Pooley Howe is a delightful, semi-detached cottage located in the village of Portinscale, near Keswick. With the attractions of the Lake District just a short journey away, this contemporary retreat is a lovely escape for families seeking adventures in this beloved national park. Enter your Lake District cottage to find the sitting room; enjoying vibrant décor tied together with chesterfield sofas, a Smart TV and a woodburning stove, you’ll have no trouble relaxing here amidst the cheerful accents of mustard and teal, along with beautiful artwork. The dining room is equally as attractive, home to a fireplace and more scenic Lake District artwork on the walls, here you can take a moment to plan out your adventures at the table as well as enjoy delicious home-cooked, family meals. The amply equipped kitchen embraces a classic design, finished with a white subway tile splashback and stylish units, sure to inspire the chef of the group. In the warmer months head out to the garden to enjoy some alfresco dining, boasting a spacious patio and furniture and plenty of lawn space for little ones to play on. Take your pick from the three lovely bedrooms, offering two doubles and a single, served by a gleaming bathroom with a bath and a spacious walk-in shower, so you can decide how best to prepare for the day. The area is perfect for those seeking a walking challenge, with the surrounding area home to peaks including Catbells, Skiddaw, Coledale Horseshoe and Blencathra, all different in length and difficulty, ideal for various abilities. The beautifully maintained gardens of Hope Park are perfect for an afternoon stroll before continuing down to the shores of Derwentwater; here you can hop on a launch and enjoy a charming lake cruise, soaking up the waterside scenery. Keswick has plenty to keep you busy; from a range of quality restaurants and bistros, to attractions such as the optical illusion exhibition Puzzling Place, the interesting Keswick Museum or the Derwent Pencil Museum, sure to be a fascinating outing for any history enthusiasts. Delight in walks around Derwentwater or head up to the nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle, thought to be 5000 years old and offering panoramic vistas of the area. With Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere accessible via a short drive, Pooley Howe is the ultimate base for those wanting a central location within the Lake District.
About the location
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.