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The Cats Bield

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent accommodation and perfectly situated and equipped."

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay as a family of 4 here."

    Centrally located so ideal for exploring the town. Warm, clean and spacious with all the required facilities. We found the utility space excellent for hiking gear. The only downside was parking the allocated space and access to it as it was too difficult for me to access in a slightly larger than average car meaning the car had to be left on a nearby long term pay and display instead. That said we loved the cottage and would love to go back.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Cat's Bield, we try to make it everything you need after a day out and about - warm and comfortable, with space for wet gear(and dogs!) to dry out before relaxing for the evening. We agree that the car parking space has its limitations, but we hope our suggestions of other options may have helped. As we have said to other guests, having a car parking space in Keswick is a considerable bonus. We look forward to your next visit. Jim, Deb, Safa (our border collie) and the three not-so-wild cats. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 2024

  • "The cottage is beautiful and has everything you could need."

    Situated close to all amenities in Keswick . The Yorktown attic sitting room was a lovely surprise! It is great to have a parking spot , however getting in and out of ideas challenging! But a great cottage we loved our stay.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Cats Bield. We agree that the Climbers' Loft (Yorktown attic room?) is a bit of a gem. The parking spot is considered a bonus in Keswick, particularly so close to the town centre. Many of our guests decide to park up for the week and use local buses and explore on foot. Our guidance for parking, displayed in the kitchen window, has had good feedback from other guests. Thank you for choosing to stay at the Cats Bield, we hope you can come again. Deb, Jim, Safa (Border Collie) and the three (not very wild) cats! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Feb 2024

  • "Such a wonderful house, perfectly positioned for me."

    Thank you very much. I hope to revisit.

    We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield. We agree that it is very well positioned for visiting all that Keswick has to offer and for exploring further afield. Hope to see you again soon, Deb, Jim, Safa and Wrags Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil Alan5.0Jan 2024

  • "We absolutely loved The Cats Bield!"

    The cottage was very well equipped, it was super clean and wonderfully warm and cosy. On arrival we where greeted with wine, biscuits, dog treats, Christmas crackers and lovely Christmas tree all of which where lovely touches that we very much appreciated. The cottage has a great location with simple access to all that Keswick has to offer and the parking space behind the house is a real benefit. We had a great New Years holiday here and will be booking to return again soon as we can. The Cats Bield really is perfect in every way. Thank you to the owners for making your cottage so welcoming and so very dog friendly! Andy, Kerry, Pepper Potts & Hearing Dog Mac.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We do try to think of things that will make our guests' stay perfect. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield and hope to welcome you back soon. Jim, Deb, Safa (border collie) and Wrags (our not so wild cat!) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Dec 2023

  • "An absolute gem of a cottage in the heart of Keswick."

    Everything about this place is just great and even more so with the extra bits for the dogs who stay here too. We would love to come back here.

    We are so glad that you and your dog enjoyed staying at the Cat's Bield. We try to make it welcoming for all guests, especially the doggy ones! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, it's greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a perfect stay we have never stayed anywhere so comfortable and welcoming and we have stayed in lots thanks for our welcome pack and Rascal loved his treats and bed think we are going to have to buy him one we could not have asked for more and will definitely be booking again."

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as we try to make the cottage as perfect as possible for all our guests, especially the four legged ones! Thank you also for supporting the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs. See you again soon Deb, Jim, Safa (woof) and Wrags (miaow). Property Owner

    5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean, the owners had dogs towels for our dogs, and bowls which was great."

    all what we wanted thank you

    Thank you for the positive feedback. As you say, our canine guests are just as important to us as our human ones, and knowing the typical Lakeland weather we have realised that you can't have too many dog towels! We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Deb, Jim, Safa (the Border Collie) and Wrags (our not-so-wild cat!) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great cottage with everything you need for a break in the lakes."

    Very central location with easy access to all that Keswick has to offer.

    We are very glad you had a good holiday. We strive to make sure that the Cat's Bield is perfect for our guests. We agree that it is in a great position for Keswick and for exploring the northern fells. Looking forward to your next visit, Deb, Jim, Safa and Wrags Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Perfect location for exploring Keswick, excellent instructions for arrival and parking, some nice extra touches like milk, biscuits and wine!"

    !! Loved the attention to detail of the cats here and there.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We know how important it is to be able to relax as soon as your holiday starts and try to take some of the stress away, particularly if you've had a long drive. You can come in and have a nice cuppa and a biccie, then start to unwind and make plans. Keswick is a lovely area to explore, and you have the option of leaving your car at the Cat's Bield and getting the bus to explore further afield. We would love to welcome you back again soon. Deb, Jim, Safa (border collie) and of course, Wrags the not-so-wild cat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2023

  • "We've stayed here a few times now because it's perfect!"

    Parking, dog friendly, great location and very well maintained property which sadly can't be said about a lot of the holiday cottages. Lovely cosy living room, huge kitchen diner with the added bonus of a utility room for drying off the dogs and muddy boots. Beds super comfy, fab power shower. Yes it's on the main road but no noise issues at all. The wonderful owners have thought of everything to make it a perfect stay and we all enjoyed the treats they very kindly left for our arrival.

    What a kind comment! We aim to make the Cat's Bield the very best place possible for you to stay and always try to listen to suggestions to make the cottage even better. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Deb, Jim, Safa (the border collie) and Wrags (the not very wild cat!!) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a wonderful week in Keswick, the cottage has everything you need and has a character of its own the snug was very cosy and a nice place to go and check out routes for the following day."

    The welcome goodies for both humans and dogs was greatly appreciated. Great advice for the parking and recommend you follow the guidelines first before attempting to park. Would definitely recommend as a great place to stay for checking out the North of the Lakes. Terrific holiday and great place to stay….would recommend The Cats Bield.

    Thank you for such positive feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield. We agree that it is an ideal place for anyone who wants to get out and about in the Northern Lakes, especially as you can just leave the car parked up, pop round the corner and hop on a bus if you so choose. So glad Barney and Rubble enjoyed their stay - great names!! Finally, thank you for supporting the Lake District Mountain Rescue Searchdogs. We look forward to welcoming you again soon, Deb, Jim, Safa and Wrags Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "The en-suite shower room needs attention."

    The glass shelf above the small sink makes it virtually impossible to wash your face as you can’t lean over the sink. Would be nice if it was moved to the side. And the extraction fan in there was very dirty. But otherwise a great property, fab location and excellent facilities and comfort

    Thanks for your feedback - we appreciate your honesty as we try to make our cottage perfect for everyone. We will address the issues you have raised immediately and will add some improvements to our maintenance schedule. We will also investigate the options for repositioning the shelf or replacing it with something that would allow better access to the basin. As owners we take a pride in maintaining the highest standards and carry out our own cleaning and as much of the maintenance as we can do ourselves. Hopefully these issues did not detract from your holiday. Deb, Jim, Safa (the border collie) and Wrags (our own not-so-wild cat!) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carmen4.7Aug 2023

  • "Cat’s Bield is a lovely property."

    A lot of care and attention had been given in order to make the stay as comfortable as possible from the lovely welcome gifts to the comfortable beds and bedding to the provision of everything that we needed in the kitchen and keeping everything clean. It had a very home from home feel. It was worth going to look at the parking space, as recommended, before trying to park. We had 2 cars with us and managed to park the larger one but didn’t move it all week. The 2nd had a roof box and wouldn’t fit under the arch at the side in order to get round the back, which might have been a problem if we hadn’t checked it beforehand. It did mean we had to unload from the car park at the Co op. We didn’t have any problem finding street parking a little further out, although we are familiar with Keswick. All in all we had a great holiday and would happily return and stay there again. Thank you.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield. It's lovely to get feedback as we do try our best to make it a relaxing, comfortable place for our guests. We will look at rewording the arrival instructions to make details of the archway clearer, thanks for bringing this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great location for walking into Keswick - opposite Co-op & Booths behind."

    Several takeaways within 2 mins walk along with quite a few pubs! The cottage was very clean - nice to have 2 bathrooms. Slight downside - can be busy as you are on the main road into town. Also the parking space is fairly tight (behind the cottage) we have an XC40 which was ok - not a problem for us as we leave the car - walk or catch the bus!

    Thanks for your feedback, we are glad you liked our cottage. The central location is great as you say, as you can leave the car and walk or catch the bus, and the delights of Keswick are right on the doorstep. We appreciate that the car parking space can be a little awkward but we see it as a bonus to be able to park free of charge in central Keswick. Deb, Jim, Safa (border collie) and Wrags (our own not-so-wild cat!) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous location."

    Property clean and comfortable with added thoughtful touches such as milk and biscuits left for us. Wonderful to have parking. We will definitely book again.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We agree that a parking space in central Keswick is invaluable. There's so much you can do from the doorstep, from a great selection of fell walks, to a decent pub at the end of the day, and a good bus service just around the corner. You can just leave the car and enjoy the location. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was our 4th stay at the Cats Bield and was very enjoyable as always."

    It's a lovely property in a great location in Keswick (within a few minutes walking distance of the main supermarket, the bus station and the town centre) and is the perfect place to explore the Lakes. The property was very clean and tidy as usual and we enjoyed the welcome pack of biscuits on our arrival (and milk in the fridge). Our 2 Bichon Frise (Jake & Buddy) were also catered for with beds, blankets and treats for them which they really enjoyed. Overall we really enjoyed our stay here again and very much hope to be back for another stay in the future. Many thanks!

    Thank you for the lovely comment. We love welcoming back returning guests, both with and without dogs (though we really do enjoy having canine visitors to spoil!!). We're glad that Jake and Buddy enjoyed their stay and made the most of some beautiful walkies. See you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was our second stay and we we're all delighted with our treat the owner left for us and the dogs."

    It's great to have on site parking, we didn't have any problems parking a medium car if you follow the instructions and reverse in it's much easier to get in and out. The cottage was very clean and we had everything we needed, the showers are both powerful and much needed after a long walk. It's super cosy in the living room with the fire on too. The bedrooms are both a good size and really comfy beds. We had a fabulous stay and we'll definitely be back. Thank you to the owners.

    It was great to welcome you back again. Hopefully the Cat's Bield will be a regular home from home for you! We agree that the location of the cottage is perfect for access to Keswick, its shops, pubs and amenities, and it's so handy having excellent walks that can be done from the front door. The parking space is an added bonus and gives the option of leaving your car while you walk or hop on a bus. We look forward to your next visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very clean and comfortable property with all the equipment you require for an enjoyable weeks holiday, even dog beds, bowls and towels provided."

    The beds and living room furniture very comfortable On our arrival the owners had left a very thoughtful welcome pack for humans and dogs, much appreciated The property is handy for shops, eateries and bus station , but also has easy access to many walks. Would definitely recommend Cats Bield

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield. We try our best to make sure that everything is as good for our guests as it can be, both human and canine! Looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Our sixth or so stay in Cat's Bield."

    Perfect for us and Teddy, our Border Terrier. We will stay again.

    It's always great to welcome back returning customers. We aim for the Cat's Bield to be your home from home! See you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was in a great location and so glad for a parking spot."

    It was warm, with great facilities, everything you would need and a welcome pack which was lovely. The attic room was an extra bonus. The owners also provided towels and bed for our dog which is rare so again that was gratefully received. Would definitely recommend this property.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Cat's Bield. We do try to make our canine guests just as welcome as their humans, so their feedback was also appreciated. Following recent feedback about the beds we have upgraded both double beds with memory foam mattress toppers. Hopefully you will notice improved comfort on your next stay. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beverley4.7Feb 2023

  • "Had a fantastic stay at the Cats Bield!"

    Great location, clean, comfortable and extremely dog friendly! Has everything you could possibly need and more- will definitely be booking again!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so glad to read that you had an enjoyable stay at The Cats Bield. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "Had a lovely week staying in Keswick the cottage is lovely cosy and clean , extra touches were much appreciated by the dogs and ourselves, will definitely be back."

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Cats Bield. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roseann5.0Jan 2023

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage, perfectly situated in Keswick."

    Close to shops, wonderful dog friendly pubs and coffee shops and stunning walks from the door. It was brilliant to have parking in the town behind the cottage and we have booked again already.

    Thank you for your feedback, it's great to know you had such a good time. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jan 2023

  • "Super accommodation, had everything you could need."

    Great location close to everything. Dogs well catered for with beds/blankets/bowls and treats. Made to feel at home straight away with welcome gifts. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay and a lovely welcome pack"

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had another great holiday staying in this cottage."

    This year our granddaughter came with us and were supplied with a lovely cot and highchair. Our dog was also very welcome with a lovely bed and treats waiting on her arrival! I would recommend the The Cats Bield as it is not just a holiday cottage but feels like a home. Another lovely holiday for us all.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely 2 night stay at the cottage."

    It was brilliantly located and the amenities were superb. Everything you could need was available and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would highly recommend and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Super stay great location and cottage was lovely."

    Great touch with the wine milk and biscuits, it was totally dog friendly and our Bobby (the pooch) settled in straight away. Deffo a return some time soon

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2022

  • "Rated as dog friendly, however it has no outside area for the dogs so you have to take them out for a walk any time you wish to let them outside etc."

    Not aloud to leave the dogs unattended at any point even to go straight over the road to the shop for 2mins without receiving complaints, almost as if we were being watched. Car parking was not as described, need to be confident manoeuvring your car or the parking situation doesn’t work to well specially when other are staying in the neighbouring cottages. Nice views from the cottage and conveniently placed with access to many shops, restaurants and walks.

    Dear Mr Hollands Thankyou for your feedback – it helps us guide what we do. We like to go the extra for our four-legged guests (it’s their holiday too!), hence the made up beds, doggy-towels and treats at no extra charge. The shared yard, which is common to houses in this part of Cumbria, is now used primarily for parking. This is why we recommend the grass area by the Rawnsley Centre - just across the road and half a minute away. It is ideal for a final stretch of paws and a check of “wee-mails” before bed. Not living at or near to The Cat’s Bield, we can only recommend that pets are not left alone. Having been involved with training search dogs and their handlers, we appreciate that dogs left alone in a new place can get stressed. This stress can manifest as barking, which can disturb neighbours in surrounding holiday rentals, or frustration, which can be taken out on fittings and furnishings and leads to additional charges. We have looked at the entries for parking on our Lakelovers listing and have made some tweaks to avoid misunderstandings in the future. To clarify, we have a private, off-street parking space in the shared parking yard – no others are allowed to use it. With on-street parking increasingly difficult to find in Keswick, we consider ourselves fortunate to have a space. We recommend reverse parallel parking into the space and there is usually plenty of room to do this manoeuvre. Thank you for commenting on The Cat’s Bield's convenient location to all that Keswick has to offer. We hope the “niggles” you encountered did not tarnish your stay and that you will visit our lovely town again soon All the best Deb,Jim, Safa and Wrags our Wildcat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris2.5Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, well equipped, comfortable, pleasing decor and great location."

    We did not find parking our car difficult at all and having stayed in another rental in Keswick with no parking we appreciated the convenience of having a private car parking space. The price was reasonable and competitive, compared to other (in our opinion) overpriced properties, which means we will very likely be booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent location for all that Keswick has to offer."

    would recommend as a great place to stay in the lake district will deff be back

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2022

  • "This cottage had everything you could possibly need, absolutely perfect."

    Our dog(Harry) was well catered for and he settled in quickly. We liked it that much we've booked it again for next year.

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0May 2022

  • "The property was immaculate it was well equipped and spacious."

    Having an en suite was very handy. The location was just perfect for walking into Keswick town and visiting other attractions. The parking was not a problem once the neighbour kindly repositioned. We really enjoyed this holiday so much and haven’t stopped thinking about planning our next stay.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0May 2022

  • "Our 2nd stay, the house is great with everything you need plus extras."

    Just be aware the house is on a busy main road and parking is tight but comes as a bonus with an excellent location.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great central position."

    Lovely attention given to doggie guests with dog beds, towels, treats and bowls. Welcome biscuits and wine for the humans. Everything you’d need in the kitchen and more too. A great holiday base.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great house great location only slight problem was very tight parking"

    Reviewed by John4.4Apr 2022

  • "The Cats bield is a fab place to stay."

    Perfectly positioned for everything you need. Close to shops pubs etc. Dogs loved there cosy beds and treats. Everything clean and lovely touch with the wine and biscuits. Thanks so much. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely dog friendly cottage."

    Spotlessly clean, good quality fixtures and fittings and extremely well equipped . Owners left treats for our little Westie and wine and biscuits for the humans. Ideally situated for all Keswick has to offer. Cottage has parking which is rare... but you have to be good at negotiating the entrance and reverse parking! My husband managed but I would have struggled! All in all a lovely property.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Perfect location."

    Thoroughly enjoyed Keswick… lots of lovely restaurants/bars all within walking distance from the property. Lots of great walks, everywhere was dog friendly including the property. We will definitely return and recommend to all. The free parking bay was an additional perk. Thank you x

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage that was spotlessly clean and with some lovely touches provided by the owners for both ourselves and our dogs."

    The climbers loft attic is a great unique addition to relax in and unwind after a good walk. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely quirky cosy cottage."

    Wine, biscuits and dog treats a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Tina4.4Nov 2021

  • "A great stay, a lovely house centrally located and very dog friendly with extra space for wet kit."

    We found the house had everything we wanted and needed inc a dog bed, treats, milk and a bottle of wine. The shower is amazing in the en suite, the bed comfy and the living room relaxing and the kitchen all you need and a relaxing place. The living room has a gas fire which was nice. We had a really relaxing time and enjoyed the house as did the dog. I think new holiday makers would benefit from a diagram of the parking including instructions before arriving, the current ones are vague which causes confusion and Coop car park is usually full post check in time. The information LL supplied all stated 10am check out (as other companies have reverted back to the original times) but inside had a covid note stating 9am which lead to us packing whilst the owners arrived. The traffic noise from the main road is quite bad, the deliveries across the road at Coop and load cars going past all night. Tbh we didn't realise when booking the house directly on the main road. As a two bed house you might struggle if more than 1 car, the overnight parking at coop doesn't kick in until 9pm and the rugby club is not very secure for over night use. I would say the house could do with a Keswick parking permit either for an extra car or drivers who are not confident on getting into tight spaces or indeed bigger cars. Overall a very good house, everything you need and more and very dog friendly

    Dear Mr Griffiths Thank you for the feedback, so glad that you enjoyed the small touches that we hope made the Cat's Bield a welcoming and cosy retreat for all who stay, including four-legged guests. We have been in touch with Lakelovers regarding the check-in/check-out times that were put in place during the early stages of the C-19 "end of lockdown".  Based on their input we are returning to the pre-Covid check-in and checkout timings. We still intend to continue with our enhanced cleaning and sanitising regime however. One of the consequences of having such a central location close to Keswick's amenities is the proximity of the street.  Despite this, previous guests have commented on how quiet they have found the house.  We will however look at what can be done to improve both thermal and acoustic insulation as part of our annual maintenance period. Many guests find it a bonus to find somewhere in Keswick with any off street parking, and as you suggest we will update the arrival instructions with a clear diagram of how to approach it. With only the one parking place we are always open to suggestions to add to our list for parking for second cars. To this end we will look into the feasibility and logistics of acquiring an Allerdale Borough Council parking permit. Stay safe and thanks once once again for staying at The Cat's Bield. Deb, Jim, Safa and own wildcat, Wrags Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Oct 2021

  • "This is our 4th annual visit."

    Having recommended the cottage to our neighbours. We viewed it in a different light, and thought it would benefit from freshening up.

    Dear Mr White. Thank you for choosing to stay at The Cat's Bield and for your feedback, which is very much appreciated.  This is our fourth year of continuous operation at Cat's Bield, C-19 lockdowns aside.  We have blocked off some time over winter to allow for professional maintenance and redecoration, as well as our usual very deep clean.  We hope that you will notice the freshened appearance and changes/additions that we make during any future stays. Thank you once again for your custom. Deb, Jim, Safa the Collie and Wrags, our very own Wildcat. (Owner response) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malc4.1Oct 2021

  • "Third time we have stayed at Cats Bield and we will stay again."

    Comfortable and welcoming at any time of year.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2021

  • "The location is superb."

    We didn't mind the parking. It wasn't a problem. The bottle of wine and box of biscuits was a very welcome surprise. Fitz Park was a handy short walk (for the dogs). Another nice surprise was Netflix on the TV. After a long day out, we all enjoyed a film in the late evening.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "What a delightful place to stay."

    Our dogs were made to feel very welcome and the wine and biscuits were a nice touch. Felt like a home-from-home.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is great and extremely well equipped, was very clean and very dog friendly."

    Everything was provided, biscuits, coffee, milk, even hand wash and gel, strangely no hairdryer but it is a well appointed cottage. Unfortunately the outside space was hugely disappointing, it is a communal area for car parking and bins. Dog needs to be on a lead from the second the back door is open. The parking was challenging, and as our neighbour had an estate car even more so.

    Dear Mrs Thomson We are glad you enjoyed our cottage. We try our best to make sure that our guests have everything they need to get their holiday off to a good start and we especially try to make it dog friendly. Currently we are following COVID guidelines with regard to removing items such as books, maps and indeed the hairdryer.  Hopefully these will return soon. The outside area is as you say, just an area for parking and bins.  Some years ago the the external space in the yard was traded for the extension which houses the utility room on the ground floor(dishwasher, washing machine, place to store outdoorsie kit) and main bathroom on the first floor. We advise guests to reverse parallel into the parking space and advise liaising with guests next door (it is a shared parking area).  Currently we are looking at giving suggestions for alternative parking options close by.  We aim to make our descriptions of The Cat's Bield on the website as accurate as possible. We think having a private parking space in Keswick is a bonus, even though a little bit of a challenge. All the best Deb and Jim, The Cat's Bield and Safa  the border collie and Wrags - our not so wild cat! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2021

  • "The parking was virtually impossible , don't think its fair to advertise the property with parking"

    Dear Mr Tetther, Thank you for your feedback. The length of the parking space we have in the yard is determined by the width of the Cat's Bield which, at 5.1 metres, is longer than the guidelines issued by The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (4.8 metres).  If the guests next door park with consideration (they usually do) there normally is a good 1 metre for parallel parking manoeuvring.  With parking spaces in Keswick at a premium these days, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to offer off-road parking for a medium sized car.  We hope that the issue you had did not tarnish too much your visit to either The Cat's Bield or our lovely town of Keswick.  Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve3.1May 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, its hard thinking of where to go and worries about the pandemic are certainly on our minds when travelling."

    We found the accommodation reassuringly clean and booking was super easy. Keswick as a town have good control lots of hand sanitiser in the shops and restaurants, staff very reassuring and clear when explaining covid rules and many eateries had outdoor covered tables, even the market had a one way system and so we as tourists felt safe and that we were keeping the locals safe. Would visit again and book with lake lovers plenty of outdoor activities and fresh air so easy to feel safe and comfortable in these very uncertain times. If you're debating whether to book with the lake lovers do not..just book you won't regret it.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0May 2021

  • ". We loved The Cats Bield - beautiful cottage in a fabulously central position. Making access to all of Keswick, really easy"

    . The only downside was that we took our dog on his first holiday but the yard wasn’t enclosed so we had to keep him on a lead each time he needed to go out. It would have been good to have known this on the listing. The parking is tight but very secure with the ability to get close to the back door to unpack.

    Dear Mrs Yates Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Unfortunately the yards boundaries are out of our control and we only have a right of parking and access. We advise guests to exercise their dogs in the wide grassed area a short walk away next to Rawnsley Centre, though we appreciate that this isn't enclosed either. We are looking at the wording of the listing to reflect the yards primary use these days, that of parking. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Cats Bield soon. Yours sincerely Jim, Deb, Safa and Wrags (our very own Wild Cat) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura4.4May 2021

  • "The cottage was better than we expected, everything we could have possibly needed was available, a real hone from home."

    The location was perfect close to the town centre, across the road from a shop and lots of walks close by.

    Reviewed by Bethany5.0May 2021

  • "One of 2 of the best cottages I have stayed in at Keswick and I have stayed in 18."

    I am so glad I have re-booked for next year

    Mrs AndrewsJul 2019

  • "We had never visited this area of the Lakes before but its such a beautiful part of the country and there's so much to see and do."

    Keswick is a nice central location and is *very* dog friendly. It was very easy to book via Lakelovers and the property we stayed in was very good. Thank you!

    Mr EilbeckJul 2019

  • "The location of the property was brilliant, it was lovely and clean and had all the little extras we could need."

    Our dog absolutely loved the dog bed.

    Miss ParrishMay 2019

  • "We most enjoyed the variety of walks, the convenience of the location and the quality of property."

    Ms MansfieldNov -0001

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size double or two 2’6 twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with TV
  • Second floor sitting room with TV
  • Utility.
  • Gas central heating, living flame gas stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, maps, guides
  • Private parking for 1 medium car
  • Up to 2 medium size dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are a 1 minute stroll.

The property

For the perfect Lake District break head to The Cats Bield, a cottage dating back to 1800s which is conveniently situated just one minute from Keswick’s vibrant Market Square.

Families and couples will adore this traditional cottage with loft snug and traditional features. Step into the welcoming hallway of this terraced cottage where you'll find space to store coats and boots.

A cosy lounge offers comfortable furnishings and a Smart HD TV.

Beyond the living room you’ll find a well equipped kitchen diner complete with family dining table leading to a utility space with dishwasher and washer drier.

On the first floor you’ll discover two welcoming bedrooms, the first named Skiddaw offers delightful mountain views, a sumptuous king size bed and an ensuite shower room.

The second bedroom, Causey Pike, can be set up as a king size or with two twin beds.

The first floor is complete with a family bathroom with P-shaped bath and shower over.

The owners, who are involved locally with the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association, have created an additional treat with a second floor Climbers Loft.

This relaxing living space dressed with local memorabilia is ideal for watching TV after a spectacular day on the fells or planning your next adventure.

Outside you can enjoy the fresh Lakeland air where there is an off-street parking yard with a private space for one medium size car. This terraced cottage is centrally located with easy access to Keswick’s award winning market, friendly cafes and unique boutiques.

Families can enjoy meeting Alpacas at Alpacaly Ever After and relax in the wave pool at Keswick Leisure Centre.

For local walks you’re spoilt for choice with something to suit every taste.

The stunning shores of Derwentwater are just a relaxed ten minutes’ walk away from this beautiful cottage and more exhilarating walks are within easy access including the famous Cat Bells, which this property was named after Full of local character, The Cats Bield is a beautiful cottage in an envious location.

This property only accepts bookings with change days on Fridays, Mondays & Tuesdays.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas