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.
With a bright lounge/dining room with patio doors to the garden, three bedrooms including one with a luxurious en-suite shower room, family bathroom and kitchen, The Duck House offers ground floor accommodation throughout, and to the rear of the property the large patio with well planted borders is a real delight and a fantastic sun trap on a summer's afternoon.
Set at the foot of the Newland's Valley, The Duck House 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, 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 the village there are two great local pubs; the Royal Oak and the Coledale Inn, both of which serve hearty local food and are ideal after a day on the fells. The popular Middle Ruddings Country Inn, at the northern end of the village, is a short walk away and its varied menu is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Accommodation in detail
Passing through the village of Brathwaite, The Duck House is located in a quiet, private cul-de-sac just past the Village shop with private parking for three cars to the side of the property.
The front door opens to the hallway with a cloakroom cupboard ideal for coats and outdoor gear. This hallway then runs the length of the cottage connecting all the rooms.
The triple aspect lounge is bright and airy and offers views across the village to the hills beyond. Well furnished with comfortable sofas and armchair in addition to a large family dining table. On warmer days the patio doors open onto the garden; on cooler evenings relax with a film in front of the cosy log burning stove.
The kitchen includes fitted units with locally sourced Lakeland green slate worktops. The kitchen is equipped with a five ring gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and under counter fridge and separate freezer. The kitchen is finished with a small breakfast bar and a utility cupboard is home to the washing machine and tumble drier. From the kitchen, a small sun room with wicker armchairs is the ideal place to enjoy a good book, the morning papers and the view up to the fells.
The cottage offers a choice of three bedrooms. The bright and spacious master bedroom offers a welcoming king size bed and accompanying en-suite luxury shower room with massage jet walk in shower, basin and WC. The second bedroom is offered with either a king size double bed or two 2'6” twin beds (please specify your preference when booking) and a final pretty single room. The bedrooms are complemented by a family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
To the rear of the property there is a spacious patio, with well planted borders and tubs. With garden furniture the patio is just the spot to sit and relax to the sound of the murmuring beck as it flows by or to enjoy an alfresco lunch on a summer's afternoon.
The owners welcome up to two well behaved, medium size dogs. Guests should note the garden is not enclosed, but there is excellent dog walking close to the cottage. Parents are respectfully reminded that Chaplin's Beck flows swiftly past the patio area and so young children should not be left unattended in the garden.
The village of Braithwaite offers a mixture of period properties and contemporary accommodation and retains a thriving local community with a popular village stores, two local pubs and the popular Middle Ruddings Country Inn.
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! 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 or take the Via Ferrata challenge; enjoy mountain biking or follow the walking trails 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.
Detached Lakeland bungalow
Ground floor accommodation throughout
Excellent village location
1 king size with en-suite
1 zip-link king size double or twin
Luxury en-suite shower room
Central Heating and hot water
Triple Aspect Lounge
Log burning stove
Family dining table
Patio doors to garden
Kitchen with local slate worktops
5 ring gas hob
Fridge & Freezer
Garden with large patio
Private Parking for 3 cars
Up to two pet dogs welcome