An impressive, ‘arts and crafts’ country home, surrounded by extensive, fairy-tale gardens and in an ideal location for fell walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
Close the iron gates behind you and ascend the woodland driveway to the magical world of this cottage in Patterdale. Sleeping up to ten people in five stylish bedrooms, this Edwardian Arts and Crafts gem is an enchanting house you will want to visit time and time Again. Whether you’d like to get out walking in the magnificent fells, get muddy while mountain biking, socialise in elegant reception rooms or just go hunting for minibeasts and forest elves in your own private woodland, the property is a magical place from which to do it. Built in 1909 from local materials, it's a fine example of the craftsmanship of the era while also being a warm and welcoming home.
Patterdale is a charming village to the south of gorgeous Ullswater. Well-known as the staring point to walk up Helvellyn, the third-highest of England's mountains, it also has a well-loved pub and village shop which sells fantastic homemade bread. The walking and cycling here is second to none with high fells to challenge you and gentle trails to suit all abilities. At nearby Glenridding you can make the most of gorgeous Ullswater itself by hiring a boat or catching one of the beautifully stately steamers operating throughout the year. Why not take a bike ride part way around the lake and catch the steamer back?
Slightly further afield there's much to explore. Take in some of the history of the area at Dalemain, a beautiful Georgian mansion and gardens with a rich history dating back to Saxon times. In the other direction head over Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside, one of the Lake District's most beloved towns. Check out the galleries or take in a meal and film at Zeffirelli's or Fellini's, two independent cinemas with excellent vegetarian restaurants attached to them. Whether you want to get out and explore or just escape the bustle of the 21st century and be enveloped by the history and comfort, then why not gather the family in this magnificent building and its magical grounds?
The house itself was built in local stone by renowned local builders G.H. Pattinson, who created many of the unique Lake District Arts and Crafts houses. The current owner has paid homage to this heritage with traditional colours and William Morris textiles while adding quirky modern design touches along with high-spec bathrooms and appliances giving the place a luxurious feel. It's also a hide-and-seek paradise for little ones with hidden corridors and back stairs to delight the Narnia-seekers among you.
On arrival at the house, guests enter by a stone porch through a handsome studded door into the magnificent wood-panelled entrance hall. It's a marvellous introduction to the rest of the house with its beautiful staircase and stained-glass windows. There's a handy downstairs WC here, its door hidden among the wooden panelling. The lovely living room is to the right of the entrance hall. It has a deep sofa and two leather armchairs arranged around an open fire with stunning wooden mantlepiece. Aside from the ornate mullioned windows there is a huge alcove bay window with cushioned seating bringing light into the room. There's a Smart TV with DVD for entertainment (with a vast choice of DVDs to watch in the pantry) and a large desk, should you have brought work along with you.
Head back through the main hallway to reach the delightful dining room and snug. It's a wonderful room for socialising with a large dining table, a wood burner set into a wonderfully ornate wooden fireplace and a Chesterfield leather sofa with two armchairs perfectly placed for playing the many board games or reading the books that the owner has thoughtfully provided. It's ideal for long post-dinner discussions about your Lake District adventures. There are several lovely leaded windows looking out into the woodland and a doorway out to the covered terrace. From here you can take a back corridor leading through to the kitchen, breakfast room and boot room or you can use the main entrance hall.
Firstly to the breakfast room, this has a stone floor, a lovely rustic table and six chairs to enjoy morning cuppas in less formal surroundings to the main dining room. There's another cosy wood burner in here and evidence of its past as a servant's hall in the form of an electric bell box serving all the bedrooms. Beyond it the well-equipped kitchen, also with a stone floor, has stylish modern units with a mixture of wooden and green slate worktops and a double Belfast-style sink. The keen cooks among you will adore the Rangemaster double fan oven with six gas burners and large American-style fridge/freezer. There's also a microwave, dishwasher and an enormous pantry with all the crockery and glassware you'll need for your group. There are two handy utility areas: firstly a laundry cupboard beyond the kitchen with a washing machine and tumble dryer and secondly a large drying and boot room at the back of the house. If you've been out on the fells, you can let yourself directly into the back of the house to the drying room where's there's plenty of space for all of your outdoor clobber.
Moving back through the main hallway and up the magnificent wooden staircase to the sleeping accommodation. There's a wonderful chandelier made of antlers, further adding to the air of Edwardian hunting lodge. The house has five beautiful bedrooms all decorated with elegant nods to it's Arts and Crafts heritage. The spacious master bedroom has a king-size leather bedstead, a large wardrobe, dresser and a charming decorative fireplace. There are three windows looking out onto the extensive gardens and woodland - what a view from your bedroom! The master bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom with WC, roll-top bath, large separate shower enclosure with mixer shower, and Jack and Jill sinks. The second bedroom is a king-size with iron bed frame and leaded windows looking out onto a handsome monkey puzzle tree. Two steps lead down to a large cupboard/dressing room with a hanging rail and plenty of space for storage. The fourth bedroom has a metal double bed, a wardrobe and a 1930s-style mirrored chest of drawers for storage. Its lovely view looks out to the covered pergola at the rear of the house and to the fell-tops beyond. This room also has an en-suite shower room with WC and mixer shower. The twin room has a cosier feel about it with a sloping ceiling and a view out to the woodland. It has two lovely brass bedsteads, a large wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
The two bathrooms are on the first floor, the first of which is an absolute treat with WC and a substantial clawfoot bath for long relaxing soaks. There is also a shower over the bath that is ideal for recovering from long fell walks. Just further along the corridor near the twin room is a further family bathroom with WC and shower over the bath. There is also an additional WC.
The grounds of the house are no less impressive than the fabulous interior. It's a magical playground for children and adults alike (small children should be supervised at all times). There are 3 acres of private woodland which lead directly out onto the open fellside. There are various areas within the garden to find yourself a quiet spot. For outdoor dining there's a beautiful covered terrace with a table and chairs for four as well as a large patio with lit pergola and BBQ. Both are ideal spots for a sunny morning breakfasts or sociable summer evenings. The wooded area is a paradise for young explorers, imagine being able to hunt for minibeasts and forest elves in your own private hillside wood. Regular garden visitors include red squirrels, deer and even nocturnal badgers. So, whether you're looking for the perfect place to launch your outdoor adventures or whether you'd like to gather family and friends under one roof in an elegant and comfortable cottage then this cottage surely fits the bill.