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Artists Hideaway

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Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Don't be put off by the first sight of Artist's Hideaway - it doesn't look attractive!"

    Go inside and see the accommodation and experience the comfort of the furnishings and the extensive and thoughtful equipment provided. The owners next door were very helpful and pleasant. The cottage is very well placed to reach many points of interest whatever you may wish to do. We would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Mar 2024

  • "It was our second visit to this property and once again we found it clean, warm cozy and in a perfect position for some amazing walks."

    The hosts live next door and are there if you need them but don’t intrude at all. We will definitely return thank you.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2024

  • "Superb time at this lovely place."

    It was clean and homely. Mabel (the dog) and us really appreciated the treats that the owners gave us on arrival. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Philippa4.7Dec 2023

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay, and for your help with a couple of problems of my own making!"

    The cottage had everything I needed for my stay, and is in an ideal, peaceful location.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "Amazing place to stay , great views and good locality to Keswick and surrounding ..."

    Amazing place to stay , great views and good locality to Keswick and surrounding areas Great place to be based for travelling around Hosts were friendly and welcoming and made us feel so at home Loved the little welcoming touches : wine, milk and biscuits really appreciated

    Reviewed by Virginia5.0Oct 2023

  • "The house was really well equipped and very comfortable."

    Fabulous location, thank you.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7Sep 2023

  • "The property was beautiful and felt like a home from home."

    There was everything we needed during our stay. The coffee machine was a real treat as I’d never tried one before. The kitchen was well equipped although we couldn’t find a food waste bin but a compostable bag was supplied. The bed was absolutely huge and so comfy. The property is in an excellent location for walking to Keswick, around Derwent water and to the Lingholme estate. The garden is fully enclosed and very dog friendly. It was a delight to return to the property after a day out exploring. We were a family of three adults and we’d all recommend this beautiful property.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in Artists Hideaway to celebrate my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary."

    It was everything as described, clean, comfortable and in lovely accessible surroundings. The owners even left a thoughtful gift for my parents for their anniversary. We will hopefully visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2023

  • "We enjoyed staying in Artists Hideaway."

    It had everything we needed to be comfortable. We have a beagle and the garden was secure for her. We appreciated the welcome gifts. Ann was a good “landlady” kind and helpful. We hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2023

  • "A fabulous stay in a very comfortable, great value for money property."

    We have stayed in holiday cottages all over the UK and Artists Hideaway is up there with the best.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great place to stay, very friendly welcome, good location for Keswick and the northern lakes and fells"

    Reviewed by Julia5.0May 2023

  • "Always a warm welcome so that I feel at home straight away."

    Brilliant location for exploring Newlands Valley, Derwentwater and Borrowdale. The property is clean, comfortable and has everything you need to have a great stay.

    Reviewed by Gwyn5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely loved Artists Hideaway."

    Perfect location for so many walks straight from the door and only 20 minutes walk into Keswick. Cottage was spotless, kitchen well equipped, slow cooker was great! Patio in the sun perfect after a days walking, and spotting the wildlife in the garden and field beyond. Farmers Arms, a 2 minute walk away is a super little local as well. Thoroughly recommend the cottage and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Peta5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely stay in this little gem."

    Superb location for setting off for a day’s walking and leaving the car behind. Beautiful accommodation: clean, comfortable, cosy, well equipped, dog friendly, private garden with gate leading to a quiet lane. Cafe and pub in village, short walk to Keswick. Ticks all the boxes, we loved it. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2023

  • "Had a great week."

    Only grumble is the lack of a dishwasher. Huge comfy bed and great shower.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Feb 2023

  • "First visit to the hideaway and it ticked all the boxes very clean well furnaced and the location was ideal the enclosed garden and patio was a pleasure to sit out in, and a bonus of no rain in our week in January."

    good walk from the garden, the owners were very nice and were there if needed, so we had a very good week and the hideaway is one place we will return to in the future. the treats were a nice touch, thank you Phil + Penny from Liverpool

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Artists Hideaway, and that you were able to make use of the good weather. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fabulous place, great location and friendly owners."

    The place was clean, homely and warm!! A great stay and somewhere that we will return to.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely break at Artists Hideaway."

    The cottage was really cosy, and comfortable. Everything was spotless and the owner had left us a welcome treat which was lovely.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely well kept cottage perfectly placed to discover the lakes."

    I would suggest though that there needs to be some coat hooks (back of kitchen door, also in corridor) as there was nowhere to hang dry or wet coats. I'm sure in summer the porch is great for this but not in winter. The welcome gifts were a lovely touch!

    Reviewed by Clare4.1Dec 2022

  • "The property is at the end of a residential road at Portinscale attached to the owners home."

    The owners are very friendly and helpful (but not intrusive) It is very convenient for walking and cycling from the door. It is very quiet. It has an outdoor porch for dirty bikes boots and dogs. The garden is lovely (notsomuch in November perhaps) . The house itself is warm comfortable and well equipped. We found it perfect for our needs and had a very comfortable enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Nov 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Artists Hideaway, lovely comfortable large bed and a great shower."

    Did not have to take the car as we walked straight from the cottage to the fells. We were very lucky with the weather only rained 1 day. We are back in December for another week.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "What an fantastic discovery Artists Hideaway is."

    Ann & Martin have created something so special. Immediately felt at home and our dog soon settled too. Ann & Martin were next door if we needed anything (we didn’t) and weren’t at all intrusive, lovely couple who are very dog friendly. Lovely thoughtful welcome extras for us and our dog. Everything we could possibly need including the comfiest of beds and amazing shower! Lovely garden and patio. Very clean and well-equipped home from home. Great location, we loved our walks to Keswick (30 minutes-ish with an older ploddy dog), exploring Derwent water on the launch, a walk to surprise view (worth the hill!). We also walked from the cottage on part of the Derwentwater Walk to High Brandelhow with a stop at Lingholm for food (the walk is 10 miles all the way round for those with a younger dog). Well located for exploring further afield too, nice drive out to Buttermere with a lovely walk all the way round, Ravenglass for the narrow gauge railway was great fun, and a walk in Whinlatter Forest. Goulash at The Dog & Gun in Keswick is worth a try. Farmers Arms in the village does pub food - it can get busy so worth booking if that’s your default option especially on arrival night. We’ve loved our week and feel fully recharged, we’ll definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent cottage with better than facilities than for a normal holiday cottage- and ideal for 2 persons plus our 4 legged companion!"

    The enclosed small garden was a major benefit with the dog! The location is also ideal with the gate at the bottom of the garden giving direct entry to a beautiful and quiet lane - ideal for walking the dog. A lovely property.

    Reviewed by Alun5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant weeks stay at the Artist's Hideaway, the cottage is small but is laid put extremely well so you don't notice, the porch area was perfect for drying wet soggy clothes after a day on the fells and having the enclosed garden was a god send, my dog loved being out there watching the birds."

    Ann the owner, lives next door and is lovely but also keeps away and the welcome package is a lovely addition. Would highly recommend and will be booking again soon.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in perfect location."

    Very quiet and peaceful but easy walk to village or to Keswick for main shopping area. Able to access walks on fells directly from the cottage. Cottage was spotlessly clean with very thoughtful treats awaiting our arrival. All appliances are of the highest standard and the cottage is very well equipped with everything you would need. The garden is dog proof and a delight to sit in watching the birds, and hedgehog in the evening. The owner is very welcoming and friendly and helpful with any enquiries. It is one of the best properties we have ever stayed in and we would highly recommend it. Certainly we plan to stay again.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2022

  • "My third stay and as usual I got a warm welcome."

    The property was spotlessly clean and had all the facilities I could need plus some nice extra touches like fresh milk, wine, biscuits and dog treats left for us. The property location is great with direct access to the Newlands Valley and easy to get to all my favourite walks.

    Reviewed by Gwyn5.0May 2022

  • "Nice comfortable warm cottage, we and our dog loved the outlook over the garden and walks through the back gate."

    Owners v helpful and friendly, we appreciated the welcome pack. V comfortable huge double bed. Washing machine was handy. Location great as 20 min walk to Keswick or to Lingholm. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Apr 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    Walks from the garden gate. Central for visiting other places. Owner friendly and helpful. Would return and would recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a lovely holiday cottage set in a magnificent setting."

    The cottage is very comfortable and extremely dog friendly. Great patio with access to lovely walks straight from the back garden. The owners left a very generous welcome pack including dog treats. We were lucky to have some great weather too! Many thanks x

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and thought it was tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable."

    The porch attached to the kitchen was really handy for taking off muddy boots and for storage, next time if we come we would like to bring our bikes. The parking space was great but it was just a bit tight getting in and out with a big car .It would be lovely to experience sitting out in the garden with nice weather but we had to be content with looking out on the garden from the lounge.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2022

  • "The property was excellent."

    Very clean and cosy and had everything we needed. In a great location. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Very dog friendly. Angus our border terrier loved it. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week at Artists Hideaway, and felt very at home."

    The location is superb for walking around Derwentwater and is lovely a quiet. The log burner was fantastic and made the house feel very cosy in the evenings. Kitchen and bathroom facilities were excellent. The owners are very friendly and were helpful when called upon. We would happily return for another visit. We do have a couple of improvement suggestions. The wifi boosters are not strong enough for the house, we couldn’t get any wifi signal in the lounge and couldn’t access any Smart facilities on the TV. We felt the pillows in the master were too thin, even with 3 pillows each we struggled a little for comfort. The super king bed was great. The property could also benefit from a small dishwasher in the kitchen, we love ours at home and you could make room for it by moving the washing machine into the porch? We would happily return as we loved our week, these small improvements would make the property perfect!

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Nov 2021

  • "Great place to stay, loved it."

    Would like to revisit in the spring and make more use of the garden. Great to have a radio to listen to. Everything we needed for a comfortable stay

    Reviewed by P5.0Oct 2021

  • "Ideally located for local walks from door."

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a fantastic a little place to stay, with great walks from the back gate."

    And the owner made us feel very welcome to stay , with treats on our arrival. Will definitely come back to stay here.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2021

  • "My second stay here and as comfortable as I remembered."

    The owners friendly but not intrusive and provided some nice little touches to make the place welcoming for me and my dog. Brilliant to be able to walk straight from the garden into the Newlands Valley and so many great walking opportunities nearby.

    Reviewed by Gwyn5.0Jul 2021

  • "Artists Hideway had everything we needed for a fantastic holiday."

    It’s like home from home and is in a great location for exploring the northern side of the Lake District. We’ll definitely be staying there again in the future.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2021

  • "A lovely place to stay and a great quiet position too."

    We thoroughly made the most of the outdoor space as we had great weather. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Cath5.0Jun 2021

  • "Such a warm welcome given to us by our hosts Ann & Martin."

    Great local knowledge shared, which only enhanced our holiday experience at this lovely bolt hole. Accommodation was spotlessly clean and homely and comfortable. The welcome gifts of Wine, Biscuits and treats for our four legged furry friend were an added bonus and gratefully received. A real holiday to lift the soul after months of Lockdown fatigue! We are already looking at a return visit to this lovely place.

    Reviewed by S5.0Jun 2021

  • "Loved the property and the setting."

    Great to be able to walk out of the back garden and onto a footpath for a walk into Keswick, or to the Chalet cafe which is less than five minutes away. The property's owners are lovely and very helpful. Portinscale is a lovely village and I would like ti think we will return at some point.

    Reviewed by S5.0Jun 2021

  • "Not very good impression on arrival at the property Would preferred a slimline dishwasher instead of washing machine"

    Reviewed by Barbara3.4Jun 2021

  • "The accommodation and hosts were fantastic."

    Such a lovely place to stay - great location and hosts couldn't do enough for us.

    Reviewed by Beth5.0May 2021

  • "Absolute beautiful little place hosted by a absolutely wonderful couple who helped us so much from deliveries to recommendations."

    House itself have everything you could need even down to enough to make a brew when you arrive. Cannot recommend this place enough and cannot wait till it becomes available again so we can come to visit such a beautiful village.

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Apr 2021

  • "We have stayed in many holiday properties in Keswick and this ranks up there with the best."

    The beautiful garden with lovely pots and shrubs just show how much the owners care. Internally it's so comfy and well equipped. Welcome pack, bottle of wine and supplies for the dog - icing on the cake.

    Mrs ShanksJul 2019

  • "Artists Hideaway has a lovely patio & garden for relaxing in."

    Owners were very helpful with tips on local information. There are walks straight from the accommodation with good pub 5 mins walk away.

    Mr BradleyJul 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation very welcoming exceeds all our expectations, had a great few days will definitely recommend hope to be back here soon."

    Mrs BedfordMay 2019

  • "This property excelled our expectations and the owners made us feel very welcome ."

    Fantastic time will definitely go again to this property

    Mrs Kaye-BedfordMay 2019

  • "Lovely short break and really enjoyed the hideaway, very welcoming and helpful and great for our dog."

    Farmers Arms and Lingholme both great for food and drink. Around Derwentwater was a lovely walk.

    Mr & Mrs ParsonsMay 2019

  • "The Lake District is such a special part of the world and we are so happy we were able to experience our first time here in Keswick."

    The Square Orange, The Crepes at The Wild Strawberry and visiting Beatrix Potters cottage were some of our favourite stops. We’ll have to be back soon!

    Mr & Mrs FitzgeraldMay 2019

  • "We’ve had a fantastic few days in this lovely ‘hidaway’."

    Thank you Ann for your welcome to this beautiful place and also the recommendation to ‘The Swinside Inn’ where we walked to, stunning scenery! ( Foods not to bad either!) It’s very hard to leave! See you soon.

    Mr & Mrs TaylorMay 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with log burner and TV.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Rangemaster oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Patio with furniture, lawned garden
  • Lockable storage for bikes etc
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are 10 minute drive to Keswick
  • Note: The owner's live next door to the property

The property

In the pretty village of Portinscale, just a mile from vibrant Keswick, Artists Hideaway is a cosy and welcoming ground floor retreat.

Step into a welcoming kitchen with Rangemaster cooker and breakfast bar.

An open plan living area with log burner, dining table and comfy furnishings provides the perfect area to relax in after a busy day.

The property contains two bedrooms; a super king bedroom and bright single room, which are complemented by a shower room. Outside you can enjoy a pretty garden and furnished patio.

Private parking is also provided for 1 car. The Artists Hideaway is in an enviable location on the north east shores of Derwentwater in the tiny village of Portinscale.

Portinscale is a great base for a holiday in the Lake District with cafes on the doorstep for lazy breakfasts.

A short stroll will bring you to Derwentwater Marina where you can catch a cruise across the lake.

Keswick is just one mile from the property; a popular town with bustling market, vibrant shops, art galleries and selection of outdoor equipment stores to explore.

Evening entertainment is covered in Keswick with fine restaurants, Lakeland pubs and modern wine bars.

From Portinscale you can explore some of the Lake District’s most famous walks including Cat Bells and Blencathra or drive out to the nearby Honister Slate Mine for the exhilarating Via Ferrata attraction. Couples and families will love the relaxing feel and convenient location of this pretty self-catering property.

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About the location


Keswick 1 mile.

A quiet village at the north end of beautiful Derwent Water, Portinscale offers a shop and pub, and makes an ideal base for exploring the region. Bustling Keswick with its Saturday market, visitor attractions, museums and boat trips is just 1 mile away, while the picturesque scenery of the lakes and mountains makes this a great base from which to explore this popular area.

2 small/ medium dogs welcome

This property offers the following short breaks:

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