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Stair Cottage

Stair near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972594)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

  • Reviews

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    We booked this cottage for our 25th wedding anniversary break. Our booking was through Lake Cottage Holidays which I subsequently found was part of Sykes Holidays. I wasn’t impressed with the communication throughout the booking process but I will review the management company elsewhere as I don’t feel the cottage itself should be judged on the company who manages the bookings ...

    We booked this cottage for our 25th wedding anniversary break. Our booking was through Lake Cottage Holidays which I subsequently found was part of Sykes Holidays. I wasn’t impressed with the communication throughout the booking process but I will review the management company elsewhere as I don’t feel the cottage itself should be judged on the company who manages the bookings. The directions to the cottage were easy to follow as were the instructions for locating the key. As we walked in, the beauty of the setting of this cottage and the peace and tranquility were pretty stunning. Another reviewer had mentioned about there not really being views as such so I had been a little concerned about the location, however don’t let this comment put you off. The location is beautiful. The back of the house overlooks the beck and soon after arriving we were visited by the friendly pheasants who remained a permanent presence through the week, and who were really very tame. It was a delight to sit in the kitchen or lounge and watch the various birds come along for their food. A lovely little welcome pack was a thoughtful gesture. We arrived over a very cold weekend with wintry snowy weather and the house, although underfloor heating had been left on for us, was pretty cold. After a while we were able to locate the heating and get the place warmed, along with setting a log fire. This is the first cottage holiday we’ve had where it’s been a completely ‘hands off’ welcome. I think it would have been nice to have had a more personal welcome with a little intro to what was where and how to work things-that’s just me and again I feel is more about the management company than the cottage. The cottage is very spacious, is decorated and furnished in a delightful way and not only has a lot of thought been put into providing everything you need, you also feel that no expense has been spared in making this a luxury, home-from-home place. My first feeling when we arrived was that I didn’t want to leave the place all week as it was so lovely. The beds were super comfy and with a super king size in the master bedroom, and the option of the second bedroom to kick hubby out into if his snoring got too loud, this proved to be a perfect set up for us! Dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer all made life nice and easy while we were at the cottage. (Although there was a container for washing powder marked for our use when we arrived this was empty so I had to wait a few days before we went out into Keswick before I could wash bits and pieces we needed.) I would recommend having shopping delivered if possible or bring your food shopping with you on the way as supermarkets are limited locally. There is a small selection of games and puzzles, and a bigger selection of various books for the use of guests. This cottage is a must, there’s nothing not to like! Our only negative....finding two pieces missing from the jigsaw puzzle!

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

Stair Cottage is a restored stone-built home offering luxury accommodation in the village of Stair, in the Newlands Valley. Finished to the most exacting standards, this character cottage has lost none of its country feel during its high-end renovation, making it perfect for a small family or two couples looking to enjoy a luxurious Lake District holiday. The ground floor allows you to cosy up by the wood burning stove and relax in the inviting furniture while looking out through the patio doors - that is if you can tear yourself away from the stunning open plan kitchen and dining area.

The kitchen section has high-end amenities throughout and a large breakfast island, while light oozes into the beautifully modern furnishings of the dining room area, perfect for the finest of dinners.

Upstairs are two sumptuous bedrooms, both with their own TV, with the master benefitting from its own free-standing bath as well as having a luxury en-suite shower room. The gardens to the property are of a traditional country style, with space to the front and rear.

The rear benefits from a small patio area and lawn with an immediate woodland outlook maintaining a relaxing privacy. Stair is the principal settlement within the stunning Newlands Valley, making it an ideal starting point for a day’s walking around the picturesque countryside and also playing host to the Valley’s only pub. Just four miles on are the full amenities of the popular tourist town of Keswick.

Multiple energetic activities are on offer crossing the range of hills between the Newlands Valley and Derwentwater, or at the nearby Newlands Adventure Centre, while the Newlands Valley is also the inspiration for the Beatrix Potter stories. The Newlands Valley scenery is peaceful and breath-taking, and combined with the cottage’s stunning standards this makes a perfect location for a small family or two couples to enjoy a luxury Lake District holiday.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double with king-size bed, TV, free-standing bath and en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC, 1 x double with TV. Family bathroom with TV, Jacuzzi bath, double shower cubicle, basin and WC. Downstairs cloakroom with basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. Sitting room.


  • Oil central heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, drinks chiller, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, DVD player, Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with patio and lawned area with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 5 mins walk
  • Shops 4 miles.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 20 minutes. 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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