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Comfortable And Stylish Town House Close To Wonderful Lake District Walks

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

House in Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Peaceful And Convenient Location, 10-15 Minutes Walk To Derwentwater.

Week from Sat 29 July 2017 unexpectedly available due to cancellation!

For all enquiries please email owner direct at mail@jocelynpye.com

Simple online booking at www.borrowdalehouse.co.uk/book

A spacious townhouse near the lake and the mountains as well as shops, restaurants, a cinema and a theatre. It has a real fire and other charming Victorian features. Pure cotton bedlinen and towels are included and there is free WiFi access. The house is warm and comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen, a lovely free-standing bath and modern walk-in shower. The house is kept as a strictly pet-free environment.

Jocelyn Pye
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Greek
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

About Jocelyn Pye

I moved to Keswick in 2008 with my husband and three children, and we have never looked back!

Previously a lecturer, editor and museums professional, I now look after the children and this holiday house, with a few bits of translating and editing work in between.

My intention has been to create a holiday home of the kind I would like to stay in myself: comfortable, uncluttered and calm, in a great location and with that rare commodity, pure cotton sheets!

Jocelyn Pye purchased this house in 2005

Why Jocelyn Pye chose Keswick

We found we were constantly coming to the Lake District ourselves whenever we could get time away and we loved Keswick especially. It is a lively town (with theatre and cinema), surrounded by the most dramatic mountains of the Lake District.

This particular house is a fine example of the Victorian slate-fronted townhouses typical of the area, and we have kept all the original features we found: quarry-tiled porch, turned-wood banisters, decorative fireplaces in many rooms (one working) and the lovely pine doors. It is also warm and spacious, and we have not sub-divided any rooms.

Keswick is the gateway to Borrowdale, one of the most beautiful places I know. It has ancient oak forests strewn with moss-covered rocks, a lovely river fed by numerous mountain streams, and is the starting point for so many amazing walks, whether you're climbing England's highest mountain or going for a stroll by the stunning lake, Derwentwater. The fell views all around are breathtaking.

As well as all this, being in the centre of Keswick, with its market, shops, parks and restaurants, is extremely convenient.

What makes this house unique

In Borrowdale House the emphasis is on a calm, relaxing and clean environment. This is why it is pet-free, decorated in calm colours, uncluttered, and has comfortable beds made up with pure cotton bedlinen.

We love the location, being close to the centre of Keswick (about 5 minutes walk to the market square), yet on a peaceful street. At the same time there are many walks you can do from the front door, such as Walla Crag, Skiddaw and Latrigg.

It is a traditional Victorian house built with local slate, and there are many original features inside including a real fire.

There is plenty of baby and toddler equipment because we know from experience how helpful this can be.

The solid, wooden beds are from the award-winning Warren Evans bed company. You have a choice of warmer or lighter duvets to suit your preference.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'House lovely and warm. Beautiful and clean and homely. Will be coming again - thank you so much.' Pam from Durham, stayed November 2012
Nov 2012
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Borrowdale House is approximately 30 minutes' drive to the nearest coastal town of Maryport (with Aquarium and pebble beach). The long, sandy beach at Allonby is approximately 45 minutes' drive and offers windsurfing and pony riding along the beach. The beautiful St Bees resort, with its sandy beach backed by impressive cliffs, is 50 minutes' drive. St Bees Head is home to a nature reserve with large colonies of sea birds, and is the start of the Coast to Coast long-distance footpath.


The nearest airports are Blackpool (96 miles; 1 hour 50 drive); Manchester (123 miles; 2 hours 11 drive) and Newcastle (92 miles, 2 hours drive).

Alternatively, you can travel by overnight ferry from Amsterdam to Newcastle ferry port (99 miles; 2 hours 15) or from Rotterdam to Hull ferry port (168 miles, 3 hours 26 drive).

There are direct trains from Manchester airport to Penrith station (approx 2 hours), and a bus from Penrith station to Keswick.

A car is not needed for your stay.


Dove Cottage near Grasmere, home of William Wordsworth, is 13 miles; 20 mins by car; 26 mins by Lakeslink bus, along one of the most scenic roads in England.

World of Beatrix Potter: 22 miles; 38 mins by car.

Hill Top (the home of Beatrix Potter): 24 miles; 47 mins by car.

Further Details:

There is plenty to do within walking distance from the house: exhilarating fell walks straight from the door or a leisurely stroll to beautiful Derwentwater, where you can hire a rowing boat or take a ferry cruise. There are numerous small pebble beaches along Derwentwater, where you can have a picnic and a paddle.

There are two lovely parks in Keswick including a fantastic playground, river walks and obstacle golf. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, two supermarkets, and even a cinema and theatre close at hand. For rainy days there are some interesting museums and a family-friendly leisure centre with swimming pool.

If you have time to venture further afield, a short journey by car, bus or boat will take you to countless more beautiful walks in the stunning Lakeland scenery, and we provide plenty of walk guides and maps in the house. Watersports, horseriding, and the Whinlatter forest centre with its mountain bike trails and adventure playground are all within easy reach.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Keswick in Allerdale District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
  • Spacious bathroom with free-standing, rolltop bath, WC and washbasin. Shower room tiled in natural travertine stone with modern walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. Both bathrooms on first floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1st floor twin - 2 Single Bed
    First floor master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    2nd floor double - 1 Double Bed
    2nd floor twin - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and decorative fireplace, very spacious. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and decorative fireplace. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and decorative fireplace, very spacious. Bedroom 4 with double bed and decorative fireplace.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Children are welcome and we can provide two high chairs and two cots. We also provide children's books, DVDs and toys, change mat, baby bath, potty and step stool. The bedrooms are on the first and second floors, and bathroom and shower room are on the first floor. Living and dining rooms and kitchen are on the ground floor. This is pet-free and smoke-free holiday home. Outside: There is a small back garden/yard with hard surface, flower pots and covered area for bike storage. Bikes can be locked to a wall bracket. There is rear access to the yard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pure cotton bedlinen and towels are included. For lets of more than one week bedlinen and towels are changed weekly.


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Comfortable And Stylish Town House Close To Wonderful Lake District Walks
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  • 5 of 5

Borrowdale House is an excellent place in a wonderful location. The house is really comfortable, keeping a sense of its past whilst being fully equipped with modern fittings. We enjoyed the kitchen and the twin ovens. We all especially enjoyed the open fire.

How lovely to have a stand alone bath and a modern shower in separate bathrooms. It was helpful having the two loos for the seven of us.

The heating system works really well. We were a party of seven and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owner's personal emails made us feel looked after and welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very comfortable house!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely house, exceedingly comfortable beds and very clean! Jocelyn was more than helpful regarding our stay, and we would most definitely like to return. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a Gem!! 😊

  • 5 of 5

What a gem of a home in an ideal location. Felt instantly at home. Everything you could possibly need. Stayed with the family for my dads 80th birthday. Would definitely stay again. Thank you Jocelyn for your excellent and friendly communication during booking and handing over of the key xxx

  • Review Submitted: 17-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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very nice house close to the town centre.

  • 4 of 5

Eight of us stayed over a long weekend. The four bedrooms were all nice and the two bathrooms worked well. Having a lounge and dining room gave us plenty of space and the kitchen is very well equipped with large cooker, dishwasher and washing machine. The house was nice and clean and all the towels and linen were provided and good quality.

The on street parking is unrestricted but quite busy although we managed to get all four cars close to the house. Being close to the centre of Keswick is great. Definitely would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice comments and for taking the time to write a detailed review, which I'm sure will be helpful to other guests. Parking is quite busy in Keswick it's true, on the plus side there are many streets in the immediate vicinity which have unrestricted parking so you can find somewhere, even if it's not right outside the house. Thank you for staying at Borrowdale House, and it would be wonderful to have you back.
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We loved Borrowdale House!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Borrowdale House in every way. It was super clean, spacious, quiet, and in a great location. We enjoyed meals at the large dining table, made in the well-equipped kitchen, and then moved to the lounge room to read and talk. Our boys especially appreciated having their own rooms. We all slept well every night we stayed. We made use of the laundrette just three doors down, which was super convenient for drying clothes after washing them at the house. Borrowdale is an easy walk to town, to church and to the boat launch.

Jocelyn was a lovely hostess. She provided tons of information about Keswick, even dropping off special maps and books for our boys, ages 6 and 9. We would highly recommend this place to everyone and hope to be back ourselves one day.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review! I set this house up to provide what I thought would be a good base for fantastic holidays in Keswick, so it's nice to know it worked! It was a pleasure having you to stay and I hope to welcome you back.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week the house was spacious and comfortable the weather was excellent all week it was hot everyday. We would book this property again Overall a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this nice review. Space and comfort is exactly what I'm aiming to provide so that's good! I'm glad you had a nice stay in Keswick and that the sun shone for your holiday week.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Keswick, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn/winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Year 2017/18
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
You can book hassle-free via the property's own website: http://www.borrowdalehouse.co.uk/book.html
The property is entirely non-smoking and pets are not allowed. I do not make any exceptions because the property is designed for guests who need or prefer a pet-free environment.

Changeover Day:
Our normal changeover day is Friday but we are flexible when other bookings allow.
Arrival is from 3pm, departure by 10am to allow us to prepare the house for the next guests. Again, we are flexible where bookings allow.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.