How does the notion of a comfortable cottage for four nestled in some of the most magnificent and awe inspiring scenery that this country has to offer grab you? If that sounds like it might be to your taste then have a look at The Screes, a cosy ground floor apartment set within a group of houses that was once a farm just a stone's throw from the shores of glistening Wastwater. Sleeping up to four people in two comfortable bedrooms and welcoming up to two dogs it is the ideal bolthole to explore the unparalleled walking on offer straight from the door. The cottage is named after The Screes, the mighty wall of crag and loose rocks which runs the length of the lake. Both bedrooms look across the valley to this stunning massif, a view not to be missed when the evening sun catches the red glint of iron ore in the rocks.
The majestic Wasdale Valley in the western Lake District is justifiably famous for many reasons. It is the proud home to England's deepest lake, highest mountain, smallest church and even the competition for the World's Biggest Liar! The view from the foot of the lake was also voted Britain's Favourite View. Despite this fame it remains a wonderfully tranquil, unspoiled and timeless place with an atmosphere all of its own. The lake shore is just a gentle half mile potter from the door, its deep clear waters a paradise for the wild swimmers and the shore a joy for the younger paddling fans. The cottage sits at the foot of Middle Fell and Buckbarrow, both small fells with rewarding views over the Scafells and out to the coast. While a little woodland stroll will take you to Nether Wasdale, a lovely little village with two pubs, one even boasting its own micro brewery. If more challenging walking is on your agenda then this definitely is the valley for the job. The head of the valley is home to the Lake District's giants, the Scafells, while Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Yewbarrow all offer exhilarating walking.
If you choose to head out of the valley there is plenty to entertain visitors. The nearby valley of Eskdale is home to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, locally known as the La'al Ratty, a magical narrow gauge steam railway making the seven mile journey from Ravenglass on the coast to Boot nestled in Eskdale's picturesque fells. Why not spend the day at nearby Muncaster Castle? It's a historic (and, legend has it, haunted) gem set in stunning grounds with lots of events going on for visitors throughout the year. For the foodies among you the western Lake District also boasts some fantastic eateries and excellent local real ales. Alternatively stay put in the valley and enjoy the peace, beauty and drama of your glorious surroundings.