Nestled in beautiful countryside with panoramic views of Blencathra, Flaska House is a lovingly restored farmhouse that benefits from a quiet location, offering a homely atmosphere ideal for friends and family.
Finished to a high standard, the owners have created a welcoming and homely cottage, ideal for families and friends to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings. The property has four well-appointed bedrooms, one with ensuite shower room, a family shower room and house bathroom. A cosy lounge with log burner and the large kitchen /diner make the heart of the home and are complemented by a conservatory with breakfast table - all with some of the best views of the Lake District.
Just a short drive from the shores of Ullswater and Derwentwater, the stunning scenery that surrounds it, offers a myriad of walks and outdoor activities. The popular market town of Keswick is within easy reach, with a great choice of local shops and eateries. Local country pubs offer visitors great food, cosy open fires and pretty beer gardens – whatever the time of year there is something for everyone!
Accommodation in detail
Approached along a quiet country lane, tall scots pines stand to either side of the gateway as you turn into the driveway.
The front door opens into a porch leading into the large and spacious kitchen / diner that has been designed with families in mind. With far-reaching views across the surrounding fields to the mountains beyond, the large, feature dining table will become the hub of the holiday. Ideal for breakfast, drinks, dinner, and a place where friends and family will gather as they plan their days in the Lakes. A large, well equipped kitchen features a range cooker with five ring gas hob with electric double oven, fridge and dishwasher and includes a large island unit with breakfast bar. To the side a spacious conservatory, that forms a family breakfast/games room, offers unsurpassed views to Blencathra and doors from here open to the garden. The cosy lounge is presented with comfortable sofas and armchairs that are arranged around the log burning stove and Smart TV. Glazed doors open from the lounge directly onto the patio with outdoor garden furniture and fire pit.
The four bedrooms are all located on the first floor and are linked by a single landing that runs the length of the cottage. The first is a lovely dual aspect room presented with a superking bed and benefits from an ensuite shower room, double basin and WC. The second room is a gable end room with picture window and feature king size bed. The third is a pretty king size room and the final bedroom is a twin room, which can also be converted into a superking on request. The bedrooms are complemented on the first floor by a house bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC and on the ground floor there is a smart family shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC.
To the front of the cottage, the garden is a haven for wildlife and home to a family of red squirrels that can be seen as they scamper between the tall pine trees. To the rear of the cottage there is a fully enclosed, family-friendly garden with a patio area with comfy outdoor furniture.
Private parking is available for four 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
Windermere 3 miles; Ambleside 4 miles.
The small Lakeland village of Troutbeck can be found between its more famous neighbours Windermere and Ambleside, close by the Kirkstone Pass. A mixture of houses, cottages and farms, the village is scattered along a narrow lane bordered by a drystone wall. Many of these buildings date back to the 17th Century with features such as mullioned windows and heavy cylindrical chimneys and the northern end boasts its own 17th century inn. Close by, the bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including the lakeside ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The ‘Windermere Steamboat Museum’ displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’ in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Troutbeck is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.