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Oaks Apartment

Newlands Valley, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Internet access
Working farm
Travel cot available
4 more

At a glance

  • Escape to this humble abode for a romantic retreat
  • Enjoy al fresco meals in the garden with great views
  • Head out for a ridge-top walk without getting in the car
Property code: SZ362

Located on a working farm, forget the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine, and enjoy peaceful time nestled between fells.

This property is a bright, cosy retreat for two people with an amazing location high in the Newlands Valley. Keskadale is the last farm before the top of the pass and has the privilege of beautiful views back down the valley as it nestles between the towering fells. Both the bedroom and living/dining room in the apartment have windows taking full advantage of these views which can be enjoyed at your leisure. Relax in the warm homey living area with the electric stove on in winter and in summer you can really feel part of the landscape with a meal alfresco in the garden. This property offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life providing a haven of tranquillity in an inspirational landscape. Keskadale is a working mixed farm and there is always something going on; immerse yourself in this timeless atmosphere which is still driven by the changing seasons.

The Newlands Valley is in the heart of the northern Lake District surrounded by some of the most popular walks in the area. Still full of family farms, this working landscape provides a sylvan foreground to the fells behind and offers a variety of lovely valley walks as well as a huge choice of fell walks. The fells rising steeply up behind the farm are Ard Crag and Rigg Beck, slightly off the beaten track compared to other fells in the area they were a favourite of Alfred Wainwright providing a glorious ridge walk which you can do from your door. For a bigger challenge take on the Newlands Horseshoe starting with Cat Bells and finishing on Robinson from where you can conveniently drop back down to Keskadale via Newlands Hause. Being located on the challenging Newlands Pass it is also a great location for cyclists with circuits of Newlands and Honister or Newlands and Whinlatter on the doorstep.

Newlands Pass links Braithwaite with Buttermere and guests therefore has easy access to both. The nearest pub is 2 miles away in Swinside offering good food and a pint with a view; there are also pubs in Buttermere and Braithwaite to try and of course many different cuisines are on offer in Keswick, about 7 miles drive away. Keswick is also the starting point for a boat trip on beautiful Derwentwater where you can alight at any of the landing stages around the lake to explore before rejoining the boat later on. It is also home of the popular Theatre by the Lake and a family run cinema for easy evenings out. Adventurous guests should visit Honister, just a short drive past Buttermere and up the dramatic Honister Pass this working slate mine offers underground tours and the brave can take the challenge of the Via Ferrata high up on the crag. Cockermouth, Loweswater and Borrowdale are also in easy reach so there is plenty to keep you busy for a week or more.

Regrettably this property cannot allow children aged 2 - 18 years.

From the parking in the yard a path leads you through a trellis arch and up through the garden to a bridge across to the front door, which is on the same level as the first floor of the farmhouse. The door leads into a spacious hallway with room to hang coats and leave muddy boots after invigorating days out. On the wall opposite the door is a photo over Keswick by night, the lights give a different perspective of a familiar scene.

The door to the left of the hallway leads into a cosy double bedroom, if you can tear your eyes away from the beautiful views out of the window you will find plenty of storage in a built in wardrobe with hanging space plus an additional wardrobe and chest of drawers. There are two bedside tables, a chair and a mirror to complete the furniture and going back to the view, which is hard to ignore, it ranges right round from Aiken Knot past Cat Bells and the Newlands Valley to Scope End on Hindscarth.

Back into the hallway the next door along is the family bathroom with shower over the bath and a heated towel rail. There is plenty of space to enjoy a soak in the bath and then a lovely warm towel to relax in luxury.

To the right off the hall is the main living area and kitchen, with a dual aspect you are Again getting the full advantage of the Newlands Valley and surrounding fells in all its glory. The kitchen is to the right and is well equipped with everything you may need whether whipping up a three course meal for a special occasion or just grabbing a quick bite after a good pub lunch! The oven and hob are electric, the fridge has a freezer compartment and there is also a microwave and a dishwasher for convenience. The dining table for two is positioned in front of the side window so you can enjoy the views while lingering over a sociable meal.

The living area also takes advantage of the views with windows on two sides, overall this is a lovely light room. A large corner sofa is perfect for relaxing evenings in and an electric stove keeps the room really toasty in the winter. The Freesat TV has a DVD player with a choice of DVDs available on the shelf beneath. This is a homey room decorated with sheep ornaments and photographs of local views on the walls. Wi-Fi is available but can be intermittent as is the mobile phone signal - a great opportunity to really get away from the demands of modern life.

Outside the sloping grass garden has a picnic bench for al fresco dining with a view and there are also table and chairs stored in the hallway for your use in the garden as you wish. Sit out, enjoy the peace and marvel at the scenery - definitely one to remember.

It is a perfect little retreat for two people; walkers will be spoiled for choice here but walkers and non-walkers alike cannot fail to feel privileged to be able to stay in such a stunning location and enjoy the wonderful views without having to move from the sofa.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included (can be intermittent)
  • Towels not provided
  • Sloping, partially enclosed garden with picnic bench and furniture stored in hallway
  • There is off-road parking for 1 car in the farmyard
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and shop within 2.5 miles
  • Mobile phone signal intermittent
  • Located on a working farm so livestock and associated farm machinery will be present
  • Regret no children aged 2 -18 years.  Infants welcome, but please note that space is tight   
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


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Reviewed by Peter 8th April 2022

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A truly super place and location to stay. Highly recommended. Lovely people and lovely holiday.

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