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Matterdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972666)

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    • “Swallowdale Review”
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    • “We had a very pleasant relaxing stay at Swallowdale. A sympathetic yet stylish barn conversion in a secluded, stunning fell view location. One can ramble to their hearts content, right up to the garden gateway, and return home to bathe in the rolltop bath to rest those weary feet. The hosts are warm and friendly but leave you to it at the same time, great pride has been taken into making the farm and garden a wonderful and welcome haven, and as a result, the birds, bees and red squirrels can't keep away”

    Cobbyf, London, September 2017

    • “A fantastic venue in a fantastic location. We took two dogs to the Lake District and apart from the weather Sykes couldnt do enough to ensure that it was hassle free and went smoothly. Great online app to allow you to quickly look information up! Definitely booking through Sykes again”

    Mr Dobbs, Tidworth, November 2018

    • “Absolutely beautiful cottage set in stunning location.Presented to us in a very high standard. Owners were extremely helpful.Just one minor problem with the water we were unable to obtain a sufficient high temperature for washing up and baths this became increasingly more obvious as the week went on .”

    Mr Eldon, Keighley, September 2018

    • “The location was perfect, beautiful views, quiet. For me though, the bed was too hard.”

    Mr Martin, Salford, August 2018

    • “Great communication and information emails from Lakes Cottage holidays beforehand. Fabulous accommodation, friendly helpful hosts - most relaxing.”

    Mrs Davies, Northampton, August 2018

    • “Absolute gem of a property with outstanding views, far from the madding crowd and lovely, attentive landlady.”

    Mr Rodgers, South Shields, July 2018

    • “We had a wonderful stay. The setting is just spectacular and the cottage is so comfortable and cosy and the owner very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.”

    Ms Donegan, London, June 2018

    • “The cottage and hosts were perfect, incredibly welcoming and with brilliant views. The location is great, right on top of some excellent hills, with easy paths down to waterfalls and a lake. Travelling for walks further afield is easy too, with Blencathra only a fifteen minute drive. The cottage is small but beautiful, and tastefully decorated; the kitchen is great, and the living room / garden are incredibly comfortable to relax in after a day's walk. Our dog was well catered for, and the house is wonderfully quiet at night. We were lucky with the weather, but even on a drizzly day we'd be very happy to stay indoors and watch the world go by here.”

    Mr Joseph, Henlow, June 2018

    • “Had a lovely week. The cottage was perfect and the views stunning. All the facilities were available as advertised. The owners property adjoined our cottage and they were very welcoming. I would certainly recommend the property for anyone visiting the area. Our dog was made very welcome and there were dog biscuit treats waiting for him. The location was perfect.”

    Mrs Lott, Eastbourne, March 2018

    • “We had a lovely time at Swallowdale, Jonathan and Lizzie couldn't have been more welcoming to us and our two dogs. The cottage was beautifully decorated and very cosy with underfloor heating which the dogs loved lazing on. It was nice to see the birds and red squirrels on the patio at breakfast right outside the window. The only slight downside for us personally was that there was no shower but the bathroom was beautiful nonetheless. Highly recommend but make sure you follow the website directions as we got lost relying on the satnav!”

    Miss Bousfield, Richmond, March 2018

    • “Every thing about Swallowdale, the hosts, the location, and facilities were perfect, we cannot praise it enough. We had a thoroughly great holiday.”

    Mrs Rogers, STOKE-ON-TRENT, January 2018

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The Property

Located in the Ullswater Fells this cosy and romantic cottage has walking from the door over the fells, where stunning views await at every turn, and to Aira Force. Return to the cottage to snuggle in front of the wood burning stove or relax in the garden with one of the best views you will want to see.
Location, location, location! This is the cottage with a location that will be greatly admired by those lucky enough to stay in this newly converted barn conversion. The barn is adjoining the owners former fell side farmhouse dating back to the 12th century within its 13 acres of fields. Swallowdale sits in the fells towering above Lake Ullswater and provides walking opportunities from the door. Aira Beck runs through the fields of the property and leads to Aira Force one of the most spectacular tourist destinations, which can be easily reached on foot. There are numerous villages dotted around the lake with traditional village pubs, restaurants and shops for leisurely days or jump aboard an Ullswater steamer and enjoy the sights from the lake itself.
The cosy cottage, with wood burning stove, successfully blends traditional with contemporary to provide a most attractive cottage that will be enjoyed by couples visiting for a romantic short break or a longer stay to appreciate this idyllic fell side location.
The cottage has under floor heating throughout and comprises:

Cosy lounge with wood burning stove, TV, full width glass window and door to provide views to Matterdale Common with Galbarrow towering above, Place Fell and High Street beyond.
Breakfast kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bathroom with hand basin and WC.

Stairs to a magnificent feature bedroom with pretty king size bed, vaulted ceiling, centre beam (thoughtfully padded to prevent any 'bumps in the night') and view to the fells.

All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included.
Free Wi-Fi.
Private parking for 1 car.
Small garden with seating to admire one of the finest views in the Ullswater area.
Access to the owners surrounding fields and fells beyond.


One bedroom: 1 x double. Bathroom with freestanding bath, basin and WC. Kitchen with small dining area. Sitting room.


  • Underfloor heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, Wi-Fi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Small garden with bench seating
  • Access to owner's fields
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 15 minute walk
  • Waterfall 10 mins walk
  • Note: Max 2 adults.

Regional Information

POOLEY BRIDGE Penrith 6 miles. The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season