A cottage for all seasons, The Larches has a traditional lakeland look and feel. Owned by the same family for the last 30 years, it is available for letting through Cumbrian Cottages. With four delightful bedrooms and accommodation for up to six people, it has good facilities and a relaxing atmosphere. Its four star grading from Visit Britain represents excellent quality throughout. Children are welcome.

Welcome to The Larches

15-houseSeldom Seen? Yes and it’s the name too of the quiet hamlet in Thornthwaite, where a few houses rub shoulders at the foot of Whinlatter Forest. Three miles from Keswick and 1¼ miles from the nearest pub, this is a late 19th century Lakeland house, built on the site of an earlier cottage. It has a stunning Belvedere (or summerhouse) in the fellside garden.

The Larches’ traditional charm is matched by modern facilities to make your stay more enjoyable and keep you up to date about local resources and activities. Old favorites like an open fire, drying room, large garden, sun patio, BBQ area, herb garden, lawns – and even red squirrels (See blog post) – are combined with the best of new technology. A big improvement has now been made to the bath and showering arrangements. We have created a stylish smaller bathroom and a separate high quality shower room on the ground floor, with a passage way through to the utility room and bootroom.

P1010646 Other facilities include a well equipped kitchen and airy 28 feet long 1st floor living room (see photo opposite), a Hi-tec haybox for slow cooking, large High Definition TV, Hi-Fi system, an iPod station and separate jack, a high level deck and internet wi-fi. Convenient web access with this latter facility is available in less than 5% of holiday cottages. Here is a complete list of all facilities.

From the architect-designed Belvedere at the top of the garden, there are superb views of Skiddaw and the Derwent Valley – it is this feature which makes The Larches special for many of our visitors to judge from their comments in the Guest Book. You may also catch sight of England’s only nesting ospreys. If you would get a buzz from doing Midsummer evening walks from the cottage with glorious sunsets, read our blog post, Son et lumière on the marshes.

tree--with-shootsThis is an environmentally friendly Lake District cottage set into the fellside, where we are focusing on the natural environment and reducing our footprint. We support wider efforts to arrest the damage done by climate change. We are committed to looking continuously at how we can make improvements and have introduced a Green Charter for the benefit of our visitors. The Belvedere has a sedum roof and we use local material where we can. Children are always interested in the animals and birds in the area and can discover more in the Wildlife section; they also like doing our Wildlife Quiz.

We want to provide information here about sustainability and about outdoor and other activities of high quality – all this of this in England’s most beautiful mountain landscape. The Larches is on the route of the C2C coast to coast cycleway; and makes an ideal stay for anyone interested in mountain biking, as it is only minutes away from the start of the stunning new Altura and Quercus MTB bike trails in the Whinlatter Forest. You can also (with a permit available from the Information Centre at Keswick’s Moot Hall and elsewhere) launch your canoe or do fishing on nearby Bassenthwaite. There’s also a brilliant waterside hide on the Bassenthwaite National Nature Reserve, where you can watch some of the 70 species of birds and waders resident there.

The site describes recent improvements to the house and garden. It also offers tips and advice on how to plan and carry out similar work, how to enhance the local environment; and includes information about a range of local amenities, like local walks from the cottage.. One fascinating feature is a detailed series of photos and descriptions of how the belvedere was built – a ‘must’ for anyone planning a similar project.

nina-pic1We’re always glad to hear from our guests and from visitors to the website – for instance contributions to our photo gallery of Rooftop buildings of the world. In our Guestbook we include comments from the Visitors’ book at the cottage and we love to receive photographs and drawings or paintings of the cottage or surroundings.

The picture above is a striking acrylic from the Breakfast terrace of Skiddaw and the Derwent Valley. It was painted by Nina Birnbaum, a recent visitor from the United States. So why not add your comments in the blog section? We’d like to hear from you.

140_4033Whether you like walking, climbing, mountain biking, visiting the Theatre by the Lake or just soaking in the scene, there’s something for everyone at The Larches. Why not keep up to date with breaking news, stories and photos on our regularly updated blog? Just click on the ‘profile’ link opposite on the right to subscribe for a regular email of new entries.

Throughout the year, from spring through to winter you’ll not be disappointed with the changing seasons and the changing views. If you don’t believe it, just look at the view from the cottage of Skiddaw (below) in early January. Yes it is a cottage for all seasons!

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