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Sale Fell

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A stunning period cottage set in beautiful, mature grounds with fantastic fell and lake views
  • An elegant space with comfortable furnishings that reflect the building's Arts and Crafts heritage
  • Set on the edge of Bassenthwaite lake, launch canoes and kayaks free of charge
Property code: SZ430

This country Victorian house is the perfect escape for family or friends looking to explore the Lake District, with fantastic walks from the door and the town of Keswick 6 miles away.

Welcome to the wonderful world of this lovely holiday property, a stunning period cottage set in magical mature grounds with fell and lake views. Offering flexible accommodation in two beautifully appointed bedrooms visitors are sure to want to visit time and time Again. For those of you with your own (non motorised) boats or kayaks you can even launch them free of charge in to Bassenthwaite Lake just nearby. Forming part of a country Victorian House, once the country seat of the Inglewood family, the owner has retained all of its rich historic character while creating an elegant space with comfortable furnishings, modern appliances and subtle decor with nods to the building's Arts and Crafts heritage. It's also a wonderfully welcoming cottage with charming touches of family and local history all around.

The cottage lies just near the shore of the Lake District's only actual lake, Bassenthwaite, at a tranquil spot called Scarness. It's happily situated for walkers being sandwiched between gentle lakeshore potters and mighty Lakeland fell tops such as Skiddaw; England's fourth highest mountain. For cyclists the area is a paradise with quiet roads and challenging Lakeland high passes nearby. There's also an exhilarating world of off-road cycling with bridleways and forestry trails aplenty. This area around Bassenthwaite offers yet more treasures in the form of a stately home, a fabulous whiskey distillery, an indulgent spa and a wildlife park all within very easy reach.

If you'd like to explore town life in the area then Scarness is well placed between Cockermouth and Keswick, two much loved Lakeland towns with so much to offer. Cockermouth is a charming Georgian town with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and a rich literary history being Wordsworth's birthplace. Meanwhile Keswick is the adventure capital of the Lakes with so many outdoor activities on offer that a week will scarcely be enough time to fit everything in. For the less adventurous among you the town is set on picturesque Derwentwater where you can catch one of the stately launches which are a relaxing way to take in the magnificent views. The more culturally inclined could take in a play or concert at the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake. Alternatively you could just pour a glass of wine and soak up the magnificent views from the cottage of its eponymous fell while keeping an eye out for the rare ospreys that nest nearby. In all, whether you want to cram action and adventure or indulgent relaxation into your break then this is just the place.

Forming part of a beautiful Victorian House, once the country seat of the Inglewood family, the owner has retained all of its rich historic character while creating an elegant space with comfortable furnishings, modern appliances and subtle decor with nods to the building's arts and crafts heritage. It's also a wonderfully welcoming cottage with charming touches of family and local history all around.

On arrival at the house guests are greeted by a handsome wooden door leading into a stone flagged porch. There's plenty of space in here for coats and all the muddy boots you're sure to accumulate on your Lake District adventures. The gorgeous stone flags continue through the panelled hallway where you first come to the beautiful living room. Spacious and light filled it boasts a large bay window with glorious views to Sale Fell , a wood burner, a TV with DVD player and two deep comfy sofas with elegant soft furnishings. In all it's a wonderfully comfortable space to gather and discuss your holidays. Also along the main corridor is a handy downstairs WC.

Moving through to the lovely bright kitchen. It has been completely refurbished and well equipped with light modern units, a fan oven, ceramic hobs, dishwasher and all the crockery, glass and cookware you will need for your stay. Housed in a large utility cupboard at the kitchen door is the fridge, freezer and microwave. The owner has made the most of the gorgeous wooden floorboards and chosen complimentary furnishings including a large dining table and charming dresser.

Beyond the kitchen is the delightful sun room. There are two comfy armchairs, bookshelves and a huge map to help guests plan their days. This is a wonderful room to relax and enjoy a book on a rainy afternoon or an evening nightcap. There is also a washing machine and tumble dryer housed in here.

Back into the main hallway you'll find a rather wonderful under-stairs space with a desk and bookshelve. Leading up to the first floor is the handsome wooden staircase. With the kind of room proportions the Victorians did so well the staircase and landing has a lovely grand feel about it.

The first of the bedrooms you come to is a beautiful twin room. It is usually made up as a twin room however the beds can be linked together to make a super-king-size bed if you would rather. A trundle bed is available in this room to accommodate an additional person. The room has a large wardrobe and stunning views to Bassenthwaite and the fells beyond. The master bedroom is a stunning space with a king-size wooden bedframe, a mirrored wardrobe and stunning views. The large glass door leads out on to a glorious balcony with a low white balustrade (care must be taken that children do not come out here unsupervised). The views from here are simply stunning and the owner has thoughtfully provided two chairs for you to sit and enjoy the panorama of lake and fells. Bassenthwaite Lake is home to a pair of breeding ospreys so guests can postition themselves with binoculars to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures in the period they nest here between spring and autumn. Alternatively you really couldn't wish for a more romantic spot to take in a sunset or enjoy a morning cuppa. The bathroom has been refurbished to a very high standard making it a wonderful light room with light tiles and decor, a substantial vanity unit and a large bath with over-bath electric shower.

The gardens are an absolute joy here. Guests at the cottage have their own private area including a long slim lawn bordered by mature hedges, a large gravelled area and a wilder woodland area where your little forest sprites can explore. There are also extensive grounds which are shared with the adjoining properties. This area includes formal manicured gardens with wonderful mature trees and a way down to the boat landings through the Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges park. In all this peaceful hideaway will enchant visitors of all ages.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 twin with zip-and-link bed that can be made up as a super-king-size bed on request with additional trundle bed.
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and a WC, and 1 separate WC
  • Sofa bed in the lounge that can accommodate an additional guest
  • Fan oven, ceramic hobs and dishwasher
  • Utility cupboard with fridge, freezer and microwave
  • Sun room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV and DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Extensive private garden with lawn and wild wooded areas. Shared formal gardens.
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Regret no pets
  • Lockable storage for bikes is available upon prior request with the owner
  • Non-motorised boats or kayaks can be launched free of charge in to Bassenthwaite lake by prior arrangement
  • Pub 1.5 miles, shop and restaurant 6 miles
  • Please note the garden is not enclosed
  • The king-size bedroom has a balcony with a low white balustrade – children must be supervised
  • Please note that this property is 9.30am
  • Sleeps 4 + 2 on a trundle bed and sofa bed in the lounge

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Location

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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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