Bed & Breakfast in Loweswater, Cumbria

Welcome to Looking Stead

Looking SteadThis awe-inspiring view of Crummock Water and surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from the garden and several rooms of Looking Stead.

Originally part of the Foulsyke Estate, which dates back to the 18th century, it was built as a labourer’s cottage. Since then there have been several renovations and additions to create a warm, comfortable home, with guest accommodation.

Poised between the valleys of Crummock, Lorton and Loweswater, there are a wealth of local walks to explore, many on the doorstep, with cycling, boating and fishing close by. The towns of Keswick and Cockermouth are a short drive away, as is Buttermere.

Awe-inspiring ViewsThere is an abundance of wildlife, particularly birds, visiting our garden, with sightings of deer and owls not uncommon but the star of the show has to be the red squirrels, which regularly feed at the dining room window and which we are also able to hand feed. With so little light pollution it is possible to see some spectacular night skies.

The rooms are comfortable, with seating areas and a separate shower room. The comfortable super-king sized bed in the Grasmoor bedroom may prove difficult to leave for breakfast with its superb views straight from the bed. Homemade cake and tea/coffee making facilities are available in your room.

Breakfast is served from 8.30 until 10am using local produce and homemade preserves. We do not offer an evening meal but the renowned Kirkstile Inn is a 10 minute walk away and there are several eateries a short drive away. If you prefer to stay in we can provide a platter to eat in your room . From £10 per person we do a local cheese, smoked salmon, ploughmans or deli platter ( 48 hour notice is required ) – feel free to bring your own wine as wine glasses and corkscrews are supplied.

We look forward to welcoming you soon for what we hope will be the first of many visits.

Lyn and Ted

“Sweet are the sounds that mingle from afar, Heard by calm lakes, as peeps the folding star…”

An Evening Walk by William Wordsworth