Beautifully refurbished to a very high standard, this traditional, detached, stone built cottage is well appointed and has been beautifully finished by its current owner, an interior designer, who has set out to create a high quality retreat, with an emphasis on comfort using bespoke soft furnishings, that is suitable for couples, families or groups of friends.
Just a few minutes drive from the shores of Ullswater, set in the quiet hamlet of Matterdale End surrounded by super countryside Fox Hollow is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
The dual aspect lounge, is bright and airy and is a great place to socialise or enjoy the surroundings over a good book. For those who want to fill their holiday with fun and adventure the kitchen doubles as the map room with possibly the largest OS map we have ever seen to help you plan your days out and about in the Lake District!
Ullswater, the 'Queen of the English Lakes' is unveiled as you travel down the valley from the cottage. The Lake District's second largest lake is popular all year round. Enjoy a cruise on one of the traditional steamers, walk the lake shore path from Glen ridding to Howtown, stroll in the spring amongst the carpet of daffodils that inspired William Wordsworth's famous poem or discover the delights of Aira Force waterfall.
Whilst enjoying easy access, Fox Hollow offers a great base from which to explore the Lake District, visit its historical villages, delight in the stunning scenery , enjoy walks and mountain biking from the door and discover why so many guests return time and time again to this beautiful part of the Lake District.
Accommodation in detail
Reached by steps through the garden from the parking area, this cottage is over two floors. On entering through the rear doorway the spacious utility area offers ample place for boots, shoes, walking gear and access to a secure storage room for mountain bikes and other outdoor equipment. The high quality fitted family kitchen offers a range cooker, with electric hob and oven, and island unit all with local Lakeland Green Slate worktops. The large farmhouse breakfast table is a great place to enjoy a meal with all the family and to plan the route of your next walk using the truly impressive Lake District wall map.
The cosy lounge is a cosy retreat with its log burning stove and its doal aspect windows offer views to the garden. A ground floor twin bedded room and a high quality shower room lead off the hall way as does the front door to the garden and the staircase climbs to the first floor.
Three further bedrooms include two luxurious double bedrooms and the third bedroom offers full size 3ft bunk beds, suitable for children or adults. The family bathroom is complete with a large bath, shower with monsoon shower head and is ideal for all the family for everything from a quick shower, bathing the kids or a long luxurious soak in the bath after a day on the fells.
The cottage offers a large utility area with washing machine, drier and freezer as well as offering plenty of storage for boots, outdoor gear, mountain bikes, push chairs etc. Drying racks are provided in the bolier room for drying outdoor gear.
The garden wraps all the way round the house and offers of plenty of space for children to play and includes their own play area. The garden is surrounded by mature shrubs and trees. The garden comes complete with garden furniture suitable for alfresco dining or relaxing over a drink.
The hamlet of Matterdale end is a small, unspoilt, farming village just two miles from the shores of Ullswater. The area is crisscrossed with public footpaths and bridleways and is a great place for walking or mountain biking. Little Mell Fell just to the east of the cottage offers breathtaking views across the whole of the north Lake District and to the Eden Valley to the east and Dumfries and Galloway to the north Ullwater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District and is widely thought to be the most picturesque, being ideal 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 landscapes 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 and getting out on the Lake. At the southern end of the Lake you will find Glenridding, a popular little village and an excellent base to explore plentiful challenging peaks but especially Helvellyn and Striding Edge.
Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District, being a serpentine body of water snaking a nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain. 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 Cragg, 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 steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding.
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. They run the boats 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 a camera. 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 and licenses.
Further afield 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 center. 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.
Back south, leaving Patterdale, you take the Kirkstone Pass which winds its way through high fell and brings you down to Ambleside and the south lakes. All in all there is a much to see and do, both around the lake and nearby areas, towns and villages where to get the best from your visit it is well worth investing in a few good guides and maps.
About the location
Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.
The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle (The Windsor of the North), Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.