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Harbour House

Motherby, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972598)

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    • “A Beautifully maintained cottage with excellent facilities and the most magnificent views to the rear. Ideally placed to explore Ullswater and the northern lakes.”

    Dr Fahy, Wokingham, October 2018

    • “Lovely comfortable cottage BUT wifi was limited access only- no catch up etc which was very disappointing - discription should read limited wifi only.”

    Ms Beddie, Stocksfield, September 2018

    • “Address on email was confusing. We thought the cottage was fair view house as indicated on your web site but was actually harbour house further along the road. We had to telephone owner who gave us instructions how to get there. He later text me apologising for confusion and stated that the name harbour house would confuse people thinking it was near the sea. If that is the case perhaps he should rename the cottage. Everything else met expectations.”

    Mrs Ferguson, DALKEITH, May 2018

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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The Property

This traditional cottage in the pretty village of Motherby, only 15 minutes to Lake Ullswater and Keswick. Motherby House is an ideal base for a relaxing family holiday at any time of year with garden overlooking the fells and cosy wood burning stove the cottage is sure to appeal to families looking to explore the northern Lake District and Eden Valley.
Motherby is a pretty village in a quiet location 7 miles west of Penrith with its wealth of facilities and both Lake Ullswater and Keswick are within a 15 minute drive. The village lies a mile off the main A66 close to Greystoke and Penruddock, both of which have well known village inns serving delicious meals and local ales. It is an ideal base to explore the northern Lake District on foot with Ullswater, Blencathra and the Caldbeck Fells easily accessible for walkers and perfect for those who enjoy cycling too with quiet lanes both locally and in the Eden Valley.

With open views across the farmlands to the Ullswater fells and northern Pennines, Motherby House is the perfect all year round retreat. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the busier Lake District towns, but all easily reached, guests can relax and unwind in the garden where the only noise is the local wildlife going about their daily business. In the chillier months enjoy quality family time snuggled up in front of the wood burning stove.

The cottage has central heating and comprises:

Characterful spacious lounge with large flat screen TV, Blueray player, broadband, selection of games, wood burning stove housed in a sandstone feature fireplace and views across fields to the rear of the property.
Dining/kitchen with electric oven, halogen hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine and digital radio/iPod dock.
Utility/drying room housing a washing machine,
Leading to a wet room with under-floor heating, shower, hand basin and WC.

First floor: Master double bedroom with king size bed and views over the surrounding fields.
Twin bedroom with views over the surrounding fields.
Family bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric, oil, bed linen, towels and an initial supply of logs provided.
Off-road parking for 2 cars.
Enclosed south facing garden with garden furniture, summer house and views across the open countryside to the distant fells.
Bike storage available.


Two bedrooms: 1 x master double room with a king-size bed, 1 x twin room. Family bathroom with shower over bath, WC and basin. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with fireplace and a wood burning stove. Wet room with shower on ground floor, WC and hand basin. Utility room with washing machine.


  • Electric heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, digital radio/iPod dock and coffee machine
  • TV and BlueRay player, with selection of games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Wifi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars, bike storage, private garden with summer house
  • Pub within walking distance
  • Note: Max 4 adults.

Regional Information

PENRUDDOCK Keswick 11 miles; Penrith 6 miles. The charming old village of Penruddock sits in a secluded position in the northern Lake District between Keswick and Penrith, and just four miles from Ullswater. The village is spread out amongst beautiful rolling countryside and wonderful scenery and is made up of a number of farm dwellings, traditional Lakeland homes and two churches. Penruddock originated in Celtic times, with the name derived from Pen, a Celtic name for 'hill' and 'rhuddawc' meaning red in Welsh to reflect the reddish brown colour of the soil found in the area. Nearby, the popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the north of the Lake District and has plenty to offer, boasting numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, some good parks, the Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema and the beautiful lake. Penruddock provides easy access to the spectacular surrounding Cumbrian countryside which can be explored by both car and on foot, and with the southern Lakes, Eden Valley, Solway Coast and Hadrian's Wall all within easy motoring distance this great location has plenty to see and do for all the family.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas