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Welcome to The Pheasant

The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite Lake offers the warmest of Cumbrian welcomes in a tradition that has stood the test of time for more than two centuries. Originally a Lakeland staging post and coaching inn, The Pheasant Inn is now a unique hotel and 2 AA rosette restaurant that combines outstanding hospitality and local character with delicious food and an amazing setting where the woods meet the water and the fells meet Bassenthwaite Lake.

This outstanding Bassenthwaite hotel provides a perfect base for exploring the Lake District as well as offering wonderful food and drink, charming bedroom accommodation and a real flavour of the best that Cumbria has to offer. Located just off the a66 near to the market towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, we at The Pheasant very much look forward to extending that warm Cumbrian welcome to you very soon.

Don't forget, we are a dog friendly hotel and warmly welcome well behaved dogs in the bar and lounges, and four of the bedrooms.

See our Lake District hotel special offers including 2 or 3 night Winter and Summer treat offers. If you're looking for an experience gift, we have Gift Vouchers available.

Read our latest blogs including - Short walks for short winter days in the Lakes  and The Pheasant's Winter Bistro Menu - or check availability and book your stay online

Please book direct to get the best hotel rates and call us on +44 (0) 17687 76234 if you are bringing a dog (although you can book the Garden Lodge online).



“Restful, extremely comfortable and we will again be returning to this lovely hotel full of character”

Perfect levels of comfort, service, food.   Wonderful location at the head of Bassenthwaite, very quiet yet within easy distance of Keswick and Cockermouth.

Julia, Feb 2018

“A wonderful place to relax.”

Very comfortable, clean and relaxing country pub of quality.The Pheasant serves wonderful `designer` food in the restaurant and the Bistro caters for everybody.....

Good for visiting Keswick and the new local distillery .

There are some good walks nearby which you can enjoy and then sit beside a roaring log fire. Pure Heaven!

Peter, February 2018


Love this hotel, 2nd time stayed here and everything is excellent.

Ercu, December 2017

“Impeccable service in a relaxed environment”

Superb staff, their attention to detail was impeccable with them going above and beyond what was asked. Food was fantastic and the ambience was very relaxing. Our dog was made to feel very welcome too!

Kimberley, November 2017

“It exceeded all our expectations”

Everyone on staff did their utmost to please us.

The food was excellent, the logburners great.

John, October 2017

“Perfect treat with wonderful food”

We booked night at The Pheasant to celebrate our Wedding Anniv. Between booking and staying I was taken ill and underwent major surgery so our visit was not quite the itinerary we intended, however, we probably spent more time at the property as a result. The staff were all friendly and efficient; the room was comfortable with a lovely garden view; breakfast was amazing; the food in the Bistro was to die for - I had the shoulder of lamb - and the bonus of the Armathwaite Spa passes was just the icing on the cake. Would thoroughly recommend this treat and hope to return when fitter to sample the whisky choices on offer!

Janice, April 2017

“Superb place to stay”

Warm, cosy, friendly, clean and perfect! Excellent friendly but professional service, delicious food, well stocked bar, cosiest lounges, comfiest bed.

Lucy, September 2017

“Pure escapism. Gentle and charming.”

For tranquility and old world charm a visit is recommended

Peter, September 2017


Last stayed 25 years ago - has lost none of it's charm

Oliver, August 2017


* Comments taken from verified guests on booking.com


The pretty Georgian town of Cockermouth is just 6 miles away from The Pheasant and is the gateway to the quieter Western Lake District.

This thriving market town with its 8,000 inhabitants is proud of the fact that in 1965 the Council for British Archaeology recommended Cockermouth for preservation by the State as part of the National Heritage, thus making it a national 'Gem' town.

Attractions & Activities

cockermouth market placeWithin Cockermouth itself, there are several visitor attractions including Wordsworth House and Garden. Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy and the National Trust offer daily tours around the house, garden, and it also has a café.

Tours are also on offer at Jennings Brewery with their award-winning ales and long heritage, and they finish with samples of their ales.

If you like history, seek out the mini museum in Banks Hardware store in Market Place or take the Civic Trust’s town trail. And if you’re an art fan, there are lots of creative places to browse, and high-end art is on show at Castlegate Gallery, which has a national reputation.

Further afield, and not far from The Pheasant, lies the Lakes Distillery, where you can find out how whisky is being made for the first time in hundreds of years.

Also nearby is the Lake District Wildlife Park. Wander around their beautiful 24-acre parkland and see over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra. There is a café, picnic and play area and daily displays.

Visitors are also welcome at the Cockermouth Golf Club in nearby Embleton, an 8 hole, PGA rated golf course, fully equipped with a cosy and friendly clubhouse and easy parking.

Shopping in Cockermouth

Cockermouth's town centre is compact so easy to walk around and is host to a large number of independent shops. From butchers and bakers to toys and books, homewares, fine art and gifts, as well as clothes, shoes, hardware, fresh flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables, pet supplies and antiques.

There are also card shops, furniture stores, national supermarket chains (Sainsbury's, Aldi and Co-op) and car retailers, as well as historic hardware shops, interesting curios, pharmacies, banks and some luxury shops with clothes, shoes, lingerie, art and gifts. Why not browse the shops and then stop for some refreshment in one of Cockermouth's many coffee shops.

Events in Cockermouth

taste cumbria cockermouthThere’s always something going on in Cockermouth. The town's arts venue is the Kirkgate Centre, with its mix of music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions. Its Monday night cinema shows everything from subtitled arts films to recent blockbusters, while its Film Club has themed seasons. Many of the Main Street pubs have live music at weekends, and there are ad hoc events in some of the cafes, bistros and at Wordsworth House and Garden.

Annual events include Woolfest (the original British Wool Festival) in June, Northbound Music Festival and the Cockermouth Agricultural Show in August, Taste Cumbria Food Festival in September, and the annual riverside fireworks display in November.

It's also lovely to visit Cockermouth before Christmas. The shopkeepers light their doorways with candles, the fairy lights are magical, and there's even late night shopping, with mulled wine to keep away the chill.


Read our blogs 'We Love Cockermouth' and 'A Shopper's Guide to Cockermouth'



Some frequently asked questions about Bassenthwaite Lake and area:

Where is Bassenthwaite Lake?

Bassenthwaite Lake lies in a glacially eroded valley in the northern Lake District. It sits north-west of the town of Keswick and 6 miles east of the market town of Cockermouth.

Why is Bassenthwaite the only ‘official’ lake?

It is said to be the only 'true' lake in the Lake District because all the others have the words 'mere' or 'water' in their title.

How big is Bassenthwaite Lake?

Bassenthwaite Lake is long and narrow, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 34-mile (1.2 km) wide, making a total of 5.128km² *

What does Bassenthwaite mean?

'Bassenthwaite' is "'Bastun's clearing', pers.[onal] n.[ame] plus 'þveit' 'clearing', also 'common', 'lake'. The 1st element is usually taken to be the Anglo-French nickname or surname 'Bastun', originally meaning 'stick', while the 2nd is ON 'þveit' 'clearing'. *

How deep is Bassenthwaite Lake?

Bassenthwaite Lake is extremely shallow, with a maximum depth of about 70 ft (21 m). *

What are the mountains near Bassenthwaite?

Overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake is Skiddaw (931m), the fourth highest mountain in England. On the other side are some smaller fells including Sale Fell (359m), Lothwaite (345m), and Rivings (335m).

Are there any waterfalls near Bassenthwaite?

Whitewater Dash waterfall is a total of 246ft. From A591 go up the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake and turn right to Orthwaite. Park near Peter House Farm and take the road that becomes a track.  It’s around a 5-mile easy circular walk. The postcode is CA12 4QX.

(* source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassenthwaite_Lake)

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The Pheasant Inn
Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9YE

Tel: +44 (0) 17687 76234
Email: reception@the-pheasant.co.uk

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