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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "The ONLY very minor quibble is that, from the master bedroom, the noise of an outside boiler from one of the other apartments can be quite loud at times."

    Otherwise, it is so peaceful that this noise can be distracting, especially early in the morning. Ideally, the grey squirrels would be eliminated as well. :) Other than that - Norton is absolutely fabulous!

    Reviewed by RichardNov 2023

  • "Loved the property, great location, great views."

    Well maintained. Much of the glassware was plastic, I appreciate this reduces breakages but would have preferred glass. Some covers for the outside table and chairs would be good as I had to give them a good wipe down before we could use them. However the standard of the music system, TV, WiFi was great, didn't need them really as we had wall to wall sun but for a rainy week would have been a real bonus.

    Thank-you for your lovely and helpful feedback and we are so pleased you had a good holiday. Covers for the outside table and chairs would be good, will see if we can find some that would do the job. We are puzzled by the comment about the plastic glasses- there is a set of these so they can be used for picnics etc but there is also a full set of glass tumblers and wine glasses, maybe they were in a cupboard that you didn't find. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EllenSep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Norton-it’s in a lovely location, quiet with great views across the valley yet close enough to Keswick-we walked it Ona couple of days."

    The cottage is excellent and very well equipped. Lovely airy kitchen and dining space, cosy living room and good sized bedrooms. The gardens of the house are gorgeous, with space to sit out and explore. We saw two deer and were lucky enough to see the red squirrels in the garden. The neighbours who look after the squirrels were lovely too. We hiked from the door up Skiddaw and Dodd and did lots of other hikes, runs and activities in the north lakes. Norton had lots of space for hiking gear storage, loved the utility room and second fridge as well! The only thing we’d recommend to add is for some child-sized clothes hangers in one of the wardrobes, for children’s clothes. A really excellent cottage-we’ve booked another holiday here already!

    We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Norton and hope the weather is good for you next year too. Thankyou for the lovely feedback. Some hangers for children's clothes would be a good and easy addition so will find some. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KathrynAug 2023

  • "Couldn't fault it."

    Well appointed and good quality furnishings and interior. House really added to enjoyment of holiday. Will book again.

    Delighted you had a good holiday and enjoyed Norton. Thank-you for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GlynisSep 2022

  • "We were absolutely delighted with everything about Norton, It was light, airy and comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped."

    The views were stunning and we enjoyed being able to walk from the door. I would definitely book again!

    What lovely feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed the property and the holiday. Thankyou. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicolaAug 2022

  • "Lovely house great location"

    Thank-you, we are delighted that you enjoyed the house and setting. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IainJul 2022

  • "We were thrilled by this property."

    It is very comfortably furnished to a high spec and the kitchen is very well equipped. The views across the the fells are stunning. As toiletries are not provided at the property, with the exception of hand wash, it would be good to advise clients of this in the brochure.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2022

  • "The property is well appointed and nicely furnished."

    However, there were a few things which spoiled our enjoyment of staying there. We were surprised at the lack of cleaning materials, a surface cleaner, a small amount of washing up liquid and 3 dishwasher tablets. In addition one small cloth. When we took this up with the Property Manager we were told that this was to get us started. When I showed surprise she said she would feed our comments back to the owners. The patio furniture was dirty and we were trying to clean this with wet wipes which was not that easy. The patio area was in need of a clean. The pathway to the patio was overgrown and needs cutting back. The outside areas of the property generally need a tidy up. The lounge has skylights and when it was hot we could not sit in the lounge. The property would benefit from a fan. Having paid a high premium to rent this property I still cannot get over the fact that we had to go and buy dishwasher tablets which we have had to take with us for the rest of our trip. There were a few other examples of penny pinching i.e. one toilet roll in each bathroom which I would not expect when having paid the amount we did to rent this property. We would not book again.

    Thankyou for your comments which we will carefully consider. There are blinds on the Velux windows in the lounge to help with the sun, but It was an exceptionally hot week and the fans are a good idea. We will talk to the housekeeper re the outdoor furniture, and the other issues, there should have been some cleaning materials and more than 1 toilet roll for each bathroom, apologies this was not the case. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2022

  • "It was a lovely property - very comfortable and well appointed."

    In a great location. The choice of duvet is a good idea as the seasons change. 3 minor niggles. The sink in the en suite is too small to be useful- you can't do anything with it without getting water/toothpaste all over the floor. The garden furniture was really dirty with caked on bird poo that we couldn't remove. We managed to clean up 2 chairs enough to sit on but it would have been nice to have been able to have used the table. There were no cleaning products to keep surfaces/toilets clean - some items would be useful - a spray/bleach/ sponges. We bought our own and took them home with us.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Norton. Thank you for your feedback. We have spoken to the cleaning team about the garden furniture and cleaning items. The sink is quite small as design options here were limited. We hope you had a wonderful holiday in the Lakes. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by NigelJun 2022

  • "Property was excellent and in a great location."

    Only minor issue worth mentioning was the bath plug, which wouldn’t open fully using the knob on the side and you had to pull out the plug by hand to drain after a shower. Didn’t impact our stay and would definitely use the property again.

    Apologies for our delayed reply. Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Norton and hope you had a very enjoyable break in the Lakes. Thank you also for taking the trouble to give helpful feedback in relation to the bath plug. We will make arrangements for this to be sorted out. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by GilesMay 2022

  • "A really wonderful property excellently kitted out with all we could wish for."

    Felt brand new. Fabulous bedrooms and beds. Fabulous views and great location. Can’t wait to return.

    Thank you for your kind feedback and for taking the time to provide it. We are very pleased that you had a good time at Norton and hope your break as a whole was really enjoyable. We do hope you will visit again. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by SueFeb 2022

  • "Lovely lovely place AMAZING"

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are delighted that you had a good break and enjoyed staying at Norton. Hopefully the weather was also better for you than it sometimes is in January! Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilipJan 2022

  • "A fabulous place to stay."

    Set in lovely grounds with great views over Derwent water. The cottage has a very modern feel, but nice quirky features too, and all the facilities you need. Great showers, comfy sofas, superb latest spec TV, very clean throughout.The wood burner was fab, really easy to use. The only slight comment to make was the size of the sink in the en-suite, so small that it was almost impractical. That aside superb cottage and would highly recommend.

    Thank you for taking the time to give your kind feedback. We are very pleased that you had a good break and enjoyed your stay at Norton. We understand your comment that the ensuite sink is on the small side. We thought very carefully about design but in view of the need to work inside the existing parameters of the property there were only certain solutions that we were advised would fit everything in including plumbing etc. Best wishes and we hope you may come back sometime in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2022

  • "A wonderful holiday home, particularly for a weekend break and ideally situated at the foot of Skiddaw and close to Keswick."

    One very minor comment to make. It would have been useful to have been told to bring our own logs for the wood burner (or even, some provided). This aside, an excellent property that is tastefully decorated and furnished.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are very pleased that you had a good break and enjoyed your stay at Norton. We will ask Heart of the Lakes to let people know about logs in advance in the future . Best wishes and Happy Christmas Property Owner

    Reviewed by CliveDec 2021

  • "Excellent property, great location and plenty of space."

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your break. Sorry to be slow replying. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BhavikOct 2021

  • "We had a brilliant time and the cottage was beautiful, spacious, modern and clean."

    Beautiful surrounding walks and situated in a quiet area. Thank you!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your break. Sorry to be slow replying. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NaliaOct 2021

  • "Beautiful high spec accommodation, newly renovated, spotlessly clean."

    Excellent location, quiet, with fabulous views. Within walking distance of Skiddaw & Latrigg. Only 5 minutes drive away from all the facilities at Keswick. Would recommend and would certainly stay there again.

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2021

  • "Had a brilliant holiday staying at Norton Cottage."

    It is beautifully decorated and has abdolutely everything you could need for a comfortable stay. The location at the foothills of Skiddaw means fanatastic views and easy access into Keswick ( 5mins by car and 40mins walk along footpaths with kids). Easy booking process too and really useful to have a contact mobile number at Heart of the lakes in case we had any issues. We cant wait to come back!

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2021

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  • Reverse-level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link can be twin on request), 1 x ground-floor super-king-size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom
  • First-floor kitchen/diner with Juliet balcony
  • Utility
  • First-floor sitting room with woodburning stove ( logs not provided).
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Designated parking for 1 car, additional roadside parking nearby
  • Private garden with lawn, patio and furniture and shared access to two-acre grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1.1 miles
  • Check-in from 4pm and check-out by 10am

The property

Keswick 2 miles.

Resting within the idyllic countryside of Applethwaite, Cumbria lies this stone-built, reverse-level cottage, Norton.

This former coach house and stands next to Applethwaite County House on the southern slopes of Skiddaw and boasts fantastic views over the Borrowdale over Derwent Water. The main house was once owned by Dr Wakefield, a member of the ill-fated 1924 expedition to Everest led by George Mallory and the residential properties on the grounds are named after the mountaineers, this one in particular being Edward Norton.

Arriving at the property, a designated parking space invites you to leave the car and begin your holiday in your home away from home for the trip.

Step into the cottage and climb the stairs straight up to the first floor to enjoy your living quarters.

Settle down for the evening in the sitting room to watch the Smart TV as the woodburning stove creates a gentle warmth through the space.

From here, take advantage of the well-equipped kitchen/diner, home to a Juliet balcony allowing plenty of fresh air into the space, and an electric oven and induction hob so you can whip up meals for the group to enjoy at the dining table as you plan your day's events. When sleep calls make your way downstairs to the bedrooms; the ground floor hosts a super-king-size with a zip/link feature for a flexible sleeping arrangement and a king-size with a sleek en-suite bathroom.

Completing the ground floor is a handy utility with a fridge/freezer, along with a shower room and a first-floor cloakroom.

Outside, you can savour the summer months in the garden with a glass of wine on the patio, or perhaps prepare a picnic to enjoy on the share two-acre grounds.

If you don't fancy cooking, head out to The Pheasant Inn for a delicious meal with your loved ones in the characterful 17th century pub.

For days out while at the property, make your way to the town centre of Keswick, home to Keswick Museum, for the history buffs, and Derwent Water Lake, where you can try your hand at some watersports.

For a more relaxing day out, Hope Park is also nearby and offers a lovely and tranquil place for some peaceful strolls.

Within easy reach is the popular The Puzzling Place, home to fascinating exhibitions for a truly unique experience within the Lake District National Park.

Avid walkers and cyclists will find an abundance of trails to discover nearby, with Grisedale Pike just a scenic drive away and the beautiful cascading waters at Aira Force Waterfall also within easy reach by car.

Adventurers will enjoy an attempt at conquering, Scafell Pike, England's highest summit, while the nearby Lake District towns of Windermere and Ambleside are popular tourist destinations home to plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants to fuel your next excursion.

Whatever the weather, Norton provides a wonderful base for a family holiday any time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Keswick 2 miles; Bassenthwaite Lake 9 miles; Cockermouth 12.9 miles

The idyllic village of Applethwaite is at the foot of the south facing slope of Skiddaw in a peaceful location yet only 2 miles from the convenience of neighbouring Keswick. Applethwaite has fascinating history, in the late eighteenth century woollen goods were produced in the area and the remains of old corn mills can still be found today. Also, William Wordsworth once owned a property in Applethwaite. Applethwaite is often used as a start-point for a walk-up Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake is also nearby where it is known for osprey to nest; Derwentwater Lake also resides nearby, and outdoor enthusiasts can delight in its surrounding walks and trails as well the opportunity for watersports such as paddle boarding and kayaking at Derwent Water Marina. Applethwaite is well suited for exploring all the Lake District has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas