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Big Pink House


Excellent 5/5 Score from 13 reviews

Big Pink House, Lake District Group Accommodation

House | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 22

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Big Pink House is a detached self catering group accommodation property. The house is located near the village of Mealsgate, just north of Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick.

The Big Pink House is the ideal location for groups, family holidays, reunions, get-togethers and corporate events. The house offers sole use self catering holiday accommodation.

Short Breaks are very welcome in the Big Pink House and normally run from Friday or Monday for either weekend or mid-week breaks, of course if you are looking for a longer stay, full weeks are available.

Size Sleeps up to 22, 9 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 9 En suites
Furniture Single beds (12), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 22, Lounge seats for 22
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors


The Big Pink House has two lounge areas the first has large comfortable sofa seating, a great quiet place for everyone to relax after a day of activities. The second lounge has a seating with TV and DVD player.

Dining Room

The large dining room allows everyone to get together at meal times and discuss their day or for that family celebration or reunion. The dining room also has its own bar (if you fancy being the landlord for the weekend!). The bar is un-stocked, however a local brewing company can supply a keg of local ale (please see Extras) for more detail.

Pool Table Room

Adjacent to the second lounge, this room has a pool table; great for keeping everyone amused, plus why not set up a tournament?


The Big Pink House has a total of 9 bedrooms (all of which have en-suite shower/bathrooms). In total the house has 2x double rooms, 1x twin bedroom, 1x bunk bedroom, 1x bunk and double bedroom and 2x family bedrooms (with double and single bed). Each bedroom has wardrobes, dressing table and bedside cabinets. The annex to the rear of the house has an additional two twin, en-suite bedrooms.


The large kitchen comes equipped with a full inventory of pots, pans, utensils and equipment. The main food preparation area has two ovens, large five burner hob, kettles, toasters, sink and ample work-surface.


Accessed via the kitchen and dining room, the pantry provides storage for all your food with cupboards, fridges and freezers. The pantry also has sinks and dishwashers, plus large surfaces for plating up at meal times.

Utility Room

Also accessed from the kitchen the utility room has semi-commercial washer and dryer, plus sink.

Further details outdoors

The Big Pink House has large grounds with: lawn area, patio and adjacent field. The gardens provide a great place for a family game of football or even to relax in and enjoy the Lake District sun. Outside there is also secure (lockable) storage for bikes etc.

Further details

Additional Information:

All bed linen, towels and fuel are provided. Cot and High Chair are available upon request; however linen is not provided for the cot.

The Cumbria/Lake District

Cumbria is home to the Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland is world renowned for the beautiful lakes and mountains (or fells). The Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England: Scafell Pike measuring 978m (3210 ft).

The National Park was founded in 1951 to offer protection to the well known beauty spots and landscape that has provided inspiration to generations of artists' writers and musicians.

From a stroll around Buttermere to a climb to the highest peak a holiday in the English lakes provides exercise for the body and relaxation for the mind.

Market towns such as Keswick and Cockermouth give the opportunity to sample the delights of Cumbrian fare many establishments now source their ingredients from local producers.

Whilst areas like Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside are extremely popular other less commercial locations like the Solway Coast and Allonby give you space and quiet with the vast open shingle beaches the majestic beauty of the Solway.

A Cumbrian Cottage holiday booked through Stay Lakeland assures you of quality and value we have a unique selection of accommodations from simple Holiday home caravans to stunning timber lodges plus a range of cottages in and around this beautiful part of the country.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake is owned by the National Park Authority and is one of the largest measuring in at almost 4 miles long and ¾ mile wide; but also one of the shallowest with a maximum depth of around 70ft. Incidentally Bassenthwaite Lake is the only Lake District lake that has the word 'lake' in its proper title; with others having the word water or mere being substituted name for 'lake'. There has been speculation that Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water in Keswick were once one larger lake.

It is also said that Bassenthwaite Lake is home to the Eachy: a species of Lake Monster - a large humanoid being of gruesome and slimy appearance. The Eachy has been spotted as late as 1973 when it was photographed twice.

Bassenthwaite Village is located a short distance from Bassethwaite Lake; underneath the shadow of Skiddaw. This classic village has a small pub: The Sun Inn, village green and small stream running though it.

The Bassenthwaite area is also home to the Osprey with view points at Dodd Wood and the exhibition centre at Whinlatter Visitors Centre at Braithwaite. The Osprey; often known as the sea hawk is a fish eating bird of prey. Their nests at Bassenthwate were the first recorded osprey nests in England for more than 160 years. View the Ospreys Live Webcam.

Running alongside western edge of Bassenthwaite Lake is the A66; with breathtaking views the laybys are popular spots for photographers and bird watchers looking for osprey.

There are a number of small villages in the surrounding area to Bassenthwaite including Bothel, Sunderland, Mealsgate and Braithwaite.

The Bassenthwaite area is the ideal location if you are looking to escape the busier central Lake District but still enjoy the emense beauty of the Lake District. Also located close by are the locations of Cockermouth, Keswick and Carlisle. Bassenthwaite is also within 30 mins drive to the beautiful Solway Coast and in less than one hour from the popular central Lake District locations: Ambleside, Grasmere and Bowness on Windermere. In addition to the locations there are a number of attractions within the Bassenthwaite area including: Trotters World of Animals and the historic family run Mirehouse and its gardens stretching from Dodd Wood to the Bassenthwaite Lake.

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3 Sep 2014


"Fantastic family holiday"

Just returned from a fantastic week at the Big Pink House. Had by far one of our best holidays here. With 22 family members we enjoyed the house and all its amenities. The bar area was where we would … More

21 Apr 2014


"A fabulous family/group accommodation"

This group accommodation was absolutely fabulous. There was 22 of us aged from 2yrs-45yrs we booked it for a 40th birthday getaway and the bar was greatly used! The garden was great for the kids and w… More

24 Mar 2014


"Amazing house for large get togethers"

Friends and family all travelled to stay and celebrate my 50th Birthday at the Big Pink House. Great time had by all. The house was great for a large party of guests, everything needed was present. On… More

11 Dec 2013



We had an amazing long weekend at the Big Pink House for our 25th Anniversary with family and friends. 9 bedrooms each with its own bathroom was a massive plus point when booking this house for a grou… More

15 Aug 2013


"Beautiful, well looked after, clean, A 'Get Together' type of house :)"

Fabulous house set in beautiful surroundings. First thing we noticed was how clean and well looked after the property was. We loved the little touches, ie. brand new tea towels, toilet rolls, washing … More

13 Jun 2013


"Awesome times in the Big Pink House"

Arrived at the house at 4pm on Friday and never looked back. The house had absolutely everything we needed and even the sun came out to play all weekend.The bar was by far everyones favourite room and… More

6 Jun 2013


"Brilliant weekend will definatly return for another visit"

We went for 3 days for my wifes 50th birthday with friends and relatives On arriving at the house I was amazed and impressed with the facilities. The house was spotlessly clean throughout. The kitch… More

19 Apr 2013


"Big Pink House - Fabulous base for the North Lakes"

We stayed at the Big Pink House as part of a group of 19 with parents and kids ranging from 6 to 16. The place is fantastic for groups, excellent well stocked modern kitchern, lovely big bedrooms, all… More

11 Mar 2013



Can find no fault with this lovely house. Very well equipped. Clean, comfortable, spacious.Ideal for a family gathering. Well placed with easy access to Cockermouth and keswick… More

10 Jan 2013


"Christmas Break in the Lakes"

The Big Pink House being a former guest house makes a superb self catering property with all the facilities that you need under one roof. We stayed with a group of our friends (4 families) and we all … More

Review 1-10 of 13

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