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12 excellent reviews. 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.
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 Derwent water, 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 seating for six across two settees and a beanbag that is large enough to sink into. 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. Board games and puzzles are provided for those days when keeping warm and dry might be preferable to venturing out on the fells.
Fully equipped kitchen with seating for six around the solid wood table, high chair and booster also available. The cottage benefits from two bathrooms and a cloakroom. The family bathroom has a bath with shower over, whilst the en suite to the master bedroom has a walk-in shower. Both the family bathroom and the en suite have heated towel rails. 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. For young guests, a travel cot, potty, trainer seat, step-up stool and stair gate are provided.
The cottage has a porch at the front and back. 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. A landline phone is provided for incoming and emergency calls for your safety. 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.