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The Old Vicarage

Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972685)


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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 6

  • Pets No

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  • Electric car charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay in a great property, which easily accommodated our large group."

    A few improvements could be made: the lounge furniture was worn out and uncomfortable and the dusting and polishing was inadequate. The gas pressure in the cooker was too low to get a good flame and the freezer compartment was broken and badly needed defrosting. Lastly, there were no non-stick frying pans, which makes it very difficult to cook eggs.

    Reviewed by SteveMay 2022

  • "Great property, would stay again."

    However, the checkout time really needs to be pushed back to 10 or 11am, 9am is a too early.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2022

  • "Firstly there are a list of minor niggles that I would like to mention."

    I would like these passed on to the owner/caretaker: The rear floodlight was flickering badly on occasion The shed door was open and had been broken, one door plank was completely off and on the ground The shower hose in Blencathra was leaking badly and we had to tape it up to use Two light bulbs in the hall needed to be replaced The tumble dryer condenser tray was left full to overflowing on arrival Two glasses were chipped There were cobwebs in the corner of the lounge opposite the door Floor area behind the door from hall into the rear passage was very dirty Matchbox on lounge mantle with only used matches inside Bed-frame under bed in Blencathra is broken A clean dustpan and brush would have been useful The departure time of 9.00am was somewhat unrealistic for a property of this size with this many guests. A day of holiday was lost with an arrival time of 4.00pm and departure time of 9.00am and most of the day prior to departure was spent packing, tidying and sorting out the fridge etc. Having said all that.... (and I am happy for you to publish only from here on so long as previous comments are passed to owner/caretaker) The property was amazing and we felt privileged to have the use of it. It is a beautiful house in a lovely setting. The level of equipment (seating, bedding, tables, crockery etc.) and facilities (TV., internet, table tennis, pool etc.) is excellent, the grounds are well maintained. All our party said it was the most memorable Christmas and were well pleased with the venue. It was warm and cosy throughout and we soon felt very comfortable there. The children especially loved the space and sense of freedom. In all we enjoyed our stay very much and would be happy to recommend the property to others.

    Reviewed by DerekDec 2021

  • "Absolutely first class in every way x only one thing to mention NOT a complaint The ground floor bedroom did not have toilet facility in bedroom you had to walk quite a few yards to toilet shower not good for elderly guest during the night."

    This would not put us off - we would still like to come again - en suite in all other room perfect for our party of 12 people Thank you for letting us share this wonderful property xx

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay despite not having any electricity on Saturday night."

    Comfortable cottage and well equipped. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by CatherineNov 2021

  • "A well appointed and spacious property situated in a lovely rural location, yet only 2/3 miles from Keswick."

    Whilst the house is actually only a short distance from the main Ambleside to Keswick road it sits at a lower level to the road and there was very little traffic noise. Kitchen is a little on the small size for a large group of people but our numbers were much less and served us well. Lots of bedroom space , a large lounge and separate dining room with a big table. Restricted space for use of the pool and table tennis tables. Generally good facilities as described. Being such a large property, thorough cleaning must be a problem on changeover day. Our friends group were very happy with the house which provided us with everything we needed for our social get together .

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2021

  • "The house is very comfortable and spacious."

    There are en suites in every room bar one which has its own separate shower room and toilet. It is in a fantastic location just outside Keswick with plenty of opportunities for scenic walks nearby. It feels quiet and secluded as it is up a driveway. The views over Low & High Rigg and over to Helvellyn are breathtaking. There are two gardens and a shed with two bikes for use. The kitchen is well stocked and there are two dining areas - one in the kitchen itself and another, separate dining room (with a piano for after-dinner recitals!). There are lots of books and games in the lounge and a ping pong table in the games room. Our large family (parents in 50s with adult and teenage children) loved this accommodation and we would absolutely come back.

    Reviewed by BeverleyAug 2021

  • "Lovely house."

    With great garden and excellent views.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

  • "A beautiful property with stunning views."

    Our only problem was lack of hot water when we arrived but that was sorted very quickly. We would love to go back to the Old Vicarage as we all had such an enjoyable time. Keswick is a lovely town and just 2 miles away and Derwent Lake is beautiful, my 3 granddaughters swam in it a couple of times (even though they looked a bit blue afterwards)! I would thoroughly recommend Sykes Cottage Holidays to anyone and if you want a big house, then the Old Vicarage can't be bettered. Thank you for a super week in the Lake District.

    Reviewed by DeborahJul 2020

  • "The house is very comfortable and well equipped for a large party."

    The views from the house and garden are spectacular.

    Reviewed by JDec 2019

  • "The house is beautiful and in a great location but could seriously do with a deep clean eg knobs on kitchen cupboards were sticky/greasy and paint worn off and some of the soft furnishings could do with updating/upgrading ie carpets."

    There was a rather unpleasant smell coming from the annexe toilet. In a couple of the showers the soap trays were rusty. The overall cleanliness of the cottage was disappointing.

    Reviewed by RosemaryOct 2019

  • "What a delight the Old Vicarage is - warm, spacious and comfortable in a splendid setting and close enough to Keswick's amenities to make it a very convenient place to stay."

    We want to come back. In fact, we plan to come back next year. It is difficult to see how the Old Vicarage could be improved upon. Loved it!

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2019

  • "Great house for family gatherings with children."

    Large garden and good position foe lots of activities

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2018

  • "Wonderful views from the patio area of the property."

    Very quiet and lots of space to be together as a group or to find some peace and quiet if needed. Very convenient for Keswick Convention and also for accessing lots of lovely local fell walking.

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2018

  • "Fantastic location, well equipped cottage, particularly useful to have a shower for every 2 guests."

    Reviewed by BJul 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Six bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x first floor king-size doubles with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC; one with en-suite shower room with basin and WC, 1 x first floor double with en-suite shower room with basin and WC and 2 x first floor twin, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC and one with en-suite wet room with basin and WC
  • Breakfasting kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Inner sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Games room.
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • Wood burning stove
  • Open fire in sitting room
  • Range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, TV with DVD player, selection of books and games, table tennis and pool table
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Travel Cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample private parking
  • EV Charging Point for cars
  • Enclosed mature lawned grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 2 miles
  • Property has a £100.00 good housekeeping bond.

The property

This detached, stone built cottage was once the local vicarage and is located in mature grounds just 2 miles from the market town of Keswick. This cottage features stripped floors, high ceilings and a wood burning stove, offering luxurious accommodation for large families or groups of friends. On the ground floor is a fully equipped breakfasting kitchen with slate floor and range cooker, where you can cook up a storm before sitting down with friends in the dining room.

There's also a sitting room with an open fire, TV, DVD player and a selection of books and maps, perfect for cosying up on chilly nights.

The inner sitting room features a wood burning stove, whilst the utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer.

After dinner, you can retire to the games room where you'll find table tennis, pool and a range of books and games.

There's also a twin bedroom, ground floor shower room with WC and hand basin, with its own kitchen area with electric oven and sink.

Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms, with the king-size master bedroom boasting an en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. The large, mature grounds are laid mostly to lawn, with plenty of space to relax and unwind. This is an ideal location for exploring the National Park, with a number of walking routes just minutes away.

It's just a couple of miles to the market town of Keswick, where you can see local artefacts at the museum or get active at Keswick Climbing Wall. If leisurely walks are the order of the day, Castlerigg Stone Circle is close at hand, as is High and Low Rigg.

For something a little more challenging, climb Blencathra or Helvellyn and enjoy the spectacular views from the top. This stunning former vicarage is the perfect base to enjoy a holiday with family or a large group of friends.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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