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Dockray, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A superb luxury property set high on the hills above Matterdale, in the foothills of Helvellyn
  • Ideal for multi-generational get-togethers offering three bedrooms and three en-suites
  • With easy access to the hills, it is a walker’s, cyclist’s and naturalist’s paradise
Property code: SZ247

An indulgent retreat where guests can relax and socialise amidst some of the Lake District's most beautiful scenery; return from fell walks to rest weary legs in front of the roaring wood burner.

This superb luxury property (Visit England 4 Star Gold rated) is set high on the hills above Matterdale, in the foothills of Helvellyn. Offering beautiful views across the valley to High Street, this is a peaceful, indulgent Lake District retreat where the owners have thought of every detail to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. With three well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, a welcoming spacious lounge with wood burner, a smart kitchen/diner, patio, and enclosed garden, this cottage will continue to be a favourite for many years to come.

Those wanting easy access to the hills will love the location of the accommodation, while cycle enthusiasts can head out on the old coach road that leads to St John's in the Vale and onto Thirlmere or Threlkeld and Keswick. Wildlife lovers, too, are in for a treat, with buzzards soaring high over head and red deer running wild on the hill. Or perhaps you fancy taking to the water? Ullswater, queen of the English Lakes, can be reached via a beautiful walk alongside Aira Force. The lake is just waiting to be explored by canoe, under sail or on one of the fleet of heritage steamers. At the end of the busy day, a mile's walk down the lane will take you to the local pub, while shops at Troutbeck and Glenridding provide the essentials.

From the parking space, several steps lead down and around the side of the cottage to the front door. You may need to stop here for a moment when you first see the breathtaking view that is visible from all rooms in the house.

Enter into this classic stone-built cottage and be amazed by the beauty it holds! The large lounge features a gorgeous wood burner,TV, DVD and CD players, and oak floors and beams. Three windows look out over the garden and onto the fells - the perfect view to take in whilst enjoying the comfy sofas and chairs! Also on the ground floor is the spacious kitchen/diner featuring slate floors with underfloor heating, oven and grill, microwave, built-in fridge/freezer, four-ring induction hob, washer dryer, DAB radio/bluetooth and contemporary units that are offset with fabulous quartz kitchen tops. The farmhouse table is the ideal spot for a hearty breakfast, to plan your day, and to share a delicious dinner in the evenings.

Heading upstairs you will find three welcoming bedrooms, each tastefully decorated with beautiful views across the valley. All are en-suite with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, LED mirror and finished in beautiful limestone. The first bedroom offers a king-size bed and an en-suite shower room with shower and WC. The second bedroom is also king-size. The en-suite has a large double-ended bath with shower attachment, and WC. You can also enjoy mountain views from the bath! The third bedroom offers twin beds but can be made up as a super-king size upon request (please request at the time of booking). It also has a shower room with shower and corner WC.

Outside, this lovely cottage reveals even more fabulous features. The enclosed garden has a patio with picnic table and a lawned garden with more great views down the valley towards Ullswater, Gowbarrow and across to High Street. There is private off-road parking for two cars.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size and 1 twin (can be made up as a super-king-size on request - please advise at the time of booking)
  • 3 bathrooms – 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC, 1 en-suite bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment and WC
  • Oven and grill, microwave, built-in fridge/freezer, four-ring induction hob, washer/dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV, DVD and CD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio with picnic table
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Due to the hillside location of the cottage, extra care should be taken when accessing the property during the winter months.
  • Pub 1 mile, shop and restaurant 5 miles

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.


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!SELECTED!An !ENDOFSELECTED!absolute gem of a cottage. It is warm and inviting and has everything you need. Located perfectly, you can walk the local area with ease. Drive for 15 minutes, you are in Glenridding, 20 mins into Keswick. It's the perfect place to relax, unwind and unplug from your normal routine. There are places to eat out locally, orRead more just drive out and explore the Lakes as you see fit. As hill walkers, it suited us perfectly. The cottage has charm and is the best we have been in. 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.

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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