Situated in an idyllic hamlet in the Northern Lake District, on the slopes of England's third highest mountain, the apartment sleeps four in two en-suite bedrooms. Keswick is 1.5 miles away.
The apartment is on the top floor (second floor) of the Victorian house. It has two bedrooms, one of which has views over Keswick and Derwentwater and the other has views over the mature gardens and Bassenthwaite Lake. Each of the rooms has its own TV, radio and hairdryer. There is a cosy, comfortable lounge, a fully equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, gas hob and electric oven) and a dining area alongside the kitchen. The apartment has its own private entrance and private parking spaces. You are also welcome to use our wifi.
The apartment is situated within a Victorian Lakeland Country House, set in over two acres of mature gardens, with its own putting course, which provides entertainment for young and old. There are also resident red squirrels and Philip the Pheasant, who enjoy their daily meal of nuts and seed!
In terms of location, we are based in Applethwaite, a small village which is five minutes by car from Keswick, or a 25 minute walk down a beautiful country lane (with magnificent views). It is also very conveniently situated for getting to all areas of the Lake District - e.g. Buttermere is 25 minutes, Grasmere is 20 minutes, Penrith is 20 minutes, and Windermere is 45 minutes away (by car).
Keswick has a wealth of pubs, cafes and restaurants, a cinema and The Theatre by the Lake. It also has lots of shops, including numerous walking shops, should you need to get kitted up. There is also a small bistro less than 5 minutes by foot up the lane.
As the apartment is on the slopes of Skiddaw, the elevated position of the house offers magnificent views over Keswick, Derwentwater, Borrowdale and many famous peaks such as Catbells. Once there it feels as though you're a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We live onsite and will be there to welcome you and share our local knowledge with you, to help you make the most of your stay here - be that local cafes, art galleries, walking routes, local beer etc! We can help with bike storage and drying facilities if needed.
Many people like to visit this area for a week or more, and we would be happy to discuss a weekly rate. Whilst we've set the minimum stay as 3 nights, if bookings allow we would be happy to consider one or two nights - if this interests you, please get in touch and we'd be happy to discuss.
We absolutely love the corner of the world in which we live, and look forward to welcoming you!
The apartment was comfortable and warm, located in very beautiful grounds.
Access from Keswick, given a car, was easy.
One surprise was that provision of towels was not included (a first for us after many airbnb stays).
Our hosts were friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed our stay very much. Tom was very helpful with all our needs and gave us great insight s on what to do while visiting .the grounds and apartment and views were all stunning .
It is a wonderful place to stay. Really enjoy the experience at Irvine.
We (myself, husband and 12 year old son) found Irvine Apartment to be an ideal place to stay. The location is stunning, Gail and Tom are extremely helpful and friendly and the apartment itself is immaculate, very spacious and very comfortable - a wonderful place to stay!
Very highly recommended.
I really like the stay our stay in Irvine Apartment. It was very clean, spacious, neat and had all the utensils and things needed for comfortable cooking. There is however a flight of steps to climb to reach the appartment which can be a little challenging if you have a big bag, but it is manageable.
It is within walking distance to Skidaw which gave very beautiful scenery over Lake District.
It is also near Keswick (about 5-10min drive) town which made it very convenient if we needed anything from town.
The host Gail and Ryan were very friendly, hospitable and helpful to give us handy tips. =)
Gail and her husband, Tom, were amazing hosts. If only the world were filled with people like them. Their home is in the Lake District, a stunningly beautiful part of England. Their house is likewise, as is the spacious, immaculately clean apartment in which we stayed and from which we had spectacular views. Our next trip to the Lake District will most definitely include a stay in the Irvine apartment.
Joel and Irene Resnikoff
Gail and Tom Ryan live on site at Applethwaite House and are readily available to help out if need be. We enjoyed our stay in a palatial apartment on the second floor of this historic house. Amenities and fittings were all of an excellent standard as was the garden surrounds with well manicured lawns, a putting course and a croquet green, where squirrels and pheasants were spotted.
There is an easy 25 minute walk into Keswick on public footpaths through sheep pastures and over a few styles.
Keswick is a great place to buy hiking and biking equipment and the coffee and tea rooms abounded. Take a no 77 bus on a circular trip past Derwent Water and over through Seatoller and back via Whinlatter Pass- far easier than driving yourself along narrow roads!
A lovely place to explore the Lakes District. On ascending the stairs we were surprised by so many rooms all spotless and comfortable. The view was great, bed comfortable, shower good and Gail is a charming host.
Apartment and Gail were both lovely, great place to stay!
We stayed one of the top flats in this large house placed outside of town on a hillside. The two bed flat was extremely clean, well furnished and had beatiful views looking out over Keswick and Derwent Water. The hosts were lovely and I would recommend it highly.