Luxury properties across the UK
Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
This quintessential 17th century converted barn, has seductively leapt into the 21st century with true flair and sophistication, providing outstanding quality and presidential luxury. Set within 26 acres of private grounds with ½ mile of lake shoreline enjoying uninterrupted panoramic lake views across Ullswater to the Lakeland Fells beyond. This barn can be booked with Waternook property to sleep 20 overall [8 within The Great Barn and 12 within Waternook].
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 The 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 luxurious and inspiring, incorporating the latest state of the art technology, Rako lighting, a 75" Cinema TV and URC 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!
Both our properties are furnished to the very highest of standards and sure to please even the most discerning of guests. Underfoot you will be walking on the finest Brintons carpets. Brintons have been at the forefront of the global woven carpet industry for more than 230 years and was one of the first companies in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign to be awarded the Royal Warrant. Read their blog on us here. All our beds are hand made by And So To Bed, a specialist in fine antique-style beds, and our mattresses are Vi-Spring Elite. Having pioneered the use of pocketed springs in 1909, Vi-Spring believe that no mattress should compromise when it comes to comfort. That is why every Elite is individually made to order, using the finest quality British materials and traditional craftsmanship to create a soft and supportive mattress. Each mattress boasts over 1200 hand nested calico pocket springs which adjust and respond to the movement of the sleeper, providing independent support and minimising roll-together. Exclusive natural fillings, including Platinum Certified British fleece wool and cotton, provide sumptuous comfort and temperature regulation.
Guests enjoy a 26 acre lake-fronting estate with boathouse and private jetty. The estate is served by a private sweeping drive that leads you to Waternook and The Great Barn [accessed by security gates].
Highly regarded as the most beautiful of all the English Lakes. Ullswater is the second largest lake in The Lake District stretching for nearly 8 miles from Pooley Bridge at the north end to Glenridding at the south end and is over 60 metres deep. Some say its name derives from an old Nordic chief and is said to be so beautiful it inspired William Wordsworth himself to write three poems on Ullswater, most famously Daffodils, inspired from Glencoyne Wood, and has just been featured in Arthur Ransome's wholesome prewar adventure classic "Swallows and Amazons". Wordsworth further acclaimed Ullswater in one of the most celebrated passages from his great autobiographical poem 'The Prelude'.
The mountains around Ullswater were sculpted by the great forces of glaciation, particularly during the period when Britain was emerging from the grips of the last Ice Age about 12,000 years ago. From an early settlement point of view, the remains of prehistoric activity in Ullswater are extensive, spanning the period Neolithic to the Iron Age. There are examples of rock art near the villiage of Patterdale in the sotuh as well as stone circles and burial cairns on Asham Fell to the north. The Roman road connecting forst in Ambleside and Penrith, known as High Street, runs along the eastern fells. The main industries in the Ullswater Valley were lead mining and slate quarrying, and some of the archaelogical remains of these are of national significance. Important site include Hartsop Hall mine and Myers Head, the latter being a well-preserved example of a late 19th century mine. However, the largest mine was at Greenside, west of Glenridding, which operated from the 1820s until 1961.
The farming of Herdwick sheep features strongly in Ullswater today and the valley contains a number of important Herdwick farms- some farms on Ullswater have the largest flocks in The Lake District.
Ullswater has a typical "U" shaped valley showing how a glacier carved its path through the area. A careful eye can spot deep striations on the rocks that remain today. When the ice melted away it left a hollow with a lake - Ullswater. Since those times Ullswater has grown a rich and diverse ecosystem that supports many rare species. So what elusive creatures can guests at Waternook hope to see? You may not know this but Ullswater is home to some of Great Britain’s rarest species including Red Squirrel, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts, Wood Warblers, Arctic Char, Schelley and England’s last surviving herd of Red Deer- their bloodline dates back to 1066 and times of William the Conqueror. Did you know bears, lynx, aurochs, beavers and wolves once lived in The Lake District. So whether you cosy up by the fire in Waternook with a good book, or wrap up warm and head out exploring, Ullswater is a place of wonder, mystery and excitement. But right now you can experience your own little taste of Ullswater through our professional videos: Experience Ullswater [by Aerial Republic], Experience Waternook, Experience The Great Barn, Experience Cumbria [also featuring Ullswater and Waternook].
For those seeking the adventure of the great outdoors Ullswater is awash with so many opportunities, or perhaps literature and relaxation is what you seek.
Guests are welcomed by a large open entertaining and living space called The Lake Room. On this floor there are 3 luxury suites [some access by stairs], a WC, the kitchen and lakeview dining room with bi-folding doors taking you onto the estate.
The interior design is luxurious and inspiring, incorporating the latest state of the art technology, Rako lighting, a 75" Cinema TV and URC technology.
First Floor Description
There is one suite on this floor accessed via stone helical stairs.
Second Floor Description
Window Views Description
Relish in views of Ullswater lake and the surrounding mountains.
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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Operating one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering visitors an experience they will never forget for 363 days a year.Visit Website
The Rheged Centre
Arts, food, play and shopsVisit Website
Dalemain Country House
Historic house and gardenVisit Website
Imposing castle ruins, its gardens, cafe and shop, home to the Earls of Lonsdale in medieval times.Visit Website
Eating and Drinking
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The Sun Inn
Pub grubVisit Website
The Sharrow Bay
Fine diningVisit Website
Winners of the ‘Best Cumbrian Food Retailer 2014’ by Cumbria Life Magazine, and winners of the ‘National Butcher of the Year’ at the 2014 Deli and Farmshop Awards, its nigh on impossible to find a better butchers in the UK. Cranstons also has a food hall that stores all the best local fruit and veg, freshly baked pies, cooked meats and cheeses.Visit Website
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Sporting Attractions and Activities
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Boat & yacht experiences
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Private flying lessonsVisit Website
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