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The Ullswater Retreat

Ullswater, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Quirky
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Wonderful romantic retreat with splendid views over Ullswater
  • Steamboat nearby for exploring the area by water
  • Enjoy the relaxing location in the Lake District National Park with fantastic walks from your doorstep
Property code: 65993

Luxurious period cottage perfect for a romantic getaway in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy cosy nights in front of the roaring wood burner and admire the stunning views over Ullswater.

Escape to the Lake District National Park with a loved one and four-legged friend in this romantic retreat for two. Beautifully presented, the characterful accommodation boasts exposed beams, oak flooring and a wood burner, with a shared lawn overlooking the lake outside. Set within a secluded wooded enclave, its peaceful position is a haven for both walkers and wildlife watchers.

Inside, this traditional Lakeland miner’s cottage has been comprehensively renovated to create stylish accommodation with plenty of original charm retained. Prepare romantic meals for two in the beautifully appointed kitchen, with its shaker-style units, Belfast sink and Aga oven. After meals, fire up the wood burner in the beam-lined lounge and settle in for a cosy night with your loved one. After a long restorative soak in the free-standing bath, sink into the inviting king-size bed in the stylish bedroom upstairs. Outside, the shared lawn area offers an idyllic spot for romantic picnics overlooking the lake.

Set half a mile back from the road that runs alongside the lake, this 19th-century cottage is the perfect base for romantic retreats with the dog. Enjoy long strolls around Ullswater, stopping at the stunning Aira Force Waterfall (2.5 miles) or the pretty village of Glenridding (1.5 miles) along the way. Beyond the lake are vast expanses of mountains, valleys and woodland just waiting to be explored, including nearby Helvellyn (19 miles) and Skiddaw (20 miles), both of which boast breathtaking views from the top. For amenities, Penrith (12.5 miles) offers a good choice of supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

  • 1 bedroom - King-size
  • 1 en-suite bathroom
  • AGA oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine
  • 2 dogs welcome - dogs should be kept on a lead outside the properties garden due to livestock and wildlife
  • Smart TV and 2 DAB radios
  • Wood burner – first basket of logs included
  • Regret no children or babies
  • Stairs in the property are steep with no handrail
  • There is parking next to the property for one vehicle, and parking generally available nearby for additional vehicles
  • The garden and gravelled area are shared with the adjacent property and garden furniture is in place all the year round
  • The property is accessed by an unmade track and should be accessible by all vehicles with appropriate care taken
  • Shop, pub and restaurants 2 miles
  • 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

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 42 guest ratings

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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

Reviewed by Rebecca 17th June 2022

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Our stay at Ullswater retreat was picturesque and relaxing. The cottage itself is beautifully put together, felt lovely and clean and had everything we could possibly need. We loved the fact that we could look out of the window and usually find a red squirrel looking back at us. We also loved that we could walk from the cottage down to the lake andRead more various other spots like the Aira Force waterfall and local town Glenridding, with ease. Would definitely recommend and hope to return one day! Hide

Reviewed by Nicholas 10th June 2022

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Amazing cottage to stay at. Everything from the red squirrels, peace and quiet to the fantastic views were well worth it. The cottage is well equipped and very homely.

Reviewed by Catherine 6th June 2022

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A dear little cottage that has been beautifully renovated keeping its character features. Cosy and well equipped. Lovely wood burner for the colder evenings and a fire pit with views over Lake Ullswater if you fancy sitting outside in the evening. So lovely to see the red squirrels in the garden. Would highly recommend for a restful holiday with amRead moreazing scenery and walks on the doorstep. Hide

Reviewed by Philip 30th May 2022

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Lovely cottage in a very private area just off the lake of Ullswater. Views are really lovely from the shared lawn, but not the most ideal of places to bring a dog if you're wanting to let them off the lead outside. Every amenitie you could imagine in the cottage, warm lovely place to rest in. Bed was very comfortable. Only has a bath with manual sRead morehower head and hot water was touch/go at times. However, would recommend for a weekend stay, slightly off the beaten track. Hide

Reviewed by Diana 29th April 2022

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Beautiful tastefully done cottage with everything you need. Amazing view of the lake and lots of the walks on the doorstep where you don't need to use your car. Nice little local store in Glenridding that sells everything you will need, also try the Fellbites cafe is really good value for money with a warm welcome (don't let the outside put you offRead more, go in side). Hide

Reviewed by Elizabeth 22nd April 2022

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Lovely week overlooking Ullswater, warm and comfy. The red squirrels and their antics were very amusing and really made for a great holiday. Stairs are a bit steep, but we managed fine and were careful, and you to need to take care navigating the drive up but all in all quite an adventure, and to enjoy the position and views it commands its well woRead morerth it ! Hide

Reviewed by Katie 15th April 2022

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The cottage is absolutely beautiful and the location is stunning. You can walk for miles from your doorstep and the views of the lake (I would recommend getting up the hill behind the row of cottages to see the sunrise) are wonderful. Red squirrels scamper around the gardens and the setting means that you are largely undisturbed, except for the oddRead more walkers passing or other guests staying in one of the other properties. No basics are provided for your stay so bring essentials with you. Hide

Reviewed by Jayne 1st April 2022

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Lovely cottage and location. It certainly was a retreat. We were sad to leave. Stairs are steep but upstairs is lovely.

Reviewed by Rebecca 11th March 2022

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Just too perfect for words.. I dont want to share it !!

Reviewed by Dawn 4th March 2022

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Beautiful quiet location tastefully decorated fantastic views and red squirrels a real bonus our second visit

Reviewed by Adam 25th February 2022

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Reviewed by Abby 14th February 2022

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An amazing location. You will be hard pressed to find better. Beautiful views out to Ullswater. Cosy and peaceful. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by John 17th January 2022

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Amazing holiday, wonderful location and perfect cottage. Five star

Reviewed by Debbie 22nd December 2021

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This is a stunning cottage in the most fantastic remote location.

Reviewed by Kirsty 4th December 2021

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Reviewed by Kane 5th November 2021

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Cosy, comfortable cottage in a beautiful location. Great base for local walks and really nice to come back to after a long wet autumnal hike. Kitchen is well equipped (no microwave however) and to top it off, saw red squirrels, woodpeckers, tits and nuthatches from the kitchen window every day!

Reviewed by Sue 1st November 2021

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Reviewed by Neil 29th October 2021

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Fantastic secluded location buzzing with wildlife. We were greeted by 3 red squirrels and a woodpecker before we even had the key in the door. Lovely and warm and spacious with a great bath for a soak after a long walk. The drive up is rugged but we managed it in a Mondeo. Will definitely be looking to book again and have recommended it to family aRead morend friends who have already booked. Hide

Reviewed by Amanda 15th October 2021

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We loved the cottage and location so much we have booked another week next April. It was definitely a retreat, surrounded by sheep, birds & red squirrels! Bed very comfy, quality bedding Well equipped kitchen, Aga was easy to learn

Reviewed by Nicola 4th October 2021

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Reviewed by Amanda 20th September 2021

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Stayed at ullswater retreat for a week in September, the cottage is beautifully done out and in a lovely setting with views out to the lake. Lots of wildlife around too, especially red squirrels! The kitchen was well equipped, it has an Aga with full instructions, there wasn't a microwave though. Lovely large comfy bed , beautiful ensuite with largRead moree bath but nowhere to hang the shower mixer head. Steep steps up to the bedroom which maybe a problem for the elderly or infirm. Hide

Reviewed by Katie 10th September 2021

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We have just returned after a lovely stay at the Ullswater retreat, it was perfect! The location was great with stunning views over the lake. The cottage had everything we needed and the bed was so comfy, just what we needed after a long day exploring! We really enjoyed our stay and cant wait to return.

Reviewed by P M 3rd September 2021

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Fantastic location and a great cottage with a warm feeling.

Reviewed by Tina 27th August 2021

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A fabulously located cottage, with stunning views and an abundance of wildlife.

Reviewed by Sarah 6th August 2021

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It beautiful well equipped and excellently maintained cottage in a wonderful location. The cottage is one of 7 it 8 and can feel quite busy with families of children playing

Reviewed by Julia 30th July 2021

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My husband and I booked Ullswater Retreat for a week to celebrate his 60th birthday! It's a beautiful little cottage tucked away up a stony track above Ullswater. We adored the location and sat watching so many birds and the cheeky red squirrels. The cottage is lovely, stylishly decorated with a comfortable bed and huge bathroom! A little tip, takeRead more your own hand soap and toilet roll as there wasn't any in the cottage on arrival! Apart from that it was perfect, a wonderful holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Belinda 23rd July 2021

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What a perfect cottage in the perfect spot! We couldn't quite believe the views of the lake from all the walks nearby. And the cottage itself is so beautifully, luxuriously appointed: a dreamy bed, roll-top bath, sink-into sofa, kitchen with every imaginable appliance and tool you could wish for. We had a wonderful week and cannot wait to return! TRead morehank you so much. Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 18th June 2021

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Reviewed by Deborah 11th June 2021

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Our second visit to this lovely cottage and its surrounding area . Glencoyne wood ! Absolutely beautiful , idyllic, breathtaking, such a find! Love this place .

Reviewed by Ray 4th June 2021

Reviewed by James 28th May 2021

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Loved the position so much were returning in March! Super comfy bed..endless hot water, views, silence, Squirrels and sun, whats not to love?

Reviewed by Ron 14th May 2021

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Overall, very positive - there has clearly been significant investment in the property (underfloor heating, Aga cooker, tasteful decor, well-judged lighting) and we were particularly impressed by the spacious bedroom and well-appointed bathroom. The location is fabulous, though the outlook from inside is a little gloomy and there is some sound leakRead moreage from the cottage next door. Quibbles- some might find the stairs a challenge. TV coverage limited. Hide

Reviewed by Chris 7th May 2021

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Reviewed by Caroline 16th April 2021

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Perfect cottage in a perfect location singing birds, red squirrels and a lot of sheep unbelievable views.

Reviewed by Rhian 19th October 2020

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We stayed at the cottage for our Honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect. Beautiful place inside and out, quality furnishings throughout and very clean.

Reviewed by Deborah 25th September 2020

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It was a wonderful area , so picturesque and quaint set in the hillside ! Great walks aplenty! Wonderfully equipped , comfortable & clean cottage ! Loved it . Absolutely fabulous Holiday , would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Geoff 11th September 2020

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Its a lovely setting with a wonderfully equipped cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful setting, the natural world around us, especially the red squirrels. And of course the access to some great walks around Ullswater

Reviewed by Susan 29th August 2020

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The cottage setting was beautiful with wildlife surrounding us such as red squirrel, a variety of birds and also deers. The setting was more ideal for walkers as the pubs and shops were quite a walk away which meant we stayed in the evening. Apart from that the cottage interior was beautiful and clean and we had a glorious stay.

Reviewed by Emily 14th August 2020

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This cottage was amazing! The most perfect, cosy and well kept cottage in a beautiful and tranquil place. Well worth the money. Thank you!

Reviewed by Tracy 7th August 2020

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The cottage is beautiful in a stunning location. It has all 2 people need for a relaxing break. Our dog enjoyed it as well. The cottage is on National Trust land, and a Red Squirrel conservation area. We think it would be prudent to let people know this. We saw at least 2 red squirrels on the feeding boxes that are outside of the cottage.

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The Lake District National Park is a superb choice for a holiday. If you love nature and the great outdoors, the Lake District is one of the UK’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Taking up the lion’s share of the north-western county of Cumbria, the region has been popular with visitors since Victorian times, and it’s the only place to find mountains in England. Peace and tranquillity characterise the wonderful Lake District, with 16 lakes, including England’s longest and deepest, there is much to see and do. Visit Coniston Water, Ullswater, Wast Water and Windermere for just a taste of what you can see in the Lake District National Park.

Small towns like Ambleside, Windermere, Hawkshead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Glenridding all make for great bases from which to relax and unwind between sojourns into the fantastic natural landscapes of the Lake District National Park. Wildlife and bird lovers can spot all kinds of lesser spotted species in situ, and walking trails reveal some of the very best vistas within English borders. To embellish the experience, you can enjoy some of the country’s cosiest pubs and restaurants, many found in picture-perfect locations.

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