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.
Highlights include mouth-watering views over the lake, a feeling of your very own peninsular setting in a secluded yet easily accessible gorgeous spot, a boathouse and jetty affording access onto the water, your own Spa & Wellness Sanctuary featuring a holistic laconium and bar leading out to a yoga infinity terrace with hot tub, a cinema and every mod con you may wish for and parking space for your helicopter, are but a few to boast?
Gazing out through the array of glass, or indeed in the fresh-air gardens with terraces, it would be easy to imagine, this plethora of mountains on display have been carefully arranged to provide Waternook with the most breath-taking views ever. Leave aside the 'million dollar views and setting' for a moment and stroll throughout Waternook; sleek sophisticated interior styling and perfectionist attention to detail ensures that this luxury self-catering home stay will inspire even the most discerning guest. Whether you are celebrating a happy event, searching for the perfect setting for an intimate wedding or just spending time with your favourite people, here is a magical treat delivering sheer luxury and matching your high expectations.
Outside: approached via a long sweeping driveway enjoying 1/2 mile of lake frontage in 26 acres of private grounds, circumscribed by open Lakeland countryside backing onto Hallin Fell, a security entry gated system leads you past The Great Barn to Waternook with terraced driveway parking directly outside the property plus ample further parking adjacent. Should you be arriving by helicopter or yacht, please make contact to discuss your arrangement. Wander to the shoreline with boathouse and private jetty, if you bring a boat or hire one for your stay, this is ideal.
There are infinity terraces overlooking the lake together with external hot tub on a private balcony terrace. A fully equipped barbeque terrace complete with washing facilities, externally stored crockery etc. - bliss. Bike and canoe storage facilities. 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.
Four legged friends (maximum, 2 well behaved' dogs); the 'mud room' has been luxuriously created for your pets with underfloor heating and a magnificent mountain view, oak gates and facilities essential for pampering your loved ones - please respect our request to keep pets in the mud room only.
Sociable spaces: a rich array of reception rooms to spread out and relax in; sumptuously furnished with real flair and meticulous attention to detail springs to mind, the large drawing room admires the magnificent views as does every room throughout Waternook, this room is sophisticatedly themed and designed for total relaxation by the large wood burning stove; the cinema room is a place to completely unwind watching your favourite movie or Sky Sports or whatever you prefer with simply eclectic designer furnishings and mood lighting all controlled by iPad simple yet ingenious technology - all mod cons are provided with Wi-Fi throughout and an integrated music system, all your own devices will Bluetooth to everything - more bliss. There are various other intimate and mezzanine sociable spots throughout Waternook and sliding full height glass doors afford access to the sophisticated kitchen / dining area, walls of glass gaze out and bi-folding doors lead to a glazed terrace, this is indeed a spectacular space. Enjoy the super telescope or sink into the Duresta Suite, we know these 'spaces' will heal.
Spa & Wellness Sanctuary featuring a laconium and bar; soothing luxury, maybe between 4pm and 6pm with a G&T from your bar, a while to ponder life in the external hot tub, complete with underwater mood lighting and waterfall effect, admiring the ever changing vistas, possibly a spot of yoga on the infinity balcony / terrace and some more time to reflect in the holistic laconium with aromatherapy option together with twinkling star lighting, by 6 you will be ready for the evening ahead! There is a stone monsoon facility on this level to freshen up when the mood takes.
Bedroom suites and Shower Rooms: there are two elegant bespoke staircases to the first floor with 5 luxury bedroom suites and 1 further bedroom suite on the ground level; each unique and individually themed with glorious views and with complete pampering heaven in mind - uninterrupted night's sleep guaranteed! Luxury handcrafted 'And So To Bed' furnishings further complemented with ViSprung Elite comforts ensure our last statement and each unique room is individually named; Pikeawassa / Fusedale / Martindale / Hallin / Boredale / Bonscale; there are two super king size; 3 king size and one double 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, some with glorious designer baths overlooking the lake, all with a mix of monsoon & raindrop shower facilities and one even has a sunken water resistant bath TV! Don't forget the Spa facility also has a luxury wet room facility and there is a cloakroom / 8th WC / wash basin on the ground level off the 'Mud Room'.
Waternook 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?
To complement a stay Waternook offer an array of luxury concierge services suited to the most discerning of guests. These range from private chefs and butlers to personalised yoga lessons, beauty treatments and helicopter tours.
Location and things to do at Waternook....
The most popular pastime whilst at Waternook 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 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 Waternook; 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 Waternook, with over - 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 Waternook, 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.
6 bedroom suites; 2 super king; 3 king and 1 double
Outstanding architect designed Period lakeside residence
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
Spa and wellness sanctuary featuring lake view Laconium and bar
Biomass boiler underfloor heating
Wood burning stove
Cinema with Sky movies and sports
Every mod con you may wish for with integrated music system and iPad control
Array of 7 luxury stone & porcelain bathrooms with designer baths, invigorating monsoon or rain showers, even a TV!
Electric ovens and induction hob
Microwave, Dishwashers, coffee machine
Fridge and freezer, salad drawers & warming drawers
Red & white wine temperature storage
Kettle tap and waste disposal facility
Utility room / mud room with all facilities
Secure bike storage
Beautiful gardens with terraces and garden furniture
Barbeque terrace with all you require – just add food!
Sweeping private drive with parking for lots and security entry system
Infinity terraces with hot tub
Pet friendly luxury space with underfloor heating and even a view!