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.
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.