Sheriff is a modern, detached house mid-way between Keswick and Ullswater, with countryside views that has been presented in a welcoming and homely manner by the owners who live in the adjacent property.
The front door opens to the sitting room with comfortable leather sofas and armchairs arranged around the log burning stove and TV and also enjoying the south-facing views across the surrounding countryside. The open plan kitchen, dining area is to the rear of the cottage. The well equipped kitchen is fitted with contemporary units and patio doors open from here onto the patio.
The first of the bedrooms is located on the ground floor and guests have a choice of King size or twin beds and enjoying views of the front garden and fields beyond. This bedroom benefits from the adjacent bathroom with whirlpool bath, basin and WC. Stairs lead to the first floor where there is a small second sitting room, or reading room, with beautiful views to Blencathra and the northern mountains of the Lake District and is furnished with sofa and breakfast table and a small butlers kitchenette with sink, fridge and kettle. The second bedroom that faces north across the fields is presented with king-size bed and is complemented by a smart ensuite bathroom. The final bedroom, facing south is presented with twin beds and benefits from a ensuite shower room.
To the rear of the house there is a sheltered patio area with outdoor dinning furniture and to the front there is a front garden with lawn and planted borders. Secure mountain bike storage is available and there is private parking for two cars.
Troutbeck (there are two in the Lake District – and this is the one in the north) is a small hamlet close to the popular village of Pooley Bridge at the northernmost tip of Ullswater. The latter has a selection of village pubs, cafes and shops for the visitors and is popular all year round. The area has a huge selection of footpaths, bridleways and there are walks for all and it is a popular area for mountain biking. Travelling from the central Lakes over the stunning Kirkstone Pass you will drop down into the beautiful glacial carved landscapes surrounding Ullswater, 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 or Pooley Bridge 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 centre. A major attraction for your canine friend is Podgy Paws pet shop, where you can stock up on goodies for your furry companions. 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.
The A591 winds its way from Keswick to Grasmere and on to Ambleside and from there branching off to Coniston and such delights as the Langdale Valley and Hawkshead.
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.