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Self Catering Cottages in Glenridding

Glenridding and its neighbouring villages nestle blissfully on the shore of the Lake District’s second largest lake, Ullswater against the backdrop of the mountainous giants like Helvellyn. It may not be hailed with the same prestige as Windermere, but the Ullswater Valley undoubtedly showcases the most outstanding landscapes the Lake District has to offer and many consider this to be the National Park’s most scenic lake. Choosing a getaway in Glenridding puts some of the most exhilarating landscapes in the country right on your doorstep. And, because this area has escaped the mass tourism seen elsewhere in the Lake District, you will find unspoiled beauty and tranquillity in abundance.

Self-Catering Accommodation Near Glenridding

Our luxury Glenridding cottages range from bijou boltholes packed with romance to spacious barn conversions, each uniquely designed for your perfect stay in the Lake District. For a cosy retreat with loved ones, choose one of our Lakeland cottages complete with exposed beams, original floorboards and wood-burning stoves. For a group getaway, consider a sophisticated converted farmhouse, elegantly modernised to offer comfort and convenience for your whole clan. Bright and airy dining rooms make the perfect entertaining space to enjoy banquets and board games late into the evening.

It is the finishing touches that really make your self-catering cottage in Glenridding feel like your home away from home, and every last detail of our cottages has been thought of. Whether your ideal amenities are Wi-Fi and a dishwasher, or helicopter pads and infinity hot tubs, each of properties have been superbly finished.

Lakelovers understand that the most important part of a break in the Ullswater Valley is the breathtaking scenery outside, and our secluded cottages in sublime settings bring you closer to your magnificent surroundings at every opportunity. Lose yourself with your morning cuppa by gazing out across the pristine countryside from the comfort of your window seat. From acres of lawns and manicured gardens to sun-trap courtyards, many of our cottages have outdoor spaces. Enjoy al fresco dining in silhouette of Helvellyn or relax with a glass of fizz watching the sun go down over Ullswater.

A Little of Glenridding’s History

Above the village is the site of the former Greenside mine, which was once the largest lead mine in the Lake District. Glenridding owes its existence to this prosperous industry, as the town was built to house and sustain the miners and their families throughout the 18th century. During the final few years of Greenside’s existence in the 1960’s, the mine was controlled by the UK Atomic Weapons Research Establishment as part of a nuclear experiment known as Operation Orpheus.

Throughout history, many notable people having delighted in the valley’s unquestionable appeal. During Charles Darwin’s five-week holiday with his family at Glenridding House in 1881, he described the village as ‘magnificently beautiful’. Set on the shore of Ullswater, this national heritage building has been fully restored as a wedding venue.

Getting There

Your stay in the tranquil Ullswater Valley can feel like a remote retreat but Glenridding is actually very accessible, however you are travelling. By car, take the A590 exit at Junction 36 of the M6 and follow the A590 and the A591 past Kendal and Windermere until you meet the A592, which will lead you straight into Glenridding. If you plan to arrive by train, you can travel on the West Coast Mainline to Penrith. The 508 bus will drop you right in the village centre or you can hire an eco-friendly car directly from Penrith station.

Your Glenridding self-catering cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the Lake District, with the tourist hotspots of Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere under a 30-minute drive away. Getting around in this region is part of the fun and visitors must brave a hair-raising drive over the fells to Windermere, which includes traversing the renowned Kirkstone Pass. A journey along the Lake District’s highest road is a great excuse to stop for a drink at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the third-highest pub in England.

In Glenridding, the charming Ullswater Steamers await you at the jetty ready to transport you through the beautiful valley to the lakeside villages of Howtown and Pooley Bridge. These iconic vessels have been a part of the Ullswater scenery for over 150 years since they played a vital role in Greenside’s mining industry. Today the boats are an incredibly popular tourist attraction and a cruise along the lake is an unforgettable way to soak up the delightful scenery.

Out and About in Glenridding

Sitting in the shadow of one of the Lake District’s giants, it is no surprise that Glenridding is a paradise for walkers and climbers. The village is a popular starting point for hikes up the mighty Helvellyn, which at 950m is England’s third highest peak. Thrill-seekers will delight in the ascent via Striding Edge which is a notoriously exhilarating route involving scrambling up a narrow ridge. Your bravery will be rewarded with outstanding panoramas at the summit which extend as far as the Irish Sea and the Scottish fells on a clear day.

Not all walking routes in the area are as challenging as the lofty heights of Helvellyn, and there are plenty of gentler walks that showcase the region’s highlights. A short stroll from Glenridding is the unmissable Glencoyne Bay, where enchanting woodland meets pebbly shoreline. Its simple beauty certainly captured the imagination of the Lake District’s most notable resident; the bay is where William Wordsworth in 1802 admired the lakeshore daffodils that inspired his best-loved poem.

Find yourself equally enchanted by the rest of the magnificent shoreline by exploring the 20-mile Ullswater Way. Through blissful woodland and over rugged fells, this trail around the circumference of the lake can be split into sections and completed throughout your stay. The 6.5-miles between Glenridding and the quaint hamlet of Howtown is particularly spectacular, and you will soon realise why Wainwright heralded this part of the Ullswater Way as “the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland”. Be sure to hop on the steamer if your legs need a rest.

After a couple of days of admiring the glistening waters of Ullswater, you might feel the urge to immerse yourself further. Glenridding Activity Centre offers boat hire, sailing tuition and a range of thrilling water-based challenges. No matter your age, the Swallows and Amazons adventure will delight your imagination, while the Sail Race Experience will cause a splash in your group as you work together to win. Good job the centre is only a stone’s throw away from our Glenridding holiday cottages so that you can cosily dry off in front of your open fire afterwards.

Revel in the power and beauty of Mother Nature with a visit to the majestic Aira Force. The National Trust protects this 65-foot waterfall, which roars particularly loudly after a spell of Lakeland rain. An enjoyable 4.5-mile route incorporates an ascent up the luscious green gorge, past the mighty waterfall and on to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell where you can bask in the expansive views over Ullswater.

Animal-lovers should head up to the northern village of Pooley Bridge to experience the vistas from a unique perspective. Park Foot Trekking lead guided pony treks across the rolling fells that surround Ullswater, and you can tailor the length and the route to your family’s needs.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Cosy country pubs serving real ale by an open fire are a part of the Lakeland identity, and there is certainly no shortage in the Ullswater Valley. The White Lion in the nearby village of Patterdale is the perfect place to warm up and refuel with hearty grub after a day in the fresh air. The newly-refurbished Beckside Bar in Glenridding is quickly gaining a fantastic reputation as a family-friendly spot to enjoy beer and pizza, with a modern take on the traditional slate interiors.  The bar has a lovely garden overlooking the river, making it the perfect place to chill out with a drink in the sunshine.

Hungry walkers can fill their boots at the Helvellyn Country Kitchen, which serves locally-sourced food at the foot of the mighty Helvellyn. For hearty fry-ups that nourish you for the day ahead, to delicious homemade cakes as an afternoon pick-me-up, this quaint tearoom is a must-visit during your trip to Glenridding. Fellbites Café & Restaurant is another incredibly popular eatery with spectacular views over Place Fell. Behind its humble exterior, you’ll find exquisite meals that you are bound to remember well after the dishes have been cleared away. The Welsh rarebits are a firm lunchtime favourite, while the surf & turf won’t disappoint as an evening choice. The Orangery is a gorgeous place to go for a sophisticated lunch. Why not indulge in beautiful afternoon tea while enjoying panoramic views of Ullswater from its conservatory dining area?

A getaway in Glenridding positions you in the heart of the Ullswater Valley, surrounded by unspoiled vistas, rugged peaks and wild terrains. If you are looking to enjoy some gentler landscapes, why not consider our beautiful Windermere cottages and visit the rolling pastures of the Lyth Valley.

Find Out More About Glenridding and Ullswater

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Special Offer 7 Nights reduced from £895 to £805
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Whitbarrow Village is located a short distance from Ullswater and Keswick and this self-contained holiday village offers quality accommodation, in an excellent location, with excellent facilities including swimming pool, gym, adventure play area, crazy golf, 9 hole putting green, residents bar and an a la carte restaurant.

Available From£895
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1095 to £987
Highgate Ullswater
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Highgate is an imposing farmhouse that dates back to the 19th Century and has recently undergone a major refurbishment to create a fantastic holiday cottage ideal for extended families or friends. Located in the northern edge of the Lake District with easy access to Keswick, Grasmere and Ullswater and easy to reach from the motorway at Penrith, Highgate offers high quality accommodation ideal for all the family.

Available From£895
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £845 to £718
High Brow Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set high on the hills above Matterdale, in the foothills of Helvellyn and offering beautiful views across the valley, High Brow is a superb property that benefits from a breath-taking location.

Available From£545
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Felldale Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Felldale cottage is perfectly placed amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the Lake District, with every season offering a new picture postcard view.

Available From£595
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £2500 to £2125
Glen Bank Ullswater
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Glen Bank is a striking 5 star Gold Award property situated in the centre of the charming village of Brampton in the picturesque rural Eden Valley area of Cumbria, with easy access and one mile from the market town of Appleby.

Available From£1650
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Situated in the unspoilt village of Uldale, The Grooms Cottage has been lovingly created as a cosy and romantic retreat for two and offers high quality accommodation nestled in the beautiful scenery of the north Lakes. The village of Uldale captures countryside life that has remained unchanged for years with a village pub and church, working farms, quaint cottages and a village green. This property has recently been featured in The Cumberland News and also the award winning Cumbria Life magazine, where you can find its highly complimented write ups.

Available From£450
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Wreay Barn Ullswater
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Does this cottage have one of the best views of Ullswater? We think so! Wreay Barn is a delightful Lakeland end of terrace barn conversion which was part of the original Wreay Mansions estate in Watermillock, a former hunting lodge popular with the Duke of Norfolk. From its elevated position, it commands spectacular views of Ullswater and the dramatic fells beyond.

Available From£425
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Home Farm House Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Home Farm House is a lovingly restored 19th century building set in the beautiful countryside of the north east Lake District just a few minutes' drive north of the shores of Ullswater. It was once a working farm but now has been converted into a charming holiday retreat. With an eye to detail and quality, the owner has created a highly desirable and luxurious holiday home that is now available for you to enjoy and to form the basis of many happy and fond holiday memories.

Available From£625
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Lacet Cottage Ullswater
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located in the rolling countryside of the north east Lake District, just a few minutes from the shores of Ullswater, Lacet Cottage, a traditional 19th century cottage, has been lovingly refurbished by the owner to offer exceptional and high quality accommodation, finished to a very high standard for those seeking a beautiful Lakeland retreat.

Available From£595
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Parking for 1 car

Whitbarrow Village is located a short distance from Ullswater and Keswick and this self-contained holiday village offers quality accommodation, in an excellent location, with excellent facilities including swimming pool, gym, adventure play area, crazy golf, 9 hole putting green, residents bar and an a la carte restaurant.

Available From£495
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Taking its name from a member of Ullswater Steamer's fleet of heritage vessels that have provided visitors for over a 100 years to enjoy this most picturesque of the Lake District's lakes, M.V. Western Belle offers quality accommodation and the ideal base from which to explore all the Lake District has to offer. This recently refurbished property has been finished to the very highest standard and is an ideal for couples or families alike.

Available From£440
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Taking its name from the M.V. Lady Wakefield that was built in 1949 and is part of Ullswater Streamers fleet of heritage vessel, this contemporary Lake District Cottage is the ideal base for those wishing to explore the Lake District. This recently converted cottage is located on the popular Waterfoot Park.

Available From£450
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located on Waterfoot Park, M.Y. Lady of the Lake takes it names from the oldest of the Ullswater Steamers fleet, built in 1877 and originally a steam vessel, her namesake cottage offers a luxurious retreat whatever the season. The outstanding feature of this cottage is the large feature windows which allow both the light to flood and offer spectacular views across the grounds to the woodland beyond. There is an external door to the side of the windows leading to the patio. In the evening as the curtains are drawn the beautiful feature fireplace becomes the cosy focal point of the room.

Available From£440
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The Great Barn Ullswater
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

The Great Barn exudes five star luxury and overlooks the serene waters of Ullswater in the Lake District National Park, arguably boasting some of the most enviable vistas imaginable anywhere in the world. This quintessential 17th century converted barn, has seductively leapt into the 21st century with true flair and sophistication, providing outstanding quality and luxury.

Available From£3995
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Waternook Ullswater
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

5 star opulence on Ullswater, Waternook is quite simply outstanding and luxurious in every way, arguably the most prestigious self-catering experience in the Lake District or possibly the British Isles. This eclectic detached 17th century Lakeland residence occupies a sublime, secluded setting within 26 acres of private grounds with 1/2 mile of lake shoreline, commanding simply breath-taking uninterrupted panoramic views as far as the eye can see.

Available From£6480
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 20
  • 10 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 10 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

5 star opulence on Ullswater, Waternook Estate is quite simply outstanding and luxurious in every way, arguably the most prestigious self-catering experience in the Lake District or possibly the British Isles. Exclusively yours this magnificent private estate comprises of Waternook, accommodating 12 and The Great Barn 8.

Available From£10475
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Fox Hollow Ullswater
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

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.

Available From£695

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Glenridding Cottages

Glenridding Cottages

Self Catering Cottages in Glenridding

Glenridding and its neighbouring villages nestle blissfully on the shore of the Lake District’s second largest lake, Ullswater against the backdrop of the mountainous giants like Helvellyn. It may not be hailed with the same prestige as Windermere, but the Ullswater Valley undoubtedly showcases the most outstanding landscapes the Lake District has to offer and many consider this to be the National Park’s most scenic lake. Choosing a getaway in Glenridding puts some of the most exhilarating landscapes in the country right on your doorstep. And, because this area has escaped the mass tourism seen elsewhere in the Lake District, you will find unspoiled beauty and tranquillity in abundance.

Self-Catering Accommodation Near Glenridding

Our luxury Glenridding cottages range from bijou boltholes packed with romance to spacious barn conversions, each uniquely designed for your perfect stay in the Lake District. For a cosy retreat with loved ones, choose one of our Lakeland cottages complete with exposed beams, original floorboards and wood-burning stoves. For a group getaway, consider a sophisticated converted farmhouse, elegantly modernised to offer comfort and convenience for your whole clan. Bright and airy dining rooms make the perfect entertaining space to enjoy banquets and board games late into the evening.

It is the finishing touches that really make your self-catering cottage in Glenridding feel like your home away from home, and every last detail of our cottages has been thought of. Whether your ideal amenities are Wi-Fi and a dishwasher, or helicopter pads and infinity hot tubs, each of properties have been superbly finished.

Lakelovers understand that the most important part of a break in the Ullswater Valley is the breathtaking scenery outside, and our secluded cottages in sublime settings bring you closer to your magnificent surroundings at every opportunity. Lose yourself with your morning cuppa by gazing out across the pristine countryside from the comfort of your window seat. From acres of lawns and manicured gardens to sun-trap courtyards, many of our cottages have outdoor spaces. Enjoy al fresco dining in silhouette of Helvellyn or relax with a glass of fizz watching the sun go down over Ullswater.

A Little of Glenridding’s History

Above the village is the site of the former Greenside mine, which was once the largest lead mine in the Lake District. Glenridding owes its existence to this prosperous industry, as the town was built to house and sustain the miners and their families throughout the 18th century. During the final few years of Greenside’s existence in the 1960’s, the mine was controlled by the UK Atomic Weapons Research Establishment as part of a nuclear experiment known as Operation Orpheus.

Throughout history, many notable people having delighted in the valley’s unquestionable appeal. During Charles Darwin’s five-week holiday with his family at Glenridding House in 1881, he described the village as ‘magnificently beautiful’. Set on the shore of Ullswater, this national heritage building has been fully restored as a wedding venue.

Getting There

Your stay in the tranquil Ullswater Valley can feel like a remote retreat but Glenridding is actually very accessible, however you are travelling. By car, take the A590 exit at Junction 36 of the M6 and follow the A590 and the A591 past Kendal and Windermere until you meet the A592, which will lead you straight into Glenridding. If you plan to arrive by train, you can travel on the West Coast Mainline to Penrith. The 508 bus will drop you right in the village centre or you can hire an eco-friendly car directly from Penrith station.

Your Glenridding self-catering cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the Lake District, with the tourist hotspots of Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere under a 30-minute drive away. Getting around in this region is part of the fun and visitors must brave a hair-raising drive over the fells to Windermere, which includes traversing the renowned Kirkstone Pass. A journey along the Lake District’s highest road is a great excuse to stop for a drink at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the third-highest pub in England.

In Glenridding, the charming Ullswater Steamers await you at the jetty ready to transport you through the beautiful valley to the lakeside villages of Howtown and Pooley Bridge. These iconic vessels have been a part of the Ullswater scenery for over 150 years since they played a vital role in Greenside’s mining industry. Today the boats are an incredibly popular tourist attraction and a cruise along the lake is an unforgettable way to soak up the delightful scenery.

Out and About in Glenridding

Sitting in the shadow of one of the Lake District’s giants, it is no surprise that Glenridding is a paradise for walkers and climbers. The village is a popular starting point for hikes up the mighty Helvellyn, which at 950m is England’s third highest peak. Thrill-seekers will delight in the ascent via Striding Edge which is a notoriously exhilarating route involving scrambling up a narrow ridge. Your bravery will be rewarded with outstanding panoramas at the summit which extend as far as the Irish Sea and the Scottish fells on a clear day.

Not all walking routes in the area are as challenging as the lofty heights of Helvellyn, and there are plenty of gentler walks that showcase the region’s highlights. A short stroll from Glenridding is the unmissable Glencoyne Bay, where enchanting woodland meets pebbly shoreline. Its simple beauty certainly captured the imagination of the Lake District’s most notable resident; the bay is where William Wordsworth in 1802 admired the lakeshore daffodils that inspired his best-loved poem.

Find yourself equally enchanted by the rest of the magnificent shoreline by exploring the 20-mile Ullswater Way. Through blissful woodland and over rugged fells, this trail around the circumference of the lake can be split into sections and completed throughout your stay. The 6.5-miles between Glenridding and the quaint hamlet of Howtown is particularly spectacular, and you will soon realise why Wainwright heralded this part of the Ullswater Way as “the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland”. Be sure to hop on the steamer if your legs need a rest.

After a couple of days of admiring the glistening waters of Ullswater, you might feel the urge to immerse yourself further. Glenridding Activity Centre offers boat hire, sailing tuition and a range of thrilling water-based challenges. No matter your age, the Swallows and Amazons adventure will delight your imagination, while the Sail Race Experience will cause a splash in your group as you work together to win. Good job the centre is only a stone’s throw away from our Glenridding holiday cottages so that you can cosily dry off in front of your open fire afterwards.

Revel in the power and beauty of Mother Nature with a visit to the majestic Aira Force. The National Trust protects this 65-foot waterfall, which roars particularly loudly after a spell of Lakeland rain. An enjoyable 4.5-mile route incorporates an ascent up the luscious green gorge, past the mighty waterfall and on to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell where you can bask in the expansive views over Ullswater.

Animal-lovers should head up to the northern village of Pooley Bridge to experience the vistas from a unique perspective. Park Foot Trekking lead guided pony treks across the rolling fells that surround Ullswater, and you can tailor the length and the route to your family’s needs.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Cosy country pubs serving real ale by an open fire are a part of the Lakeland identity, and there is certainly no shortage in the Ullswater Valley. The White Lion in the nearby village of Patterdale is the perfect place to warm up and refuel with hearty grub after a day in the fresh air. The newly-refurbished Beckside Bar in Glenridding is quickly gaining a fantastic reputation as a family-friendly spot to enjoy beer and pizza, with a modern take on the traditional slate interiors.  The bar has a lovely garden overlooking the river, making it the perfect place to chill out with a drink in the sunshine.

Hungry walkers can fill their boots at the Helvellyn Country Kitchen, which serves locally-sourced food at the foot of the mighty Helvellyn. For hearty fry-ups that nourish you for the day ahead, to delicious homemade cakes as an afternoon pick-me-up, this quaint tearoom is a must-visit during your trip to Glenridding. Fellbites Café & Restaurant is another incredibly popular eatery with spectacular views over Place Fell. Behind its humble exterior, you’ll find exquisite meals that you are bound to remember well after the dishes have been cleared away. The Welsh rarebits are a firm lunchtime favourite, while the surf & turf won’t disappoint as an evening choice. The Orangery is a gorgeous place to go for a sophisticated lunch. Why not indulge in beautiful afternoon tea while enjoying panoramic views of Ullswater from its conservatory dining area?

A getaway in Glenridding positions you in the heart of the Ullswater Valley, surrounded by unspoiled vistas, rugged peaks and wild terrains. If you are looking to enjoy some gentler landscapes, why not consider our beautiful Windermere cottages and visit the rolling pastures of the Lyth Valley.

Find Out More About Glenridding and Ullswater