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.
Set within 26 acres of private grounds with 1/2 mile of lake shoreline enjoying uninterrupted panoramic lake views across Ullswater to the Lakeland Fells beyond.
Taking advantage of its original design as a Bank Barn, The Great Barn fits comfortably into the landscape and its split level layout exploits both its secluded position and walls of glass almost bring the outside in! Whether you access this 'Great Barn' by road, water or air the scenery is stunning whatever the season. With the majestic landscape as the backdrop, relax on the patios, feast on the views, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Back inside, The Great Barn offers a truly magnificent and memorable setting whatever the occasion. The interior design is inspiring, incorporating the latest state of the art technology, so whether you are celebrating a happy event, searching for the perfect setting for an intimate wedding or just spending time with your favourite people, this is a sophisticated and luxurious property that is designed to make you want to return time and time again!
Outside: approach via a long and sweeping driveway enjoying 1/2 mile of lake frontage in 26 acres of private grounds, circumscribed by open Lakeland countryside beyond onto Hallin Fell, a security entry gated system leads you to The Great Barn at Waternook with ample car parking for you and your guests. Should you be arriving by helicopter or yatch, please make contact to discuss your arrangements. Wander to the shoreline with boathouse and private jetty, if you bring a boat or hire one for your stay, this is ideal. The large patio overlooking Ullswater offers a great place to sit and enjoy the vistas and is ideal for alfresco dining. The peaceful and majestic waterfront location means that the only disturbance at your otherwise idyllic sanctuary will be hearing the ducks land upon the water, and the gentle tinkling of boat masts in summertime.
Sociable Spaces: the enormous 'Lake Room' is a fantastic social place to relax in the company of friends, with fine furnishings, and its own minstrel's gallery! For special occasions the 'Lake Room' can be completely transformed to a banqueting or function room for every special occasion from fantastic family occasions to formal dinners or even intimate wedding breakfasts! Mood lighting, integrated sound systems and heating are all controlled by integrated iPad controls using easy to use technology, wi-fi throughout the building is available to keep in touch with the outside world. To take advantage of services available to 'The Lake Room' please request information.
Bedroom Suites and Bathrooms: with four luxury bedroom suites, each individually themed and all apart from Butterwick, with magnificent lake views. Luxury handcrafted 'And So To Bed' furnishings complimented with ViSprung Elite comforts ensure a sound night's sleep. Each bedroom has either a super king or king size bed and we shall let you fight over which room is best for you! Each room has the most luxurious of bathrooms, either stone or porcelain and each individually designed, all with a mix of monsoon & raindrop shower facilities, bliss! The great Barn is heated in one of the most efficient and certainly one of the very best environmentally friendly systems on the planet, you can't get a fresher source of water, straight from the fellside behind the property.
Location and things to do at The Great Barn......
The most popular pastime whilst at The Great Barn is simply gazing out across the lake at the stunning Lakeland scenery, as William Wordsworth may have once enjoyed while composing the famous romantic poem, Daffodils. You might also like to stroll through the beautiful Lake District countryside that inspired Beatrix Potter to write her children's books.
Waternook estate surrounds The Great Barn and boasts a private jetty and boathouse and there are 26 acres of gardens and grounds with half a mile of lake shore where you may wander at leisure.
Ullswater 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. The area is excellent for either touring or relaxing and there are many walks from Waternook including Hallin Fell, towering above and behind Waternook - The High Street Ridge, Place Fell, St. Sunday Crag, and the Fairfield hills all being within striking distance.
Pooley Bridge is a picturesque village at the northern most point of the lake and only 4 miles from The Great Barn; from here you can visit the wonderful market towns of Penrith and Keswick.
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.
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.
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 especially from The Great Barn, with over 1/2 mile of your very own Lake Frontage! 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, 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. 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 the south lakes and Windermere.
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. One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Experience this inspirational walk straight from The Great Barn, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, and Fairfield. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Glenridding to Howtown.
4 bedroom suites; 1 super king and 3 king
Outstanding architect designed luxury barn conversion
½ mile of Lake Frontage and 26 acres of private estate grounds
Boathouse with private jetty
Helicopter landing facility
Breath-taking panoramic views of lake and mountains
Secluded unrivalled setting
Functions suite facility available on request (The Lake Room)
Biomass boiler underfloor heating
Large Screen TV with Sky movies and sports
Array of 4 luxury stone & porcelain en-suite facilities.
Minstrels' gallery reception area (The Loft Room)
Electric ovens and induction hob
Microwave, dishwashers, coffee machine
Fridges and freezer,
Beautiful lake view terraces and garden furniture
2 well behaved dogs welcome
Sweeping private drive with ample parking and security entry system