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Swallow's Nest

Thornthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914594)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Review(s)

  • “I feel not supplying the towels as listed and using covid as a reason is a cop out as I have had a previous holiday this year and the towels were supplied and I don't see them as being any different to the bed linen.”

    Although not a massive inconvenience to bring our own they do take up valuable space in luggage, but I guess this is the owners prerogative and this didn't distract from the holiday

    Although not a massive inconvenience to bring our own they do take up valuable space in luggage, but I guess this is the owners prerogative and this didn't distract from the holiday

    - Mr Flegg, September 2021

The property

A converted barn, this spacious, single-storey cottage nestles under Thornthwaite Forest, just outside the village of Thornthwaite, and four miles from the popular town of Keswick.

With spectacular, panoramic mountain views to Skiddaw and the Helvellyn range, and a ten minute walk to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, this cottage near Keswick is a wonderful base for a walking holiday, or a relaxing getaway with friends or family.

The master bedroom in this Lake District cottage has an en-suite shower room, and there is also a twin room, an excellent family bathroom, and a third bedroom with bunk beds for added flexibility with sleeping arrangements.

Superbly presented, this Bassenthwaite Lake cottage has a large sitting room and a dining area, with views across the fields to the Lake District fells beyond.

Outside, there is a small patio area where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

Red squirrels can often be seen from the cottage, along with ospreys, which nest locally.

Being surrounded by mesmerising countryside, there are plenty of paths and bridleways to explore, including one leading into Whinlatter Forest just 200 yards away, the Newlands Valley, and Borrowdale.

A short drive away, Keswick plays host to a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, and Hope Park, situated on the shores of Derwentwater, has a lovely pitch-and-putt course for the family to enjoy.

The Keswick Launch Company offers the perfect way to admire the beauty of the Derwentwater with trips up the lake, and the cottage is well-placed for a trip to the Cumbrian coastline, Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall.

This charming Keswick cottage is perfect for exploring this beautiful region, at any time of the year.

Note: This property is located next to Ref. 18408 and 936223 together they sleep 11.


  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage in garage
  • Small patio
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 2 miles
  • Lake Bassenthwaite 10 mins walk
  • Note: Property is on a slope, with 4 steps to access
  • Although it appears to be first floor, the entrance is from a lane to the rear at ground floor
  • Note: WiFi is suitable for browsing only.

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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.

Region Information

Note: Max. 4 people.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas