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Martin Tonks

Member since: 2011
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In A Quiet Conservation Area, Close To Town Centre

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Keswick holiday house

Large Townhouse in Keswick, Lake District, England - Available from £450 per week or from £330 for Short Breaks November - Easter

Ashness House is a traditional Lakeland green slate town house situated in a quiet Conservation Area close to the town centre. Heated by gas central heating Ashness House provides a 3 Star Visit England standard of accommodation for large families or groups of walkers. The house has two living rooms on separate floors enabling guests to spread out and find their own space. The house has free WiFi, two widescreen TVs, a DVD player and mini HiFI with iDock and DAB radio. Ashness House is entered through a hallway with a boot store and an extensive library of guidebooks and maps. The house has four bedrooms - two twins and two doubles (one en-suite). Both doubles have king size bed. All fuel and bed linen is included. Towels can be arranged at a cost of £5 per person. There are views to the fells from all the bedrooms and upper floors. There is plentiful free parking on-street right outside the house.

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Martin Tonks (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Martin Tonks

I first visited Keswick back in the sixties aged 7. My dad took my sister and I up Skiddaw in our wellies and I was hooked on fell walking despite suffering welly rash for a week! I have since returned on many camping / hostelling trips. My wife didn't visit until many years later but she too fell in love with the lakes. Many happy family holidays followed in our camper van until our lads outgrew it. We continue to use this house outside the season for holidays with friends and family. It was always our ambition to own a house in Keswick and eventually retire here. By letting the house in school holidays / during the season you are helping us to achieve this dream. In turn we have dropped our agents and are passing savings directly onto guests. We hope you will have an enjoyable stay.

Martin Tonks purchased this house in 2007

Why Martin Tonks chose Keswick & North Lakes

We bought Ashness House as a going concern - the house was previously a post office that closed in the 70s and then a corner shop / taxi office. Local people still know it as the old corner shop! It was divided from the neighbouring property and completely renovated in 2005. We have continued to upgrade the property replacing the boiler with an efficient condensing boiler. We have also replaced much of the furniture e.g. king size beds for the double beds. We are slowly replacing the fawn carpets we inherited with more sensible colours for a house often let out to parties of walkers. The collection of Monet Prints that came with the house have also been replaced with landscape photographs by local photographers.

What makes this house unique

Ashness house is ideally located in a quiet conservation area close to the town centre. However, many walks / cycle rides also start from outside the front door so there’s plenty to do without ever having to leave the immediate area and even without moving the car!

Occasionally it rains in the lake district but you can usually see the fells from the upstairs lounge / rooms on all but the foulest of days. To entertain you on such days the house has free WiFi. There are two widescreen TVs with freeview channels and iPod / iPhone dock as part of a mini hifi CD / DAB radio system. There is a DVD player and quite a collection of DVDs to be viewed. There are also three bookcases full of novels, reference books, local guides and maps to help you plan walks, etc.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Lovely house, full of character. Excellent base for our two families" T. Field, Cheshire.

"What a lovely clean well equipped house. I spent the week in the lounge reading and watching the changing light on the fells whilst dad entertained the kids downstairs and round at the parks, bliss" B. Carse, Dorset.

"A brilliant base for our activity week. The cycle store was very handy and we even managed to stow two large canoes in your front garden and then wheel them down to the Lake! Thanks again" R. Greenhalgh, Bolton.
Oct 2011
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Fitz Park is 200 yards away and Derwentwater is a short walk via the Churchyard footpath. Supervised paddling is possible in the River Greta at Fitz Park when the river is not in spate. There are several grassy / pebble beaches on Derwentwater where bathing is possible.

The Cumbrian Coast is around 45 minutes drive.


Keswick is 17 miles west of J40 (Penrith) on the M6.

The nearest rail station is Penrith (3 hours from London Euston) and there are direct train services to Windermere from Manchester Airport. Buses / taxi shuttles connect stations to Keswick

Car hire is available in Penrith and Keswick.

Keswick has bus services to major towns (Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, Lancaster) and local villages / surrounding countryside. Day tickets are available and don't forget your bus pass if you've got one.


Keswick town centre is 400 yards away. Fitz Park is 200 yards away and Derwentwater is a short walk via the Churchyard footpath. The leisure centre with flume and wave machine is 600 yards. The nearest shop (200 yards) is the Spar on Shorley Lane that is open until 10pm every day.

Further Details:

Keswick is a small town situated in the north Lakes on Derwentwater. There are many walks and cycle rides from the front door of the house, both low level and up onto the fells. There is also sailing, canoeing and rowing on the lake and a forest centre with mountain bike trails, ropes course and adventure playground 5 miles away. For the more adventurous there is a climbing wall near the Stone Circle and there are several local companies running climbing / abseiling and paragliding courses.

The town is particularly good for younger families with a leisure pool with waves and slide, new play park, level cycle path, cinema, crazy golf, climbing wall and the lakeshore beaches all within a short walk of Ashness House. Keswick also has the modern Lakeside Theatre with a varied programme. There’s plenty to do without ever having to leave the immediate area and even without moving the car!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Keswick, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
October Half Term 1
15 Oct 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
October Half Term 2
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
October Half Term 3
29 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
5 Nov 2016 - 2 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
3 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2017
28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required on booking and balance required 6 weeks ahead of holiday.
Short bookings are available outside school holidays November to Easter. Please check availability page and contact us for more information.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Easter to October and all school holidays other than Christmas / New Year is Saturday. Outside this period short breaks and alternative changeovers are possible.

Notes on prices:
Please check the availability page (regularly updated) before contacting us

Weekly bookings run Saturday 4pm to the following Saturday 10am

Short breaks - Available November to Easter (excluding school holidays) from £330 for 3 nights (Friday through Sunday) or 4 nights (Monday to Thursday)

Short breaks may be possible outside this period on last minute basis

Flexible starts / finishes possible outside season / main holiday weeks and also at Christmas - please check availability

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Keswick, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Shower room 1 - shower enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 on the 1st floor has an en-suite (shower / wc). Also on the 2nd floor there is a bathroom with wc and shower over bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on 1st floor is a double with King Size bed and en-suite (shower / wc). Bedroom 2 on the 2nd floor is a double with King Size bed. Bedroom 3 on the 2nd floor is a twin. Bedroom 4 is a spacious attic bedroom with twin beds.
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Notes on accommodation: The house has free WiFi access and there is an iPod / iPhone dock in the mini Hi Fi system that also has DAB Radio and CD Player. There is also an extensive library of novels, reference books, guides and maps and dozens of DVDs for rainy days. Ashness House is a non smoking house. Sorry we do not accept pets due to family allergies. Outside: There is a shared yard and outhouse where bicycles can be stored. In front of the house there is a small gravelled walled garden where bikes / canoes can be stored. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen is included and is changed as part of the weekly cleaning. Towels can be provided at a cost of £5 per person. The property is cleaned and managed by a local management company. Other: There is a shared yard and outhouse where bicycles can be stored. In front of the house there is a small gravelled walled garden where bikes / canoes can be stored. Central heating / plumbing / drainage and electrics maintained on a B. Gas contract.