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Bassenthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for exploring the lakes."

    Cottage is well equipped with everything you need and is very comfortable. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2024

  • "We loved the cottage but couldn`t work out the underfloor heating in the kitchen"

    Reviewed by Eve4.7Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    We had a very comfortable stay and had no complaints at all about the property. Kitchen facilities were excellent. Although comfortable, we found the bed a little on the soft side for us. One issue for dog owners to note is that there is no secure garden area to let dogs out. Early morning and night time wees involve getting dressed and going for a quick walk around the village. This is clear from the property info but we found it a bit of an inconvenience.

    Reviewed by Catharine4.7Feb 2024

  • "Great cottage with everything you could need."

    Brilliant location for exploring the north Lake District. Really friendly and helpful host.

    Thanks for that lovely feedback - it was great to have you . Do come back ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely quiet cottage that is well equipped and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very comfortable, clean and cosy cottage, thank you"

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    It had every thing we needed for a great holiday

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2023

  • "Just returned from a four night break at Ashness, it’s a lovely mix of traditional and modern, everything you need for a comfortable stay is there."

    It’s located in the peaceful village of bassenthwaite, a lovely pub is just yards away. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom modern, the kitchen a great size. The owners Adrian and Susan are very friendly and approachable. Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Jun 2023

  • "We have just returned home after a wonderful stay at Ashness."

    The cottage is lovely - comfortable, clean and very well equipped. We were really pleased and have had a fantastic stay. The bed was really comfortable. The lounge is lovely and the kitchen has everything you need. I'd read the recent review about damp, and was slightly worried before we went, but there was absolutely no damp or damp smell in the cottage. The village is lovely and a super base for stunning walks in the local area. We would highly recommend this property and location. Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage in a quiet village."

    We had a very relaxing time. Great location for great days out. The access to the cottage is very easy to find, just follow the instructions, plenty parking close by. We had no issues at all with our stay. We will definitely rebook. We met Adrian the owner, he is very friendly, approachable and made us feel welcome. Thank you so much!

    Thank you for the great feedback and really appreciate that you had an enjoyable time in Bassenthwaite and Ashness. The walking is awesome from this location. Adrian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2023

  • "I would like to say how disappointed we both are."

    What was meant to be a little weekend break, combined with a special family celebration nearby turned out to be a massive let-down. Upon arrival at the cottage we found a dehumidifier and a piece of paper with instructions, as well as a few mini dehumidifier boxes in the bedroom, please see pictures attached. Being asthmatic made it worse. Had I been aware of these damp issues, combined with a strong moldy damp smell, I would have not booked this cottage. We looked for alternatives but there was nothing to suit our needs as in no pet friendly local alternatives available at such short notice. Having made bookings with Sykes Cottages previously it is even more disappointing that this property slipped through the net and does not meet the usual high standards. It is fair to say though that apart from the damp issues, otherwise the cottage is really nice, with quality towels and bedding provided, a very cosy living room and a well equipped kitchen. The power of the electric shower is not great, however, it still works well enough. With the owners living above the property, you can hear them walking around but that is not a big problem. We bought some air freshers for the bedroom and used the dehumidifier as advised but still, it really spoilt our stay.

    Dear Guests, really sorry to hear your comments & understand your disappointment in finding anything that was unexpected or below par for Sykes Cottages. The property has been fully damp proofed throughout in 2021, and has a brand new heating system ( radiators) with underfloor heating to kitchen & bathroom. The de humidifier is offered to our guests during the winter period when the opening of windows may not be welcome due to the cold outside. Its purpose is only to avoid asking guests to open the bedroom windows, as the windows do not have trickle vents & there are solid walls dating from the 1700's. Additionally, we check each week that there is no smell or feeling of damp, we know this is super important to our guests & we run the heating all winter whether the cottage is occupied or not. Please do be assured that we would have been happy to do whatever was needed to support a pleasurable stay at Ashness. We will take on board comments regarding damp smell in the bedroom, but there is no undeclared damp issue, just a cottage with solid walls that has been fully renovated to a very high standard. Regards Adrian & Susan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas3.4Apr 2023

  • "A home from home, tastefully decorated and clean, with lots of nice touches (books, games etc) and everything you need."

    Situated in a quiet village, ideally situated for so much good walking with a nice pub just two minutes down the road on foot. We will definitely be booking again because it was perfect for us. Oh, and the owner is a friendly and really helpful chap too. Just a pity we didn’t get the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "Really clean, comfortable, warm and well furnished."

    I would have liked a hair dryer and written instructions on use of heating, washer etc. However these are just quibbles rather than problems as had I really needed these things the owners were accessible upstairs. Lovely situation. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a lovely family getaway at Ashness, modern amenities and facilities yet you still get that cosy cottage feel with the fireplace and decor."

    Was really nice to come back after a long day of hiking and enjoy a hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. Location is in a peaceful area with some great mountain views. Host was welcoming and answered any questions we had and was very accommodating when we were having some car trouble which we really appreciated. Would definitely recommend

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruqayya5.0Aug 2022

  • "Only thing missing was Wi-Fi login details, which was swiftly rectified."

    The accommodation was perfect and the owner very friendly and welcoming (bottle of wine particularly welcome!).

    Thank you for your feedback very welcome. For the WIFI details, we now provide by text before arrival so you have a record. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.8Jul 2022

  • "Lovely stay (even though we had a fairly rainy week) and friendly owners."

    Good pub close by. Good TV, WiFi, mobile phone coverage (for the lake district). Clean and tidy. Comfortable bed, quality bedding. Only downsides are low shower pressure, but we managed fine for the week, and bit of a struggle finding the keysafe but owner answered call immediately and assisted. Bassenthwaite is a really lovely village and friendly locals. Lovely stream with ducks. Keswick short distance away. Nearby Mirehouse (house open Wed and Sat pm only, grounds open every day) and the Lakes distillery (good bistro). Recommend booking Bassenthwaite Lakes Station Cafe (not a working rail line any more) for superb food (daytime only). Lingholm kitchen gardens, excellent cafe. The Pheasant Inn, Keswick has very good home cooked food, and the Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite is good too.

    Reviewed by Janice4.4Jun 2022

  • "Delightful cottage in a charming and quiet village."

    Lots of thought and effort has been put into the accommodation to make the stay enjoyable. Very helpful and pleasant owners. Fantastic walks and bike rides from the doorstep. Would definitely return.

    Thank you very much, you were the perfect guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2022

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
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  • Single-storey
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating in kitchen and bathroom
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking available
  • Rear garden with patio and bike storage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Pet supplement £10.00 per dog
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6.6 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: This property is next to the owner's home

The property

Keswick 7.1 miles.

Tucked away in Bassenthwaite near Keswick in Cumbria, is this lovely one-bedroom cottage, Ashness.

Enjoying a prime location within the stunning surroundings of the Lake District National Park and just moment’s away from Bassenthwaite Lake, Ashness is a fabulous pet-friendly dwelling for a couple seeking their next romantic escape.

Step into the sitting room, where you can look forward to evening’s relaxing in front of a much-loved show on the Smart TV, as your pooch takes up their favourite spot in front of the crackling woodburning stove.

Whip up delicious meals in the light and airy kitchen, equipped with a handy dishwasher, ready to enjoy at the dining table over a celebratory bottle of fizz.

The property also enjoys a small, private rear patio with storage shed for bikes.

Continue through the property, where you will find a cupboard in the hallway housing a washing machine, perfect for keeping your holiday wardrobe fresh.

After a day of hiking through the Fells, treat yourself to a soothing soak in the roll-top bath, or refreshing rinse in the overhead shower as your towel is kept toasty on the heated towel rail.

As the evening draws to a close, retire to the well-presented king-size bedroom to catch your rest.

Right on your doorstep, you will find the welcoming Sun Inn, serving a tasty menu and local ales, it is the perfect spot to refuel at after a day of exploring.

Ashness is ideally located just paces away from the Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve, where you can enjoy leisurely walks whilst spotting the local wildlife, or taking to the waters by boat, paddleboard or kayak.

Surrounding the lake, you will find the attractions of the Alpacaly Ever After, where you can meet the resident alpacas and enjoy a tipple at the Lake District Distillery, take wildlife rich walks through the Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature Reserve, enjoy a fun-filled day at the Lake District Wildlife Park or tour the esteemed Mirehouse and Gardens.

Stop at Keswick where you can enjoy the Keswick Museum, the Derwent Pencil Museum and the nearby National Trust site of Derwent Island and House.

Those seeking adventure and exceptional views can tackle the nearby Skiddaw peak, where you can soak up incomparable views atop its 931m summit.

Continue onto Ullswater, where you can enjoy the delights of the National Trust site of Aira Force and Ullswater or take advantage of the surrounding peaks of Helvellyn and St Sunday Crag, both worth the climb for their views.

Next stop is Grasmere, where you can tour the former home of the great poet William Wordsworth, or head to Ambleside to explore the fascinating remains of a Roman Fort.

Be sure to stop off at Windermere, where you can enjoy a wealth of watersports, views from Orrest Head and Queen Adelaide’s Hill, and The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

Your adventure to the Lakes awaits at Ashness.

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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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