Cosy cottage hideaway in Borrowdale

House - Entire home/apt · Youdale Knot, Manesty, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5UG, United Kingdom
Alan & Cheryl

Our cosy cottage is a converted Edwardian dairy in the heart of the Lake District in north west England. It was the scene of butter making and meat curing well into the 20thC. A peaceful hideaway, ideal if you are looking to get away from it all!

Your host, Alan & Cheryl
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Our cosy cottage is a converted Edwardian dairy in the heart of the Lake District in north west England. It was the scene of butter making and meat curing well into the 20thC. A peaceful hideaway, ideal if you are looking to get away from it all!

The Space

***Please note, except for last minute bookings, Manesty Dairy is let on a weekly basis (Saturday-Saturday) between March and October and over Christmas and New Year. But do message us for a special offer or last minute deal - we have great discounts between September and March and stays of a week are always better value.***

A cosy cottage for two in Borrowdale in the heart of the Lake District. Manesty Dairy is an attached Edwardian cottage, tucked at the edge of a small private wood which shelters rare native red squirrels, owls and other wildlife.

The cottage is 'upside down' so the open-plan living room and kitchen are upstairs and look out to the little wood. The fully equipped kitchen has locally mined slate worktops and modern appliances as well as Emma Bridgewater mugs, to celebrate British craft. The living area has a big dining table and comfy sofa.

Downstairs is the bedroom and the bathroom, which has underfloor heating and a shower over the bath.

You enter the cottage through is a sunny porch, a nice place to sit at breakfast, but also great for drying wet waterproofs and for storing your walking boots.

Outside is a courtyard garden and access to the woodland walk and its secret places to sit and enjoy the view. The wood fired hot tub is also in the wood and is available to hire for £25 per day (please book in advance). There is space to park one car by the cottage.

Guest Access

Guests have their own parking space and entrance and have exclusive use of the cottage. They are welcome to explore our small wooded fell side behind the cottage. They have access to a shared utility room with washer, drier, extra tourist information, games, puzzles, books and portable bbq.

Interaction with Guests

Our family have lived at Manesty, a traditional Lakeland farmstead in Borrowdale, for nearly 200 years and have a long history of welcoming visitors to share our beautiful part of the world. We live in the house near the original farmstead built by Alan's father and grandfather and let the original farmhouse and converted barns as holiday cottages. We're here to help you get the best out of your stay if you want and are always happy to offer advice.

The Neighborhood

Manesty is less than a mile from the Derwentwater lakeshore and about the same distance from the pretty village of Grange, with its teashops and double hump-backed bridge over the River Derwent. The 'Honister (website hidden)' bus takes you the 5 miles into Keswick from the doorstep between Easter and November, or the launch runs all-year round, as does a bus from Grange.

We're in a perfect location for walks, water sports, touring the villages, or just sitting back to relax! We provide all our guests with our 'walks from the door' which we have written ourselves: 12 walks of varying lengths that you can enjoy straight out of the gate. We're at the foot of Catbells, which is well known as the Lakes' favourite beginner's fellwalk, but there are also challenging day hikes up Scafell (the highest mountain in England) or relaxing rambles by the lake or in the woods.

Getting around

From Easter to October a bus (77/77A, the 'Honister (website hidden)') goes from Manesty's front gate to Keswick. All year round the 78 goes to Keswick from Grange, less than a mile away and there is also a boat, the 'Keswick Launch' which picks up from High Brandlehow and Lodore landing stages, both about a mile from Manesty.

From Keswick, there is a bus (X4/X5) to our nearest railway station Penrith which is well served by high speed trains (around 3 hours to London).

And of course, you can bring your car. We have off road parking.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $774 /week
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This is an excellent location for walking in the lake district. Several interesting, easy and challenging walks straight from the front door. A small and cosy cottage makes the stay complete.
    Jan and Patricia (February 2014)

    March 2014
  • This is a great two story cottage in a gorgeous scenic area, the apartment has everything you need and is super comfy, I would definitely be back to stay in the lakes district in this gorgeous cottage, highly recommended.

    October 2013
  • Absolutely stunning location. Great runs, walks, bike rides and views on your door step. Beautiful part of the world.

    The huge pack of information, maps and books describing local walks and attractions was a big help.

    Accomodation did not entirely live up to the photos, there is far less light than the shots suggest but that would not stop me staying again.

    Hot tub was great. Hosts were cool. Would happily recommend to friends and family.

    September 2013
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Alan's family has lived at Manesty, in Borrowdale, for nearly 200 years. Our children (now grown up) are the sixth generation to have lived here. Our family has a long history of welcoming visitors to this magical part of Borrowdale and we are proud to continue the tradition of sharing our beautiful little corner of England. If you want, we're able to provide you with a wealth of local information and tips. Our 'walks from the door' is just one way that we try to make sure you get the most from your Lake District holiday. We live next door so we're always on hand to answer questions, help you book activities and recommend things to do but far enough away though that you don't need to see us if you don't want to. We're really proud of our cottages and glamping accommodation and love our area. We hope to welcome you soon!
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