Bassenthwaite Self-Catering Holidays

Mireside Farmhouse Bassenthwaite

Located in the Bassenthwaite meadowlands below Skiddaw, Mireside Farmhouse is a unique combination of rural tradition and modern comforts, offering ideal self catering holiday accommodation in Bassenthwaite in the Lake District. The farmhouse offers more spacious, pet friendly accommodation than a traditional Lake District cottage. It is well equipped and maintained to a high standard. If you are specifically looking for a Lake District cottage then visit

This pet-friendly holiday accommodation at Mireside is open all year round. Short breaks are available throughout the low season October to March, excluding Christmas and New Year. And short breaks are available in the main holiday season on a last minute basis.

Mireside Farmhouse in Bassenthwaite

The solid stone house is a 17th century listed building which rigorous National Park Authority standards maintain fully in character, to the extent of preserving some charming peculiarities. The interior has been tastefully furnished in a modern style. It is carpeted throughout, with the exception of a beautiful sandstone floor in the kitchen and a rugged slate floor in the boot room. The farmhouse is just a short distance from the market town of Keswick, and also a short drive to the larger town of Cockermouth.

Mireside Farmhouse Self Catering In Bassenthwaite

Mireside Farmhouse Self Catering, Bassenthwaite

The farmhouse offers self-catering holiday accommodation for up to eight people and is situated in the northern Lake District. There are four bedrooms, arranged as one double bedroom and three twin bedrooms. In addition, there is a cot and high chair provided for guests to use at their discretion.

If you would like to check the availability of Mireside Farmhouse or make a booking, then please visit where you will find pricing and availability, as well as the opportunity to book online.

History of Mireside Farmhouse near Bassenthwaite

The building dates back to the late 17th Century and is a typical Lakeland farmhouse with the original house being extended on two separate occasions. The farm has been in our family since February 1801 when William Slater purchased “the Messuages, cottages. barns, stables, cowhouses gardens orchards, seventy acres of land, twenty acres of meadow and twenty acres of pasture” for one hundred and twenty pounds.

The Slaters built Parkergate (now also providing self-catering accommodation in Bassenthwaite) and High Side Farm (which offers bed and breakfast accommodation) and have a long history in the village – this is evidenced by the headstones in St Bega’s church. The family tree has been traced by distant relatives in Canada and in July 2000 there was a ‘Slater reunion’ with some 30 relatives returning from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.

More recently, from 1938 the farm was occupied by a tenant, John Mackereth, until he passed away in 1995. The family still farm surrounding fields.

Mireside Farmhouse, Bassenthwaite - Holiday Accommodation

Mireside was completely renovated in 1997. Whilst it retains the charm of a Grade One Listed Building, the house benefits from all modern amenities including oil fired central heating, a high-pressure water system, wireless broadband, digital TVs, modern furnishings and a well-equipped kitchen. We spend as much time as we can at Mireside and try to maintain it to a high standard so that it is very much our ‘home from home’.

Mireside consists of the main farmhouse, a large garden with a small stream, a number of traditional barns in a cobbled farmyard and four fields totalling 18 acres which are let to a local farmer for grazing. When staying at Mireside you will enjoy exclusive use of the house and garden and the only disturbance should be the animals, the farmer tending them and the occasional walker. It is a beautiful setting.

General Information Regarding Mireside Farmhouse

We very much hope you have a good stay at Mireside and the following information contributes to your enjoyment. Many of you reading this will have stayed in Mireside previously and may have read much of this information before although it's updated every year very little changes.

The Main Living Area

The kitchen, dining facilities and lounge are one large, open plan area. The lounge has three comfortable sofa’s seating a total of eight people. The sofas are arranged around the cast iron wood burner and flat screen TV with DVD player.

The fitted, fully-equipped kitchen.

The fitted, fully-equipped kitchen

The kitchen, with its exposed beams and beautiful sandstone floor, is a great place for the whole family to start the day in the Lakes. The kitchen has quality fitted units with ample cupboard and shelf storage space. It is well equipped to cater for eight, with a fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, electric hob and fan oven. There is a large solid wood farm table in the kitchen area with seating for eight.

The pine dining table and chairs for eight.

The dining table and chairs for eight

The living area is open plan with the kitchen/dining area, creating a lovely feeling of spaciousness. The focal point of the room is the original fire surround, now containing a functional wood-burning stove - a great place to warm up after a long day out walking on the fells.

The main seating in the lounge.

The main lounge

The Sitting Room

There is a separate sitting room/games room, with a second TV, video, and plenty of games.

The separate sitting room with sofa's arranged around the TV

The Bedrooms

Up the stone staircase and on the first floor (mind your head on the low beams!) are three twin bedrooms and one double bedroom. All the bedrooms are bright and well lit. There is space for a cot in the double bedroom or one of the twin rooms.

The Double Bedroom at Mireside

The master bedroom

Middle Twin Bedroom at Mireside

The middle twin bedroom

The End Twin Bedroom at Mireside

The end twin bedroom

The Dormer Twin Bedroom at Mireside

The dormer twin bedroom

The Bathrooms

On the ground floor is a spacious walk-in shower room with washbasin and WC. On the first floor is the main family bathroom containing a bath (with shower over), washbasin and WC.

Utility And Boot Room

On entering the farmhouse you pass through the utility and boot room. This is an excellent space for drying wet clothes and boots. The room is equipped with a Belfast sink, a washing machine and a tumble dryer.


The farmhouse has oil fired central heating with radiators in all rooms. The central heating thermostat is in the kitchen, with the main heating controls by the boiler in the Utility Room. There is also a wood burner in the lounge, with seasoned logs available free of charge in the wood store.


The telephone will accept incoming calls and local calls can be made free. The number is 017687 76717.


The yard and buildings all belong to the house. There is lighting in the adjoining barn and the large barn at the rear where cars and boats can be stored. The brick milking parlour is now used as a machinery store by a local farmer and children should not explore. A bridle-way runs past the front door and is often used by walkers.

Pets Welcome

We welcome one pet on the understanding that it does not enter the bedrooms and that the gardens are left clean for children to play.

DID YOU KNOW? That Bassenthwaite is the only 'Lake' in the Lake District – in that the term ‘Lake’ is in the name of this body of water i.e. Bassenthwaite Lake. All other bodies of water in the Lake District are meres, waters or tarns e.g. Windermere, Ullswater, Sprinkling Tarn.

Walks Around Bassenthwaite

Signpost Of Walks Around Bassenthwaite

There are numerous footpaths in the vicinity of Mireside Farmhouse. You can walk through the meadows and down to St’ Bega’s chapel – a favourite spot for those wishing to get married in the Lake District.

For the more adventurous, you can venture up Dash Falls – though you may wish to park nearer to the start of the walk proper at Peter House Farm cottages. There is a good track up to the waterfalls, which eventually leads to Skiddaw House youth hostel.

For the really fit and strong of limb, the challenge of Skiddaw looms as a backdrop to Mireside Farmhouse. Walking from the farmhouse, this 12 miles circular route up Ullock Pike and the summit of Skiddaw will take in the region of 6 – 8 hours.

The Information Folder for Bassenthwaite Farmhouse contains many more ideas for walks and adventures in the Lake District.

Activities Near To Mireside Farmhouse


Sailing on Bassenthwaite Lake requires a permit issued by Keswick Tourist Information centre located in the Moot Hall in Keswick. Only non-powered craft are allowed on the lake and are restricted to limited areas of the lake. If you are a member of the RYA or an RYA Affiliated club, then you can use the facilities at Bassenthwaite Lake Sailing Club.


We have played at Keswick, Workington, Silloth and Cockermouth clubs. All are very good courses. Cockermouth is a short course, very interesting and a good walk on the fells. Silloth is the best of the lot and is a challenging links course.


Bassenthwaite Lake offers fishing from the shore or from a rowing boat. Permits are required to fish in Bassenthwaite Lake which offers pike, trout and salmon. Permits need to be bought in person at the Tourist Information Centre in the Moot Hall at Keswick. An Environment Agency fishing rod licence is also required. Visit for more information.


Keswick has a ‘leisure pool’ with a wave machine and water slide. A conventional pool can be found in Cockermouth and it is possible to buy day tickets to the leisure centres at Castle Inn and Armathwaite Hall.

Many visitors return to Mireside, some quite regularly. The visitor's book a testament to the enjoyment the house and location provides. Please come and see Mireside for yourself!