Budget Holiday Cottages Near Ullswater

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The area around stunning Ullswater is glorious with some of the best fell walking in the Lake District, fascinating pockets of history, and tranquil valleys. If you’re on a budget, never fear: this wonderful region has lots of great-value holiday cottages for when you’re saving those pennies!

Ullswater from Arnison Crag in the Lake DistrictSo whether you’re a hiker, a cyclist, or just in search of the good life, there’ll be plenty for you to do around Ullswater. Read on for a selection of some of our budget self-catering cottages nearby. You can also browse all of our budget cottages here.

Hillcrest, Troutbeck

Hillcrest budget holiday cottage near UllswaterThis sweet, whitewashed cottage sits high above the village of Troutbeck and commands spectacular views towards the distant fells. The property is compact and cosy, with a wonderful wood burner to warm your toes by after a day out exploring. Thanks to its position just off the A66, you can be in the car and off to any one of the area’s attractions in no time at all! Why not enjoy a walk over Great Mell Fell, which you can see from the cottage? Or head further towards Ullswater lake for a stroll to tumbling Aira Force waterfall. You can even go a little further afield and head to Keswick, Penrith or Carlisle – all are within easy reach thanks to the great transport links!

Sleeps 2, 1 dog
From £220 for a short break
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Beech Barn, Yanwath

Beech Barn budget holiday cottage near UllswaterThis cosy little lodge is a perfect budget property! Just 3 miles from Ullswater, Beech Barn is an unfussy holiday home with a small conservatory: the perfect place to sit with a cuppa and admire the views across the surrounding rolling landscape. It’s also conveniently located for the M6, meaning you have easy access to the rest of the country – perfect for your drive up!

During your visit, don’t miss a trip to the spectacular gardens and ruins of Lowther Castle, or explore Penrith with its shops, castle, and weekly market.

Sleeps 2, 1 dog
From £220 for a short break
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Brandle How, Matterdale End

Brandle How budget holiday cottage near UllswaterSitting in a little nook of Bank House Farm, Brandle How is a lower-ground-floor apartment for two. With lovely characterful touches and a cosy wood burner, it’s an ideal budget base for exploring this area. If you’re an experienced walker, you may want to take on mighty Helvellyn with its stunning views and imposing ridges. Or would a ride on an Ullswater Steamer be more to your taste? These stately vessels set off from several locations on the lake, meaning you can hop on and off to your heart’s content or just sit back and enjoy the views with a glass of wine from the handy on-board bar!

Sleeps 2, 2 dogs
From £200 for a short break
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The Granary at Low Howgill

The Granary budget holiday cottage near UllswaterForming part of what was once a fortified manor house, The Granary at Low Howgill resides on a working farm run by the property’s owners. You approach this wonderful cottage along a track that follows a babbling stream and the delights only increase as you get closer: woodland, open fields and wildlife surround the area, making it a truly idyllic retreat.

From here you can take your pick between the Lake District to the west, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east, or the Yorkshire Dales to the south. For a taste of town life, head to nearby Penrith, or else you can be in the historic border city of Carlisle in less than an hour!

Sleeps 2, 1 dog
From £280 for a short break
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Cherry Tree Barn, The Eden Valley

Cherry Tree Barn budget holiday cottage near UllswaterIf you’re after peace and tranquillity, then Cherry Tree Barn is the place for you! In the gorgeous Eden Valley and close to the historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, this budget property offers all you could want for a great-value stay! This first floor flat - part of a converted barn - has light, welcoming décor, views of the Pennine mountains, and access to a generous shared garden.

The walking in this area is glorious, with paths beside the River Eden or along the valley bottom. Or why not head into Appleby to explore its castle, independent shops and weekly market? When you return to Cherry Tree Barn, don’t forget to say hello to the friendly ponies in the neighbouring field!

Sleeps 4, pet-free
From £230 for a short break
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Hillcrest House, Troutbeck

Hillcrest House budget holiday cottage near UllswaterPerfect for groups of friends or a family, Hillcrest House is a bright and spacious budget property that offers easy access to the delights of the Lake District and beyond. Sat above Troutbeck village and just a short drive from Ullswater and Penrith, it has a large garden with lovely outdoor seating, a sunroom with wood burner, and amazing views of the mountains.

Thanks to storage space for bikes and canoes, this is the perfect cottage for outdoor enthusiasts: head down to Ullswater to get out on the water (you can also hire boats from Glenridding), or enjoy some of the best off- and on-road cycling in the Lake District. For a more relaxed visit, take a Steamer across the lake or explore the lovely waterside villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge.

Sleeps 8, pet-free
From £440 for a short break
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This area is a hidden gem that offers lots to do without the crowds. Take a look at our Guide to Ullswater and Guide to The Eden Valley for inspiration of what to do, and use our cottage search to discover your ideal self-catering cottage. You might also enjoy: