This tranquil part of the northern Lake District has wonderful walking and cycling on the doorstep. It has the feeling of remoteness while also being just three miles from wonderful Ullswater. Footpaths fan out from the yard giving access to Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and to join the Ullswater Way. Why not bring the bikes and explore the quiet roads and lovely bridleways of Matterdale? Bike storage can be arranged in advance with the owners who live on site. You can also walk to stunning Aira Force from the door or down to Ullswater's shore where you can catch one of the stately steamers which wind their way around the lake. The view of mighty Helvellyn from the cottage might even inspire you to take on this Lakeland giant during your stay.
Just slightly further off there's plenty to explore. Historic Dalemain, just six miles away, makes a lovely day out while at Rheged Visitor Centre you can browse at the shops and exhibitions, pop to the spa or take in a film on their giant 3D screen. The popular Cumbrian towns of Keswick and Penrith are both an easy drive away and there are several well-renowned pubs in the surrounding villages for a treat after your outdoor adventures.