Portinscale is the village closest to Keswick, just a mile away by car or a very pleasant 15 minute level walk via the suspension bridge over the river Greta and along the Howrah’s footpath.

Next to the shores of Derwentwater, watersport enthusiasts are well catered for with hire of canoes, kayaks, rowing boats, dinghys and windsurfers as well as tuition at Derwentwater and Nichol End marinas. Both marinas have waterside café areas. Portinscale is an ideal base for a walking holiday. On the doorstep are the starting points for the very popular walks up Catbells, Causey Pike and the Coledale Horseshoe as well as the Newlands Round. A short walk from Portinscale takes you to the landing stage at Nichol End from where you can join the Keswick launch. You can enjoy a leisurely cruise around the lake or plan a walk combined with a boat trip. There are also lovely walks in the Newlands Valley.

Facilities in the village include The Chalet Tearooms and Restaurant and The  Farmers Arms pub, both serving high quality food for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, a 10 minute stroll from the village, has a fantastic cafe overlooking an  octagonal walled garden that sits on the same spot as the old Lingholm kitchen gardens that Beatrix Potter credited as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The area around Portinscale is well known for its links with Beatrix Potter. Between 1885 and 1907 the Potter family took their summer holidays at Lingholm and Fawe Park on the Western shores of Derwentwater where Beatrix spent many hours making sketches of the woods, gardens and landscape which were to feature in several of her books.

Derwent House

Derwent House is a character Lake District building, in stone and slate, converted into four wonderful self-catering properties. Newly refurbished, the properties offer modern luxury, with wonderful views and everything you need for a fabulous Lake District break. The apartments have been finished to a very high standard, combining modern facilities with the retention of character features such as beams, window seats and exposed brickwork.

In a quiet location, they are ideally situated for a peaceful holiday, with lake activities nearby, great fell walking from the door, and the amenities of  Keswick a 15 minute walk away.

The four apartments are names after bays on the shores of Derwentwater.

Getting Here

Access by car to Portinscale is via the A66. Portinscale is served by the regular X4/X5 – Workington/Cockermouth/Keswick/Penrith bus. The bus stops on the A66 rather than going into the village. Portinscale is also on the 77/77A Honister Rambler bus route to Buttermere, a spectacular scenic tour, which gives access to many beautiful walks.

Otterbield Kitchen living area

Otterbield, Derwent House

An exceptional one bedroom top floor apartment with quirky features and wonderful views.

Victoria Derwent House Portinscale Living space

Victoria, Derwent House

Wonderful two bed apartment in Derwent House, Portinscale, sleeps 4.

Withesike Derwent House Portinscale Lounge area

Withesike, Derwent House

Fantastic, dog friendly, two bedroom apartment in Portinscale

Living Space Brandelhowe, Portinscale


Brandelhowe is a two bedroom, dog friendly ground floor apartment, with direct street access. It offers luxurious contemporary accommodation in a classic lakeland building.