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Leethwaite

Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Generous holiday home for eight, ideal for a group or two families
  • Magnificent, undulating Lake District vistas, from inside and out
  • Games room for rainy days and relaxing evenings together
Property code: SZ307

A spacious Lakeland retreat, overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, with spacious accommodation and delightful gardens, close to the shore and 4 miles from Keswick.

Escape to this large, spacious character cottage with beautiful views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding fells. Situated in a peaceful location surrounded by wildlife just outside Thornthwaite, the property sleeps up to eight people in four gorgeous bedrooms. The bedrooms are all spacious with stunning views over the lakes and fells and the attractive lawned garden with patio also make the most of the views. This is a quirky cottage with plenty of room for families and friends to gather together but also space for everyone to be able to get away for a quiet moment.

Located in a small group of properties set well back from the road a short distance outside Thornthwaite village, this cottage has a selection of walks that can be done from the door. Leave the car at home and take an evening stroll down to Bassenthwaite Lake shore via the footpath just outside the door or explore the paths around Powter How woodland. The adventurous can try out wild swimming and paddleboarding, whilst Barf and Lords Seat up to Whinlatter and Wythop offer a range of routes for cyclists and walkers and the C2C cycleroute passes nearby. The osprey viewpoint may be on the other side of the lake but the adult birds regularly fish in Bassenthwaite and can be seen equally well from the west side, a must see for wildlife lovers. Head either way along the lake and you will find a pub, the renowned Pheasant Inn at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake, or a choice of traditional country pubs in Braithwaite.

The north-western Lake District offers numerous attractions to suit everyone. Keswick, vibrant hub of the northern Lakes, is just 4 miles away offering a plethora of outdoor activities, plus rainy day options: museums, cafes, restaurants and the chance to take in a show at the Theatre by the Lake. The walking in this area is second to none with both well known and lesser known fells to explore plus plenty of low level walks too. Visit the attractive market town of Cockermouth or continue over to the coast for a change of scene, you could even head up to Carlisle and follow in the footsteps of the Romans along Hadrian's Wall. Closer to home, indulge yourself with an afternoon of relaxation at the spa at Armathwaite Hall or take a tour of the Lakes Distillery finishing with a tasting, lovely! With easy access to the A66, the whole area is on your doorstep and this property is perfectly placed to offer great days out whilst providing a warm welcome back afterwards.

As soon as you pull up to at the cottage you cannot miss one of the main attractions of this house - the beautiful views across Bassenthwaite Lake to the Skiddaw fells beyond. Renovated throughout to a high standard, this property is a traditional Lake District cottage with all the modern comforts and conveniences you could wish for. Head inside and you're sure to feel right at home here.

The fitted kitchen is well equipped and sure to be a hit with the chefs in the group. Well equipped with a fantastic range style oven which has two electric ovens, electric grill and five gas hobs, a useful washer/dryer, larder style fridge/freezer and handy dishwasher so there'll be no need to fight over who has to do the washing up! The breakfast bar is the perfect place for a peaceful breakfast, or for an evening aperitif whilst keeping the cook company.

The living-dining room is a great social space. Gather round the dining table, the perfect place for comparing notes on the day's events over a hearty home cooked meal, before moving to the comfortable living area. Relax in front of the feature double sided wood burner, ideal for cosy nights in in front of the fire. For entertainment there's a TV with Freeview. The double sided wood burner also serves the bright sun room. A wonderfully calming room, it's the perfect place to catch up with a good book - if you can tear yourself away from the stunning views over the lake and fells that is. Ornithologists will love sitting in here too and watching the comings and goings of the many birds who also like to pay this cottage - or its garden at least! - a visit.

Also on the ground floor is a fantastic games room, perfect should rain stop play outside. In here you'll find a selection of games and books as well as table football, all sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. A fantastic modern shower room, with a WC, wash basin and fabulous walk in shower, completes the ground floor.

Head upstairs to the first floor and you'll find the four spacious bedrooms. First up we have the beautiful master bedroom which has delightful views towards Whinlatter Forest. Why not relax in the super-king bed and enjoy an indulgent lie in? You are on holiday after all! This bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with a WC, wasbasin and bath with shower over, so all tastes are catered for.

Next up there are two lovely super-king rooms. Both of these bedrooms contain zip-and-link beds and can be made up as twins upon request and have wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. Last but by no means least is the charming double room which has a 4 foot 6 bed. As well as shower room on the ground floor, upstairs you'll find another fantastic family shower room with a WC, wash basin and modern shower enclosure, perfect for reinvigorating muscles tired from walking.

The garden enjoys stunning views of the Skiddaw fells across Bassenthwaite Lake, take a seat on the garden furniture and just take it all in. There is lots of wildlife around, sit and wait and see what comes by - you will also have a grandstand seat for watching the ospreys fishing in the lake in the summer. There is also parking for three cars on the gravelled area by the cottage, as well as a shed for storing bikes (remember to bring your own bike locks with you) if you prefer to explore on two wheels.

This wonderful character cottage, situated in a beautiful spot, is certainly one not to be missed.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 4 bedrooms – 1 super-king-size, 1 small double (4' 6"), 1 zip-and-link twin (which can be made into a super-king-size on request) and 1 super-king-size (which can be made into a twin on request)
  • 3 bathrooms – 2 shower rooms, 1 en-suite bathroom
  • Two electric ovens, an electric grill and five gas hobs, a large fridge/freezer, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Garden
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Storage for bikes
  • Games room
  • Pubs and shops within 2 miles

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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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