This charismatic Lakeland cottage occupies a blissfully secluded
setting midway between the picturesque villages of Glenridding and
Patterdale, close to the southern tip of breathaking Ullswater.
Beautifully presented and equipped, this dreamy cottage was the local
Police house until 1946 and is therefore aptly named. The location, in
Grisedale Bridge, is truly romantic with wonderful views of the
surrounding mountains, also to Ullswater from the first floor landing.
Cosy up by the warming woodburner and take advantage of inclusive Wi-Fi
to plan your day ahead. Will it be a stroll along England's most
beautiful lake, the five minute walk from the cottage to Glenridding
pier where steamers will take you to other destinations, or a more
adventurous climb up infamous Helvellyn? It really is no wonder
Wordsworth made his home here...
If searching for a romantic hideaway in a simply picture perfect Lake
District setting with the ingredients we all love, then this pretty
cottage is for you.
Accommodation in detail
Private parking right outside your cottage. Entrance lobby gives
access to the living room with woodburning stove and sumptuous
furnishings. Rear door leads out to a small patio area with garden
furniture and lockable store. The kitchen / dining room is very well
equipped, overlooking the front garden and fells. Upstairs you catch
sight of Ullswater lake and there are two bedrooms, a king size and a
twin, each enjoying wonderful views towards Place Fell. The spacious
bathroom has a shower over the bath, ideal for long soaks after a day
on the mountains or sailing on the lake.
The inspiration for Wordsworth's 'Daffodils', Ullswater is the second
largest lake in the English Lake District and is widely thought to be
the most picturesque; an ideal setting for a self catering Lake
District holiday. Travelling from the central Lakes over the stunning
Kirkstone Pass you will drop down into the beautiful glacial carved
landscape surrounding the Lake itself, with many quaint villages along
its shore line. The areas around the lake provide the perfect place
for a restful and relaxed self-catering holiday, with plenty of
opportunity for walking, exploring, watersports and getting out on the
Lake. It is perfectly possible to enjoy an entirely car free holiday
here once you have arrived.
At the southern end of the Lake and 10 minutes from the cottage door
you will find Glenridding, a popular little village and an excellent
base to explore plentiful challenging peaks, but especially Helvellyn
and Striding Edge. The village of Patterdale is a 10 minute walk in
the opposite direction, where the Coast to Coast walk passes through,
and offers pubs and a village shop. The area is excellent for either
touring or relaxing and unbeatable for the many walks from the cottage
- High Street Ridge, Place Fell, St. Sunday Crag, and the Fairfield
hills all being within striking distance. With the right winter snow
conditions it is even possible to ski on the nearby fell of Raise where
there is a ski tow!
Pooley Bridge is a picturesque village within easy reach by car at the
northern most point of the lake. From here you can visit the wonderful
market towns of Penrith and Keswick or visit the site of the King
Arthur's fabled Round Table.
Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes
in the northern Lake District, a serpentine body of water snaking a
nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and
mountain. Famed for its Spring display of daffodils by Wordsworth,
this was also the site of the first Water speed record to be set by
Donald Campbell at over 200mph. Much of the lake its shore and
surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you
will find some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the
amenities of the lakeside villages.
One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along
the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the
lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Crag, and Fairfield, you take
the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. You will
be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight.
For the return journey, board the Ullswater steamer from Howtown back
For those who like getting up high, there are some of the best
mountains and fells on your doorstep, the most famous being Helvellyn
and the precipitous Striding Edge.
A gentler walk is Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake
District waterfalls. The main force falls some 70ft below a stone
footbridge - so don't forget your camera.
Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the
five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. Boats run from
Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great
way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking
Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge,
where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks,
sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle
Further afield to the north you have Keswick, the main town of the
north lakes, a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw
and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all year round town, there
are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes along with museums, a
theatre, cinema and leisure centre. At the lake you can take a boat
trip or hire one for yourself and explore the shoreline and little
bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our
links. The market towns of Penrith and Alston lie to the North West on
the edge of the Eden Valley and are well worth a visit.
To the south, leaving Patterdale you take the Kirkstone Pass, which
winds its way through high fells and brings you down to the south lakes
and Windermere, or you could turn down the picturesque "Struggle" to
the pretty town of Ambleside.
All in all there is a much to see and do, both around the lake and
nearby areas, towns and villages. To get the best from your visit it
is well worth investing in a few good guides and maps.
Pets information: Pet policies vary by property, please check the
properties listing on Lakelovers website for full details.