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Hillcrest House

Troutbeck nr Ullswater, Cumbria
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
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At a glance

  • An ideal getaway for a large group of family or friends, with great social spaces
  • Relax in front of one of the two wood burners on chillier evenings
  • Located with great access to all areas of the Lake District
Property code: SZ256

A paradise for fell walkers and cyclists alike, the Ullswater Valley is virtually on the doorstep and offers a wealth of charming lowland rambles and more challenging hikes.

This property offers spacious and welcoming accommodation for up to eight people in an elevated position above Troutbeck. Its highlights include a pleasant lawned garden with views towards Great Mell Fell and Blencathra; it has ample storage for bikes and canoes. This makes the house an ideal getaway for a large group of family or friends, with the flowing layout of the rooms creating great social spaces. Situated between Keswick and Penrith, this is an ideal base for exploring the northern Lake District, in particular the Ullswater valley.

The cottage is located just off the A66 making it very accessible for visitors new to the area. As well as overlooking the road, it also has a wonderful panorama of fields and fells stretching out for miles around. Ullswater is just 5 miles away opening up some of the most glorious scenery in the Lake District. The walking opportunities here are absolutely stunning with everything from big adventures on the mighty Helvellyn range to low level ambles around Aira Force to tempt you. You can also make the most of the beautiful lake either by hiring a kayak and paddling yourself or catching one of the stately Ullswater steamers and enjoying the picturesque surroundings on a gentle cruise. Cyclists are particularly well served at Hillcrest with the coast-to-coast cycle way literally passing the front door and a wealth of bridleways and small rural roads to explore under pedal power nearby.

If you'd like to explore local town life you'll find that Keswick, just 8 miles away, makes a great day out. This much loved Lakeland destination has a wealth of wonderful eateries, outdoor and independent shops, its own art deco cinema and a marvellous theatre offering a great range of plays, music and comedy throughout the year. Why not take a look around one of the stately homes nearby? With both Dalemain and Hutton in the Forest just over 8 miles away you can lose yourself in their glorious grounds or find out more about their rich histories helping shape this eastern side of the Lake District.

The spacious property is just 15 minutes' drive from the M6 motorway - a big advantage during school holidays!

As you enter the house, you are greeted by an attractive dining room with a large table that seats eight people. In summertime, the double front doors can be thrown open to create a light and airy dining area. During colder months, a wood burner offers a cosy feel, perfect for festive gatherings or special occasion get togethers.

The kitchen is well laid out and is complemented by a large utility area and informal dining table. The kitchen contains a split level electric oven and hob, tall fridge/freezer and plenty of clever storage. The adjoining utility room houses a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and serves as a boot room and drying room. Access to the wood store and outside WC are via the utility area.

The kitchen and informal dining area form a social hub within the house, as they adjoin a sunroom that features a 37' TV, DVD player, wood/coal burning stove, two-seater sofa and arm chair. The large gable windows overlook the pleasant lawned garden towards the Blencathra mountain range.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor; one double bedroom and one twin room. Both contain a double wardrobe, while the twin room has a built-in dresser with chest of drawers and wash area. The double room has a small TV and looks out towards Great Mell Fell. Both bedrooms offer easy access to the recently fitted bathroom containing WC and walk-in electric shower.

The flowing layout of the rooms in the property really works; even when occupants are spread throughout the house, the layout ensures a buzzy social atmosphere, great for festivities and special family occasions. The upstairs living room feels open and spacious, thanks to the two gable windows - both offering scenic views of the surrounding countryside - and the open-plan nature of the room. There is one three-seater sofa, one two-seater and a comfortable armchair. A 37' TV, DVD player and a range of books provide relaxing entertainment.

Two pitched-ceiling double bedrooms flank the living room upstairs, each with their own en-suite bathrooms. Each contains a bath, WC, heated towel rail and one has an shower over the bath. Both bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes, dressers and a small TV.

Outside is a pleasant lawned garden with ample rattan furniture. A lockable garage may be used by guests to store plenty of bikes, canoes, kayaks, etc.

  • 4 bedrooms – 3 double bedrooms (2 of which are en-suite) and 1 twin
  • 3 bathrooms – 1 shower room with WC, 1 en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath and WC, 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob and fridge/freezer
  • Utility room with microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • 2 wood burners (logs provided)
  • TV and DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Lawned garden with rattan furniture
  • Regret no pets
  • Off road parking for 5/6 cars on the driveway
  • Lockable garage to store bikes, canoes, kayaks etc
  • Wood store and outside WC are accessed via the utility room
  • Complex of properties
  • Shop 7.5 miles, Pub 150 metres, restaurant 9 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 5 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Margaret 22nd April 2022

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Reviewed by Marion 8th April 2022

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Great location for exploring the Lake District, and to visit family. The first night I noticed the traffic noise but after that got use to it. Hillcrest House is lovely everything you need with plenty of room it was great to walk in and find 2 wood burners glowing, it made it instantly feel like home. Thank you Dawn. We will be back!!!

Reviewed by Kim 25th March 2022

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Excellent cottage stay. Will book again!

Reviewed by Jonathon 10th February 2022

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We had a fantastic time - lots of space in bedrooms and communal areas. The fires were lovely and so nice to arrive to these already lit. Location was perfect and all very clean and tidy. Thank you!

Reviewed by Pauline 5th November 2021

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We had a brilliant weekend meeting up as an extended family. The cottage was extremely clean and well equipped. The owner was very welcoming and came over to light the log burners when we were struggling. The layout was perfect for our needs

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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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