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Bramble Cottage

(Ref. 936223)

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


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Great communication from hosts especially regarding directions and helpfully providing taxi details Amazing views Little dated but clean and comfortable Disappointed towels not provided."

    This was made very clear so not a surprise, but unusual as nowadays most cottages and Air bnb do supply them.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Aug 2023

  • "The cottage location is absolutely wonderful."

    It’s within walking distance of Bassenthwaite Lake and only a short drive from Derwent Water. The views are spectacular and it’s well connected with bus routes. Being able to use the garage to store a bike was so helpful. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The cottage was comfortable and a pleasant base to explore the local area from. There is a great supply of books and games in the little games room. The kitchen is well equipped but would benefit from some additional trays and pans. Parking was either right in front of the cottage which was great for unloading or in a slightly more accessible car park at the front of the property. We found it hard to properly dry clothing/towels/swimwear on days when the weather wasn’t dry enough to hang things out but in good weather they dried easily on the line. Excellent value for money in a wonderful location. We had a great stay - thank you!

    Reviewed by Naomi4.1Aug 2023

  • "Superb location and away from the crowds in Keswick although Borrowdale easily accessible."

    Reviewed by Dale4.7Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our holiday in Bramble Cottage very much."

    Wonderful views and location, a perfect and very peaceful getaway. Clean and comfortable accommodation. Also the communication was excellent, clear and helpful. Thank you very much, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Just as described plus beautiful view of the mountains."

    We (4 adults) were very comfortable and would come again. Landlady is pleasant and helpful - Thank-you.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Apr 2023

  • "Peaceful, quiet location with outstanding views."

    Hosts on hand if needed but not intrusive. Cottage furnishings a little outdated but did not bother us, 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms so we were spoilt for space. It was a privilege to stay in such a fantastic area. Somewhere you would dream to live! Thanks.

    Reviewed by Gill4.1Nov 2022

  • "We had a really nice stay."

    The place is setup nicely and much bigger than expected so plenty of space for whatever you bring with you. The beds are comfy and the showers really good. There is easy access to Bassenthwaite for water sports and access to the hills behind and around for walking and running. The only thing that might confuse some people is that despite the name "Bramble Cottage" it isn't a standalone cottage, it is a set of rooms with other accommodation above and to the side. You are completely separate from any other visitors though.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Aug 2022

  • "The flat is a little hard to find, even with the owner’s directions, as there is no name sign on the road."

    Parking in front of the flat obscures the view, so after unloading it is best to use the owner’s car park and walk up through their garden. There may be washing hung up in front of the flat, which is not clear from the pictures, and people regularly walk past the front. Everything is on the ground floor and as there are 2 bedrooms facing the front this could be inconvenient when dressing. There is a flat above, but we only heard occasional footsteps. An issue with the wifi was quickly resolved when the owners were made aware of it. The furnishings are generally comfortable but a little tired and some of the kitchen equipment, eg the bread knife, could usefully be replaced. The laundry bag for bed linen was nowhere to be found and was brought round by the owner as we were about to leave. Towels were provided, contrary to what it says in the listing, though some of them were well worn. The flat is well located for walks from the front door and there are excellent local bus services, which we used on several days. In general it is a good base for exploring the area, but not ideal if you want to rest quietly and enjoy the view.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.1Aug 2022

  • "A truly wonderful property in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Bramble cottage."

    The view was superb and the cottage comfortable. It was ideally placed for walking (we did 32 Wainwrights, 16 of them direct from the cottage and the others within fairly short drives). Although the pub and shop were about 40 minutes walk away this was through pleasant countryside and we often spotted a red squirrel on the way! Also saw a red squirrel right in front of the living room window which was a real bonus. We would happily book again if we were wanting to stay in the same area.

    Reviewed by Harriet5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had everything we needed to make our visit a pleasure."

    Views, perfect position for access to the majority of the Lakes, peaceful and comfortable. Half the four slice toaster doesn't work but that didn't stop us from enjoying breakfast while watching the sun come up over the hills. Our only regret was that we didn't leave enough time to do the really local area, but then that gives us an excuse to go back next year!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Sep 2021

  • "Friendly and helpful hosts, stunning views of Skiddaw, comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is our second visit here and we enjoy the lovely views the owners are very ..."

    This is our second visit here and we enjoy the lovely views the owners are very friendly and helpful even in this time of unserttanty we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2020

  • "It was a beautiful cottage with everything you could need , views were breathtaking"

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Aug 2020

  • "A cosy cottage which is as described."

    Great views and has everything you need. It is small but more than enough space for 5. The cottage is not near town but this did not matter as it is easy to go by car to any of the many attractions. There are walks straight out of the door in the forest.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage itself was warm and comfortable but the best part was the location--great views out every window and nice walks right outside the front door."

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Sep 2019

  • "Fully equipped, warm, most recommended !"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2019

  • "The hosts at Bramble cottage were very welcoming and helpful."

    The cottage was very comfortable and clean and the views are fantastic.we would stay there again if holidaying in the Lake district.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2019

  • "Great spot great host , all round good family break views are stunning and the food in the pubs is nice."

    Great place to switch off from the world

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0May 2019

  • "Fourth visit to Bramble Cottage, another enjoyable experience, hope to make fifth."

    Reviewed by Barry5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a fabulous setting, quiet but central location."

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2019

  • "Heating was controlled by owner and it got very cold through night and was only on for 2hrs in morning so you had to rush and shower or it would be cold !"

    There was a wall electric fire in lounge ,asked the owners and was told it hadn't worked for "years"and was there only for decorative purpose,s but didn't even light up !!Was asked to electric humidifier in bathroom when in use ,there wasn't room and also it was plug in ,in the hallway !But it was clean ,lovely views from the cottage and would go back if these things that are mentioned where rectified

    The owner is sorry to hear that you were unable to adjust the heating after they showed you how to control it.. It is on a timer 3 times a day but they also showed you how to over ride the system to leave you in control. If you were still struggling they were on hand to assist at any time. The electric fire is there for decorative purposes only and is not listed in the features, most customers have no need for it as the cottage is very cosy and warm. The dehumidifier is left for use after a shower as the bathroom is ventilated by a fan in the ceiling with no windows to dispel excess condensation. Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie3.4Sep 2018

  • "The location of Bramble cottage was perfect for access to the Lake district & the local area."

    It was clean & warm but we were disappointed with the general level of decor inside. The lounge area was outdated & not very comfortable, the kitchen could do with some modernisation (the wallpaper & china are from the 50s?) plus the pots & pans were limited - only 1 frying pan for example. The back room smelt of damp & the heating didnt work so we closed the doors & didnt use this space. Several light bulbs were also out around the cottage - nothing significant to warrant contacting the owner but just gives a sign of lack of attention to detail. The bedrooms were clean, linen was lovely. The showers were hot & powerful but the bathrooms are dated & there was rust on the towel rail in the bathroom & a broken shower tray repaired with tape! In line with other cottages listed by Sykes I was underwhelmed. However, it did not spoil our week & I would look at Sykes again but will be more stringent on vetting a listing in future. Thanks

    Thank you for your feed back. We're sorry you did not find the property to your liking.We do supply enough cooking utensils for the occupancy the property allows. Thank you for letting us know about the light bulbs, we have since fixed this issue. The heating was checked and confirmed as working, we're sorry you had issues with this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie2.5Sep 2018

  • "Lovely break."

    Cosy cottage set in beautiful area and met all our needs

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Aug 2018

  • "This was our third visit to Bramble Cottage If visiting The Lakes again we would hope to stay there ."

    Reviewed by Barry5.0May 2018

  • "A lovely cottage warm and comfortable."

    Great access to all areas of the Lakes . Our 5th visit to Beckstones

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage, very warm and cosy."

    Bramble cottage was very clean and had everything we needed for a lovely boxing day stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Dec 2017

  • "It was ideal to be near Keswick and lots to do as it rained alot but we managed ..."

    It was ideal to be near Keswick and lots to do as it rained alot but we managed 3 walks so worked out well and back to a cosy cottage with amazing views

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2017

  • "Bramble cottage was quiet and relaxing, with beautiful views, would definitely ..."

    Bramble cottage was quiet and relaxing, with beautiful views, would definitely book again with Sykes next year, thank you for a lovely holiday

    4.6Sep 2016

  • "Mr & Mrs Illman were most helpful, and we hope to visit again."

    A very relaxing holiday in beautiful siroundings.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Second sitting room/snug.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • No towels provided
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Front patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet over 12 months old welcome at a charge of £25 payable on arrival
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: WiFi suitable for browsing only
  • Note: Internal step up into bedrooms and bathroom and step down into bedrooms
  • Note: Guests wishing to charge electric vehicles must seek prior permission from the owners and reimburse the cost of the electricity used
  • Note: The property is only able to accept bookings for a minimum of 3 nights duration.

The property

Thornthwaite 0.7 miles.

This cosy, mid-terrace, cottage is situated in beautiful countryside on the edge of the village of Thornthwaite, four miles from the town of Keswick in the beautiful Lake District National Park.

With Bassenthwaite Lake a short stroll away, this lovely cottage makes an ideal base for a family or friends to explore this beautiful part of the country.

Converted from an old barn, this attractive cottage has superb views across to some of the Lake District’s finest mountains, Skiddaw and the Helvellyn Range.

Every care and attention has been made to ensure your stay is perfect, and has a sitting room with dining table placed next to the picture window with mountain views.

The kitchen opens into the sitting room, making sure no one is left alone whilst making dinner.

There is also another small sitting room ideal for a quiet moment with a book or jigsaw.

There is a single step which leads to two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, together with shower room and a family bathroom.

Just a 10 minute drive away is the colourful market town of Keswick which sits alongside Derwentwater.

The town is perfect for a day out with lots of shops and cafes to explore whilst the stunning scenery along Derwentwater up the Borrowdale Valley is perfect for a walk and picnic.

Mountain bikers will love the Whinlatter Forest with its numerous trails to explore and of course the osprey observation unit is also worth visiting.

This super cottage is an ideal base for family breaks in stunning scenery.

Note: This property is located next to Refs. 914594 and 18408, together they sleep 11.

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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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The property can only accept bookings for a minimum of 3 nights duration.

No towels provided for bookings made from 1 June 22

One well-behaved dog over 12 months old welcome at a charge of £25 payable on arrival.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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