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Olive's Cottage

Braithwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautifully refurbished cottage with enclosed garden and playhouse
  • Enjoy incredible mountain views from the dining table and the front bedrooms
  • A garden room offers a pleasant place to sit for some peace and quiet
Property code: SZ371

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.

  • 3 bedrooms: 1 king-size, 1 twin bedroom (can be made up as a super-king-size on request), 1 single
  • 1 shower bathroom, 1 WC
  • Electric oven, gas hob, fridge and dishwasher
  • Utility/garden room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Smart TV in lounge, TV in garden room
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Private off-road parking for 1 car and on-road parking nearby
  • Regret no pets
  • Bike storage space in utility/garden room
  • Shop and pub less than half a mile


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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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