The Mount

Keswick, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 773821
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£285 - £600
per night
£2000 - £4250
per week

A big comfy house that's perfect for active family holidays. In a lively Lakeland village near Keswick with views over Derwentwater


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£285 - £600 per night

£2000 - £4250 per week

The Experience

Come here for an escape in the school holidays and have the whole place to yourselves. It’s let as a B&B the rest of the time and is an easy-living, friendly home for all ages; there’s space for two families, or extra friends can come along. 

Spread over three floors with even more wowser views the higher you go, you’ll find a cosy sitting room with views of the lake, open fire and interesting paintings that the owners have collected over the years. The kitchen has an Aga as well as a conventional oven and nice things left for you: coffee roasted in Kendal, locally made jam and cake made by Clive.

Meals can be eaten in the pretty garden or in the arty dining room. Decide which mountain you are going to tackle – there are lots of maps and guidebooks in the house. Walk down to the marina for lots of fun.

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We think you'll love

  • The inspiring walks and having a boaty day out on the lake
  • The warm, friendly feel of the house and coming back from energetic outings to supper burbling away in the Aga
  • Bringing friends and chatting round the table in the art-filled dining room
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You should know

  • The owners live next door in an adjoining cottage
  • You're in the middle of a bustling village - there's private parking at the back of the house
  • If it’s hot, the Aga will be off (as it gets too warm in the kitchen)


  • 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


Nightly price
from £285
Weekly price
from £2000
Damage deposit
1 House for 10
From £2856 beds5 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Bowls, dog treats and towels for drying

£50 per stay

Up to 3 dogs


Myself and family have just returned home after a fantastic few days staying at the Mount guest house. We loved everything about the Mount and it's location. From the minute we arrived Clive and Caroline were excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome. They also were very knowledgeable regarding the surrounding area and that benefitted us immensely. We would certainly love to make a return visit in the future.


The Mount is a truly outstanding property, ideally placed and wonderfully furnished and everywhere, spotlessly clean. Returning after a 24 hour fell run support task it was a delight to slumber in the comfort of their luxurious beds. We have enjoyed both B&B and self catering and will definitely be returning - if we can get in! Situated in the delightful village of Portinscale on the edge of Derwent Water, it offers free parking, wonderful cafes and a pub all nearby. It is only 15 minutes (flat) walk into Keswick and the popular Catbells is close by. Caroline and Clive are superb hosts.

John, London

We have stayed at The Mount several times now and have our next visit booked. It is a beautiful guest house and Caroline and Clive are friendly and welcoming hosts. They have thought of everything and have a great eye for detail, with lots of small touches that make each stay perfect. The Mount is genuinely dog friendly and our Jack Russell enjoys his visits just as much as we do. Portinscale is a superb location, a peaceful village that is only a ten minute walk from Keswick's busy town centre. It is very close to Derwentwater, has two marinas, a great cafe and pub, and, of course, there are


We stayed at the Mount for a family celebration. The house was spotless, beautifully decorated and with lovely personal touches everywhere. Clive and Caroline were brilliant hosts, with lots of local information about where we could go to shop and eat and find fun things to do with the family. The house is in a great location, within walking distance to Keswick, but out of the hustle and bustle. We had breakfast outside every day in the pretty garden which obviously has been lovingly planted and maintained. We had our little dog with us too and there are lots of great walks nearby.

Lucy, Carnoustie

This is a perfect place to introduce family and friends to the lake district as you are totally surrounded by mountains and Derwentwater - in fact, you can see them from every bedroom window. In the village of Portinscale, everything you could want is on the doorstep - no car journeys needed. Kayaking, sailing, eating in lovely nearby cafes, trips on the Keswick launch and Keswick's famous Theatre.

Jill, Sawday's inspector

We are all had the most wonderful time at the Mount. I've never stayed in such a lovely B&B. B&B is such an inadequate way to describe it, you've really created more of a mix of a fantasy Lakeland retreat and a luxury hotel. The attention to detail is just stunning, and has made me feel profoundly inadequate. So many lovely things.


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The neighbourhood

You're in the middle of Portinscale. There’s a village feel and plenty on the doorstep: cafes, pubs, walks and activities on Derwentwater. The marina is a five-minute walk - learn to sail, take a kayak out, catch the launch. Keswick is a 20-minute walk - heaps of outdoor shops and places to eat. It's a glorious walk to Lingholm to see Peter Rabbit’s garden or go for a walk with alpacas.

Local points of interest from Caroline Howarth

  • Want to climb one of Britain’s favourite mountains, like Catbells? Dreaming of a beautiful mountain scene all to yourselves? Training for K2 or keen to introduce your 3 year old to the joys of fell walking – we can find the perfect walk right from the door
  • If you have not joined the wild swimming craze, The Lakes is the perfect place to try it. Imagine a lake swim in the evening sun. Even a quick dip on a cold day is exhilarating. Take care though: it is an extreme sport – you may be hooked for life! We are!
  • Did you know that Cumbria is “food capital of the world thanks to its galaxy of Michelin stars” (Times, 2019)? It's hard to choose between these special restaurants nearby, or The Fellpack – a quirky café taking Keswick by storm or just a simple cosy pub.
  • Fancy learning to sail, in a stunning lake with beautiful mountains around you? Want good instructors, nice hot showers and a fab café on the lakeshore? Prefer kayaking, paddleboarding or windsurfing? Look no further – that’s all just a 5 minute stroll.
  • What kind of festivals are you into? Jazz, beer, literary, film or mountain? Keswick has them all! As well as world-class theatre and the old cinema. The market is a great place to potter. You'll come away with arty mugs, Cumbrian chilli jam or local slate
  • Set in stunning scenery, combining Cumbrian mining and adventure tourism, Honister is an exciting place both for adrenaline junkies as well as young families seeking an unforgettable holiday. Bad weather? A guided tour or climbing in the mine is perfect!


Caroline Howarth

Caroline, a social psychologist, and Clive, a chemistry academic, moved to the Lakes in 2016, leaving hectic Brighton/London lives. They’ve lived in many places (Fiji, Kenya, America to name a few...) but the whole family feel at home and inspired by this fantastic area. They love walking, cycling and wild swimming, finding great pubs and delicious local produce, and want to share the magic of the Lake District with you.