Farrier House, a 19th century slate and stone cottage that sleeps up to six people, is perfectly situated on the outskirts of Keswick for exploring the North and Western Lake District. With its spectacular views over the lakeside village of Portinscale, Derwentwater and the Central Fells, this cottage is spacious and luxuriously smart, with a subtle casual elegance flowing throughout. It has the extensive facilities of the nearby market town of Keswick, but is situated in a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle. The cottage is on the doorstep of several places to eat out and have a drink, so you needn't worry about the drive back after that glass of wine!
The area around Portinscale is well known for its links with Beatrix Potter. Between 1885 and 1907 the Potter family took their summer holidays at Lingholm and Fawe Park, both now private houses, on the Western shores of Derwentwater where Beatrix spent many hours making sketches of the woods, gardens and landscape which were to feature in several of her books. Portinscale has a pub, a couple of hotels with bars and restaurants, a shop (incorporating a post office), two tearooms and two marinas, the latter having the facilities for both hire and instruction for water sports.
A short walk from Portinscale takes you to the landing stage at Nichol End from where you can join the launch. You can enjoy a leisurely cruise around the lake or plan a walk combined with a boat trip. Portinscale is an ideal base for a walking holiday. Just a very few of the possibilities nearby are the Newlands Valley, the Coledale Horseshoe, the Allerdale Ramble, Causey Pike, Catbells or a gentle stroll along the shores of Derwentwater.