THE HEART OF THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Endymion House is your gateway to outdoor sports and activities in the Lake District, from the traditional pursuits of fellwalking and sailing on the lakes to more modern adventures such as tree-top climbing and paragliding off Skiddaw!
The possibilities are endless. Here are a few of the owners’ personal recommendations.
Places to Eat
There are many wonderful places to eat near Endymion House, from family friendly cafes and pubs to Michelin-star restaurants serving modern Cumbrian food.
A mere 50 yards away is Lyzzick Hall Hotel, a lovely spot for lunch, dinner or just a morning coffee. Family-run for over 30 years, the owner is our neighbour.
In Keswick, there is an abundance of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Laura in the Lakes does an excellent breakfast; Treeby & Bolton, an art gallery and café, does nice lunch and cakes; for dinner try Morrels or Casa Bella.
For serious foodies the Cottage in the Wood is a 10 minute drive and has just been awarded a Michelin star. It is a great venue showcasing modern Cumbrian food. Another Michelin-stared restaurant, Forest Side, can be found a 20minute drive away just outside Grasmere.
For old world charm, try an indulgent afternoon tea beside the fire at the Pheasant Inn at Bassenthwaite, a 12 minute drive. It has been providing hospitality for over 200 years – we have been going very happily for 40 of them! -and not many do it better. NB this is not to be confused with the Pheasant Pub in Keswick.
Keswick has a lively twice weekly market in the main square where you can buy delicious home-made cakes and pies, cheese, locally produced food and crafts.
Booths supermarket, Tithebarn Street, Keswick is family run and acknowledged to be one of the best supermarkets in the country. It has a particularly good beer, wine and spirits section, including many local drinks. It is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 10pm. On Sunday it is open 10am to 4pm.
Butchers: A great independent, Thomasons Butchers is in Station St, Keswick. Another great butcher with vast array of not just meat, but cakes, deli items, snacks, fruit and veg is Cranstons (cranstons.net) which is in Penrith, just off the M6. Well worth stopping to stock up.
Cheese: There is a good selection of local cheese at The Cheese Deli, Keswick (keswickcheesedeli.co.uk)
Ye Olde Friars: our kids love this old-fashioned and enormous sweet shop in Market Square, Keswick
Cashpoints: There are lots of cashpoints in Keswick, including inside Booths.
Petrol: The nearest petrol station is the SPAR High Hill Garage, High Hill
Taxis: As this is a rural area, it is advisable to pre-book your taxi. You can try Iains Taxis (dog friendly) on 017687 363 33. Or Derwent Taxis on 017687 755 85.
Chemist: Boots, 31 Main St, Keswick is open 7 days a week.
Hospital: in case of emergency, Keswick has a cottage hospital: Mary Hewetson Hospital, Crosthwaite Road, which has a walk-in minor injuries unit.