Tucked in the centre of the village of Braithwaite, which nestles in the foothills of Grisedale Pike, Oakside Cottage offers a cosy base from which to explore the Western Lake District. Part of an 18th century converted farmhouse, it offers a reverse accommodation layout with two bedrooms on the ground floor that sleep up to four people. The location is hard to beat; it’s a stone’s throw from one of three village pubs and the village shop and is situated at the bottom of the Whinlatter Pass with views towards the Skiddaw range, Blencathra and Seat How. The pubs all serve good food and the village shop is licensed and well-stocked with a deli, groceries and newspapers.
Braithwaite is ideally situated for exploring the rivers and lakes. Whether it be the mountainous walks up the Coledale Fells, gentle strolls around Bassenthwaite or Derwent Water or paddling and picnicking in the Newlands Valley, all are easily reached from the village. Rising above the village is the mountainous Whinlatter Forest with numerous mountain bike trails, walking trails, a play trail, and the Go Ape! high rope course. The shop and cafe in the visitor centre are well worth visiting as is the information display and webcam of the Osprey nesting site overlooking Bassenthwaite.
The town of Keswick is within walking distance or a 5-minute drive and has a tourist information centre, numerous outdoor and independent shops, theatre, cinema, pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of differing cuisines. Keswick is a jewel in the northern Lake District's crown situated on the shores of the incredibly picturesque Derwentwater. It's a vibrant market town with a wonderful atmosphere where you can indulge your wild side with any number of adventurous outdoor activities or pamper your taste buds with a huge range of eateries offering great local food and Cumbrian real ales. The walking and cycling on offer here is second to none with paths and tracks to suit those in search of gentle picturesque strolls or Lake District giants such as Skiddaw to climb if you're feeling more energetic