Yew Tree is a lovely little cottage for two on a working farm tucked away in the heart of Buttermere village. The views from the windows and the garden are quintessentially Buttermere: sheep studded fields, shapely fells and, of course, Buttermere itself nestled among the trees.
Beautifully renovated by the current custodians of Wilkinsyke Farm, this cosy and comfortable cottage has everything you need for a stress free holiday relaxing and enjoying all that this beautiful area has to offer. The king size bedroom is spacious, the living area surrounds a cosy but easy flame effect electric fire and the kitchen is well equipped. The garden at Yew Tree faces the fields, fells and lake making it a peaceful escape from the bustle of the village, Yew Tree is perfectly located for enjoying all the benefits of being in Buttermere with the tranquillity of feeling you are somewhere far more remote.
Sykes Farm tea room is just next door for indulgent morning coffee and cake, scrumptious afternoon tea, an ice cream treat or even all three! Buttermere's 2 pubs are only a short stroll away when you want someone else to do the catering and the choice of walks from the door will include something to inspire everyone. Rugged little Haystacks, lofty Red Pike or the solid bulk of Grasmoor give just a taste of the numerous fell walks that start from here but there are also some good lower level walks to try. Come out of your door and turn right and you are on your way down to Buttermere lakeshore, the popular circuit of the lake is a 4 mile walk but the western shore can be reached in 10 minutes with a similar length walk back along the track to the village, a perfect evening stroll with a drink at the end! In May the bluebells in Rannerdale are at their finest, busy during the day but quiet in the evenings when could be the bonus of a sunset over Crummock Water to enjoy. The fine oak woodlands between Buttermere and Crummock Water are also worthy of a look and are filled with bluebells in spring. There is plenty of wildlife around with squirrels, badgers, foxes and otters present around the farm plus plenty of birds; one of the farmers in the village offers personalised wildlife tours if you want to try and get a little closer.
Walkers will not need to leave Buttermere and its surrounding fells all week but for a change of scene Keswick is just 10 miles away over Newlands Pass, get a dose of culture at the Theatre by the Lake, discover the origins of the humble pencil at the Pencil Museum or brush up on local history at the Keswick Museum. Take a cruise on Derwentwater or just browse the shops and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the town. In the other direction Cockermouth is also 10 miles away, an attractive riverside town where you can choose to tour Wordsworth's childhood home or Jennings Brewery; both are located within the town centre. Thrill seekers should visit Honister at the top of the rugged Honister Pass for underground tours of the mine and those with a head for heights can brave the Via Ferrata across the crags. Cyclists will not be disappointed at the range of routes on offer either, the purpose built mountain bike trails at Whinlatter are not far away and road cyclists can pit their legs against Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister passes.
Yew Tree is a delightful cottage in a lovely spot hidden away in a pretty little village located in a stunningly beautiful valley, what more could you ask for?