3 (all year)
Maiden Moor Cottage sleeps up to five guests and is one of a row of cottages that date back to around 1880, sitting in the picturesque valley of Borrowdale in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Only four miles from the bustling market town of Keswick, the cottage provides an ideal base for exploring the many attractions of the Lake District and Cumbria.
Volcanic waste formed the valley some four hundred and fifty million years ago and over the years it has played its part in farming (home to the famous Herdwick sheep), quarrying and also mining. Indeed, back in the fifteen hundreds, graphite was discovered in Borrowdale and has over the years been used to make pencils. A visit to the Pencil Museum in Keswick is a must where you can learn about the history of pencil making in Keswick that dates as far back as 1832! Borrowdale offers wonderful opportunities for walkers and is said to be a favourite of Wainwright with trails along the mountain tops right down to the valley floor.
Well known for its double bridge that straddles the River Derwent (kids will love paddling in it!) and pretty village green, Grange is home to the country's oldest fish farm, as well as two churches and two tearooms (perfect for refreshment at the end of a long day walking or cycling the valley!). For a meal out, non-residents are made very welcome in The Borrowdale Gates Hotel or the Langstrath Inn at Stonethwaite (approximately three miles away and booking is essential!), and there are plenty of pubs within easy driving distance.
Walk directly from Maiden Moor Cottage and see the "Jaws of Borrowdale' which Wainwright described as 'Lakelands most beautiful square mile' as the valley squashes between the Bowder Stone and Castle Crag which provides spectacular views across Derwentwater. Tackle the peak of 'Maiden Moor' behind the cottage, walk the ridge line between Maiden Moor and Catbells or take the circular walk (or bike ride) to Derwentwater which offers a great choice of water based activities including rowing, kayaking and sailing. You can also walk (or part drive) to Skiddaw and Scafell Pike for a real challenge! Alternatively, relax in the cottage and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife (red squirrels and deer can often be seen from the windows!).
Keswick is only ten minutes away by car and offers a good choice of shops and places for a meal out, along with attractions that include Theatre by the Lake, The Puzzling Place, and The Climbing Wall.
Managed By Peter Rushton joined Independent Cottages in April 2010
Outside: There is a patio area to the front of the cottage with garden seat where you can sit and soak up the lovely views. There is also a garden (with outdoor furniture and BBQ) to the side of the property which the neighbouring properties may walk across to access the shed in this area which is for communal use. Parking for one vehicle is available in front of the cottage. Additional cars can be parked nearby.
Additional information: The cottage is heated throughout with night storage heaters (plus there is an open fire in the sitting room). Internet access available (please note that mobile phone signal is limited). A high chair is available. Electricity and heating are included in the price, along with bed linen (please bring your own towels). No smoking. Short breaks available - please enquire with the owner. Pets considered by prior arrangement. Friday is the normal changeover day and short breaks are offered and work around this.
5% off for summer 14 night reservations
| Fri, 23 Mar 2018 for 3 nights, £245
4 nights £275
| Fri, 13 Apr 2018 for 3 nights, £278
6 nights £449
| Mon, 16 Apr 2018 for 3 nights, £279
| Mon, 23 Apr 2018 for 5 nights, £369
| Sat, 5 May 2018 for 7 nights, £529
14 nights £1039