Jasmine Cottage

Welcome to the heart of the Lake District

Thornthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria

Tel: 01900 822001 



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Thornthwaite & Keswick


Thornthwaite village sits under the steep slopes of Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest, where you will find an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels and deer. It is the ideal place for walking and mountain biking as there are many miles of forest tracks and footpaths which eventually lead out into the Whinlatter fells and beyond. The forest also boasts a children’s Wild Play Trail with nine separate play areas for all ages, and a Go Ape tree top adventure course.  


There are stunning views from the village towards the majestic fells of Skiddaw, Blencathra, The Dodds and Helvelyn.  Bassenthwaite Lake is just fifteen minutes walk from the cottage and Ospreys have been nesting close to its’ shores every year since 2005.  These magnificent birds can often been seen fishing in the lake and have even been spotted flying directly above the village.


Thornthwaite is only 3 miles from the bustling and vibrant market town of Keswick where you will find many excellent shops, pubs, restaurants and tea-rooms. If you're an outdoor enthusiast this is one of the best towns in the Lake District to grab yourself a bargain on outdoor gear.


Keswick is set right on the edge of Derwentwater and is surrounded by picturesque little villages. The mountain passes are stunning, and there are many wild places to explore. The Northern lakes and fells provide particularly spectacular walking opportunities. Whether you prefer a 15 mile hike through the mountains, or a gentle meander around one of our beautiful lakes, you certainly won't be disappointed.  We can provide local walking maps and guide books for use during your stay (refundable deposit required).


If you're not a walker, or you just fancy trying something different, there are opportunities for climbing, via ferrata, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, horse riding, quad biking, fishing, photography, bird watching, golf, sailing or canoeing.  If you have a young family to entertain, why not visit one of Keswick's public parks for a game of pitch and putt, crazy golf, tennis or bowls or, if it rains, you can forget about staying dry and take a dip in Keswick's leisure pool.  You could also visit the Pencil Museum or test your brain power at the Puzzling Place


If that all sounds a little too energetic, the Keswick launch is a wonderful way to see Derwentwater and the surrounding fells whilst barely needing to move a muscle and, if you’re in the mood for a little meander around one of the beautiful bays, you can hop on and off the launch at your will.


A drive, or a walk, into the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’ is a must when visiting the Keswick area. You can visit the famous Bowderstone (a 2000 tonne stone brought here during the ice age) and the lovely little village of Grange on the River Derwent, where you can treat yourself to afternoon tea or a delicious local ice cream.


Keswick also has the added bonus of its very own repertory theatre known as Theatre By The Lake. Perched on the edge of Derwentwater in an idyllic setting, it offers a variety of plays, operas, ballets, musical performances and talks to suit every taste.


Whether you’re looking for an action packed holiday, a bit of peace and quiet or anything in between; if you base yourself in Thornthwaite, you will be spoilt for choice.


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