After a tough day climbing Catbells or scaling Skiddaw, come home to The Vine, a study in languorous Lakeland luxury on the banks of Derwentwater. Sleeping ten in cosy comfort – plus pooch – The Vine is part of the Lingholm Estate, with hikes on tap, private lake frontage and on-site campervan serving tasty bakes and coffees.
Open-plan living here makes the downstairs a sociable space. Load up the logs, gather round the crackling flames, and enjoy the biggest luxury here: family time. Time to laugh about the day’s events, to plan tomorrow’s route across the fells, or just to play some cards or catch some TV time together.
Weave your way through the wild woodland paths to the lake front, skim some stones, swim on a summer’s day, picnic or barbie on the waterfront patio, or sail your dinghy Swallow-and-Amazons-style from the slipway to St Herbert’s Island. Drift off to the breeze through the boughs and the lapping of the lakewater.
The most gorgeous garden of all sits outside the window: northern Lakeland is all towering fells, shimmering lakes and thundering waterfalls. There’s a slice of that within the 40-acre grounds, though. This is the estate much-loved by Beatrix Potter and, within it, you’ll find Mr McGregor’s Garden. Maybe you’ll spot Peter Rabbit, too.
You’ve the option of sizzling your sausages and steaks right outside the French doors, or toasting marshmallows around the firepit. Wander the paths through the tangle of woodland to find red squirrels and roe deer. Walk to the shoreline to swim or skim stones, or sail your craft from the slipway out to St Herbert’s Island.
Explore further to find the stone patio by the lake – a prime spot for a picnic – or The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, where Cumbrian cured ham and clotted-cream scones call your name you from the afternoon-tea menu. Or find our split-screen VW camper, serving fresh-baked treats and hot coffees.
You’ll probably want to be out and about scaling Skiddaw, walking the woods or captaining your craft all the way to St Herbert’s Island, but you’ll need somewhere delightful to come home to as well, and The Vine offers a simple luxury that’s hard to resist.
It’s the perfect place to throw some logs on the burner, break out the cards, find a film on TV, or just lounge around during the long Lakeland evenings as the flames crackle and the sun sets over Catbells.
Lounge sofas are squishy and deep, Plump up the cushions, dig out a good read and pour a long drink. Fold back the doors to the terrace and let the lake breeze in. Inside-out living here flows as smoothly as the wine or the wifi that floods the spaces.
The kitchen space here was made for lingering over your linguine for a chop and a chat. It’s a modern kitchen and a sociable space, open to the breakfast table, the perfect spot for bacon and free-range eggs from the shop before an assault on Skiddaw.
If you’d prefer the easy life, let our chefs take over and put together anything from an afternoon tea to a special celebration. We’ll light the candles while you don your dickie bows. For a light snack, head on over to our vintage split-screen VW camper serving fresh coffee, baked treats and English Lakes ice-cream.
For afternoon tea, try The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, where mini savouries and fluffy, home-made, clotted-cream scones compete for your attention. For real ales and hearty pub grub like local tattie pot, head to Keswick, over the hills or by boat from the marina.
Pop in to Portinscale, to The Farmer’s Arms, for ribeye steak or beef in ale, or to The Chalet, home of the Austrian-style breakfast and plenty of cakes and snacks, too. Over at Newlands Valley, The Swinside Inn comes with valley views and beer-garden cheer.
The Vine sleeps ten in five simple yet luxurious bedrooms. At night, the silence is deafening – just the lowing of the cattle and the bleat of a lonely sheep pierce the twilight air. Snuggled down deep in soft cotton sheet and deep duvets, you’ll sleep log-like in your Lakeland borrow.
For anyone not comfortable with stairs, there’s a sunny double downstairs with a walk-in shower. Upstairs, you’ll find two king en-suite bedrooms and two twins sharing a house bathroom.
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.
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 Armathwaite Hall spa is great for grown-ups and cool for kids, too, with its children’s pool open twice a day for laughs and splashes.