The property is surrounded by  stunning mountain scenery
Spectacular views from the property entrance
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Caudale Beck

Hartsop, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Pub nearby
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Cosy farmhouse surrounded by the fields and fells of the Ullswater Valley
  • Nestled on a working farm with walks to the Helvellyn range, Dove Cragg and Fairfield
  • Charming accommodation with an open fire, exposed beams and free-standing bath
Property code: SZ122

Escape to the heart of the Lake District National Park with this delightful Grade II-listed farmhouse in the beautiful Ullswater Valley.

This is a gloriously situated former farmhouse nestled on a working farm amongst the fields and fells of the Ullswater Valley. Sleeping up to six people in four spacious bedrooms and offering unrivalled walking opportunities from the door, this magical world of undulating walls and period details is a perfect place to find complete peace and tranquillity away from the stresses of 21st-century life. The cottage dates from the 17th century and has Grade II-listed status with all the character you would hope for from a traditional building of its vintage. It is warm, welcoming and secluded so that the only traffic you'll find passing the door is the neighbouring farmer occasionally moving animals through the yard outside. Perfect family entertainment.

The farmhouse's position, at the southern end of the Ullswater Valley just as it starts to ascend to Kirkstone Pass, is absolutely stunning. It's a fell walker's paradise with the Helvellyn range, High Street, Dove Cragg and Fairfield are all within range of the cottage. There's also a regular bus service operating between Penrith and Ambleside opening up a vast choice of challenging linear walks after which you can relax on the bus back! If the mightiest peaks aren't on your list but more gentle potters would suit then there is the ancient bridleway (upgraded for wheelchair use) to nearby Brotherswater. This utterly idyllic body of water is perfect for a paddle or a wild swim if you're feeling more daring. Why not pack a picnic and enjoy it on the shore?

Don't be fooled by its remoteness; town and village life is also easily explored from the property. Ambleside, one of the Lake District's most beloved gems, is just a 20-minute drive over Kirkstone Pass while in the opposite direction just a few miles away you have Patterdale and Glenridding, two lovely little villages where you can make the most of the water-based activities on picturesque Ullswater. You could hire a kayak or sailing boat to go under your own steam or take a cruise on Ullswater's heritage steamers where you can take in the stunning scenery that has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. An inn is also just a short walk away from the farmhouse; why not treat yourselves to a pub meal or a pint of local real ale? Whatever you choose to do in this beautiful area, we're sure you'll be captivated by this characterful gem of a cottage

Built in the 1600s, the farmhouse has character in abundance with exposed beams, wood panelling, undulating walls, an open fire and uninterrupted views of the beautiful mountains that surround it.

Guests enter the property via a porch way into the welcoming farmhouse kitchen/diner. There's a substantial wooden dining set and traditional dresser while the kitchen is equipped with an oil-fired Rayburn oven with two hobs as well as four electric hobs and a microwave. The view from the kitchen sink will have you staring out in awe with your morning cuppa. Just off the kitchen is the utility room where guests will find the large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. This room is likely to have once been a dairy so makes an excellent cool store with its huge slate block. It also has masses of storage space for all the muddy boots and outdoor bits and bobs you use.

Back to the rest of the house, where the character of the building really shines through. The living room is a wonderfully welcoming space with an open fire set into a stone fireplace, exposed beams and original wood panelling. Clues to the heritage of the building can be found in here too such as the built-in spice cupboard from 1699. The room is decorated in sumptuous warm colours and has three comfy sofas for lounging around the fire and planning your Lakeland adventures or relaxing with a film on the large TV with DVD player built in. Just off the living room is a further small dining space for three which can double up as a study or games room. The owners have thoughtfully left plenty of board games and books to while away your evenings.

Heading through the panelled door from the living room you come to the curved staircase, take a moment to look at the fell view from the landing window. The spacious master bedroom has a king-size bed and a delightful window seat with views across to Brotherswater. There is also an en-suite shower room comprising WC, large hand basin, heated towel rail and large walk-in shower with overhead fixed shower head. The second king-size bedroom has another wonderful view from the deep set window seat, a dressing table along with a wardrobe and dresser for storage. The lovely light double bedroom has a large wooden dresser for storage and two windows looking out onto the fields and fells. Why not enjoy an early morning cup of tea in bed enjoying the view? Next to this is the charming single room, which makes the perfect hideaway for little ones. It has a wooden dresser for storage and the window seat is the perfect place to curl up with a book or watch the farmyard comings and goings. Lastly, on the first floor is the spacious bathroom with massive, free-standing, roll-top bath, large hand basin, WC and two heated towel rails. Please be aware that the water supply at the property is from a mountain spring that is filtered and fills the tank far more slowly than mains pressure water. Therefore it is advisable not to run both the bath and the shower at the same time, otherwise you may create an air lock.

Outside the house has an enclosed patio area immediately outside and the rest of the farmyard to potter about and explore too.

  • 4 bedrooms - 1 en-suite king-size, 1 king-size, 1 double and 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 en-suite shower room with WC and 1 bathroom with bath and WC 
  • Oil-fired oven, electric hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • TV and DVD player
  • Towels are not provided
  • Open fire ( coal provided )
  • Wi-Fi is provided and guests will be able to receive signal if they have access to 4G.
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Enclosed patio
  • Off-road parking for several cars on the cobbled farmyard. Please do not obstruct the farmer's access to barns and fields
  • Water supply is from a mountain spring therefore water pressure can be lower than normal
  • Pub 0.5 miles, shop 3.5 miles
  • Please note: 2023 Christmas bookings will be the 21st December arrival and for New years bookings will be the 28th December
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


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Reviewed by Kate 16th April 2022

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A lovely old fashioned farmhouse in an idyllic spot. Close enough to the road (and pub!) but so quiet and peaceful. We absolutely loved it.

Reviewed by Amanda 28th December 2021

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We had a wonderful 7 day stay here over the new year. The farmhouse had a real honesty and authenticity to it, the thick walls, beams and quirky details. It was cosy and warm at night with the fire on. It felt spacious and comfortable for our family of 4 with everything we needed. The addition of fresh flowers in each room was a much appreciated deRead moretail. The location was perfect - quiet, with beautiful surroundings on our doorstep but in walking distance to the pub, what more could one ask for? Hide

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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.

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