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Ullswater Boathouse

Watermillock, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972514)

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    • “Another Amazing Stay”
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    • “This was our second visit and yet again we were thrilled by the wildlife around the property. We rented a canoe from a nearby company who delivered to the door. We enjoyed exploring the lake and walking in the fabulous countryside. The property has everything you need for your stay. it is luxurious and cosy but the best kept secret is the AMAZING view. Whether you sit on the balcony or lounge on the huge sofa you are presented with an ever changing view. The reflections on the water the swans and the occasional otter. Looking forward to the next trip soon.”

    Deb M, Southport, United Kingdom, September 2017

    • “Wonderful place to stay”
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    • “Gorgeous location, beautiful boathouse, wonderful weekend. The host had thought of everything we might need in the boathouse. Superbly equipped with an eye for detail and finishing touches. Thoroughly recommend.”

    Amyepozwiz, Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom, August 2017

    • “Nothing can prepare for the stunning view on arrival”
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    • “The Lakes is an area of England we should have visited years ago and we were so pleased that our first stay in the area was in a place that it is difficult to overpraise. We had detailed directions to the boathouse and so were ready for the sudden turn off the road and down the track to the boathouse. Its quite a long way along a fairly difficult track and I was glad we weren't in a low slung sports car. But that adds to the seclusion that the Far Boathouse provides to couples who want to get away and enjoy each other's company. We arrived and opened the door. Wow! Past the kitchen and the bedroom is the lounge and through a sliding triple window right in front of you is Ullswater and the mountains beyond. Again wow! The Boathouse looks as though it is brand new. In fact it was severely flooded in December 2015 and Jayne has spared no expense in restoring the place and furnishing it in five star luxury. I should add a bottle of champagne and a vase of red roses were waiting for us when we opened the door. We stayed for four days and enjoyed the best and almost the worst the weather could throw at us for April. A blizzard on our first evening obliterated the lake and opposite shore and then gave us even more stunning views of snow capped peaks for the rest of our stay. After that the sun shone but it unfortunately wasn't warm enough to enable us to sit out on the balcony over the lake to enjoy drinks. We did still enjoy the views though but warmly behind the double glazed windows. Three sets of binoculars were provided for our use, just a small sign of the thought that has gone into furnishing and fitting out the boathouse. If you want to keep in contact with the rest of the world go somewhere else. If you enjoy luxury and each other then book the Far Boathouse. This is a review of the Far Boathouse so I won't say much about Ullswater other than the boat trips are fun, lakeside walks are good and there are a few good restaurants around worth visiting. We had a fabulous time and want to come again.”

    Martin H, Maidenhead, United Kingdom, May 2017

    • “Just Fabulous”
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    • “Had a midweek stay here in May and absolutely loved the place. The boathouse is everything the pictures suggest and more – nothing can really prepare you for the fabulous view as you come down the private drive and see the vast expanse of Ullswater glittering behind the house. Inside was spotlessly clean, and the heating was on to welcome us. Fab kitchen with quality appliances, lovely comfy sofas in the living room, high threadcount bedding, monsoon shower and huge heated towel rail in the bathroom. Nice touches like plenty of coat hangers in the wardrobes so both of us could unpack properly, a decent hairdryer, and little treats like champagne, chocolates, and flapjacks for breakfast. There were also binoculars, board games, folders full of local information and even artists pencils for drawing! The only tiny change we would suggest is perhaps putting a bigger mirror up at the entrance to the site as it was a bit tricky to see oncoming traffic when you pulled out. We found the agency letting this property excellent for dealing with – responses to queries always came back the same day, often within minutes. Instructions for getting to the boathouse were very clear and emailed to us immediately upon payment of the balance. What we especially loved was that for much of the year you can book short breaks of 3 nights or more, which makes it much more affordeable – please don’t ever stop doing this! Have never been so sorry to leave anywhere and will definitely be back. Oh, and to the person that said they would buy the boathouse if they won the lottery – fight you for it! ”

    Rose M, Herts, UK, May 2015

    • “Outstanding”
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    • “Almost impossible to fault. The boathouse itself is beautifully finished and highly equipped and in an isolated, completely tranquil location. There's TVs in living room and bedroom, DVD player, wine cooler, dish washer and anything else you could possibly need. Whether you're going for some quiet time or to hike up and down mountains, I can't think of a better place to go. Highly recommended. The only thing I'd mention is that there is no WIFI. The very best we could get was one bar of mobile signal on our phones. Now, you don't go there to talk on the phone, but we were going to plan our hikes using them and this did cause a few issues because web pages could take 20 minutes to load and they were essentially useless for this purpose, so plan your trips our before you go.”

    Richard W, March 2015

    • “Unbelieveable Stay. Can't recommend enough!”
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    • “Fantastic property in a location that is simply perfect. Pristine rooms and highly spec'd facilities. Great communication and reccomendations from owner. Hope it doesn't get too busy as we want to book again!”

    TC2222, Stafford, United Kingdom, December 2014

    • “The most beautiful setting in the country ?”
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    • “This is the most relaxing place we have ever stayed.We were confident the surroundings would be quite something (they were), but we were prepared for the interior to be not quite in the same league.(It can be hard to judge from website images) . How wrong we were. From granite worktops to the highest quality luxurious bedding. Totaly unique.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Saltburn By The Sea, February 2014

    • “Fabulous boathouse !!!”
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    • “The owners should be proud !!! for what they have done to this boathouse !!! High end of the market for what has been put in to this boathouse !!! Very comfortable stay the two nights we had there , lovely and warm and cosy !!! Views are to die for , relax relax relax quiet and tranquil , sheer bliss !!! The only thing I can fault was the cleaners were waiting for us to leave 9.56am You have to leave 10.00am but I think that was a little in your face not giving you a half an hour buffer to leave , just spoilt it a tiny bit for the lovely stay we had !!! As the next person cannot take it over till 3pm This is not in anyway taking away this is an exceptional property, and if I won the lottery I would buy it !!!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Newcastle Upon Tyne, January 2014

    • “absolutely fabulous”
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    • “stayed over Christmas with wild weather,but once inside the far boathouse it was warm,cosy,luxurious and well equipped! the owner has gone to a lot of trouble with everything you could possibly want, and then there is the view! stunning! would definitely go again and would recommend to anyone who wants a peaceful romantic break for two. only one slight personal preference, although bathroom is beautiful ,being a lady I would have liked a bath instead of just a shower- perhaps a shower over a bath and then it would merit 100% 5* .”

    Maureenalan, England, January 2014

    • “Amazing view”
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    • “Great service, Great Location, every thing required to make a memorable and romantic holiday was were there. Only one thing though internet connection in the cottage would have been helpful.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, LONDON, February 2014

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher

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The Property

With one of the most sought after locations in England, Ullswater Boathouse has stunning views over Lake Ullswater from the lounge, balcony, private lake frontage or the decked terrace overlooking the lake. The boathouse is the perfect hideaway, romantic or honeymoon retreat at any time of year with a real sense of escapism as it is tucked away via half a mile lane from the rest of the world.
Imagine waking up to your own private spectacular view over the most romantic lake in England. The Ullswater Far Boathouse is a perfect year round combination of privacy and luxury for a honeymoon hideaway or idyllic retreat for two.
The Ullswater Boathouse offers you a stunning water’s edge view of Ullswater lake with a floor to roof glass wall overlooking the lake. Whether you are curled up with a book on a luxurious sofa looking out at white sailboats from the nearby sailing school, or relaxing outside on the balcony at dusk, watching the gold and orange sunset colours reflect off the fells onto the perfectly still water, you will understand why so many visitors think that Ullswater is arguably the most romantic lake in England for “getting away from it all” and “recharging your batteries.”
The Ullswater Boathouse enjoys an idyllic secluded location accessed down a tree lined lane to private grounds well hidden behind gates. But Ullswater Far Boathouse has a luxury secret! It is actually located at the far end of the extensive grounds of Leeming Country House Hotel, a luxurious Macdonald Hotel property and restaurant that has been remodeled to a high luxury standard and a wonderful place for weddings and events. This means that just a short stroll away from the boathouse, the restaurant and facilities of the hotel are available to use. If you are exploring by car, just a 10 minute drive around Ullswater, you’ll discover the renowned Sharrow Bay Restaurant and Rampsbeck Country House both famous for their spectacular dining experiences with views over Ullswater.
The Ullswater Boathouse has recently been refurbished to a luxury standard for guests to visit any time of the year. It is particularly special as it is a larger boathouse providing ample room for two guests.
The boathouse has electric panel heaters and comprises:

Entrance hallway.
Double bedroom with sensual satin and fur throws, full wall of fitted wardrobes housing a personal safe and wall mounted plasma TV.
Shower room with ‘double’ shower cubicle, vanity unit and WC.
Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area with contemporary style electric fire, wall mounted plasma TV, DVD player, games table, i-Pod dock, desk and full length picture windows giving access to the balcony and stunning views over the lake.
Dining area
Kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, wine cooler, microwave and tea and coffee facilities.

All electric, bed linen, towels, dressing gowns and a hair dryer included.
A complimentary bottle of Champagne on arrival for bookings of 3 nights or more.
Private parking.
Garden with generous decked area with seating overlooking the lake, private jetty and lake frontage with seating.
Note: Adults only


King-size bedroom. Open plan sitting room with traditional features and modern kitchen and dining area. Shower room with double shower, basin and WC.


  • Electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, wine cooler, microwave, TV, DVD, games table, desk, music dock
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Towels, bed linen, and dressing gowns inc. in rent
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne for stays over 3 nights
  • Private parking
  • Balcony/terrace area., huge windows
  • Outdoor balcony area with views and seating
  • Steps from the lake
  • Short walk to facilities at Leeming Country House Hotel
  • Note: Adults only

Regional Information

WATERMILLOCK Pooley Bridge 2.5 miles; Glenridding 6.2 miles; Penrith 8.5 miles. The elevated scattered village of Watermillock runs parallel to the main road alongside Ullswater Lake and is mainly a farming community. Just 2.5 miles away is Pooley Bridge with its array of amenities which sits on the northern shore of the lake in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley originated due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont. 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. Glenridding (meaning glen overgrown with bracken) is a small tourist village with a range of local shops, cafes and restaurants. 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. Watermillock is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas