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Village Life - Country Living - Jemima Puddle-Duck Cottage Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Jemima Puddle-Duck Cottage Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms)

Sleeps up to 5 in a 2 bedroomed roomy cottage, which is spotlessly clean and comfortable, (owner on site) and tastefully decorated. By a stream with ducks and a wooden bridge this lovely cottage is situated on a village farm - quiet and relaxing area, just the place to chill out. Lovely log fire with free logs and coals . Local pub serving just a short stroll up the riverside. Our Puddleducks (Indian Runner breed) are a big attraction to this holiday.

Parking for one or two cars.


Kitchen - small but fully equipped including a dishwasher and microwave.

Lounge/diner - with dining table seating 5, open fire, three seater sofa and two chairs

Downstairs hall leading to the stairs


One bedroom with a double bed

Second bedroom with a double bed and a single bed

Large bathroom with shower over the bath

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About the property


Super location in this delightful quiet, tucked away village only 6 miles from Keswick and Cockermouth. All Lakes within easy reach.Situated on a farm, Our comical Indian Runner ducks are a great attraction, lambing time in the Spring, . Great holidays can by enjoyed with the simple pleasures of strolling down country lanes, full of wild flowers, looking at the animals in the fields walking the fells and mountains, or just chilling out by the stream or log fire. Children can spend many happy hours, playing in the stream, skimming stones, catching minnows, building dams in the stream playing games on the village green. Village Life- country Living! By a stream with ducks and an old wooden bridge, this cottage is in an idyllic location by a stream with ducks! The cottage is located on Bassenthwaite Hall Farm, tucked in the corner of the courtyard, with the frontage onto a cobbled mossy lane to the stream.It has two bedrooms sleeping 5 +(cot available) large lounge/diner with lovely feature fireplace . Complimentary basket of logs to start you off then we have a small charge of £1 per day for extra wood. well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, large bathroom with shower over bath. Village In n only a very short stroll away for good food.

Philip Trafford
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

About Philip Trafford

A working farmer on a small village farm with sheep and ducks. I live on the farm with my wife who looks after the cottages and we enjoy meeting people from all over the world.

Philip Trafford purchased this cottage in 1975

Why Philip Trafford chose Bassenthwaite

These properties are recent barn conversions belonging the family which farmed here many years ago. This is now a sheep and duck farm. We no longer have cattle. But plenty of cattle are in the surrounding fields.

It is an ideal situation for touring and visiting the lakes, but tucked away in a quiet and peaceful village setting, by a stream with our comical and famous indian runner ducks. (new ducklings hatching at least twice a year) Keswick is only 6 miles as is Cockermouth, and the whole lakes are within easy reach from here with only a short journey.

Alternatively you could leave the car here and walk to waterfalls, go bird watching, stroll down country lanes, climb fells and mountains. Visit Animal Farm (one mile away) Osprey Viewpoint (3 miles) Mirehouse Country House, and much more. Local Inn only a short stroll up the riverside for good food and drinks.

What makes this cottage unique

You may be in luck to see a lamb being born in the nearby barns (Feb-April) or ducklings hatching, lambing time in the Spring is most exciting, so you may be in luck to see a lamb being born as we do the lambing inside.

Letting the ducks out of their shed every morning and collecting the eggs .

Children may enjoy skimming stone on the stream, catching minnows , playing pooh sticks, building dams,playing in the woods making camps, just real old fashioned FREE games , LIKE IT USED TO BE!! Leave the computer games behind.!!

Many parents have commented that the best thing about the holiday is the fact that the children can run around freely, which sadly they can not do nowadays generally.

There is also a village green where ball games can be played, football cricket and the rest. Short and long walks all from the door.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved the situation, the facilities, the peace and quiet, the well appointed cottages, the friendly welcome and attention by the owner.

Just loved the area, the cottage and will return!

Had a delightful stay - just what we needed. Children enjoyed collecting the duck eggs and seeing the animals. Lovely cottage, clean and comfortable.
Jul 2014
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Booking Notes: Very quiet periods or last minute bookings may be reduced or can have Sunday nights free after a weekend booking.
Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of a deposit of approx. £100 (depending on cottage) . Cards can be accepted or bank transfers, but we prefer cheques at the moment. Full amount to be paid approx. 6 weeks beforehand. Late bookings can pay cash on arrival if arranged.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover days off peak. School holidays mainly Saturdays.
We do weekend and mid week breaks off peak.

Notes on prices:
Prices can vary depending on time of year, how many people, and length of stay/


Bassenthwaite Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Large bathroom with shower over bath and toilet and washbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Cot, stair gate and high chair are available at no extra charge. All rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated and kept very clean. Our Indian Runner Ducks are a huge attraction . We hatch two or three times a year which is very exciting to watch. Lambing is from end of Feb - April/May Outside: There is a seat by each cottage, and more seating by the stream which is only a few yards away. Barbecue available free of charge if returned clean.


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Jemima Puddle-Duck Cottage Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms)
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in the Jemima Puddle Duck cottage from 4 to 11 March 2018 and had a great time. Alison the host couldn't do more to help make our stay such a memorable one. The ducks were in great form and we even managed to have some duck eggs for breakfast and there were many lambs born throughout the week which were sooo cute! We will be booking the cottage again soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect farmhouse holiday

  • 5 of 5

Lovely homely cottage, great log fires, idyllic setting next to small river, stone bridge and barns. Grandson especially enjoyed collecting logs, feeding ducks and seeing lambs. Very friendly,welcoming hosts.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thank you for your kind review and so pleased you enjoyed your holiday here in Jemima Puddle duck cottage. Its generally the simple things in life that please people away from the humdrum of busy lifestyles,and that is what we aim to provide here, somewhere to chill out and recharge the batteries. Hope to see you again. Alison Trafford
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Lovely and cosy

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage great welcome from Allison would highly recommend lots of lovely walks on your door step pub up the road with lovely food

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Emma for your kind review. I am pleased you enjoyed your weekend away in Jemima cottage,. especially the open fire. Hope to see you again sometime. Alison trafford
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Lovely cottage is a peaceful village

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in this large, well appointed cottage. Very comfortable and so nice to have a real fire, well stocked with logs and coal. Just a short walk to the village pub for meals. Would recommend and would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, clean, laid back. Just what we were looking for. The pub about 100 meters has good food , limited hours. Dinner only. So pack some supplies for lunch and breakfast. Walk through the country side was beautiful. Hostess was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you enjoyed your 3 night stop off here on your tour of the world! I hope it gave you time to re-charge your batteries for the next leg of your holidays. It was a pleasure meeting you both and pleased the cottage was comfortable clean warm and welcoming for you and that you enj0yed meeting our "Puddle ducks" Alison Trafford
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Great location and a personal touch

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week in Jemima Puddleduck cottage in Bassenthwaite village. The cottage is nicely decorated and very cozy. Our three boys (11, 8, and 4) enjoyed being on the farm and helping with the ducks and eggs in the morning. Alison was a great hostess, always on hand if we had questions, and she made sure the boys didn't miss a chance to help with the ducks. There is a stream for the kids to play in just outside, and they loved that. It would have been nice to have a ball for football on the green: there's a lot of space for that, so if you book this, bring a ball. The fact is, we never got around to asking Alison if she had one because we spent the week driving to various nearby walks. And what splendid walks they were! Skiddaw dominates the view from the village: climbing it is a challenge, but the views are spectacular, even if you go up a short way. (*We started from the parking area, not the village!) Keswick and Derwentwater are a short drive away. There are possibilities for hikes out the door, but with fell walks so nearby, we felt it was a better use of our time to drive to various starting points. We also did a day trip up to Hadrian's Wall, which was just a little over an hour away. All in all, we thought Bassenthwaite was a great base for exploring the northern Lake District, and we appreciated being away from the hubbub of tourists in Keswick. Somebody else might like to be in a less sleepy location, but for us it was perfect. Also, prospective renters should note that there are no mountain views from the cottage itself, as it's tucked in the village: it was never something we missed because we spent our days taking in spectacular views from the peaks and our evenings cozy on the farm.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
4 miles Cockermouth
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Penrith M6
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary

The Lakes are all in easy reach of Bassenthwaite and you can have a full packed day with many things to do and see . The nearest is of course, Bassenthwaite, and the furthest is Windermere which is only one hour away. Keswick( 6miles) is a bustling tourist town and is full of gift shops cafes , supermarkets, excellent Theatre, as is also Cockermouth, (6 miles). There is a local Distillery only 2 miles from here, and there are marvellous country walks and hikes just from the door. Skiddaw mountain being a great attraction for climbers, and is only one mile away Dodd Wood is just 3 milesa from here which is ;popular for viewing the Osprey, and great walks up to Dodd summit,

or alternatively walk to the Lake visiting the ancient St Begas Church situated almost on the shore of Bassenthwaite lake. A fantastic place to visit. Lakeland Animal Park is one

mile from here and well worth a visit with lots to see, and an indoor area, and restaurant. The Borrowdale Valley has so much to see, it is a real must, with Surprise View, The Bowder Stone,, The Slate Mine, with Via Ferrata into the mountains, and you can take in four lakes en route, driving over the Honister Pass with outstanding views. This is a real must if you have not much time while you are here. Often people and children alike can just enjoy staying around the village here, and enjoying sitting by the stream, or playing in the river, or just relaxing.


15 miles to coast . Allonby village has a nice beach and Silloth or St Bees.


Newcastle 90 miles


Keswick 6 miles to visit the lovely Derwentwater Lake, Cockermouth (Wordsworths House) 6 miles. Osprey watch is 3 miles, Animal Farm 2 miles,Winlatter Visitor Centre 8 miles. All Lakes within 1 hour to the farthest.

Further Details:

Local Inn only a few yards (Sun Inn) Castle Inn Hotel 1 mile, Supermarkets in Keswick and Cockermouth or deliveries from Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda can be arranged.