Visitors who prefer to be right at the heart of things rather than on the fringe of 'The Lakes' will particularly appreciate Manesty which is in the centre of Lakeland at its most picturesque. Merely five pretty miles from Keswick and three quarters of a mile from Derwentwater, this is just what even half hearted walkers and country lovers go for. In fact, if anyone can resist climbing two or three of the surrounding hills during a stay, they are indeed strong minded.
Manesty stands at the foot of Catbells and Maiden Moor where the open fell meets the stone walls of the fields. It is built in the traditional Lakeland style, on a site chosen centuries ago for its sunny elevated position and its sweeping views across Borrowdale.
Lying at the heart of the Lake District Manesty is the ideal base for a Cumbrian Holiday whether walking, cycling or touring by car. From Manesty there are relaxing rambles along the river and round the lake and demanding day walks to Scafell and Great Gable in the heart of the Cumbrian Mountains.
Alternatively there are easier walks across the head of the lake to Watendlath hamlet and tarn in their picturesque hanging valley and to the tarns and fells beyond. We have written our own 'walks from the door' which can be accomplished from Manesty without the use of a car a have been much loved by our family for years.
Equipment for most water sports is available for hire on Derwentwater and instructors in canoeing and sailing operate conveniently from Lodore. Cycling enthusiasts are well rewarded by a visit. From Manesty they can explore the lanes of Borrowdale and the Newlands valley, the lakesides of Buttermere and Crummock Water, the villages of Lorton, Stair, Grange and Braithwaite and the passes of Honister, Newlands Hause and Whinlatter.
The fine old farmhouse is beautifully situated and now incorporates three cottages:
Manesty Band: for up to seven people,
Manesty: for up to six people.
Manesty Dairy: for two people.
The farmhouse is flanked by two converted barns:
Cocklety How: for up to four people.
Each cottage is self contained with its own entrance, grounds and car parking space and is fully equipped as a comfortable, convenient home for a Lakeland Holiday. The Leyland family care for the cottages personally from their nearby home at Youdale Knot and as Manesty has been the family home for six generations they have a fund of local knowledge.
Even after 150 years the family are relative newcomers, as Manesty's history reaches back to ancient times, when it was the northern outpost of Furness Abbey's wool producing empire.
Wood fired hot tub.
Walks from the door.
To book this Holiday Cottage, or find out more, please contact them directly by
Manesty from the nearby proprietor's house
Manesty and Derwentwater
Disabled Facilities: No.
Linen Provided: Yes. Sheets included in rental. Towels available at a small charge.
Pets Allowed: No.
Central Heating: Yes. Fuel type: Electric
Open Fire: No.
Smoking Allowed: No.
Outdoor Facilities: Yes. Wood fired hot-tub (totally natural, no chemicals!), Garden furniture for all cottages, barbeque, bike storage.
Local Services: Bus to door in the Easter - Nov (77/77A), otherwise bus stop 3/4 mile all year round.
Leave the M6 at Junction 40 (Penrith), and follow the A66 west for 17 miles to Keswick. From Keswick follow the B5289 and signs for Borrowdale. After 4 miles, turn right over the bridge and through Grange. Manesty is 3/4 mile beyond Grange.
Alternatively, for stunning views over Derwentwater, stay on the A66 and ignore the Keswick turnings, instead turning off at the Portinscale road. Pass through Portinscale, passing Lingholm and ignoring turnings to the right. This narrow road has a couple of steep and tight bends near Hawes End, but offers beautiful views over Derwentwater as you pass high along the side of Cat Bells. Manesty is approximately 3.5 miles beyond Portinscale by this route.