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Park View

Bothel, Cumbria
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stunning mature gardens to the front and rear with views of the fells, your own stone circle and a host of wildlife
  • Occupies a tranquil village location to the north of the Lake District National Park with a pub within 500 metres
  • Two lounges to relax and unwind in after a day of exploring
Property code: SZ384

Families/friends can fully embrace the slower pace of life in this idyllic rural retreat on the northern edge of the Lake District. Lakes and mountains are to the south and the Solway Coast is to the north.

This lovely holiday property is located in the peaceful rural village of Bothel on the northern borders of the Lake District, accommodating up to eight guests and three dogs. It has views towards Binsey, one of the easier climbs of Wainwright's fells in the UNESCO Lake District National Park. The front and rear gardens are both large and full of intrigue, not least of which is the miniature stone circle, correctly positioned to coincide with the Summer Solstice! Free range hens belonging to the owners provide fresh eggs and frogs, hedgehogs, bats and cats are frequent visitors to the gardens. Dogs are welcome, although neither garden is fully enclosed.

Lovers of literature will feel quite at home at the property, as the owners have lovingly adorned the bedrooms with quotations from Bronte and Austen. Items of thoughtfully selected furniture add charm to this spacious accommodation, which is decorated with a variety of literary and historical framed pictures. The cottage, originally constructed in 1807, has been in the owner's family since 1892 and family portraits can be found on the walls. Park View is wheelchair friendly, with a fully accessibly king-size bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounges on the ground floor.

The property is the perfect launch pad for the Northern Lakes, the border city of Carlisle and the Solway Coast and its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bassenthwaite is 5 miles away, Keswick 12 miles, Cockermouth seven miles, the Western Lakes, Skiddaw and the Solway Coast ten miles away. The cottage is only a short walk from the local pub which serves good food. Park View is the ideal location from which a large family or group of friends can explore Cumbria.

The property is a fully accessible cottage suitable for families with children and dogs. It boasts spacious accommodation, large gardens, views of sheep grazing in pastures and close proximity to both the coastline and the Lake District National Park.

Upon arrival, you should head to the back of the house. A basket of local goodies awaits; the contents will depend on the season but expect to find fresh eggs from the hens in the garden, homegrown onions, potatoes, plums and herbs, as well as local biscuits, jam, drinks and not forgetting a little something for any four-legged friends. The gardens are shared with the friendly owners, who allow either two medium/large dogs or three small dogs to stay at the cottage.

The kitchen is large and well stocked, containing an electric oven and four-ring ceramic hob, undercounter fridge, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. There is a chest freezer and a tumbler dryer in the utility room as well as a second undercounter fridge, just a few metres from the kitchen. In the kitchen is a dining table that seats eight guests and a breakfast bar with four stools.

There are two lounges in the cottage. One is to the front of the house and features two deep four-seater sofas, a Smart TV (don't forget to bring your Netflix/Prime login), a selection of books and DVDs and an open coal fire. Plenty of coal and kindling is supplied but guests are kindly requested to clean and re-lay the fire for the next guests. A smaller lounge looks though a large window onto the array of bird feeders in the back garden and has a small Smart TV and DVD player.

One of the many wonderful things about Park View is that the ground floor is fully wheelchair accessible (depending on wheelchair width), as it had previously been occupied by a wheelchair user. A ramp provides access to the king-size bedroom on the ground floor and a portable ramp can be placed for access to the front lounge. Please check the maximum width of wheelchair with the owners, as areas may be slightly too narrow for wider wheelchairs. The following disability aids can be provide upon request: shower stool, perching stool, commode and toilet frame. The ground floor bathroom contains a walk-in shower, WC, wash basin and access to the back garden.

The remaining three bedrooms and bathroom can be found on the first floor. Full of character, there are two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom featuring small double (queen-size) beds. Each bedroom has plenty of storage and a wash basin. The double bedroom to the rear of the house has a large window from which to take in the peaceful pastoral view. The bathroom on the first floor has a shower over the claw foot bath, a WC and wash basin.

The shared gardens to front and rear are both lawned and neither is fully enclosed, so children and pets should not be left to roam alone. There is a busy road beyond the bottom of the garden which guests will not generally notice, but do bear this in mind if you have a dog that is an expert escapist. These are wonderful gardens to explore and the back garden offers not only a miniature stone circle (the owners constructed this with 16th-century stones from a previous dwelling on the same site) but also a herb garden, vegetable patch, hens and a stream (or a beck in local dialect) which runs from the well in the village down to the mill pond, through the middle of the garden. There is bike storage, ample parking and the cottage can be accessed from both the main A595 road and the from the quiet village streets of Bothel.

  • 4 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 2 doubles, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 shower room with walk-in shower and WC, and 1 family bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine
  • Utility room - chest freezer, tumbler dryer, fridge
  • Welcome pack of local produce on arrival
  • Open fire – coal and kindling provided
  • 2 Smart TVs and DVD
  • Shared gardens to front and rear – Care to be taken around stream and children must be supervised
  • Parking for at least 3 cars
  • 3 dogs welcome - please note dogs should be kept on a lead in the shared gardens
  • Bike storage
  • Pub 500 metres
  • Short breaks available from Friday and Monday - please call to book
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 3 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


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Reviewed by Dave 4th March 2022

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What an absolute gem of a place. The owners were on hand on arrival and gave a good introduction and explanation of how everything in the property worked. It is a roomy cottage with plenty of space, all amenities required were in the property, dishwasher etc. We really couldnt ask for any more, the welcome pack was fantastic and our family consistiRead moreng of 3 adult couples, one teenager and two dogs absolutely loved the place. We will definitely be stopping here again. Hide

Reviewed by Jack 23rd February 2022

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Absolutely fantastic stay! The welcome we received was amazing and the treats that were waiting for us upon arrival were amazing and really made a difference. The house was cosy, warm and welcoming and a great place for the children and dogs. Lovely place and definitely looking at doing it again same time next year. 10 minute drive from the beautifRead moreul Cockermouth and 20 minutes from Keswick. Definitely recommend the local wildlife park for kids - a great day out for the family! Hide

Reviewed by Paul 28th December 2021

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Fantastic Cottage, fully equipped, very friendly owners. Lovely hampers left for ourselves and the dogs nice little touch

Reviewed by Alistair 19th December 2021

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Comfortable well equipped cottage with helpful owners, even decorated for Christmas. Had a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Lisa 17th December 2021

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I couldn't not recommend any improvement. The house is more than you can imagine equipt with everything you need!! . It's comfy and has plenty of blankets and towels provided is good. Loved our Christmas stay with lovely decorations too.

Reviewed by Shen 6th November 2021

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We stayed at the cottage for an entire week in Nov and we cant fault it at all. We had elderly parents, a toddler and a dog all under the same roof, but it was so spacious and so well equipped. Pam just lives next door and they cant be more welcoming! Everything is well thought of. Our little one enjoyed the garden so much that she did not want to Read morecome back in. The location is great for literally everywhere. We visited Keswick & Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Windermere, Penrith and so on. Hide

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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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