Old School House (Matterdale) accommodation summary

Ground Floor

Entrance porch for coats and boots
Living room with dining area
Twin bedroom (this can be made up as a super-king should you require. Please let us know when booking.)
Shower room
(It is worth noting for those with limited mobility that there are three steps to access the ground floor bedroom and shower room.)
Utility room with sink, ironing board, washing machine, dryer and hanging rack

First Floor

King-size master bedroom
Double bedroom with en suite shower room
Twin bedroom
Bathroom (with hidden door to make en suite to master bedroom if needed)


Landing with seating and fell views


Enclosed garden area across the lane from the house
Enclosed gravelled area at the rear of the property
4 Wall mounted bike racks to the rear of the house 

Parking Info

There is a substantial parking area to the side of the house that should fit 3-4 cars.

Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.

The house is semi-detached. Due to the rural position of the cottage the internet connection won't be as quick as you would be used to at home.
Depending on the weather, the road up to the cottage can be icy in the winter. There is a grit box on the lane available for use.
The cottage does not accept parties, including stag and hen groups.

General Description

Old School House is a wonderfully restored holiday cottage for eight with stunning views over the Ullswater Valley. With four comfortable bedrooms and ample shared space it makes an excellent base to explore this wonderful area. The owners have thoughtfully designed the interior with sumptuous furnishings, high spec appliances and bathrooms, and charming decorative touches throughout.

On arrival at the house guests first enter the large porch. There's plenty of space in here and the main hall for coats, shoes and all the muddy paraphernalia of fell walking that you're sure to accumulate. The main hall is a wonderful space with exposed stonework and an impressive staircase. From this room you enter the living and dining area. This was once the old school room and the large space has been well used to make two distinct halves. The living area has leather Chesterfield sofas and armchairs arranged around a magnificent fireplace with woodburner and a large television with DVD player and Bluetooth speaker. It makes a wonderful place for your group to socialise. To the other side of the room is the dining area with a large dining table with ornate antique chairs and a wonderfully carved dresser. It really makes a stately setting for a special family dinner and the large table is great for jigsaws and games on wet days.

To find a contrast with the elegantly old fashioned dining room, take the three steps up from the dining area to the bright modern kitchen. It's very well equipped for a large group with a range style Belling oven with 5 ceramic hobs, a substantial fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all the crockery and cookware you will need for your stay. The windows and door in here look out to the fellside to the rear of the house, an ideal place to spot visiting wildlife over your morning cuppa. There’s also an outside table and chairs for dining on fine evenings.

Back through to the main hallway. There are three steps up to the rooms at the rear of the house. Firstly is the modern ground floor twin room. (This can be made up as a super-king bed if you would rather. Please advise on booking if this is the case.) It has a built-in wardrobe, a desk and a fellside view. Next to this is the downstairs shower room, this has a curved enclosure with mixer shower. On this floor there's also a large utility/drying room with sink, iron & ironing board, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Upstairs to the mezzanine landing where there is a perfect place for someone to commandeer for a moments peace and contemplation. There is a huge window taking in the magnificent view and a comfy chair for enjoying a good book if you can tear your gaze away from what's outside. There are several steps up to the landing with the remaining bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have been cleverly configured to make the space as flexible as possible. They have inner doors for privacy and outer sliding doors which can make them en suites or keep sliding doors open for everyone to access the bathrooms.

First is the en suite double room. This has sumptuous floor-length curtains framing a window seat with that glorious view. Between the inner door and sliding door is a large built-in wardrobe and the en suite shower room with its curved enclosure and mixer shower. Next is the lovely twin room, which is ideal for adults but absolutely magical for children or teens with another window seat. Perfect for losing yourself in a good book. Lastly is the spacious master bedroom. This has a king-size bed, a comfy armchair and built-in wardrobes. Between the sliding door and the inner door is the entrance to the bathroom, which can therefore be the family bathroom or the en suite for the master bedroom if preferred. This has an over-bath mixer shower and a lovely view out to the fellside.

Outside there is an enclosed garden with seating just over the lane from the cottage. A stream runs through one end of the garden so it is fenced off for safety although still available to use. As the lane ends just beyond the next property there should not be any through-traffic, but care should nonetheless be taken with small children if they are going out to the garden alone. At the rear of the property is an enclosed gravelled area with seating. This is a sun-trap in the evenings, ideal for summer cocktails or outside dining! There is ample gravelled parking to the side of the house and four wall-mounted bike racks at the back of the house. Guests will need to provide their own bike locks.

In all, the house has been wonderfully well thought-through to make the most of space, light and position making it a cottage visitors are sure to want to visit time and time again.