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 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. 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 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 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.
About the location
Pooley Bridge 8 miles; Windermere 12 miles; Penrith 12.5 miles
Glenridding is a wonderful lakeside village, hugging the southern edge of Ullswater in the wondrous Lake District National Park. It offers the essentials of a convenience store, a café and a selection of characterful pubs. Some of the pubs overlook the picturesque Ullswater lake where you can try your hand at some exhilarating outdoor pursuits, or perhaps take a soothing cruise on one of the Ullswater Steamers. The area is popular with mountain walkers as there are seemingly endless opportunities nearby, above the village sits the Greenside Mine, this 18th century lead mine is the reason for the maintaining of the village's economy. There is much to do close by, with the wonderful twin towns of Bowness and Windermere just over 12 miles away, offering something to suit every age, taste and ability. Come to this wonderful Lake District village for a fun-packed holiday with your family and friends.