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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
STOP PRESS..................BRAND NEW KITCHEN INSTALLED FEB 2015
This traditional Lakeland farmhouse sits nestled on the southern slopes of Blencathra in a quiet rural setting just outside the village of Threlkeld. The location in the heart of the Lake District National Park is ideal for keen walkers and cyclists, though the property also makes an excellent base for those who wish to simply relax and enjoy the stunning views and local wildlife. Lambs graze in the field behind Ings and the large south facing garden is frequented by red squirrels and a wide variety of bird life. The property is reached up a tree lined track through a five-barred gate from the lane.
Ings was originally refurbished from a 17th century farm house and adjoining barn by the actor and Oscar winning director Colin Welland (Z-Cars, Kes, Chariots of Fire). Whilst thoroughly modernising the property, he retained many of the traditional features and Ings is now a cosy farmhouse with stone floors, wooden shutters and an open fire and wood burning stove. The property is an ideal holiday destination for a large or extended family, though has been very succesfully let to two families wishing to holiday together or several couples. The accomodation is particularly spacious, with two lounges (upstairs and downstairs) - ideal for families with children.of different ages or where there are differences in film choices for the evening!
The views are spectacular! To the rear of the property the land rises steeply to the summit of Blencathra. To the front, the large south-facing garden has picnic tables and sweeping views down over St Johns in the Vale; the summit of Helvellyn can be seen on a clear day. Wildlife abounds - a small investment in food for the birds and red squirrels reaps great rewards.
The location is excellent, lying just to the west of the village of Threlkeld, which boasts two popular pubs (The Horse and Farrier and The Salutation), both of which are within easy walking distance of the property. The shops, restaurants, theatre, cinema and other amenities of Keswick are only 4 miles away; journey time is just over 10 minutes by car, though an attractive alternative is the cycle ride or walk along the picturesque Greta Gorge (the former Penrith to Keswick railway line). This flat easy path is entirely safe and traffic free, criss-crossing the river over the old railway bridges with multiple opportunites for picnicing and bathing. Within a 20-30 minute car journey lie the western fells, Ullswater and Grasmere/Ambleside, with all of their attractions.
As owners we have visited the Lake District for many decades and have excellent knowlege of the best places to eat, where to obtain instruction for outdoor pursuits including mountain biking, sailing, kayaking and ghyll scrambling - our comprehensive guide for guests within the property has been praised for its detail and utility.
Serious walkers will appreciate Ing's prime location. There is direct access onto public footpaths from the house with access to Blencathra, Skiddaw and other northern fells as well as multiple gentle strolls into Threlkeld or in the opposite direction to the hamlet of Wescoe (WH Auden lived and wrote here). There are plenty of opportunities for mountain bikers in the immediate locality, including the Glendaraterra Valley leading to the back of Skiddaw, and the Old Coach Road. The singletrack routes of the trail centre at Whinatter forest are reached by a short car journey. Road cyclists fancying a quick workout before breakfast can cycle up to Castlerigg stone circle and enjoy the panoramic views before putting the bacon on! Ings lies virtually directly on the Coast to Cost cycle route.
A large upstairs lounge with balcony and wood burning stove takes full advantage of the views on both sides and will easily accommodate all nine of the guests. TV, DVD and video player, extensive book library (adult and children's) and games for all ages. Wood burning stove. Double doors leading to large balcony with wonderful views of the summit of Blencathra.
For parties with children it can be nice to take advantage of the second lounge downstairs for film or games nights. A wide range of games and films and quite a collection of dressing up clothes are available for our younger guests. Downstairs lounge has open fire, TV and DVD player. Access to south facing garden via exterior door.
BRAND NEW KITCHEN INSTALLED FEB 2015
Slate floor, separate pantry, two fridges, dishwasher, microwave and range cooker. Oak kitchen table seats five adults or seven children: perfect for children's tea.
Oak dining furniture - seats nine comfortably. Excellent south facing views
Located just outside kitchen door - contains oil fired boiler, washing machine, tumble dryer and ample hanging space. The perfect location for drying waterproofs and boots.
Downstairs master bedroom with king size bed and ensuite toilet and shower room
Downstairs twin bedroom with oak single beds
Upstairs double bedroom with contemporary oak bed and bedroom furniture
Upstairs twin bedroom
Upstairs single bedroom
Upstairs family bathroom with bath, shower, WC and wash-basin.One previous guest commented 'loo with a view!'
Downstairs double bedroom has ensuite shower, WC and washbasin with extensive cupboard space.
There is a large south-facing garden with a children's swing and picnic tables.
Shed available for dry storage of bikes if required.
Parking for multiple vehicles
Travel cot and high chair available for families with infants and small children
Ings benefits from unlimited Wi-Fi access. There is excellent mobile phone (3G) reception
All bed linen, heating oil and electricity is included. Towels can be made available to guests at additional cost.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 194 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Single beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Swing set|
About this location
The Lake District
The Lake District is Englands largest National Park and one of the countries foremost tourist destinations. It is famous for its scenic mountains (England's highest), lakes and forests, which inspired the 19th century Lakeland poets, including William Wordsworth. Whilst the region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with some of the countries finest walks and cycle routes, there is much to do for the less energetic. Literary sights abound, from Wordsworth's boyhood school to the lavish country estate of John Ruskin at Brantwood.
Food is taken seriously here. There are a total of three Michelin starred restaurants within the Lake District as well as a multitude of other excellent restaurants and pubs. The guide for guests at Ings contains a number of our personal recommendations,
Threlkeld has two well known pubs - the Horse and Farrier being the closest and The Salutation at the other end of the village. There is excellent local shopping in Keswick together with theatre, cinema and lake cruises. Keswick Golf Club is less than a mile away and welcomes visitors.
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19 Jan 2015
"An idyllic and beautifully set out large cottage - the perfect place for Christmas"
Ings was a stunning place to spend a week with our 3 young children and extended family. With 2 well laid out lounges, a fully functioning well equipped kitchen, huge oven and separate yet attached dining room gave us all the space we needed. High standard of bedrooms, separate utility enabled us to stay on top of all washing/drying and keep wet walking clothing out of the main house. Plenty of parking, cottage up your very own lane! Lovely front garden to play in and perfectly situated for walks around the area. Local pub fantastic food and good walk back to relax! Upstairs lounge provided the perfect haven for Christmas morning and log burner and open fire in lounges provided a very cosy atmosphere. We all loved our week and hope to visit again!
15 Jan 2015
"Great spot, lovely home. "
My girlfriend booked here for a surprise 30th Birthday and invited a bunch of my friends along. The property itself is to a high standard and the surroundings are beautiful. Cooking facilities are fan… More
10 Jan 2015
"An absolute gem"
We just spent New Year at Ings and it could not have been better. The location was fabulous - just off the A66 and on the outskirts of Threlkeld village, so rural but not isolated. It is one of those… More
27 Nov 2014
"Great location, Excellent cottage"
Had a lovely long weekend with a group of walking friends here. Spacious accommodation equipped with everything required for a group. We stayed on a typical wet November weekend but really enjoyed coming back from a day out to this homely cottage.
16 Nov 2014
"A lovely property in s stunning location"
We stayed at Ings with 3 generations of the family to celebrate my daughter's birthday and the property suited us all. It is ideally situated just off the A66, yet in the middle of the stunning c… More
23 Oct 2014
"Awesome stay - Just perfect!"
So we stayed here for a family reunion and everything about this property was just easy! A great location no more than 5 minutes drive from Keswick and you can even walk or cycle there from great wal… More
27 Sep 2014
"A magnificent view from every window!"
Just had a week long holiday at this beautiful house with family. 7 adults and 1 toddler, the toddler loved exploring inside and outside the house. Enjoyed cosy nights in playing the good selection o… More
12 Sep 2014
"Perfectly located, beautiful Farmhouse to escape and explore"
Just returned from an amazing long weekend staying at Ings. Really utilised the whole house, cooking in every night with a very well equipped kitchen, log fires when it got a bit chilly and extremly comfortable beds aiding some great nights sleep after long walks! Sat and ate breakfast outside to soak up the most amazing views and plenty of space to relax and socialaise with two sitting rooms. Comfortably sleeping 10 and in the most perfect location, both for easy access from the M6 but also for a total escape from it all. Came back relaxed and rested and wanting more of the Lake District and Ings, already planning my return!
9 Sep 2014
"Perfect break combining outdoor activities and relaxing in a superb farmhouse"
Ings was a wonderfully situated farmhouse easily accessed via the M6 . It is delightfully and appropriately furnished in keeping with its beautiful surroundings. It was spotless on arrival and the kitchen boasted every imaginable gadget needed for cooking.
A wonderful weekend was had by all and ings had a lot to do with that ! Can't wait to return.
3 Sep 2014
"Perfect setting for exploring the Northern lakes"
Ings cottage enjoys a wonderful location; you can quite literally walk from your back door onto the slopes of Blencathra, or a more sedate walk down the disused railway line into Keswick (4 miles) or … More
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