Budget Holiday Cottages Near Ullswater


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 £235 for a short break
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Kirksty Brow, Matterdale End

Kirksty Brow near Ullswater in the Lake DistrictThis cosy bolthole for two is set in the peaceful surroundings of Matterdale End, just up the road from Ullswater. With everything you need from budget accommodation, it's perfect for those planning to be send lots of time outside in this incredible region. Pet-friendly and spread across one floor, it also has lovely mountain views, parking, a shared garden, and even a summer house! There's a range of amazing walks close by with Lake District giants like Blencathra and Helvellyn a short hop away, and river and lakeside walks available for those looking for a gentler time of it.

Sleeps 2, 1 dog
From £240 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 £225 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 £460 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: