Stunning scenery surrounds this two bedroomed cottage which sleeps 4. Located close to Bassenthwaite Lake and Whinlatter Forest with beautiful views over the cottage style garden and fields towards the Skiddaw range. There are numerous walking opportunities directly from the door.
The north lakeland village of Thornthwaite is located just 3 miles north west of Keswick, between the eastern fringe of Whinlatter Forest and southern edge of Bassenthwaite Lake. Many footpaths surround the village with several routes into Whinlatter Forest including a popular footpath from the centre of the village which leads up beside the tumbling waters of... Comb Beck, providing a very attractive path into the centre of the forest. There are also walks around Powter How Wood to Bassenthwaite Lake, a route to Braithwaite and a path across the valley to Dodd and Skiddaw.
Heron Cottage is a delightful 17th century cottage which retains many original and characterful features including low doorways, windows and ceiling beams. Situated in a peaceful area of Thornthwaite known as Powter How. Heron Cottage is set within beautiful and tranquil garden and surroundings and has fabulous views of the Skiddaw range and Bassenthwaite Lake.
The centrally heated cottage comprises:
* Lounge with, Cast iron gas stove, TV with free sat recorder, DVD player, hi-fi and I Pod dock.
* Kitchen with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, TV and CD radio.
* Conservatory with, dining furniture and easy seating, overlooking the garden.
* Utility area with frige freezer.
* Cloakroom with WC and basin.
* First Floor: Twin bedroom which can be converted into a super king size if required, with vanity unit and basin, TV and DVD player.
* Double bedroom with TV and DVD Player.
* Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
* Study area with a variety of books and games.
* All gas, electric, and bed linen provided.
* Wifi available with high speed broadband.
* Welcome pack on arrival.
* Sorry no cot or highchair available, however you are welcome to bring your own.
* Private parking.
* Outside large enclosed garden with patio area with seating and BBQ.
Additional amenities include: visit britain 4*, october half term availability, keswick and district, open fire or wb stove no, garden or outdoor area, bedrooms 2: 1, no. bathrooms: 1, star grading: 4*, changeover saturday, early booking discount, seasonal promotionals, may half term availability, christmas and new year availability, parking facilities: private parking, price g from £440 pw, february half term availability, no. bedrooms: 2, valentine availability, pets no, this months bargains, keswick convention availability, summer school holidays, sleeps 4, easter availability, bathrooms 1: 1.Read more
All prices include all taxes, gas, electric and bed linen. Please check property description to see if towels, logs, coal and cots are included free of charge or at a supplement. If a pet friendly property, the charge is £20 per pet per week/part week. Please telephone or email us for short break availability and prices.
Advertised as a 4 Star Property. Cute, Quaint, Quirky. But not 4
Left on 09/27/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | Dan
Crazy 'collect your key' situation from the busy Keswick High Street where there is very limited on street parking meant restrictive arrival time. When travelling from afar you need to be very early in case of bad traffic (M6 etc)
Dedicated parking for single car on the property. Fabulous rear garden with good views. A very good Conservatory extension. Acts as Dining room & day room.
Pity about the constant noise of vehicles from the road below. The shape of the valley seems to amplify even distant vehicles.
We had a wet cold week with the weather. The old stone cottage had damp patches on the Lounge wall and one of the bedroom walls. We had to use the gas fire to keep the walls dry.
The cottage has low doorways and you quickly learn to duck and step through into each room. At 6 foot 6" I expected some issues, however the low corridor the upstairs bathroom was almost impossible for me to limbo! The downstairs toilet had a far better height!
The Kitchen was full of an eclectic collection of old worn and a few quality items. On the whole everything was tired. We had to buy a chopping board and wooden spoons as the ones at the cottage were only good for throwing in the bin. The oven, hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, dishwasher were all fine and good quality. Really needs a new kettle! A total contrast of the good and the rubbish! Very glad we also brought spare Tea Towels and additional hand towels as well as the specified Bath towels. What was supplied was inadequate.
The sofas were grubby. We did not sit on them once!
The redeeming feature is the view from the conservatory & seated areas in the garden coupled with the fact so many wild birds visit the garden. We also saw Eagles & Heron. We bought a big bag of seeds & nuts for the many bird feeders, we were well rewarded.
The house is full of fantastic books, jigsaws & Dvds etc. Plenty for those who want to stay in for the whole week. We did not use any of the Tv's or Players only a Radio.
Overall only 3 Stars. Read more
Thank you for your feedback regarding Heron Cottage, Thornthwaite.
We are pleased you enjoyed the garden at Heron Cottage and the additional books and games on offer at the property.
Lakes Cottage Holidays were unaware that there was a damp issue in the lounge and bedroom at Heron Cottage, as the property is old it is common for the walls to be cold but we have not heard of it being damp, which we will investigate.
We are sorry that you felt that the wooden spoons and chopping board weren't up to standard. If we had been notified this during your stay we would of been able to rectify this issue by supplying you with new items. However, without being informed we would be unable to help. This is the same with the tea towels at the property.
Lakes Cottage Holidays will be replacing the wooden spoons, chopping board and tea towels at Heron Cottage.
We really do appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you to a Lakes Cottage Holidays property in the near future.
Lakes Cottage Holidays.
the holiday you dream of
Left on 09/16/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | john
the cottage and the views across the lake were excellent it was a very relaxing holiday and we will be booking this cottage next year but this time for two weeks not one Read more
It is really nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay and are looking to come back next year!
We shall certainly look forward to hearing from you.
Lakes Cottage Holidays
john h nuttall
Left on 08/19/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | john h nuttall
Our stay at Heron Cottage was just what we wanted, a perfectly situated cottage ie private, quiet, great views, garden and situated so that you could walk from base.The cottage is really quirky, we loved it, the low ceilings, comfortable bedrooms,the conservatory we virtually lived in it, the views of the lake were so picturesque and calming.The cottage was very well equipped and lacked nothing, it was very cosy and we really appreciated the personal touches applied by the owners.Being lovers of the great outdoors ie Fell runners and keen on natural history we could run either from the cottage which is at the base of Barf or else a short drive to Wythop to train on Sale Fell which is perfect ground.Swans could be seen every day on the lake from the cottage, we spotted the Ospreys on our first day and enjoyed watching the garden birds on the feeders in fact the walk to the Bird Hide alongside the lake is only 5 minutes away so all in all it was pretty perfect for us.I nearly forgot the collection of books brilliant.
stunning views from patio and conservatory
Left on 07/25/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | DIANA
Booking was easy and staff friendly and welcoming when picking up keys.The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped,with lots of character.Large conservatory overlooking garden and the view of Dodd wood and Skiddaw lovely. The cottage is well placed to go down a short walk to Bassenthwaite lake to watch the osprey fishing as well as other birds.Good walks from cottage as well only a short drive into Keswick and close to other lakes.
We really enjoyed watching all the wildlife in the garden and all the books,DVD the house has.
The best bit is the stunning views and wildlife which makes up for some traffic noise from the a66.
We thought we'd died and awoke in heaven. A dream of a place.
Left on 06/21/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Gwenny
Our utmost thanks first of all go to the housekeeper for keeping this place in an immaculate condition. She must work really hard keeping this so clean and tidy.
Secondly the cottage itself is a dream of a place. Beautiful tasteful furniture fills this home. It is very old and atmospheric. Everything you need is catered for. The owners like ourselves must be avid readers due to the voluminous collection of books on every subject that can imagine.
The view from the conservatory window over Bassenthwaite Lake is tremendous, our jaws dropped when we saw it.
We have stayed in an awful lot of holiday cottages but can honestly say that this is the best.
It made us feel so special and priveleged to have been able to stay here.
The wildlife is magnificent.
The only thing that marred the holiday was the fact that
we didn't like having to trail into Keswick, being unable to park and having to walk nearly a mile to pick up the keys from the Booking Office and then on leaving repeat the same procedure to return the keys.
Car parking costs a small fortune in this Town Centre when all the free spaces are taken. That is why I have marked the ease of check in as poor.
It would be much better if the keys were left in a hidden location on the premises or with a neighbour like other companies do.
Phil & Helen
Lived up to expectations
Left on 03/27/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Phil & Helen
The cottage took a while to warm up when we got there, but it is an old cottage. Everything worked and contained all you could possibly need in terms of cooking etc.
The gas fire (log-burner lookalike) in the living room created a cosy atmosphere on the cold nights (it snowed while we were there!). There were also loads of interesting books, OS maps, and Dvds that we didnt know would be there. The conservatory (including eating area) was great, overlooking the garden and the lake.
Take some bird feed and you will gets lots of birds visiting, including spotted woodpeckers. The bathroom upstairs is 'height restricted' (to say the least) so I bumped my head a few times. If you are over 6 feet tall this might be a problem. The electric shower was a bit weak, but that is a minor quibble.
Overall, a very enjoyable stay. Short drive to Keswick and lovely beauty spots, including Thornthwaite forest, Borrowdale and Thirlmere.
Left on 09/18/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A Moufti
We really enjoyed every little detail of the cottage including the cleanliness and the facilities and of course the location and the surroundings.
Superb quality cottage in a fantastic setting
Left on 08/20/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Neale
This is a wonderful cottage located down a quiet track, with just a few other properties. There's a footpath down to Bassenthwaite Lake, where we all swam. And the imposing Barf Fell towers above the cottage - a great if precarious scramble, and one which doesn't attract many other people - we managed it without meeting another soul on a wonderfully sunny morning. I can't recommend this cottage enough, it has everything you need and is spacious enough not to feel hemmed in when the weather turns wet (especially with our two kids in tow). The garden is also big, with dramatic views over Bassenthwaite lake and up to Skiddaw. Pubs and a village shop in Braithwaite are an easy cycle ride away (10-15 mins); and Keswick not far either. We have already vowed to return.
J + A
Great View Lovely cottage
Left on 06/10/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | J + A
Had a lovely week ,the conservatory of the cottage was ideal for watching the birds,we were up early and saw deer most mornings+rabbits.the cottage is in a lovely position,very peaceful with a great view of the lake,bumped our heads on the ceiling a few times,very well equiped cottage
Mick & Lynne
Wakefield W Yorks
A delightfull, warm and relaxing cottage for a holiday
Left on 05/24/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Mick & Lynne
We initally called this a holiday cottage in the title, but it is more than this, it is a home! A great base to explore the Lake District and to come home to. The character and location are second to none. The shower is a little short on head height, but so what! Relax and have a bath for a change.In the name of the great shakespearian actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger --- We'll be Back.
A home from home in a fabulous location!
Left on 04/25/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | SM
An extremely comfortable cottage in an amazing location overlooking Lake Bassenthwaite. The owners have worked hard to make this a special place to stay with lots of homely touches and facilities. The cottage is well placed to explore the Northern Lakes with walks and wildlife on the doorstep. We would thoroughly recommend this property.
Beautiful location, pity about the bathroom
Left on 11/10/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Adrian Atkins
The cottage was easy to find, comfortable and well appointed. The bathroom was a problem because it was necessary to bend practically double to enter the door and not possible to stand fully upright in the shower (I am only about 5ft 10") The view of Bassenthwaite and Sciddaw was wonderful and the cottage was well located for access both to the fells and Keswick for shopping. The noise of traffic on the a66 was noticeable but not unacceptable.We felt that the welcome in the Holiday Cottage was not warm and very matter-of fact and disinterested.
Mark & Liz
Peaceful, relaxing, scenic
Left on 11/04/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Mark & Liz
A beautiful, peaceful cottage, with a superb outlook. Old-world charm with all the modern amenities necessary. Thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in the conservatory each evening, a realy lovely break in a delightful setting.
Left on 08/22/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Walkers
This beautiful cottage tucked under the fells provided a restful holiday haven. The views over Bassenthwaite lake were unsurpassed. The local area provided direct access to lakeside walks and the fells.
Quaint but watch your head!
Lovely cottage and very quiet and relaxing location.
Left on 08/22/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Quaint but watch your head!
Lovely quaint cottage but bathroom and shower room is difficult to use if you are tall. Bedrooms lovely but new mattresses should be provided as not very comfortable.
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