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Bull Close Cottage

Skelwith Ford, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
1 more

At a glance

  • Charming 17th century cottage in a beautiful location near Ambleside
  • Modern styles blend seamlessly with period features throughout
  • Enjoy the lush garden with its secret viewpoint of the surrounding hills
Property code: 84633

Cosy 300-year-old Grade II listed terraced cottage bursting with character; this characterful holiday accommodation occupies a good village location within 3 miles of Ambleside and Lake Windermere, with its copious walks, shops, and pubs.

Dating back to the 17th century, this is a charming, 300-year-old, Grade II-listed Lakeland cottage. Alongside all of the modern comforts you'd hope for in a home from home, there are wonderful clues to the cottage's history, from the original beams and wood floors to the feature fireplace in the living room and polished oak doors throughout. On the ground floor you'll find a fantastic kitchen, dining room and wonderful living room with wood burning stove. The two bedrooms, a double and a twin, are on the first floor along with the family shower room. As well as parking for two cars, there's a delightful cottage garden to enjoy.

Located in the peaceful hamlet of Skelwith Fold, the cottage is tucked away from the hustle and bustle but within easy reach of the South Lakes - you really have got the best of both worlds here. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, there are fantastic walking opportunities close by. Enjoy a circular walk around Loughrigg Tarn or follow the riverside path to picturesque Elterwater. From here you can continue to the pretty village of Chapel Stile, the gateway to the magnificent Langdale Valley. For a longer day out on the fell tops, avid hikers should head for Wansfell Pike and the challenging Fairfield Horseshoe.

A 15-minute drive will take you into bustling Ambleside. With its array of outdoor and independent shops, it's perfect for a spot of retail therapy. Neighbouring Bowness-on-Windermere has plenty of attractions, including The World of Beatrix Potter. Why not catch the ferry across the lake to Hawkshead? Another charming Lakeland village where you can visit Potter's former home at Hilltop. Head north to Keswick, the adventure capital of The Lakes, or south to Kirkby Lonsdale, a pretty market town that's home to poet Ruskin's favourite view.

Inside this chocolate-box Lakeland cottage, all of the period features sit seamlessly alongside the modern kitchen and shower room, so you're sure to feel right at home. The stylish kitchen is well equipped with an electric oven and hob, useful dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster and the all-important kettle. The pretty dining room has a round wooden dining table, ideally positioned in the window, making it a lovely spot for a peaceful breakfast or a convivial evening meal. The characterful living room is at the front of the cottage; with original wooden beams and a wonderful fireplace with wood burning stove, it's perfect for cosy evenings in. Due to the age and quirky character of the cottage, there is a step up into the living room so do watch your step.

Upstairs on the first floor are the two lovely bedrooms. First up is the master, which has wonderful views over the front garden to the surrounding countryside. In here you'll find a double bed, perfect for indulging in a long lie in - you are on holiday after all! This room is full of character, from the wood panelling behind the bed to the original exposed floorboards. The ottoman-style bed lifts up to provide useful under-bed storage too. The cosy twin bedroom is just as charming, with painted wardrobes and a pleasant outlook over the beautiful greenery surrounding the cottage.

Also on the first floor is the fabulous modern shower room. With a WC, wash basin and modern electric shower, it's ideal for refreshing tired muscles after a day out exploring.

To the front is a delightful cottage garden, with original cobbles and a beautiful wisteria trailing over the garden gate. There is also an additional garden area across the road from the cottage; a winding path leads up to a secret seating area which has the most wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, the perfect spot for a few peaceful moments.

There is parking for two cars in the layby opposite the cottage.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower cubicle and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer TV in lounge
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Book nook
  • Front and rear garden with outdoor furniture
  • View point at the top of the garden
  • Beware of the step up into living room
  • Allocated on-street parking for 2 cars in a layby opposite the property
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile away


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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