiled bathroom contains a bath, walk-in shower (with good water pressure), WC and heated towl rail.

There is a bike-securing rail to the front of the cottage. The riverside patio is accessed from the ground floor. A table and chairs, along with a BBQ, are siutated at the riverside, which traps the afternoon sun. Where better to relax with a glass of wine after a day spent in the fells or shopping at Keswick market?

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 super-king-size which can be made into a twin on request, 1 king-size
  • 1 bathroom with separate shower and a WC, 1 en-suite WC
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV, DVD, Apple TV box
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Rear riverside patio, front patio accessed via steps
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Regret no dogs
  • Rail for securing bikes
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs within 1 mile
  • Internal spiral staircase


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