Winter scenes from the top of Little Mell Fell
View across Ullswater from nearby Pooley Bridge
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Little Mellfell Cottage

Watermillock, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Four Poster
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Delightful stone-built cottage positioned at the foot of Little Mell Fell
  • Beautiful interior with a wonderful garden space for games and meals outside
  • Elegant four-poster double bed adds a touch of luxury  
Property code: SZ318

Situated in the Lake District National Park, this family-friendly property has outstanding fell views with country walks right from the doorstep and Ullswater just 2 miles away.

This cottage is set in an outstanding location close to Ullswater, in the heart of one of the most spectacular areas in the Lake District. The property is at the foot of Little Mell Fell and is surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes. Situated away from the main roads, this home offers a rare opportunity for quiet retreat.

This tranquil home is a great base for exploring some of the most beautiful countryside in England. From short lakeside strolls to long distance hikes, there is a fantastic variety of walking right from the door. Water sports enthusiasts are also catered for, with a wealth of opportunities on Ullswater and the nearby Derwentwater, and nature lovers will enjoy the stunning scenery, varied wildlife and peaceful ancient woodlands.

If you fancy a meal out, there is a local inn and a bar within walking distance.

The nearest main town is Penrith, with Pooley Bridge, Keswick, Ambleside and Windermere all in easy reach of the property.

The fully equipped kitchen, which has been refurbished to a high standard, has a range cooker with gas hob, two electric fan ovens and grill, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The spacious kitchen has a large table providing comfortable and convenient dining.

The sitting room is arranged around the lovely open fire with sofas for six people, along with a TV with DVD player and docking station for iPod and iPhone.

A short staircase leads up from the sitting room to a half landing with a door leading out into the lawned garden that is shared with the two neighbouring properties. On this floor is the twin bedroom with a view out onto Little Mell Fell. There is also a family bathroom with bath and shower over, wash basin and WC.

A further short staircase leads to the two bedrooms - one double and one double four-poster bed. This floor also has a shower room with walk-in shower, wash basin and toilet.

Outside at the rear, the bench tables allow you to catch the morning sun. At the front is a sheltered seating area from which you can enjoy the view across the garden to Little Mell Fell and catch the afternoon and evening sun.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 double with four-poster bed, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with a shower over the bath and a WC, 1 shower room with a shower and a WC
  • Range cooker with gas hob, two electric fan ovens and grill, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Open fire (first basket of logs included)
  • TV and DVD player; iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Wi-Fi included – it is provided by satellite and will not support streaming or downloads. It is sufficient for general browsing.
  • Shared lawned garden with seating area
  • Off-road parking available for guests
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars, accessed through the gate at the side of the cottage
  • Pub 0.5 miles, shop 2 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs 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.

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Reviewed by Jane 23rd April 2022

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Three of us booked this property for a short break. It was perfect in every way. Spotlessly clean, incredibly well equipped and lovely and warm. The location is superb and we did long walks every day without having to drive anywhere

Reviewed by Peter 8th April 2022

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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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