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Wysall House

Thornthwaite, Lake District
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Historic property in the Lake District National Park
  • Woodland walks from the doorstep
  • Bassenthwaite Lake Viewing Point 2 miles
Property code: SZ575

Set on a quiet country lane in Thornthwaite, this charming conversion sleeps five guests. Perfect for families or a group of friends who want to explore the northern lakes.

Partly refurbished in early 2020, this characterful holiday home is tucked away on a quiet lane in the village of Thornthwaite. Surrounded by forest with glimpses of Skiddaw, it is a peaceful escape from everyday life. With three bedrooms sleeping five people upstairs and a comfortable living room downstairs plus an additional snug there is plenty of room for a family or two couples to spend time together whilst also having their own space. The enclosed, west facing front garden has chairs and a table from where you can enjoy the sun later in the day. Full of character and a little bit quirky, the property invites you to come in and make yourself at home.

Thornthwaite is a small village that is close - but not too close! - to the A66 and so benefits from great transport links. The property is tucked away at the edge of the village right at the foot of Whinlatter Forest, which stretches for miles and offers some great walking and off-road cycling. Braithwaite is just 2 miles away with a choice of pubs and a shop. Otherwise, carry on a little further and visit the vibrant town of Keswick with shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants galore plus numerous picturesque walks, beautiful Derwentwater and a couple of museums. Keswick is also home to the Theatre by the Lake offering a wide mix of shows and events throughout the year at a purpose-built theatre.

Should you feel the need to explore further afield, the Georgian market town of Cockermouth is just a 15-minute drive away with a good range of independent shops and eateries plus a couple of supermarkets and Wordsworth's childhood home. Explore Bassenthwaite Lake, one of the lesser known lakes and home to one of the pairs of Lake District ospreys, indulge yourself with a tour at the Lakes Distillery, or have an afternoon in the spa at Armathwaite. Beautiful Buttermere is just the other side of Newlands Pass and all the northern and western fells are yours for the walking. The Solway coast, Eden Valley, Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall country are also very accessible.

The property is a lovely combination of a comfortable and charming house in a quiet location which is still within easy reach of everything going on in the area.

Enter through the front gate into the enclosed front garden and down the path to the front door, inside is a small hallway with coat hooks above the radiator and the stairs leading up ahead.

Turn to the right into the main living room. Two 2-seat sofas face the Smart TV with DVD player. There is also a Samsung Bluetooth speaker in the living room, which you can connect your smartphone to. The two big sash windows look over the front garden to the trees beyond and bring in plenty of light. Side tables with lamps are handily placed for holding a cuppa while you put your feet up and relax. The living room is semi-open plan with the dining table sitting in the archway between the living room and the galley kitchen. It is set up to seat four but draw up the two extra chairs by the living room wall and it can accommodate six. The window looks out to the back of the house and off to the left is a handy downstairs cloakroom with toilet and sink.

On the right of the dining area the well equipped galley style kitchen is on 2 levels with a step between them, on the lower level the cooking area includes electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster and plenty of storage space. On the higher level at the back is a large fridge/freezer, belfast sink with tiled splashback and a washer dryer. A door leads out of the end of the kitchen to the side of the house with access back into the front garden.

Linking the upper part of the kitchen back through into the main living room is the cosy snug. Set up with 2 armchairs , a beanbag and a Smart TV (please note, this TV doesn't have Freeview channels) with a wii this is could be a living space just for the children or ideal if there are any differences in opinion over the tv remote! The large window looks out over the front garden making this a lovely bright room. There is a step down back into the main living room.

Head up the carpeted stairs and there is a long hallway right along the back of the house, it is the windows here that just give a glimpse of the Skiddaw group of fells through the trees. Right at the end of the hallway is the family bathroom with a shower over the bath and a towel rail over the radiator for snuggly warm towels regardless of whether you've enjoyed a quick blast in the shower or a long soak in the bath.

Back to the top of the stairs and the first bedroom on the right is a cosy double with a window looking over the village houses to the woods rising up the hillside beyond. Everything you need is here with bedside tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe, chair, a mirror on the wall and a soft warm rug on the varnished floorboards.

Next along is the biggest bedroom with king-size bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe, mirror and chair. There are rugs and a similar tranquil view to the other bedrooms, open the window and the soundtrack will be dominated by birdsong.

The final bedroom at the end of the landing next to the bathroom is a single with bedside table and a wardrobe with drawers beneath, this room also has a rug and a mirror and a lovely view up the wooded valley with cottages lining the lane.

Outside the enclosed front garden is mostly laid to slate chip and paving with a flower bed and some tubs to add colour and greenery. There is a table and chairs for enjoying some fresh mountain air, peace and quiet and the views of the surrounding woodlands.

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 single
  • 1 bathroom - 1 family bathroom with a shower over the bath; separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster
  • Fridge/freezer, washer/dryer
  • Wood burner
  • Smart TV with Wii, Smart TV with DVD player, Samsung Bluetooth Speaker
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed courtyard garden with garden furniture and woodland views
  • On-road parking available outside the cottage
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and shop 1.5 miles
  • Please note there’s a step between the kitchen and utility, and a step between the living room and snug
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


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Reviewed by Elizabeth 28th April 2022

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Wysal House is comfortable and tastefully furnished. The bedrooms and sitting room are spacious, considering the size of the cottage and having a downstairs toilet is useful. It's easy to walk from the door and it is also well located for getting to Braithwaite and Keswick.

Reviewed by Caroline 18th April 2022

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A really comfortable and warm house. We had a lovely week staying here. Thank you!

Reviewed by Steph 18th February 2022

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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.

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