The Coleridge Wing
The Coleridge Wing (6-8) is the oldest part of Greta Hall.and extends over two floors on the left-hand side of the main hall.
Downstairs the slated kitchen has a beautiful curved wall, kitchen table & window seat and the kitchen/laundry equipment you would expect.
Coleridge's Parlour is now the sitting/dining room. Huge sofas, open fire, TV/DVD, dining table and period features make this a wonderful room for relaxing!
Upstairs, Coleridge's Study is now the huge master bedroom with an astonishing Chinese Opium bed. The second double bedroom has a lovely four-poster bed and a further twin room features a curved wall and window seat.
The family bathroom has a huge shower, W/C & bath. In addition there is a separate w/c.
Furniture from Indonesia and China and carpets from Persia complement the Georgian features of the house.
The Coleridge Wing can be extended to sleep 8 by including a additional en-suite double bedroom.
Two dogs may be kept in the kitchen
Greta Hall is a stunning Grade I Georgian manor house situated in the heart of Keswick surrounded by three acres of garden, untamed woodland and river frontage. The structure of the house has changed little since the early 1800s and retains many original features; open fires, wood burning stoves, large bedrooms, cosy reception rooms, well equipped kitchens and stunning views from every window, it is a wonderful place to stay.
Greta Hall is an ideal base for literary scholars, walkers, cyclists, families, groups and historians. Bed & Breakfast guests have access to Southey's Study, whilst Coleridge Wing guests occupy Coleridge's Study and Parlour.
The huge garden makes Greta Hall even more special - a paradise for children with 'the best climbing frames in England', rope swings, zip-wire, trampoline and the river for paddling.a petting zoo with rabbits, lambs, guinea-pigs, hens, ducks & geese,
For grown-ups a slate BBQ and fire pit, a path through the woods, tables & chairs.
We offer a full catering service for evening meals delivered direct to your accommodation.
Babysitting & car valet services also available.
We can also offer a Housekeeping Service should you like one. Your accommodation will be 'freshened-up' on a daily basis: beds made, bathrooms & kitchen cleaned, all bins emptied and a general tidy, dust and vacuum. Come home to a lovely clean tidy house and a meal on the table.
About the Owner
About Jeronime Palmer
Greta Hall has been owned by Scott Ligertwood and Jeronime Palmer (and their 7 children) since 1996.
Jeronime Palmer purchased this house in 1998
Why Jeronime Palmer chose Keswick & North Lakes
The Lake District is the perfect place to live and work with something for everyone whatever their age.
As a family it works for us on every level: as escapees from Hong Kong it was a dream come true. An alternative lifestyle using skills learnt over the previous couple of decades. For our younger kids it gives that traditional childhood that is sadly going out of fashion and schools that are forward- thinking with good and outstanding OFTEDs, for our older kids it provides the perfect antidote to hard student life and a good way to earn money when they come back broke!
'It takes a village/town/ community to raise a child ' and Keswick is the kind of town where this is still true.
What makes this house unique
"We've been coming to Keswick for years and never knew you were here."
We hear this a lot from guests.
Sitting up on a little hill and sandwiched between the town centre and Fitz Park, Greta Hall offers the green seclusion you look for in a Lake District property with the convenience of being a couple of minutes walk from town.
A huge garden with wonderful vies and plenty for both adults and children to enjoy, a long stretch of the River Greta (with fishing rights) and a rear entrance leading to Fitz Park.
From the Owner
“The Lake District is the perfect place to live and work with something for everyone whatever their age. As a family it works for us on every level: as escapees from Hong Kong it was a dream come true. An alternative lifestyle using skills learnt over the previous couple of decades. For our younger kids it gives that traditional childhood that is sadly going out of fashion and schools that are forward- thinking with good and outstanding OFTEDs, for our older kids it provides the perfect antidote to hard student life and a good way to earn money when they come back broke! 'It takes a village/town/ community to raise a child ' and Keswick is the kind of town where this is still true.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Greta Hall hosts a wide range of events and workshops on a regular basis. These include Still Life Painting, Words by the Water Literary Festival, Felt Making, Poetry Retreats, Bread Making and Up cycling.
Allonby, Silloth are long deserted beaches in a SSI (site of scientific interest) great for BBQs, beachcombing and sleeping in the sand dunes. A children's playground, The Gin Case (rare breed farm & tea room) architectural salvage yard, antique shops and a fish & chip shop make it a good day out).
St Bees has an excellent 'Blue Flag' beach around a 45 minute drive away. It's a good place to visit on a longer stay if you want a change of scene.
Keswick is just 20mins from the M6 at J40 (Penrith), about a 20 mile journey on the A66.
The nearest train station is Penrith (on the West Coast Main Line).
Keswick is served with a direct bus route from Penrith Rail Station.
Keswick 0 mile
Penrith 17 miles
Whitehaven 26 miles
Ambleside 17 miles
Windermere 21 miles
Keswick is known as the Adventure Capital of the UK. If you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick!
Walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, Canadian canoeing, wind surfing, camping, gill scrambling, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside. There's even a ski tow up Helvelyn.
We're happy to lend maps, Canoes & the associated gear you'll need to enjoy the lakes and Fells.
We can advise on routes and qualified instructors if you'd like some expert advise.
Or, enjoy the gentler side of the Lake District, visit important historical & literary houses & museums, paint & draw, take the Keswick Launch, walk and enjoy lovely tea-rooms.
Keswick is perfectly placed for visits to Honsiter Slate Mine, Hill Top Farm the home of Beatrix Potter, Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount, Lake Coniston, Buttermere etc.
Pets at Greta Hall
We are very happy to welcome your pets to Greta Hall.
Dogs are permitted into the slated area of the properties and we provide a dog gate to prevent them straying into the carpeted areas.
Rabbits and guinea-pigs can come on holiday too. We have lovely outside runs with good weather proof hutches.
Smaller pets are welcome too however their cages must be kept in the slated entrance areas.
Sorry, no cats
The Co-op which stocks a wide range of basic items.
Booths is a wonderful (if a little pricey) supermarket which prides itself on stocking as much local produce as possible. Fruit & veg is always fresh and often 'just dug'.
In addition, there is a green grocer in Bank Street.
Thursday and Saturday markets in the Market Square have a really wide range of stalls... fresh local meat & fish, baked products, veg, antiques, plants many local artisans.
Keswick has a wide range of restaurants and cafes to suit all budgets. If you let us know what you're looking for we can give you a few suggestions.
HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds all have branches in Keswick. In addition there is a cash machine in the Co-op.
Additional pricing information
We require a 20% deposit on booking
Balance payable 4 weeks before holiday
Short breaks ONLY available either between 31st October-31st March (excluding school holidays) or at 2 weeks notice.
Short breaks are available between 31st October-31st March (excluding school holidays) or at 2 weeks notice.
Please contact us for details.
Notes on prices:
If you require a short break please contact us directly for availability.
Short Breaks are only available outside peak times (school holidays) and are charged as follows;
3 nights - 75% of the weekly price.
4 nights - 80% of the weekly price.
5 nights - 90% of the weekly price.
6 nights - 95% of the weekly price.
Once you decide that you'd like to stay at Greta Hall, we will send you a confirmation email and an invoice.
We also send our Booking Form and Terms & Conditions; these are available to view on our own website www.gretahall.net
Payment details are at the bottom of the invoice: by BACs or by UK cheque.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“"We've been coming to Keswick for years and never knew you were here." We hear this a lot from guests. Sitting up on a little hill and sandwiched between the town centre and Fitz Park, Greta Hall offers the green seclusion you look for in a Lake District property with the convenience of being a couple of minutes walk from town. A huge garden with wonderful vies and plenty for both adults and children to enjoy, a long stretch of the River Greta (with fishing rights) and a rear entrance leading to Fitz Park.”
- Away From It All
- Fitness Room / Equipment ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Stereo ...
- Toys ...
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Notes on accommodation: All our bedrooms (except three) are large enough to accommodate additional cots. These are available with/without bedding at no additional charge. We also supply high chairs, baby baths etc. Dogs are welcome in all wings of Greta Hall. If you would like to bring your dogs, please inform us when you make your booking. Conditions apply. Outside: Greta Hall is surrounded by three acres of utilitarian garden (we have 7 children so it needs to be!) and woodland with river frontage. Swings, slides, tree-houses, the 'best climbing frames in England', a petting zoo with rabbits, guinea-pigs, ducks, geese, hens and lambs (spring & summer).... Greta Hall garden is a children's paradise. Adults can find peace and quiet too - woodland walks, quiet benches next to to the river, BBQ and fire pit with stunning views down Borrowdale & to Catbells. Parking Coach House - 3 cars Coleridge Wing - 2 cars Old Wash House - 1 car Bike storage