Rowling End House – Keswick

Rowling End House – Keswick

In July 2018 we decided to go on a family holiday with my brother-in-law his partner; my mom-in-law and both my daughters.

After much discussion we decided to use the A460 and head to the Wimpy near Brocton for breakfast. We had no idea that this was just a take away with almost no parking and unfortunately surrounded by road works making it really difficult to get to.  We gave up and moved on and eventually stopped at the Welcome Break in Keele.  It was a welcome break but the food was dreadful and they weren’t able to serve hot drinks so we had to get that seperately to the food that was already just plain awful.  Terrible service as well which is such a pity especially at the start of a holiday.  We were quickly on our way again and have since decided that a couple of snacks and a quick toilet and coffee break here and there is probably the way to go.  We did discover Tebay services coming into the Lake District and it was really amazing and we got some lovely fresh produce and made up our minds to stop there for breakfast (which was amazing by the way) on our way home.

it was an interesting drive once we came off the main road and especially once we reached the smaller roads.  We really had to keep our eyes open coming over blind hills and around sharp bends.

very often met by interesting sights like this on the otherside of a steep rise or sharp corner

We stayed in a delightful house at Rowling End a few miles out of the town of Keswick in the Lake District.

the driveway into Rowlng end which has a couple of houses that they rent out as holiday accomodation
one of the 4 double bedrooms that is en-suite

 

a second double but not en-suite
the large bathroom shared by the two bedrooms that are not en-suite
a double with 2 single beds that isn’t en suite
the other double with 2 single beds that is en suite
the rooms are all beautifully decorated and very comfy
Rowling End House from across near the Cats Bells walk
we called this lounge the library. It was splendid with a great variety of books and games.

The house itself was really old fashioned sporting a large kitchen complete with an oil agga stove, scullery with washing machine, outside room with wood and coal for the fireplaces.  There are two reception rooms with fireplaces and small TV’s and one with such an abundance of reading books and games it would be difficult not to find something for everyone.   For those that need it there is also wifi.  Upstairs are 4 well appointed bedrooms. On one side of the stairs there were 2  double en-suite bedrooms and the other side of the stairs there was a double bedroom with twin beds and another double bedroom sharing a very large family bathroom with a large bath and walk in shower.

lighting the fire in one of the sitting rooms

 

Rowling End House from the river below.

From the house itself there is access to a number of popular walks in the area.  We did the Cats Bells walk which takes you to the top of the hill overlooking the house and from the top you can look down on Derwent water.  I’m sure for fitter people this would have been a lovely easy walk but I’m far from fit and managed it quiet OK.   We walked from the house rather than driving to a parking spot and went up and over and down via Little Town.  The views from the top are really lovely and worth the effort.

part of the path on the Cats Bells

 

overlooking Derwent Water from the Cats Bells hikeHere is a link to the tracked hike for those that are interested. We used Endomondo and Relive

On the first day we popped into Keswick the closest town and we were realy taken by the number of outdoor shops with all their walking and climbing gear.  It’s fairly obvious why as the walks are amazing and people come from all over just to walk in this glorious area.

Of course there was also the market which was lovely with plenty of fresh produce, baked goods and other homemade wares for sale.

the architecture and the beautiful use of slate was intriging

Once everyone else arrived we did some exploring. We went to Lake Windermere with thoughts of possibly hiring a boat or something like that but with it being the school holidays it was so busy that there was very little availability and the weather wasn’t too amazing either.

Lake Windermer – Bowness Bay Marina (I think)

We also went to Buttermere and stopped at Syke Farm Tea Room for lunch.  Their food was absolutely amazing.

something like toad in the hole where the sausages and mash are served in a huge Yorkshire pudding. It was absolutely delishious!
I was told this slice of pie with mash was also great.

We made a trip to Cockermouth to buy fish as we heard that they had some really great fish places.  We went to Fynne Fish in Cockermouth and had really great personal service.  The fishmonger went out of her way to explain about the different fish and then prep it all for us to take away with us later.

Fyne Fish in Cockermouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took short drive along the coast to St Ives and will at some point head out that way again ourselves as it looked really lovely but not everyone wanted to stop.

We went to Winlatter Forest which was also close by and did the canopy tour zip lines.  Not something you’d normally catch me doing but it was worth it to watch my kids watch me swinging from the trees and zip lining.

   

clinging to rope nets in the tops of the trees
my girls tightrope walking from platform to platform
foofy slide down to the bottom where the wood chips soften the landing
most sections have your chicken or bull run (easy or difficult) routes
some of the obstacles looked easy until you stepped on them and then everything moves
lots of intriguing stuff to do going from one tree to the next
at each platform you unattach from one safety line onto the next
the photographs don’t really give an idea just how high up we are in some of these trees

There is so much more to do at Whinlatter Forest, definitly somewhere you need a few days to explore especially if you enjoy the great outdoors and mountain biking as the trails looked really amazing.

That evening we headed to Lodore Falls Hotel and Lodge as we’d heard that they have a really good sushi restaurant and some were really into their sushi.  It’s a stunning rambling Lodge with a gorgous restaurant which seemed to be one of many.

 

 

 

Lodore Lodge from the parking across the road

The food is amazing even if you aren’t into sushi as there is something for everyone.

the gang in the restaurant

 

 

Sorry, I couldn’t resist some food photographs even though the light wasn’t really good enough for my  phone camera.

 

The stir frys and soups were really tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed the deep fried broccoli and the asparagus was so delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

I can definitely doing something like this where as an extended family, we rented a farm house and spent many great hours in the kitchen cooking and talking. Many lovely memories made.

we loved the kitchen with it’s huge table and Aga stoveThere are some lovely places to visit in and around the area and we really enjoyed exploring them and I look forward to going back.

 

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