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The Dower House

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

Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi


2 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful area and settings,shame the house did not live up to Sykes photos."

    All looking a bit tired and grubby. Lack of info on house could not find instructions on heating , central heating did not work properly only in 2-3 rooms. Overall we enjoyed our stay but would suggest a make over and a few more items in kitchen when a large party is staying. A very over rated expensive short stay rental

    Reviewed by J2.8Feb 2024

  • "I cannot recommend Dowager House highly enough."

    From the moment we entered the property its warmth, character and sense of history charmed us, only to be equaled by its tasteful 21st century update. For a 3 generation family it had everything: views, log burning fire, state of the art kitchen and, teenagers’ favourites: games room and hot tubs! All this set in beautiful countryside, a stone’s throw away from a charming pub where we enjoyed a great meal one evening. We would love to return.

    Thank you for your feedback and lovely comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the beautiful Dower House. We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Campbell5.0Oct 2023

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  • Five bedrooms: 2 x king-size with TV with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with TV, 1 x double with TV, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with washing machine
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Games room with TV
  • Central heating
  • Range cooker with oven and 7-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • LCD TV with Freeview, 5 x TVs, WiFi, snooker table and darts board
  • Fuel, power and starter for woodburning stove inc. in hire
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in hire
  • Highchair and travel cot available to hire
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Side garden with lawn and rear patio with furniture, gas barbecue and hot tub
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.6 miles and pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: There are steps up to the side garden, please take care
  • Note: There is a step down into the kitchen, please take care
  • Note: There are two steps up to the hot tub, please take care
  • Note: Pets are to be kept downstairs
  • Please note: this property can only accept Monday and Friday changeover days.

The property

Keswick 6.1 miles.

Boasting a fabulous location overlooking the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake in Bassenthwaite near Keswick in Cumbria is The Dower House.

This wonderful, Grade II listed farmhouse has been thoughtfully renovated, seamlessly blending characterful features including original slate flooring, features fireplaces and exposed A-frame and beams with contemporary appliances, a games room and beautiful decor, and benefits from a spectacular location in the breath-taking Lake District National Park.

After a day full of exploration, cross the threshold into your new home-from-home where you can unwind on the plush sofas in front of the TV and crackling wood burning stove before stepping into the fully-equipped kitchen to rustle up delicious meals for the whole group.

Dine together at the spacious dining table where you can raise a toast to your well-earned retreat before partaking in some friendly competition in the games room with snooker and darts or head outside to enjoy evening drinks before jumping into the hot tub; there is even a barbecue so you could dine alfresco!

When the evening draws to a close, travel back inside and head to the first-floor to wash off the day’s adventures in the sleek bathroom before retiring to one of five bedrooms; choose between three king-sizes with TVs, two of which have en-suite shower rooms, a double or twin bedroom.

Make unforgettable memories at The Dower House.

Note: This property can be booked with The Croft, Ref. 1117169, together sleeping up to 16 guests.

Bassenthwaite Lakeside Cottages

The Bassenthwaite Lakeside Cottage consists of two beautifully-renovated, Grade II listed properties resting close to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite near Keswick in Cumbria. This collection boasts a large and characterful farmhouse sleeping ten guests and a beautiful barn conversion sleeping six; both benefit from patios with garden furniture, gas barbecues and bubbling hot tubs so guests can dine alfresco and bask in the beauty of the surrounding Lake District. There is also ample off-road parking for both properties which lie in a fantastic location with access to local amenities in Keswick; stock up on all your essentials at the local stores here or enjoy a well-earned break from the kitchen and treat your loved ones to a delicious meal at pubs like The Sun Inn, The Pheasant Inn or Bank Tavern which are all woven throughout the surrounding countryside. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element thanks to the cottages position in the adventure filled Lake District National Park; enjoy leisurely walks adjacent to Bassenthwaite lake or unwind whilst fishing in the lake from our private Lakeshore. You’ll have free use of our beautiful lake if you wish to bring your own canoe or kayak, alternatively head to Derwent water where you can hire kayaks or canoes and take to the open water. The impressive Skiddaw Mountain lies close by offering breath-taking views across the national park from its summit; other nearby walking and hiking trails include Walla Crag, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra. Must-see attractions include the Lake Districts Wildlife Park, Puzzling Place Exhibitions, Keswick Museum and Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum. The myriad of charming lake towns and villages including Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Coniston are all easily accessible by car and house attractions for the whole family. Experience all this and more from your base at Bassenthwaite Lakeside Cottages.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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