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Period House, Perfect for Families and Groups



Updated: 05-Nov-2016
House in Portinscale, Nr. Keswick, Lake District - Ideally Situated for those who enjoy Sailing, Cycling and Walking from the Doorstep

Rickerby House is a family orientated home in the beautiful Lake District National Park that comes fully equipped to cater for the needs of all the family. Rickerby House was built in 1752, and it has its quirks, but now offers spacious self-catering accommodation. For those with the energy, from the doorstep you can enjoy fell-walking, mountain biking and water-sports (it is only a few minutes walk to the Lake and marinas) with rock climbing and much more nearby. There’s something for everyone.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in England with my husband and 2 boys. My husband works in the legal field and I run our holiday and long-term rentals business. When not working we spend our holidays between France and the Lakes, both which we love dearly and hope to spend our retirement in.

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Speaks English, French

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent accommodation in an ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Rickerby House for a long weekend family get-together. It proved to be an excellent choice. Accommodation is very comfortable and spacious and provided everything we needed. The separate playroom and lounge was a bonus and really appreciated by the children and grown ups! We hope we get the opportunity to return in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 2 night stay here in September. It was a family get together with ages from 9 to 70. The house is fabulous and I have never slept in a moire comfortable bed. Well equipped but we did go out for fire lighters and kindling which we couldn't find. Would highly recommend. Thank you. X

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good pad

  • 5 of 5

A great stay, exactly what we were after. Spacious and a good communal area. It's not luxury but perfect for a get-together with old friends and walking. As long as the price was right would stay again. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic family home in a great location. Loads of space & well equipped kitchen. Lots of thought put in by the owners. Close to the marina and a short drive or 1/2 hour walk to Keswick. Would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, comfortable & immaculate accommodation in tranquil village.

  • 5 of 5

Our group of five adults had a lovely stay in Rickerby House. The rooms are large and spacious and it was immaculate upon our arrival. The huge dining kitchen was a great space for us all to congregate and there was everything that anyone would require for a comfortable stay. This is luxurious accommodation in a beautiful setting. The short walks to Keswick and the marina mean that there are a variety of activities to choose from. The owners provided a list of activities and their favourite places to eat and drink in the area which was very useful. We would love to revisit this house in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review. So pleased you had a great time there.
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Large Clean Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Great stay in a lovely house.

4 large spacious comfortable bedrooms with a large cot in the 4th. 5 of us stayed to participate in a sponsored walk over the weekend. Great location, nice communal living areas, nice bathrooms and a large functional kitchen.

Very straight forward with fast responses from the owners throughout the booking process.

Nice walk into Keswick from the house.

All in all a fabulous stay - Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

My husband boarded at Keswick School and he has always loved this part of the lakes so much we have bought the house we wish to retire to. We love the seasons there and enjoy everything it has to offer all year round, especially the walking, mountain biking, sailing and, most importantly - the Jennings beer and extremely good cake!

Activity and Interests


Manchester Airport: 2 hours, Newcastle Airport: 2 hours, Penrith Railway Station: 22 miles. Car is recommended but not essential with good lake and road buses available to places of interest.


Nearest Town: Keswick, Nearest Town Distance: 1 1/2 miles, Shops Distance: 500 yards, Restaurant Distance: 500 yards, Pub Distance: 500 yards, Nearest Lake: Derwentwater, Nearest Lake Marina: 1/4 mile.

Further Details:

Portinscale is only minutes from Keswick which is a small but very attractive market town set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the Lake District and from which all visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities.

The three highest mountain ranges in England, Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell Pike are all within easy reach of the house. Visitors can engage in a challenging trek, enjoy an unlimited number of planned walks or just take in the scenery. Historic places of interest to see and visit include the 4000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle, Mirehouse, Victorian Museum, Cars of the Stars Museum, and the Pencil Museum.

Activities for the more energetic and adventurous are also catered for. A variety of watersports, paragliding, swimming, mountain biking and much more are all available at the many established centres. Keswick also offers two large public parks which offer games facilities in open, wooded and garden settings. Other facilities include a new sports hall, leisure pool, cinema, new theatre, golf, cycle hire, fishing, in fact more than most visitors expect.

For those who enjoy cooking there is a superb market of local produce on Saturdays and the excellent Booths supermarket can be found in Keswick town centre. Alternatively, you can sample the many restaurants and pubs of the village and Keswick.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
27 Aug 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
6 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4 Mar 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 17
2 Dec 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
If the booking is cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the start of your holiday, the payment is non-refundable.

Changeover Day:
Arrival anytime from 3.00pm on the start date and vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure.
Changeover day is Friday. This is flexible for short breaks and the off-peak season.

Notes on prices:
All short breaks are: 2 night - £400 3 night - £500.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 05-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The house offers an amazing location that you can walk, bike, sail and run from with amazing views around it. We love being in the middle of a great village with 2 good marinas and excellent bars, cafes and restaurants all in walking distance which is great for us and the children.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with double shower and wc. Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc. Downstairs wc.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 Adults + 2 Child (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 with kingsize bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Rickerby House is perfect for active families like us, and those keen on outdoor pursuits and a love of the Lakes. We have a 9 and 10 year old and the house is equipped for us and therefore for other families. We are sorry, but we do not accept pets. Outside: Lawned front garden and paved parking area for cars. Private side garden with lawn, shrubs and patio area with garden furniture and steps to south facing balcony. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Towels and linen are provided. The property is cleaned on each departure. Logs for wood burner are provided in garage.

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