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The Bothy - Wreay Mansions

Watermillock - Ullswater

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star


Pets:No Pets

Other: Lake & Mountain Views
Wi-Fi Broadband
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The Bothy 


The Bothy lies above the western shore of Ullswater, one of a small huddle of houses and cottages collectively known as Wreay Mansions. Approached by a leafy lane, leading into a shared private drive, The Bothy, along with the few other adjoining properties, sit under a wooded ridge looking out toward the lake. Whether by chance or design, the setting offers one of the finest views of Ullswater with its magnificent backdrop of fell and mountain.

The Bothy was built in 2009 on the site of an original and derelict building of the same name. Designed by owner James to be in keeping with the architectural style of the area, it was constructed by local craftsmen using slate and sandstone from Cumbrian quarries.

As with many Lake District houses it is bank built, giving two entrance levels, where at the front you enter the ground floor and from the rear there is an entrance into the first floor.

If the exterior echoes the past, the interior is modern and contemporary, offering guests a beautiful quality home to enjoy their time in the Lake District. For us this a quite special property, perfect for grown-ups to holiday in style, as well as families looking for somewhere that little bit special, where the Visit England 5 Star award recognises the effort the owner has given to the property and, we hope, the pictures tell the full story.



The Living Spaces

At the rear of the property a narrow lane rises to the level of the first floor, where you will find parking for one car and very handy for unloading your supplies. Double glazed doors lead into the first-floor level kitchen and dining space.

Open plan, it is the perfect space to prepare your favorite dishes. All mod cons have been provided at the business end, including an American style fridge-freezer with an ice maker for those long cold drinks and a wine chiller for your whites, pinks and bubbly. Off the kitchen is a small laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

The dining table sits in the middle of the room and to the far end is a sofa. The widows allow light to flood in and are filled with a stunning panorama of the lake and mountains, a true room with a view.

From the dining room, a door leads through to a hall where there is one of the finest features of the house, the spiral staircase. Running from top to bottom, the treads wind around a beautiful polished and machined red stone core where, with its glass and brushed steel furniture, it is quite a work of art and beauty.

Go up and the stairway opens into the center of the attic sitting room. Set under the pitched ceiling is a large comfy L shaped sofa, armchairs and a scattering of bean bags. Light floods in through the large Velux windows which offer another splendid view of the lake. Come cooler months there is a real flame gas fire to add to the ambience, perfect to tuck up with a blockbuster on the wide screen Smart TV.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are three bedrooms for you to choose from, each equaly comfortable and furnished with style. On the ground floor, you have the master double with a 5Ft bed and en-suite bathroom having a super free standing oval bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC. The twin bedroom has two zip and link single beds, (which can be made up as a king on request when booking), along with an en-suite shower room, with shower, basin and WC.

Up the wonderful stairs to the middle level and there is a further double bedroom offering one of the best views of the lake. The room offers a 5Ft double bed and Smart TV, along with an en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC.

Back to the ground floor where you have a house WC with basin.



Garden Spaces

To the front of the row of properties there is a large, sloping grassed area scattered with a few benches for all to share. With its panoramic view of the lake and mountains, it will be perfect for children to play and adults to simply relax, spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic on a warm summers day, all against a view spectacular – perfect.

There are a few garden chairs and small table which can be set up by the front door, or perhaps by the kitchen-dining area for breakfast alfresco.



Out & About

Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain.

Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find 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.

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The Bothy - Wreay Mansions
The Details

Bank Barn Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday Farmhouse - Semi Detached - Rural Location
  • Master bedroom with 5’ bed - En-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, basin and WC
  • 1 Double, with a 5’ bed, Smart TV and En-suite shower room with basin and WC
  • 1 Twin bedroom with zip and link singles, (this can be made up as a king on request when booking) - En-suite shower room with basin and WC 
  • 1 WC with basin
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • 1 Travel cot - 1 High chair
  • Oil central heating
  • Real flame gas fire
  • Electric double oven & gas hob
  • Microwave
  • American style Fridge/freezer
  • Wine chiller
  • Dishwasher
  • Nespresso machine
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Panini toaster
  • Laundry room with Washing machine & Tumble dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Smart TV in the sitting room
  • Smart TV in the kitchen/dining room
  • Dabs radios to each bedroom
  • Wi Fi Broadband
  • Electricity, gas & oil inclusive
  • Garden furniture
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Parking for 1 car by the kitchen entrance. Further parking for 1 car in the communal parking area about 150 yards down the track
  • Nearest Pub - Brackenrigg Inn - 0.8 Miles
Nearest Amenities
Glenridding & Patterdale
Keswick Area
Pooley Bridge
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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To add to the relaxed mood why not order a delicious meal from Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Debby Bainbridge in the North Lakes or Lucy’s of Ambleside in South Lakes.
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