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Matterdale, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Internet access
Travel cot available
3 more

At a glance

  • Walkers paradise sleeping two guests in the heart of the Lake District National Park
  • Glorious picture window boasting far-reaching views and fascinating wildlife
  • Elevated patio space for enjoying an evening tipple or morning coffee
Property code: SZ222

Get away from it all with your loved one and stay in this romantic barn conversion just 3 miles from Ullswater, perfect for embracing long hikes or mountain biking in the countryside all-around.

Set in idyllic rural surroundings and boasting stunning mountain views this property is the perfect hideaway for two in lovely Matterdale. Sitting on the flanks of Little Mell Fell with a stylish and welcoming interior this semi-detached barn conversion is perfect whether you'd like to snuggle up and enjoy the panorama or use it as a base for a world of outdoor adventures. You can enjoy outdoor meals on its lovely raised terrace or bring the binoculars and enjoy the spectacle of the local birdlife and deer from its gorgeous picture window, the choice is yours.

This tranquil part of the northern Lake District has wonderful walking and cycling on the doorstep. It has the feeling of remoteness while also being just 3 miles from wonderful Ullswater. Footpaths fan out from the yard giving access to Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and to join the Ullswater Way. Why not bring the bikes and explore the quiet roads and lovely bridleways of Matterdale? Bike storage can be arranged in advance with the owners who live on site. You can also walk to stunning Aira Force from the door or down to Ullswater's shore where you can catch one of the stately steamers which wind their way around the lake. The view of mighty Helvellyn from the cottage might even inspire you to take on this Lakeland giant during your stay.

Just slightly further off there's plenty to explore. Historic Dalemain, just 6 miles away, makes a lovely day out while at Rheged Visitor Centre you can browse at the shops and exhibitions, pop to the spa or take in a film on their giant 3D screen. The popular Cumbrian towns of Keswick and Penrith are both an easy drive away and there are several well-renowned pubs in the surrounding villages for a treat after your outdoor adventures.

On arrival at the property guests enter via an outside staircase and terrace in to the front door. There is an entrance hall with hanging space for coats and even an electric boot dryer which can come in very handy for muddy footwear.

The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area is to the left of the hall. It's a delightful space with a lovely deep two-seater sofa, an electric fire, a TV with Freeview and DVD with a selection of DVDs thoughtfully left by the owner along with a foldaway dining table with two chairs. The focal point is a glorious recessed picture window with a stylish armchair to sit and revel in the fell views. The cottage overlooks a small tarn attracting wildfowl such as oyster catchers and curlews while regular wildlife visitors include hares and deer so be sure to bring your binoculars. The well-equipped compact kitchen has two ceramic hobs, a built-in fan oven, microwave and fridge with small freezer compartment.

The gorgeous bedroom is across the hall from the living area. There's a romantic king-size metal bed frame with Vispring mattress for a fabulous night's sleep. Have a morning cuppa in bed as the window looks out onto a bank with bird feeders. The room has a stylish wardrobe and chest of drawers and bright fresh decor. The bathroom is accessed from the hallway too, it has a white suite with an electric shower over the bath and a high roof window.

Outside the cottage benefits from gorgeous views and its own designated parking for two cars. There's a beautiful raised terrace outside the front door with a dining set for making the most of the day's sunshine. There is lockable storage for bikes available, by prior arrangement with the owners. The cottage next door sleeps four and both cottages are available for hire together to accommodate parties of eight who wish to share a holiday together.

  • 1 bedroom – king-size
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath
  • Hob, oven, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave
  • Electric fire
  • Property is heated by electric overnight storage heaters
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Furnished terrace
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Secure storage for bikes available - please request with owner prior to arrival
  • Pub 3 miles, Shop 7.5 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Joan 21st February 2022

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Cottage was in a perfect place and views were beautiful. It's a shame small details spoilt our stay but luckily we were out to eat every day so didn't need to use facilities much.

Reviewed by Derek 15th February 2022

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Lovely location with great views .ideal location for walks .with two right on your doorstep.also ideal size for two people with everything you need inside .would definitely stay again .

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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.

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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