Skimming Stones accommodation summary

Ground Floor

Dining/Living room

First Floor

Family Bathroom
Twin bedroom
King-size bedroom with en suite

Second Floor

Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Shower Room


Enclosed rear yard
Garage available for bike/outdoor equipment storage

Parking Info

There is unrestricted on street parking.

Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
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)
A high chair is available
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.

General Description

Skimming Stones is a traditional Victorian Lakeland stone terrace town house built in 1883. With accommodation arranged over 3 floors plus an enclosed back yard there is plenty of room to spread out and make the most of your holiday. The rooms are all spacious and bright and the further up the house you go the better the views get with the second floor bedrooms having panoramic views over the rooftops of Keswick to the fells beyond.

From the pretty front garden the front door of Skimming Stones opens into a front hallway with coat hooks and space for muddy boots. A second door leads straight into the main hallway with the stairs going up straight ahead.

To the right, a door takes you into the main living area with a wide archway through into the dining area. The cosy living area has two 3-seat sofas and two chairs facing the fireplace and Freeview TV with DVD player. During the day the big bay window overlooking the front garden and street beyond lets the light flood in. In the evening close the blinds, turn on the lamps and light the wood-burner for a cosy evening in front of the fire. With its bay window, high ceiling, cornicing and ceiling rose this room retains its spacious period feel and is a lovely relaxing place to spend time with family and friends.

Through the wide archway a large solid wood dining table comfortably seats 8 people for sociable family meals. The large window looks over the back yard whilst the huge map of the Lake District filling a whole wall can inspire you for walks and days out, a great quirky feature! The built in cupboard in the corner holds a selection of games for traditional family entertainment. The feature wood-burner in the fireplace is just for show but still gives the room character and charm.

The kitchen is handily located just off the dining room. Modern and bright with slate tiled floor and window overlooking the yard the kitchen is well equipped and beautifully finished. With a fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven, 4 slice toaster and of course a kettle you can make yourself at home and do as much or as little cooking as you wish. There are plenty of cupboards full of kitchen equipment but also ample storage space for supplies. You'll love the Herdy mugs, just right for a cuppa or two.

Up the carpeted stairs off the first half landing is the main family bathroom. A beautiful room for having some relaxing time out in the freestanding bath, there is also a separate shower if that is your preference. The basin is in a vanity unit with mirror over in this white and bright room.

Continuing up a few more stairs to the main first floor on the right is a twin bedroom. A chest of drawers and hooks on the wall provide storage and the two beds share a bedside table and lamp. The window looks out to the back of the house with a view to Latrigg to tempt you out for a morning walk.

At the front of the house is an en-suite bedroom with king size bed. A large spacious room with a big window looking out to the front over the street towards Walla Crag and Castle Head this room is flooded with light. A wardrobe and chest of drawers provide storage and there are two bedside tables with lamps and a useful full length mirror. This is a lovely room and you may decide to indulge in a lie in or two just to make the most of it! The en-suite shower room adds to the appeal of this room and has a heated towel rail for lovely cosy towels.

Go upstairs again to the second floor via a half landing with a window looking out over Latrigg and the Whinlatter fells to find the remaining two bedrooms. The extra effort in climbing the stairs is well rewarded by the beautiful views from both bedrooms. At the back of the house is a double room with skylight and side window whilst the front twin bedroom has windows at the side and to the front. Both rooms have built in cupboards with storage pockets and hanging rail plus bedside tables with lamps. They also share a shower room with rain head shower and heated towel radiator. The views are stunning: from the double bedroom Latrigg and Skiddaw can be seen through the skylight whilst the side window has the north-western fells arrayed over the rooftops of Keswick. The twin bedroom shares the view at the side whilst out of the front window is Walla Crag and Castle Head, an amazing place to see some beautiful sunsets.

Head back downstairs and into the kitchen to find the back door out into the yard. Step outside and enjoy the privacy of this little walled garden with flower beds and window boxes. Facing west it gets the sun in the second part of the day, so take a seat at the table and unwind with a glass or two of something chilled. There is a garage which houses a washing machine and is also ideal for bike/outdoor equipment storage.

Skimming Stones is a spacious, character property in an enviable location, perfect for family and friends to holiday together in comfort and enjoy everything the area has to offer.