Spacious lounge with exposed stone wall and woodburner
Patio area
Snuggle up in front of the woodburner
Bright and open spaces
Finishing touches
Time to relax
Dining area
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Modern kitchen/diner
Sit back and enjoy the views
King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
Exposed stone wall in the bedroom
King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
En-suite shower room
Super king-size bedroom
Time to snooze
Super king-size bedroom
Twin bedroom
Explore the local area
Magnificent views
Towards the property
1 / 24  Spacious lounge with exposed stone wall and woodburner
2 / 24  Patio area
3 / 24  Snuggle up in front of the woodburner
4 / 24  Bright and open spaces
5 / 24  Finishing touches
6 / 24  Time to relax
7 / 24  Dining area
8 / 24  Kitchen
9 / 24  Open-plan kitchen/diner
10 / 24  Modern kitchen/diner
11 / 24  Sit back and enjoy the views
12 / 24  Welcome
13 / 24  King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
14 / 24  Exposed stone wall in the bedroom
15 / 24  King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
16 / 24  En-suite shower room
17 / 24  Super king-size bedroom
18 / 24  Time to snooze
19 / 24  Super king-size bedroom
20 / 24  Bathroom
21 / 24  Twin bedroom
22 / 24  Explore the local area
23 / 24  Magnificent views
24 / 24  Towards the property


Keswick, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC77


Wrens is a delightful Lakeland barn cottage, located in the tiny rural hamlet of Guardhouse about 1.5 miles from the village of Threlkeld and 4.5 miles east of Keswick and Derwentwater, where the owners have made huge steps to make this a most welcoming cottage with a contemporary design set in a traditional Lakeland barn.

Set in the Glenderaterra valley by the little river Glenderamackin, the hamlet is flanked by the Blencathra Mountain to the north and Clough Head and Great Dodd to the south.

From the A66 you pull off down a winding lane into the valley, which leads to the tiny hamlet of Guardhouse. One of a group of some half dozen houses and cottages, Wrens sits in its own grounds, surrounded by meadow and with views of the nearby fells and mountains.

The Living Spaces

From the front door you enter into a small hall. Stairs lead up to the open plan living area. A contemporary design sits under a pitched roof with its huge cruck beams. The sitting room area takes the main space. Here you have large comfortable sofas sitting around a log-burning stove giving a cosy atmosphere in the winter months. Picture windows open onto a raised deck with beautiful views down the valley.

The kitchen and dining area are on a low raised platform. Well equipped for all your needs you will be able to rustle up your favourite dishes. To one side is a tall oriel window with views of Blencathra's peak and where there are two leather club chairs set in the bay perfect to sit and watch the many varied birds that visit the garden and valley.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Downstairs you will find the three bedrooms. One is a double with king-size bed and en-suite shower room, one with a super king size bed, which can be made up as 2 singles on request at booking, then a twin bedroom. All are nicely decorated and comfortable. Also downstairs is the main bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

Outside you have a charming garden set with shrubs and trees, where on a sunny day adults can relax, dine alfresco and children can play.

For me this is a real find. Easy to access towns and villages, yet tucked away in a beautiful valley and I am sure will please all who stay.

Out & About

There is plenty of opportunity for fine walks and cycling. The valley has plenty of narrow lanes and tracks for gentle strolls and cycling, and for the keen walker the high peaks of Blencathra and Sharp Edge will both challenge and reward.

For those who like a round of golf you can visit and play at the Keswick Golf club, which lies in the valley, a short distance from the cottage.

Threlkeld has long been popular as a base for walkers as much for the two pubs, The Horse & Farrier and the Salutation, both which have been around for some 300 years.

Keswick is the main town of the north lakes, a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all year round town there are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes, along with museums, a theatre, cinema and leisure centre. At the lake you can take a boat trip or hire one for yourself and explore the shoreline and little bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our guide.

A few miles south of the cottage is Ullswater, thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages.

Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera.

Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.

North of Keswick lies two more great attractions. The Honister Slate Mine is an adventure for all ages. Set at the summit of the Honister Pass it is the last working slate mine in England where you go deep underground on a fully guided mine tour. Honister is also home to the much talked about Via Ferrata, an amazing sky high climbing experience.

Finally you might like to add to your places to visit the Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter is just west of Keswick and is a great day out for all ages. If you're looking for adventure, try the Altura or Quercus mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning natural setting. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is new for 2011, for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. Or if you've got a head of heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 3 bedrooms -1 en-suite king-size bedroom, 1 super-king-size (can be made up as 2 singles by prior request at point of booking) and 1 twin
  • 1 en-suite shower room and 1 bathroom with shower overhead
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, slow cooker, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Smart TV/DVD player
  • Bluetooth sound bar
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs included from September to April
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Garden with table and chairs
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Pub approximately 1 mile

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Anne 6th March 2020

location is great , only issue I would have if been picky would be no secure garden for dogs .

Reviewed by Joanne 27th December 2019

Fantastic location with breathtaking views. Very warm and cosy cottage. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery after a days walking.

Reviewed by Andrew 22nd November 2019

Absolutely fantastic place. Spotless and very well equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. We had a spaniel with us and he loved it very dog friendly.Slept very well the beds are so comfy. Would highly recommend we would definitely go back

Reviewed by Catherine 18th October 2019

Lovely position if you dont mind driving through a farm or rural/small lanes to get to the property. Perfect for Keswick or Penrith shopping and recycling sources. Great pubs and walks all around with Whinlatter or Grizedale Forests for mountain biking. There is so much on the northern side of the Lakes, it is well worth a visit. Best feature of thRead moree property is its cosy and welcome feel when out in the rain all day being active! Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 11th October 2019

The cottage is very comfortable to live in especially after a good day out. The property is quite remote so if you want to walk to a pub then this is not the one for you. However, the property more than makes up for that.

Reviewed by Andy 13th September 2019

virtually Faultless

Reviewed by Anne 30th August 2019

Brilliant property to stay in especially with dogs very dog friendly in a lovely location . Easy to keep clean and all the equipment you could possibly need . Ideal location visiting again in March 2020 . Thank you to Laura who looks after the barn .

Reviewed by John 9th August 2019

Fantastic property in a rural location. Ideal for access to walks and the lakes.

Reviewed by Samantha 21st June 2019

Beautiful, clean, high spec barn conversion with gorgeous views. Everything you need provided. Would have loved a walled garden with a view so we could sit and relax and not worry about the dogs wandering off. There is a balcony with a view and fantastic window seats with views but no real outside space to lounge. It was a great location to walk thRead moree dogs and drive to Ambleside, Grassmere and Windermere. Try the Dove Bistro in Grassmere. Dog friendly and great food and service.0 Hide

Reviewed by Samantha 17th May 2019

We visited Wrens in Keswick and I couldnt fault it one bit.. had a fab holiday.. kitchen was so well equipped, comfy beds, clean , perfect location would defiantly recommend to others and will be returning in the future.

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Spacious lounge with exposed stone wall and woodburner
Patio area
Snuggle up in front of the woodburner
Bright and open spaces
Finishing touches
Time to relax
Dining area
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Modern kitchen/diner
Sit back and enjoy the views
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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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