Don’t the Christmas holidays just fly by!? After all the planning and preparation it just goes in a flash. We are usually travelling around the country visiting family and friends so it doesn’t really feel like a proper break, fun as it is.

This year, when planning meet ups with a friend arose the genius idea of us getting a cottage for New Year together. Hubbie took some convincing as he likes to do nothing much in these holidays but with the promise of down time he conceeded! Finding a cottage for 8, at probably the busiest time of the year, wasn’t east but we did find one in the Lake District with Sally’s Cottages.

Aiverthwaite is a cosy cottage perfect for family or friend get togethers. It is full of character and charm with tasteful decor, comfy window seats and lots of cosy cushions and throws! Just look at a few of the gorgeous wallpaper and fabric!

There are four bedrooms – two doubles and two twins. The double bedrooms both have ensuites one with shower and the other with bath. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need and more. There is a large living/dining room with log burner (divine!) and the conservatory had stunning views. It all felt spacious and homely.

The cottage is located in a picture perfect valley surrounded by patchwork fields of sheep and countryside. You feel like you are remote and isolated (in a good way) allowing total chillout in the incredibly peaceful surroundings. Every window in the cottage had stunning views adding to the luxury of serene bliss.

We had a brilliant time watching films, playing board games, reading, eating, drinking and chatting! Theoretically you could do all those things at home but realistically you don’t as so many jobs to do when in your own surroundungs. The pressure was off so we could focus on time together and chilling! We managed to convince hubbie what a good idea this was!

The weather was gorgeous when we were there for the five nights. We almost wanted it to be rubbish weather so we could have a good excuse not to go out but with blue skies and bright sun we had to make the most of the walks from the door.

We walked across the fields on the search for Roman ruins – the children burnt of lots of energy climbing hills and running free. We surprised a few sheep on the way as well!

There is a pub called the Snooty Fox in nearby Uldale which is walking distance down a muddy track with stunning vistas. It is only open in the evenings and was booked up on the night we wanted to go for food, but it will definitely be on our list of things to do when we return! 

Within easy driving distance of Keswick we visited the Puzzling Place which kept the kids occupied for a while and also took a drive to Brampton to see Hadrian’s Wall! Post to follow on this!

We would definitely recommend a cottage for a new year break with friends and/or family and Aiverthwate fit the bill perfectly for us.

What did you do for New Year?  Would love to hear what you did!

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