View towards the property
Tranquil location
Stunning landscape
Shared gardens
Relax and unwind
Get cosy by the wood burner
Contemporary decor
Finishing touches
Relax and enjoy a coffee
Light filled space
Contemporary feel
Kig-size bedroom
Accessed by 3 steps down
Pretty decoration
Get a good night sleep
Twin bedroom
Shower room
Extensive shared gardens
Stunning local views
Unfenced, deep pond
Fancy a hike to the summt of Skiddaw?
Perfect for the adventurous
1 / 26  View towards the property
2 / 26  Tranquil location
3 / 26  Stunning landscape
4 / 26  Shared gardens
5 / 26  Conservatory
6 / 26  Relax and unwind
7 / 26  Lounge/diner
8 / 26  Get cosy by the wood burner
9 / 26  Contemporary decor
10 / 26  Finishing touches
11 / 26  Relax and enjoy a coffee
12 / 26  Kitchen
13 / 26  Light filled space
14 / 26  Contemporary feel
15 / 26  Kig-size bedroom
16 / 26  Accessed by 3 steps down
17 / 26  Pretty decoration
18 / 26  Get a good night sleep
19 / 26  En-suite
20 / 26  Twin bedroom
21 / 26  Shower room
22 / 26  Extensive shared gardens
23 / 26  Stunning local views
24 / 26  Unfenced, deep pond
25 / 26  Fancy a hike to the summt of Skiddaw?
26 / 26  Perfect for the adventurous

Garth Cottage

Keswick, Cumbria
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 4 stars
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
VE 4 star Gold
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
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Property code: LCC19


Garth Cottage is one of a handful of individually owned private holiday apartments, created from a former grand Victorian gentleman’s country house.

Owners, Nicola and Dominic, have completely refurbished this spacious garden apartment very much with their own use in mind, creating a chic home from home, perfect as both a romantic retreat for couples as well as for small family holidays. Contemporary furnishings blend well with the period features, where the quality is evident and is recognised by the Visit England 4 Star Gold Award.

Located near Bassenthwaite Lake, the Whinlatter Forest, along with the town of Keswick on Derwent Water and with Skiddaw rising behind, it has one of the finest views, overlooking craggy fells and mountains, offering a host of walks and trails.

Keswick is only two miles away, a lively town with plenty of attractions, shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs, along with the boating centre, where you can take a trip on a lake steamer or hire your own boat.

Approached by a long private leafy drive, the house sits in extensive grounds, where there is plenty of space for all to enjoy. Garth Cottage is on the east elevation, tucked away in a quiet corner, and where we think it has the best aspect of all the properties.

The Living Spaces

From the courtyard you step into the conservatory. Decked out with a sofa, armchair and table it is perfect to sit and watch the wildlife, glimpse the view and maybe read a book or write your post cards.

From the conservatory, glazed double doors open into the sitting-dining room. A large, grand space, it retains many of the original features, which blend so well with the modern furnishings and is decorated in calm colours and fabrics.

A log-burning stove sits in the original fire surround, with alcoves to each side and mirror above. To the side of this is a beautiful curved window with window seat looking out to the courtyard, and the whole sits under the canopy of a fine timber beam, coffered ceiling.

Two plump sofas are drawn around the fire where you can curl up with a best seller or take in a movie on the Widescreen Smart TV.

To one end is a fine oak dining table. Set with leather chairs I can see convivial meals been taken late into the evening in cosy surrounds and good company – perfect.

To the rear of the sitting room is the kitchen. Bright and crisp with light flooding down from two skylights, the shaker style units house all mod cons along with a Nespresso coffee machine for the perfect latte or espresso.

All in all, the sitting room is perfect to snuggle up in winter around a roaring fire, or come summer throw open the French doors and spread out into the conservatory and gardens to enjoy the most stunning view.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are two very comfortable bedrooms for you to choose from. The master double, accessed down a few steps, has a King size double bed along with fitted wardrobes. The en-suite bathroom offers a bath with an overhead shower, basin and WC.

To the front of the apartment is the twin bedroom with two full size single beds, very comfortable, these can be made up as a king size double on request at booking. Adjacent there is a shower room with basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

The house sits in extensive grounds, with terraces and grassed spaces interspersed with shrubs and magnificent trees. On the lower terrace is a small pond and stream where you can picnic. Dotted around the grounds are garden benches and there is plenty for all to enjoy and find a private space to simply sit back relax and enjoy the view.

Child Safety

The grounds are free for guests and their children to enjoy sensibly, but parents/carers should be aware that the pond has deep water and that it and the stream are unfenced. There is also a large unfenced drop from the terrace area and extra care must be taken to ensure children are supervised when they are playing nearby these areas

A Special View

The view from the properties grounds is worth special mention, where for many of our visitors this is a must have, high on the wish list.

I suspect the house was built much with the location in mind. Behind rises Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District. To the front across field and meadow, there is a panoramic vista of craggy fells and high mountain tops. Here you will see Cat Bells and High Craggs, panning through to Maiden Moor and Causey Pike, coming to rest on Grizedale Pike and Whinlatter which rises above the waters of Bassenthwaite Lake. Of all the views I have seen I can say, with sincerity, this is one of the best and most spellbinding, one which I am sure will enchant all who stay at Garth Cottage.

Out & About

The location puts you right in the heart of the big fells and lakes of the northern area of the Lake District National Park, with something magnificent on all points of the compass and where some Google time is advised to get the best from your stay.

Bassenthwaite, one of the largest lakes, is a short distance from the cottage, where you can explore the western shore. Designated as a natural reserve, Atlantic Salmon spawn and Ospreys hunt.

Above the lake is Whinlatter, the only true mountain forest in England. Abundant with wildlife including the Ospreys, there is much to do from exploring the trails, mountain biking and, at the visitor centre, Go-Ape offering tree top adventure. The Forest Segways are a great way to explore and are available at the visitor centre.

Keswick offers all your needs with shops and supermarkets along with pubs and restaurants. Three big attractions are the Pencil Museum, The Theatre on The Lake and the steamers offer trips up and down Derwent Water.

A little further south is Ullswater, one the most beautiful lakes, offering boat trips, boat hire and some of the finest trails and walks, from gentle lakeside rambles to the challenge of Helvellyn and the precipitous Striding Edge – please do take a good map and observe mountain safety guidelines.

This is only a taste of the many sights, attractions and activities on offer, where a little time and a few guidebooks will let you get the very best from your stay.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size and 1 twin (can be made up as a super-king by prior request)
  • En-suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC to the master bedroom
  • Shower room with shower and WC
  • Smart TV/DVD, iPod dock, and DAB radio
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washer/dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Shops and pubs 2 miles
  • £150 refundable security deposit payable prior to arrival

This property is personally managed by Chantelle.

Guest comments

Reviewed by The Bladons December 2017

Comfortable stay, location absolutely stunning.

Reviewed by The Rafterys November 2017

Perfect stay in the Lakes. The cottage is beautifyl and grounds great for exploring, would love to come back.

Reviewed by Heather, Neil, Daniel & Sam October 2017

This is such a lovely cottage, we have all really enjoyed every minute. A big thank you for the special treats too.

Reviewed by Eliza & Paul September 2017

Beyond our expectations, thank you for a most comfortable beautiful space of welcome. We will be back once again to charm.

Reviewed by Rob, Lisa, Brian& Ria September 2017

I'm thinking the words 'tranquil' and 'splendiferous' should make it into the reivew. The place is wonderful and all the facilities are top notch. It is extemely well designed for two couples (once the superking bed set up). We loved the conservatory, even in the rain. We had great hikes - Skiddaw, Catbells, Castlerigg. We also just enjoyed the spaRead morece, including the well appointed kitchen. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by G&Y Smedley September 2017

Thank you for providing myself and my mother a wonderful place to stay. We will be returning!

Reviewed by King family August 2017

A most enjoyable stay in this comfortable accommodation. Plenty to do and see for all ages.

Reviewed by Emma, Rich, Leah & Daisy July 2017

We have had an amazing stay at Garth Cottage. Wonderful walks from the front door, breath taking views and a wonderfully comfortable cottage with everything you could need. We've had a couple of great days out pony trekking at Rooking House highly recommended and Ghyll Scrambling with Keswick Extreme! Also recommend Casa Bella for food!

Reviewed by Sue Page July 2017

We are regular visitors to the Lake District and know it well. We had a very comfortable and pleasant stay at Garth Cottage. The place is very well equipped and tastefully decorated throughout. Lots of hot water, good cooking equipment and comfortable beds. All in all a lovely place to stay.

Reviewed by Patrick & Julia May 2017

We've enjoyed the comfort of the cottage and beautiful views. Despite showers we've had a good week of walking. Thank you.

Reviewed by The Copes May 2017

We had a wonderful time in Garth Cottage. Beautifully equipped and stunning views. Also thoroughly enjoyed sitting out in this gorgeous garden with such a fabulous view very relaxing and so peaceful. An added bonus was the unexpectedly good weather, BBC weather got it wrong again!

Reviewed by McCafferys March 2017

We have had a fantastic time. Lucky enough to have 5 full days of baking sun in March! The cottage was amazing, lots of fun had. The little'un loved the conservatory to play with his toys and the space was perfect. Views are unreal! We will definitely be booking our return visit!

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View towards the property
Tranquil location
Stunning landscape
Shared gardens
Relax and unwind
Get cosy by the wood burner
Contemporary decor
Finishing touches
Relax and enjoy a coffee
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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