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Bell Crags

Borrowdale, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 2
4
star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • A beautifully updated holiday cottage in the heart of Borrowdale
  • Relax in front of the open fire while admiring the glorious views across the valley
  • Within easy reach of Buttermere, Thirlmere and Derwentwater
Property code: SZ068

A traditional former miner’s cottage in the picturesque hamlet of Seatoller, this is a lovely property for a couples or family enjoying the woodlands, fells and stunning vistas of the Lake District.

Set in the north of the Lake District, this pretty cottage is close to several beautiful lakes including Buttermere (5 miles), Crummock Water (6.5 miles), Derwentwater (5 miles), Thirlmere (13 miles) and Bassenthwaite Lake (11.5 miles). The bustling town of Keswick (8 miles) has a great choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. Fell walkers can head from the cottage in every direction, with Scafell Pike, Catbells, Dale Head, Helvellyn and Great Gable all within 10 miles. The cottage is just a few hundred metres from the Glaramara Hotel which offers a fantastic range of food and drink. Other local attractions include the Honister Slate Mine (1.5 miles), the Derwent Pencil Museum (8 miles) and the Castlerigg Stone Circle (9.5 miles).

On stepping into this delightful cottage, named after an east-facing crag on the nearby Watendlath Fell, you will find the light and welcoming lounge. This is a lovely space to relax in at the end of a great day out, with an open fire set in a slate fireplace, comfortable seating, and a TV and DVD player so you can snuggle up with a favourite show or movie. The charming dining room is the perfect space for sharing a family meal, which you can prepare in the fully equipped kitchen, where you will find an electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave. Heading upstairs, the first floor has two cosy bedrooms: a restful king-size room and a twin room. There’s also a bathroom complete with a shower over the bath and a WC. A little ‘secret room’ can be found at the top of the stairs.

Going outside, the pretty garden features a lawn with a patio area and outdoor furniture, ideal for sitting back in the evening with a glass of wine and taking in the stunning views over the valley. At the bottom of the garden, a gate leads to Hause Gill as it flows past the cottage.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave
  • Open fire with coal supplied
  • TV, DVD
  • Towels not included
  • Enclosed garden with patio, outdoor furniture and lawn
  • Parking permit for one car in the neighbouring Seatoller House, 100 yards from the property
  • Please note, it may be a little snug for 4 adults and 2 larger dogs
  • Pub 1 mile, Buttermere and Derwentwater both 4 miles
  • A gate at the bottom of the garden leads to the Hause Gill stream – children should be supervised
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Tessa McDonald

This property joined our collection in 2021 and is managed by Tessa.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 41 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Lee, 26th January 2024

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We had a good time at Bell Crags in the glorious Borrowdale valley!

Reviewed by Andrea, 29th December 2023

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Fantastic, comfortable cottage, ideal for when you return from soggy walks. Ideal location for hill walks straight from the door, so we hardly used the car all week. Whilst the pub next door has seasonal opening, the Glaramara hotel just a stones throw away is very accommodating to non-residents with cosy fires and a welcoming bar, plus a huge dryiRead moreng room so you can leave your wet gear whilst you have a drink (v dog friendly too). All in all a great cottage in a beautiful, quiet location. Hide

Reviewed by Peter, 15th November 2023

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Reviewed by Sally, 27th October 2023

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Reviewed by David, 22nd September 2023

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Cottage needs a deep clean.

Reviewed by Janet, 15th September 2023

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Lovely place, all the comforts of home. Great location for walking straight from the door with amazing views of Borrowdale. Nice garden with a beck running through, and a handy parking space a short step down the road. Sadly the weather let us down, but hey ho, it's the Lakes - got some walks in between downpours, and our last day managed to stay dRead morery enough for a walk around Buttermere! Hide

Reviewed by Stuart, 1st September 2023

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Cottage is nicely situated in a quiet hamlet. Has a nice garden out back. There are no facilities in the hamlet other than the farm shop opposite but Keswick is only 7 miles away. Great location for walking the surrounding mountains. There is a recently opened pub right next door ( summer opening only) that does not yet do food however there are a Read morenumber of places to eat on the way to Keswick. Kitchen has all the facilities to prepare food if eating out is not desired. Hide

Reviewed by Rebecca, 18th August 2023

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House is lovely and clean, and well stocked with equipment. Pub has now opened next door which can be noisy, but may suit some. Usual easy access to beautiful walks in this stunning area of the Borrowdale Valley.

Reviewed by Charly, 11th August 2023

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Reviewed by Tina, 4th August 2023

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We have stayed at Bell Crags quite a few times now and have more trips booked. The location is stunning with access to so many fells. This is perfect if you love walking. . Seatoller is so peaceful. There is a beautiful garden, safe and secure for the dogs and a pleasure to sit in after being out walking all day. The cottage has everything you needRead more for a holiday, with plenty of hot water, comfy beds and a washer dryer if needed. We love it here! Thank you for another perfect week. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah, 14th July 2023

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Super cottage in a stunning location. The bed was very comfortable and provided an excellent night's sleep. The garden to the babbling beck is wonderful and the cottage is very well equipped. There are so many breath taking walks on your doorstep. The double decker bus to Keswick, the stop is a two minute walk away, is the best fun for two pounds! Read moreLocal Glarramarra Hotel serves excellent meals and the pizza from Seatoller farm is very tasty. Overall a superb cottage in a perfect location. Hide

Reviewed by Steven, 7th July 2023

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Absolutely loved our stay at Bell Crags, which we chose mainly because of its location right at the heart of the Lake District, and it really delivered on this. We used our car a bit to get in and out of Keswick, which was easy and had plenty to offer, but tried to walk from the cottage as much as we could and if you dont mind tackling gradients, tRead morehere is loads on offer right on the doorstep. The cottage was comfortable and the garden was a real bonus for our two dogs. Thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Sandra, 30th June 2023

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The cottage was beautiful, and the separate garden is so relaxing with the stream running at the bottom. (All safely fenced) A perfect place to recharge. Great access to walks from the door, Honister - the only working slate mine in England with adventure activities and Winnlatter forest if you like mountain biking. The farm does a fabulous stone bRead moreaked pizza on Saturday evenings and stop off for a drink at the pub nextdoor which reopens its doors late July. Hide

Reviewed by Diana, 12th May 2023

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Reviewed by Elizabeth, 5th May 2023

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What a perfect location, I walked right from the door most days and had some wonderful days in the hills. it was peaceful and quiet and the bed was blissfully comfy.

Reviewed by Elizabeth, 31st March 2023

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We had a lovely stay in this very special location right at the bottom of Honister pass. The cottage had a lovely garden suitable for our dog to be off her lead which was a huge boness to her!

Reviewed by Tina, 17th March 2023

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Another lovely stay at Bell Crags. The location of this cottage is very special and pretty hard to beat! Seatoller is quiet and so beautiful . Walks from the door are superb and whilst we had a wet and cloudy week we still did some amazing walks and bagged a few more peaks! The cottage was warm and comfortable and very clean. We love it here and haRead moreve more weeks booked this year already and will definitely be booking 3 or 4 visits again next year! Hide

Reviewed by Daniel, 10th March 2023

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Lovely warm, well equipped cottage in a perfect location, with many walks straight out the front door. The only thing letting it down was the weather, but hey oh, you cannot book that when you book an holiday.

Reviewed by Colin, 5th March 2023

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Reviewed by Neil, 3rd February 2023

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I could work out what to do with ash from the coal fire. Some information on how to deal with that would be useful.

Reviewed by Karen, 20th January 2023

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We had a great week in the cottage. It was warm and comfortable. There was everything you needed. Parking was easy. Lots of walks from the front door. We loved the fact that the owners probably used it as lots of games etc there. WiFi was good. Very peaceful in January. That wouldn't put us off visiting again though. Small enclosed back yard and adRead moreditional garden leading down to a lovely little river. Our dog loved it. Hide

Reviewed by Juli, 9th January 2023

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Lovely cosy little cottage and perfect for walking straight from your door in the most perfect location. It was an amazing week despite the rain

Reviewed by J L, 22nd December 2022

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Reviewed by Vivienne, 4th November 2022

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Reviewed by Tina, 28th October 2022

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We have stayed at Bell Crags Many times as it is in a perfect location to explore the fells. It is always very clean, warm and has a very comfortable bed and excellent shower. All needed after long walks each day. Everything you need for a holiday is there and we immediately feel at home.

Reviewed by Paul, 21st October 2022

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We had a brilliant stay here. The cottage is so well located for accessing the peaks around seatoller, seathwaite and Buttermere. Really comfortable and had everything you need. Would really recommend and look forward to returning again

Reviewed by Sarah, 7th October 2022

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Perfect location to explore the north lakes. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped. Several (dog) walks from the doorstep just need to be careful of sheep. A lovely place to stay, we will be back

Reviewed by Peter, 23rd September 2022

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Bell Crags is a very cosy cottage in an idyllic location in the sleepy village of Seatoller. Enjoyed the varied gorgeous views from different rooms, the sheep being driven past the cottage and the gorgeous garden leading to the beck. It's an excellent base for exploring southern Borrowdale with a variety of glorious fell and valley walks from the dRead moreoor. It's also handy for Honister and Buttermere, with regular bus services both to Keswick and over the Pass. A great place to relax and explore. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon, 16th September 2022

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Lovely comfortable cottage with everything you could possibly need. Quiet location with lovely views.

Reviewed by Stella, 9th September 2022

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Reviewed by Sheila, 2nd September 2022

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Reviewed by Tina, 5th August 2022

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Bell Crags is in a superb location for walkers with access to so many walks and peaks from the front door. It is a warm, cosy cottage with a very comfortable bed, good shower and a washer/dryer for those wet days! We feel instantly at home and there is everything you need provided.

Reviewed by Jenny, 29th July 2022

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Reviewed by Lyn, 8th July 2022

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Fantastic location for a cottage, has a lovely garden to relax in after a days walking and an excellent bus service so you dont have to use your car.

Reviewed by Tina, 20th May 2022

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Bell Crags is a very comfortable and warm Cottage with a real home from home feeling. The location is perfect for walkers with so many walks from the door. Seatoller is beautiful, very quiet and has stunning peaks all around. Keswick is a short drive away and gas everything you could need. We have stayed many times and still have so many walks to dRead moreo!! We highly recommend this cottage if you like getting out onto the fells. Hide

Reviewed by Gill, 6th May 2022

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Lovely location away from the hustle and bustle of Keswick

Reviewed by Lisa, 3rd May 2022

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Lovely cottage and garden. Quiet location but a great jumping off point for some lovely walks. Absolutely amazing views from the property too. I only wish wed stayed longer.

Reviewed by Steve, 1st April 2022

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Anice cottage, comfortable beds and room sizes

Reviewed by Craig, 11th March 2022

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Great place to stop with local walks the cottage is remote so no phone signal so top up with essentials before you get there the pub in the village is lovely. WiFi in the cottage is good averaging around 100mps so good for streaming and remote working.

Reviewed by John, 4th March 2022

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Lovely location. Great views. If everything was there for your first night to get you going it would be perfect.

Reviewed by Stuart, 25th February 2022

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