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The Escape

Portinscale, Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
4 more

At a glance

  • A bright cottage that is a true escape from the hustle and bustle
  • Simply and stylishly decorated to create a restful space for a digital detox
  • Explore the nearby fells, forests and lakes which can be accessed on foot
Property code: SZ479

This romantic bolthole is situated by the idyllic shores of Derwentwater, perfect for a relaxing getaway for two. Enjoy both vibrant culture and tranquil settings at your door.

This lovely holiday property is just that! An escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A peaceful haven in a small corner of the lovely village of Portinscale, you can retreat from modern life here. Leave your car for the week and explore the area at a slow pace on foot. Notice nature unfurling. There are walks aplenty right from the door step. The shores of Derwentwater are a five minute stroll away. Walk along the woodland paths by the lake for a mile or so and you'll come to Catbells with Maiden Moor beyond - a worthy ridge climb that gives you panoramic views towards Keswick and the surrounding fells.

The cottage itself is the perfect escape. With no TV and no Wi-Fi you can get a digital detox - don't forget to bring a deck of cards for your trip. The cottage offers stylish simplicity in a beautiful area. And if you want to enter the world of modern electronics then The Chalet Tearooms, a minute's walk away, has Wi-Fi that you can log onto.

The market town of Keswick is a 20 minute walk away, or you can hop on the launch at Nichol End and take a boat into town. Here there are shops, restaurants, a climbing wall, cinema and plenty of activities to choose from.

The entrance leads into the lounge with slate flagged floors and leather armchairs. Although the wood burner is not in use, the fireplace itself is an interesting geological work of art - using stone from all the different parts of the Lake District, from Borrowdale Slate to Eskdale Granite to St Bees Sandstone. There is no TV and the dining table in the lounge doubles up as a handy games table for a battle of Scrabble or Canasta. Beyond the lounge is the kitchen which has an electric oven and hob, larder fridge and storage space. The bathroom is beyond the kitchen and has a bath with shower over it.

Wooden open tread stairs lead to the bedroom which has a double bed, side tables and a wardrobe.

Outside there is space to enjoy the morning sun. Parking is on-street.

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

  • 1 bedroom – double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom – shower over bath and a WC
  • Electric oven and hob, larder fridge
  • Decorative wood burner
  • No TV or landline, with limited mobile signal
  • No Wi-Fi
  • On-road parking opposite
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub less than 1 mile, shop 2 miles


From guests that have stayed at the property.


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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