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Skiddaw

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 17846)

4.8

Excellent

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely first stay at Skiddaw for our family of 4."

    Great quiet location for exploring the northern lakes, and a comfortable stay with everything needed for the week. No wifi, but the location, games room and some mobile data kept our 9 & 14 year olds happy, we hope to return.

    Reviewed by JonJul 2022

  • "An absolute pleasure to stay in Skiddaw cottage, very dog friendly, amazing views, everything we needed to cook and lovely cake and biscuits on arrival."

    Will definitely return!

    Reviewed by IainApr 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage for dog lovers."

    Remote but close to Keswick. Third visit.

    Reviewed by BarbaraSep 2021

  • "Amazing location, Loved the little touches of the fresh flowers cake, biscuits and milk tea and coffee on arrival."

    They thought of everything. Ideal location for anyone wanting to get away from it all. No wifi perfect. The whole family loved it including our two Labradors.

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2021

  • "The cottage was wonderful in a great location."

    Plenty of wildlife and the walk to dash falls was just around the corner. The fells we're easily accessible

    Reviewed by DominicJul 2021

  • "Lovely 4 night stay in Skiddaw."

    Very peaceful location. Fantastic circular walk from the cottage including Skiddaw (around 8 miles). Walked to The Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite one evening for very good pub meal (20 minute walk along very quiet lane). Cottage very comfortable and a perfect base. (Very good signal on Vodafone network - no WiFi at accommodation)

    Reviewed by KatieJun 2021

  • "Excellent location, beautiful views."

    Comfortable and cottage provided everything you could possibly need. A fabulous relaxing break good for local walks and all areas of the Lakes accesable by car., close proximity to Keswick.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2021

  • "It was the most perfect cottage!"

    I loved everything about it! Had the best few days away and I will definitely go back! 10/10 recommend. All you could possibly want. So easy to cook.

    Reviewed by LeanneMay 2021

  • "We absolutely loved this little cottage Central to walks around the area and facilities so comfortable."

    Really dog friendly with doggy poo bags at the door and a dog towel. Lovely welcome pack on arrival with eggs and tea loaf. Coffee, tea and milk We did loads but also enjoyed an evening sunset sat out with the lovely sheep and lambs We cooked our own food and took pack lunches. We did Skiddaw, Cat bells by getting the launch from Keswick, Wallas Crag, Dodd woods, bee garden, buttermere Would stay here again as it was just ideal

    Reviewed by DeniseApr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week in the cottage nice and warm to come back to after a days walking in the fells."

    A cooks Kitchen with everything you need. Very dog friendly. We walked up skiddaw from the door great circular walk past the highest hostel in England. Lots of walking only a short drive away. In Keswick booths is a great little supermarket. Walked over 50 miles in a week

    Reviewed by WesOct 2020

  • "Well what a fantastic and enjoyable holiday we had in the Lake District; Skiddaw Cottage being our holiday home for the week in October 2020."

    Set back in the hills, the cottage was very welcoming and cosy with welcoming gifts on arrival such as fresh eggs and cake alongside even a towel, bowl and biscuits for our GSD. Cleaning products provided ; due to the way the water is treated biological products should not be used. Loads of pots, pans, crockery; overall everything you need and more. Outside, nice kept grounds with pet sheep, goat and chickens and lovely views. From the cottage it is easy to get to places of interest within 15 mins to an hour depending how far you wish to explore the Lake District. This is the first time we have undertaken a holiday in the UK in years despite living here. We throughly enjoyed our stay at Skiddaw and recommend to anyone who enjoys countryside/views but also who like to explore the Lake District as a whole. One thing to point out given that Skiddaw's postcode is large. We used CA12 4QG which is on main road; there is a pink cottage and this is where you turn up the lane and follow until you see Skiddaw on the right. So easy to find using this postcode.

    Reviewed by BelyndaOct 2020

  • "The place is ideal for a relaxing break in a beautiful quite area off the beaten track and a welcome pack of 6 free range eggs, cake cookies and milk."

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2020

  • "Fantastic location for a tranquil holiday."

    cake, biscuits, milk etc were all nice touches on arrival.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2020

  • "Fantastic location and amazing view from this cottage."

    Everything you need was there from a small milk on arrival to dishwasher tabs which takes away the stress particularly when the Tesco van failed to arrive ! I probably gave them the wrong part of the lengthy location instructions as it’s a big postcode. it’s probably worth checking with the owners what the best info is as he didn’t use the lat / long instructions Only a couple of minutes walk up the road to get to a lovely walk up the foothills of Skiddaw suitable for a young child and you can go on to climb the whole thing. Keswick is close and a trip across the water to catbells for a lovely family climb is recommended. Aira force a waterfall with a NT car park At Ullswater was really popular with kids and Keswick fish and chip shop was the best we’ve had in years. Sadly no tourist info because of covid and as internet on my iPhone 5?was not good I’d recommend planning routes before arrival . I missed having the local tips and info you usually get from cottages pre covid eg avoid this place at this time or go early . .... We found it was best to leave the house when drizzling to get parked as it always brightened up by the afternoon /evening I can imagine when covid restrictions are over and one can use the games room it would be an amazing place to stay but even so I would say it’s much much better than the description on line if you disregard the games room and if you have decent tech you may well get some internet Would certainly recommend

    Reviewed by AdamJul 2020

  • "Skiddaw cottage is excellent little cottage with fantastic views over the lake ..."

    Skiddaw cottage is excellent little cottage with fantastic views over the lake we had a wonderful time and will definitely be returning , the only problem was the electric hob I could not get to work properly , it was brand new digital one just could not use it properly , I wish I had booked a week there instead of a long weekend

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2019

  • "Whole experience was perfect."

    Sykes very good to deal with and the cottage is perfect, particularly for dog owners. The owners go the whole way to make your stay wonderful. They even provide bowl, biscuits and towel for the dog! I have stayed before and will return!

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2019

  • "A very pleasant cottage , with everything one needs."

    Set in a quiet rural location. A lovely place to relax and recharge oneself. Close to Keswick and a visit to the beach at Allonby. Will be returning for a third time soon.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay and some nice touches, e."

    G. cake and biscuits on arrival. Shower not very powerful and wi-fi would be a welcome addition. Wasp nest in front wall was dealt with very quickly on reporting and owner very helpful. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would recommend.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2019

  • "It was blissfully quiet, out in the countryside."

    I would have liked a better shower, but that's just me! Also there was no wifi coverage, but again, not a huge issue when getting away from it all. Loved the little extra touches, milk and tea, cake, biscuits for the dog, recommendation for local pub (which does amazing vegetarian and vegan mains AND puds!). The narrow roads and high hedges took some getting used to for us nearly townies, but certainly slowed us down too. Would have loved to see a what's on for the month on the website, and at the cottage, as there were loads of things happening.

    Reviewed by RhonaJun 2019

  • "Love this cottage so much, been returning for over eight years now."

    . Jo makes you feel so welcome but then leaves you to get on with your holiday.. Excellent location for walks from the door, Keswick only five minutes away by car..

    Reviewed by LeeJun 2019

  • "This cottage is absolutely beautiful and I always feel a sense of comfort and wellbeing when ever we stay here."

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2019

  • "A beautiful location and lovely place."

    All can think of is that the double bed was a bit uncomfortable/small and the water pressure in the shower could have been better.

    Reviewed by MilesApr 2019

  • "The lovely touch of home made cake and biscuits on arrival and we really appreciated the games room."

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2019

  • "Lovely, comfortable and well equipt cottage in beautiful countryside."

    Loved the welcome pack of home made cakes, biscuits and eggs laid by their hens. Would strongly recommend it!

    Reviewed by BeverleySep 2018

  • "We would definitely return to this cottage."

    The location is superb, with fantastic views over the valley in front of Skiddaw. The roads near the cottage are single track but extremely quiet so we only once met a car on them. We could walk into Bassenthwaite village from the cottage to go and have a meal at the excellent Sun Inn, and the roads were good for cycling but hilly. There were also walks across the fields from the cottage. There was a bird feeder outside the window visited regularly by a woodpecker and the owner provided nuts in a squirrel feeder on the window sill for the red squirrels, who would sit on the living room window sill eating the nuts. The towels in the cottage were thick and fluffy and our bed was very comfortable with a nice duvet. The kitchen was very well equipped with pans etc but I was surprised there was no salt and pepper.

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2018

  • "We all really loved this location, the property and the facilities."

    The cooker hob was a bit difficult to use, but we sort of got the hang of it after a while. There were wild rabbits, birds, sheep, dogs and goat, a horse and red squirrels to watch. Plenty of fun, books, games, videos and DVDs in the games room. The kids are dleighted with surprise sweets in the games room too! The lovely cake and biscuits, milk and cold juice (hot weather!) waiting for us on arrival were all very much appreciated! Fab local Bassenthwaite pub and lovely cycle /run/walk routes all nearby. Enjoyed as much as we could in the area while we were there for the week. More for next time though! Great fish and chips in Keswick too. We had a really relaxing time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by BryonyJul 2018

  • "Superb cottage."

    Setting exceeded what we were expecting & view was lovely and so quiet.. Cottage was lovely & we were provided with everything from hairdryer to a sewing kit - owners had thought of everything and had even left homemade cake & cookies which was a lovely greeting after our long drive. Perfect location only 10 minutes to Keswick & 30 mins to Windermere. Would definitely recommend this cottage - we loved it.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2018

  • "We were really impressed with the beautiful cottage we stayed and it had amazing views."

    . we really enjoyed a lovely peaceful quiet break and the cake and biscuits they left on our arrival were delicious

    Reviewed by Jacqueline MaryJun 2018

  • "A lovely house with good views."

    A few nice touches to welcome us including a home made cake, tea, coffee and milk. This was our first holiday of this type as we previously caravanned in the Lakes every year at this time but due to illness I am unable to drive at present and my wife does not tow. Thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and will now look further afield for other holidays as it appears driving/towing will not be possible for me in the next 6-12 months or longer.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2018

  • "The pictures do not do this cottage the justice it deserves."

    Very cosy and homely, decorated with antique furniture, the cottage is nestled at the foot of skiddaw mountain with dramatic views of the mountain from the back of the cottage. To the front are fields of sheep with their lambs and tree lined hills beyond. The nearby town of Keswick has all the shops and amenities you require while the cottage feels away from it all. The bed was extremely comfortable and the open plan living area downstairs means quality time with your party if you are cooking or just relaxing.

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2018

  • "We loved the scenery and it was great to see all the birds by the cottage plus a red squirrel!"

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2017

  • "The cottage was excellent ."

    The only thing which needed addressing was the cold tap on the bath - v minor problem. I would book this cottage again and would be v happy to do it via Sykes

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2017

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The owners had made a lot of effort with Halloween decorations which our kids appreciated. The cake/eggs/milk on arrival were very welcome. The house was very comfortable & warm. We loved the fact that my parents could stay on the same site but had their own separate accommodation. The Sun pub in Bassenthwaite does lovely food in very ambient surroundings.

    Reviewed by HilaryOct 2016

  • "The location of the property was superb."

    Great views all round, a really good pub a mile away, and lots of walks virtually on the doorstep. With Keswick being only 10 minutes or so away, we felt that we had the best of everything. Regarding the property, it was exactly as we were expecting, but we really appreciated the welcome pack that we found on arrival, especially the home made cake! A big thanks also to the Sykes receptionist who managed to find this group of cottages for our unusual party size of 17 people and 8 dogs!

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2016

  • "There is a piano - included in the description of the property - which would have been better if tuned (it is VERY out of tune)."

    This would have enhanced our enjoyment and meant that our expectations were all met. Otherwise a comfortable, quiet and well-located rural let, close to lovely walks and with great views. We liked watching the property's red squirrel too.

    Reviewed by ChrisAug 2016

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and table football.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared lawns and gardens including furniture, BBQ and children's play area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Private water and drainage supply.

The property

This charming terraced Grade II listed cottage enjoys views down the valley to Bassenthwaite Lake with the backdrop of Skiddaw and Ullock Pike, perfect for catching the sunset.

This cottage has an open plan living area, which includes an upright piano, and both bedrooms have pretty lake views.

An ideal location for families or friends all year round.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 17443, 17845, 17847 and 17848, together they sleep 21.

Melbecks

Bassenthwaite 1 mile. A mile out of Bassenthwaite village and around 2 miles from the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, these five holiday cottages nestle under the Skiddaw mountain range, in peaceful surroundings where you can sit and admire the breathtaking views or stroll through glorious countryside. These delightful cottages have been carefully created from old farm buildings and each is uniquely furnished and decorated, retaining character and charm. Scattered around the courtyard, each of these cottages has shared use of the extensive grounds and also a well-equipped games room and a children's play area. With a variety of accommodation across these five cottages, there is plenty of flexibility for all party sizes, and together they can accommodate 21 people, perfect for that special family get-together. There is plenty to do in the local area. These cottages are near the Osprey Project, where visitors can observe wild ospreys in their nests. There are numerous walks from the doorstep, in Whinlatter Forest there is the Go Ape tree-top adventure course, plus walks and mountain bike trails, while the Honister Slate Mine is a fascinating destination at any time of year. Keswick, sitting on the shores of Derwentwater, is 7 miles away, with many interesting shops and cafes. With ghyll scrambling, canoeing and whitewater rafting all available locally, there is something for everyone at these idyllic cottages.

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About the location

BASSENTHWAITE

Keswick 8 miles; Cockermouth 9 miles.

An attractive village in the Northern Lakes, Bassenthwaite lies just a short distance to the north east of Bassenthwaite Lake, and retains its traditional rural feel, with a stream flowing gently on the outskirts, whitewashed Lakeland cottages, a pleasant vllage green and a real ale inn full of character! Bassenthwaite Lake itself, while boasting gentler scenery than others in the region, is still one of the most picturesque places in England. Places of interest nearby include Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Lake with small open-air theatre (reputedly frequented by poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth), LAke District Wildlife Park, and Dodd Wood. Most of the attractions of the Lake District are within easy reach and the quieter Northern Fells are almost on the doorstep. The nearby towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, both have weekly markets and offer a good range of amenities. The scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is within touring distance, as is the city of Carlisle and Hadrians Wall country.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas