Dovedale Cottage


£430 - £1220

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Pets Allowed?:
Fire type:
open fire
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Does the notion of being truly off the beaten track in a marvellous Grade I listed cottage at the foot of magnificent mountains appeal to you? If so then the stunningly situated Dovedale will surely fit the bill. Sleeping up to six people in four comfortable bedrooms, the cottage is a wonderful period property on a working farm within the environs of Hartsop Hall at the southern end of the Ullswater valley. Situated just off Kirkstone pass between Patterdale and Ambleside, and surrounded by fields and fells, it has a truly welcoming farmhouse feel about it with simply glorious views from every single room. The cottage has also been well thought-through for guests with limited mobility. There is a downstairs single bedroom with en-suite shower and easy wheelchair access out into the patio area of the garden.

Nestled under Hartsop Above How the cottage offers unrivalled fell walking opportunities from the door. If you've come to the Lakes well prepared to take on its mighty peaks, then you'll be spoiled for choice. The Helvellyn range, High Street, Dove Cragg and Fairfield are all within range of the cottage. While more gentle ambles such as the ancient bridleway (upgraded for wheelchair use) passing the house to nearby Brotherswater will delight those in wheelchairs or with little ones in tow. This utterly idyllic body of water is perfect for a paddle or a wild swim if you're feeling more daring. Why not pack a picnic and enjoy it on the shore? There's also a regular bus service operating between Penrith and Ambleside opening up a vast choice of linear walks from which you can relax on the bus back!

 If you'd like to explore town and village life in the area then, despite its remoteness, you are well placed at Dovedale. Ambleside, one of the Lake District's most loved towns, is just a 20-minute drive over Kirkstone Pass while in the opposite direction just a few miles away you have Patterdale and Glenridding, two lovely little villages where you can make the most of the water-based activities on beautiful Ullswater. A cruise on Ullswater's stately steamers is a treat in any season where you can take in the stunning scenery that has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. For more local village life why not walk over to Patterdale and invest in some of the delicious homemade bread from the village shop? Alternatively you could just stay and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Dovedale's immediate surroundings while possibly taking a gentle stroll over to The Brotherswater Inn for a pub meal or a pint of local real ale. However you choose to spend your time here, we're sure you'll want to visit again and again.