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.