How Dyke ref: UK1294

Setmurthy, near Cockermouth, Bassenthwaite Lake Area in the Lake District

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  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • WiFi 
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Looking for your next Lake District escape? This spacious, detached house in a peaceful village setting, with large rooms, great views and garden is an ideal choice. A plethora of British birds can be seen from the house, with many nesting in the garden. You can also regularly see deer, owls, bats and hares from the windows.
You will love the space in each of the rooms at How Dyke, with lots of natural light and free space to move around, which often comes at a premium with properties in the area. The majority of the rooms are all on the first floor which makes it a superb social house and great for spending time with family and friends. Sleeping up to eight guests, this house is ideal for larger families, two families or even multiple couples, with or without children. The entrance to the house is effectively on the first floor but there’s more to this house than meets the eye. It features a double bedroom and two twin bedrooms, each with their own family bath/shower room across the hallway. There is ample hanging space and storage and each have views of Skiddaw and the garden at the rear. The spacious open plan living/dining room is where guests will typically spend most of their time. With ample seating and dining space it makes a great communal area to enjoy breakfast and plan the days adventures, whilst at night, guests can snuggle up with a glass of wine and set the world to rights. Downstairs features a well-equipped utility room and a bedroom with twin beds and what is best described as a den, with a three-seater sofa, monitor, DVD player and plenty of movies to keep the little ones entertained. The children will feel like they have their own special place, leaving the adults to have a good catch-up upstairs.
The quiet village location offers an elevated position which enhances the views all around and with little to no light pollution, you can enjoy dark skies and starry nights in the evening. During the day, the garden is great for spending time in the open air and for soaking up the sunshine, complete with garden furniture, lawn and patio.
The village of Setmurthy is within the Lake District National Park, between Bassenthwaite and Cockermouth and offers a fantastic base to explore the surrounding landscape. Whether you’re looking for gentle rolling hills and forest walks, rugged mountainous climbing, stunning lakeside scenery or you just want to visit the local Cumbrian towns, How Dyke is certainly a great base. The Lakes Distillery is just ¾ miles away offering tasting tours with locally produced gin, whisky and vodka. The mouth of the River Derwent as it reaches the basin of Bassenthwaite Lake is within 1 mile and it is just 2 miles to The Lake District Wildlife Park with over 100 species of wild animals, great for a day out with the family. Take a drive to the birthplace of William Wordsworth in Cockermouth, just 5 miles away, with a great selection of local pubs, restaurants and café’s, or a 15-minute drive to Keswick which is full of great shopping, tourist attractions and the starting point for many good walking routes, including Catbells and Latrigg. Beach 12 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 2¼ miles and restaurant ¾ mile.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

10 steps to front entrance; 3 steps to rear entrance.
Play area: With monitor and DVD player with a selection of DVDs.
Utility room:
With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With twin beds.

First floor

Living/dining room: With 40’’ Freeview TV, DVD player and bluetooth speaker.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bathroom 1: With spa bath and toilet.
Bathroom 2: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Warm air heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.


Lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3 miles
  • Distance
    5 miles
  • Restaurant
    ¾ mile
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2¼ miles
  • Railway station distance
    8.0 miles
  • Lake
    1 mile

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.

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!

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.

Emily's pub
Emily's Pub

Enjoy a tipple and some lovely pub grub at Emily's Black Lion - a traditional, family friendly village pub nestling on the Northern fringe of the Lake District in the lovely village of Ireby.

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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