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Swinsty - Martindale

Martindale, Cumbria
Sleeps 9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A tastefully decorated and imaginatively refurbished property dating back to 1679
  • Just 1 mile from Ullswater, it’s a great holiday base for a group getaway
  • Features a games room and a large garden perfect for entertaining family
Property code: SZ457

Located in a tranquil, serene spot in the beautiful valley of Martindale, this impressive Lakeland property makes a fabulous base for families and friends exploring the stunning Ullswater countryside.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday house to let in England’s Lake District then this impressive holiday home provides an exceptionally well-appointed solution. Sleeping nine guests, the property is ideally situated both as a tranquil haven for walking and relaxing locally and as a base to explore all the attractions that the Lakes has to offer.

Originally built in 1679, the house has been renovated and refurbished to provide high quality holiday accommodation. The traditional, original Lakeland stone of the exterior is complemented by rooms finished in contemporary comfort and design style.

Located in the breathtaking landscape of unspoilt Martindale, the property is situated in rolling valley farmland with its own walled garden and enclosed parking. It has a lovely terrace for eating out and drinking in the magnificent views. A Lakeland beck trickles past its driveway. The owner's family have been associated with the area for over 80 years.

Magnificent Lake Ullswater is just 1 mile away: second largest of the lakes, and many think the loveliest. There you can swim, picnic , walk or sail on Ullswater's steamer boat.

Challenging or more leisurely walks are on the doorstep. This is walkers' paradise. And as you would expect from truly unspoilt countryside there is interesting wildlife to be seen, including red squirrels, badgers, red deer, owls, herons, kestrels, and buzzards.

The property is situated at the end of a long no through road from Pooley Bridge that skirts the south side of Ullswater. So there is absolutely no traffic and it remains quiet even in high summer. Yet access is easy with Penrith and the M6 just 30 minutes away by car and the nearby small village of Pooley Bridge is just 15 minutes drive away.

The large entrance hallway has plenty of hanging space for wet coats and boots after a hard day out on the fells. From here is the large 40ft sitting room to your left which is warm and stylish with comfy sofas, a woodburning stove, flatscreen Sky TV, DVD player, music centre, audio system and plenty of books to borrow.

From the sitting room is a play room with study and an extensive library of books which you are welcome to read during your stay - the wood burner works through here too. The play room has a small snooker table which can be converted to table tennis table.

The kitchen is light and modern with stylish cabinets, large electric oven with grill, 4 ring hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer. There is an extendable dining table here and double french doors open onto an extensive paved terrace with fantastic views up the valley.

Downstairs there is also a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and Belfast sink, as well as a separate toilet.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms. Three are doubles, one of which has an en-suite shower room and toilet. There is a wash basin in the second double. There is also a triple room which has three separate single beds.

There is also a bathroom upstairs with bath and shower over.

Outside there is a lawned garden with patio area. The driveway has parking for two cars with more parking on the other side of the gate on the grassed area. Please avoid the fence around the septic tank area.

There is a movement-activated light to help you find your way to the front door, however, during the darker evenings, you may need a torch to find the key safe on the wall and the lock on the front door. We recommend you bring a torch for this.

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

  • 4 bedrooms – 1 king-size bedroom with en-suite, 1 king-size, 1 double and 1 triple with 3 single beds
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with shower over bath and a WC, 1 en-suite shower room with shower and a WC, plus 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Wood burner (initial supply provided)
  • SkyTV, DVD, music centre
  • Snooker/table tennis
  • Regret no Wi-Fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars on driveway and further parking on the grassed area
  • Regret no dogs
  • Pubs and shops 6 miles
  • Ullswater 1 mile
  • The cottage is not suitable for single-sex groups
  • Please note: no mobile phone reception at the cottage; a payphone is available
  • Please note if there is snow or ice on the roads you will need snow chains or a 4x4 to get over the Hawes


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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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