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The Smithy

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Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Stunning location, walks on your doorstep and very quiet."

    Easy access to places of interest, towns and walks whilst being in the heart of the Lake District. Very clean and well equipped spacious cottage.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Dec 2023

  • "We have just returned from a one week stay at The Smithy in Borrowdale."

    On arrival, there was a very generous welcome pack (thank you very much). The property was very clean, comfortable, had everything we needed and is in a very beautiful location. There are plenty of walks that you can do from the doorstep and Keswick is also only a very short drive away. The ferry from the Lodore jetty is a 15 minute walk from the cottage, which is handy for getting over to Hawse End for Cat Bells or just to enjoy a trip round the lake. This is possibly the best property we have stayed at over the years and we can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Smithy is such a beautiful cottage set in the gorgeous Borrowdale Valley with spectacular views."

    It is fully equipped and the welcome pack was so lovely, so thank you so much. We are a family of 4, including 2 teenagers and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    In a lovely location (surrounded by sheep, but short walk to bar/hotel). Quirky, but in a good way. Comfy bed. Everything you need for a few days walking. Welcome pack was very welcome (and sparkling!) Could do with somewhere to hang, dry and air wet walking kit. Otherwise perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "We had an amazing break!"

    Location was amazing and house was beautiful! We will be coming back - thank you so much

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Great cottage in fantastic location."

    Extremely clean and with lots of nice little extra touches which sets it apart from other cottages we have stayed in. Nice welcome pack too.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful walks, Derwent Water and Keswick close by we had a wonderful stay beautiful cottage in the most perfect location."

    If you love a spa, I highly recommend The Lodore Falls. Log burner was a treat and the views were divine. Thank you.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the views! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nyree4.4Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage!"

    The Smithy is in a fantastic location: rural and peaceful, with stunning views and walks from the door, yet only a few miles to Keswick. The cottage has everything you could need: comfy furniture, efficient heating and hot water, brilliantly equipped kitchen, WiFi and smart TV. The off-road parking is also a bonus. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Dec 2022

  • "A wonderful stay in the most perfect cottage."

    Loved the character the views and there was nothing else we felt we needed. Everything was provided by the cottage owners. Would love to know the history of the cottage itself.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet of the borrowdale valley and the smithy was an excellent place to relax and unwind."

    The facilities were excellent and I can't think of anything I'd change. We,d have no hesitation of going back and hopefully we will. Kind regards Kevin & Cathy

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at The Smithy."

    When we arrived the house was spotless and welcoming. The Smithy is in an ideal location for walking and climbing no driving required. We used the car once visiting Booths in Keswick for provisions. The Smithy is well equipped with everything needed for your stay. I loved the courtyard garden to sit and read after a long walk. I have already recommended The Smithy to family and friends. We will be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0May 2022

  • "Not a single problem."

    Really well equipped, great location, spotless inside.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "Hi, We always stay at the Lodore Falls when staying at Keswick and this was our first time in a cottage."

    We couldn’t have been happier. The cottage was perfect for us! Loved every minute of our stay. Perfect location and we had great weather to. A few points which may be worth mentioning for people staying for the first time 1 How to use the log burner. No instructions 2 How to use the hob. No instructions 3 Maybe bring fire lighters with you if staying for a few days 4 Parking is tight if you have a 4x4 but is doable These are the only suggestions we could think of! Our stay was perfect and will definitely be staying again soon. Thanks

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location the best property we have rented in the UK."

    Attention to detail superb. Thank you so much made our Christmas very special

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2021

  • "A lovely cottage."

    Just a few too many cushions ! Will return...Thankyou

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2021

  • "I have emailed you separately and sent a photo / video."

    Reviewed by Helen2.5Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was very well equipped, spacious and spotless."

    It’s location was ideal, so much to explore from your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2021

  • "The location is stunning and the cottage was pristine and furnished and equipped to a very high standard."

    The Smithy was a perfect base for our lake district holiday.

    Reviewed by david5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wonderfully comfortable and convenient overall."

    Beautiful location. We felt we had enough privacy, despite the proximity to other houses. The tiny patio/garden is hidden and perfectly oriented to catch the sun. A peaceful place for a relaxing breakfast! The bedrooms were v comfortable esp the spacious master bedroom & we really appreciated the shiny new kitchen esp the dishwasher and ample freezer and fridge space. Thank you for a great holiday!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, tastefully decorated and great new kitchen."

    Perfect location too with lots of beautiful walks from the doorstep and just down the road from Keswick.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Smithy is a beautiful cottage in stunning surroundings."

    Lovely new kitchen/diner with underfloor heating. Not much outdoor space but that’s not an issue in winter. Will definitely go back one day!

    Reviewed by Rob4.1Dec 2020

  • "The cottage was brilliant could not fault the property the location is 10/10."

    Beautiful surroundings and 10 mins from Keswick town centre. The dogs absolutely loved going for walks for hours on end every day. Amazing place. Didn't want to leave

    Miss BlackwellNov -0001

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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.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin, 1 x first floor king-size double, 1 x first floor double (4ft)
  • Ground floor shower room with basin & WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with TV and wood burning stove
  • Dining room. .
  • Electric central heating, with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with DVD, WiFi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Courtyard patio with bistro garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are a few minutes stroll
  • Note: Please be mindful of the steps going between some of the rooms and also to bring along your own highchair and travel cot if you plan to bring baby or toddler. Please note the bathroom has been refurbished and is now a shower room with basin and WC

The property

Located in the heart of Borrowdale, close to the pretty hamlet of Grange and a short drive from the bustling town of Keswick. The Smithy is a charming Lakeland cottage for a family of five. Enter into the bright and charming living room with comfortable sofas, Smart TV and cosy wood burning stove.

A couple of steps above the lounge is a family dining area with relaxing Lakeland views and a family shower room.

A well-equipped shaker style cottage kitchen is ideal for preparing family meals and there is a small boot room.

Located on the ground floor down two steps is the first of three bedrooms, a comfortable twin room.

Upstairs on the first floor is a beautiful master king size bedroom and a smaller double room with a four foot bed.

Enjoy stunning views towards Shepherds Crag and Skiddaw from both rooms. Enjoy your morning coffee outside in the furnished courtyard patio.

The Smithy provides one private parking space. The Borrowdale valley is one of the most idyllic parts of the Lake District and The Smithy is the perfect base for exploring this stunning region.

With the convenience of two tea shops and a hotel with public bar close to the property.

The bustling market town of Keswick is a short drive away with an independent cinema, beautiful theatre and great selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs to explore.

Outdoor activities are ample in this region with kayaks available to hire on Derwentwater, famous Honister Slate Mines to explore and mountain biking in Whinlatter Forest. The Smithy offers great accommodation in one of the region’s most beautiful settings.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Off-season
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  • Christmas