Leethwaite accommodation summary
Open plan, multi-level kitchen/living room
Shower room with small sauna
Two twin bedrooms
Super king bedroom (this bedroom can be made up as a twin room upon request. Please call the office at the time of booking.)
Family room with a single and a super king bed (this super king bed can be made up as a two singles upon request. Please call the office at the time of booking.)
Large, semi-enclosed garden
Shed available for outdoor storage
The beds will be made up for you, please remember to bring your own towels
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
A single dog is welcome at an additional charge of £20.00
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £100. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
The water at Leethwaite is sourced from a private supply, due to the location of the property. With this in mind, the water pressure can occasionally become affected if everyone is to shower at the same time.General Description
As soon as you pull into the gravel parking area at Leethwaite you cannot miss one of the main attractions of this house - the beautiful views across Bassenthwaite Lake to the Skiddaw fells beyond. Leethwaite is a traditional lake district cottage with plenty of quirks and character charm but the rooms are large and bright and there are plenty of comfortable spacious rooms hidden behind that modest exterior.
From the parking area a field-gate leads through onto the patio area to the side of the house or go back down the driveway to a smaller gateway right by the front door. The door takes you in to a small porch area with mats for muddy boots and a 2nd door leading into the hallway proper. You can already feel the lovely cottage character as you turn right down the slate tiled hallway into the main living area with the kitchen to the right and the living area on a lower level to the left.
The main kitchen is a step back in time with slate floor, exposed beams, freestanding traditional timber sideboard and dresser, plus an old-style glazed sink. There is also an AGA but this isn't in use and is for display only. For cooking, there is an electric cooker with oven and hob and tucked round the corner are more modern fitted units with cupboards, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washer/dryer; all your usual mod cons. In the corner of the main kitchen area a small table and three chairs allow you to sit and enjoy the ambience of this room, have a cuppa and enjoy!
From the kitchen a wide archway opens up into the bright carpeted living area which is reached by walking down 2 steps, At the kitchen end of the room a 2-seat and a 3-seat sofa cluster around a large tv with DVD player, whilst at the far end a 2-seat sofa and 2 chairs surround the wood-burner. The windows along the side of the room let in plenty of light and there a few books on the windowsill to peruse, a cd player/radio on the side table can provide a soundtrack to your evening or just sit and enjoy the sight and sounds of the flickering fire in the big wood-burner. This is a lovely big social space perfect for gathering family and friends together and making wonderful memories.
The beautiful living room is not the only option available in this roomy cottage, at the far end of the living room a door and 2 steps up take you into the sunroom, perfect for a larger group to spread out into, or maybe for younger members of the family to have their own space. Windows on three sides make this room really bright whatever the weather outside and there are beautiful views over the garden and lake to the fells beyond. Relax on the L-shape 3-seat sofa or armchair and be inspired by the relief map of the Lake District on the wall, or just watch TV.Sliding patio doors give access to the patio, and the oak floor with rug is practical for wandering in and out of the garden. What an amazing place to be on a sunny day.
Back through the living room and off to the left is the cosy dining room. This is a really cottage-y room with a window overlooking the garden and a fireplace with feature stove (cannot be used). The dining table easily seats 8. In the corner of the room is the staircase up to the first floor but before we go up head back down the corridor towards the front door.
Two doors open off to the right, one is a storage cupboard with coat hooks and the other may be a little unexpected; a fully tiled shower room with 2 person sauna!
At the top of the stairs the first bedroom on the left is a light bright twin with feature fireplace and an amazing view of Skiddaw over the lake and garden. There is a shared bedside table, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.
The next door room is a very spacious dual aspect super king bedroom (this bed can be made up as twins upon request). A large mirror on the wall, chest of drawers, wardrobe, bedside tables and lights over the bed make this room practical. Then it has beams to give it character and views to make it stand out from the crowd, one window looks out over Bassenthwaite Lake to Longside whilst the other gives a panorama through the treetops from Whinlatter all the way round to Helvellyn.
Continuing around the landing at the side of the house is another lovely twin room with views from Latrigg round to Cat Bells. This spacious room accommodates a wardrobe, shared bedside table, mirror and dressing table.
At the end of the corridor is the family room with super king double (this bed can be made up as twins upon request) and a single bed, this triple aspect room is very light and has lots of character with a feature wood-burner (cannot be used) and plenty of exposed beams. Storage is provided in a wardrobe and a chest of drawers and there are also bedside tables. The windows looks over the wooded slopes of Lords Seat and Barf and all the way round to Helvellyn, a perfect spot for a morning lie in to make the most of the peace, quiet and birdsong.
Back round the landing to the top of the stairs is another small landing area up one step where you will find not just the big bright family bathroom with tiled floor, heated towel rail and shower over the bath but also a separate shower room with a large shower cubicle and heated towel radiator.
The garden enjoys stunning views of the Skiddaw fells across Bassenthwaite Lake, take a seat on the sheltered patio surrounded by a low stone wall or take a blanket out on the extensive lawn surrounded by trees and shrubs. There is lots of wildlife around, sit and wait and see what comes by and in the meantime you have the opportunity to drink in that amazing view, you will also have a grandstand seat for watching the ospreys fishing in the lake in the summer. There is also a shed available for outdoor storage.
This is a character cottage which is bright, spacious and adaptable for a family, extended family or a group of friends travelling together, situated in a beautiful spot it is one not to be missed.