Secure your holiday for £20.
Limited availability, could end at any time.T&Cs Apply.
Icon/Navigation/Chevron/Left Back to search

8 people have recently viewed this property

1 of 40 View Image Gallery
  • Squirrel Lodge - Lake District - 1080757 - photo 1

Squirrel Lodge

(Ref. 1080757)

Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing
Facilities and Maintenance
  • All reviews
  • kitchen (8)
  • large (6)
  • all (5)
  • property (5)
  • house (5)
  • equipped (4)

8 Customer Reviews

  • "Stayed here for a week, mixed age group, great base for walking and shopping."

    All rooms were clean and comfortable. The large dining table allowed us to eat and chat and then play cards all together. The kitchen was a good size and was well equipped, loved the two fridges and made use of the washing machine and dryer. Reported issues with the bathroom radiators and they were dealt with by the host. Only concern prior to arrriving was the road parking , but this proved to not be a problem as we all got parked right outside. Looking to book again as its a great base.

    Thank you for the fantastic review! We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay and found the space perfect for your group. We appreciate you letting us know about the radiators - glad we could resolve it quickly. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a lovely break in this property."

    Close to all Keswick has to offer. The kitchen quite small for a party of twelve if you’re planning on cooking. Maybe larger pans would help.overall good value for money and a good place for get together with friends and family.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so glad you had a lovely break at our property and enjoyed its proximity to all that Keswick offers. We hope to welcome you back again someday! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Feb 2024

  • "We found the property ideal for a family birthday celebration with my twin sister."

    Plenty of room for four couples & a small child. It was warm, comfortable beds, & all the rooms looked newly decorated. Kitchen though slightly on the small side was well equipped & great to have the large fridge/ freezer. Only criticism is we found it a bit squashed for seating in the lounge but we all want to return in the not too distant future. Thank you for making our birthday celebrations one to remember. Lesley Hare

    Lesley, we're delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful time celebrating your birthday with us! It's fantastic that the property suited your needs and provided a warm, comfortable space for your family celebration. We appreciate your feedback about the seating in the lounge and will certainly take it into consideration for future improvements. We look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay in the near future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful house in an ideal location for Keswick."

    Very spacious and ideal for a large family group with 6 bedrooms and lots of bathrooms. The kitchen is well equipped and extra utility room perfect. Each bedroom was very cosy and the beds super comfy! Lovely extra from the owner as tea coffee and kitchen provided and bottle of prosecco and chocolates a nice surprise to help us celebrate New Year. Location fantastic as just a short walk into the centre of Keswick which we love and visit often.

    Thank you for your kind words! We're delighted you enjoyed the spaciousness, well-equipped kitchen, and cozy bedrooms in our Keswick house. It's wonderful to hear that the location and extra touches, like the New Year's celebration treats, added to your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2023

  • "Like a bad dream."

    .. I was disappointed with our stay at Squirrel Lodge in December 2023.  I appreciate that VRBO/Sykes are only going to try and show the good stuff about their property on their books in their web images, and they really have done that in this instance.  So, the good bits; the lounge is OK, with plenty of chairs for the 7 of us that were staying, but I'd worry if all six rooms were fully occupied.  Kitchen is OK, but again, very small if the house is fully occupied.  The dining room would seat everyone around the large table, but that's where the good stuff dries up.  I can't directly review the bedrooms on the first and second floor, but we were on the third floor, some 45 stairs up, which was tedious to say the least.  But if the bedroom had been half decent I guess the exertion of getting up the stairs would have been worth it.  It wasn't, it as terrible.  As was the other bedroom in the attic.  It was like a cross between student accommodation and a hostel.  It was the kind of room you have bad dreams about ending up in if your life had gone wrong.  I like to stay somewhere that is as nice or better than my house.  This was not. The bed was small and terribly uncomfortable.  The cheap foam duvet and pillows were as bad as the mattress.  Very little storage.  Furniture that wouldn't look out of place in a charity shop. Then woodchip walls have been patched up to within an inch of their life over the years. The décor was shockingly old and, the workmanship (if you can call it that) was woeful.  It has obviously been a hotel at some point in is past, which is fine, but I would have expected it to have been fully refurbished when it moved from a hotel to a rental property.  The rooms still had numbers on their 1970's doors and there were Health & Safety fire signs all over the place.  How Sykes can rate this property as 5 Ticks giving it 'Exceptional standard with a degree of luxury' I have absolutely no clue.  I have no axes to grind with anyone either at Sykes or VRBO, or anyone else connected to this property.  I've stayed at some wonderful properties in The Lakes, but I feel that everyone should know exactly what they are getting with this property.  I very much think that there is a place for a cheap six bedroom holiday let in Keswick, and this may be perfect for you, if it is, then fill your boots.  But it's a no from me. 

    Reviewed by Mike1.3Dec 2023

  • "We are a walking group(of varying size)who come to the lakes Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar and have been visiting for the last 25 years."

    .The house appeared to be ideal for us. However although I appreciate it was a bitterly cold weekend (not that unusual) and I am aware that energy is expensive but when you pay over £1200 for the weekend I don't think it unreasonable to come back to awarm house. It proved impossible to get the downstairs warm. This was not appreciated after a day on the hills. What a shame. Its a nice house. We certainly won't be booking again in the winter and couldn't recommend for anyone else. The heating system and the controls simply not up to the task. If you were looking to cook the kitchen was a bit short of available dishes and stuff somewhat less than ideal.

    Reviewed by Steve2.8Dec 2023

  • "Lovely big house for a large group of people."

    We were a mixed group of runners who came up to do some walking in the area. The kitchen was equipped with everything you would need to cater for a large group. The furnishings were lovely. The bedrooms were all beautiful and there seemed to be an abundance of bathrooms in the property so there was never a queue. It’s an easy walk into the town centre and to the shoreline. Would definitely recommend.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay! Your group sounds fantastic, and it's wonderful to hear that the house met your needs with its well-equipped kitchen, beautiful furnishings, and ample bathrooms. If there's anything specific that stood out or any suggestions you have for improvement, feel free to share. We look forward to welcoming you again if you decide to return to the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great size property."

    Few issues which to be fair were dealt with swiftly by management. The house does need some upkeeping - photos appear to be old and the house needs TLC. Dining room was a great size - kitchen is a bit on the small size for a group of 12.

    Reviewed by Shazia3.8Aug 2023

Show more Hide all


  • Over 4 Floors
  • First Floor:
  • Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC, Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Drying room: With basin, and WC
  • Second Floor:
  • Bedroom 3: With twin beds and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC, Bedroom 4: With zip and link super king size bed (can be twin beds on request) and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Third Floor:
  • Bedroom 5: With 2ft 6in twin beds, Bedroom 6: With double bed
  • Bathroom: With shower over bath, basin, and WC
  • Separate downstairs cloakroom with WC
  • Dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, Range, microwave, fridge and dishwasher
  • Utility room: With fridge/freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine
  • Living room: With WiFi, Freeview Smart TV and DVD/Blu-ray player and first-floor snug with Smart TV and DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Parking for 2 cars in a designated spaces 0.1 miles from the property plus unallocated roadside parking
  • Front terraced garden with furniture, enclosed rear garden with furniture and a garage for lockable bike storage
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Additional dogs accepted on request a charge of £25 per pet
  • Pets not allowed on furniture or in beds
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3, River Greta 1.5 miles, Derwent water 2 miles
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Note: There is a good housekeeping bond of £500

The property

Resting in the heart of Keswick, a popular Cumbrian town is Squirrel Lodge, an impressive, mid-terrace holiday home.

Just paces away from a hub of activity, including a plethora of shops, eateries and attractions, Squirrel Lodge is well-positioned within the Lake District National Park, making it a fabulous base for a countryside getaway for a large family or a group of twelve friends.

Park up roadside before making your way into your lovely new dwelling, ready to kickstart your getaway or celebratory holiday.

Be welcomed into the tastefully-presented sitting room, complete with plush seating to sink into after a day of travelling.

Locate the well-equipped kitchen, housing all the appliances to ease your self-catered stay, with a handy utility adjoining.

Prepare delectable meals for your entire party, before gathering around the large dining table as the wine is poured and conversations flow.

Retire to the first-floor snug for a peaceful nook, to unwind before heading to bed, selecting between three king-size bedrooms, each with en-suites, and three twin bedrooms, one of which benefits from an en-suite, all dotted across the first, second and third floors of the home.

Awaken with a long soak or a refreshing shower before enjoying your morning coffee in the enclosed rear garden, the perfect spot for your furry companions to roam and play.

Once you're ready to explore, head into Keswick to tour the local museum, be intrigued at the Derwent Pencil Museum, take to the lake by discovering the Keswick Canoe & Bushcraft experience, or simply enjoy a stroll alongside the water jetty, before dining out in the town, with a wide variety of eateries to select from.

Grab your walking boots and head towards Ullswater, where you can discover the stunning landscape of Aira Force Waterfall or tour the grand grounds of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, whilst Blencathra is nearby, ready to summit.

Be sure to stop off at the Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve, perfect for hiking, bird watching, and water sports, before appreciating the beauty of Lake Windermere, and its surrounding hidden gems and attractions, recommended to add to your itinerary.

Enjoy a large group break at Squirrel Lodge.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

View on map

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.

View more holiday cottages in Keswick

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas