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A wide range of self-catering holiday accommodation in a beautiful location in the heart of the Lake District.
Situated in the heart of Borrowdale, Manesty Holiday Cottages provides a perfect place to get away from it all in one of the most dramatic and yet accessible parts of the Lake District. It's just a short walk from Derwentwater, on the far side of which lies the small market town of Keswick. It couldn't be more rural, with most of its cottages enjoying views across Borrowdale to the fells beyond. There is a range of accommodation to choose from, ranging from large properties like the beautiful beamed old Manesty farmhouse, which sleeps 5–7 in five bedrooms, and Manesty Band, a Victorian barn conversion set on a rocky outcrop which sleeps 6-8 in four bedrooms, to cosy affairs for two like Cocklety How Studio and Manesty Dairy. There are also a couple of glamping options: Tommy Bit, a well-equipped shepherd's hut tucked away on its own that makes a perfect romantic retreat, with its own wood-burning stove, fold-down double bed, basic kitchen and barbecue/firepit, and a Retro Caravan that sleeps four on the edge of the woodland location shared with the very best of local wildlife, from red squirrels to tawny owls.

You couldn't be in a better position for exploring the Lakes beyond, just a short walk from Derwentwater and and right next to the southern path up Catbells. It's an easyish hike from Manesty with glorious views over Borrowdale and the lake. You could also walk or drive through the valley of Borrowdale, at the top of which is the rocky Honister Pass and the renowned Honister Slate Mines, or take the ferry across the lake to Keswick – the Adventure Capital of the Lake District and home to lots of pubs, shops and restaurants. Owners Alan and Cheryl couldn't be more friendly or helpful and have tons of suggestions for days out and things to see and do, although we have to admit that one of the nicest things about Manesty is that it's a great place in which to just stay put and enjoy the views – especially from the comfort of their rustic, wood-fired hot tub, cleverly positioned to make the most of the panorama over Borrowdale, so it feels very indulgent. Despite its bucolic location, Manesty is an easy place to reach, but – trust us – a very hard one to leave.

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