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Village Life And Country Living!" By a stream with ducks! Brook House 1

Bedrooms 4
Space 30 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottages in Bassenthwaite Village, Nr Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Peaceful Village Location - Walks From The Door

By a stream with ducks and a wooden bridge!

Brook House is 17th century, and has a delightful position overlooking the stream, where ducks waddle too and fro all day long. There is a lovely cottage garden to the front of the cottage, with some of the very old -fashioned roses still there. It is a comfortable and well-maintained and tastefully furnished property with all modern facilities (recent new bathrooms one family bedroom ensuite bedroom, one family full bathroom and one wet room downstairs. Four bedrooms in total, one small single, one twin, one family with double and single, and one family room with double and 2 single (en suite). There are beds for 10, but we prefer to take a max of 8.

Woodburner stove in large comfortable lounge A complimentary basket of logs is provided then £1 per day for extra wood..Modern kitchen - very well equipped. Well cared for by owner on site. Good pub just a few yards away for evening meals. Ideal situation to visit all of the lakes and picturesque scenery.

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More Details

Property Manager
Alison Trafford
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Alison Trafford

I have lived here at picturesque Bassenthwaite for "many years"

and have enjoyed meeting guests from all over the world. I am a farmer's wife, so have had to learn to "juggle" many roles as well as looking after grand children and elderly parents over the years.

I still enjoy this way of life, and although I do not have many holidays, I feel the world comes to me, and as long as I am fit and well to do so, I will continue my very rewarding job.

I take great pride in having my cottages clean and comfortable with good facilities, and always put my guests first.

Look forward to meeting many more!!

Alison Trafford purchased this house in 1970

Why Alison Trafford chose Bassenthwaite

These cottages are close to our farm and therefore I am on hand to give advice to our guests if required, and guide them on their chosen route for the day. They are in a most picturesque setting "By a stream with ducks". The ducks are a great attraction as they waddle too and fro from farm to stream and most days guests can let the ducks out of their shed at 10am and help collect the eggs when they are laying (usually March to October).

We hatch new ducklings about twice or three times a year, and have lambing time in February/March/April, which is very exciting(and hard work), but our guests just love watching it all happen. A real farm experience especially in the Springtime at lambing time as lambing is in the barns on the farmstead. However, the cottage is separate to the farm so if animals are not your thing, you would hardly notice the farm.

What makes this house unique

A real countryside experience with a slower pace of life . Relaxed atmosphere - great place for chilling out and where children are free to run about safely (leaving the phones and computers behind!) although we do have WIFI !! Freedom for children to play good old fashioned games, skimming stones, building dams building camps playing pooh sticks, and cricket and football on the village green.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Never have I stayed in such a well-equipped and pleasant place. It has been a pleasure. We would definitely recommend it to anyone. Gail and Joe Briggs, and family.

We have had a most memorable time celebrating a birthday. We love the cottage, it felt so welcoming, we felt we lived here. We will miss feeding the ducks and watching their antics, but have left some food for them.We cannot wait to return. North Wales gang

Thanks you so much for your hospitality. We have enjoyed our stay . Loved the stream, ducks, and pub!! Vanessa Benson Alistair and Jackie.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bassenthwaite in Bassenthwaite

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 30 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , this is an ensuite to the large bedroom
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , this is a wet room situated downstairs + toilet and basin
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • 4 bedrooms. One small single One small twin One family with double and two singles -en-suite (large) One good sized family room with double and one single All comfortable, warm, and nicely presented with lovely patchwork quilts - all bathrooms modern and up to date and spotlessly clean
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Brook House 1 is a delightful homely clean cottage ideal for weekend or weekly holidays, family/friend get-to-gethers but also for a couples retreat to a quiet corner of the Lake District, which is still only 15 mins away from the Lake District Attractions. Local Inn just a short stroll up the riverside for a good meal and drinks. The mountains, fells, and country lanes just on your doorstep, where you can either do an energetic climb and walk, or just potter around the country lanes at a much slower pace, taking in all the delightful scenery. Alternatively, you can just relax and unwind by the stream or in the garden, or by a lovely log fire.


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Village Life And Country Living!" By a stream with ducks! Brook House 1
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Faboulous country getaway in Brook house 1

  • 5 of 5

Just stayed for 2 nights with 2 other couples after walking up Catbells. The house is absolutely lovely with every home comfort. We were made to feel very welcome by the owner and the farmers, because I kept visiting the barn to see the new born lambs. We will definitely be back... only wish we could have stayed longer this time 😢

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay here. It was a super day for climbing Cat Bells, so I am pleased you took the chance to do it en-route, and that you were happy in our Brook House 1 cottage. Hope you can stay longer another time. Alison Trafford
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage, very well equipped and the owner was really helpful. The children loved feeding the ducks and playing by the brook.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy yet spacious

  • 5 of 5

Me, my husband, two daughters, and three grandsons, spent two nights at this fabulous cottage (house)

The property was set within an large enclosed garden safe for little ones , opposite was a small park next to which ran a beautiful stream. Our grandsons ranging in age from 7-12 had a wonderful time playing at the park, and with the pebbles by stream, whilst we adults were able to relax as they were within view the whole time. The property had everything you could ask for including a lovely owner. Thank you for a lovely welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thank you for your kind review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay here in our Brook House 1 cottage. It is so ideal for families with young children, and nice for them to play out by the stream and run off their energy and get some rosy cheeks! It was a pleasure to meet you and hope we shall see you again. Alison Trafford
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Great spot to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage opposite a beck and some swings. Both of these kept our children entertained for hours. The cottage was well equipped and spacious (there were 5 adults and two children in our party). We have stayed in the Lake District many times and this has been one of our favourite places to stay - we hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Local beach is 15 miles - Allonby approx. 30 mins.

The whole of the lake district is within easy reach from here.

Travel: Newcastle Airport 90 miles


We are situated in the Village of Bassenthwaite, 15 mins drive from Keswick and Cockermouth, 30 minutes drive from Junction 40 of the M6 and Penrith, 45 mins drive from Windermere and 30 mins drive from Carlisle.

Further Details:

Walking fishing, bird watching,mountain climbing , golfing all nearby. Supermarkets in Keswick and Cockermouth only 15 min drive miles or you can arrange an online delivery from Sainsburys, Asda, or Tesco.

Local Inn in Bassenthwaite Village only a few minutes walk from the cottage serving for excellent food. Nearest Hotel is 1 mile.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
sc hool holidays
30 Jun 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Sept 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct half term 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas 2018/N Year
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Feb half term 2019
8 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2019
30 Mar 2019 - 19 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May bank Hol early
3 May 2019 - 5 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
half term 2019
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer hols 2019
6 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October half term 2019
18 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas/New Year 2019
20 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
On making a firm booking, we need email confirmation followed by a cheque for deposit or card payment or pay pal can be accepted in some cases. We would also need your contact phone number, and full address. Full payment for weekly payments in the high season (large amounts over £1000

Changeover Day:
Mainly Saturday change-over in high season (school hols), but Friday and Monday changeovers for weekend and mid week breaks. We are flexible on this - please ask.

Notes on prices:
We are flexible on dates and pricing. i.e. if there are fewer than 10 people in a large cottage for 10, we will reduce the price. We have an especially good offer on Brook House if only 2-4 people wish to rent it. Just call us to discuss further . Weekends are popular, so we can not reduce this too much, however,we offer good rates for mid week breaks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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