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High House - Ullswater

Thackthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
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At a glance

  • An impressive detached holiday home dating back to the mid 19th century
  • A haven for wildlife, the house lies within an acre of beautiful private grounds
  • Ullswater, Great Mell Fell and Aira Force Waterfall all within 5 miles
Property code: SZ589

Set in the north-eastern quarter of the Lake District, just a few miles from the banks of Ullswater, this fantastic house offers wonderful accommodation for groups of friends and larger families.

Dating from the mid-19th century, this is an impressive detached property where charm and character sit comfortably alongside modern conveniences in this welcoming retreat. Sleeping up to eight people in four lovely bedrooms, this property has plenty of room for families and groups of friends to holiday together in beautiful surroundings. Sitting in over an acre of grounds, the house has plenty of parking and a fantastic large garden bordered by wilder areas that are a haven for wildlife.

Located in the peaceful hamlet of Thackthwaite, the proper is surrounded by wonderful countryside. Explore country roads and local footpaths from the door. Hike up nearby Wainwright's Little Mell Fell and Great Mell Fell - the stunning views from the top are certainly worth the climb! For a longer walk, follow The Old Coach Road from the neighbouring village of Matterdale to beautiful St Johns in the Vale. With magnificent Ullswater less than a 15-minute drive away, why not enjoy a lakeside picnic? Or hitch a ride on the popular steamer to take in the water from a different perspective. Though Thackthwaite itself doesn’t have a pub, there are plenty to choose from in the nearby villages, perfect for refuelling after a day out and about.

The bustling market town of Keswick is a 20-minute drive away and has plenty to entertain everyone. Children will love the indoor climbing wall at Kong Adventure, whilst culture vultures can visit Keswick Museum and Art Gallery to learn all about the local history of the area. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy or enjoy an evening out at the renowned Theatre by the Lake. The beautiful South Lakes are also within easy reach from High House; stock up on the eponymous gingerbread at Grasmere, enjoy a cruise around Lake Windermere from Bowness, or visit the former home of Beatrix Potter at Hawkshead.

The large hallway is a fitting entrance to this impressive mid-19th-century home. To your left is the delightful snug. With an open fire, it's a lovely cosy room to escape to with a good book. There’s also a useful desk in here in case you have to do any work whilst you’re away. On the opposite side of the hallway is the charming living room, which has beautiful original coving and a ceiling rose. The sofas are arranged in front of the wood burning stove and there’s a TV for entertainment in here too, perfect for cosy evenings in. There's also a piano if you'd prefer to make your own entertainment!

The kitchen/diner can be found at the back of the house. A wonderful, bright room, the country-style kitchen has an electric oven and hob, as well as the all important toaster and kettle. The butler’s sink complements the other period features of the house but there’s also a built-in dishwasher if you don’t fancy washing up by hand. The large dining table makes this a great social space, ideal for convivial mealtimes. A handy utility room houses the fridge-freezer and a washer-dryer, should you wish to make use of that during your stay.

Finally on the ground floor is a wonderful garden room. Doubling as a second snug, in here you’ll find a sofa and another television with DVD player - so there’ll be no need to fight over the remote! As the name suggests, you have a delightful view of the garden and French doors lead out to the patio area. A handy ground floor WC can also be found off the garden room.

Up the grand staircase on the first floor you’ll find the four beautiful bedrooms.

The master bedroom has an inviting king-size bed and a wonderful outlook over the garden and surrounding countryside from its dual aspect windows. This bedroom has its own en-suite shower room, with a WC, washbasin and modern shower cubicle - perfect for reinvigorating muscles tired from walking.

A second king-size room can be found at the front of the house and is just as lovely as the first. Opposite this king-size room is a bedroom with a small, ¾ bed - making it a generous single room or a cosy double for 2 people sharing. Last but not least is the bunk bedroom at the rear of the house.

Also on the first floor is the family bathroom. With a WC, washbasin and bath with shower over, all tastes are catered for whether you prefer a refreshing shower or a relaxing soak in the tub.

Outside is a fantastic large garden. The patio area by the garden room has outdoor furniture, making it a lovely spot for dining alfresco. The large area of lawn is ideal for games and picnic lunches. Boarded by a wilder area, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the wide variety of birds and wildlife, including rare red squirrels, that also like to visit the property - or its garden at least! Note: Children must be supervised when outside due to a stream bordering one side of the garden.

There is ample parking on the driveway at the house.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 4 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 double with ¾ bed, 1 bunk room
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 en-suite shower room with shower and WC, plus 1 WC
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer and washer/dryer in utility room
  • Wood burner in lounge, open fire in snug
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • TV and piano in lounge, TV/DVD in garden room
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Large, partially enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and shop 3 miles, Ullswater 3.5 miles
  • Please note a stream borders the garden, so children must be supervised


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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.

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