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Lowthwaite Cottage

St John's in the Vale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Historic cottage beautifully restored with contemporary décor and all the mod-cons to create an idyllic rural retreat
  • Occupies an excellent position with easy access to stunning lakes including Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Thirlmere and Ullswater
  • A wealth of walks from your doorstep, but if you’re looking for more of a challenge, the cottage is situated between Blencathra and Helvellyn and near to Skiddaw
Property code: SZ330

Families and couples will adore this beautiful country cottage nestled amongst the breathtaking landscape of the Lake District National Park, where you can immerse yourselves in the rural tranquillity or visit a nearby bustling town.

This cottage, set at the mouth of St John’s in the Vale, is a wonderful place for up to four people to enjoy a Lake District break in a traditional farmhouse cottage. It boasts a fantastically interesting history as it dates back to the late 1500s and was once on the old packhorse route between Keswick and Ambleside. This history is very evident in its thick walls, exposed beams, traditional windows stone floors while it’s been brought right up to date with cosy heating, comfortable furnishings, modern appliances and everything a 21st century holiday home could need - so much so the cottage has been awarded a four star GOLD rating by Visit Britain. Its delightful garden is the perfect spot to have an outdoor evening meal or just sit with a glass of wine taking in the majestic views.

St John’s in the Vale is a beautifully unspoilt valley where there are a wealth of opportunities for walking. This cottage sits almost equidistant between the mighty peaks of Blencathra and Helvellyn so if you are well prepared and feeling energetic you can wake up and decide which to wander up. Alternatively you might enjoy a more leisurely walk to the church at St Johns in the Vale where the snowdrops, when in season, are not to be missed. The beautiful and mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle is only a short drive away from the cottage, this is believed to predate even Stonehenge making it one of the oldest stone circles in Europe! Castlerigg’s spectacular position on top of a small hill between Keswick and Threlkeld has 360 degree views including Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra.

The mining museum at nearby Threlkeld Quarry has some fantastic big machines, gold panning and a steam railway, while Threlkeld village at the foot of Blencathra boasts two pubs and a cafe in the village hall with regular exhibitions of local artwork. Not only this, you are also just a short drive away from Keswick, a bustling market town with a theatre, cinema, restaurants and wealth of cafes and outdoor shops. It is an ideal base to enjoy everything the Lake District has to offer.

On entry you’ll find the warm bathroom which has an over bath shower and provides complimentary toiletries. Beyond this there is a well-equipped kitchen with built-in oven, halogen hobs, microwave, dishwasher and undercounter fridge. There is a utility room outside which houses a washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

The main room on the ground floor is the delightful living room with dining area which is a perfect farm cottage room. Boasting a wood burner, TV, DVD, CD/radio with i-pod dock, solid wood dresser and sideboard and comfy furnishings.

The staircase leads up from the kitchen to the first floor where you first encounter the delightful master bedroom which has a king-size bed, wardrobe and dresser. Through the charming traditional windows you have a glorious view across the valley to Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain. The twin room is similarly decorated, with lovely exposed joists and views over the garden.

Outside there is a large orchard-style garden with fruit trees with plenty of places to eat outside on sunny days as well as several quiet seating areas to sit and enjoy the majestic views and the sound of the tiny stream running through the garden.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Built-in oven, halogen hobs, microwave, dishwasher and under-counter fridge
  • Utility room – washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
  • Wood burner – initial basket of logs provided
  • TV, DVD, CD/radio with i-pod dock
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Large orchard style garden, partially enclosed with various seating area and a small stream (children to be supervised at all times)
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Please note that, due to the angle of the drive, a dog may be able to get under the driveway gate, so the garden is not fully secure for dogs
  • The water supply for this property comes from a spring on the fells that is filtered and checked on an annual basis
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Off road parking for 3 cars on driveway
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 6 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Brian 30th April 2022

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Reviewed by Steven 23rd April 2022

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If we praise this property too much it will never be available for us to rent next time. Possibly the best all round cottage we have ever rented in the Lake District.

Reviewed by Sarah 16th April 2022

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Thr cottage was very clean and cosy. Well equipped in the kitchen but needed a few more firelighters and needs plasters in first aid box including possibly a tube of Savlon. We had a great week and found the location very central when exploring areas of interest. Will definitely return next year. Thank you .

Reviewed by Andrew 2nd April 2022

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We really enjoyed our week, despite some very wet and cold weather. That unfortunately limited our use of the beautiful garden. We brought our own bird feeders and food to ensure we attracted lots of birds. That paid off as there was no food in the feeders in the garden. The cottage was lovely and warm with heating on for long periods, which we werRead moree grateful for. Also lit the log burner a couple of nights. Picked up extra logs and firelighters at fuel station at Rheged. Would come back. Hide

Reviewed by Melanie 12th March 2022

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Lovely warm and cosy characterful cottage in superb situation. Beautiful garden full of wildlife.

Reviewed by Colin 11th December 2021

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We loved the cottage and would book again. It was well equipped and cosy. The owners made the place look beautiful with Christmas decorations. It was lovely. One of the reasons we picked this cottage was as we were going in December we wanted comfortable chairs. A cosy atmosphere and to be warm. It did not disappoint on every aspect. It was also siRead moretuated in one of the most beautiful areas. Finally we have two dogs and the cottage was ideal for them. We would certainly go again. Hide

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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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