Threlkeld holiday farmhouse accommodation with internet access, balcony/terrace and walking and log fire

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Ings - fine Lakeland farmhouse on the southern aspect of Blencathra

Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 9 Home 789305

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Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden


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.


Lounges (2)

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.



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.

Dining room

Oak dining furniture - seats nine comfortably. Excellent south facing views

Utility/drying room

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.

Bedrooms (5)

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

Bathrooms (2)

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

Additional information

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
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
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
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
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

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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Review 1-10 of 47

28 Sep 2015


"A great place to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary"

Ings is beautiful. I read many reviews before I booked and wondered if it could be as good as everyone was saying, I am happy to report it is. The cottage is spacious and well appointed, the upstairs lounge is a great haven. The view from every window is stunning and waking up to them is a wonderful start to every day. The disused railway walk into Keswick is great fun and I advise starting from the very beginning from the main road (sign posted) rather than part way down as you will miss some fantastic surprises. (For those who have bands its just over 23,000 steps for the total journey.) Contacting the owner Nick was easy and painless, he is very helpful and keeps you informed at every stage. Would I advise you to book this lovely home? Yes in a heartbeat. Will we be returning? Without a shadow of a doubt.

25 Aug 2015


"Beautiful Position - views and sheep"

This is everyone's favourite but especially the children who love the walk to Threlkeld through the sheep. The position of Ings gives you excellent views in all directions with St John's in the vale to the front and Blencathra at the rear. The property has been refurbished with a lovely new kitchen. The owner was especially helpful.

17 Aug 2015


"Perfect holiday home"

We stayed at Ings in 2014 and loved it so much that we booked again for the same time this year. Our experience was just as good (see Aug 2014 review). An ideal location, with a 10-minute walk across fields or road to the village, with it's two good pubs. An hour's gentle walk into Keswick. An ideal base to visit the rest of the Lakes. The facilities in the house were perfect. A new kitchen with everything you could possibly need. The two lounges have a great range of DVDs, videos and books. There is a lovely view from every window. We are hoping to book again for next year.

26 May 2015


"Fantastic group holiday retreat"

Beds for 9, 10 mins. from Keswick. Fantastic views from front and back. Great pub and food in Threlkeld. Easy access to multiple walks from the back door. Modern kitchen many utensils etc. and helpfull property manager. Hard to beat for an extended family vacation.

21 Apr 2015


"Far from the madding crowd"

If you like the Lakes and also seclusion, this is the place for you. Just outside the village of Threlkeld and handily close to Keswick, you can have as much or as little company as you would like. Well-equipped, spacious and comfortable, the cottage is very welcoming. It is attractively situated at the foot of the fell which creates a wonderful backdrop for the house. There is a sunny country garden and a splendid oak tree to enjoy. I enjoyed my stay very much and look forward to returning sometime.

17 Apr 2015


"What a great place to stay!"

We loved the setting - views were amazing, whatever the weather. There were walks right from the door; the house was clean, comfortable, warm and very well equipped. We have found 'our' place in the Lakes and will definitely be booking again next. A splendid place for all our family from the 2 year old to the 67 year old!

31 Mar 2015


"Excellent stay in a spectacular setting"

Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate for our large, mixed-age group. Bedroom arrangements cater for all - some doubles, some twins. We really enjoyed the cosy lounge downstairs, complete with wooden beams and open fire. The younger members of our party loved the upstairs lounge with TV/DVD and a huge selection of films and books for all ages and tastes. Ings is a short walk from Threlkeld centre which has two good pubs. As it was off season we didn't have to book to eat, but I imagine they could get busy during holidays. The property is well set back from the road, with a nice garden. It was a real treat to open the curtains on the first morning and see the snow-capped peak of Blencathra, which stands just behind the house. There are many walks that can be done straight from the door, plus ample cycling opportunities. Keswick is close by too, with a great market. Hoping to return later in the year.

28 Mar 2015


"A gem of a property"

Two families with young children stayed at Ings and we all loved it for different reasons. The grown ups - the space, the amenities, the location and the views. The kids - the space (in and out), the games/books/fancy dress box and the escapism from normality. A truly lovely farmhouse with stunning views from all windows (we were unbelievably lucky with our weekend weather). The higgledy-piggledy feel of the place, the exposed beams, the simple decor and homely touches make it a welcoming place to kick back and relax. Fab all round. Thank you Nick.

17 Mar 2015


"4th visit"

Excellent! Great time had by all again. New kitchen works a treat. Perfect home for a group stay. Til next time

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!

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