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Wren's Nest

Thornthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 18408)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a super cosy cottage with amazing views."

    Everything was very comfortable, clean and well presented. There are many wonderful walks from the door and others just a short drive away. I had a wonderful stay and do hope to return next year!

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2022

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Wren’s Nest and for us it has ..."

    This is the second time we have stayed at Wren’s Nest and for us it has everything we need for a self catering holiday It is cosy and always warm and has lashings of hot shower water Just what you need after a day walking and climbing the hills We would certainly stay there again and would recommend it wholeheartedly

    Reviewed by JaniceOct 2021

  • "Our third time at Wren's Nest and yet again a lovely stay."

    An ideal, warm and very cosy hideaway for a couple to escape the humdrum of suburban life. Lots of good walking near by, close to bus routes and not far from Keswick with a well stocked shop in the nearby village of Braithwaite for all your supplies. We will definatley be back for a fourth visit.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2021

  • "Nice little cottage for two."

    We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Small, comfortable accommodation for two."

    Quiet location with nearby bus services to all points .

    Reviewed by NigelAug 2021

  • "It is listed as a property for 1-2 people, but the bedroom ceiling slopes both sides and if someone was sleeping on the right hand side of the bed they would need to bend so as not to band their head on the ceiling."

    I am only 5 feet tall and was on my own so no problem by sleeping on the left hand side. The owners were very kind and helpful.

    Reviewed by FrancesAug 2021

  • "The cottage is nice, small but adequate."

    There is a lack of cooking utensils. We bought some glasses and left them there as there weren’t any decent ones. I would stay again at half the price, the cost was pretty extortionate for what you get even though the views are amazing (if you’re lucky enough to get sunshine which we weren’t!) However we did enjoy our stay there. I just think maybe the owners are taking advantage of people on staycations with the price.

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2021

  • "No welcome pack didn't see the owners for three days even though they lived next door Fridge had gafa tape holding door shelves on and freezer door was broken Shower tray had gaffa tape on the corner Bedroom has emergency lights which are to bright."

    Thank you for your comments. We do not leave welcome packs or advertise that we do. Before each guests holiday we send an email which tells them that we live next door and are happy to discuss anything with them. We follow the advice from the Public Health Officer for Cumbria (also Sykes Cottages advice) to minimise contact with guests and consequently we have a contactless key collection. We cannot be aware of the vaccine status of guests.The emergency light conforms to the safety standards required by law. We are sorry if the minor defects mentioned detracted from your holiday enjoyment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Bed was old and uncomfortable ."

    Microwave old and rusty inside. Shower tray needs re grouting. Washing up equipment should be thrown away. Such a shame out look was great, owner very nice.

    Reviewed by LenJul 2021

  • "First of all I would like to say how courteous, knowledgable and welcoming the ..."

    First of all I would like to say how courteous, knowledgable and welcoming the young man at Sykescottages was who helped me find this short break They say that size doesn’t matter and in the case of Wren’s Nest that is absolutely true This little gem has everything you need for a self catering break It is warm and comfortable with generous heating , very much appreciated after trekking the mountains all day It is situated in Thornthwaite on a hillside with superb views of Skiddaw but within easy reach of Keswick This was our first visit to Wren’s Nest and I hope it won’t be the last

    Reviewed by JaniceOct 2020

  • "Owners are always welcoming and responsive."

    A quiet location within easy travel distance of facilities and places of interest.

    Reviewed by GusSep 2020

  • "The owner Mrs Illman was really friendly."

    The cottage felt like a home from home and is a brilliant location to explore the Lakes. There are walks straight from the cottage so no need to take the motorcycle, bike or car if you don’t want to. The shower is really excellent and cooking facilities are great. Even though the weather was rainy it’s worth a trip as the mountains are still beautiful. Love the Lakes anyway and will definitely book Wren’s Nest again.

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2019

  • "A great location, quiet but handy for walking and shopping in Keswick."

    The views to Skiddaw are wonderful and there's lots of wildlife on the doorstep. Owners very welcoming.

    Reviewed by RodneyJul 2019

  • "The cottage is located in the cumbrian mountains close to keswick beautiful ..."

    The cottage is located in the cumbrian mountains close to keswick beautiful scenery lovely walks it made our holiday very pleasant and peaceful would go back again

    Reviewed by WilhelmusJun 2019

  • "Beautiful surroundings and views."

    Owners very helpful & polite. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by FatimaApr 2019

  • "We knew the cottage was small, but very well laid out."

    It was very clean with plenty of utensils. We loved the view from the patio doors, looking over Skiddaw and the range of fells, the end of lake Bassenthwaite. The owner, Mrs. Illman, was very helpful. We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "Fabulous location, lovely little cottage which is perfect for two."

    Only downside when we were there was the weather.... rain rain and more rain.

    Reviewed by CraigAug 2018

  • "V enjoyable - relaxing, walking, eating, (and a few pints!"

    ) . Nice, small cottage for 2 with a lovely view - v near Keswick for all your needs. Plenty of walks locally in hills and around lake - with no need to start the car !

    Reviewed by RAug 2018

  • "Fabulous location friendly welcome"

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2018

  • "The cottage is cosy, intimate and overlooking spectacular fellsides, with just a glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake."

    We enjoyed a memorable holiday walking, dipping into lakes and generally relishing the wonderful surroundings. As a regular visit to the Lakes, this area was a revelation to me. We are booking the cottage for next year.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2018

  • "This was our sixth successive visit to Wren's Nest."

    Surely that says it all.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2018

  • "Every possible type of bedding was provided which was great."

    many thanks

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2018

  • "The cottage is ideally placed for hiking the central and western fells!"

    Reviewed by FelicityJun 2018

  • "Although small (as described) this cottage met all our requirements."

    It's location and outlook meant that we were happy to stay put and admire the view or else to set out to explore the beautiful area. The welcome we received on arrival was not only warm, but full of useful advice and ideas. Cottage we would gladly return to.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2018

  • "A little small but kitted out well fantastic views over bassenthwaite lake and mountains brilliant glass doors to observe the ospreys through lovely people welcoming and easy to chat to but not over powering thank you for a lovely stay."

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

  • "Lovely place to stay on our first trip to the lakes"

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2017

  • "Great location, ideal cottage for 1 to 2 people."

    Very small but suited my needs perfectly.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2017

  • "Property is in a great location with gorgeous views."

    Reviewed by HughJun 2017

  • "Great little place to stay for two adventurers ."

    .. loved it ... beautiful location ... quiet and peaceful ... Mrs Illman very helpful and accommodating ... just a little too far from civilisation to walk for a night out but only a few minutes to Thornthwaite by car. Added bonus is the heating ... nice and warm on even the coldest days. Will definately be back again ... and again ... and probably again. Booked for 2018 already.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2017

  • "Excellent location with beautiful views - cottage small but very cosy and everything we neeeded"

    Reviewed by DeborahApr 2017

  • "Beautiful location for a couple wanting to escape the stresses of working life."

    Perfect holiday. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2016

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  • One double bedroom
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview and DVD in bedroom, radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • No towels provided
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Front and side patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Lake Bassenthwaite 10 mins walk
  • Note: This property has a low ceiling in part of the bedroom
  • Note: This property does not accept infants or children under 5 years
  • Note: WiFi suitable for browsing only.

The property

This charming semi-detached cottage is situated in splendid surroundings, on the edge of the village of Thornthwaite, four miles from the town of Keswick in the beautiful Lake District National Park.

A former stable, this small cottage boasts magnificent mountain views across to Skiddaw and the Helvellyn range, and is only a short walk from Bassenthwaite Lake.

Well maintained, it has an open plan living area consisting of a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a glazed door that opens onto an attractive patio, which is the perfect place to admire the views and wildlife, whilst enjoying a relaxing drink.

A delightful pine staircase leads to a gallery bedroom with a pitched ceiling and pine beams, and completing the accommodation is a ground floor shower room.

The vibrant market town of Keswick is just a ten minute drive away and has many specialist shops and restaurants, along with the Theatre by the Lake, which has a wide and varied programme of events.

Close by is Whinlatter forest with its osprey observation unit, and there are many walks, bike trails and watersports available in the area.

This cosy cottage is an ideal base for romantic getaways.

Note: This property is located next to Ref. 914594 and 936223, 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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Region Information

Note: This property does not accept infants or children under 5 years.

Note: No towels provided

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas