This historic cottage close to beautiful Derwentwater is an ideal base for small families keen to experience the great outdoors on foot, by bike or even by canoe.
A very warm welcome to this traditional 18th-century terraced cottage for up to four people nestled in lovely Portinscale. Retaining charming period features, boasting personal bespoke touches everywhere and its own off-road parking spaces, it makes an ideal base from which to explore this popular area. The owners have lovingly restored this place to feature the low ceilings, exposed beams, and sash windows, giving a feeling of its heritage, while creating a comfortable and cosy 21st-century holiday home. It's small and perfectly formed for a romantic getaway for two or a family Lakeland adventure.
Portinscale is a much-loved village just a short drive or pleasant walk to the bustling market town of Keswick. With some of the best fell walking in the country available right from the door and the shore of picturesque Derwentwater just a stone's throw away, this cottage really is perfectly situated to make the most of its surroundings. The village has two marinas at which you can hire all manner of vessels to mess about on the water. Why not pack a picnic, hire a boat and find your perfect beach to eat your lunch in glorious surroundings? Alternatively take a walk up the iconic form of Catbells just outside the village, the views are spectacular. There's a hotel, a good local pub and an excellent cafe all within a very short stroll of the house. Explore some of Beatrix Potter's legacy at Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden just outside the village and treat yourself to a delicious lunch while you're there!
Heading out of the village there's plenty to do. Whinlatter Forest Park is nearby with walking and cycling trails for all abilities, an imaginative play park for children, a popular cafe and even a high ropes course for the adventurous teens and adults among you. History buffs will enjoy a visit to nearby Mirehouse, a family owned stately home with delightful gardens and literary connections. Keswick is just a few minutes’ drive or an easy walk away. There's a fantastic choice of shops, eateries and visitor attractions to enjoy there. You can take in a play or concert at the gorgeous Theatre by the Lake or catch one of the wonderful Derwentwater Launches around the lake hopping off back in Portinscale. However you choose to spend your visit you'll find it is a base filled with character and warmth.
This traditional 18th-century terraced cottage has a wealth of period features, hand crafted woodwork, well-chosen local art and modern appliances making it a welcoming and comfortable base from which to explore the area.
Guests arrive to the rear of the property and enter via French doors into the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space. It's a lovely welcoming room, well thought-through to make the most of 18th-century cottage proportions to suit 21st-century requirements! There are coat hooks and plenty of space for muddy boots both inside and outside.
The well-equipped kitchen has modern cream units, a built-in fan oven, induction hobs, microwave, under-counter fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and all the crockery and cookware you will require for your stay. The dining space has two specially adapted church pews made more comfortable by prettily printed cushions. The living room has two brown leather sofas arranged around the wood burner and feature slate fireplace, perfect for curling up to chat about your day's adventures. The magnificent panorama of Catbells above the fireplace might even inspire you to don your walking boots. There's also a Smart TV, DVD player and digital radio for your entertainment. The owners have thoughtfully left a selection of books, DVDs and games to keep you occupied too.?
Moving up the handcrafted corner staircase brings you to the small landing with three wooden latched doors. First to the master bedroom: this has a king-size bed, a dressing table along with built-in cupboard and drawers. The twin bedroom also has heavy wooden bedsteads and a 'tall boy' with drawers for storage (it is worth noting that, while the beds are full sized singles, the room is more suited to children rather than adults as there isn't much available floor space). The bathroom has a modern white suite with over-bath electric shower.
Moving outside the house there is a charming garden area with its mature shrubs including an umbrella-like variegated holly tree with bird feeders. There's a sheltered area over a bench by the house, and a raised deck with a dining set for four. Make the most of morning sunshine by having your cuppa or breakfast on the deck! Alternatively grab an evening glass of wine, take a seat and enjoy the visiting birdlife. At the edge of the garden is a gravelled parking space for one regular sized car. Further back, to the side of the garages is a concrete hard standing, solely for the use of guests, to accommodate a further car.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.