What a prospect! A holiday in the Lake District, relaxing in a comfortable cottage in a lovely village...

"What a wonderful spot to base our holiday! The cottage is a delight and the variety of walks has kept us busy all week"  a guest 21 Aug 10

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High Bridge is available during January, Highbridge Cottage is next available for the week starting February 8th. Please click on the "Prices and Availability" link for details.

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We have also received the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold award.  
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We are members of the Nurture Lakeland organisation.  Click on their logo below to find out more

As part of our contribution to Nurture Lakeland, we ask each Cottage visitor to donate 2 (or more) to the Lake District Osprey project when they make a booking. Such donations are of course completely optional – and very much appreciated.  We match whatever is donated by our guests.

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Welcome to Highbridge Cottages in Braithwaite!

And to the English Lake District, one of the most beautiful places on this planet!

Braithwaite, the village where the two self-catering holiday cottages are located, is a walker's paradise in the northern Lake District. Nestling at the foot of the Whinlatter pass, it acts as a gateway to the whole of the north-western chain of hills - the favourite part of the Lakeland fells for Wainwright, the sage of all Lakeland walkers, and he knew what he was talking about! The village is also only two miles from Keswick, the capital of the northern Lakes in Cumbria, and ten miles from Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth. The northern Lake District offers plenty of attractions for those who just wish to relax or enjoy themselves in stimulating surroundings. For something almost unique in England, a pair of wild ospreys have started nesting and rearing their chicks just round the corner from Braithwaite; you can during the summer watch them catch fish in Bassenthwaite Lake just a mile or so away.  If you are interested in flora and fauna, use this map to find the many relevant places and events close to the cottages.

The self-catering holiday cottage accommodation in Braithwaite form part of a short terrace raised up above Coledale Beck, which flows gently past the forecourt.

View from the self-catering cottage front door

To the north and east of the village are dramatic views of Skiddaw and Blencathra.... 

Skiddaw from Braithwaite Blencathra in autumn

while to the south and west are all the fells of the north-western range.

The north-western fells. Braithwaite is just right of dead centre.

You have two holiday cottages to choose from: they are next door to each other in the same building, and can be hired either separately or as one unit. High Bridge sleeps 6, Highbridge Cottage sleeps 4, or 5 with the collapsible bed. Both cottages offer self-catering holiday accommodation equipped to the same high level (VB 4 stars), and are non-smoking and dog-friendly.

Click here to find out more about High Bridge, and here for Highbridge Cottage.

Further information, or to make a booking

The Post Code for the cottages is CA12 5SX, if you wish to look us up on Multimap.  If you would like to know more, or make a booking, please email Peter Rigg.  If you have particular dates you are interested in, don't forget to check first if they are still available, by clicking here

Or you can of course ring us, on telephone number 0843 2891032 or, from outside the UK, +44 (0)843 2891032.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Environmental Commitment

At Highbridge Cottages we do try to work and live in an environmentally sustainable way, and we positively encourage our guests to do the same.  We invite you to support us in this aim during your stay, by using energy carefully, recycling your rubbish, shopping wisely, and supporting Nurture Lakeland with a small donation.   We also encourage you to avoid using your car if possible - there is plenty to do in this area without the need to travel far!  As an added incentive, the weekly rates for the cottages are discounted by 10% if you travel to and from the cottage by public transport.

If you would like to offset the carbon caused by your holiday travel, we have found a charity in southern India which, amongst other things, plants thousands of trees locally and which we would warmly recommend for support.

By all ‘doing our bit’ we can really help conserve the landscape and environment of the Lake District - and beyond!

Thank you.

We also support Fairtrade, and offer you Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar on your arrival.

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P. G. R. Rigg  2000-2012