Grammar School House
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 guests 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 quitely 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.
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 a piano along with a luxurious massage chair.
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.
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.
For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide
A beautiful house in a wonderful setting, so peaceful. We love the Lake District with its amazing scenery and so much to keep the kids entertained. Great days out with a brilliant house to come back to. THANK YOU!!
Totally agree, the owners have thought of everything. A pleasure to stay felt at home immediately
Thank you for a wonderful stay. The house is amazing! And it is those little touches that make it so special. We love the location and the information that you provided enabled us to make the most of our time in the area. Our activities included archery, go karting and canoeing. All were thoroughly enjoyable and catered well for a group aged 15-60. We will certainly visit again!!
Such an absolutely amazing house. We loved every little bit of it. We watched hundreds of tadpoles morph into teeny tiny frogs in the pond. The beautiful red squirrel lift up the lid of the feeding box to get the nuts – fantastic.
You have thought of everything and made the house very comfortable. Just like home! Thank you so much for all your special little touches tea and biscuits, wine etc. All very much appreciated.
A beautiful cottage and superbly well-equipped and thoughtfully prepared – also very impressive to see the appreciation and responsiveness to the comments and suggestions in this book! It’s been so good we have booked another stay here later in the year before we’ve even left!
A great family holiday had by all. We loved the home and location and hope to return.
Fantastic house. Great location. Stunning scenery. Very enjoyable stay. All information supplied very useful. Thank you for supplying dog bed and bowls, milk, coffee and biscuits very much appreciated on arrival. Hope to return next year for another week of lovely walks.
Just had to let you know we have been going to the Lake District for at least 20 years in different rental cottages and Grammar School House was the best equipped and cleanest place we have ever stayed. Hopefully will be booking with yourselves in the not too distant future.
Lakeland Extras - You Time
Holidays are are all about relaxing and reviving along with having fun. It should also be about your time, time for yourself, a little self indulgence. Adding some of these extras will enhance your holiday experience and give you that much deserved You Time.
My Personal Sanctuary
MPS is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Your treatments are carried out by carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay and even better, when you book one of our lake district cottages you will recieve a 5% reduction from MPS on your chosen treatment.
Home Cooked Meals
A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found a few companies that offer a tasty selection. Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.