Families will love this property as its location allows you to make the most of what the Lake District National Park has to offer. With lakes, fells, mountains, market towns and forest parks nearby, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay with great amenities nearby, then this is the place for you. You can sit indoors or outdoors, disengaged from the modern world and unobserved by it. The views of the Lake District mountains are glorious and the apartment is a superb base to plan which walks you might like to take next, as well as a comforting home to return to after a day on the fells.
The busy market town of Keswick with all it has to offer is only a mile and a half away. You can walk there along the road, or on one of the many paths cutting through the village. There is plenty of choice when it comes to pubs and places to eat, and shops for outdoor equipment. By the lake you can hire a rowing boat or take a trip on the launch. For evening entertainment there is the Alhambra Cinema, over 100 years old yet offering contemporary films and comfort or the renowned Theatre by the Lake.
Applethwaite itself is a little village, facing south and getting the best of the sunshine. From the front door there are countless walks. A favourite is up Latrigg (which has more fantastic views of Keswick and the surrounding fells for minimal effort), and to mighty Skiddaw beyond, one of the Lake District’s highest mountains. If something a little more stately is required why not take a gentler stroll around the beautiful grounds of nearby Mirehouse where you can choose from formal gardens, a wild flower meadow, a heather maze, a rhododendron tunnel, poetry walk and four adventure playgrounds in the woods. All in all, this cottage is an ideal jumping off point for all that the Lake District has to offer.
For larger parties, this property can be booked with a second cottage that sleeps six guests.
This cottage is conveniently situated all on one level, meaning most of the rooms benefit from some of the most wonderful views the northern Lake District has to offer.
There are 20 steps leading down from the parking area to the front of the cottage. You enter via the porch which has a slate floor and is ideal for storing your outdoor gear after a day out on the fells. You'll even find a freezer neatly concealed in the right hand cupboard of the unit in here!
A hallway then leads to the open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. There are picture windows which offer a stunning vista of some of the best known Lakeland fells. The kitchen is extremely well equipped, including an electric hob, oven and grill, dishwasher, under counter fridge and a microwave. As mentioned earlier the freezer can be found in the cupboard in the porch. There is a dining area which easily seats four and stored in a cupboard next to this is a multitude of board games to enjoy during evenings in front of the cosy multi fuel stove. The lounge area has comfortable seating next to the picture windows to take full advantage of the glorious views. Why not have a game of trying to count the number of fells you can see? Or if you're feeling brave enough, name them.
Just off the open-plan area is the double bedroom with a fully-glazed south-facing French door which opens out into the garden; so you could stroll straight outside or sit in bed whilst having a morning brew, enjoying the magnificent views, listening to the morning birdsong and thinking about which fells to tackle that day.
There are two single bedrooms; one offering similar views to the lounge, both with wardrobes and a chest of drawers. There is also a bathroom which has a shower over the bath, a WC and a wash basin. There is a separate cloakroom which houses a WC and the washing machine.
Outside there is mature garden for you with lawn and shrubs. There is a patio area with outdoor seating for you to enjoy those stunning views whilst having a well earned glass of wine after a day exploring the Lake District.
Bike storage is available. This is also shared and can be booked on a first come, first served basis. You do need to bring your lock for the bike storage, this has a standard padlock type latch.