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How End

Braithwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972412)

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    • “Great family weekend”
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    • ““Lovely house which could easily accommodate more than 9 guests. Lots of space . Could get lost playing hide and seek in here!!! Warm and cosy with lots of hot water. Nice 10 minute stroll to the village which had plenty of facilities ( no supermarket - stock up before you go - plenty of of fridge and freezer space) Check in time could be earlier - particularly when only staying for 3 nights ( 6 hours between change over) another set of keys would have been useful””

    Janicehall17, Sunderland, United Kingdom, October 2018

    • “Superb house and location!”
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    • “We recently returned from an idyllic family weekend at How End. The house is superb; spacious, comfortable, and furnished to a very high standard. Equipped with everything you would need for the perfect family break. It is set in stunning countryside, with amazing views of Braithwaite lake and surrounding hills. We were there in April and were delighted by the new born lambs, playing in the fields in the front of the house. Braithwaite is a picturesque village, with great places to eat and drink. It is very close to Keswick, and ideally located to explore the rest of the lake district. We cannot recommend it highly enough. We will definitely be returning!!”

    Antonis D, May 2017

    • “wonderful house with great facilities and fantastic views”
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    • “really enjoyed our stay at How End over New Year. The house is well maintained, has plenty of space and is really warm and comfortable. The views are absolutely superb, and the walking is great and there are also some wonderful pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance.”

    Mike B, Gold Coast, Australia, January 2016

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    • “How End it a beautiful cottage within walking distance of Braithwaite. We stayed there as a christams treat for all the family to get together ... when we arrived the whole cottage was decorated beautifully from top to toe in very tastefull christmas decorations which made it feel extra special. The cottage slept 8 of us very comfortably, we often had early dinners and then got all cosy round the log burner - plenty of seating for all. However one night we decided to get a taxi into keswick from the cottage which cost £6 which i thought was very good. Hope to be back next year!! Thank you How End for a holiday to remember!!!”

    Faye H, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, December 2013

    • “Loved it!”
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    • “great space, had and amazing 5 days enjoying the area and the house. perfect kitching cook/chill and dine in, no oven which was a shame. Sitting room is fab and the whole place is nice and spacious. totally recommend it, we were a group of guys 28-40 for few days with the wives just hanging out and enjoy the area etc.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, October 2013

    • “Fabulous week by us all.”
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    • “Great week weather was kind to us for a change,house was lovely, everything it says in the brochure. Our only criticism would be not enough fridge space for 7 people and as we cook proper meals every evening felt the dishes were not larger enough. Will be booking again though.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hassocks West Sussex, June 2013

    • “stunning view and lots of space”
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    • “When we picked up the keys for the house the staff was not very friendly. But we were very pleased when we arrived at the very nice house. We liked the space and the fantastic view from the living room. We would suggest to add a tumble dryer to the house because it is always a bit wet in the Lake District and the humidity I the house is quite high. Some of the showers in the house should be made more flexible.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Richmond, August 2013

    • “Most enjoyable week”
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    • “A splendid setting looking out eastwards across the valley towards Skiddaw. The very neat gardens with outside furniture were a pleasure to sit in and relax after a day's sight-seeing. The rooms are very pleasant and well equipped; the Wi-Fi was an extra bonus. There was plenty of crockery, cutlery and kitchen kit for eight adults. A maintenance man came very promptly and dealt with two minor plumbing issues. The access gate into the lane is a little tricky, and the damaged cattle grid doesn't help also. Mt only real negative is the provision of 13.5 tog duvets in the middle of June did not make for comfortable sleeping. I know enough about Lake District weather and climate to appreciate the temperature regime in winter is very much colder, but some lighter weight bedding would have been much appreciated”

    Mike, South Wales, July 2013

    • “lovely spacious house with fantastic views”
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    • “how end is a lovely, well furnished extremely well equipped house with lots of space . it is in a perfect location for exploring this area of the lake district and the views from the first floor sitting room are fantastic. my only criticism would be that it is not tat far from a busy road and so road noise would be very intrusive if sitting out in the summer. luckily, or unluckily, in our week in may half term, it was not warm enough to sit out for a cuppa and there is no road noise audible form inside.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Exeter, June 2013

    • “Warm..stunning views...hope to return soon”
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    • “Very comfortable & warm. Recommend the following additions:- toilet brushes, a few more coat hangers, mirror and bedside lamps in upper bedroom. Also found the plastic kitchen utensils rather feeble; metal ones would be an improvement Hardly needed cars all the week;walks and pubs within easy reach. A good log supplier at the nearby farm. Keswick good for Christmas shopping when the mist is down!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Beverley, November 2012

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    • “Lovely house which could easily accommodate more than 9 guests. Lots of space . Could get lost playing hide and seek in here!!! Warm and cosy with lots of hot water. Nice 10 minute stroll to the village which had plenty of facilities ( no supermarket - stock up before you go - plenty of of fridge and freezer space) Check in time could be earlier - particularly when only staying for 3 nights ( 6 hours between change over) another set of keys would have been useful”

    Mrs Hall, Sunderland, October 2018

    • “Fantastic property. Amazing views and the whole experience warrants a 10 out of 10 score. Only minor drawback was the squatters ( chickens ) who left lots of their " calling cards" all over the place, and the roosters in the pack were a little zealous with their alarms. We have to expect when the countryside to accept the surroundings but I would suggest that future guests should be discouraged from feeding them, as they are very persistent in trying to enter the property. Would I go back to How end ? ……………….without a doubt !!!!! This minor setback does not affect my overall score !!!”

    Mr Raine, East Boldon, August 2018

    • “We really enjoyed the stay again - a lovely house with stunning views and very convenient for Keswick and the rest of the North Lakes area. One small point - the "spare" freezer (in the utility room) turned itself off on one day, so the ice creams etc in it defrosted. Not sure how, but it then started to work and was OK for the rest of the holiday.”

    Mr Holt, Macclesfield, May 2018

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The Property

How End is a fantastic cottage, situated in an elevated location in the fabulous village of Braithwaite and boasts panoramic views of the Skiddaw Range from most windows. This spacious cottage comfortably sleeps 8 and is sure to appeal to families or groups of friends who wish to explore the Lake District. Stunning views and scenery await you!
How End is an outstanding and characterful 18th century cottage situated in an elevated position in the popular lakeland village of Braithwaite and boasts sweeping panoramic views of the Skiddaw range whilst embracing Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful countryside. Braithwaite is a pretty village and is an ideal base for anyone wishing to explore the Northern Lakes, the village has a shop and 2 public houses and is nestled at the foot of both Whinlatter Pass and Newlands Valley where a wide variety of sightseeing, walking, cycling and climbing opportunities await you. Nearby the bustling market town of Keswick offers a wealth of amenities including, museums, parks, golf courses, leisure pool and climbing wall to name but a few. The shores of Derwentwater are a leisurely stroll from Keswick town centre where you can visit the Theatre by the Lake, hire a rowing boat or relax on a launch whilst cruising and taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the area.
The cottage, which retains many original features including beamed ceilings and solid wood flooring has been lovingly furnished and equipped to a high standard and provides a homely base for families or groups of friends looking for a spectacular base from which to explore the Lake District.
The centrally heated accommodation comprises:

Large entrance hallway.
Open-plan kitchen/diner with wood burning stove, electric range master double oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room with washing machine.
Library with a selection of books and games, with views of the Skiddaw range.
Sitting room with dual aspect windows giving stunning views to the Skiddaw range.
Shower room with WC and hand basin.
Inner vestibule leading to a large boiler/drying room ideal for storing bikes and outdoor gear.

First floor: Spacious lounge with large bay window having stunning views to the Skiddaw range and Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance, cosy log burner, TV and DVD.
Double bedroom with views of the Skiddaw range, adjacent shower room with WC and hand basin.
King size bedroom with views of the Skiddaw range and en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC.
Master king size bedroom with large luxury bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle, hand basin and WC, dual aspect window with view to Bassenthwate Lake and the Skiddaw range.
Family bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

Second floor: Family bedroom with a double and single bed.
Games room with pool table, football table and a selection of games.

All oil, electric and bed linen and towels included.
Sorry no cot or highchair.
Private driveway with ample parking.
Delightful enclosed garden to front of the property.
Elevated patio garden to the side with garden furniture (seasonal), where you can relax whilst taking in the views of the beautiful countryside.
Wi-Fi available.


Over three floors. Four bedrooms: 1 x family bedroom with 1 double and 1 single bed; 2 x double bedrooms; 1x double bedroom with en-suite. Family bathroom with shower over the bath; shower room. Open plan kitchen and diner. Games room, spacious lounge, library, sitting room, utility room, and drying room with bike storage.


  • Centrally heated
  • Wood burning stove and log burner
  • Electric range master with double oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Pool table, table football, WiFi, TV and DVD player
  • Oil and electric included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Ample parking on private driveway
  • Enclosed garden and patio with garden furniture
  • Storage in drying room for bikes
  • Shop and pubs in the village
  • Keswick 7-minute drive.

Regional Information

BRAITHWAITE Keswick 3 miles. Between the magnificent northern lakes of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, lies the village of Braithwaite. Still retaining much of its traditional appeal, the Coledale Beck runs through the village with whitewashed Lakeland cottages, two village shops and two real ale Inns each brimming with character! Between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw, there really is something for everyone. Visit Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the lake with an open-air theatre, or take a trip around the lake. Lake District Wildlife Park, Dodd Wood, Derwentwater, and Keswick with its wide range of attractions, are also within easy reach.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.