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Winder Barn

Ullswater, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Complex of properties
Internet access
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming semi-detached cottage with private patio and substantial shared grounds including a dog paddock
  • Located between Pooley Bridge and the Lowther Valley with wonderful walks from the doorstep
  • One of four properties in a peaceful position surrounded by pretty villages with popular pubs
Property code: SZ562

Sleeping six plus two four-legged friends, this homely and welcoming period property is an ideal base for families of walkers looking to explore the northern reaches of the Lake District National Park.

This impressive holiday home, a characterful semi-detached cottage for six between Pooley Bridge and the Lowther Valley. It is one of four individual properties in a complex. It’s a very special place with welcoming hosts, incredibly tranquil surroundings and a wealth of garden visitors including some adorable red squirrels. Boasting three beautifully appointed bedrooms, charming period details and delightful socialising space, it makes a wonderful place for a family or small group of friends to make the most of this gorgeous area.

The property sit in a privileged position perched high above the Lowther Valley just over the fell from picturesque Ullswater. There's a world of fabulous walking nearby ranging from Lakeland's mightiest fell tops to gentle riverside ambles. Why not head up on to the fell path behind the cottages where a short walk will reward you with a stunning view of Ullswater? You might even encounter some of the area's wild ponies on your jaunt! Alternatively head down to Askham and along the River Lowther taking in views of the majestic ruins of Lowther Castle along the way. The surrounding villages offer some excellent options for eating out with good village pubs on offer in Askham, Tirril and Pooley Bridge. From Pooley Bridge you can catch one of the stately Ullswater Steamers which wind their way around the Lake opening up linear walks along this most picturesque of valleys.

Only slightly further afield there's so much to do. A 15-minute drive takes you to the charming market town of Penrith where you'll find a great choice of shops and eateries while a 30-minute drive will deliver you to the Lake District's adventure capital, Keswick. Why not get well prepared and scale one of the Lake District's giants such as Helvellyn or Skiddaw? Alternatively explore the rich history of the area at Dalemain or Brougham Castle, both less than five miles from the door. After a day's exploration come back to High Winder and enjoy the spectacle of visiting wildlife ranging from deer, badgers and a fabulous range of birdlife, not forgetting some amazingly tame and photogenic red squirrels who call the place home. Whether you choose to spend your visit exploring the unparalleled natural heritage of the area or delighting in its history, the property is a place you'll want to visit time and time Again.

On arrival at the property, guests enter directly into the delightful open-plan living and dining space. The living area has two large green leather sofas and one armchair arranged around a cosy gas stove and a TV with DVD player while the wooden dining table comfortably seats six. It's a lovely welcoming room with fresh decor and local interest, ideal for long post dinner conversations planning your holiday adventures. There's also a handy under-stairs cupboard for your bits and bobs.

Beyond the dining area is the well-equipped fitted kitchen. It has a built-in fan oven, four gas hobs, a dishwasher, microwave, under-counter fridge and freezer along with a washing machine (a dryer is available in the communal laundry room).

Moving up the stairs to the gorgeous bedrooms guests first come to a king-size room. It's a delightful space with a low window looking out onto the courtyard, a wardrobe for storage and a modern en-suite shower room with power shower in a curved enclosure. There's a further king-size room along the corridor with a heavy carved wooden bed frame, a wardrobe and drawers for storage and another modern en-suite shower room with power shower. The room also has a well-placed low window where you can sit in bed with your morning cuppa looking out onto the fellside and the visiting wildlife. Moving along the corridor where there is a sweet low window (where little ones will love to lie and read a book) and three steps up to the gorgeous twin room. This has a dressing table and wardrobe for storage, a long narrow window with a view to the grounds and an en-suite bathroom with curved bath and over-bath power shower.

Outside the cottage there is a beautiful private area with a table and chairs for outdoor dining, guests at the property also have access to the substantial shared grounds. The property is visited by a vast array of wild visitors including deer, badgers, a wealth of birdlife and some wonderfully photogenic red squirrels. There is also a shared paddock which is enclosed and an ideal spot to let your dogs run free!

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 king-size and 1 twin
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms and 1 en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath
  • Fan oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine
  • Additional washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room
  • TV and DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Shared patio, lawned gardens with BBQ and outdoor furniture
  • Shared enclosed dog paddock
  • 2 dogs welcome - please note that dogs must be kept on a lead in the grounds unless you are using the enclosed paddock
  • Communal drying room with heated boot rack
  • Parking for 7 cars in communal car park
  • Can be let together with the three other properties to accommodate larger groups
  • Pub and shop 2 miles


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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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