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Larch Cottage - Borrowdale

Borrowdale, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Homely cottage for four in the Lake District’s picturesque Borrowdale Valley
  • Set in the tranquil village of Rosthwaite, right at the heart of the national park
  • Ideal for riverside and fell walks, as well as trips to Derwentwater and Keswick
Property code: SZ302

A charming Lakeland cottage for four, with stunning views, situated in Rosthwaite, an ideal location from which to immerse yourselves in the beautiful Borrowdale surroundings.

This cottage is the very image of a cosy and traditional Borrowdale retreat nestled in Rosthwaite in this beloved valley. Sleeping four people in two pretty bedrooms and boasting delightful views, it gives visitors a welcoming feeling from the moment you step into its quaint living room. Light the open fire, settle down with a cuppa and plan your fell walking adventures from its comfy sofa. There's everything from the mightiest fell tops to smaller but no less iconic peaks just a stone's throw from the door.

Rosthwaite is in a perfect position from which to explore Borrowdale, one of the most loved of all Lakeland valleys. Surrounded by dramatic peaks and criss-crossed with traditional dry stone walls framing rolling fields and blessed with some excellent watering holes and eateries, it really makes a wonderful place for a Cumbrian break. The crystal clear river Derwent runs nearby, in fact the walk from Rosthwaite to Grange along the river is an absolute must. Why not pack a picnic, find the perfect spot and have a paddle along the way? Further up the valley you can visit Honister Mine visitor centre. Take the mine tour for a rainy day activity or challenge yourself to the Via Ferrata as an adventure!

Picturesque Derwentwater is nearby where you can hire kayaks, paddle boards, sailing and rowing boats to mess about on the water. Alternatively you could take in the views from one of the stately Derwentwater Launches that weave their way around the seven landing stages. Keswick, just 6 miles away, is well known as the Lake District's adventure capital. The town itself has a lovely bustling atmosphere and plenty to do whether you'd like to shop, take in a film, visit a museum or catch a play or concert at the wonderful Theatre By The Lake. However you'd like to spend your stay, this cottage is a sweet and homey base to make the most of your holiday.

Nestled in the hamlet of Rosthwaite this quaint slice of Lakeland history makes a wonderful base to explore the unparalleled walking available in its immediate surroundings.

Guests enter the cottage directly into the cosy living room, it has an old-world feel about it with exposed beams, an open fire with stone surround and a comfy sofa and two armchairs arranged around the TV. An under-stairs cupboard has hanging space for coats and shoes. From the living room there are four steps up to a little snug with a further TV and DVD player. Perfect if your party has differing opinions on what to watch!

To the rear of the living room is the compact kitchen and dining space. It's equipped with electric hobs, a built-in fan oven, microwave, under-counter fridge, washer/dryer and dining table with bench seating.

Moving upstairs from the living room there's a light, open landing (care should be taken at the top of the stairs due to its slightly open nature) from which you access the bedrooms and bathroom. The master bedroom is a sweet double room with a small wardrobe for storage and a gorgeous view to Bessyboot. The lovely twin room has a wardrobe with drawers and view over the hamlet of Rosthwaite towards the iconic forms of Castle Crag and Catbells. The bathroom has a traditional white suite with over-bath electric shower.

Outside to the rear there's a gated back yard featuring a raised terrace with a table and chairs for outdoor dining. The views from here are absolutely stunning, what a situation to enjoy a morning cuppa or an evening glass of wine. To the front of the house there is a patio and mature shrubs.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom – 1 Shower over the bath
  • Fan oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer
  • Open fire
  • 2 TV / DVDs
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden
  • No designated parking however on-street parking is in a layby 50 metres away
  • Regret no pets
  • Towels not provided
  • Pub and tearoom within 0.25 miles, shops 6.5 miles away
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Daron 6th February 2022

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Perfect for us. We have stayed before a few years ago. Much improved with nicer furniture etc. The heating and hot water are very good now. Plenty of coal too, very useful last week for us. Handy little shop up the lane that sells the basics such as milk, logs etc. Riverside bar is just a few minutes walk and that is always warm and does excellent Read morefood. Hide

Reviewed by Janice 14th January 2022

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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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