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Dovedale Cottage

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

  • Tucked beneath Hartsop above How, this home boasts wonderful views
  • Great for family reunions or getaways with friends
  • Bring your dog along to join in the adventures
Property code: SZ170

Enjoy this secluded spot and spend time together planning adventures in the cosy lounge with its open fire.

Does the notion of being truly off the beaten track in a marvellous Grade I-listed cottage at the foot of magnificent mountains appeal to you? If so then this stunningly situated cottage will surely fit the bill. Sleeping up to six people in four comfortable bedrooms, the cottage is a wonderful period property on a working farm within the environs of Hartsop Hall at the southern end of the Ullswater Valley. Situated just off Kirkstone Pass between Patterdale and Ambleside, and surrounded by fields and fells, it has a truly welcoming farmhouse feel about it with simply glorious views from every single room. The cottage has also been well thought-through for guests with limited mobility. There is a downstairs single bedroom with en-suite shower and easy wheelchair access out into the patio area of the garden.

Nestled under Hartsop Above How, the cottage offers unrivalled fell walking opportunities from the door. If you've come to the Lakes well-prepared to take on its mighty peaks, then you'll be spoiled for choice. The Helvellyn range, High Street, Dove Cragg and Fairfield are all within range of the cottage. While more gentle ambles such as the ancient bridleway (upgraded for wheelchair use) passing the house to nearby Brotherswater will delight those in wheelchairs or with little ones in tow. 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? There's also a regular bus service operating between Penrith and Ambleside opening up a vast choice of linear walks from which you can relax on the bus back!

If you'd like to explore town and village life in the area then, despite its remoteness, you are well-placed at this cottage. Ambleside, one of the Lake District's most loved towns, 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 beautiful Ullswater. A cruise on Ullswater's stately steamers is a treat in any season where you can take in the stunning scenery that has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. For more local village life why not walk over to Patterdale and invest in some of the delicious homemade bread from the village shop? Alternatively you could just stay and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the cottage's immediate surroundings while possibly taking a gentle stroll over to the local pub for a meal or a pint of real ale. However you choose to spend your time here, we're sure you'll want to visit Again and Again.

Guests enter the cottage from the rear courtyard straight into the warm and welcoming farmhouse kitchen. It's a beautiful light room with a dining table for six, a door out onto the garden and a window seat in its large sash window; a perfect place for enjoying a cuppa and admiring the staggering panorama. The kitchen is well-equipped with a large electric range oven with ceramic hobs, a microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and under-counter washing machine. Of course there is also all the crockery and cookware you will need for your stay. There's a built-in larder cupboard and an under-stairs utility cupboard where you'll find a tumble dryer, iron, ironing board and plenty of storage space for muddy boots etc.

Onwards to the cosy and comfortable living room. It's a charming dual-aspect room with traditional furnishings, well-chosen local art, books, board games and TV with DVD. This is a wonderful space for cuddling up on one of the three deep comfy sofas in front of the open fire and chatting about your Lakeland adventures.

The ground-floor en-suite single bedroom is beyond the living room. If your party isn't using it as a bedroom it can be a handy study or extra living space. It has a single bed, TV, dressing table and a half-glazed door leading out onto the patio. The spacious en-suite shower room has helpfully-placed grab rails for the sink and WC as well as a large shower area with mixer shower and easily accessible shower controls. The shower also has a seat in it for ease of use. Guests must have sufficient mobility to move from their chair to the seat though as there is a step into the shower.

Moving upstairs, guests come to the stepped landing from which the three further bedrooms and bathroom are accessed. The bedrooms are all well-proportioned with wonderful views whether across the valley or to the fellside at the back. Firstly, to the spacious master bedroom. This has a king-size bed, a built-in cupboard and two chests of drawers for storage. There are also two lovely sash windows looking to the front and the rear of the house, ideal for taking inspiration on where to head for your day's walking. The second king-size room has a built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and view to Hartsop Above How behind the house. The twin bedroom shares this outlook and has a chest of drawers for storage.

Outside the house there's a courtyard for parking to the rear and a delightful enclosed garden to the front with a patio which can be accessed from the kitchen and downstairs single room. There is a table and chairs for outdoor dining and a bench for enjoying a sunny morning cuppa while taking in the magnificent views.

  • 4 bedrooms - 2 king-size, 1 twin, 1 ground-floor single
  • 2 bathrooms -1 bathroom with bath and handheld shower plus WC, 1 ground floor en-suite shower room in single room with shower seat, grab rails and WC (guests must have sufficient mobility to move from their chair to the seat as there is a step into the shower)
  • Electric oven with ceramic hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Utility cupboard with tumble dryer, iron, ironing board
  • Open fire (coal provided)
  • TV/DVD in lounge, TV in single bedroom
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed garden with garden furniture
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars in the courtyard at the back of the property
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Covered bike storage available (to be arranged with farmer)
  • Sleeps up to 6 adults and 1 child, please contact us if you would like to book for 7 guests
  • Phone signal available if you have 4G
  • Wheelchair friendly path to nearby Brotherswater
  • Shops within 2.5 miles, pub half a mile
  • Please note: 2023 Christmas bookings will be the 21st December arrival and for New years bookings will be the 28th December
  • Arrival: 16:30 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.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 6 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jan 23rd April 2022

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Comfy, well equipped. Everything you would expect from a farm cottage. Amazing views. One of the best places we have stayed as a family of 6 with 2 children

Reviewed by Debbie 16th April 2022

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Reviewed by Derrick 19th March 2022

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Reviewed by Michael 12th March 2022

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The cottage was in a brilliant location, Jim the owner was a great guy, enjoyed early morning chats with him. The cottage was a bit worn out and tired, the location made up for it. I would go back for the location and another early morning cup of tea and chats with Jim.

Reviewed by Steven 19th February 2022

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Perfect location for walking the nearby fells. Great place to stay. Heating works well and we had a lovely fire every night. Very cosy in the front room. Really good pub 5 minutes walk. Served good food. Would recommend staying here and will definitely return.

Reviewed by Felicity 23rd December 2021

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The perfect place for a last minute Christmas getaway. This lovely old farmhouse is authentic, comfortable & in the loveliest of locations - magnificent views & wonderful walks/hikes from the door step. We took hot water bottles which were appreciated & bear in mind local facilities are limited- we brought everything we needed for four days over ChRead moreristmas. Host Jimmy is very helpful. Well equipped kitchen, excellent oven, lovely coal fire in the cosy living room. Hide

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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.

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