This traditional Lakeland farmhouse sits nestled on the southern slopes of Blencathra in a quiet rural setting just outside the village of Threlkeld. The location in the heart of the Lake District National Park is ideal for keen walkers and cyclists, though the property also makes an excellent base for those who wish to simply relax and enjoy the stunning views and local wildlife. Lambs graze in the field behind Ings and the large south facing garden is frequented by red squirrels and a wide variety of bird life. The property is reached up a tree lined track through a five-barred gate from the lane.
Ings was originally refurbished from an 18th century farm house and adjoining barn by the actor and Oscar winning director Colin Welland (Chariots of Fire, Z-Cars, Kes); locals inform us that he used to proudly display his Oscar in the kitchen window! Whilst thoroughly modernising the property, he retained many of the traditional features and Ings is now a cosy farmhouse with slate floors, wooden beams and shutters and two wood burning stoves. The property is an ideal holiday destination for a large or extended family, though also perfect for two families wishing to holiday together or several couples / singles. The accommodation is particularly spacious, with two lounges (upstairs and downstairs) - ideal for families with children of different ages or where there are differences in film choices for the evening!
The views are simply spectacular! To the rear of the property the land rises steeply to the summit of Blencathra. To the front, the large south-facing garden has picnic tables and sweeping views down over St Johns in the Vale; the summit of Helvellyn can be seen on a clear day. Wildlife abounds - a small investment in food for the birds and red squirrels reaps great rewards.
Ings is situated just to the west of the village of Threlkeld, which boasts two popular pubs serving excellent food (The Horse and Farrier and The Salutation), both of which are within easy walking distance (0.9 miles) of the property. The bustling market town of Keswick, on the shores of beautiful Derwentwater, with its shops, restaurants, theatre, cinema and other amenities is only 4 miles away and can even be accessed on foot or by bike along the newly reopened Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, a sheltered riverside family- friendly route. Walking enthusiasts can scale the summit of Blencathra and Skiddaw directly from the kitchen door, which also provides access to a footpath gently linking Threlkeld with the hamlet of Wescoe (WH Auden lived and wrote here). High Rigg provides a delightful family alternative, meandering along a low ridge with high fells to either side or a short drive away, younger walkers can proudly scramble to the summit of Catbells. The possibilities are endless. There are plenty of opportunities for mountain bikers in the immediate locality, including the Glendaraterra Valley leading to the back of Skiddaw, and the Old Coach Road. The single track routes of the trail centre at Whinatter forest are reached by a short car journey. Road cyclists fancying a quick workout before breakfast can cycle up to Castlerigg stone circle and enjoy the panoramic views before putting the bacon on! Ings lies virtually directly on the Coast to Coast cycle route.
Ings is ideally situated not only for Derwentwater and Ullswater, but for striking west to Buttermere and Loweswater and south, following a beautiful route through St John’s in the Vale and along the shores of Thirlmere to Grasmere and Ambleside. Whether it’s high adventure or a relaxing break that you seek, Ings can cater for you, and from the comfort of the living room, the skyscape and dramatic changes in light on Castle Rock to the south, and Blencathra summit to the rear , will have you reaching for your camera.