Cockley Moor Cottage
Set high on the rolling moorland of Matterdale Common to the west of Ullswater and overlooking beautiful mountaintops, Cockley Moor Cottage is a stunning house sleeping up to six people with a history as interesting as the cottage is elegant. The cottage itself was once the servant's quarters for the adjoining house, Cockley Moor, which is mentioned in the Wainwright guides as the highest inhabited house in the Lake District. The worlds of Art and Science have collided here in the past with the house, surroundings and starry skies providing inspiration for noted artists, poets and astronomers alike. Owned in the past by noted patron of the arts Helen Sutherland, the house has over the years played host to and provided inspiration for venerated guests such as Norman Nicholson and TS Elliot. Within walking distance of the hamlet of Dockray and just over two miles from the banks of picturesque Ullswater this is a truly magical place from which to explore this much-loved area. Now lovingly restored, it is a warm, welcoming and luxurious home for a family or small group to enjoy the staggering views from its lofty setting.
Widely thought to be one of the most beautiful of the Lakes, Ullswater affords fabulous opportunities for walking, cycling, eating out, and generally messing about on the water. The area is a magnet for fell walkers with mighty Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain, and the High Street range just on the doorstep. Cockley Moor is situated on Matterdale Common which makes it ideally placed for walkers or mountain bikers to explore the Dowthwaite Fells and the Helvellyn range or the old coach road over to Threlkeld. For those who enjoy picturesque lowland rambling the area is blessed with some marvellous walks, not least to the awe inspiring Aira Force. Guests at Cockley Moor can easily do this walk from the door and possibly reward themselves with a lovely pub meal at the Royal Hotel in Dockray on the way home!
Why not catch one of Ullswater's stately steamers from the new Aira Force Pier just down the road? These gorgeous heritage vessels wind their way around this gem of a lake allowing visitors to take in the majestic scenery in a very relaxed way. If you'd rather try a more hands-on approach to the water then why not hire a boat or kayak from nearby Glenridding and find your perfect picnic beach around its shingle shores? For adventurous types, Rookin House Farm activity centre is a five-minute drive away and offers a multitude of activities including horse riding, quad biking, go Karting and archery. If visitors would like to explore life in the wider area around the cottage then the delightful Lakeland towns of Keswick and Penrith are just 20 minutes’ drive away while nearby stately homes such as Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest and Lowther Castle offer a peek into the rich history of the area. Of course, guests might just enjoy making themselves a cuppa or pouring a glass of wine and taking in the staggering views while spending time in this delightful, well-appointed home.