A guide to holidays in Bassenthwaite
Located close to Bassenthwaite Lake, which is one of the Lake District’s largest at four miles long and ¾ of a mile wide, Bassenthwaite is a quintessential Lakeland village with plenty of rural charm.
The lake lies to the west of the village, and being one of the shallowest lakes in the region, it’s perfect for a paddle on a warm day. A small group of pleasure boats, forming the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, can be seen gently bobbing on the water’s surface. The lake is also home to the curious vendace species of fish, which was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered here in 2013. Walks can be enjoyed along the western edge of Bassenthwaite, and the opposite shoreline can also be explored, but is only accessible from Mirehouse, a remarkable historic house surrounded by spacious gardens.
Mirehouse is well worth a visit, featuring portraits, manuscripts and many other relics left behind by some of the country’s best-loved authors and poets, including William Wordsworth and Lord Alfred Tennyson, who were all friends of the Spedding family, who have lived here for over 300 years. The house is famous for its Tennyson connection, as he wrote his poem Morte d’Arthur during his stay here in 1835. Around the grounds, you can enjoy the lakeside walks, sheltered gardens and four wooded adventure playgrounds. For slightly more challenging walks, Skiddaw, one of the highest mountains in England, can be found standing to the south of the village, while the popular town of Keswick can be found on the other side of the mountain.
Within the village of Bassenthwaite itself, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. A gentle stream trickles through the village, while the people can be seen congregating either on the green or in the traditional country pub. If the pub has managed to quench your thirst, you can also take a tour of the nearby Lakes Distillery, which produces not only whisky but also gin and vodka.
For a wider range of amenities and an enjoyable day out, head to nearby Keswick, one of the largest towns in the Lake District, which is found just a short drive away. Located on the shores of Derwentwater, it’s home to a slightly unusual attraction in the form of the country’s only Pencil Museum.
If you’ve been inspired to base your next holiday in Bassenthwaite, surrounded by the genteel charm of the Lake District, take a look at our full collection of Bassenthwaite holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation above. Choose from lakeside lodges, cosy cottages and much more among our collection of great places to stay across the Lake District.