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The Ullswater Retreat

Ullswater, Lake District
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Fishing on site / nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Quirky
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
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Property code: 65993

Located in a delightfully secluded spot half a mile from the shores of Ullswater, this traditional Lakeland miner’s cottage has been stunningly updated to provide cosy accommodation for two guests. An ideal romantic retreat with breathtaking views of the lake, this charming 19th-century stone-built property can be found in a tranquil wooded enclave frequented by red squirrels and an array of birdlife. With miles of beautiful walks from the doorstep, this is a fabulous base for a couple exploring the southern Lake District.

Accessed via an unmade woodland track, the cottage forms the gable-end of a terrace and features a light, relaxing lounge/diner with pitch-pine beams and a traditional wood burner. The kitchen is a pleasure to cook in, with an AGA-style oven and views towards Ullswater. Upstairs, there’s a bright and relaxing king-size bedroom with exposed ceiling beams, limed-oak flooring with underfloor heating and a stylish en-suite wainscoted bathroom. Stepping outside, the lawn is shared with the neighbouring property and makes a lovely spot to sit back and enjoy the superb views of the lake and surrounding woodland.

The cottage is set in an idyllic spot above the Glencoyne Valley, with the slopes of the Sheffield Pike fell leading up to Helvellyn (5.5 miles), one of the highest peaks in England. The picturesque village of Glenridding (1.5 miles) lies at the foot of Kirkstone Pass, towards the southern end of Ullswater, and has a welcoming range of excellent restaurants and pubs. This is a wonderful area for walkers of all abilities, or you could head to Ullswater and cruise across the lake by steamship. The impressive Aira Force Waterfall (2.5 miles) is to the north. Also nearby is the charming village of Patterdale (2.5 miles) and the thriving market town of Keswick (15.5 miles) on the banks of Derwentwater.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, hand held shower over bath, and WC
  • Wood burner – first basket of logs supplied 
  • Underfloor heating
  • Smart TV, 2 radios
  • Garden shared with adjacent property
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Please note, stairs in the property are steep with no handrail
  • Property is accessed by an unmade track
  • Adults only property with a maximum occupancy of 2
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

 

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 38 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Hedy 7th June 2024

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Reviewed by Nicole 29th April 2024

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Reviewed by Nicole 22nd April 2024

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Reviewed by Shaun 1st April 2024

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Reviewed by Stephen 22nd March 2024

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Stunning location and the family of red squirrels running around made our holiday, if you want quiet and seclusion this is the place. Local hotels also provided excellent meals. It is a bumpy track up to the cottage but well worth it

Reviewed by Nicola 11th March 2024

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It is a lovely cottage for two, very peaceful and well appointed. Would have been lovely to have entered a warm cottage with a welcoming pack, and this is something they could do to make the stay start well, but we loved it and wow the bed is comfortable and loads of hot water too. The walks around the area are spectacular and although it rained evRead moreeryday, it doesn't stop the enjoyment. Hide

Reviewed by Cris 4th March 2024

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What an amazing place. Stunning views, cosy, comfortable and quiet. Everything needed for 2. Nestled in the woods, at the foot of some mountains with views towards Ullswater. Oh and red squirrels!

Reviewed by Martin 2nd February 2024

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Lovely location, not suitable for disabled. Needs some care and updating. Recommend for couple walking holiday.

Reviewed by Paula 22nd January 2024

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Absolutely lovely cottage in a stunning location. Pretty interiors, well equipped and a very comfortable bed. The only downsides for me were the track (I think it had been affected by recent storms when we stayed) and the fact that the sofa isn't comfortable (there is nowhere else to sit apart from hard chairs). These negatives are outweighed by thRead moree beauty of the location, however. I would definitely consider staying again but probably in the summer when the track is easier to negotiate! Hide

Reviewed by Debbie 22nd December 2023

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Charming cottage in the most fantastic location.

Reviewed by Georgie 15th December 2023

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Stunning location and a gorgeous period stone cottage. Perfect for two and a dog. Well managed and well equipped. Very responsive maintenance for a small utilities issue while we were there. Fixed same day. Lovely relaxing holiday

Reviewed by Helen 24th November 2023

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Reviewed by Suzi 9th October 2023

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If your looking for a cosy cottage experience in the Lake District this is the place to stay. It is extremely peaceful and quiet with good walking routes from the door. Great location for exploring Ullswater lake and local area.

Reviewed by Penny 2nd October 2023

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A special location in the lake district. A great place from which to explore the fells around Ullswater and enjoy water activities on the lake. The cottage is cosy and well equipped, and surrounded by red squirrels. It requires some careful driving up the lane, but is very do-able. There are some lovely walks from the door, and the lake steamer is Read morenot far away, if you would like to go further around the lake without using your car. Can highly recommend - our dog loved it too! Hide

Reviewed by Dave 25th September 2023

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Reviewed by Martin 15th September 2023

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In the middle of nowhere, great. nice little cottage.

Reviewed by Carole 1st September 2023

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Reviewed by John 11th August 2023

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Lovely cottage in a glorious area. The cottage is furnished beautifully and bonus - dogs are welcomed. A single track road leads to the property with parking. The outside space has stunning views of Ullswater along with wildlife galore - red squirrels and birds being frequent visitors.

Reviewed by Helen 14th July 2023

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We had a lovely, peaceful week in the Lakes. The cottage was perfect!

Reviewed by Lynn 23rd June 2023

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Beautifully renovated cottage in idyllic setting. Wonderful walks and abundance of wildlife from doorstep. Steep track up to cottage - needs to be driven with care Steep stairs in cottage not suitable for anyone with mobility issues Sitting room dark even on sunny days, may not suit some people Sofa worn and uncomfortable if sitting long periods

Reviewed by Megan 2nd June 2023

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Fabulous cottage and location, the red squirrels were an added bonus

Reviewed by David 26th May 2023

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Lovely location and very peaceful although the access road is rough, steep and a problem for sportier cars. The staircase in the cottage is narrow and has tall steps, so be aware in case that's an issue. Living room seating is uncomfortable, and the small TV only has access to online content e.g. BBC iPlayer. The walk to/from Glenridding for suppliRead morees and food/drink is nearly two miles each way and choice is limited. A nice place to stay if you're OK with the limitiations which should be clearer. Hide

Reviewed by Pete 5th May 2023

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If you want peace and tranquility then look no further! Superb location and the cottage is just perfect for a couple. All you need is there to make your holiday in the beautiful Lake District sublime.

Reviewed by Nicolas 10th March 2023

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The cottage was really lovely with fabulous views and we loved the remote location, Aga and log burning stove. Overall the decor was really tasteful and good quality. The kitchen was really well equipped with everything you needed and the Aga was a joy to cook on. We had lots of snow but with the log burning stove the cottage was romantic and cozy.Read more Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 17th February 2023

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Cottage is lovely and location is beautiful. would come again .

Reviewed by Alice 27th January 2023

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Beautiful location and such a lovely cottage.

Reviewed by Graham 16th January 2023

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Reviewed by Helen 11th November 2022

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Our second time staying at Seldom Seen and everything was simply perfect - such a special place and the cottage so comfortable. Cant wait till our next visit!

Reviewed by Derek 7th November 2022

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beautiful location remote and quite with fantastic views, plenty of red squirrels and other wildlife. a great setting to recharge and escape the challenges of life.

Reviewed by Stella 24th October 2022

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Beautifully renovated cottage with great views.

Reviewed by Jan 10th October 2022

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Reviewed by Anne-marie 3rd October 2022

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A lovely cosy, comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting. We loved watching all the different birds & red squirrels which came so close to the cottage! A peaceful & relaxing week overlooking Ullswater.

Reviewed by Angela 23rd September 2022

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The piece and tranquility of the location is great for walks and looking at the wildlife, birds and Red Squirrels. I think the cottage would be ideal for the summer months but its very dark inside and needs the lights on during daytime, this is due to the close proximity of the surrounding trees and the time of year, late September when we went. ItRead more has a very nice bath with lots of hot water available all of the time. Stairs are a bit steep and tricky without a bannister. Access road narrow. Hide

Reviewed by Diane 2nd September 2022

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Very impressed with the standard of the decor and fittings throughout the property. The location is brilliant, peaceful and plenty of red squirrels to watch and good variety of walks from the front door

Reviewed by Jemma 12th August 2022

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Wonderful property with everything to hand! Perfect location and a very cosy cottage for us to spend our honeymoon!

Reviewed by Bernie 5th August 2022

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Superb location with outstanding views. Destinations within walking distance, especially the lake and Glenridding. Regular sightings of red squirrels and a woodpecker. Ideal place to just chill and recharge, thanks.

Reviewed by Neil 15th July 2022

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Reviewed by Davina 8th July 2022

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After a long journey and were disappointed that there was no welcome pack even with a few basic items such as milk, tea so then had to go shopping so we could have a cup of tea! This is the first cottage ever stayed in that did not provide anything. Following week stayed in North York Moors and received a fully stocked welcome pack - basics, wine eRead moretc. On Sunday read the info. pack that stated we had to sort out and take recycling to Glenridding and would be fined 30 if not followed. Hide

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