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Beautiful Cottage, stunning views, set 1250ft / 381m above Ullswater,

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

The ultimate Peaceful Place, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom cottage. Fell walking onto Dodds from the doorstep, keswick 15 mins. a walkers paradise.

A traditional Lakeland stone cottage set high up in the fells above Ullswater. The ultimate peaceful place for complete stillness and silence. Only the sounds of nature to nurture your soul set 380 meters above Matterdale in the very remote valley of Dowthwaite in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Stunning views all around. Walk directly onto the fells and leave the car behind for the week.

Richard Farncombe
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
1 April, 2018

About Richard Farncombe

Richard and Gina have lived in the Lake District since 1984 and enjoy all the outdoor activities that the Park has to offer, sailing, climbing, mountain walking and breath taking scenery. Richard works as a physio in Penrith and Gina is an artist with her studio in the village of Dockray, sounds very grand but its a corrugated shed! The locals call it "The Studio Shed". We planted and have nurtured a 25 acre woodland ..its now 19 years old and it looks magnificent. a great place to walk through on way to the village pub or round for an energetic walk. The Aira beck flows through it, and in summer its a wonderful place for wild skinny dipping.

And we enjoy sharing our wood with our guests and friends. and once a year we put on a mini music festival, probably the highest and smallest music festival in the UK! all donations go to charity.

The wood is bursting with nature, roe and red deer, red squirrels, otters in the beck, easy to write but its true! and numerous bird species.

Gina has just completed an art course at Leith School of Art, the effects of this course are sprinkled around Crookwath, many of the paintings are for sale. Just Ask.

Richard Farncombe purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Richard Farncombe chose Penrith

Crookwath cottage is probably one of the quietest and highest locations anywhere. It is set at 1250 feet or 381m high in a remote mountain valley above Ullswater. And it is down a cul de sac so it is unlikely you would ever hear a car engine apart from the postman.

We enjoy living in a place where one can walk directly from the doorstep and out onto the fells and not have to get into a car. There are enough places to walk to from the front door step to last weeks.

What makes this cottage unique

This is possibly one of the Lake District's highest cottages and it consequently has dramatic views from all it's windows of the surrounding fell.

An opportunity to live in a traditional 300 year old stone long house, with beams an original range that was used up until the 1960's for heating the water, bread oven, and range ovens plus the open fire for cooking.

Inside it is full of homely comforts, a warm Aga to greet you, and a wood burning fire, 2 bathrooms shared by 3 bedrooms. With over 600 books and 60 paintings there is really no reason to venture out! sculptures dotted around the cottage created by Richard and Gina.

Our unique 25 acre wood is utterly beautiful with the Aira Beck flowing through it and a traditional stone barn in the center with a BBQ area beside it, and many other attractions to draw you round the wood.

Crookwath is down a cul de sac so it is completely silent , no cars, no noise, just the sound of nature all around. So it is very safe for children and pets.

The heart of the lakes is literally on the door step, walk directly out onto the fell, and there are walks in every direction to last you the week without having to get into a car. Great Dodd 3 hours, Gowbarrow 2-4 hours, Watermillock 1.5 hours, Helvellyn 6-8 hours.

and the Royal is an excellent hostelry in Dockray, a short walk through Lucy's Wood and 20 mins. Excellent food and local beers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Angle a mirror behind the bath taps and open the window for an "alfresco" bathing experience! The views are stunning here!"

"Just occasionally you find a place that makes your heart feel "GLAD" - and this is such a place - thank you."

"Lucy's Wood is quite magical and an inspiration to us all. I think all of us who visit should go home and plant a tree. I know we will. The world needs them and Lucy's message will spread."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Crookwath: it is a beautiful place. Lucy's Wood and barn, the pool and the swing, are fantastic touches which we have enjoyed using."
Mar 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penrith in Matterdale

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bedroom 1 en-suite Bathroom: Bath, basin and toilet. 2nd Bathroom: Bath, basin and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: King size bed, fitted cupboards, en-suite bath/basin and toilet, solid oak floor and views from the bed up towards Great Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd and Birkett Fell.Bedrooms 2 and 3: Both share views of Gowbarrow Fells and High Street and Place Fell. We hve a full size cot and a travel cot available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
Notes on accommodation: Includes towels & drying up cloths. Crookwath Cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 plus cot. High chair, cot (bedding not included) and push buggy available, note on Booking Form if you require any or all of these items. The cottage is totally non smoking. We regret we do not accept dogs. We reserve the right to amend the above prices at any time, however this does not affect bookings already made. Outside: Please enjoy the walks and benches above the cottage and the veranda of the hut. The garden in front below the cottage is private. You have use of barn for BBQ’s and an outside open fire in Lucy's Wood. Enjoy our 25 Acre woodland, find 12 seats dotted around it! Walk the spiral! Utility Room: Our kitchen is extremely well equipped and it is best to see a full list if required on our main web page. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The prices are all inclusive: bedlinen, 100% cotton The White Company, heating, lighting, hot water, wood for fire, oil for Aga, Wireless broadband connection. We ask that you leave the cottage clean as you found it, a cleaner is available if required. Other: Over 65 original works of art throughout the cottage, and with over 600 books from the cottage's eclectic library, enough to satisfy any voracious bookworm.There is Sky TV, a kitchen filled with all mod cons, video and stereo radio, and books and games.


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Beautiful Cottage, stunning views, set 1250ft / 381m above Ullswater,
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Lovely cottage in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in the cottage. It is in a lovely location with many walks directly from the cottage (although a reasonable drive from "civilisation" if that is a requirement). We usually stay in the Ambleside area and very much enjoyed exploring more of Ullswater which is a bit quieter and feels slightly more remote (in a good way).

The cottage was warm, very well equipped and had a wonderful atmosphere. Beds were very comfortable, kitchen had everything we needed in it - we didn't use the sitting room much as the kitchen was so comfortable. The bathrooms were good and had plenty of hot water. The homemade scones left for us were delicious and I have never seen such a beautiful flower arrangement left in a holiday cottage - thank you so much. We were very sad to leave and hope to return again sometime.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments, delighted that you picked up on the cosy and warm atmosphere of Crookwath. We try very hard to offer a home from home experience, special flower arrangements arise from my wife's artistic talents. Home baking is Richards domain if you are lucky to stay when he's baking! Hope to see you again one day
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Beautiful cottage in idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

Crookwath Cottage was the perfect meeting place for our annual reunion with my brother and his wife who live in Hawaii. There were six of us altogether, plus my other brother's flat-coated retriever. We ate, drank, cooked, laughed and walked, starting and ending each day around the kitchen table basking in the Aga's warmth. The views and walks from the cottage are second to none, the Royal Oak with an excellent menu of home-cooked food is welcoming and well within staggering distance. The owners were away when we stayed but emailed everything we needed, and their delightful neighbour was there to greet us and ensure all was well. Comfortable beds, good towels, ample cooking equipment (including sharp knives!) and lashings of hot water made us feel as though we were spoiled guests rather than holiday renters. Lucy's Wood is a special place, and will stay with us.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for such a lovely review about our cottage AND we didn't even meet you.! We feel ourselves that we are very privileged to live in such a stunning place -even though at times the elements can be wild and windy! And we very much enjoy sharing it with others and enjoy making their holiday at Crookwath as happy and smooth running as possible. If you come again I hope we will be there to welcome you. With best wishes from Gina and Richard.
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic location and facilities. As seasoned travellers, we knew exactly what we wanted and this cottage we certainly could not falter. Excellent comms from Richard the owner from initial enquiry to leaving. This cottage is home from home, very clean and with all the facilities you could ask for.

Would definitely recommend this cottage with all its additional charm ie beck, barn, Lucy's Wood. We will definitely be back!

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb cottage, homely feeling, peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

Property owner was very friendly and gave us a warm welcome .. Property had all the facility including fresh milk and biscuits . Cottage is full of character with a wonderful working fireplace . Richard ensured we used the stove and provided us with wood logs too. This stay has definitely added to our holiday experience .. Definitely recommend !!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The most restful spot in England!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful relaxing and restful place. We could switch off from the real world completely...or maybe Crookwath IS actually the real world! Walks straight out of the door, easy reach of the Lakes and Keswick and other local attractions, The House...not really a cottage...is a VERY well appointed home from home, where we restored our spirits and recharged our batteries. Gina is an artist, and her pictures adorn the walls, and she and Richard are the most welcoming of hosts. We loved our visit and can completely recommend Crookwath.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Thank you

  • 5 of 5

"Back for our 3rd visit. Crookwath is our home from home, welcomed by its warmth, the Aga, lit wood burner on arrival & Richard's homemade Biscuits. The most homliest cottage we have ever stayed in. It suits us all, some of us prefer reading and painting & I can walk the fells direct from the front door. We've enjoyed using the BBQ at the Barn in Lucy's Wood and dared go wild swimming in Gina's "special" place in Aira Beck. We just love the tranquility and peace of this place, not a sound apart from nature. We've been car free all week...just no need to go anywhere, this is a heavenly place."

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walk straight onto the fell from Crookwath Cottage and leave the car behind for a week! Many walks from the doorstep, Helvellyn, the Dodds, Gowbarrow, Birket Fell and Lucy's Wood.

Nearby world famous Sharrow Bay for a memorable meal - worth pre-booking the table in the bay window with views down Ullswater and stunning views of Helvellyn! Their number is 017684-86301.

Dinner party cooked for you by local gastronomic cook Anna, and she can also fill your freezer with delicious home cooked meals. Baby sitting service available.

Fell horse riding, fishing with Hemmingways, quad biking available, only 2 miles from Crookwath cottage.

A Gem - Theatre by the Lake offers great entertainment in Keswick throughout the year, including Mountain Film Festival, Book Festival, Jazz Festival.

Your host, Richard - offers orthopaedic remedial massage therapy for aching bodies, either in Penrith at the clinic or by arrangement in the cottage.


You will need to have a car here. You could arrive by train to Penrith station and then hire a car, we are only 15 mins away by car.

All our airports are about 2 hours plus, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, or Edinburgh are all within 3 hours.


Keswick is a 15-20 min drive as is Penrith. They are both equidistant from Crookwath, both towns have excellent food stores and Keswick is renowned for its incredible range of outdoor clothing shops.

Ullswater is only 5 mins away by car. Our pub is a 15 mins walk through our woodland or 3 mins in the car.

Mountains available from the doorstep, and leave your car keys behind for the week!

Further Details:

Eating Out:

Your nearest pub is the Royal Hotel in the village, a couple of minutes in the car, or a 15-20 min walk across the fields on the footpath and down the road. Good food at the Mill Inn, Mungrisedale. Main courses £9.00-£12.00. About 10 mins in the car. Best to book ahead here.

Excellent food at the Horse & Farrier, Threlkeld. Main courses £10.00-£15.00. About 10 mins in the car. Essential to book ahead.

The Brackenrigg Inn, Watermillock. Overlooks Ullswater, great views! Good food and local beers. Again best to book.

Sharrow Bay Hotel. If you are feeling generous, and want to splash out then you are only a stones throw away from one of the countries top hotels and restaurant, the famous Sharrow Bay. Bookings essential.


We have Sky TV. Always turn the telly on with its button. Then use the sky remote. Press the top right black button twice pointing it at the digibox below the telly. (Make sure the doors are open) You should now be on Sky.Press 998 on the remote and this will tell you about how to use Sky TV. We get BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel5. Once you are on Sky – use the blue button to scroll through channels and when you see something that you like: press "select". Please don’t touch or remove the digibox card. Always switch off at the TV.

Music Center:

Use remote, instruction book under unit.

Mobile Phones:

There is good Vodophone reception here at Crookwath Cottage a new mast has recently gone up. Orange is intermittent and you have to go up the hill to our chicken hut to receive texts - no yoke!


Supermarkets. Equidistant from Penrith (Morrison’s, Booth's, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Aldi) and Keswick (Booths, Co-op) Every other shop in Keswick sells outdoor gear!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £35
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To book Crookwath Cottage, please first ring or email us to make sure that the dates you require are free. We will hold these dates up to 7 days whilst we await the completed Booking Form with the deposit or full payment from you (if your holiday is within 6 weeks of booking). The final balance for your holiday is due 6 weeks prior to the start date of your holiday. Please note holiday weeks are Friday to Friday.

Changeover Day:
Crookwath Cottage changeover day is Friday (unless otherwise stated). Arrival time 4pm. Departure is 10am on day of departure. We ask that the cottage is left cleaned as you found it, if assistance is required please ask about cleaning.

Notes on prices:
We offer 3 night weekends from Friday to Monday, and also mid week breaks from Monday to Friday.

Check our web site for short breaks and look at the Availability and Tariff pages for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.