For anyone looking to spend a Lake District break in a spacious, elegant and welcoming home steeped in history and simply oozing character then Hewthwaite Hall is sure to fit the bill. Nestled in a quiet corner of the Lake District between Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite Lake, this graceful 16th-century manor farmhouse sleeps up to six people in three distinctive bedrooms. It's a magical world of deep sandstone window seats, undulating floorboards, exposed beams, fireplaces and nooks for visitors to discover. It boasts stunning formal gardens as well as large lawns and its own private copse which will be a magical playground for little ones to explore. All this as well as glorious fell views, a huge indoor games room with table tennis table and so much historical detail to enjoy while also having the comforting feeling of a welcoming family home. The owners have made the most of this historical detail while gracing the property with comfortable furnishings, thoughtfully chosen modern artwork, ceramics and textiles.
Setmurthy is a picturesque settlement placed between Cockermouth and Keswick, two much loved Cumbrian towns with a world of opportunities to explore. Cockermouth, just over two miles away, is a delightful Georgian town boasting many independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is also notable for being Wordsworth's birthplace, in fact you can still visit his childhood home in the town. Keswick is well known as the Lake District's adventure capital where you can indulge your wilder side with any number of the outdoor activities on offer, both on the fells and on the water. Alternatively if you are keen to see a different side will be welcomed by a bustling market town boasting its own art deco cinema, a vast choice of eateries and even its own beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake.
While there is a huge amount of interesting activities in the local towns, you might be just as happy exploring the immediate surroundings on foot or by pedal power. Mighty Skiddaw, England's fourth highest peak, is just a few miles away, while Sale Fell, a very rewarding smaller fell with views as far as southern Scotland, is nearer still. Cyclists are no less well served with a fantastic array of off road opportunities for mountain bikers and some of the most iconic road cycling in the country on your doorstep. Or perhaps you'd rather just escape the bustle of the 21st century and be enveloped by the history and comfort of this magnificent building and its magical grounds. However you choose to spend your visit this is one enchanting house you will want to visit time and time again.