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The Cats Bield

Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041136)

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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
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13 Customer Review(s)

  • “This is our 4th annual visit.”

    Having recommended the cottage to our neighbours. We viewed it in a different light, and thought it would benefit from freshening up.

    Having recommended the cottage to our neighbours. We viewed it in a different light, and thought it would benefit from freshening up.

    - Mr White, October 2021

    Dear Mr White. Thank you for choosing to stay at The Cat's Bield and for your feedback, which is very much appreciated.  This is our fourth year of continuous operation at Cat's Bield, C-19 lockdowns aside.  We have blocked off some time over winter to allow for professional maintenance and redecoration, as well as our usual very deep clean.  We hope that you will notice the freshened appearance and changes/additions that we make during any future stays. Thank you once again for your custom. Deb, Jim, Safa the Collie and Wrags, our very own Wildcat. (Owner response) Property Owner

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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. The owners, who are involved locally with the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association, have created a lovely cottage for those who enjoy the great outdoors. The Cats Bield (taking its name from the neighbouring Cat Bells that overlooks Keswick and Derwentwater), offers two bedrooms, one with ensuite, a smart lounge, kitchen/dining area and on the top floor the owners have created a Climbers Loft, the ideal retreat to plan your next walk, climb or Lakeland adventure. The shores of Derwentwater are just ten minutes' walk away and there is a fantastic selection of walks to choose from including gentle walks along the lake shore, walks to popular Ashness Bridge and Surprise view or the nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle. Those seeking out the high fells will head to the summit of Latrigg and Skiddaw that dominate the town's skyline and mountain bikers will enjoy the award winning Altura Trails in Whinlatter Forest == Accommodation in detail The Cats Bield is located in the north of the town centre, close to the old Cumberland pencil factory. The front door opens to the hallway with coat hooks and boot racks. The cosy lounge offers a comfortable sofa, welcoming armchairs arranged around the coffee table and Smart HD TV. To the rear of the cottage there is a spacious kitchen dining area. Featuring fitted traditional oak style kitchen which is very well equipped with all you could need including gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer and family dining table, just the spot for a hearty breakfast before a day on the fells or a dinner with family or friends. Beyond the kitchen there is a utility area with dishwasher and washer drier and the back door leading to the private parking space in a shared yard. On the first floor there are two bedrooms to choose from, the first, named Skiddaw, is a welcoming king size double with views across the roof top to the mountain that gives the room its name and that towers above the town. This room is complemented by an en-suite shower room with basin and WC. The second bedroom, Causey Pike, can be presented either as a king size double or two 2'6” twin beds (please specify when booking). Off the landing there is a quality family bathroom with P-shaped bath with shower over, basin and WC. Steep steps lead to the top floor where, in the eaves of the cottage, the owners have created the Climbers Loft, with relaxing sofas, a second TV but also a miscellany of all things Lakeland, from maps, guides, vintage climbing gear and local memorabilia – just the place to relax in an evening and to plan your next Lakeland adventure. To the rear of the property there is a private parking space for one medium size car. Location 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. The village also offers a fantastic array of shops offering everything from craft bakeries and local produce, antiques, crafts 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! 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 Horeshoe and Blencathra are all nearby, head underground at Honister Slate Mines, enjoy mountain biking in Whinlatter Forest. 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.

This property only accepts bookings with change days on Fridays, Mondays & Tuesdays.

Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size double or two 2’6 twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with TV
  • Second floor sitting room with TV
  • Utility.
  • Gas central heating, living flame gas stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, maps, guides
  • Private parking for 1 medium car
  • Up to 2 medium size dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are a 1 minute stroll.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

KESWICK

Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas