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The Old Post Office - Dacre

Ullswater (2.5mls N), Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
7 more

At a glance

  • Fantastic open-plan living space with exposed beams and wood burner
  • Sit outside in the enclosed garden with an al fresco aperitif
  • Perfect for families or a few friends on the eastern side of the Lake District National Park
Property code: SZ504

With so much to explore close to home, this abode provides a welcoming base to return to each afternoon with fresh, bright and cosy spaces in which to unwind.

Built in 1713, this welcoming holiday home is a snug Cumbrian getaway located in the charming village of Dacre inside the UNSECO World Heritage Site of the Lake District National Park, just a few minutes' drive from Lake Ullswater. Sleeping four guests across two bedrooms, the cottage has been lovingly refurbished to a modern country style and boasts characterful exposed beams, deep comfy armchairs and a wood burner.


Dacre is a tranquil haven of a village which has an excellent local pub and a 14th-century castle. Less than 5 miles away is an Alpaca centre with its own clothing outlet and Rheged, which is an award-winning visitor attraction boasting quality shops, an art gallery, restaurants, a deli, soft (and hard) play and a gigantic 3D cinema. Within a 6-mile radius of the cottage sits Penrith, an attractive Cumbrian town which is the hub of the Eden Valley, and Dalemain, a beautiful Georgian mansion and gardens with a rich history dating back to Saxon times.


If exploring the stunning natural surroundings is more to your taste then you are perfectly placed to indulge. The head of Ullswater Lake is just 2 miles away, opening up a world of activities to enjoy. The Ullswater valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the Lake District with a wealth of walks and cycle rides to choose from. Alternatively the crystal-clear waters of the lake provide plenty of activities to enjoy. Why not hire a kayak or rowing boat and find a secluded beach to enjoy a picnic? If something more stately is to your taste, you could take gentle serpentine cruise on an Ullswater steamer soaking in the stunning scenery while enjoying a drink from the on-board bar.


The property is a traditional Cumbrian cottage located in the small village of Dacre on the eastern side of the Lake District National Park. It contains two double beds, and the cottage itself can sleep a maximum party size of four.


The first time you enter the cottage, it will be via the back garden. This pretty, southwest-facing garden contains a small raised lawn area and patio seating and is enclosed by a lovely old dry stone wall. It's the perfect spot for relaxing with a cup of tea. The back door opens into a well-stocked dining kitchen, which contains electric oven, microwave and induction hob, toaster, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, a freestanding fridge/freezer and a breakfast table that seats four guests.


The beautiful, light living room is the real heart of the cottage. Featuring low oak beams, luxurious armchairs and a fabulous wood burner, this is at once a cosy and welcoming room. As well as a dining table, Smart TV and DVD player, you'll also find a large selection of books, DVDs and games to keep everyone entertained.


Upstairs, you'll find the two gorgeous bedrooms and family bathroom. The bathroom contains a basin, WC, heated towel rail and benefits from a shower over the bath so all tastes are catered for. Both of the bedrooms are wonderfully cosy and beautifully decorated. There are two double bedrooms, storage for clothes and pretty cottage windows for taking in the views.


Private parking is available for two cars in the driveway behind the cottage.

  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven, microwave and induction hob, toaster, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and free-standing fridge/freezer
  • Wood burner - initial supply of logs provided
  • Smart TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed south-westerly facing garden with patio area and garden furniture
  • There is off-road parking for 2 cars on the gated drive
  • Regret no pets
  • Shops 2 miles, pub 50 metres
  • Please note: Property does not accept under 2's
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.


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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