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rental companies. All offer a range of holiday properties in the region - the best collection is arranged at the top. Make sure to visit the sites as the number available may have changed since this page was updated.
- 24 Ullswater holiday cottages
, many of which have been reviewed by previous holiday-makers. The properties consist of barn conversions, old farmhouses and modern, well-equipped lodges. Booking rates start at £200 for week-long breaks.
Cottages 4 You
- Around 20 Ullswater cottages
available from Cottages 4 You, all of which are individually inspected. Many of the Ullswater cottage properties are converted from old farmhouses and some are over 100 years old. Two person discounts are offered for selected cottages.
- More Ullswater self catering properties within a 5 mile radius. All are rated 3 or above in terms of amenities provided and standards of accommodation. Each property includes an open fire although none allow for pets. Booking prices start at around £200 for a week-long stay.
- For more cottages in Ullswater from £300, see Independent Cottages. Their properties sleep between 4 and 10 people. Only one can accommodate pets and smokers are not permitted for any. Visit the site for more up-to-date information about prices.
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District after Windermere. It is almost 10 miles in length and approximately 1 mile wide and is considered to be one of the most picturesque lakes in the region. The lake is popular for watersports such as sailing, fishing and cruising and is surrounded by a number of charming lakeside towns such as Glenridding
The Ullswater Steamers
are a popular attraction and stop at Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge. There are four steamers named 'Raven', 'Lady of the Lake', 'Lady Dorothy' and Lady Wakefield'. Originally used to transport lead from Greenside mine, they now ferry tourists along Lakeland's most inspiring expanse of water.
There are a number of picturesque waterfalls found dotted around the lake district. Aira Beck stream which flows under a bridge before falling 20 metres down a rocky ravine forms one of the most famous, Aira Force
. Protected by the National Trust the waterfall is one of the finest in Central Cumbria.
Ullswater Lake is surrounded by loft fells and green, fertile valleys that inspired great English literary figures such as William Wordsworth
and Sir Walter Scott. For further information about top visitor attractions, places of interest and entertainment, see the guide that follows.
Ullswater visitor attractions
Ullswater provides a range of water sports and activities for people to enjoy during their Ullswater cottage break. See the summary that follows, which includes lake cruises, an award winning pub and guided walking tours.
The Lake District National Park Authority runs a number of free guided tours and walks of the Ullswater region from volunteers who know about the area. These vary from challenging hill walking to leisurely walks which are more suitable for families. See www.lake-district.gov.uk
for more details.
The Sockbridge Pony Trekking
centre caters for experienced horse riders and beginners alike and utilises a number of picturesque routes around the Ullswater region. Bookings can be made by telephone: 01768 863468
Food, drink and entertainment
Voted Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2003, the Queens Head Inn
is a traditional country inn with low, beamed ceilings and an open fire place. It sells real ales from the local Tirrel Brewery
and boasts an award-winning menu that utilises local produce. The Inn is located within 2 miles of the M6 and situated near Penrith.
History and Culture
The Ullswater Steamers date back to 1859 when they were used to transport mail. The four steamers now ferry tourists to and from Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. Ticket prices range from £4.80 to £11.30 for adults, depending on the type of cruise. Children's tickets are as low as £2.40 with some discounts available for family parties: www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk
Supermarkets and shops
For essential supplies while on your self catering holiday in Ullswater, see Glenridding mini-market for groceries and other items. For toiletries visit Penrith which has a Boots and Safeway pharmacy.