Holly Bank Cottage
About the home
Holly Bank is a lovely, family run, self-catering holiday cottage in the peaceful village of Thornthwaite, close to Keswick in the Lake District. Comfortable and well appointed, with large picture windows providing stunning fell views, the cottage is divided into 2 self contained apartments with adjoining internal doors. It is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing Lake District holiday and is ideal for extended families or for two families wanting to holiday together.
Downstairs has it's own living room, kitchen and family bathroom, with three bedrooms on the ground floor comprising one double and two twins (one of which has an en-suite shower room). Upstairs there is also a living/dining room, kitchen and shower room, with one double bedroom and one twin.
Both lounges are spacious with comfortable settees and armchairs providing plenty of room for relaxing at the end of a hard days walking or sightseeing. There are picture windows both upstairs and down, both of which provide stunning panoramic views of the surrounding fells and countryside, although it has to be said that upstairs has the edge!
Both lounges are equipped with satellite TV, video and/or DVD player and CD/radios and downstairs there is the added bonus of an open fire for cosy Winter evenings.
The two kitchens are fully equipped with electric cookers, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster. Downstairs there is also a dishwasher.
In addition, the garage houses a freezer, a washing machine and tumble dryer.
The large garden is fully enclosed with gates to front and back, which makes it ideal for energetic children and dogs. There is outdoor dining furniture on the patio outside the back door and there are also benches around the garden, with sun loungers and a barbecue available for guests' use.
There is an abundance of wildlife in the garden including a variety of birds and the now rare red squirrel. Bird feeders around the garden and two squirrel feeders on the tall conifers ensure there are plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting during your visit.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
This property is two self contained apartments within the same house. There is an internal adjoining door which gives access to both properties from the inside. It is ideal for an extended family, or for two familes wanting to holiday together.
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
The Cumbria/Lake District region
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.
The Keswick area
Holly Bank Cottage is set in the delightful 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.
How to get there
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From the South of England - travel North up the M6 to Junction 40. Take the A66 West towards Keswick. You will see signs for Thornthwaite village approximately one mile past the Keswick turn off. Drive into Thornthwaite village and Holly Bank is a few houses past the bus stop on the left.
From Scotland and the North - travel South on M6 to Junction 40 and follow A66 West as above.
If you are visiting without a car, you can take the train as far as Penrith and then a bus from Penrith bus station directly into Thornthwaite village via Keswick.
Activities near Keswick
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
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|June||18 Jun 11||2 Jul 11||£ 945||-||-||1 Week|
|July||2 Jul 11||16 Jul 11||£ 1040||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer Holidays||16 Jul 11||3 Sep 11||£ 1270||-||-||1 Week|
|September/October||3 Sep 11||22 Oct 11||£ 1005||-||-||1 Week|
|Oct Half Term||22 Oct 11||29 Oct 11||£ 1190||-||-||1 Week|
|November/December||29 Oct 11||21 Dec 11||£ 620||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas||21 Dec 11||28 Dec 11||£ 1230||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year||28 Dec 11||4 Jan 12||£ 1365||-||-||1 Week|
|January||4 Jan 12||11 Feb 12||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Feb Half Term||11 Feb 12||18 Feb 12||£ 760||-||-||1 Week|
|Feb/March||18 Feb 12||31 Mar 12||£ 640||-||-||1 Week|
|Easter||31 Mar 12||14 Apr 12||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|April||14 Apr 12||5 May 12||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|May||5 May 12||2 Jun 12||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
|Whit Holiday||2 Jun 12||9 Jun 12||£ 1175||-||-||1 Week|
|June/early July||9 Jun 12||14 Jul 12||£ 980||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer Holidays||14 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||£ 1285||-||-||1 Week|
|September/October||1 Sep 12||20 Oct 12||£ 1025||-||-||1 Week|
|Oct Half Term||20 Oct 12||3 Nov 12||£ 1180||-||-||1 Week|
|November/December||3 Nov 12||22 Dec 12||£ 630||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas||22 Dec 12||29 Dec 12||£ 1245||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year||29 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 1395||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
All bed linen is included.
Towels are available to hire for a cost of £5 per person.
A travel cot is available for a cost of £15 per week
A high chair is available for a cost of £10 per week
Well behaved dogs are welcome for a cost of £15 per dog per week.
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