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.
Set on the Waterfoot Park at the north end of the Ullswater Valley, visitors can enjoy the 10 minute walk into the neighbouring village of Pooley Bridge with a selection of cafes and pubs and the local shop. The market towns of Penrith and Keswick are both an easy car drive away. For walkers Ullswater offers something for everyone from the delights of Aira Force to the stunning majesty of Helvellyn, Lakeland's third highest mountain.
Accommodation In Detail
The hallway offers ample space for coats and boots and opens to the open plan living area. The kitchen is well appointed and includes dishwasher, fridge/freezer and dishwasher and offers everything you could need to conjure up a hearty Lakeland breakfast or a dinner of the finest local fare. The family dining table is ideal for socialising with friends or relax in the lounge in the lovely leather sofas in front of the beautiful feature fireplace with cosy log burning stove. The lounge looks out across the patio to the garden and grounds beyond and glimpses of Ullswater can be seen only a few hundred yards away.
A feature staircase leads to a large landing offering additional storage and from which there are two bedrooms. The first offers a double bed, TV and views to the lake, the second can either be made up to your choice of either a twin bedded room with two 2'6 single beds. The bedrooms are complemented by a family shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.
A glazed door from the lounge opens onto a private patio and a picket gate leads to a shared lawned garden. Guests are also welcome to share the grounds around the estate and the cottage has one parking space with other parking also available on request.
Pooley Bridge, is a lovely little village at the northernmost tip of Ullswater. The village 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 and bridleways and there are walks for all and 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 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.
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 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 center. 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.
Back south, leaving Patterdale, you take the Kirkstone Pass which winds its way through high fell and brings you down to Ambleside and the south lakes. 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.
Contemporary Lakeland Cottage
Open plan Lounge and Kitchen
Log burning stove
Fully fitted kitchen
Fridge and Freezer
Electric Hob and Oven
Washing machine with drier
One double bedroom with TV
One double or twin bedroom with TV
Family shower room
Gas Central Heating
Private parking for one car
Additional parking on site
Private Patio with garden furniture
Access to shared grounds