From its elevated position Windrush benefits from amazing and captivating views across the valley that is constantly changing with the seasons and the weather. Located in the little village of Portinscale, just a few minutes’ walk from the shores of Derwentwater and a mile from the market town of Keswick, Windrush is a homely three-bedroom house with great accommodation.
The cottage offers a welcoming, open plan lounge and dining room that enjoys the beautiful views to the front and french doors to the private patio and pretty terraced garden at the rear. The cottage also benefits from a lovely conservatory overlooking the garden and a raised summer house where guests can relax with a cup of tea or a glass of their favourite tipple!. There is a choice of three bedrooms which are complemented by a family bathroom.
Windrush offers easy access to the stunning scenery of the north western Lake District with the breath-taking scenery of the beautiful Buttermere Valley a simple 15-minute drive away. It is also in easy reach of Bassenthwaite Lake (home to a family of Ospreys). For those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors there are numerous walks from the village around Borrowdale, from gentle walks through the valley to the high fells of Grizedale Pike and the Coledale Horseshoe. Those seeking thrills on two wheels will enjoy the award winning Altura Trails in Whinlatter Forest just to the north of the village. Within 5 min. walk are two Marinas with numerous water sports on offer.
Accommodation in detail
Windrush is located on a quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of the village of Portinscale with uninterrupted views across the valley to the stunning skyline of Skiddaw, the Lake District’s fourth highest mountain. To the front of the cottage there is a pretty garden and driveway with level access to the front door of the cottage which opens to a bright hallway.
The open plan lounge and dining room benefits from the beautiful views that the front of the cottage affords with comfortable sofas and armchair presented around the ever-changing scenery from the large picture window and Smart TV. The family dining table is a lovely place to relax over dinner with family and friends and french door opens from here on to the patio and lovely terraced garden with mature shrubs and trees.
The shaker style kitchen is well equipped with four ring gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge & microwave. To the rear of the cottage the conservatory is a lovely place to sit and relax with a good book or the weekend papers.
Climbing the stairs, the first landing offers stunning views of Skiddaw then on to a choice of three bedrooms. To the front of the cottage and again enjoying the beautiful views, the master bedroom is presented with king size bed. The second bedroom can be presented either as a super king or twin beds (please specify on booking) and also includes a smart TV. The third bedroom is a smaller double bedroom. The bedrooms are complemented by the family bathroom with bath with shower over and separate WC. An additional WC is located on the ground floor.
Steep steps climb through the garden to a raised decked viewing platform and summer house which is a lovely retreat on a summer’s afternoon, the garden is enclosed and 'dog proof' as tested by the owners two Labradors. To the side of the property the garage is available for the secure storage of mountain bikes and is also home to the washing machine and additional fridge freezer.
The owners welcome up to two well behaved dogs. Private parking is available for two cars on the driveway. Additional on street parking is available a few steps walk from the cottage.
The village of Portinscale makes an ideal base from which to explore. With footpaths (one just a few yards from your front door) heading off in every direction there is something for everyone. The popular Derwentwater Marina is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the cottage and from here the regular Keswick launch offers regular services around the lake and from here canoes and dinghies can be hired. In the welcome and information pack in the house good places to eat are suggested. The Chalet Tearoom and Restaurant is just a few minutes walk away as is the nearby Walled Garden at Lingholme, just a fifteen minute walk from the cottage. These are ideal for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon teas.
The nearby market town of Keswick is one of the Lake District’s most popular destinations. This friendly town hosts the very popular twice weekly market that has recently won the coveted “Best Outdoor Market” in the Great British Market Awards. Keswick also offers a fantastic array of shops offering everything from craft bakeries and local produce, antiques, crafts, outdoor clothing and much, much more.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat and drink, a week just won’t be long enough to sample the great range of pubs, restaurants, bistros, cafes and wine bars! In the village just a 10 minute walk from the cottage is the village pub offering real ale and home cooked food. For a great evening out why not visit the 100 year old Alhambra offering first class cinema entertainment in traditional surroundings or enjoy an evening at “the most beautiful and friendly theatre in Britain”, the 400 seat Theatre By The Lake on the shores of Derwentwater.
Enjoy a cruise on Derwentwater, walk onto the fells; - Cat Bells, Skiddaw, Coledale Horseshoe and Blencathra are all nearby; head underground at Honister Slate Mines or take the Via Ferrata challenge; enjoy mountain biking or follow the walking trails and Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest. For steam train enthusiasts there is the little train at Threlkeld Mining museum or the L’al Ratty which heads up into the hills from Ravenglass on the West Coast.
For day trips throughout the Lake District Ullswater is a short drive away offering lake cruises, great walking and the beautiful Aira Force Waterfall; Buttermere and Crummock Water offer sublime scenery; Ashness Bridge and Surprise View, situated above the Borrowdale Valley, should not be missed and perhaps even a cup of tea and homemade cake in the unspoilt village of Watendlath. Shepherd’s Café at the foot of Shepherd’s Crag, a favourite venue for climbers, is a tearoom run on High Lodore farm serving delicious homemade lunches and teas, just 10 minutes walk from the launch jetty at Lodore and well worth a visit.
About the location
Keswick 1 mile.
A quiet village at the north end of beautiful Derwent Water, Portinscale offers a shop and pub, and makes an ideal base for exploring the region. Bustling Keswick with its Saturday market, visitor attractions, museums and boat trips is just 1 mile away, while the picturesque scenery of the lakes and mountains makes this a great base from which to explore this popular area.