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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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Greengarth Keswick
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£465.00
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Number Twenty Keswick
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Situated in the residential area, just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Keswick, Number Twenty is a tastefully refurbished Victorian Lakeland slate terrace house. Benefiting from ample parking for four cars, five ensuite bedrooms, two log burning stoves and a large patio this excellent property offers great accommodation in easy reach of the popular shops, bars, cafes and pubs to be found around the market square in the heart of Keswick.

Available From£845.00
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The Great Barn Ullswater
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

The Great Barn exudes five star luxury and overlooks the serene waters of Ullswater in the Lake District National Park, arguably boasting some of the most enviable vistas imaginable anywhere in the world. This quintessential 17th century converted barn, has seductively leapt into the 21st century with true flair and sophistication, providing outstanding quality and luxury.

Available From£3995.00
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Taking its name from a member of Ullswater Steamer's fleet of heritage vessels that have provided visitors for over a 100 years to enjoy this most picturesque of the Lake District's lakes, M.V. Western Belle offers quality accommodation and the ideal base from which to explore all the Lake District has to offer. This recently refurbished property has been finished to the very highest standard and is an ideal for couples or families alike.

Available From£485.00
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£730.00
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Croft Corner Keswick
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Croft Corner has a peaceful location on the fringe of Applethwaite village, just one mile from Keswick. The village nestles at the foot of Skiddaw and captures countryside life that has remained unchanged for years. Croft Corner is part of a large Victorian house and offers quality ground floor accommodation – a Lakeland hideaway for just two people. The cottage has spectacular views and is ideally placed to enjoy a selection of walks from the door with pub/three restaurants and health spa facilities also within walking distance. The popular market town of Keswick is a few minutes drive away or just a 20 minute walk. Likewise it is only a short drive to the shores of both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite. You can drive to no less than 7 other lakes within 30 minutes. For those seeking out the thrills of the high fells the views from the northern fells of Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra are some of the best in the Lake District. In addition to the routes over the high fells there is a wealth of lower level routes including riverside strolls and lakeside paths. In contrast you can explore the many literary and historical connections in the area – the Lake District is now a UNESCO site.

Available From£382.00
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£630.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£630.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£790.00
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Home Farm House Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£645.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£630.00
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Dolly Wagon Keswick
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

Located just two miles south of Keswick, offering glorious view across the Naddle Valley to Helvellyn and just a ten minute walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle, Whiteside is one of a collection of four studio apartments that have been created from the old milking parlours of Nest Farm.

Available From£355.00
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Waternook Ullswater
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

5 star opulence on Ullswater, Waternook is quite simply outstanding and luxurious in every way, arguably the most prestigious self-catering experience in the Lake District or possibly the British Isles. This eclectic detached 17th century Lakeland residence occupies a sublime, secluded setting within 26 acres of private grounds with 1/2 mile of lake shoreline, commanding simply breath-taking uninterrupted panoramic views as far as the eye can see.

Available From£6480.00
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Noble Cottage Keswick
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located in one of the most sought after locations in Keswick, close to the Market Square, Noble Cottage is a traditional Victorian Lakeland slate terrace house which has been refurbished to a high standard whilst retaining so much of its period charm.

Available From£525
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Surprise View Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Situated on the market square in the centre of Keswick, Surprise View has been carefully created by the current owners to offer high quality accommodation, in a great location and to make the most of the beautiful views across the rooftops to the mountains beyond from the large balcony that is a great feature and from which the property derives its name.

Available From£385.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£899.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£790.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£480.00
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Herdwick View Keswick
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Herdwick View is an imposing Victorian residence that was built in the grounds of the imposing Armathwaite Hall. The house, that once was home to butlers, housekeepers and chauffeurs, and lay abandoned for many years, has been brought back to life by a local family who have gone to great expense to create a fantastic holiday cottage that will be the basis of many fond holiday memories for years to come.

Available From£1650.00
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The Duck House Keswick
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private 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£445.00

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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.