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Red Squirrel Den

Ullswater, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Quirky
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Charming period cottage set in an elevated position with magnificent views over Ullswater
  • Enjoy cosy nights in front of the wood burner after a day out exploring the beautiful local area
  • Fantastic, relaxing bolthole for exploring the Lake District National Park with walks straight from the doorstep

 

Property code: 65992

Ideal for a romantic getaway, this wonderful and stylish cottage is perfectly situated to explore the magic of the North Lakes. With splendid views over Ullswater, you can enjoy the delightful seclusion.

Part of a small terrace of miner’s cottages dating back to the 19th century, this traditional property has been beautifully updated to provide warm and cosy accommodation for two guests. Situated in a wooden glade half a mile from the southern shores of Ullswater and offering lovely views across the lake, this pretty period cottage makes a picturesque base for eager walkers and nature lovers discovering the area’s beautiful woodlands, villages, lakes and fells. Featuring original timber beams, an inviting wood burner and a stone fireplace, this romantic retreat is an ideal escape for a couple seeking a secluded Lakeland hideaway.

The cottage is reached along an unmade woodland track, with a porch leading into the delightful open-plan pitch-pine lounge/kitchen/diner. With exposed ceiling beams, a welcoming wood burner, TV and plenty of seating, the bright and refreshing lounge is an ideal space to snuggle up together in the evening. The central dining table is perfect for sharing a romantic meal for two which you can enjoy cooking in the stylishly arranged kitchen. A short staircase leads upstairs to a fresh, light and high-ceilinged double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and a charming wainscoted en-suite bathroom with a traditional roll-top bath. The limed-oak floors of the bedroom and bathroom benefit from cosy underfloor heating. Outside, the shared garden is visited by a variety of wildlife including red squirrels, and features a lawn with outdoor furniture, apple trees and hedges overlooking the valley.

Local attractions include Aira Force Waterfall (2.5 miles), Helvellyn (5.5 miles) and the friendly villages of Patterdale and Glenridding (both within 2.5 miles). This is a fantastic area with spellbinding walks, or you can head to Ullswater and cruise over the lake by steamship. Also nearby is the vibrant market town of Keswick (15.5 miles) on the shore of Derwentwater.

  • 1 bedroom - double
  • 1 en-suite bathroom
  • AGA oven, fridge, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine
  • 2 dogs welcome - dogs should be kept on a lead outside the properties garden due to livestock and wildlife
  • Smart TV and 2 DAB radios
  • Wood burner – first basket of logs included
  • Regret no children or babies
  • Stairs in the property are steep with no handrail
  • There is parking next to the property for one vehicle, and parking generally available nearby for additional vehicles
  • Shared garden space
  • The property is accessed by an unmade track and should be accessible by all vehicles with appropriate care taken.
  • Shop, pub and restaurants 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

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ian 24th June 2022

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Great location but the cottage is a bit small if you have a couple of dogs of Retriever size. Also it is very hot inside with an AGA running continuously.

Reviewed by Thomas 27th May 2022

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Absolute gem 12/10 cant wait to come back one day best views ever

Reviewed by Andrew 13th May 2022

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Superb spot with walking straight from the door. Comfortable and cosy compact accommodation ideal for able couples. The stairs will not suit anyone with slight mobility issues as they are small and steep. Really enjoyed our stay. Glenridding with its facilities was an easy 1.5 mile walk away.

Reviewed by Victoria 9th May 2022

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Lovely cottage, quiet location and great for walking. Local pub not great for food though Inn on the Lake was much better.. Go prepared with provisions to ensure you can make a drink when you arrive. We drove for 8 hours and there was nothing provided at the cottage and local shop closed. All in all a nice stay tho

Reviewed by Melanie 6th May 2022

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Reviewed by Mary 8th April 2022

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For us it was perfect especially this time of year when walking is less heated!!! can't fault a thing what a wonderful cottage you have. just the perfect location, size and packed with all you could possible need. A real cosy place to return to after exploring the area. Have been highly recommending it to all our friends thank you and your team

Reviewed by Rafieh 25th February 2022

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This cottage is a real gem. The area is just amazing - in such a beautiful place of natural beauty with so many walks on your door step! The cottage is equipped with everything you would need for a comfortable stay in all rooms. There was a couple of walking books on the shelf, which we found particularly helpful. Our stay has helped us fall in lovRead moree with The Lakes, and we'd highly recommend staying at this lovely cottage! Hide

Reviewed by Kerry 27th December 2021

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Reviewed by Philip 5th November 2021

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Let down by poor housekeeping emergency service, shame as a lovely cottage.

Reviewed by Julia 11th October 2021

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A lovely cottage in a peaceful setting gives you a true feel of the lakes. The only issue is the excessive heat pumped out by the Aga which is on 24 hours a day. Nevertheless we had a great time!

Reviewed by Charlotte 24th September 2021

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This cottage was an absolute gem! Cosy, quaint and we'll equipped to relax in after a days walking. It does get warm but leaving the windows open should do the trick, although I'm not sure how we'd fair in the hot summer months. There's lots of stunning walks straight from the doorstep. We really enjoyed a slow bimble along to Glenridding for a cofRead morefee. In the evening we delighted in watching the red squirrels, whilst looking out at the view with a glass of wine. Lovely getaway. Hide

Reviewed by Fiona 17th September 2021

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Reviewed by Helen 10th September 2021

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Simple perfect- cant wait to return and sincerely hope the owners will consider swapping the double for a king size bed? That would truly make for a luxurious and spoiling stay!

Reviewed by Aniela 9th August 2021

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The cottage is beautifully decorated, and in an absolutely wonderful location for local walks. There is some discomfort, however, in that the heat from the Aga can overpower the small house. Luckily we had a cool August week, but still needed to open doors and windows just to cool the cottage down, and couldn't use the wood burning stove. It did drRead morey our wet walking gear beautifully though! Maybe a cottage that's better for winter? In spite of heat, however, we had a lovely stay. Hide

Reviewed by David 2nd August 2021

Lovely cosy cottage great views and in a quiet spot we think it's better for a quieter Place than the other lakes to stay but be wary of the rough track up to property we had a 4x4 but smaller vehicles could get damaged if your not careful.

Reviewed by Sarah 9th July 2021

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Reviewed by Gary 2nd July 2021

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The Aga was great to cook with. The downside however is that it generates so much heat the cottage felt a little too warm. The bath shower attachment was a little poor. We dont want this to distract from the quaintness of the cottage and the stunning location.

Reviewed by Dawn 25th June 2021

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Beautiful location nice view of the lake, tastefully decorated red squirrels outside a real treat. So peaceful.

Reviewed by Kelly 18th June 2021

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Reviewed by Matthew 4th June 2021

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Amazing location, very peaceful. The cottage is well appointed and everything is considered for a cozy stay.

Reviewed by Neil 28th May 2021

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Great location, beautifully located, in fact perfectly located. Great for dogs and amazingly quiet. The dark sky is spectacular. The cottage itself, whilst compact is finished and fitted out very well indeed and was very clean.

Reviewed by Kerry 17th May 2021

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It's a beautiful cottage, in a beautiful location. The perfect place to escape for a get away. There are lots of walks you can do straight from the cottage, and you can see Ullswater from the drive away. My only comment would be make sure you bring enough walking clothes if that's your plans for your trip as there isn't a washing machine.

Reviewed by Chris 7th May 2021

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We were recommended by a friend to rent Red Squirrel Den and we had a marvellous week. The location is stunning. The cottage is compact but well equipped including a reasonable internet connection (around 10 mbs). The full sized Aga is a bonus. The only thing to note is that the cottage is accessed by a long unmade track so low slung vehicles mightRead more be challenged - normal cars and SUV's are fine Hide

Reviewed by Graham 3rd May 2021

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Reviewed by Sian 23rd April 2021

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Reviewed by David 12th April 2021

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Lovely cottage with plenty of character in an idyllic setting with several walks direct from your doorstep.

Reviewed by Julie 20th December 2020

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Reviewed by Georgina 2nd November 2020

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The cottage was very clean and tidy and had everything we needed. Would defiantly recommend and rebook.

Reviewed by Lynn 16th October 2020

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Amazing views overlooking Glencoyne Bay and Park from this cosy miners cottage. Red squirrels, woodpeckers in the garden. Walks on the doorstep and very near Patterdale and Glenridding.

Reviewed by SJ 9th October 2020

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Reviewed by Jonathan 2nd October 2020

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Cosy comfortable and very warm cottage set in wonderful surroundings!

Reviewed by Jamie 21st September 2020

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Reviewed by Rebecca 15th September 2020

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This cottage was a perfect base for us to explore from! It was tucked away in a beautiful location, was immaculately presented and had everything we could need. The aga meant it was cosy when we arrived home from the mountains (we climbed Scafell Pike and Helvellyn) and the kitchen was so well equipped we chose to eat in 4 out of 5 nights! EverythiRead moreng about it was well considered - a perfect home from home! Hide

Reviewed by Phil 7th September 2020

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The Red Squirrel Den is a delightful cottage tucked away in a quiet setting above Ullswater. It genuinely has red squirrels waiting to greet you. Perfect for couples and singles looking to get away from it all. Set in a row of 10 old miners cottages, RSD is a bit of a tardis. It looks small, but actually has plenty of room. We took our large dog, aRead morend it never felt cramped. The en-suite bedroom is a delight. Be warned, the stairs are steep. Go and meet the squirrels ! Hide

Reviewed by Jane 31st August 2020

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A beautiful cottage situated within walking distance of Gleridding with walks directly from the door. Well equipped, snug with plenty of room for two people and a dog! Set in a beautiful part of the Lakes, Red Squirrel Den makes an ideal base from which to explore the Northern Lakes.

Reviewed by Matthew 14th August 2020

Guest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 stars

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Location

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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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