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
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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
Presidential opulence on lake Ullswater, Waternook is a 17th Century property offering exclusive super-luxury self catering accommodation. Situated in heart of The Lake District National Park Waternook is quite simply outstanding and luxurious in every way; a truly restorative rural retreat that sits harmoniously within the natural landscape. The Lake District was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sunday 9 July 2017. It now joins other wonders of the world like the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu with the status.
Waternook, sleeping 12 over 6 luxury suites, occupies a sublime, secluded setting within 26 acres of private grounds and terraced gardens commanding simply breath-taking views of lake and mountain. Waternook's dramatic setting is complimented by half a mile of lake Ullswater shoreline, and a boathouse with private jetty. Also on the estate is The Great Barn, another luxurious property that can be booked which sleeps 8 over 4 suites. When taken together both properties sleep 20 over 10 suites.
Your Waternook experience is further enhanced by a private cinema room with state of the art technology, lounge and reading rooms; state of the art kitchen and dining terrace with awe-inspiring views; Spa and Wellness Sanctuary featuring Laconium and bar area leading onto the Yoga terrace where there is a lake view hot tub. For the music lovers amongst you Waternook is powered by a state-of-the-art 9 zone SONOS invisible multi-room system complemented by KEF in ceiling speakers.
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 reception or just spending time with your favourite people, here is a magical treat delivering sheer luxury and matching your high expectations.
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.
Both Waternook and The Great Barn [sleeping 8] have won numerous prestigious awards including a Visit England 5 Star Gold Award, Winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence, a Visit England ROSE Award for Service Excellence [an award that can only be won once] and won the 2016 Cumbria Tourism Awards. See our full list of awards on our website.
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 spacious lounge area boasting an array of sofas and armchairs, log burning stove, desk and television. Leading to the right is the lakeview kitchen and dining terrace and leading to the left is Waternook's private cinema with Sky Sports and Sky Movies, the boot room [which is the ideal location for dogs with underfloor heating]. Adjacent to the private cinema is one of our six luxurious suites and then Waternook's Spa and Wellness Sanctuary with outdoor hot tub and Yoga terrace.
First Floor Description
On the first floor there are the remaining 5 luxury suites that can be accessed by two different staircases.
Second Floor Description
Window Views Description
Relish in unparalleled 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
Private ChefVisit Website
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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