Bassenthwaite Cottages in Keswick

Bassenthwaite Cottages

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite is the Lake District’s northernmost body of water, sitting 7 miles from Keswick. This protected lake and its east shoreline is inaccessible but the surrounding peaks and forest trails provide natural windows onto this precious Lake District valley. Without the hustle and bustle of water traffic and shoreline resorts, although lots of fun, Bassenthwaite has a unique peace and tranquillity that instantly relaxes. Here you can slow down; see Osprey’s fishing, be entertained by the cheeky ways of red squirrels on a forest walk, enjoy a slow drink at Lakes Distillery, a long relax at Armathwaite Hall Spa, wonder at the exotic animals at the Lake District Wildlife Park and take your time over a good pint in a local Cumbrian pub.

Self-Catering in Bassenthwaite

If you’re booking holiday cottage accommodation in Bassenthwaite for a special occasion, then you’re in for a treat. With Lakelovers you’re guaranteed on quality and luxury. With the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold award properties in the Lake District, we pride ourselves on offering the finest luxury holiday cottages in the most sought-after locations.

Choose from secluded 2 bed Lake District boltholes, oozing with charm and fitted with understated luxurious styling and conveniences. Perhaps you’re after modern family-friendly holiday homes with the latest mod-cons for a convenient and comfortable break away in the country. Large holiday home manors, where you get a flavour of traditional Lake District gentry living, are also sure to impress. Whatever you’re looking for, our Bassenthwaite Lake Cottages are sure to delight and inspire.

Just 15 minutes from , named Britain’s top dog friendly town, Bassenthwaite is also a great holiday for our four-legged friends, making your self-catering holiday even easier! There’s plenty of dog friendly walks, pubs generally welcome dogs and there’s very little traffic. What’s more, dogs are free with Lakelovers holiday cottages in the Lake District so look out for the pet friendly symbol when browsing our Bassenthwaite cottages collection.

A Little of Bassenthwaite’s History

Originally Bastunthwaite Water, Bassenthwaite Lake is actually the only one of the Lake District’s 16 bodies of water which is actually called a lake. And the special nature of this region doesn’t end there. Read on!

Historically, the economy of Bassenthwaite lake and nearby area relied on agriculture and the lake is surrounded by relatively flat farmland. This is except for the ancient mass of Skiddaw, the oldest peak in the Lake District, and indeed in Europe, flanking its south east shore.

Today, Bassenthwaite Lake is a National Nature Reserve and home to many important wildlife conservation projects. It is also one of the largest bodies of water in the Lakes. A beautiful stretching ribbon of water, it is long and narrow at 4 miles long and ¾ miles wide, but is the shallowest in the National Park.

With a plentiful supply of roach, perch and pike and surrounded by fertile land with Dodd Wood and Whinlatter Forest lying to the south, this is an ideal wildlife habitat and so some of the very best and rarest of Lake District wildlife can be seen here.

In fact, the first of the Lake District’s wild Ospreys in over 150 years decided to make Bassenthwaite their home, and you can see them from Dodd Wood or Whinlatter viewpoints between April and August.

Booking holiday cottage accommodation in the Bassenthwaite area is a treat for all; for couples looking for a romantic getaway, families looking for all-season outdoor fun, groups celebrating a special occasion or simply anyone wanting to bag the enjoyable Wainwright peak, Skiddaw, or see the unique wildlife.

Getting There

The easiest route into Bassenthwaite is to leave the M6 at Penrith onto the A66. Bypassing Keswick and then over the River Derwent, the A66 takes you along the west shore of Bassenthwaite and eventually into Cockermouth.

There’s no access on the east Lake shore, but at Keswick you can leave the A66 to join the A591 now following the River Derwent, which leaves the roadside to join Bassenthwaite. The A591 takes you away from the lakeshore and draws you along the base of Skiddaw where you can head into Bassenthwaite village. Other than the winter months, there are regular bus services taking you into Cockermouth, Keswick, Penrith and Carlisle.

Out and About in Bassenthwaite

In Bassenthwaite village you experience an authentic English village community, complete with village green and river running through where you must catch the annual Duck Race if visiting in August. This village is an absolute delight.

Rather than queuing up for a cash machine, get your holiday spends out from the travelling Post Office van which parks up weekly by the Village Green. There’s also a quaint mobile library bus adding to the nostalgic feel of village life. From yoga and fitness classes to baby sensory, upholstery classes, Prosecco nights, cookery demos and walking groups, the local Parish Room, or Village Hall, is a wonderful reminder of community spirit that today only exists in a small rural community, such as Bassenthwaite.

In contrast, the bustling market town of Keswick, sitting on Derwent Water and often referred to as the best market town in the Lakes, is a short drive or bus ride from Bassenthwaite. Voted the best market in the country in 2015, take in the buzz of this outdoor market on either Tuesday and Saturday.

Only 10 minutes drive from Keswick and less than that from Bassenthwaite village, is the Lake District Wildlife Park. The only one in the North of Cumbria, this makes for a great all-weather day trip for families. There’s 24 acres with over 100 species of local and exotic animals. Don’t forget to give the oldest resident, Brian the Larr Gibbon, a hello. For wet or hot days where protection is needed, there’s an indoor play area and outdoor picnic and play area with shelter. The cafe is also a nice spot to take in the tranquil views where the animals are free to roam around. Plus, it’s open all year round.

Many who stay in the Bassenthwaite area have their walking boots set on summating Skiddaw which, as one of the largest fells in England, dominates the skyline in the North Lakes. This is most often walked from Keswick but there’s also a fine route from Bassenthwaite. Skiddaw is a great classic ridge walk where the easy paths and consistent incline makes it accessible to many.

If you’d like to get close to the lake there is limited access from the A66 on the west shore. But, if the roadside access to this beautifully rich in wildlife lake isn’t enough for you, then head to Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens on the east side. This grand 17th Century lakeshore residence is extremely inviting and particularly welcoming to children also, who can play with toys, including the rocking horse and dolls house in the playroom and can enjoy the owl trail and quiz as well as the surprising outdoor adventure play areas.This really is a place you can return time and again.

Dodd Wood is opposite, where you will find the Lake District Osprey Project. This is also the place to head to for spectacular views. You can take a picnic or enjoy the converted Sawmill Cafe, open over the summer months.

For those with lots of energy, burn rubber at Whinlatter Forest. Hire or take your own bikes to test your stamina against the longest purpose-built mountain trail in the Lake District. And not only is the trail the longest, the terrain is testing too, as Whinlatter Forest is England’s only true mountain forest at 1000ft above sea level. The paths are fast, full of hairpins, they’re rocky and unforgiving. This is true ‘mountain’ biking.

For thrill junkies you can also take to the tree tops at Whinlatter at the popular GoApe attraction. However, you don’t just have to be a daredevil to enjoy some gentle woodland trails, spot a red squirrel or take part in some of the kids forest craft and adventure activities. Many also head to the lookout to see the Ospreys fishing from Whinlatter Visitor Centre.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Whilst the charm of Bassenthwaite village is its seclusion, don’t worry there is an excellent village pub, The Sun Inn. This Jennings pub is what you’d want from a rural Lake District village drinking hole – olde worlde charm with excellent pub grub and beer! Don’t forget to order some dog biscuits for your four legged pal too. This pub has a warm welcome for all, kids included. And if you’re into your ales, a tour of Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, less than 10 miles outside Bassenthwaite village, is certainly worth a visit.

There is so much that is unique about this part of the Lake District, and here’s another. The Lakes Distillery on Bassenthwaite creates the only made in Cumbria gin and is also England’s largest award-winning distillery. There’s tasting tours and masterclasses or you can sample their delights in the outstanding Bistro at the Distillery.

The Pheasant Inn, a 6-minute walk from Bassenthwaite, is a great place to book for a celebratory or extra special meal as it can offer private dining for up to 20 guests and are known for their quality local food. Alternatively, if you’ve enjoyed a gentle hike up nearby Sale Fell, which you can do from this pub door and is a relatively gentle walk rewarding you with great views over the valley and Skiddaw summit, then you may prefer a lunch in the less formal bistro or bar menu. Dogs are welcome and there’s a great kid’s menu too.

For uber fine dining or indeed some luxurious spa pampering, then take achy bodies and stressed muscles to Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa for a truly escapist experience. Surprise a loved one with a full leisurely afternoon tea of refreshing loose leaf tea, clotted cream scones and dessert in a glass. Or, set the standard for your luxury holiday in Bassenthwaite with a relaxing spa experience where you can enjoy a beauty treatment, outstanding spa facilities, including Hydrotherapy pool, Aroma room and essence Steam room. Then relax in the outdoor infinity Jacuzzi set amidst the beautiful grounds and garden, breathing in the vitality-giving Lake District air. Throughout the seasons you must enjoy a walk around the gardens, taking a look down the Bassenthwaite valley.

Bassenthwaite and its many unique attractions make this area a real hidden gem of the Lake District. Here the unique wildlife and beauty of Bassenthwaite Lake and village life of the valley is conserved and holidaymakers lucky enough to visit this special area often return. If you’ve not found what you’re looking for here in Bassenthwaite Cottages have a look at holiday cottages in north Lake District in the nearby areas of Keswick and Ullswater.

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Farrier House Keswick
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Just a short walk from the shores of Derwentwater, in the village of Portinscale and less than a ten minute drive from the popular market town of Keswick, Farrier House is a beautiful boutique residence that oozes quality from the moment you step through the door. The owners have lovingly created a stunning property, with great attention to detail and a wonderful collection of Lakeland artwork and that offers fantastic accommodation ideal for family or friends whatever the time of year.

Available From£520
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The Cats Bield Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Close to the centre of the popular town of Keswick and just one minute from the market square, The Cats Bield is a beautiful cottage that offers quality accommodation, in a handy location and makes the ideal base for getting out and about but also enjoying having everything you need on the doorstep. Within easy walk of all the local shops bars, restaurants and cafes and the twice weekly award winning market.

Available From£365
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £445 to £401
Scalegill House Keswick
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located on the site of a building dating back to the 14th Century Scalegill House, close to Lake Bassenthwaite, is s a traditional Lakeland longhouse with incredible history. The remnants of Roman forts can be found on the surrounding hills and with views to Skiddaw it is well positioned for exploring right from the door. Keswick, Cockermouth and Carlisle are all within 15 miles providing some great day trips out and several great pubs are only a short drive away including the Castle Inn which has an excellent reputation for great food.

Available From£445
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Thirty Blencathra Street is a traditional Victorian terrace located only a stone's throw from the bustling streets of Keswick's town centre. Renovated to a very high standard, the owners attention to detail and quality is evident throughout, and it makes the perfect base for getaways with family and friends. With easy access to the great outdoors and many walks and bike rides available from the front door, it is only a few minutes' walk from the town's excellent bars, cafés and restaurants.

Available From£725
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £765 to £689
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

Situated just off the market square in the centre of the popular market town of Keswick and only a few minutes' walk from the shores of Derwentwater, Lake Road Apartment is ideally situated to enjoy this popular town with a great selection of bars and restaurants in addition to its award winning twice weekly market and excellent theatre but it is also ideal for getting out and about on land or water to explore the stunning scenery of the neighbouring Borrowdale Valley, the lake and the high fells that surround the town.

Available From£765
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Situated in the unspoilt village of Uldale, The Grooms Cottage has been lovingly created as a cosy and romantic retreat for two and offers high quality accommodation nestled in the beautiful scenery of the north Lakes. The village of Uldale captures countryside life that has remained unchanged for years with a village pub and church, working farms, quaint cottages and a village green. This property has recently been featured in The Cumberland News and also the award winning Cumbria Life magazine, where you can find its highly complimented write ups.

Available From£450
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Wreay Barn Ullswater
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Does this cottage have one of the best views of Ullswater? We think so! Wreay Barn is a delightful Lakeland end of terrace barn conversion which was part of the original Wreay Mansions estate in Watermillock, a former hunting lodge popular with the Duke of Norfolk. From its elevated position, it commands spectacular views of Ullswater and the dramatic fells beyond.

Available From£425
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The Duck House Keswick
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located in the pretty village of Braithwaite, just a couple of miles from the market town of Keswick. The Duck House is a well-proportioned, detached bungalow set in a private cul- de-sac. Providing quality accommodation, it takes its name from the family of ducks, known to the owners as Donald and Daphne, that bob up and down the babbling beck that runs to the rear of the cottage.

Available From£425
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Snuggle Cottage Ullswater
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

Snuggle Cottage is a traditional cottage, yet spacious and comfortable. If you are looking for a peaceful cosy getaway, then this is for you. Open your window and listen to the beck, the sheep and very little else.

Available From£345
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Situated just two minutes' walk from the market square at the heart of the popular town of Keswick, Lillibet Cottage is a delightful and somewhat quirky cottage that has been finished in contemporary manner to offer quality accommodation in a convenient location. If the idea of being able to park the car for a week and having everything you need on the doorstep appeals then this is the ideal cottage for you. Keswick offers a great selection of places to eat and drink all within a few minutes' walk along with a great selection of local shops and of course the popular twice weekly award winning market.

Available From£379
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Home Farm House Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Home Farm House is a lovingly restored 19th century building set in the beautiful countryside of the north east Lake District just a few minutes' drive north of the shores of Ullswater. It was once a working farm but now has been converted into a charming holiday retreat. With an eye to detail and quality, the owner has created a highly desirable and luxurious holiday home that is now available for you to enjoy and to form the basis of many happy and fond holiday memories.

Available From£625
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Greengarth Keswick
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

Within a flat easy walking distance of the town centre and the market square, Greengarth is located in the popular Crosthwaite area of Keswick. The current owners have fully refurbished and modernised the property to a very high standard. The property has been extended to substantially increase the living space which is open plan and light and airy. Spectacular bi-fold doors open directly onto the patio and garden and offer exceptional and impressive views to Skiddaw, one of the Lake District's highest and most impressive mountains.

Available From£435
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Lacet Cottage Ullswater
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located in the rolling countryside of the north east Lake District, just a few minutes from the shores of Ullswater, Lacet Cottage, a traditional 19th century cottage, has been lovingly refurbished by the owner to offer exceptional and high quality accommodation, finished to a very high standard for those seeking a beautiful Lakeland retreat.

Available From£595
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £875 to £744
Bowderstone Keswick
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located close to the centre of the bustling market town of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District, Bowderstone is a much loved family home that has been beautifully finished to offer quality accommodation, with beautiful roof tops views to the mountains and a secluded patio all just a few minutes' walk from all the town's amenities.

Available From£725
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £565 to £509
Heathfield Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Heathfield is located in the popular Crosthwaite area of Keswick and within easy walking distance of the town centre and market square. This 1930s property had been refurbished to a very high standard by its current owners and offers spacious and luxurious accommodation for four people and is an ideal base for friends to relax and enjoy the combination of quality accommodation in a great location.

Available From£450
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £395 to £357
Agathi Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Agathi is a larger than expected end of terrace cottage in the heart of the vibrant and popular market town of Keswick. Refurbished to a high standard by its current owners, Agathi offers high quality accommodation, only a short walk from the market square home to the award winning twice weekly market, the great shopping and excellent selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. All are on the doorstep and are a popular draw whatever the time of year.

Available From£395
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This idyllic Lakeland cottage, created from an original barn, occupies this picture postcard setting within the sleepy hamlet of Grange in Borrowdale, surrounded by magnificent scenery and mountains including Grange Fell itself and only a short drive alongside the lake into ever popular Keswick town centre.

Available From£525
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £495 to £447
Crandy Nook Keswick
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Crandy Nook is set over three floors above a coffee shop in the heart of the market town of Keswick, but what is best of all is that the top floor living room and kitchen lifts you high above the roof tops and offer the most superb views from Skiddaw and Latrigg to Whinlatter Forest to the north and Helvellyn, Walla Crag and Scafell to the south.

Available From£495

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Bassenthwaite Cottages in Keswick

Bassenthwaite Cottages

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite is the Lake District’s northernmost body of water, sitting 7 miles from Keswick. This protected lake and its east shoreline is inaccessible but the surrounding peaks and forest trails provide natural windows onto this precious Lake District valley. Without the hustle and bustle of water traffic and shoreline resorts, although lots of fun, Bassenthwaite has a unique peace and tranquillity that instantly relaxes. Here you can slow down; see Osprey’s fishing, be entertained by the cheeky ways of red squirrels on a forest walk, enjoy a slow drink at Lakes Distillery, a long relax at Armathwaite Hall Spa, wonder at the exotic animals at the Lake District Wildlife Park and take your time over a good pint in a local Cumbrian pub.

Self-Catering in Bassenthwaite

If you’re booking holiday cottage accommodation in Bassenthwaite for a special occasion, then you’re in for a treat. With Lakelovers you’re guaranteed on quality and luxury. With the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold award properties in the Lake District, we pride ourselves on offering the finest luxury holiday cottages in the most sought-after locations.

Choose from secluded 2 bed Lake District boltholes, oozing with charm and fitted with understated luxurious styling and conveniences. Perhaps you’re after modern family-friendly holiday homes with the latest mod-cons for a convenient and comfortable break away in the country. Large holiday home manors, where you get a flavour of traditional Lake District gentry living, are also sure to impress. Whatever you’re looking for, our Bassenthwaite Lake Cottages are sure to delight and inspire.

Just 15 minutes from , named Britain’s top dog friendly town, Bassenthwaite is also a great holiday for our four-legged friends, making your self-catering holiday even easier! There’s plenty of dog friendly walks, pubs generally welcome dogs and there’s very little traffic. What’s more, dogs are free with Lakelovers holiday cottages in the Lake District so look out for the pet friendly symbol when browsing our Bassenthwaite cottages collection.

A Little of Bassenthwaite’s History

Originally Bastunthwaite Water, Bassenthwaite Lake is actually the only one of the Lake District’s 16 bodies of water which is actually called a lake. And the special nature of this region doesn’t end there. Read on!

Historically, the economy of Bassenthwaite lake and nearby area relied on agriculture and the lake is surrounded by relatively flat farmland. This is except for the ancient mass of Skiddaw, the oldest peak in the Lake District, and indeed in Europe, flanking its south east shore.

Today, Bassenthwaite Lake is a National Nature Reserve and home to many important wildlife conservation projects. It is also one of the largest bodies of water in the Lakes. A beautiful stretching ribbon of water, it is long and narrow at 4 miles long and ¾ miles wide, but is the shallowest in the National Park.

With a plentiful supply of roach, perch and pike and surrounded by fertile land with Dodd Wood and Whinlatter Forest lying to the south, this is an ideal wildlife habitat and so some of the very best and rarest of Lake District wildlife can be seen here.

In fact, the first of the Lake District’s wild Ospreys in over 150 years decided to make Bassenthwaite their home, and you can see them from Dodd Wood or Whinlatter viewpoints between April and August.

Booking holiday cottage accommodation in the Bassenthwaite area is a treat for all; for couples looking for a romantic getaway, families looking for all-season outdoor fun, groups celebrating a special occasion or simply anyone wanting to bag the enjoyable Wainwright peak, Skiddaw, or see the unique wildlife.

Getting There

The easiest route into Bassenthwaite is to leave the M6 at Penrith onto the A66. Bypassing Keswick and then over the River Derwent, the A66 takes you along the west shore of Bassenthwaite and eventually into Cockermouth.

There’s no access on the east Lake shore, but at Keswick you can leave the A66 to join the A591 now following the River Derwent, which leaves the roadside to join Bassenthwaite. The A591 takes you away from the lakeshore and draws you along the base of Skiddaw where you can head into Bassenthwaite village. Other than the winter months, there are regular bus services taking you into Cockermouth, Keswick, Penrith and Carlisle.

Out and About in Bassenthwaite

In Bassenthwaite village you experience an authentic English village community, complete with village green and river running through where you must catch the annual Duck Race if visiting in August. This village is an absolute delight.

Rather than queuing up for a cash machine, get your holiday spends out from the travelling Post Office van which parks up weekly by the Village Green. There’s also a quaint mobile library bus adding to the nostalgic feel of village life. From yoga and fitness classes to baby sensory, upholstery classes, Prosecco nights, cookery demos and walking groups, the local Parish Room, or Village Hall, is a wonderful reminder of community spirit that today only exists in a small rural community, such as Bassenthwaite.

In contrast, the bustling market town of Keswick, sitting on Derwent Water and often referred to as the best market town in the Lakes, is a short drive or bus ride from Bassenthwaite. Voted the best market in the country in 2015, take in the buzz of this outdoor market on either Tuesday and Saturday.

Only 10 minutes drive from Keswick and less than that from Bassenthwaite village, is the Lake District Wildlife Park. The only one in the North of Cumbria, this makes for a great all-weather day trip for families. There’s 24 acres with over 100 species of local and exotic animals. Don’t forget to give the oldest resident, Brian the Larr Gibbon, a hello. For wet or hot days where protection is needed, there’s an indoor play area and outdoor picnic and play area with shelter. The cafe is also a nice spot to take in the tranquil views where the animals are free to roam around. Plus, it’s open all year round.

Many who stay in the Bassenthwaite area have their walking boots set on summating Skiddaw which, as one of the largest fells in England, dominates the skyline in the North Lakes. This is most often walked from Keswick but there’s also a fine route from Bassenthwaite. Skiddaw is a great classic ridge walk where the easy paths and consistent incline makes it accessible to many.

If you’d like to get close to the lake there is limited access from the A66 on the west shore. But, if the roadside access to this beautifully rich in wildlife lake isn’t enough for you, then head to Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens on the east side. This grand 17th Century lakeshore residence is extremely inviting and particularly welcoming to children also, who can play with toys, including the rocking horse and dolls house in the playroom and can enjoy the owl trail and quiz as well as the surprising outdoor adventure play areas.This really is a place you can return time and again.

Dodd Wood is opposite, where you will find the Lake District Osprey Project. This is also the place to head to for spectacular views. You can take a picnic or enjoy the converted Sawmill Cafe, open over the summer months.

For those with lots of energy, burn rubber at Whinlatter Forest. Hire or take your own bikes to test your stamina against the longest purpose-built mountain trail in the Lake District. And not only is the trail the longest, the terrain is testing too, as Whinlatter Forest is England’s only true mountain forest at 1000ft above sea level. The paths are fast, full of hairpins, they’re rocky and unforgiving. This is true ‘mountain’ biking.

For thrill junkies you can also take to the tree tops at Whinlatter at the popular GoApe attraction. However, you don’t just have to be a daredevil to enjoy some gentle woodland trails, spot a red squirrel or take part in some of the kids forest craft and adventure activities. Many also head to the lookout to see the Ospreys fishing from Whinlatter Visitor Centre.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Whilst the charm of Bassenthwaite village is its seclusion, don’t worry there is an excellent village pub, The Sun Inn. This Jennings pub is what you’d want from a rural Lake District village drinking hole – olde worlde charm with excellent pub grub and beer! Don’t forget to order some dog biscuits for your four legged pal too. This pub has a warm welcome for all, kids included. And if you’re into your ales, a tour of Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, less than 10 miles outside Bassenthwaite village, is certainly worth a visit.

There is so much that is unique about this part of the Lake District, and here’s another. The Lakes Distillery on Bassenthwaite creates the only made in Cumbria gin and is also England’s largest award-winning distillery. There’s tasting tours and masterclasses or you can sample their delights in the outstanding Bistro at the Distillery.

The Pheasant Inn, a 6-minute walk from Bassenthwaite, is a great place to book for a celebratory or extra special meal as it can offer private dining for up to 20 guests and are known for their quality local food. Alternatively, if you’ve enjoyed a gentle hike up nearby Sale Fell, which you can do from this pub door and is a relatively gentle walk rewarding you with great views over the valley and Skiddaw summit, then you may prefer a lunch in the less formal bistro or bar menu. Dogs are welcome and there’s a great kid’s menu too.

For uber fine dining or indeed some luxurious spa pampering, then take achy bodies and stressed muscles to Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa for a truly escapist experience. Surprise a loved one with a full leisurely afternoon tea of refreshing loose leaf tea, clotted cream scones and dessert in a glass. Or, set the standard for your luxury holiday in Bassenthwaite with a relaxing spa experience where you can enjoy a beauty treatment, outstanding spa facilities, including Hydrotherapy pool, Aroma room and essence Steam room. Then relax in the outdoor infinity Jacuzzi set amidst the beautiful grounds and garden, breathing in the vitality-giving Lake District air. Throughout the seasons you must enjoy a walk around the gardens, taking a look down the Bassenthwaite valley.

Bassenthwaite and its many unique attractions make this area a real hidden gem of the Lake District. Here the unique wildlife and beauty of Bassenthwaite Lake and village life of the valley is conserved and holidaymakers lucky enough to visit this special area often return. If you’ve not found what you’re looking for here in Bassenthwaite Cottages have a look at holiday cottages in north Lake District in the nearby areas of Keswick and Ullswater.