This comfortable home is great for escapes with little ones, with the amenities of Braithwaite village on the doorstep, as well as an array of fell walks and cycle routes.
This three-bedroom house, sleeping up to five guests, is set on a quiet lane in Braithwaite. Its enclosed garden and private parking make it ideal for families with young children and its views are unrivalled within the Lake District. The whole property has been comfortably refurbished.
This alluring holiday property is located in the traditional Lake District village of Braithwaite, just 2.5 miles from Keswick and 10 miles from Cockermouth. The fully refurbished cottage sleeps up to five guests across three bedrooms and is perfect for young children, with its enclosed back garden, which even features a lovely little playhouse for tots. The cottage has been furnished with comfort in mind and includes a Smart TV (so you can connect your Netflix account) and outdoor seating area from which to enjoy an early morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening.
The property strikes an unusual balance: it is situated on a small lane, just a minute's drive from the A66 trunk road, which connects West Cumbria to the M6, yet it is set deep within the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site, affording its guests breathtaking views of the Skiddaw and Blencathra mountain ranges to the front and Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike to the rear. Braithwaite sits between two beautiful lakes, Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater, which can be walked around either in whole or part.
The Lake District has earned itself the title of the adventure capital of the UK. Nowhere is this more evident than in the lakes and fells surrounding Braithwaite. The end of the lane merges with the bottom of the famous Whinlatter Pass - a daunting challenge for even the fittest of cyclists and hikers - which leads up to the Forestry Commission's Whinlatter Forest. Here, there is plenty of parking, a play trail and holiday activities for children (check out the Adventure Club for full-day childcare that will charge your little ones with a thirst for exploration), Go Ape rope adventure, mountain bike hire and a gift shop. Siskin's Cafe caters for children just as well as it does for adults and the homemade cakes can be enjoyed either inside or out. Towards Keswick, Portinscale is home to a number of marinas that offer kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating and rowing on Derwentwater. A huge variety of walks are available from the doorstep of the property and mountain guides can be hired for anyone wishing to make the most of the area.
The ground floor consists of the kitchen, living room and utility or garden room. A dining table seating six people is situated in the kitchen, which contains an electric oven, gas hob, fridge and dishwasher. A freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer can all be found in the utility / garden room, where bikes could also be securely stored. There are also two sofas and a TV in this room - it's the perfect second space where guests can plug in an Xbox and let the kids have their own space! A handy ground-floor WC is also located here.
Access to the lawned garden is via the utility / garden room. The garden is enclosed and features a wooden playhouse to keep tots entertained. Two cushioned garden sofas and a coffee table add to the chilled-out feeling that the property provides.
Step through the French doors from the garden into the living room, in which two comfy sofas and a traditional armchair create a relaxed space for viewing the Smart TV (don't forget to bring your Netflix and Amazon Prime logins!).
Upstairs are the three bedrooms, each with built-in wardrobes and additional storage. The front bedrooms, the king-size and the zip-and-link, have views of the Skiddaw and Blencathra mountain ranges, while the single bedroom at the back of the house overlooks the village towards Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike beyond. Perfect for gathering inspiration of where to explore next.
The family bathroom is also upstairs and features a walk-in two-headed drencher shower, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Parking for one car is on the gravelled drive to the front, with more parking available on-street.
Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.