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Osprey Cottage - Portinscale

Portinscale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
3 more

At a glance

A beautiful traditional cottage with exposed beams and a cheerful wood burner Situated in the picturesque village of Portinscale on the outskirts of Keswick Perfect for walkers and cyclists, the cottage is close to Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater

Property code: SZ378

Just half a mile from the banks of the sparkling Derwentwater, this charming 18th-century cottage provides a perfect relaxing holiday getaway for a family or couple seeking a quiet Lakeland retreat.

Located in the sought after village of Portinscale is this charming 18th-century retreat for up to four people. The welcoming accommodation includes a well-equipped kitchen and a cosy living/dining room with a feature wood burner. Also on the ground floor is a handy shower room. Upstairs on the first floor, you'll find the two lovely bedrooms, a bunk room and a king-size room with its own en-suite shower room. As well as private parking for two cars and a shed for storing bikes, there's also a delightful patio area with outdoor furniture, perfect for dining al fresco.

Rightly popular with locals and visitors alike, Portinscale is sure to delight. The village boasts a friendly pub just around the corner from the cottage, and a fantastic cafe just a 5-minute walk away. There are plenty of lovely picturesque walking opportunities on offer straight from the front door. From lakeside strolls along the shores of Derwentwater to fells such as Catbells and Causey Pike, there's a route for everyone. Keswick is just over a mile's walk away so why not leave the car where it is and head into town on foot. Indulge in some retail therapy, or treat yourselves to an evening out and take in a film at the local cinema or a show at the renowned Theatre by the Lake.

The cottage has a shed for storing bikes, ideal if you like exploring on two wheels. Head to nearby Whinlatter Forest which has three mountain bike trails to choose from (as well as nine woodland walking trails) or cycle through the beautiful Newlands Valley to picturesque Buttermere; with either Newlands Pass or Honister Pass to tackle, you'll have earned some homemade cake or ice cream from the farm cafe when you get to the other side. Whatever you decide you to do during your stay, the cottage will be a welcome home from home to retreat to.

A useful porch is the ideal place for leaving wet coats and muddy boots before continuing inside this lovely cottage. The fully fitted country-style kitchen is well equipped with everything you'll need for a self-catering holiday. There's an electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and a dishwasher meaning there's no need to fight over who has to do the washing up! There's also a handy washer/dryer in here should you need to make use of that during your stay. Continue through to the living/dining room. Relax on the sofa in front of the wood burner, perfect for cosy evenings in in front of the fire. There's a TV with Freeview and DVD player for entertainment. The dining area has oak furniture and is a great spot for swapping stories on the day's events over a home-cooked meal, or for spreading out maps and guidebooks whilst you plan tomorrow's activities.

Also on the ground floor is handy shower room. In here you'll find a WC, wash basin and power shower, perfect for reinvigorating tired muscles after a day on the fells.

Upstairs on the first floor are the two lovely bedrooms. First up is the master bedroom, which has a pine king-size bed and handy walk-in wardrobe for storage. This bedroom has its own en-suite shower room (with WC, wash basin and shower cubicle), a real treat. The cosy second bedroom has full-size bunk beds, a useful chest of drawers and has views towards Whinlatter.

Outside to the front of the cottage is a delightful patio. With a table and chairs, equally suited to that first morning coffee or an evening apperitif, it's a lovely spot for sitting out and making the most of the spring/summer sunshine. At rear of the cottage is a second sitting area and also a hose to clean muddy pets, as well as a rotary washing line.

There is also private parking for two cars. One in front of the shed ,where you can store bikes, and the other for a small car close to the back door.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 bunk bedroom
  • 2 shower rooms (1 en-suite) with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Partially enclosed garden with patio and outdoor furniture
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Bike storage in shed
  • Short breaks available from Friday and Monday on selected dates - please call to book 
  • Pub 30 metres
  • Derwentwater 0.5 miles


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Caroline 13th November 2021

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The cottage was very clean and extremely warm. Had nearly everything I needed for a weeks stay. The bunks are really only suitable for children due to the low ceiling heights. An adult or teenager could sleep in the lower bunk, but would find the upper one too difficult for getting in and out. Location is great, but bear in mind its next to the FarRead moreners Arms pub and village hall, where functions do take place, as was the case on the Saturday night I arrived. All quiet by 12 mid night though. Hide


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.

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