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

Garth Cottage

Keswick, Lake District
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 of 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 request at the point of booking)
  • 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, washer/dryer and Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Shops and pubs 2 miles

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Louise 18th October 2019

Beautiful cottage in stunning surroundings.

Reviewed by Alan 11th October 2019

Garth Cottage is in a spectacular place and is a beautiful property. We loved our visit and would go back in a heartbeat. The grounds of the house are wonderful. It's like having a self-catering flat at a superb country house hotel. We had a wood fire in the lovely stove every night and enjoyed snuggling into the big sofas in front of it. Previous Read morecomments have been made about the sounds from above. But these were by no means intrusive and expected in a big old character house. Hide

Reviewed by S 31st May 2019

The property is very well equipped especially the kitchen. There are plenty of different seating options. The king size bed is very comfortable. The lounge is quite dark and we needed the light on during the day. There is a good choice of books and DVd's, also OS maps, but was missing one for the area you are in. Had issues with heating as noted abRead moreove. When people were in flat above the floor creaked really badly and you could clearly hear their television. Views from property very good. Hide

Reviewed by Trevor 17th May 2019

Such a beautiful cottage with beautiful views

Reviewed by Anne-Marie 10th May 2019

The location of Garth Cottage is wonderful. I think that the sitting room was the original billiards room when it was a grand house, so it is very spacious! The cottage is very comfortable with everything you could need and we would certainly return again.

Reviewed by J 26th April 2019

A beautiful location, we could have just sat on the terrace all week & enjoyed the stunning views. The hidden garden & ornamental pond were delightful. An early evening glass of fizz sitting by the pond was magical on a sunny day. A splendid place to stay & perfectly located to enjoy the beautiful scenery of The Lakes. Thank you

Reviewed by Lawrence 12th April 2019

Fantastic Week. We loved Garth Cottage and will definately go back. It was a home from home for us. The cottage is very comfortable and well equiped. The views from the terrace are stunning and the weather was great too. .

Reviewed by Maxine 28th December 2018

This is our second visit to Garth Cottage - the cottage is in a fabulous location, great views but only minutes from Keswick. The sitting room has a real 'wow' factor whilst the rest of the accommodation is pretty good. The only downside for us was the noise from the neighbours above - creaking floorboards, conversations and the TV on both night anRead mored day which could be clearly heard from below. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 5th October 2018

This is a very well done apartment with fantastic views perfect for two couples

Reviewed by Robert 28th September 2018

The apartment is great. It is comfortable and very well equipt. We can not fault it in any way.

Reviewed by Margaret 21st September 2018

This cottage is in an ideal position for Keswick and for visiting the rest of the Lake District. It is very well equipped with high quality linen and kitchen utensils.

Reviewed by Daniel 13th August 2018

Stunning cottage - we had a lovely time - would highly recommend.

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Stunning landscape
Get cosy by the wood burner
Contemporary decor
Relax and unwind
Finishing touches
Relax and enjoy a coffee
Light filled space
Contemporary feel
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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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