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The Retreat - Thornthwaite

Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming Lake District cottage with beautiful gardens
  • Take in the stunning fell views from the lounge
  • Ideal blend of traditional and contemporary decor
Property code: SZ512

This wonderful cottage sits in the middle of Thornthwaite with fantastic views all around. It’s perfect for families looking for a peaceful base to return to after adventurous days out.

This alluring holiday property is a light and welcoming house in the peaceful village of Thornthwaite, absolutely living up to its name. Sleeping six people in three comfortable bedrooms the house has a wonderfully mature and varied garden and some of the most staggering views you could wish for. You might struggle to tear yourself away from its large picture windows or any of the nooks around its beautiful garden as you take in the views of the northern fells. There can't be many places where you can enjoy a sunrise cuppa or an evening glass of wine while looking at two of England's four highest peaks. Perhaps you might be lucky enough to spot some of Bassenthwaite’s famous aerial visitors, the ospreys. The house itself makes excellent use of light and space making it a perfect place for a family or group to spread out and relax.

Should you choose to head out of doors then the property is positioned in some of the most fabulous walking and cycling country the area has to offer with Whinlatter forest park on the fell behind you and majestic Skiddaw, England's fourth highest mountain to the front. Keswick, one of the Lake District's best-loved towns is just three miles away opening up a world of adventurous possibilities both on the fells and on picturesque Derwentwater. Thornthwaite village has its own art gallery and cafe just a stone's throw from the house with a wide range of local art for sale and a delicious slice of cake or two for the less artistically inclined. While the neighbouring village of Braithwaite, just over 1 mile away, has three pubs and is on a very handy bus route back to Thornthwaite.

The property is also perfectly placed to make the most of the history and culture of the area with Cockermouth, the delightful Georgian town which was Wordsworth's birthplace just 15 minutes away. While Mirehouse, a beautiful stately home with an abundance of literary links and gorgeous gardens, lies just the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake. Keswick also offers many cultural delights with its own art deco cinema showing mainstream and independent films while the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake has a varied programme of drama, music and comedy throughout the year.

On arrival at the property you'll enter via the utility room. Here you'll find a washer, dryer, sink and handy extra loo. It also has bags of space for the coats and muddy boots you're sure to accumulate on your Lake District adventures. From here you enter the warm, modern kitchen. It's a lovely bright space with wooden floors and light units, it's also exceedingly well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, large fridge/freezer, gas hobs and a built-in double oven thoughtfully positioned so the chefs in the party don't need to bend down to floor level. The room also has a breakfast table and four seats making a great place for sociable food preparation.

Through the hallway from here you'll come to the huge open-plan living and dining rooms. This stunning space benefits from two huge picture windows taking in the stunning vista of Skiddaw, Latrigg and the Helvellyn range to name but a few. To the left is the living area which has an open fire set in a stone fireplace, a large curving leather sofa and several armchairs making plenty of seating space for your party to relax in the evenings. There is a television with DVD and VHS players and the owners have thoughtfully left a selection of books for guests. To the right is the dining area which has a lovely large circular dining table, a perfect spot for long post dinner chats, and another sofa for the group to spread out. It could be a dangerous place to have breakfast as the view is so good you might forget to leave the house to explore the area.

Off this downstairs hall you'll find the cosy double bedroom, this has views of the surrounding fields and woodland and has fitted wardrobes with plenty of storage space. The downstairs bathroom has a fresh modern feel about it with over-bath mixer shower.

Heading up the lovely light staircase you'll find a large landing area with a desk and seat should anyone need to bring work on holiday with them or just for a comfy and spacious place to write your postcards. It also has a velux window looking up to Whinlatter forest to the rear of the house. On this level you'll find another large family bathroom with two velux windows allowing light to just flood in. It has a large bath, WC and a curved shower enclosure. A great room for soothing aching muscles.

Both of the bedrooms on this floor have lovely light decor and large windows with those staggering views to the front of the house. The king size room has built-in wardrobes and a dressing table while the twin has a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Try not to fight over who gets their morning cuppa in bed overlooking the fells! The twin bedroom has zip-and-link beds which can be made up as a double if required. Please advise us on booking if you require this.

Outside the house the garden is a wonderful multi-level haven of rockeries, ponds, mature trees and shrubs offering year round colour and so many different places from which to enjoy the views not least a beautiful terrace area outside the front door and a gorgeous summer house looking towards the Newlands fells. The garden literally has so many nooks and crannies to explore you'll have to keep an eye on any little ones who'll find some brilliant hiding places while out searching for Whinlatter forest elves. It truly is a magical place to enjoy an evening glass of wine or a sunrise cuppa.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin zip-and-link (can be made into a double on request)
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 with shower over the bath, 1 with separate shower, 1 separate WC
  • Electric double oven, gas hobs, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, sink and WC
  • Open fire
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed garden set out on many levels with patio, pond, summer house and garden seating
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub 1.5 miles, restaurant 2.5 miles, shop 3.5 miles


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Reviewed by Lesley 5th November 2021

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The cottage had everything we needed, was warm and cozy. Location good.

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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.

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