Spacious gardens
Patio seating overlooking the pond
Cosy up with the wood burner
Plenty of room for all
Open plan lounge/diner
Dining area
Great for socialising
King-size bedroom
Lots for everyone to do
Enjoy the views
King-size bedroom
Twin bedroom
Classicly decorated
Light and airy
Enjoy the garden on a sunny day
Take a seat in the sun
Pond in the garden
Originally built as the village school
1 / 20  Spacious gardens
2 / 20  Patio seating overlooking the pond
3 / 20  Cosy up with the wood burner
4 / 20  Plenty of room for all
5 / 20  Open plan lounge/diner
6 / 20  Dining area
7 / 20  Great for socialising
8 / 20  King-size bedroom
9 / 20  Lots for everyone to do
10 / 20  Enjoy the views
11 / 20  King-size bedroom
12 / 20  En-suite
13 / 20  Bathroom
14 / 20  Twin bedroom
15 / 20  Classicly decorated
16 / 20  Light and airy
17 / 20  Enjoy the garden on a sunny day
18 / 20  Take a seat in the sun
19 / 20  Pond in the garden
20 / 20  Originally built as the village school

Grammar School House

Watermillock, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 5 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC20


Grammar School House offers the perfect location for family holidays in this very beautiful and unspoilt area of the northern Lake District, where the owners have given every thought to their guest's comfort, offering a high-quality holiday home and acknowledged as such by the Visit England highest award of Five Star Gold.

It is ideally suited for easy access, being 7 miles into the National Park from Penrith. Yet it is off the tourist trail and offers peace and seclusion. A mile from the shores of Ullswater, you can have plenty of fun in and on the water, walks onto high fell and mountain, with the perfect house to come home to relax and unwind after your day's activity.

Set in one of my favourite locations, Grammar School House is spacious and well equipped, standing in its own private and quiet garden, with lawn, a small wooded area and a large pond. Here, in the grounds, wildlife abounds, and rare red squirrels are often to be seen scurrying in the trees, along with a variety of birds. The owners have thoughtfully provided wildlife feeding stations around the grounds along with feed supplies to keep them topped up. Spring bringing the extra delights of quietly viewing the activities of all the new born young, a real treat to be enjoyed and enhance your holiday memories.

Built 150 years ago as the local school, there is an interesting history and the headmaster's log is a quaint testament to this. It has been completely refurbished and newly furnished throughout to suit modern tastes and comfort.

Living Spaces

The very large kitchen is the heart of the house with its Aga, rustic furniture, soft leather sofa and large screen TV. Wide, glazed doors look out to the garden, and the whole makes for perfect lazy lunches and cosy dinners, long into the night.

There are two sitting rooms for you to spread around and relax. Both comfortably furnished, one has a further TV, the other has a sofa with recliners and a piano.

Wi-Fi and Sky TV will further enhance the comfort and enjoyment of your stay.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Upstairs the bedrooms are large and spacious. Two are king sized double rooms, one of these having an en-suite shower, with the remaining two rooms offering twin beds. As well as the en-suite shower room, there is a family bathroom and a further shower room.

Garden Spaces

The gardens are a delight, surrounding the house with lawns, trees, shrubs and a garden pond. You can relax under a shady tree with a good book, gaze out at the fell and watch the abundant wildlife that has found a home in the grounds, or is simply passing by - all in all pretty perfect.

For me, the owners have provided the perfect house to both holiday at, and as a base for exploring the magnificent countryside, lake and villages. Whether you come for holidays with family and friends, or are gathering for a reunion or celebration, I am sure Grammar School House will please, leaving happy memories of your stay.

Out & About

Ullswater is thought to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in Lake District, where much of the shore and surrounding fells are accessible to explore offering some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages.

One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and Helvellyn, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. The route takes you all the way to Sandwick and onto Howtown. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding, but do check boat times and last sailings.

Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera.

Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.

There are three main villages, Patterdale with a little shop and the Lion Inn, Glenridding, offering shops, a garage and selection of cafes and inns, and at the far northern head of the lake is Pooley Bridge, again with a small but good selection of shops, cafes and inns.

Overall there is so much to see and do, both around the lake and nearby areas, towns and villages, where to get the best from your visit it is well worth investing in a few good guides and maps.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 4 bedrooms - 2 king-size and 2 twins
  • Bathroom with bath and WC 2 shower rooms (1 en-suite) each with shower and WC
  • 2 TVs/DVDs both with Sky channels including Sky Sports, iPod dock, and DAB radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner AGA oven, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Laundry room with washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Off-road parking for 6 cars
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Piano in second lounge

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 29 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Dave 26th July 2019

This was a well-equipped and spacious property. Wonderfully located on the Ullswater path, we enjoyed some fabulous walks direct from the front door! Quality fittings throughout, this was a home from home.

Reviewed by Michael 10th May 2019

Fantastic cottage which has excellent facilities. Very comfortable and spacious. Liked the fact that it is right on a major footpath to Pooley Bridge and Aria Force. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others

Reviewed by June 19th April 2019

Beautiful well equipped house. We had a lovely family break and would have no hesitation In recommending.

Reviewed by Andrew 15th February 2019

This must be the best equipped holiday let we have ever had. Aga, central heating, Sky TV in 2 rooms, massage chair, table football, piano, didgeridoo, games, books, maps - the list goes on. Position good for northern lakes and walking.

Reviewed by Mark 8th February 2019

Wow! This house was kitted out with everything you could need! We have 5 children that age in 9, 8,7,2 and 0. There was everything from toys, to high chairs to travel cots, dvds. Everything in the house was high quality from the furniture to the showers. Children were never bored which is saying something for my 5. Also we have a puppy and they eveRead moren cared for her. Washing machine is always a much even on holiday and tumble dryer makes it home from home! I could go on and on but we loved it! Hide

Reviewed by Helen 23rd December 2018

Great house for 8 people and dogs . Super walks straight from the door . Amazingly equipped including dog beds if needed. Lots of space inside and three bathrooms . We here in winter so very light and airy but not sure what its like in summer with all trees in full leaf .. if you want too see red squirrels .... we had a family entertain us all weekRead more .. a highlight . Hide

Reviewed by - October 2018

This has been a wonderfully relaxing return visit to Grammar School House, with amazingly bright (but cold) weather for the time of year. Such a joy to be here again!

Reviewed by - September 2018

A fabulous and well needed holiday in this stunning house. We loved it: the dogs loved it we will be back! Thank you

Reviewed by - September 2018

We had an amazing stay perfect place for us to get together as a family. A beautiful house in beautiful surroundings!

Reviewed by Maria September 2018

I spent a week with my family, including 2 young babies and a small dog, at Grammar School House in September. The property was beautifully clean, and extremely well equipped for a family stay. It has a lovely garden with plenty of room for parking and the location is fantastic, being close to some really good walks. We will definitely book the proRead moreperty again at some future date. Thank you to the owners for providing the facilities for a great family holiday Hide

Reviewed by - September 2018

Weve all had a great time. Unfortunately the week isnt long enough. Great location, great food and a wonderful holiday home.

Reviewed by - August 2018

We very luckily stayed for 2 weeks in this amazing house. It was a lovely experience in your beautiful home. This is our third time at Grammar School House so we know the place quite well. It was a lovely place to come back to and we hope to visit again. All the seats were very comfortable. Lots of things to do on a rainy day were supplied. It was Read moreso much fun and your beautiful home made such a difference to our holiday. Thank you a lot. Weve spotted lots of red squirrels in the garden! Hide

Reviewed by - August 2018

Had a lovely week here. The house is fantastic, well equipped and super location. We couldnt have wished for better Thank you.

Reviewed by - July 2018

Had a lovely stay in this wonderful well equipped house. Everything was brilliant! Thank you!

Reviewed by - July 2018

Had an amazing stay at this wonderful house, there is nothing that isnt catered for! Felt like we were staying in a friends home! Thank you!!!xxx

Reviewed by Anon June 2018

Fantastic House; had a lovely week and enjoyed the warm weather. Would love to return!

Reviewed by Jem and Jane Townell April 2018

Judy and Ian, your house is gorgeous. It has everything one would wish for and more.

Reviewed by Voase Family April 2018

Had a fantastic stay. Very well appointed theres nothing we couldn't do. Close to great family attractions. Loved the music room, great relaxing evenings. A beautiful house for a base. Thank you for the lovely little touches that made a great family holiday.

Reviewed by Grammar School House Guest August 2017

Fabulous house, best we've ever stayed in we want to live here! A wonderful holiday, stunning scenery thank you for all the little extras around the house to make it a beautifully comfortable, luxurious, home from home.

Reviewed by Grammar School House Guest August 2017

Thank you so much for our second lovely stay in your home. We had a fantastic fortnight and hope to return next year!

Reviewed by Andrew and Sarah Bonafont August 2017

We have just returned from a wonderful relaxing week away at GSH, the house was immaculate and the fixtures and fittings of superb quality, we looked forward to returning to its comfort and cosiness after days out and enjoying the house and garden.The week was topped off with the sighting of a red squirrel on the nut feeder on the last morning!! GrRead moreeat added touches on arrival of wine,tea, coffee and biscuits; ample things to do inside if the weather is against you.We would thoroughly recommend this property and are sure to return. Hide

Reviewed by Prue Renton June 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Grammar School House, it was so well equipped and comfortable and included thoughtful little extras so we really couldn't think of anything that would improve our visit. Thanks also to you, for sorting out our doggy dilemma! We all agreed it was the best all round experience we have had at a holiday rental in this countryRead more.We have just had a wonderful family holiday at Grammar School House, such a lovely spacious, airy house with luxury mod cons, comfy beds, everything we could have needed was there and then there were the thoughtful little extras, tea coffee and wine very welcome after a long journey. Such a pretty garden for sunny days and the dogs and their owners really appreciated the great walks right on the doorstep, one damp day they walked the length of the Ullswater Way which passes by at the bottom of the garden and goes all the way round the lake. So much helpful information was at the house too from places to visit or eat out to instructions for using everything in the house (often sadly lacking in some properties!) We can't fault this beautiful holiday home and very much hope to come back one day.Many thanks Hide

Reviewed by Lennie Smith-de Wi March 2017

We were very impressed with the property. it was beautiful decorated and extremely well equipped. The house was in a beautiful peaceful area. Frogs, red squirrels and a pheasant were spotted in the garden to our delight. We had a wonderful time and can recommend this property without any hesitation.

Reviewed by Mr & Mrs O & party July 2016

Wonderful week already planning to come back next year. We loved everything piano amazingly in tune, 2 Sky boxes (luxury), easy and challenging jigsaws.Big fan of the massage chair. 100 stars/100 stars * x100.We also saw some red squirrels! The best Ullswater house we have stayed in and we've been coming up here for 7 years.

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Spacious gardens
Patio seating overlooking the pond
Cosy up with the wood burner
Plenty of room for all
Open plan lounge/diner
Dining area
Great for socialising
King-size bedroom
Lots for everyone to do
Enjoy the views
King-size bedroom
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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