Crookwath Cottage

Keswick, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 482378
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Deep in the Lake District, a well-loved family home with long views from each cosy room. Home-cooked dinners to order too


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The drive from the main road is stunning: narrow, twisty and with wide sensational views at every turn; you are in the quietest valley but still at 1,200 feet. Your cottage, like any well-loved family home, is crammed with original art (much painted by the owners), photographs, books, games, open fires; plenty to keep young and old happy. The kitchen is big, beamed and Aga-simmered; a squishy sofa at one end next to an overflowing bookcase ensures whoever cooks will have company.

Once here you can forget your car if you wish: walk straight onto the fell from the cottage to Helvellyn, the Dodds and Gowbarrow, a 15-minute walk takes you to the village, its hotel and a roaring fire, or simply explore the 25 acres of woodland here. Aira Beck runs past – the deepest pools are grand for wild swimming – and there are paths to meander, seats on which to ponder and plenty of trees for children to climb or make dens under. Views from the top of the wood soar over the Ullswater fells.

You’ll feel very peaceful here – stock up with supplies in Keswick, which has a good farm shop, and settle in for an evening by the roaring fire. You’ll find plenty of OS maps and suggestions for walking routes so you can plan your next adventure.

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We think you'll love

  • The complete isolation, silence and solitude
  • Walking the fells from the door
  • Being able to walk into the village in 15 minutes
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You should know

  • Baths only, no shower
  • Two of the bedrooms share a bathroom


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £800
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 6
From £1204 beds3 bedrooms


A magical family trip to this perfect, peaceful valley. We have now stayed in both Crookwath Cottage and the Barn in recent years and these are both truly special, cosy places - which you will find difficult to leave each day even with the many adventures that await. It's the ideal spot to abandon your car for a week or so and enjoy exploring the inspiring landscape on your doorstep. Lucy's Wood, the river and the hills around you, surrounded by nature as well as many lambs and calfs during our stay in Spring. You will leave completely relaxed and revived. Lovely hosts in Richard and Gina.

Rory, Warwick

Richard and Geena are marvelous hosts. Our family of 5 were welcomed on the Friday and we were immediately impressed with the views, the constant hot water and cosy kitchen (we practically lived in the kitchen it was such a perfect spot). The bedrooms were great and comfortable with great linen and spotless clean. We LOVED our daily walk to Lucy’s Wood and were lucky enough to have some fine weather on our last night so we had a memorable bbq in Lucy’s Wood next to the barn. Richard could not have been more helpful providing us with wellies for all so we could make the most of our stay!

Lynne, Newcastle

What a wonderful week in beautiful Dockray. Crisp fell walks on frosty April mornings, clear blue skies and the children playing in Lucy's wood. Crookwath cottage was the perfect retreat: board games by the fire, making delicious meals in a well equipped kitchen, cappuccino in the morning with the milk warming on the Aga and curling up with a book in the evening sun, watching the robin from the master bedroom. This place is idilic. We left feeling relaxed, restored and ready to face the world again.

Emily, Kendal

We had 4 blissful days at Crookwath Cottage and didn’t want to leave. What a perfect place with stunning views and so many fantastic walks in the surrounding beautiful countryside. The house was perfect, cozy and comfortable, and equipped with everything you need. We will definitely come back. It was our idea of a perfect holiday.

Ann Jules & Rich, Pershore

We had a wonderful week at this cosy and lovely cottage. The weather was amazing and we spend many days hiking straight from the back door through the beautiful landscape up and down the Lake District mountains. Gina and Richard are lovely and helpful hosts which gave us lots and lots of tips what to do and where to go. The cottage has everything you need for a relaxed holiday. It has a well-equipped and spacious kitchen, beds are super comfy and the garden is full of birds. A wonderful get-away-from-it-all place to stay!

Johan, Leeds

Thank you for sharing your beautiful, cosy, welcoming cottage with us. What a special week we’ve had here. We loved exploring Lucy’s Wood and will always remember our exhilarating wild swim in the Beck! We couldn’t have asked for a more idyllic and tranquil setting....a very special place to celebrate and spend my birthday. We hope to return again soon, Love and thanks

Julia, London

What a wonderful place you have- it has everything one could want and more to create a most memorable holiday! You two have been such fabulous hosts-we sincerely hope to be back again. Walking around Lucy’s Wood along the celandine strewn banks of the Aira Beck was such a joy. Jen the Dog was a superstar too! Thank you!!

Sushmita, London

Such a dreamy cottage made even more wonderful by Richard and Gina (our hosts) and their gorgeous black lab! The cottage is all that you see in the photographs and much much more. Three of us couples had enough places to sit together and chat as well as drift off to do our own things. The kitchen - diner had the energy of such great evenings and the first time we used an Aga. Spring lamb to pork dishes and even focaccia bed was baked and I credit it all to the energy of this beautiful place. I hope I can come again soon! The great outdoors was heady with long walks & drives & plenty of sun!

Sushmita, Calcutta, Singapore, Bombay & London

What a lovely, serene, peaceful setting with wonderful views all round. Lovely walks to Aira Force and so enjoyed Lucy’s Wood. Thanks Richard for all your hospitality and kindness. We loved being here,

Bridget, Burton Leonard

We had a wonderful week in this beautiful location, celebrating a special birthday as a family, with six-months-old baby and two dogs. Very warm, spacious and comfortable - and peaceful. Wonderful walks in Lucy's Wood and beyond, and all the facilities we could possibly need. Thank you!


We had a simply wonderful time staying a week at this magnificent cottage in the most beautiful of vallleys. The views were extraordinary, matched by the kindness and generousity of our hosts Richard and Gina. We were especially privileged to be guests, on a superb summer’s evening, at a concert held in Lucy’s wood - a very special place. Gina’s paintings - found in the cottage and in the local pub - are a great inspiration. They well reflect this very unique place.

Anne, Melbourne

Back for our 3rd visit. Crookwath is our home from home, welcomed by its warmth, the Aga, lit wood burner on arrival & Richard's homemade Biscuits. The most homliest cottage we have ever stayed in. It suits us all, some of us prefer reading and painting & I can walk the fells direct from the front door. We've enjoyed using the BBQ at the Barn in Lucy's Wood and dared go wild swimming in Gina's "special" place in Aira Beck. We just love the tranquility and peace of this place, not a sound apart from nature. We've been car free all week...just no need to go anywhere, this is a heavenly place.


"The weather has been wild with wind, snow and sunshine! Bringing our supplies in by sled will be a very fond memory. We've been warm and cosy in Crookwath - I love the Aga."


As soon as I hit the Crookwath web site I knew this was the right place for us. What a relief after all those blind alleys. And when we arrived the pictures were even more truthful than they were on the web. We were welcomed like friends and our hosts wanted to do everything to make our holiday a happy one. We will be back and we will pass on the good news but really we would like to keep this place a secret.


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The neighbourhood

People come here for the blessed silence - to walk, paint, write, or simply to contemplate life while looking at rugged nature. There are long and short walks on the flat or challenging hikes up fells where from the top you're rewarded with even better views. Keswick is 20 minutes in the car with its famous Theatre by the Lake and Literary Festival. There's a market here each Saturday with local foods, cheeses, organic meat and vegetables.

Local points of interest from Richard & Gina Farncombe

  • Walk straight onto the fell from Crookwath. Many walks from the doorstep, Helvellyn,the Dodds, Gowbarrow, Birket Fell and our own private 25 acre woodland with the Aira Beck flowing through it...Lucy's Wood.and 15mins on to the Royal Hotel, for delice food
  • BBQ in Lucys Wood overlooking our ponds and Gowbarrow Fells, chill with sounds of water and birdsong all around you...midday is best when the Barn gets all the south facing sun
  • Keswick's bustling saturday street market offers wide range of local foods, cheeses, organic meat and veg. Baby sitting service available
  • Fell horse riding, fishing with Hemmingways, quad biking available, only 2 miles from Crookwath cottage.
  • A Gem - Theatre by the Lake offers great entertainment in Keswick throughout the year, including Mountain Film Festival, Book Festival, Jazz Festival
  • You’re host - Gina - portrait, landscape artist . Gina has a studio in the village, just over the bridge near the Royal Hotel, guests are welcome to visit. Best to check if she's there 07826 822914


Richard & Gina Farncombe

Gina, an artist, and Richard, a physiotherapist live just next door and are responsible for planting 3,000 trees in the woodland in memory of their daughter Lucy. They love this area and enjoy sharing it with guests, making sure they leave excellent maps and walking routes so you can make the most of your stay. If you don't particularly want to cook they can organise delicious home-cooked food to be delivered to you with a bit of notice.