The Bothy dates from the late 1700s when the original house was constructed. We renovated the bothy, and the house, in 2016. It is situated next to Aira Beck with walks onto the fells, down to the beautiful Aira Force and Ullswater straight from your door. It's the perfect romantic weekend hideaway but just 3 minutes stroll to the local pub!
Dockray is a small village in the heart of the North Lake District just a mile from Ullswater and 15 minutes drive from Penrith, a small market town with supermarkets, local shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. In Dockray there are a handful of houses and a pub, The Royal.
The Bothy is not a self catering property but as you see below there are a number of treats waiting for you. Your breakfast (included in the price) will be taken at The Royal which is just a stroll away and The Royal also serves great lunches and dinners. Of course there are plenty of other dining options in the area just a short drive away. Inside The Bothy there is a lounge area with sofa, mini fridge, kettle, Nespresso and TV. The property is warmed with under floor heating and also has a log stove to add to the romantic mood!
We only rent The Bothy out at weekends and for a minimum two night stay. Included in the photos is an image of the layout of the property which gives you a good idea of how The Bothy works.
Getting here: we would say it is preferable to have a car here if you want to explore the area. If you are happy to nestle in a simply walk from The Bothy and eat at the pub then that can work too. If you are coming from the south, and particularly London, you may want to consider taking the train and hire a car in Penrith as it's a long drive, especially on a Friday. Trains take 3 hours from Euston to Penrith. For example, on a Friday you could take the 12.30 train to Glasgow which arrives in Penrith at 3.30, pick up your car and be at The Bothy for 4.30. Leaving on Sunday the 17.03 gets into London just after 8 pm. This gives you two and half days to enjoy The Lakes.
Don't forget to bring your walking boots/wellies - generally it can be quite muddy out on our beautiful fells.
Things you will find inside The Bothy:
King size bed with bedding
Two bath towels and two hand towels
Log stove and a supply of logs
Nespresso and pods
Half bottle of champagne OR a 20cl bottle of The Lakes Distillery gin and some Fever Tree tonic
Pint of milk
Champagne, wine and water glasses
Side plates and cutlery
Prince Charles' favourite fudge
Iron and ironing board
Books, maps, games, magazines
DVD player and selection of DVDs