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Pen Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Another chill out stay in Pen Cottage."

    We are fortunate enough to be able to come to our little retreat twice a year! Beautiful location and the cottage has become like a second home to us. Please don’t change anything!

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad that you enjoy returning and look forward to welcoming you back again. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful holiday made even better by the accommodation."

    First Class. In a beautiful place with great views there was nothing lacking at all. Would recommend to anyone. We had a fantastic week.

    Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We're pleased that you had a good week and enjoyed the cottage's panoramic view of Skiddaw to Helvellyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2023

  • "We stayed for five nights in what is a delightful location and a lovely comfortable cottage."

    The cleanliness was of a very high standard and the cottage had all we needed for an enjoyable break. The views from the property are beautiful even on an overcast and wet day (of which there are many in the Lake District). I would happily stay here again.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is one of the nicest holiday properties that we have stayed in."

    Beautiful views, lovely landscaped gardens leading down to a pond (NOT suitable for young children). Easy, off-road parking; house was very clean, nicely furnished, and is well equipped with good WiFi and modern kitchen appliances. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your positive comments. The gardens are lovely all year round. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a fabulous week at Pen Cottage, the accommodation was spot on and with fantastic views."

    There isn’t anything I can say wrong about it, great location, on a bus route if you don’t want to drive, peaceful and picturesque. Kitchen has everything you could want to cook a full dinner and there’s plenty of seating in the living room and snug. We did alter furniture to give a more homely feel to the living room plus the sofa was stopping heat from the radiator other than that it was perfect for our needs. My Dad even said he could quite happily live there so that say it all. 5 stars from us we will be back.

    We are so pleased all generations enjoyed Pen Cottage and you felt at home. You are welcome to stay again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Apr 2023

  • "Remembered to take some oven-gloves after reading previous reviews."

    Very nice stay in very nice accommodation. Broken kitchen door handle was the only minor issue. Lovely garden area and views when the weather obliges. Welcome packs were a pleasant bonus, thankyou. Wouldn't hesitate to go back.

    Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. Regarding oven gloves, these can be unhygienic unless cleaned after every visitor. Instead, our cleaners provide a white 'oven cloth' which is easier to wash. A clean 'oven cloth' is provided at each changeover. Thank you for your comment about the kitchen door handle - this was replaced the day following your visit. Hope you will be able to return for another holiday sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2022

  • "We all love Pen Cottage and usually visit at least twice a year (have done for approx the last 12yrs) - we’ve already booked a week next April."

    Being small, I struggle with sitting on the sofas in the lounge so usually bring a chair in from the snug. It doesn’t stop me loving the place like a second home. Love the new mattresses but wonder if it’s time for new duvets? Thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage.

    Many thanks for your comments. Pleased to hear that you love the cottage. Hope you will be able to enjoy another visit sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was well equipped, but really needed a pair of oven gloves."

    The place was very well kept, grounds were beautiful, just wish we could have stayed longer.

    Thank you for your remarks regarding the cottage and grounds. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. Regarding oven gloves, these can be unhygienic unless cleaned after every visitor. Instead, our cleaners provide a white 'oven cloth' which is easier to wash. A clean 'oven cloth' is provided at each changeover. Hope you may be able to enjoy another stay sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent company to book with, but the icing on the cake was Pen cottage."

    It was gorgeous . Very spacious very well equipped with everything you need and more, plenty of space to park your cars very quiet and the most unbelievable views looking onto the beautiful Lake District fells . Breakfast on the patio every morning and afternoon tea in the shared ground in the afternoon what more could you want . When I say shared grounds we saw 3 people ,plenty of room . I was lucky enough to have a Mum who was born and lived in Keswick , And remember Pen Cottage as apart of the Swan Hotel . I’ve been coming to Keswick for 65 years sadly no house of our own now , but trust me Pen Cottage is one of the best places you could stay. Fantastic

    Thank you so much for such kind and positive comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. As you knew the Swan Hotel, you may remember that our kitchen was part of the original building (which was built in 1648) and was the hotel kitchen. Our lounge was part of the hotel dining room (this part was built in the 1960's). The long hotel dining room had five large windows overlooking the garden with the view to Skiddaw and Helvellyn. We are lucky to have two of the five windows! Good to hear that you were able to make use of the gardens in the fine weather. Hopefully you may be able to enjoy another holiday here sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Cottage was absolutely lovely, a great base for our holiday adventures."

    Superb position to explore the North Lakes. The cottage was so well equipped it surpassed expectations. Will definitely return again.

    So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. There's plenty to explore in the North Lakes, hope you can continue your explorations before too long. Many thanks for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, so well equipped."

    We stay every year & greatly enjoyed our visit again.

    Pleased to hear you enjoyed another holiday at Pen Cottage. Thank you for your positive comments. Hope to welcome you back again before long. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a very well equipped and well-run cottage, where one easily gets a sense of the thoughtfulness of the owners."

    Everything worked well. the property is connected to other cottages nearby but on my stay there was a quiet atmosphere. the views are quite stunning and there is the benefit of a beautiful shared garden to the front. well-placed for local hikes and a short drive into keswick. i think a more prominent display of wifi details would be my only suggestion

    Many thanks for your comments. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We've taken on board your remarks regarding the wi-fi, details will be displayed more prominently quite soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Apr 2022

  • "Another great stay in Pen Cottage - we try to stay at least 2weeks/year as we love the location and cottage."

    Thumbs up for the new mattresses but not so much the leather suite. We all struggled to get comfortable but understand that cushions are not an option re the allergy free policy. It will not prevent us staying again, in fact we have already booked for October.

    Thank you for your comments, we're pleased that you enjoyed another holiday. Good to hear that the mattresses are appreciated. It's difficult to find seating suitable for everyone but good to hear that you will be staying again in October. Hope you enjoy your next holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Mar 2022

  • "Lovely holiday; cosy cottage with great facilities in a tranquil location."

    Really well equipped kitchen and great to have washer/ dryer and dishwasher. There were a few things which were really disappointing; one was that all the floors are hard tile/ laminate and it would have been really nice if some part of the living room floor was carpeted to allow you to sit on the floor or have a stretch etc. Even a rug would have helped and the sofas were not the comfiest. Also there were no dishwasher tablets, bin bags or washing powder. We would have preferred not to have to go into Keswick on bank holidays looking for these things, either that or make it clear in the pre arrival info. Doesn't cost much to leave 6 dishwasher tablets and a spare bin bag. One more serious thing was that one of the kitchen cupboards was full of mouse droppings and had 2 traps in (not set up) so it was clearly an ongoing issue. I became ill with stomach cramps on the second day and we felt this was one of the possible causes. It may have been unrelated but either way it needs addressing.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you had a good holiday and found the cottage cosy. We are pleased to hear that the facilities, location, kitchen and appliances were so appreciated. Regarding the flooring, the cottage is designed to be allergy-friendly, hence the hard flooring which is more hygienic than rugs and carpets which can harbour dust-mites. The leather covered armchairs and sofas have been chosen for the same reasons. The lounge seating was new in 2021 and we have received many favourable comments regarding the comfort. May we respectfully suggest that anyone wishing to sit on the floor or carry out floor exercises should bring their personal roll-up mat for the purpose. Your latter comments are really housekeeping issues and these should have been made directly to Heart of the Lakes during your stay so that remedial action could have been taken promptly. We have confirmed that the cottage was prepared for your arrival but it would seem that the cupboard under the kitchen sink may have been overlooked. Dishwasher tablets and bin bags should have been present. Apologies for this oversight. Parts of Swan House are about 350 years old and Building Regulations in the 17th Century were not as stringent as they are now. As with all old, stone-built rural buildings, mice have a habit of getting into the voids in the stone walls and have occasionally found their way into the space under the kitchen cupboards. This was managed by use of bait in sealed containers (not traps) and the issue has been resolved. We have now changed to a property management company that employs professional cleaning and laundry teams. We can ensure a clean and fresh welcome to Pen Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leanne3.4Dec 2021

  • "We only slept and breakfasted at the cottage." other cooking. But it was clean and enjoyed wonderful views. Great wifi also! We would stay again.

    Many thanks for your comments. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay (and the technology!). Hope you may stay again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michel5.0Nov 2021

  • "Would have been nice to have a pint of milk in the fridge on arrival."

    Thank you for your comment. We trust that you enjoyed your stay. We have taken on board your comments and there will now be a tea and coffee tray ready to welcome guests on arrival. Guests usually pick up groceries on their way to Pen Cottage. There is plenty of choice. Braithwaite has an excellent village shop, there is a small shop in Braithwaite camp-site (open when the camp-site is operating), Booths and Co-op supermarkets in Keswick and a couple of well-stocked shops at petrol stations in Keswick. Also, Pen Cottage is in the delivery area for some supermarkets (just make sure you request the delivery for 'Pen Cottage, 3 Swan House, CA12 5SQ' and that you are at the cottage to attract the drivers' attention when he/she arrives!). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very pleased with our stay in Pen Cottage."

    Everything went smoothly from booking to departure, very helpful customer service. Ideal location, comfortable cottage and wonderful views. Hoping to come back as soon as possible. We couldn’t recommend it more.

    Thank you very much for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you may visit Pen Cottage again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Piotr5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautifully presented, comfortable, ground floor apartment, with every convenience."

    The only two negatives was the road noise from the A66, which was as expected, given the closeness of the road, and second, the potential lack of privacy in the two bedrooms, as to they are on an eyeline for passers by to the flat upstairs. That said, we'd have loved to have stayed longer, it's a beautiful flat, in a beautiful part of the Lakes, and the view from the living room and patio was glorious! Thank you

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We realise that there is some intermittent background noise from the A66. Unfortunately, we can't do much about this (and we all need to use the road from time to time!). When we sit on the patio, we imagine the time when steam trains used the Penrith-Keswick-Cockermouth railway line that ran along the side of Bassenthwaite Lake - where the current A66 is now. Apparently, trains would stop if flagged down (near the current A66 underpass) to allow local residents and Swan Hotel visitors on and off the trains. The road at the front of Swan House was the main road then. At least this road is now quiet and is just used by local traffic, cyclists and buses between Keswick and Cockermouth. Regarding the potential lack of privacy in the bedrooms, this is a good point now that the apartment above is in regular use. We plan to fit opaque blinds to these windows in 2022. We hope that you may be able to visit Pen Cottage again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Jul 2021

  • "Pen cottage is extremely well situated for a hiking trip in the northern lakes."

    It was spotless on arrival and all the facilities are superb. I would definitely book again next time I am in the Lakes.

    Many thanks for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hiking in the area. We hope you may be able to visit Pen Cottage again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley Caroline4.7May 2021

  • "An excellent warm, comfortable and well-equipped property"

    BaileyDec 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • Large decked area with seating and barbecue and extensive shared landscaped gardens with pond.

The property

Nestled in the heart of Thornthwaite in the North of the Lake District, is this beautiful property dating back to the 1600s, Pen Cottage.

Formerly part of the Swan Hotel, the property has been converted into a number of luxury dwellings for family and friends looking to enjoy all that this idyllic location has to offer.

Pen Cottage encompasses a fresh and modern feel along with a delightful display of fine furnishings and décor with oak beams and thick walls, echoing the warmth of the original 17th century coaching inn that it once was.

From the entrance porch, head straight into the fitted kitchen where you will find all the essential appliances to rustle up a hearty feast, with assistance from the electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.

Gather round the dining table to enjoy your home-cooked meal while discussing how you shall spend the remainder of your holiday – will it be rambling the surrounding fells or exploring the quaint streets of Keswick and Cockermouth?

A couple of steps takes you into the lounge where double glass doors invite you onto the decked patio, perfect for sitting out with a glass of wine while admiring the landscaped gardens and panoramic views of Skiddaw in the distance, with the elevated position affording Pen Cottage some of the most mesmerising views in the Lake District.

As the night rolls in, choose between the king-size and twin bedroom to catch your rest, each of which benefit from oak furnishings to store your personal belongings.

There is also a family bathroom with a choice of a relaxing evening bath, or a quick brisk shower to freshen up before the day ahead.

Avid walkers and cyclists can delight in the surrounding area with the coast-to-coast cycle path nearby, as well as Whinlatter Forest Park to explore, or challenge yourself to a hike up Skiddaw, well-worth your efforts for the beautiful vistas once you reach the peak.

Take a night off cooking and treat yourself to a meal at one of the fine restaurants in the area, with the Pheasant at Bassenthwaite and Ivy House in Braithwaite being just a few examples of wonderful cuisine, whilst Keswick offers evening theatre, cinema and fabulous shopping.

The northern part of the Lake District offers a wide range of areas to explore, including Derwentwater, Ullswater and Helvellyn, along with opportunities to go boating, hiking and camping.

Whatever you choose to do, consider Pen Cottage for your next escape to this magnificent National Park.

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

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Note: Due to the pond in the garden, children must be supervised at all times when outside

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas