Set on a working beef and sheep farm, just off the Penrith to Keswick Road (A66) the cottage is an ideal base for touring the rest of the Lake District. There is the peaceful atmosphere of St Johns-in-the-Vale nearby with the challenging walking country of High Rigg. Rising up behind the cottage is Blencathra which can be climbed from the doorstep.
Children enjoy playing in the play area (shared with the other cottages on Doddick Farm) which has a Puffing Billy train as main attraction! The traditional village of Threlkeld is 1 mile and has two excellent pubs serving food. The bustling market town of Keswick is 6 miles and has a selection of shops, tourist attractions, pubs and restaurants. Lakeside walks at Thirlmere and boating trips on Derwent water are a must. Travelling along a pretty country lane through the Vale will bring you to the prehistoric site of Castlerigg Stone Circle which stands in a magnificent setting, then head towards Grasmere, 10 miles, Ambleside, 14 miles, Windermere, 18 miles. Ullswater, with its steamboat trips, is beautiful with dramatic scenery and is just 10 miles away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Penrith 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Climbing frame|
|Further details indoors|
Arndale is a beautiful barn conversion situated in an ideal elevated position with lovely views across to the mountains and fell walking right on the doorstep.
The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, fridge freezer, electric oven washer and microwave.
From the kitchen is the sitting room which has large windows commanding fantastic views to Clough Head and the Helvellyn Ridge behind. There is TV with combined DVD player, and dining for four.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom which has a bath with shower over it.
|Further details outdoors|
There is seating outside the cottage along with a shared gazebo and barbeque area with the other cottages at Doddick Farm. There is plenty of outdoor space and a play area with a life-size puffin billy train.
With its breathtaking mountain scenery, beautiful lakes and picturesque villages, the Lake District is a paradise, not only for outdoor enthusiasts but for anyone who loves peace and beauty.
The changing seasons bring with them different highlights: Spring is a time of new life with baby lambs, Wordsworth's daffodils and walks through bluebell woods. Lazing by the lake in Summer or walking amongst the fells, the beautiful Autumnal colours and then hopefully an Indian Summer. Winter with its cold frosty days and warm snug evenings, sitting in front of an open fire with a large glass of wine.
The beautiful lakes with dramatic fells rising from their shores are just part of a great experience. The Lake District offers excellent local food and beer and fantastic activities that make a holiday here live long in the memory.
Keswick is the adventure hub of the northern Lake District, with a vast choice of outdoor activities on two feet, a bike, and on water. The town also has lots of places to eat and a wide choice of things to do in rainy weather. You couldn't get a better base for a Lakes holiday!
Derwentwater has an easy, ten-mile path around it, and a paved, pushchair-friendly stretch along its western shore. Lake cruises take 50 minutes for a round trip, or you can hop on and off at any of the seven jetties around the lake. Alternatively, hire self-drive motor boats and rowing boats, or even hire the Keswick Launch for special events.
Derwent Island House - This eighteenth century house is on an island on the lake. It is owned by the National Trust but lived in by a tenant (how lovely). It is open to the public for a few days each year, subject to lake levels. Tickets must be booked in advance either by calling 017687 73780 or visiting the small National Trust shop by the lakeside.
Hope Park This park, between the town centre and the lake, has a 9-hole pitch and putt course, crazy obstacle golf, a plant centre, lots of seats, and an ice-cream stand.
Fitz Park This park has a children's playground, a cricket pitch (see the locals play in summer), a bowling green and tennis courts
The Theatre by the Lake - Positioned between Hope Park and the lake, the Theatre has a summer season of 6 rotating plays. It is much loved for its Christmas shows and also the many festivals it hosts, including Words by the Water and the Jazz and Mountain festivals.
The Pencil Museum - At Southey Works, Main Street. The Cumberland Pencil Co. has been based in Keswick for 175 years, and this well-thought out museum tells the history of pencil making, with a replica of a graphite mine. It is highly suitable for kids, with a quiz and drawing zone. There is also a café and pencil shop. Open daily from 9.30-4.
Threlkeld Mining Museum - It's not well known outside the area, but Cumberland was a hive of mining activity for hundreds of years. This museum, at Otley Road, tells the story, starting with the immigration of German mining specialists in 1564. In the geology room, you can find out about mining copper, lead, graphite, slate, coal, iron and gypsum and discover how they were smelted and treated to provide familiar objects.
The mine at Threlkeld, 3 miles east of Keswick, produced granite for road building until 1982. Here, you can go underground to see a real mine, see the original quarry machinery and visit the geology and mining museum. Open 7 days a week from Easter to October.
Honister Slate Mine - The mine is on Honister pass, 9 miles west of Keswick. It is the last working slate mine in the country. There are guided tours of the mine itself, and a visitor centre, but most people go there for the Via Ferrata. This 'iron road' is an updated version of the climbing system used by Victorian miners to get to work; it has iron cables and hand holds up the rock face, reaching the 2126 ft-high summit of Fleetwith Pike. Open 7 days a week, 9-5.
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery - This free museum was opened in 1898 and well deserves its moniker as the '3rd strangest museum in the world'! It has a mixed collection of interesting objects left to the museum, including a stone xylophone, a 664-year old desiccated cat and a penny farthing bicycle. More seriously, it also has a credible collection of the manuscripts of Southey, Wordsworth and High Walpole, and examples of the Keswick School of Industrial Art's arts and crafts items.
St. Kentigern's Church, Crosthwaite www.crosthwaitechurchkeswick.co.uk This gem lies to the west of Keswick. The first church at this site was allegedly established by St. Kentigern himself in 553AD, but the current church mostly dates from 1523 with parts from the late 12th and 14th centuries. It is unique in having all twelve consecration crosses. It has a 14th century font, a fine mosaic floor and two alabaster effigies dating from 1495. It also houses a monument to the poet, Robert Southey. Weekly services.
The Puzzling Place - At Museum Square. This interesting exhibition aims to entertain with confusion, with lots of optical illusions, including holograms and an 'anti-gravity' room. There is a puzzle shop and a puzzle room. Open 10-6, seven days a week from Easter to November. Open 11-5 from November to Easter, closed Mondays.
Derwentwater Marina, Portinscale - Here you can have lessons in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, climbing and scrambling. Also hire out boats.
Platty+ - Based at the Lodore boat landing. Here you can have lessons in canoeing, kayaking, dinghy sailing, rowing, dragon boating, Viking longshipping and power boating. Also hire out boats. Open Mar- Oct, 10-6.
A number of eating places have live musicians in the evening. Try The Oddfellows Arms, on Main Street or The Square Orange on St. John's Street.
The Keswick Lodore Spa - Treat yourself to a Pamper Day at one of Keswick's most beautifully sited hotels. Indoor pool, sauna, gym, tennis court and full range of beauty treatments.
Oxley's Spa at Underscar - Book a Spa Day Pass at Oxley's Spa at Underscar Manor, Applethwaite. Forty acres of woodland, indoor pool, fitness room and sauna.
Keswick Golf Club - Based at Threlkeld Hall, three miles to the east of Keswick. 18-hole parkland course with Lakeland views. Club house with bar and restaurant, golfing shop.
Castlerigg Stone Circle This sight is not to be missed – a short 1.5mile walk or drive to the southeast of Keswick. This circle of 40 stones is believed to be 5,000 years old, and, in common with a lot of Cumbrian stone circles, is supposed to be aligned to midwinter sunrise…but we don't know why! Sited on a flat-topped hill, overlooked by the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra, it's a beautiful place to visit, whether you're interested in ancient monuments or not.