Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, this home from home is a great base from which to explore lakes and fells. Treat yourself to a bite to eat or two in the village cafe where you can enjoy a tipple and stroll home, or dine at the hotel just a few minutes' walk away.
Situated in the small village of Grange, this lovely little property is perfect for an escape from modern life. Surrounded by a beautiful garden, and beyond that a beautiful landscape, entering Westrigg is like stepping back to a slower time and you will feel instantly relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere. The bungalow is cosy and welcoming with a coal fire for winter evenings. The rooms are well equipped, spacious and light with views across the gardens to the fells. The gardens themselves are full of wildlife and flowers.
This attractive holiday home is located in the pretty, bustling and compact village of Grange-in-Borrowdale. Small it may be, but there is a licensed cafe and a hotel serving meals to non-residents within a few minutes’ walk so you will not go hungry! The walking from here is nothing short of glorious: low-level walks lead along the River Derwent to Rosthwaite or across to Derwentwater, whilst fell walkers can enjoy car free access to Grange Fell, Castle Crag and Maiden Moor to name but a few. A good bus service means that Keswick and Buttermere are easy to reach and there are many opportunities for linear walks using either the bus or the launch on Derwentwater.
Keswick is a bustling market town, hub of the northern lake district and home to a wide variety of shops, eateries and tourist attractions. Derwentwater is the jewel in Keswick’s crown offering beautiful views whether you are on the shore, sailing its waters or climbing the surrounding fells. Keswick is all about the outdoors but also provides opportunities for those in search of a more cultural experience; why not take in a show at the Theatre by the Lake followed by a meal in their lake view restaurant or visit the traditional family run cinema to see a film followed by fish and chips in the market square? There is also an award-winning museum for all ages. Closer to home there is the Borrowdale Story, the history of the valley and its people in the Methodist Chapel by the bridges.
The holiday home is perfectly located for exploring this beautiful landscape whether you are a first timer or know it like a local and, when you have had enough for the day, it will welcome you back to its tranquil haven.
Parking for the bungalow is in the yard in front of the neighbouring farmhouse, the owner has a collection of horseshoes and traditional tools displayed here, which adds to the impression of a slower pace of life you feel when you shut the gate behind you and start to unwind. A flight of five shallow steps leads you past the rock garden up to the central front door.
The front door leads into a spacious hallway from which all the other rooms lead off.
On the right is the living room which also contains a solid wood dining table and chairs. A two-seat sofa and two armchairs surround a slate fireplace with coal fire and there is also an electric fire in this room. A sideboard contains plenty of local interest books, magazines and leaflets, whilst a relief map of the area on the wall will help in planning walks or patting yourself on the back at how far you climbed when you get back! There is a TV with DVD player and a radio for entertainment but with the mesmerising flames of the fire and the beautiful views out of the window you may not need to switch them on. The room is dual aspect, looking out onto the garden with lovely views to Kings How, round past Grange fell and Walla Crag to Blencathra. There are also bird feeders just outside the window carefully positioned for close-up views of a variety of feathered friends visiting the garden. You may also see red squirrels that will eat the nuts just outside the window.
The next door to the right leads into the fitted kitchen, dual aspect with views over the garden and up to Maiden Moor it is light and bright. It is well equipped with everything you need, electric cooker with oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, practical laminate floor and plenty of worktop and cupboard space. Stools for two guests at the breakfast bar enjoy views out of the window to the garden. A door leads out through a small traditional porch to the garden at the back of the bungalow.
Turn left inside the front door and you come into a comfortable double bedroom with views to the front so you can lie in bed and enjoy the views of Grange fell accompanied by the sound of birdsong! Storage is provided in traditional solid wood furniture with a wardrobe, chest with drawers and a cupboard. Bedside tables with lamps and a chair complete the furniture and the room feels spacious and homely with a variety of pictures on the wall.
The next room to the left off the hall is the twin bedroom, similar in style to the double room here you can lie in bed and enjoy views of Maiden Moor. Again, there is a traditional wooden wardrobe and chest of drawers providing ample storage, a table between the beds acts as a bedside table and there are handy reading lights mounted on the wall above each bed.
Between the twin bedroom and the kitchen are the bathroom and a separate WC. The bathroom contains a modern suite with the basin housed in a vanity unit and there is a bath with electric shower over. A heated towel rail ensures cosy towels - lovely! The cupboards house handy cleaning materials, hairdryer and cushions for the garden chairs.
The garden is superb, a 40-year labour of love by the owner making the most of the natural rock which crops up across the garden there are different areas of lawn surrounded by flowers, trees and shrubs. The garden is undulating with slate retaining walls. Head out of the back door and you find a west facing lawn with views up to Maiden Moor and High Spy, a slate garden table is perfectly positioned for enjoying this secluded space eating al fresco or just taking some time over a morning cuppa. Four lightweight chairs are also provided so you can choose which area of the garden you would like to sit in, a tough call.