Little Braithwaite Farmhouse
Recently refurbished to a very high standard and boasting stunning views of mighty Skiddaw, England's fourth highest mountain, Little Braithwaite Farmhouse is an indulgent gem of a cottage nestled at the mouth of Newlands Valley just outside the beautiful Lakeland village of Braithwaite. Sleeping eight people in four elegant and well-appointed bedrooms this really is a cottage you'll want to visit time and time again. It's a perfect place for a gathering of family or friends whether you want to have a peaceful retreat from the bustle of 21st-century life or to be within easy distance of the vibrant Lake District town of Keswick. It's been decorated in a delightfully subtle colour scheme with gorgeous furniture making it a perfect place to indulge in long leisurely meals around the lovely dining table or curl up with a good book in one of the deep sofas.
Braithwaite is a marvellous little village at the foot of Whinlatter Forest Park and close to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. Perfectly situated for making the most of the fell walking in the area you can walk up Catbells, Barrow or Causey Pike straight from the cottage. Alternatively just below the garden lies a wonderful bridleway following the glistening Newlands Beck which you can take an easy stroll along to the campsite cafe or beyond to the village itself. Little Braithwaite Farmhouse lies just over half a mile from the centre of Braithwaite which boasts three pubs and a restaurant serving good food and local real ales, it also has a much-loved shop which is a hub for village life. Whinlatter Forest is an absolute must for visitors with miles of cycling and walking tracks, an excellent cafe, imaginative playpark and a "Go-Ape" high ropes course which could see you whooping through the forest canopy on a zip wire!
Little Braithwaite Farmhouse is also ideally placed to explore a wider area. The Newlands Valley is one of the most peaceful and picturesque in the Lakes, flanked by high mountains with a quiet road that snakes over to the stunning lakes at Buttermere and Crummock. For the road cyclists among you who enjoy a challenge, the Newlands Pass and nearby Whinlatter and Honister Passes feature prominently in many classic cycling events. If you'd rather explore the more bustling side of Lake District life then you are just over three miles from Keswick, the Lake District's adventure capital which is also a charming market town with its own theatre and cinema. Even with so much to do you might find it a struggle to tear yourself away from this luxurious cottage and its wonderful views.