Riggs Cottage ref: CC113110

Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite Lake Area in the Lake District

4 Stars



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  • Barbecue 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Games Room 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Open Fire 
  • Rural Location 
  • Wifi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Slip away from the hustle and bustle of people and traffic to this secret corner of the Lake District. Easily accessible from the A66, six miles from Keswick, yet quietly tucked away down a private road on the lower slopes of Sale Fell near the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake. Riggs Cottage is a traditional Lake District cottage dating back to the 17th-century offering comfortable self catering accommodation. The cottage is set in its own delightful cottage garden with a stream running through.

This self catering accommodation is an ideal place from which to explore the northern part of the Lake District or simply to ’chill out’. For the more energetic, there are many walking and mountain biking opportunities right from the door. Riggs Cottage is located near the small hamlet of Routenbeck in a rural location with the bustling market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth only a short drive away. The renowned Pheasant Inn and Restaurant is located a short walk (half a mile) from the cottage.
For those rainy days in the Lake District, the cottage has an adjacent stone built barn with snooker and table tennis for the sole use of Riggs Cottage guests. For further details visit www.riggscottage.co.uk.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The accommodation has full central heating and comprises:
Entrance porch leading to:
Lounge/diner: Large room with fine original beams, Lakeland slate floor enhanced with rugs, Inglenook fireplace housing a log fire, TV, DVD, and hi-fi/CD player.The extendable dining table can comfortably seat 8.
Study/sun lounge: With conservatory style seating and a selection of books, maps and puzzles.
Kitchen/breakfast room: With a range cooker offering electric and fan ovens, separate grill, hob and griddle, dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer.There is a table and six chairs for occasional or breakfast use.
Small flight of stairs leading to:
Utility room: With a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Separate toilet.
Bedroom 4/The Bothy: Converted into a double bedroom with fully coordinated bed linen and en-suite shower room with hand basin and toilet. The Bothy is 15 metres level walking from the cottage front door.

First floor

Bathroom: With full sized bath, separate shower cubicle, hand basin and toilet
Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with French style furniture, fully coordinated bed linen and an en-suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.
Bedroom 2: Large twin bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and beams. It is equipped with coordinated bed linen.
Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with coordinated bed linen.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All gas, electric, bed linen and towels are included. Initial supply for open fire provided. Cot available. Plug in and Wi-fi access available.


Games Barn: A magnificent converted 17th century stone barn with massive ships timbers holding up the roof. It is equipped with a snooker table (¾ size) and full size table tennis.
Upper Patio: Situated at the top of the stairs from the kitchen there is a picnic table with umbrella seating 8. There is also a BBQ close by.
Lower Patio: Situated beside the Bothy and the stream with huge slate table and benches (seats 8), built in BBQ.
Garden A large cottage style garden with lawn, shrubs and fruit trees. The garden is on a number of different levels with steps connecting each level. Private parking for up to 4 cars. Payphone available.
Please note: There is an Access statement available for this property, if required please call 01228 599950
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
  • Distance
    6 miles
  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
  • Railway station distance
    25 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

Bassenthwaite Lake and village of the same name is situated just north west of Keswick in the Northern Lakes. The magnificent Skiddaw (931m) can be seen rising to the east and Grisedale Pike (790m) to the south west.

Paths leading from Bassenthwaite village connect to circular walks in the area and holidaymakers are able to go fishing and sailing on the lake. From May to September look out for the wild Bassenthwaite Lake Ospreys raising their young chicks or watch the video link from Whinlatter Forest Visitor's Centre. Try a visit to the historic 17th century manor house, Mirehouse, which is close by on the eastern shore of the lake and has some lovely garden walks (Open April - October) or travel a few miles west to market town of Cockermouth or just a little further to Maryport on the coast.

This area offers the ideal base for exploring nearby Keswick; a charming Northern Lakes market town of great character and is well placed for touring the untouched northern and western lakes.

Things to do nearby

Bassenthwaite Lake

The glacial formed lake of Bassenthwaite which once was linked to Derwentwater many years ago, is the only water form in the Lake District which is named a `lake' as the others are `waters', `meres' and `tarns'.

Mae's Tea Room and Gallery
Mae's Tea Room and Gallery

The renowned Mae's Tea Room and Gallery in Uldale is open throughout the year, serving tasty home cooked food through the day, some evenings and shows exhibits by local artists.

Alternative Keswick

Alternative is a design led Gift and Household Store.

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

On the outskirts of Keswick is the grand historic home known as Mirehouse built in 1666 by The Earl of Derby.

Dave's Adventure Company
Country Experiences

A small independent outdoor provider offering holiday makers tailor made packages for you and your family. Activities include rock climbing, kayaking and Ghyll Scrambling. Tel: 01768 776143

Trotters World of Adventures

Situated on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite Lake, this brilliant animal attraction is a great day out for all no matter what your age!

St Bega Church

Next to Bassenthwaite Lake is St Bega Church which is the parish church of Bassenthwaite. Services have been going on here at this ancient location for over a thousand years.

Lake District Maps

`Lake District Maps' is a unique and helpful website that enables visitors to purchase a variety of family friendly walking routes and maps.

Lakeland Photo Workshops

Take inspiration from this and other stunning locations to capture great photographs. Take your photography to the next level with Lakeland Photo Workshops

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