With six bedrooms and six bathrooms, Rosetrees will knock you for six. Resting quietly on the banks of Derwentwater in traditional Lakeland stone and part of the Lingholm Estate loved by Beatrix Potter, Rosetrees is a slice of English grandeur lifted from another age when men removed their hats in the presence of a lady.
This is the place to be together for a big catch-up amid polished pine floors, period features and high ceilings. Refurbishment has retained the feel of the past, yet injected modern magic into the bathroom and kitchen, with its double dishwashers, electric range cooker and extra-large American-style fridge.
Follow the path through the private grounds to the lake shore to listen to the lapping of the water, pack a picnic for the lakeside patio, sail your dinghy from the slipway to St Herbert’s Island. Doze off to the sound of the breezes playing over the water.
If the Lingholm Estate can inspire a young Beatrix Potter to draw, paint and write, it can inspire you to walk, ride and explore. Look carefully and you’ll find Mr McGregor’s Garden, site of the great escape by Peter Rabbit. Look further to find the view of Skiddaw that she painted with her own hand.
Beatrix also sketched squirrels, and you’ll be drawn to one of the last remaining colonies of reds here in the woods. You might also be tempted by afternoon tea at The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, or by a trek to the lake and the chance to sail your craft from the slipway, Swallows-and-Amazons style, to St Herbert’s Island.
Follow the paths through wild woodland to Derwentwater and the estate’s large stretch of private lake frontage. Pack a picnic to take on the stone patio by the lake and watch out for roe deer on the way.
Go beyond the grounds to conquer local fells such as Skiddaw, Castlerigg, High Seat to the north and east, or Newlands Round, Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy and Causey Pike to the south and west.
The feeling of grandeur from the entrance hall never leaves you. You’ll feel ever-more special as you enter each new room. Hop up a couple of stairs from the hallway and there’s the lounge. Get together here for games or cards, or just sit in the bay window and watch the water on the lake and the fells that meet the sky.
Rosetrees rambles forever and kids can lose themselves in the labyrinth. Or they might just find the TV and games room and stop awhile. Break out the board games, prepare the popcorn, or tap into a spot of table football.
Play or chillax amid the contemporary cosy furnishings, the heavy curtains and the polished pitch-pine floors. There are spaces to party – and places to be apart with a mug of cocoa and a good book (and your pooch). Do as much or as little as you want. The fells and lakes beckon, but we won’t blame you for settling for the sofas.
You’ll want to linger over lunch and dither over dinner, because the grand dining room comes with a large bay window overlooking the lawn. Delicious dishes for dozens are guaranteed in the modern kitchen with breakfast table, double dishwashers, electric range cooker and American-style fridge.
If you’d rather put your feet up than get your hands dirty, our chefs can prepare anything from an afternoon tea to a full-on party. For snacking, stay on site and head out to our vintage VW camper serving fresh coffee, baked treats and English Lakes ice-cream. Or will it be afternoon tea at The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden?
Pull on your boots and head to Keswick, a lovely walk or a five-minute boat ride, for good pub grub with local specialities such as Cumberland sausage or tattie pot, or finer restaurant fare from Italy, China, India, Thailand, Mexico and the Med.
Just down the road, Portinscale comes peppered with traditional Lakeland pubs and the friendly café The Chalet, good for cakes and snacks or an Austrian-style breakfast. Head over to Newlands Valley for The Swinside Inn, with its beer garden and side order of fellside and valley views.
With six bedrooms and six bathrooms, you won’t want for space. You won’t be missing a good night’s sleep, either, embedded in the softest cotton and with the breeze from the lake filtering in through the window.
Rosetrees sleeps 12 in four doubles and two family-flexible kingsize bedrooms that flip into twins at a moment’s notice. All the bathrooms are en-suite, so you can take all the time you need to lounge and laze and restore some vigour to fell-tired legs.
There’s a comforting ritual to childhood holidays. After the obligatory ‘Are we there yet?’ comes the battle over the bedrooms, the first game of hide-and-seek and the kickabout on the lawn. There’ll be yelps of joy here, too, when they find the games room with table football and giant TV.
They’ll love the walks through the woodlands as well, and the private lakefront that’s ripe for skimming stones, swimming on a summer’s day, or sailing your boat out from the slipway to St Herbert’s Island for a Swallows-and-Amazons-style picnic. Or catch the ferry to Keswick from the marina and make forever memories.
The lawns and gardens lead down to the lake and a stone patio, perfect for barbies or picnics. If they’ve been good, take a hike to the vintage split-screen camper van on site serving baked treats and English Lakes ice-cream.
We’ve lined up passes for the spa and sauna at Armathwaite Hall – great for grown-ups and cool for kids, too, with its children’s pool open twice a day for laughs and splashes.