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Cosy Victorian townhouse ideal for families and groups

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Abernethy house in central Keswick - Short breaks and flexible change over days are available.

Abernethy is a beautifully restored Victorian town house, sleeping up to 12, right in the heart of the famous Lake District town of Keswick.

The traditional slate built town house is restored to a high specification with natural wooden floors, an open fire, retained period features, central heating throughout, instant hot water, Wifi, TV, DVD, fabulous dining table for group meals, spacious lounge with mountain views and a well equipped kitchen.

With a lockable outhouse, utility and warm under-stair cupboard there is ample space for storing kit whether it be muddy boots, bikes, waterproofs, ropes, umbrellas or canoes.

The house is a 5 minute flat, walk from the town centre with its shops, bars, restaurants and all Keswick attractions making this a superb venue for a family or friends holiday or a group/business activity challenge.

Abernethy can usually be booked for weekends, flexible mid-week or full weeks.

The house is in a perfect, central location in a quiet residential area. We do ask guests to be respectful to our neighbours and ensure noise is reduced to a sociable non-disruptive level by late evening. There are plenty of places in Keswick where a fun party spirit can be enjoyed until the early hours.

Parking is free and unrestricted on the street and on neighbouring lanes and streets.

Keswick is a quaint market town with a plethora of independent shops, bars, restaurants, galleries and traditional Lakeland pubs. These fine facilities matched with a multitude of Outdoor Pursuits accessible on foot from the town, make Keswick a superb base from which to explore, adventure or simply observe and relax. There really is something for all generations with a well established theatre, indoor pool with flumes, cinema, climbing walls, 1000metre plus fells, lake, water-sports and biking trails all within 5 mins from the town centre.

The Lake District National Park is a beautiful area in Northwest England. Covering over 800 square miles. It is the largest National Park in England. The beauty and grandeur of the scenery is a key reason for making the area a National Park. The National Park has magnificent countryside, mountains and lakes. The Lake District is a great venue for walking, cycling, mountaineering, watersports or pottering around the charming market towns and villages.

More Details

Deborah Dickinson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Deborah Dickinson

We have recently purchased Abernethy as a place to stay with our young family and friends. As keen outdoor enthusiasts we couldn't think of a better place for a home away from home and we hope guests enjoy the house and surroundings as much as we do.

Deborah Dickinson purchased this house in 2014

Why Deborah Dickinson chose Keswick

We love Cumbria and the Lake District and it has been a dream of ours to one day own a house in Keswick. We have a young family and are keen for them to grow up experiencing adventure in the outdoors. Abernethy's prime location, with outdoor and indoor activities accessible on foot from the door, make it an ideal place for all ages and all interests. We also greatly appreciate home comforts such as instant hot water, an open fire and comfortable beds - especially after a day walking in the fells or cycling over mountain passes. After all that fresh air we like to relax with a pint of Cumbrian ale and a meal in one of the many restaurants. We believe guests will enjoy both the comfort of the house and the array of activities and entertainment in the local area.

What makes this house unique

Abernethy's perfect location (central yet quiet) make it ideal for access to the many parks, restaurants, pubs, shops, Derwentwater Lake and surrounding Lakeland Fells. A small supermarket is within 2 mins walk, and the main shops all within 10 mins from the door. Fitz Park with it's newly refurbished play area, grass tennis courts, bowling and putting is 3 mins walk from the door too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

***** 5 out of 5

Really Nice House in a Perfect Location. This house was perfect for our party of 11. Lots of space, ideally located for Keswick with shops, restaurants, pubs and hills all within easy walking distance.

The house itself was very nice, with everything we wanted. Beds were very comfortable, kitchen had everything we needed to cook for 11. Plus stunning views from the living room window. Will definitely be back next year.

***** 5 out of 5

Our group came for a running weekend and could not have asked for more the house was right in the heart of Keswick and had everything you could need, even a washing machine which was great after a muddy day on the fells. The bedrooms were very comfortable with a great big lounge and dining room

Thanks for a great house will be back next year.

***** 5 out of 5

We stayed in this beautiful house for a long weekend in May 2014. The house has lots of beautiful period features as well as all the mod-cons anyone could ask for. The well stocked kitchen meant we were able to make all our meals and the large dining table meant it was easy for everyone to eat together and share an amazing social experience. The beds were very comfortable and good sleep was had by all. The three bathrooms meant that there were never queues.

The house was immaculately clean and well cared for and was made to feel like a home rather than just somewhere to stay. It is ideally situated for access to Keswick and parking on the street was not a problem. We will certainly return.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Keswick in Allerdale District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 3 bathrooms each with their own shower, toilet and sink.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 people Notes on bedrooms: Abernethy has 5 bedrooms including 1 double, 3 twins and 1 bedroom sleeping 4 (two full size bunk beds).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Parking at Abernethy is free, unrestricted street parking. There is also a lane behind the property with access to the rear yard which can be useful for unloading. Outside: There is a small outside yard to the rear of the building but as Abernethy is in a quiet residential area we ask people to respect our neighbours and keep noise to an absolute minimum in the evening and early morning. The yard has a small table and chairs and is an ideal spot to enjoy a morning coffee in the sun whilst planning your day's adventures. Utility Room: Beyond the kitchen there is a utility room which houses the washing machine and also includes a traditional wash basin, making a nice feature. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided and the property has a full clean after each group departs. Towels are not provided but please feel free to contact the owners if necessary as towels can be arranged at extra cost. Other: There is also a dining room with a large dining table seating up to 12 people, ideal for a group meal and socialising after enjoying the many activities in and around Kewsick.


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Cosy Victorian townhouse ideal for families and groups
average rating of 4.785714 based on 15 reviews

Would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful long weekend staying at Abernethy. The house is beautifully presented and was a real home away from home. Cooking for 11 was made simpler due to the extremely well stocked kitchen and wonderful double oven.

Keswick itself is a charming town and just a quick walk from the front door.

Would highly recommend and are already planning another visit to the area.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good family accomodation

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house, very well equipped. Near to town but quiet.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic large family getaway

  • 5 of 5

This large house over three floors was the perfect spot for a large family getaway, big breakfasts, super practical kitchen and laundry room. I was a little unsure about the bathroom arrangement at first but it works perfectly so those who wish to sleep in can, and when everybody is getting ready to go out at once, there aren't long waits. The situation is close enough to town that everyone could come and go as they pleased and there's a choice of walks from the doorstep. I've never been to such a dog friendly town, Keswick is easily the most unspoilt of the Lake District towns. Deborah and Adam were excellent hosts to deal with too.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, spacious house near centre of Keswick

  • 4 of 5

House conveniently close to the centre of Keswick and Fitz Park on quiet road. It was very comfortable for our party of 11 adults. The kitchen was well equipped, and dining room table would easily seat 12. Homely spacious lounge on first floor. Dry secure storage for bikes or other equipment in back garden. Plenty of clear written instructions particularly in kitchen and lounge. Owner was very helpful and responded promptly to emails.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, cosy but spacious house.

  • 5 of 5

Abernethy is a super house, with everything you need. We stayed for a long weekend as we were attending a wedding. It is in a perfect location for all the amenities and amazingly quiet, considering it's built up location. Would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location and great house for a large group

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay in the heart of the Northern Lake District, close to some of the best mountain walks. We were a party of 12 (3 families) and the house was perfect for us, plenty of space, great dining room and living room, and well equipped kitchen. Only a five minute walk from Keswick town centre, with shops, pubs and restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to go for great walks straight from the house. Would love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Keswick town centre
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Keswick town centre
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Walking, sailing, kayaking, running; road and mountain biking


The nearest airports are Newcastle International (88miles) and Manchester International (120miles). As Keswick is the main town in the northern Lake District it is regularly serviced by buses from Penrith and Cockermouth as well as offering services into the Centre and South of the National Park. A car is not essential but this depends how far from the beaten track you are keen to explore.


Penrith for the M6, supermarkets, NW train line and Rheged is 17miles.

Carlisle with its castle, cathedral, shops and leisure facilities is 31 miles.

Cockermouth (Wordsworths birthplace) with its antique shops, cafes and galleries is 14 miles. Ambleside on the shores of Windermere is 17 miles and Windermere town with its many facilities, launches and Beatrix Potter World is 20 miles.

Birdoswald on Hadrian's Wall, nr Brampton is 45 miles.

Scotland is 45 miles and Edinburgh 130 miles.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes: Cheaper nightly rates are available mid-week.
£150 'good house-keeping/security deposit' paid on booking to reserve dates.
Cheaper weekly rates are available for Fri-Fri bookings.

Changeover Day:
The property can usually be booked weekends, flexible days mid week or full week. The exceptions are Christmas/New Year and school holidays during which times the booking periods are full weeks.

Notes on prices:
If the property is available we consider last minute offers from guests if booking within 2 weeks of the dates available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.