The Shieling accommodation summary

First Floor

Please note - Although the property is internally all on one level the property is accessed by 17 external stone steps.

Kitchen/diner/living room
King-size bedroom


Grassed, private garden with seating

Parking Info

Parking for the cottage is on the driveway in front of the garage

Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking

Please note - Although the property is internally all on one level the property is accessed by 17 external stone steps.
Christmas & New Year: The property will be decorated for Christmas for the guests to enjoy.

General Description

The Shieling is a perfectly formed retreat for two on the outskirts of Keswick, hub of the northern Lake District. It was built in 1865 by Dowthwaite Estate as a coachman's flat to serve Dowthwaite House, with the coaches housed beneath in what is now the garage. It has been beautifully renovated to combine traditional features with comfort and practicality. It has such a welcoming atmosphere that you will not fail to feel instantly at home. Plenty of windows make for light bright rooms yet it has a cosy feel, inviting you to stay and spend time relaxing here. There are views to Latrigg from the living room and Grisedale Pike from the bedroom to entice you out on the fells. Sleeping 2 people in a king-size bed, it is ideal for couples wanting a well-located base for exploring the area.

Parking for the cottage is on the driveway in front of the garage which contains a tumble dryer and a large freezer. A flight of stone steps lead up the outside of the property into the garden and as you round the corner you see the cottage hunkered down perfectly into the garden with the half glass door inviting you in. The front door leads into a small hallway with cupboard for hanging coats. From here a door to the left leads into the bedroom or a door to the right leads into the living room and kitchen.

Turning through the right-hand door you find the living room with kitchen, dining and seating areas. It is spacious and well designed, a vaulted ceiling with exposed timber beams show the age of the property and give it a unique character. There is wood flooring throughout with a rug in the living area to make the room feel cosy; the variety of paintings on the wall also help to complete the lovely feel which is cosy and practical. Directly in front of the door is a smart well laid out U-shaped fitted kitchen with colourful tiled splashback is tucked into one end of room. The kitchen is well equipped including a fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, induction hob and AEG double oven. There is still room for plenty of cupboards containing all you need to prepare a tasty meal and store your supplies. You will find a welcome basket awaiting you on the worktop including bread, milk, wine and biscuits. Everything in the cottage has been well thought out, right down to the tea making things being above the kettle - perfect!

There is a dining table with 2 chairs in the tucked corner of the room on the left and the cupboard on the back of the kitchen units houses a washing machine and a full set of beautiful Portmerion crockery for dining in style -whether it is home cooked, microwaved or takeaway.

The rest of the space makes a comfortable sitting room with 2 seater sofa bed and separate armchair plus a coffee table for resting the all-important cup of tea or glass of wine or both! A chest of drawers in the corner contains up to date tourist information whilst on the top is a music player and a good range of maps and guide books supplied by the owner for your use. There is a TV and DVD player with satellite TV and jigsaws in the cupboard plus books and DVDs on the windowsills for rainy day entertainment or snug evenings in. Windows on 2 sides, plus a skylight, make it a lovely bright room with views of the garden and up to Latrigg.

A door leads out of the living room to the left into a spacious, fully tiled bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle with electric shower. Some toiletries are provided and the heated towel rail means lovely snuggly towels when you've finished your soak!

A second door out of the left of the bathroom leads into the cosy carpeted bedroom - which is just as good as having an en-suite! The bedroom has a triple glazed window looking out across slate rooftops to Grisedale Pike and Whinlatter. The king size bed has a pocket sprung mattress, bed side tables with lamps and a clock radio. A dressing table with chair and a mirror above, three drawers and a wardrobe for hanging clothes completes the furniture. Be sure not to miss the art on the wall - the red kite and sunbird paintings were done by the cottage owner! The bedroom does overlook the A591 below, but the triple glazed window means that traffic noise should not interrupt your sleep. A door on the left of the bedroom leads back into the hall to complete the circuit, no getting lost here!

The garden wraps round 2 sides of the cottage, surrounded by shrubs and trees it is private and secluded. A table and chairs for two is ideal for eating al fresco or just enjoying a morning cuppa or evening tipple with glimpses of the fells through the trees. The small lawn area at the back of the house has views up to Latrigg.