Looking out over nothing but a glorious panorama of fields and fells high above the Ullswater Valley, lies Old School House. The cottage is a very special place for a family or small group to visit, with walks straight from the door. The cottage has recently been lovingly restored to a very high standard with antiques and modern appliances elegantly blended to provide comfortable and stylish accommodation. Exposed stone walls and graceful hallway, with a timber staircase lead up to four beautifully appointed bedrooms. Downstairs offers plenty of relaxing socialising space with log burning stove, spacious kitchen and an invaluable laundry and boot room. Guest comfort and needs are considered throughout. The harmonious decor brings a cosy warmth from which to admire the dramtic views from the windows, making this a most welcome holiday home. You'll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of 21st century life here, amazing to think you are only a 15 minute drive from the M6.
Old School House is set in the tiny hamlet of Matterdale just two miles from the shores of Ullswater. Widely thought to be one of the most beautiful of the Lakes, Ullswater affords fabulous opportunities for walking, cycling, eating out and messing about on the water! The cottage offers exceptional walking from the door with Matterdale Common right outside with a wonderful network of footpaths that could even lead (for the fit and well prepared walker) to the mighty Helvellyn range. There's also a fantastic choice of lower level trails if you're not feeling quite so adventurous. You can easily walk to the beautiful Aira Force which makes a great potter out with children. It's less than a mile from Old School House to the neighbouring hamlet of Dockray where you’ll find the Royal Hotel offering excellent pub food, local real ales and a warm welcome.
Why not catch one of Ullswater's splendid steamers from the new Aira Force Pier just down the road? These gorgeous heritage vessels wind their way around this gem of a lake allowing visitors to take in the majestic scenery in a very relaxed way. If you'd rather try a more hands-on approach to the water then why not hire a boat or kayak from nearby Glenridding and find your perfect picnic beach around its shingle shores? For adventurous types, Rookin House Farm activity centre is a five-minute drive away and offers a multitude of activities including horse riding, quad biking, go-karting and archery. If visitors would like to explore life in the wider area around the cottage then the delightful Lakeland towns of Keswick and Penrith are just 20 minutes’ drive away while nearby stately homes such as Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest and Lowther Castle offer a peek into the rich history of the area. Of course, guests might just enjoy making themselves a cuppa or pouring a glass of wine and taking in the staggering views from this delightful, well-appointed home.