Talcomb is one of six cottages converted from a water driven saw mill built circa 1740
Talcomb is one of six cottages converted from a water driven saw mill built circa 1740.
It is situated at the foot of Seldom Seen Revine in the quiet and aptly named hamlet of Seldom Seen, on the outskirts of Thornthwaite Village, Talcomb nestles beside the comb beck overlooking a sparkling waterfall. This can be your starting point for many walks up in to the Winlatter Forest or on the surrounding fells. The larger village of Braithwaite is only one mile away where you can visit a country pub or dine in one of the hotels or bars, or alternatively the bustling market town of Keswick with its many shops, pubs and restaurants is only 3 miles away. There is a regular bus route that runs at the bottom of the road should you not wish to drive or walk
The cottage briefly comprises:
Two bedrooms – one double, one twin
The lounge and dining area has a wonderful cosy feel due to the low ceilings and oak beams and real coal fire.The double glazed window ovelooks the wooded area opposite.This area is equipped with text colour TV,Video player complete with a selection of videos, radio, cassette and CD player,and is furnished with two comfortable settees and a dining table and 4 chairs.
The kitchen has all the pots, pans and utensils you need to make a tasty sandwich or a dinner party for 4. There is a oven and hob, microwave oven, toaster and kettle. There is a washer/dryer should you need it.
The Main double room has views out over Comb Beck and views towards Winlatter Forest this room has a wonderful cosy feel due to the low ceilings and oak beams it is furnished with pine furniture and matching bed linen. The Twin bedroom has views out over the wooded area opposite and again is furnished with pine furniture and matching bed linen.
The bathroom is downstairs and has a shower, toilet and sink. (no bath)
There is a graveled area with space for one car, seating outside the cottage and for those sunny days there is patio furniture in the lounge cupbaord that you can put out
Sleeps 4 + Cot
Walking from the door
Real coal fire
Bed linen included
Tv,video, CD player
Well behaved pets allowed
This cottage is in a wonderful location. It is so quiet but you have got the local village approx a mile away with some excellent pubs and Keswick which is around 4 miles away. We have stayed at this cottage lots of times as we use it as a base while we walk the wainwrights. We love it. My son and his girlfriend joined us and they caught the bus into Keswick on an evening so they could have a drink, this was easy and cheap. Keswick is becoming cosmopolitan with some cocktail bars as well as the tradition bars.
Fantastic location for visiting the northern lakes. The cottage is very small and whilst the décor & furnishings are a little dated, it's very clean and well kept. Given we spent most of our time out and about, it didn't really matter that the cottage was a little tight on space.
A bit of a nightmare when we arrived to be informed that we werent due until the Monday, although this was soon sorted and confirmed.
Nice out of the way location, just what we needed.
The kitchen pans and trays and general oven dishes could do with refreshing and the kitchen would benefit from a small knife.
Very clean, warm and welcoming. Thanks
The cottage was very cosy and had everything we needed for a family holiday. The only negative comments would be:
The bedroom with the double bed was very small,
On arrival there was no heating so the house was VERY cold, you cannot override the heating which comes on 11pm ish daily and then releases heat throughout the night / day. Given the time of year of our holiday it would have been a nice touch if it had been activated the night before we arrived.
Otherwise the cottage was perfect and we would happily recommend it to others.
This cottage is definitely value for money. The location is stunning, only a few miles away from Keswick with forests one side and overlooking Skiddaw on the other.
The only points to consider is that due to the steep stairs and high access to the shower it would not be suitable to older/less mobile people (as mentioned in the description anyway). It is ideal for small families or 2-3 friends wishing for a handy base for all the local fell walking opportunities. The owner and cleaner provided additional support on our visit which was greatly appreciated.
2 other reviews
Well, we stayed at the cottage the last 2 weeks in August. First impressions were quite good but throughout the week, we found out that things werent really up to standards. To name a few, the Bathroom leaked everytime it rained heavily which we soon found out that all of the gutters were blocked. My wife had to take all of the pots and pans out and give them a good wash before we could use them as they obviously hadnt been washed for a few months, as well as the cupboards themselves, very greasy/dirty. The twin room door did not shut properly. The shower leaked everytime we used it, i had to go out and buy some mastic so i could seal the shower cubical and the shower fan didnt work when the shower itself was switched on hence a very steamed up bathroom. Apart from that, our stay was most enjoyable apart from the weather which we cannot guarantee.
We have just returned from this cottage for a short break, we had never been to the Lake district before and loved the whole setting of the cottage our dog loved walking along to Braithwaite from the cottage, Keswick is very closeby and we put the coal fire on once during our stay it was very homely
There is only bed linen included, you need to bring your own towells. The heating is by electric storage heating there is also a real coal fire. There are gardens outside the cottage but they are owned by another cottage owner.
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire Climbing Fishing Golf Horse Riding
Sailling Sports Center Swimming Water Skiing Wind Surfing