Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Jasmine Cottage is set in a peaceful village 3 miles from the market town of Keswick and is perfectly situated for exploring the Northern Lakes and fells. Converted from a 200-year-old farm building, it provides luxurious and cosy accommodation for up to 4 people, all on ground floor level.
The open-plan living/dining area has large south facing windows, lovely oak beams, low ceilings and atmospheric down lighting. The focal point is a gas-fired, coal-effect rustic stove with oak beamed surround. French windows open onto a veranda with views towards the fells.
The master bedroom is a double en suite including luxurious corner bath with shower. The second twin-bedded room has its own shower and washbasin. There is an additional toilet off the main living area.
The pretty patio garden has a picnic table and 4 chairs with views towards Skiddaw. A barbecue and sun loungers are available during the summer. The garage houses a washing machine and larder freezer and provides safe storage for bikes or watersports equipment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Penrith 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Cumbria/Lake District
The Lake District is a stunningly beautiful region in the county of Cumbria in the North West of England. It is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and became a National Park in 1951. It consists of awe inspiring mountain ranges, shimmering lakes, bubbling streams, gushing waterfalls and tranquil mountain tarns, all of which attract tourists in their millions. It boasts many lovely market towns and villages, as well as cosy inns, pubs and tea shops and, for the more energetic visitor, there are hundreds of miles of footpaths to explore around the lakes and fells.
In addition to tourism, the area’s main source of income is from sheep and dairy farming in the agricultural lowlands to the North, South and East of the area.
The Lake District has the highest annual rainfall in England and is consequently covered in large areas of water. There are 18 major lakes in the National Park although only one, Bassenthwaite Lake, carries the name ‘lake’. The rest are known as ‘waters’ or ‘meres’. Windermere is the largest of these and Wastwater is the deepest. Wastwater is also the deepest lake in England and from its’ depths grows England’s tallest Mountain, Scafell Pike. At Wasdale Head, at the end of Wastwater, you will also find the smallest church in England – St Olaf’s.
In addition to the larger lakes there are approximately 2000 tarns and pools in Cumbria. A tarn is a small mountain lake and, for those who make the effort to reach them, many offer true isolation, peace and tranquillity.
It is often this sense of peace that encourages many Lake District visitors to go walking in the mountains, or fells as they are known in the area. Alfred Wainright, the author and illustrator, spent 13 years exploring the Lake District fells. He wrote seven volumes covering the entire Lake District which describe the many routes he walked and the 214 summits he climbed. The guides were published between 1955 and 1966. It is a common goal for many modern fell walkers to complete the same walks and/or summits that Wainright describes.
The Lake District inspired many poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Shelley. William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were both born in the attractive market town of Cockermouth, which sits just outside the National Park boundary.
Jasmine Cottage is set in the delightful and peaceful village of Thornthwaite, which nestles at the foot of Thornthwaite Forest. This is just a short walk from the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake where Ospreys have been nesting now every year since 2005.
The village is only 3 miles from the bustling and vibrant market town of Keswick where you will find many excellent shops, pubs, restaurants and tea-rooms. If you're an outdoor enthusiast this is one of the best towns in the Lake District to grab yourself a bargain on outdoor gear.
Keswick is set right on the edge of Derwentwater and is surrounded by picturesque little villages. The mountain passes are stunning, and there are many wild places to explore. The Northern lakes and fells provide particularly spectacular walking opportunities. Whether you prefer a 15 mile hike through the mountains, or a gentle meander around one of our beautiful lakes, you certainly won't be disappointed.
If you're not a walker, or you just fancy trying something different, there are opportunities for climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, quad biking, fishing, photography, bird watching, golf, sailing or canoeing. If you have a young family to entertain, why not visit one of Keswick's public parks for a game of pitch and putt, crazy golf, tennis or bowls or, if it rains, you can forget about staying dry and take a dip in Keswick's leisure pool.
If that all sounds a little too energetic, the Keswick launch is a wonderful way to see Derwentwater and the surrounding fells whilst barely needing to move a muscle and if you’re in the mood for a little meander around one of the beautiful bays you can hop on and off the launch at your will.
A drive, or a walk, into the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’ is a must when visiting the Keswick area. You can visit the famous Bowderstone (a 2000 tonne stone brought here during the ice age) and the lovely little village of Grange on the River Derwent, where you can treat yourself to afternoon tea or a delicious 'local' ice cream.
Keswick also has the added bonus of it's very own repertory theatre known as Theatre By The Lake. Perched on the edge of Derwentwater in an idyllic setting it offers a variety of plays, operas, ballets, musical performances and talks to suit every taste.
Whether you’re looking for an action packed holiday or a bit of peace and quiet, or anything in between, you will be spoilt for choice.
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17 Feb 2013
I stayed here last May for a week and loved this charming little cottage.It has everything you could possibly wish for inside, and has a real charm and country cottage feel to itIt is right in the cen… More
27 Jan 2013
"Another Lovely Stay in Jasmine Cottage"
Our first visit back for 4 years and 5th in total. The cottage was sparklingly clean as usual. Coming back always feels like a home from home.Nice to see improvements made, like a flat screen TV, new … More
17 Nov 2012
"A cosy home from home surrounded by excellent scenery and places to go."
Jasmine is a comfortable cottage with all mod cons- everything you need for a restful or active holiday. With its well-equipped kitchen, cosy lounge and dining area, comfortable beds and en suite we w… More
6 Oct 2012
"Lovely cottage, let down by niggly problems."
Jasmine was a beautiful, typical lakes cottage. Well equipped and in general, nicely furnished. The big let down were very uncomfortable sofas that had seen better days. 60% of the light bulbs were blown including the one in the cooker hood which made food prep difficult if not dangerous. Route planning and map reading for the next days' climbing had to be done wearing our head torches!
The extractor fan in the ensuite shower was out of order which meant that if you had a shower before you retired for the night you were surrounded by a fug of steam. Mind you we were so tired after our busy days that it really didn't bother us.
The outside lights were also out of action which made the steep steps treacherous in gale force winds and lashing rain, especially when one of our party suffers from arthritis. I slipped on the front decking which had a slimy growth in one corner next to the steps. I only suffered loss of my dignity, but as the cottage is advertised as disabled accessible I would question that. The back entrance is on the flat however and if you only have one car it would be fine.
The owner was very apologetic when I informed her about the lights, so I assume that problem will be sorted by now. As a holiday cottage owner, myself, I did think that the majority of the problems we encountered were because they were not the type of things that you would notice when coming over to clean the property in daylight! I don't check the cooker hood light works or try the shower in our property when I prepare it for changeover. I do pride myself on having comfy sofas and armchairs though as , over the years I have NEVER found a holiday let that did!
The plumbing needed attention. One toilet did not flush properly and at times water rose up out of the shower waste drain for no apparent reason.
One final point is that it was obvious previous guests had allowed their dogs in the bedrooms. . Unbelievable! Had to sleep with window open.
The owner was also kind enough to inform us that we had left clothes behind and to make arrangements for them to be picked up.
I am very sorry, and surprised, to read that you were disappointed with so many aspects of Jasmine Cottage, especially as I met two members of your party at the property during the week who assured me that you were very happy with the accommodation. I had no idea that you were struggling with lack of lighting to such an extent that you needed to read your maps with a head-torch, nor did you make me aware of the problems you had with the plumbing or the extractor fan in the shower. If you had let me know about these problems during your visit, I would have taken steps to rectify them immediately.
An electrician was called to the cottage after your stay to investigate why so many bulbs had blown at the same time. Apparently it was due to a power surge which is something that is outside our control. All bulbs have since been replaced and are now checked on a weekly basis.
The extractor fan in the shower was not out of order. The electrician checked this also and found that the switch on the wall which operates the fan had simply been turned off. I appreciate that this may look similar to a light switch and there is now a sign on the fan switch to ensure that guests do not make this mistake in the future.
The cottage is not advertised as accessible to the disabled. We have, however, had disabled guests stay at the property without any difficulty. The main entrance from the parking area does not have steps and the accommodation is all on one level both internally and externally. The steps at the front of the property are not usually used for external or night time access as the French windows can only be opened from the inside.
I am very sorry that the weather made the wooden decking slippery whilst you were there – the decking has now been thoroughly cleaned and we will ensure that this is done at regular intervals in future, especially after bad weather.
I am also sorry that you found the sofas uncomfortable. All of the furniture in the property was chosen to suit the style of the cottage and is well maintained and updated as necessary. I appreciate that one of the sofas may be harder than is ideal. This is because it was recently upholstered and I was assured that it would soften with use.
The problems you had with the plumbing had not been reported previously but this has also now been rectified.
I am very sorry to hear that you believe previous guests have allowed dogs into the bedrooms. As dog owners yourselves, you will be aware that our booking conditions state clearly that this is not allowed. Unfortunately, as cottage owners, you will also be aware that such rules are difficult to enforce. We have not had any complaints about dog smells in the past but we appreciate you bringing this to our attention and will take steps to remind people to keep dogs in the main living areas only.
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