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Coombe Cottage

Borrowdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972286)

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    • “Cosy Christmas at Coombe Cottage”
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    • “Our family party of 7 enjoyed a memorable Christmas in this beautifully furnished and spacious property. An initial problem with the heating was quickly resolved by a phone call to the owner. Thank goodness we were warm and snug inside, since the weather was truly horrendous for most of the week! We could not fault the amenities of Coombe Cottage and the well-equipped kitchen made for hassle-free cooking. We would certainly visit again - but would hope for kinder weather next time!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Stockton-on-Tees, January 2014

    • “Lovely homely place to stay”
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    • “This beautiful cottage is a lovely home from home. It is well laid out so the living area makes the most of the amazing views over Derwent water towards Catbells. Well equipped for a family stay. I would highly recommend.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Salisbury, September 2013

    • “Fortnight in Borrowdale”
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    • “Wonderful cottage in a beautiful location. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Cottage has everything you could wish for.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bristol, August 2013

    • “Luxary Cottage”
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    • “We stayed in this very nice cottage for 4 nights. We were 2 couples and 1 child. This is very nice and relaxing cottage and there is plenty of space in the house for two small family or a single big family. There are plenty of places in lake district to do, so we were mostly outside but it is very relaxing to stay indoor as well There is parking for 2 cars and I believe you must have a car if you are staying in this property as Keswick is almost 5 miles away and you will feel fairly crippled if you depend on public transport. The land lady was very polite, she called us personally on the phone to enquire if everything is OK, we did feel very welcomed and it was a nice experience. The agency had charged us 10 pound for cot which was bit irritating and the land lady was also very annoyed at hearing at this and she said she will speak to them about it but we did not pursue it any further, as I was not bothered for extra 10 pounds, considering I had paid almost 700 pounds. In nutshell I will highly recommend this property”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Newport, August 2013

    • “Fantastic cottage in a fantastic location!!”
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    • “Superb spacious cottage with spectacular views, close enough to pop to keswick for a shopping trip or a takeaway! Fantastic walks from the cottage. Would highly recommend and hope to return soon!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Various, May 2013

    • “Christmas in a perfect setting”
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    • “Picked up the keys in Keswick (2-sets) and drove to the cottage which was beautifully clean and tidy. A good supply of logs and coal was on hand which we had requested and a Xmas tree with a large box of chocolates under it was waiting for us in the lounge, we were pleased about the tree as we had our two year old granddaughter with us and Xmas without a tree would be unthinkable for a two year old, the chimney was also ideal for Santa access. The cottage is ideal for our family,my mother in law is 87 so the downstairs bedroom with en-suite is perfect for her and the upstairs bedroom is perfect for my Son and his partner. The location is unbeatable with lovely walks to Watendlath etc on the door step together with easy car access and a bus stop nearby, the views over to cat bells are to die for. I can,t think of anything bad to say apart perhaps for the lack of hot water in the middle of the day.This is the second time we have stayed at Coombe cottage in less than three years and we hope to return in the future.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Whitley Bay, January 2013

    • “A trip to remember”
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    • “The property was very very well maintained and nice beyond the description provided in an ideal location. It had everything one can wish for and more. The description ads and and pictures do not do it justice. I would suggest to owners and agent to update them. It even had internet and WiFi which I didn't remember seeing in description. It being my first holiday in a cottage has surely set my expectations very high :)”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, September 2012

    • “Fantastic stay with family”
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    • “Having stayed at nearby Lodore Falls Hotel a few years back, we wanted another crack at Keswick\Borrowdale with our extended family, and we really were not disappointed. Situated next to the Borrowdale Hotel, this cottage offers enough space to accommodate 8 people (3 double beds and 1 twin). The location is stunning, do not be put off by the road being near the front-door, or a hotel next door, or a B&B nearby, it is secluded enough to provide a certain amount of privacy and intimacy. The cottage is kept impeccably clean and there was not a spot of dust when we arrived (although it was a tad cold on arrival - we soon put on the log fires to get the house warmed up; central heating comes on at 4:30pm). Most of the bedrooms are situated downstairs, the kitchen diner area is modern and spacious but traditional at the same time, and is equipped with all the utensils, cutlery and crockery you could wish for; all bed rooms are cosy (when warm), modern and fantastic views of the surroundings! The 'wow' feature is the upstairs lounge which is thoroughly spacious with wonderful views of all surroundings (including Skiddaw, Catbells); again this is equipped with all the furniture you would need, flatscreen TV with Sky (could be a little bigger I suppose), fast internet, chill-out areas, DVDs, books, upstairs balcony area behind the cottage. We adhered to the house policy of not wearing shoes upstairs which made for a clean lounge area... Outside, there was a small garden area, garage and space for two hatch-back cars. With different people wanting to do different things, this was an ideal place for people that did not want to go on hikes to chill out and relax, and an ideal place for those with tired legs to relax after a nice hot bath. The bathrooms were well equipped and done up up to a very good standard; you will need to bring your own towels (including hand-towels). There's not much to criticise really,and if i was nitpicking, then it would be to have a larger TV, possibly have some hand-towels (although tea-towels were provided), maybe some warmth on arrival. The stay was made all the more wonderful due to the amazing weather, and was a perfect place to enjoy the various sights of Borowdale and Keswick. There are plenty of areas to explore around here, and we particularly liked taking morning strolls along the Manesty Path near Derwent Water (absolutely serene and stunning in the mornings!), this is just down the road, and also the Lodore Falls are nearby too. The village of Grange is about a 10-15 min gentle stroll... We came here to celebrate a landmark birthday, and we were not disappointed! The owners also made a nice gesture of phoning us up to find out how our stay was! Keep up the good work guys, and I'm sure anyone who stays here will feel the same! Btw, during our sty, we explored Catbells, Lake cruises, Latrigg, Skiddaw, Stone Circle, Keswick....wonderful place!”

    SS_007, London, UK, June 2012

    • “lovely cottage with amazing views and fab location”
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    • “Had a brilliant long weekend at Coombe Cottage. The best feature was definitely the upstairs open plan lounge which had amazing views from all the windows. Too cold to use the balcony but it would be great on a warmer day. Cottage was cold a times though there were extra heaters provided and wood for the fires. Would have preferred to regulate the heat though. Bedrooms were nicely decorated and beds were very comfy. Lots of bathrooms and has been symapthetically renovated with utilisation of local materials. Its in a beautiful spot with walks nearby. Garden was smaller than looks in pictures so kids couldn't really run around but conservatory was a definite plus for relaxation. Overall one of the best stays we have had. A truly beautiful house - would definitely use again.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Preston, May 2012

    • “Beautiful cottage”
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    • “Coombe cottage was a delightful cottage in every way: fantastic first floor sitting rooms with wonderful views, lovely ensuite bedrooms, really well equipped kitchen. We also loved the conservatory down one side of the cottage and the balcony. We had a very special family event there and all thought it was a wonderful choice.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Glasgow, April 2012

    • “Fabulous location, fabulous cottage, thoughtful touches everythi”
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    • “A wonderful cottage in which to spend Christmas and New Year. Far enough away from the madding crowd but close enough to Keswick if you needed anything. Wonderful low level, high level and mid level walking available from this ideal location. The cottage is luxurious but cosy with everything you could wish for provided. Marvellous large kitchen dining area with seating for eight guests in comfort. Thank you we had a memorable holiday with our family.”

    Janeybski, Solihull, January 2012

    • “Great”
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    • “Comfortable and spacious cottage, staff at the office very helpful, before arriving and during our stay. Well done.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Sittingbourne Kent, August 2011

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    • “Absolutely fantastic cottage”

    Mr Myers, Stockport, November 2018

    • “Coombe Cottage is outstanding and situated in a perfect Lakeland holiday situation. It is maintained to the highest of standards and provides ideal accomodation for a family holiday. The owners have created a wonderful home to share with visitors and it is easy to see why many of them return.We were able to enjoy five days of walking capturing the beauty of the Lakes ......a great way to rejuvenate ones spirit and escape the constraints of city life! Just fabulous, thank you.”

    Mr Grearson, Coventry, August 2018

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The Property

Coombe Cottage is situated in Borrowdale the most beautiful valley in England with stunning paroramic views. The cottage which has been featured in the Sunday Times homes section has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard, and is perfect for groups looking for a characterful cottage in a stunning lakeland location.
We are delighted to add the former Lake District home of film Director Ken Russell and his wife Vivian Russell the well known garden writer and photographer. This landmark Lakeland stone property, featured in Bill Burketts book on Borrowdale, dates back to the 1860s and has now been the subject of a major refurbishment to provide 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom accommodation in a much sought after location in the Borrowdale Valley with views to Derwentwater.
Borrowdale is arguably the most beautiful valley in England with the mighty Skiddaw presiding over Derwentwater. It has been featured in recent television programmes hosted by David Dimbleby and Griff Rhys Jones and in the series on Wainwright walks. The late Alfred Wainwright himself described Borrowdale as the fairest valley in the Lake District. It is much loved by walkers, climbers and the true Lake District enthusiast due to its dramatic, stunning scenery and is within 3 miles of Keswick with a wealth of local amenities.
Coombe Cottage sits on the roadside at the entrance to the Borrowdale Valley with superb views from each room to the fells and a superb 360 degree panorama around Maiden Moor, Catbells, Derwentwater, Skiddaw, Shepherds Crag and Coombe Fell from the upstairs living room. The Derwent River with its picturesque China Bridge and duckboards leading to the shores of Derwentwater are only a few minute walk from the house. The garden has been designed by Vivian Russell in response to Borrowdales legendary rainfall. Topiary in box and yew predominates, designed to echo the shapes of the surrounding fells, gives the gardens good all year round colour and is an ideal place to enjoy an evening glass of wine, views to the nearby fells and to admire the birds and local wildlife that visit the garden.
The accommodation is centrally heated and comprises:

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and WC.
Breakfast kitchen with wood burning stove. equipped with oven and hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave and fridge/freezer.
King size double bedroom with views to the lake and en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC.
1 x Twin bedroom and 1 x double bedroom sharing a Jack and Jill en-suite shower room with hand basins and WC.
Conservatory overlooking the garden.

First floor: Open plan lounge/diner with views to nearby Derwentwater with Skiddaw and Shepherds Crag towering above, patio doors lead to a balcony with view to Coombe Fell, with TV and DVD player.
1 x King size double bedroom with view to Coombe Fell. Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All gas, electric, bed linen included.
No towels provided at this property.
Cot available, sorry no highchair but your are welcome to bring your own.
Private parking for 2 cars.


Over two floors. Ground floor Master bedroom with King size bed, en-suite, 1 x twin and double bedroom sharing a Jack and Jilll en-suite shower room. Large Kitchen/breakfast room with wood burning stove. Utility room. WC. Conservatory. First floor 1 x King size double with en-suite shower, WC and basin. Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC. Open plan lounge/diner with doors leading to balcony.


  • Gas central heating
  • Electric hob/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi, washing machine/dryer in Utility
  • Wood burning stove
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in the rent
  • No towels provided
  • Travel Cot
  • Private parking space for 2 cars
  • Large garden
  • No pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 10 mins drive.

Regional Information

ROSTHWAITE Keswick 6.5 miles. The pretty village of Rosthwaite is situated in the Borrowdale area of the stunning Lake District National Park. The village, surrounded by fells and meadows offers a pub, shop and tea room. You’ll be delighted with the location - just driving up the Borrowdale Valley past Lake Derwentwater is sure to please, and once you arrive in Rosthwaite you will be charmed by the traditional Lakeland cottages. Within driving distance is the town of Keswick, which boasts a number of shops and restaurants, along with miniature golf, parks, the Pencil Museum and the famous Theatre by the Lake. With Derwent Water and Honister Pass close by, the village is an ideal base for walkers and cyclists, and is in a superb location to discover all of the Lake District.

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