The Retreat is a light and welcoming house in the peaceful village of Thornthwaite, absolutely living up to its name. Sleeping six people in three comfortable bedrooms the house has a wonderfully mature and varied garden and some of the most staggering views you could wish for. You might struggle to tear yourself away from its large picture windows or any of the nooks around its beautiful garden as you take in the panorama of Bassenthwaite Lake and the northern fells. There can't be many places where you can enjoy a sunrise cuppa or an evening glass of wine while looking at two of England's four highest peaks. Perhaps you might be lucky enough to spot some of Bassenthwaite’s famous aerial visitors, the Ospreys. The house itself makes excellent use of light and space making it a perfect place for a family or group to spread out and relax.
Should you choose to head out of doors then The Retreat is positioned in some of the most fabulous walking and cycling country the area has to offer with Whinlatter forest park on the fell behind you and majestic Skiddaw, England's fourth highest mountain to the front. Keswick, one of the Lake District's best-loved towns is just three miles away opening up a world of adventurous possibilities both on the fells and on picturesque Derwentwater. Thornthwaite village has its own art gallery and cafe just a stone's throw from the house with a wide range of local art for sale and a delicious slice of cake or two for the less artistically inclined. While the neighbouring village of Braithwaite, just over a mile away, has three pubs and is on a very handy bus route back to Thornthwaite.
The Retreat is also perfectly placed to make the most of the history and culture of the area with Cockermouth, the delightful Georgian town which was Wordsworth's birthplace just 15 minutes away. While Mirehouse, a beautiful stately home with an abundance of literary links and gorgeous gardens, lies just the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake. Keswick also offers many cultural delights with its own art deco cinema showing mainstream and independent films while the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake has a varied programme of drama, music and comedy throughout the year.