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Stunning views within Wainwright's "loveliest square mile" in Grange, Borrowdale

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful walks from the door, glorious views, sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Wainwright, considered to be the expert on the Lake District fells, loved Borrowdale, and Grange is at its heart. Grange Fell Cottage, the end cottage of a row of three, flanks one side of the original village centre, with the green immediately outside the front door.

We have reduced our prices to accommodate for the service charge that Owners Direct have added.

'Visit England' has inspected the property and awarded it ***.

The cottage is comfortably furnished and well-equipped throughout, whilst the stunning views from every window of traditional Lakeland buildings - a church, a barn, a cottage - with the fells as backdrop, take your breath away. It is the perfect base for a walking or activity holiday, whether it be messing about on Derwentwater, or challenging your stamina at one of the local activity centres. The Derwent River, a stone's throw from the cottage, is ideal for paddling.

The lounge has comfortable seating for six across two spacious yet cosy sofas. Snuggling up in front of the woodburner watching the TV/DVD, playing games, listening to music or reading a book is the perfect end to a day out on the fells. A selection of DVDs are provided, including the BBC TV series about Wainwright's walks, as well as music CDs. Plenty of books, including Julia Bradbury's book that accompanies the BBC series and other books about Wainwright, as well as Hugh Walpole's 'Rogue Herries' series, which are set around Borrowdale, are provided. Games such as Cluedo, Scrabble and Pictionary, as well as jigsaws, are provided for those days when keeping warm and dry might be preferable to venturing out on the fells!

The kitchen has the usual facilities such as a coffee maker and microwave as well as all the cutlery, crockery and equipment to feed the hungriest teenager! To make mealtimes a bit easier, a dishwasher does the hard work for you. .A washer/dryer is provided, essential for those wet days when you have been watching the waterfalls at their most spectacular! Six fit comfortably around the solid wood table, and there is a high chair and booster seat so that the little ones don't miss out on the fun! An ordnance survey map centred on Grange Fell Cottage hangs on the wall so that you can look to see where you have been that day or rehearse tomorrow's activity.

The cottage benefits from two bathrooms and a cloakroom, so no queues in the morning!. The family bathroom has a bath with shower over, whilst the ensuite to the master bedroom has a walk-in shower. Both the family bathroom and the ensuite have heated towel rails to keep your towels toasty warm! The double bed has a king size duvet, and blankets are provided to keep you warm on those colder nights. A hairdryer is also provided. Two further spacious bedrooms each have twin beds; one is a loft conversion and enjoys superlative views. Both twin bedrooms have two comfortable tub chairs so that you can enjoy a quiet chat or just sit and soak in the views. The beds are of course made up for you before you arrive. For young guests, a travel cot, potty, trainer seat and step-up stool are provided, whilst a stair gate helps to keep them safe.

The cottage has a porch at the front and back - plenty of room to store boots, cagoules and walking gear. Outside the front is an enclosed area within a traditional dry stone wall. Admiring the view as you enjoy breakfast around the patio table is the best way to soak up the sunshine in the peaceful beauty of the morning. The cottage has two parking spaces, and secure storage is provided for bikes.

WiFi connection means that the outside world need not be completely lost. Phone connection is possible in the cottage, depending on your provider. An iron and ironing board is provided. Heating is by night storage heaters. Several oil filled radiators are also provided for when a little top-up might be needed, whilst hot water bottles ensure that you are warm at night! Please bring your own towels. It is possible to hire towels at £5 per person (one bath and one hand towel). If you would like to hire towels please advise when booking. One small to medium sized dog is welcome. Changeover day is Friday, and short breaks are available out of high season. A welcome pack greets you with all the basics to start the week: tea and coffee, toilet rolls, washing machine and dishwasher tablets, and a dishcloth, A comprehensive Welcome Book tells you nearly everything you could possibly want to know about the area!

Grange itself has two cafes and is known for its double-arched bridge. Grange was loved by poets such as Wordsworth and Southey, as well as artists such as Turner and Heaton Cooper. You can walk for miles in any direction from the front door. East takes you up Grange Fell (after which the cottage is named) and towards the idyllic hamlet of Watendlath. South penetrates further into the hamlets of Borrowdale, or the great fells of Scafell, Great Gable and Glaramara. West takes you up Castle Crag or High Spy, whilst the pleasures of Derwentwater’s water activities and cruises lie to the North.

The cottage is ten minutes’ drive from the attractions of Keswick, which include the famous Theatre by the Lake, Wildlife Park, GoApe, cinema, Pencil Museum, brewery, distillery and several Activity Centres, as well as shops, restaurants and a Saturday market.

A selection from the comments in the Guest Book:

"The cottage is spotlessly clean and well-equipped. We love this area and can't think of a better base."

"A very comfortable and cosy cottage. We have had a most enjoyable stay and are sad to be going home."

"It has been a privilege to stay in this lovely cottage in such a fabulous location."

"What a lovely cottage and the perfect location for so many walks. We've had a fantastic stay and were really impressed by how well equipped this place is, especially for families."

"Last day, sadly, in this gorgeous spot which we have enjoyed so much! It was a great discovery for us as we had never visited Cumbria, and Grange Fell has been a real 'hit' for us! This cottage is so well-equipped and so comfy! Never slept so well! Will be back! Thank you so much."

More Details

Jean and John Burden
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Jean and John Burden

Jean’s mum grew up in the Lake District, in Little Langdale and Hartsop, a hamlet near Patterdale. She has always felt more at home in the Lakes than anywhere else, and it didn’t take her husband, John, long to feel the same way. With their four children, the family have enjoyed many happy holidays here. We love Grange Fell Cottage and Borrowdale, and we hope that you do too!

Jean and John Burden purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Jean and John Burden chose Borrowdale

Borrowdale is spectacular in many ways. Walking, at both low and high level, is superb in any direction, and the views stunning wherever you look. Hamlets nestling in the valleys, or mountain scenery. Derwentwater, offering cruises or water activities, is within easy reach. What we love about this property is that we do not need to use the car, if we want to get away from it all. The bus stops close by, and together with the lake offers transportation to Keswick and Honister or Buttermere.

What makes this cottage unique

When we look for a holiday cottage, we want to find somewhere comfortable and happy - a home from home that we are content to spend lots of time in, especially when the weather can be unpredictable. This cottage ticks all the boxes: the cosy wood burner for those cold, wet evenings, the patio set within the enclosed front garden to sit outside and enjoy the views on those warm, sunny evenings, WiFi, and stunning views from every window. Most of all, what we love about Grange Fell Cottage is that is light and airy; it is truly a delight to spend time there, whatever the weather!


Borrowdale Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En-suite to Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Cloakroom with hand basin
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , On second floor with lovely views
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , With en-suite
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Stunning views within Wainwright's "loveliest square mile" in Grange, Borrowdale
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews

Fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

Clean property well set out

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and found it everything you wanted it to be.
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great location very comfortable property

  • 5 of 5

It was a lovely property for 6 adults to stays in. Lots of room, cosy lounge and enough space for all 6 of us to eat around the table. It was well equipped and the log burning fire was just lovely on the cold nights that we had (but no rain!!). The location was great for accessing foothpaths and walking to Derwentwater. We all enjoyed our time there very much and all have said would return with family etc. Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased you enjoyed our stay in our cottage. We have recently replaced the lounge furniture and are glad that you found that it provided ample space for six, but that it still felt cosy around the woodburner. Like you, we also find that Grange is a lovely location for walks around Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the pretty Newlands Valley. We hope you return soon with your respective families.
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excellent location for walking

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable well equipped cottage in beautiful setting

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your holiday and found the cottage all you wanted it to be. We agree - Grange is a beautiful location.
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Comfortable and well equipped cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Grange Fell Cottage. The weather was kind so we walked every day, some walks were more strenuous than others. The cottage was a delight to return to, tired and aching and ready for a large glass of wine. The bottle waiting for us on arrival was very welcome, thank you. The kitchen was well equipped and we even cooked a roast lamb dinner for 6 with all the trimmings on Easter Sunday. All the beds were very comfortable, showers were hot and rooms were spacious. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a comfortable week in the Lakes.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your week at our cottage, and are glad you found it warm and comfortable. We are very impressed that you cooked a roast on Easter Day!
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Excellent location.

  • 4 of 5

Warm, comfortable and well equiped.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting this review, and we are pleased you found the cottage comfortable. Grange, of course, is so pretty, with the double-humped bridge over the river!
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Beautiful cottage in a perfect location - couldn't ask for more!

  • 5 of 5

Grange fell cottage is one of the best cottages I have ever stayed in! It has everything you need for a perfect week in the lakes. There are some really great walks straight from the cottage door and various pubs around to indulge after the hard work (and to dry off if necessary!). Would recommend to everyone!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a lovely holiday and found that the cottage had everything you needed. We never tire of the beautiful walks you can do from the door, whatever the weather, and have also enjoyed sitting beside a welcoming, cosy log fire in a pub to dry off!
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Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Borrowdale Gates Hotel
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Borrowdale Gates Hotel
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.