Lakelovers Luxury Cottages in Keswick
Booking luxury self-catering in Keswick with Lakelovers will reward you with some truly special holiday accommodation that you will happily call a home from home the minute you step through the door. We have hand-picked our collection of Keswick luxury self-catering cottages and what’s more, they are all 3-5 star accredited, by VisitEngland. There is a signature that runs through our Keswick collection, and that is of class and quality. From the décor and interiors design to the fixtures and fittings, Lakelovers holiday cottages truly do offer the very best in Keswick luxury self-catering.
From large townhouses, with stacks of space and town centre locations, to quaint 2-bed cottages, characterised by their Lakeland whitewashed exterior and dry stone walls, we’re sure we have just what you’re looking for. Step inside our romantic luxury cottages in Keswick and they ooze chic sophistication where modern refurbishments bring these period properties into the 21st century. You’ll find smart TVs, WiFi, luxurious bathrooms and statement kitchens, fitted out with all the latest in mod cons for an easy and relaxing self-catering holiday. We also have understated properties, in superb locations with walks from the doorstep, and ideal for families to spread out.
Dogs are free with Lakelovers and Keswick is a particularly dog-friendly holiday destination, where pets have been known to be served a refreshment before their owners! We have over 150 dog-friendly cottages across the Lake District, all to VisitEngland accreditation and 3-5 star awarded. With its pedestrianised centre and plethora of dog welcoming cafes, pubs and shops, it is unsurprising that Keswick has won the Kennel Club’s ‘Most Dog-Friendly’ town award for several years.
We’d recommend making the short drive from Keswick, under the shadow of Skiddaw, to Bassenthwaite where you will find the glorious Armathwaite Hall and Spa. Set in 400 acres of private parkland, a day trip to the spa is a truly relaxing excursion, and they can receive helicopter landings. Whilst staying in our Keswick luxury cottages you can also enquire about Lakelovers inclusive leisure club passes.
A Little of Keswick’s History
Keswick owes its early day prosperity to mining under the reign of Elizabeth I. Copper, slate and graphite were mined locally, and in fact, the world’s first graphite pencil was made in Keswick, after being found in Seathwaite, and the Cumberland Pencil Museum is worth a visit, especially for families.
In the late 18th century Keswick became the Lake District’s ‘first gentry resort’, made popular by the romantic Lake Poets Wordsworth, Ruskin, Coleridge and Southey and the arrival of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway line further bolstered Keswick’s place on the tourist map.
Keswick is a superbly serviced town, and to give you an idea of accessibility – London to Keswick by train is less than 3 ½ hours and the airports of Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool are all a maximum of 2 ½ hours flight away. For travelling by rail, the West Coast Main Line at Penrith is the nearest train station and is only a 20-minute bus, car or taxi ride away from Keswick. For a direct route by car, take the A66 at junction 40 of the M6, signposted for Penrith. For a scenic route, take the A591 at junction 36 of the M6, and enjoy one of the best roads in the UK through the heart of the Lakes, passing alongside Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere to arrive at one of our Keswick luxury cottages.
Out and About In Keswick
Keswick is one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District and with so much on offer, it is not difficult to see why.
The scenery and unique landscape around Keswick and Derwentwater have inspired many great literary artists for decades. The medieval Ashness Bridge, one of the most photographed packhorse bridge in England, largely because of its stunning backdrop, was a popular spot for writers, artists and poets. And Surprise View is just that – a glorious unveiling of Derwentwater and beyond to Bassenthwaite Lake. As was Friar’s Cragg, which John Ruskin described as one of the most beautiful in Europe and St Herbert’s Island was Beatrix Potter’s ‘Owl Island’ in The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. Indeed, visit The Lingholme Estate, where Potter holidayed, on Derwentwater’s western shore and enjoy ‘Mr McGregor’s’ recently renovated kitchen garden and tearooms, as well as the lakeshore walk.
Art is very much part of the Keswick scene today and one of the most popular venue’s is the Theatre by the Lake, which is just a five-minute walk from the town centre. Here the performances are superb and match the quality of the dramatic scenery, where you can see across the lake to Catbells and Borrowdale in the south and Skiddaw in the north. From the eclectic Alhambra, one of Britain’s oldest cinemas, to the contemporary annual Keswick Mountain Festival and superb jazz festival, Keswick has lots going on.
There are few who are not taken in by the atmosphere Keswick’s Castlerigg Stone Circle, which has is one of the finest settings of any of Britain’s stone circles, with panoramic views and a backdrop of Helvellyn and High Seat.
For enjoying Derwentwater from above, we’d recommend heading up Catbells, Wainwright’s favourite walk and one that rewards with truly spectacular views. For the more energetic, Keswick is a superb location for bagging Skiddaw and Blencathra, some of the oldest rock formations in the Lake District.
For day-trippers, a visit to one of the most beautiful valley’s in the Lake District, Borrowdale, south of Derwentwater, is a must when staying in Keswick. Here the impressive Bowder Stone, in the Jaws of Borrowdale, has been attracting visitors for over 250 years and is only a 15-minute walk from the roadside passing through this narrow pass in the valley. If you’re heading south, through the Borrowdale valley, many day-trippers enjoy the journey over Honister Pass to Buttermere, where you can experience one of the best round-the-lake walks in the Lakes. Here you really feel tranquillity and serenity like no other.
From Keswick, the A591 connects you easily with the central Lakes, including the picturesque hamlets of Grasmere and Rydal, Wordsworth territory, and bustling heart of the Lakes, the tourist town of Ambleside. Before reaching Grasmere, you can bag Helvellyn from its western flank, following the zig-zag path up to the 950m summit. There’s more walking paradise in the nearby craggy valley of Langdale, west of Grasmere.
Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining
Whilst there are plenty of fine dining options in and around Keswick when visiting the North Lakes, we’d recommend making a reservation at the excellent Forest Side, just outside Grasmere. This recently renovated country house hotel received its first Michelin star within a year of opening and what a stylish treat it is. This is one not to miss.
To sample local delights and culture, take in the Keswick Beer Festival in late summer. For stocking your luxury self-catering cottage in Keswick make sure you don’t miss the award-winning market, every Thursday and Saturday with over 60 stalls where you can meet the local producers and suppliers who are more than happy to share cooking advice and recipe tips.
Keswick has the upmarket supermarket Booths, also stocking local produce and a great selection of wines and beers. Morrels restaurant is the place to go in Keswick for smart dining, where you can choose between the a la carte menu or fixed price options. We’d recommend reserving and you will not be disappointed. Wonder the historical streets of Keswick and take your pick from the champagne bar or local pub to take away fish and chips or Thai, Chinese and Bangladeshi restaurants.
Whilst planning a luxury break in the Lake District, you may want to browse our collection of cottages with hot tubs or perhaps our large cottages, which are ideal for celebratory events.
If by any chance you have not found what you’re looking for from our luxury Keswick cottages, our expert customer service team would love to help. Please call 015394 88833 or email [email protected]